I’m very excited about two things. Firstly, my good friend Holly Painter is publishing her book Excerpts from a Natural History this week. Secondly, because of this she’ll be back in Auckland for a few days and I get to perform at the book launch. (Wait, isn’t that three things to be excited about?)
The launch will also include a comedian, and two other books from people I have yet to meet (this month really is shaping up to be exciting): Carbon Shapes by Stephanie Christie, and The Burnt Hotel by Olivia Macassey.
DATE: Thursday 17th September
TIME: 5 – 8pm
PLACE: Alleluya Cafe, St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Rd, Auckland Central
I’m performing as one half of Tofu Horse, the other half constructed of the very talented Darryn Paterson-Harkness. Somehow we manage to sing, play guitar, bass, drums and kazoo between us, and make a heap of noise.
And to tie into this (loosely)… here is a picture of me performing at Vitamin S only last night (photographed by Derek Tearne).
For any parent living in Central Auckland, Myers Park has played a central part in their life. Hours upon hours sitting on the hot, spongy playground surface, baking to a crisp, knowing full well that your now oh-so-energetic child will be reduced to exhausted tears as soon as you leave, faced with the ominously steep stairs leading back to K Rd…
For most other people living in the city it’s the preferred walk down to Queen Street. It’s the green, leafy place to sit and eat their take-away curries. It’s the view from Alleluya Cafe, the backyard of the Audio Foundation, the lunch time hang out for the kids who go to the Jewish School on Greys Ave. It’s the place where small-time vandals practice their pedicures on Moses’ cement feet.
Recently redesigned into some weird metal and concrete woodland, this park has now been around for ONE HUNDRED YEARS. And to celebrate it the council has organised a fancy dress picnic, with MUSIC.
February 15th, 12-4pm.
In fact, at 2.45pm on the main stage TOFU HORSE will be performing to merry-makers and pigeons alike (Tofu Horse being me and my musical and life associate Darryn Paterson-Harkness).
So please dress up in your early 1900s attire with picnic hamper in hand, and listen to some very 21st century music. Check out the other bands playing by looking at the Centennial Facebook page, here.