The Cracked City no-bullshit guide to what’s on this month…
…like, actually, what’s good, y’know?
People often complain to me that they don’t know what’s happening here in Cracked City. They tell me that everything here is hidden, buried deep under the surface, and it’s too cliquey. And, I mean, they’re not wrong.
But to these grumbles, my answers are:
1) Use Facebook events like your boyfriends in your 20s used you – selfishly and with reckless abandon
2) Fuck ‘em
I load up on Facebook events like nobody’s business. It’s the only reason I really use my account. I click ‘interested’ on anything that catches my eye and before I know it, every Monday, I get the daunting notification ‘You have 34 upcoming events this week’, and I have to do bit of a cull before I get too overwhelmed, because overwhelmed = curl up in a ball and do nothing at all.
So my tip really is to ‘Like’ any bars, café’s, venues, new shops or places that catch your eye (or I mention here) that fit your vibe and hook into those event listings that pop up in your newsfeed. The more you use them, the more events will appear. Data mining and algorithms have to have some benefits for you, right? You can always not go, but it’s better to bookmark it when you see it, cos there’s no way you’ll remember in three weeks time.
As for the cliquey thing, yeah, this place really is. This city is divided into approx 6-8 definite GROUPS, that’s a series of posts in itself, it just depends on how bitchy I’m feeling. But sadly they exist, they are all ever-present, and they all act like they own the place. And if you’re not part of that clique, they’re not gonna let you in. So don’t even waste time thinking about it.
For almost every event that happens I bet I could list to you what type of clique will be there and name exactly which familiar faces (both the welcome and not so welcome) I will see. But y’know? I go anyway. Usually alone. Usually sporting a ridiculous outfit and face glitter, no matter the genre or feel of the event. You just gotta do you.
See, despite the cliqueyness the good thing is that those groups won’t even give you a second glance and will ignore you all night, then, as I said above, FUCK THEM, cos the beautiful thing about a small city like ours is that I can always guarantee I’ll see at least 1-2 very friendly, very familiar faces wherever I go. So don’t be put off. Go to the thing by yourself! You’ll never be alone. And you’ll never be a complete lamb amongst the too-cool-for-you wolves. And if all else fails, you just proudly take your outfit and your face glitter, and you dance by yourself, until you’re ready to go home for a sleep. It’s win win! This is your city too. Bloody well own it.
As we now enter November, I’m feeling genuinely exhilarated at the delicious platter of events that I already have lined up. And there will be more to pop up that I doubt I’m even aware of yet. But for now, here’s my hot lil tips of what’s going on around Cracked City this month so that you can’t ever whinge to me again that you don’t know.
THE CRACKED CITY NO-BULLSHIT GUIDE TO NOVEMBER:
RIDE ON SUPER SOUND OPENING PARTY
A cool looking new shop that’s opening this month is Ride on Super Sound. I met the guy behind it at Zinefest last month, as he came round collecting up all our zines for, what I presume, was his store. It’s in the old Galaxy Records shop, next to Space Academy on St Asaph St. It’s always been a bit of a tricky location for a retailer, but I hope that Space Academy/ Kadett across the road will help boost it.
I was going to acronym this store, but when I did that it spelled the name of an ex, so we’ll just give that a miss. So let’s just type the whole thing out, eh. RIDE ON SUPER SOUND! Ride of Super Sound looks like it’s gonna be selling records, zines and other merch. Yeeeah, cool! I love zines! I love records! Some day soon I’m hoping to make Cracked City into a regular zine, so who knows, maybe they’ll stock me!?
On Saturday 3rd they’re having a 2 part launch event over the day and night. Some great bands are playing at Darkroom on the evening, like the fabulous FEM SCREM.
RIDE ON SUPER SOUND
336 ST ASAPH ST (NEXT TO DARKROOM)
TWO PART OPENING EVENT
FROM 2PM, SAT 3 NOV
KAVEH AKBAR – CALLING A WOLF A WOLF
We all love WORD Festival. And though sadly the main festival itself is only every 2years, and as we’ve JUST had it, we have to wait a long time for the next, we can quench our thirst for MORE WORD with the sporadic events that they continue to bring to Cracked City throughout the years.
One of the strengths of the festival, for me, has always been the incredible quality of international poets that have been brought out way – I’m looking at you Anis Mojgani. This time around we’re being treated to a visit from Kaveh Akbar, who I must admit, I’m not terribly familiar with – but I trust all that WORD brings my way will be most excellent and enlightening…plus with the added bonus of the event being held at our bloody glorious Turanga, it’s a not-to-be-missed evening.
Besides, what else are you doing on a Tuesday?
TUESDAY 6 NOV
TURANGA – CATHEDRAL SQ
JACOB YIKES / BAD COMPANY – EXHIBITION OPENING
Chch street art king, Jacob Yikes, has a new solo exhibition opening at the recently relocated Fiksate studio & gallery. The old Fiksate exhibition launch parties, out at New Brighton, always used to go OFF, just the most fun events, and are always full of the best people. The New Brighton street art scene is huge and without them, Chch wouldn’t have the street art kudos that it does today.
Come along to the free opening party and welcome Fiksate to the CBD in what will be part exhibition opening, half housewarming for our seaside street art crew.
JACOB YIKES OPENING
FRI NOV 9
FIKSATE STUDIO & GALLERY/ 165 GLOUCESTER STREET
ARTS CENTRE MATEKE
After 18 months of sporadic markets, the iconic weekly Arts Centre market, under the brightly coloured canvas canopies of your childhood is coming back! It’ll be running every Sunday between 10-4pm on Worcester Boulevard. The swooniest market maven in NZ, Abbie, the guru behind Craft Collective and Lost & Found markets is running the show, which means it’s only going have the tip top most spiffing goods and food possible.
ARTS CENTRE MAKETE
EVERY SUNDAY FROM 11 NOV
THE ARTS CENTRE, WORCESTER BLVD
NECESSARY TRADITIONS FESTIVAL
I’m super excited about this one. Rekindle – the crew who teach you to carve, weave and make things using traditional, resourceful methods, are putting together the Necessary Traditions festival at the Arts Centre on 10 and 11 Nov. Tons of traditional crafters and makers are coming from all over the world and NZ to demonstrate their skills – everything from shoemaking, to ceramics, photography and carving. There’s also a ton of workshops and classes you can take.
This is gonna be overflowing with some of my favourite makers and this event is gonna be WHOLESOME AND RUSTIC AND CREATIVE AND LUSH AS.
NECESSARY TRADITIONS FESTIVAL
THE ARTS CENTRE, WORCESTER BLVD
DAVID BYRNE/ AMERICA UTOPIA TOUR
My future husband and top 5 love of my life is finally coming to Chch as part of his current world tour. I hear he dances. I hear they all dance. The Stop Making Sense concert film/ is one of of my most favourite things in the entire world, so the word excited is a bit on an understatement.
Jarvis Cocker saw him in London this week and said on his Instagram that the show IS THE BEST THING EVER. And for one love of my life to say that about another, well, what a bloody compliment.
Upside to going to gigs alone? You can snag that lone seat in the middle of the 5th row. I’m gonna dance my pants off. And probably cry a great deal. Literal life goal unlocked. Plus it’s the night before a long weekend. Fuck yeah. Let the gin and happy-tears flow in equal quantities!
DAVID BYRNE / AMERICA UTOPIA
THURS 15 NOV
INDIGO AND PROVISIONS OPENING PARTY
A new fashion retailer is opening at the Arts Centre on 23 Nov – joining the ranks of the other independent retailers that have made the Boys’ High building their home in the past 18 months, such as Frances Nation, Pepa, Rollickin and Absolution. Indigo & Provisions will be selling denim, workwear and streetwear. Follow their Instagram to see the cool, practical, well built stuff they’re getting in.
Like. Imagine Nick Offerman, hot 1960’s Dylan and some kind of Icelandic Viking hipster carpenter/ craft brewer all made sweet love and had a set of hot kids – they would grow up and wear shit from Indigo & Provisions. If that’s not a tip top endorsement then I dunno what is.
I’ve had a sneak preview of the fit out and *CHEF KISS MOTION x 1000*
On 23 Nov the store is having its opening party. There will be a DJ, fried chicken van out front, beer and Absolution are doing flash tattoos for the event. Plus Absolution will be launching their new exhibition that night too.
INDIGO & PROVISIONS
LEVEL 1, 28 WORCESTER BLD, THE ARTS CENTRE
OPENING 23 NOV, 6:30-9PM
It’s the last two weeks of our beloved Little Andromeda! Noooo! I’ve got so used to seeing it set up on that corner, over there, I can’t remember what it was like before and it bloody well pains me to think of its time coming to an end. But let’s just hope there’s more on the horizon for Michael and his incredible, inspirational, team.
Until then, Little Andromeda is there until 15 Nov and is continuing it’s busy and varied programme of cabaret style live performances every day and night. Check out the FB page and website for full programme details. And do make sure you get down there before the 15th, cos I think you’ll regret not being able to say you were part of it. Good luck Little Andromeda! Xox
UNTIL 15 NOV
CNR GLOUCESTER & COLOMBO ST
CHECK FB FOR DETAILS OF SHOWS
So there you bloody well have it. What a corker of a month.
I could have easily listed about 20 events, but I thought I’d keep it to the 10ish MUST-DO’s for me…after all I don’t want you overwhelmed. But if you have events coming up this, or any other, month, that you think I’d dig, sing out!
I hope to see you around at some of these things. If you do spot me, say hi. I’ll be the one in face glitter, dancing by myself, with a gin.
And remember to tell them that Bonjela sent you.