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The Star: March 30, 2017

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20 Thursday March 30 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Love LocaL SOUTH OF MOORHOUSE From local cuisine and trendy jazz bars to delicious bakes and contemporary interior stores, you’ll find it all south of Moorhouse Avenue. Mohair Store Experience the warmth-without-weight feeling that luxurious New Zealandmade mohair and alpaca throws provide. Snuggle up in the new alpaca scarf range, keep warm with possum/ merino ponchos, or treat your feet to the famous LifeSocks. Fall in love with locally-made natural fibres. dETAILS 140 Colombo Street 03 943 1639 www.themohairstore.co.nz Cashmere Cuisine The Star Experience an authentic boutique butchery. Ancient butchering skills and slow-aging processes produce topquality cuts of meat – all from happy, healthy, free-to-roam animals. The must-try list including award-winning bacon, and sausages made using natural ingredients, but boasting some of the most interesting flavours. dETAILS 18 Colombo Street, Cashmere 03 332 6071 www.cashmerecuisine.co.nz Academy Gold Cinema Capturing the glamour of Hollywood past, Academy Gold Cinema is a wonderful setting in which to capture pure movie magic. Its retro charm is heightened by top-of-theline sound and generous comfort. The three-screen complex offers quality handpicked films with free parking, fine wine and knowledgeable staff. Shelf Whether you are looking to dress up your house or buy a gift, there is plenty on offer at this cute little corner shop. Brimming with Kandle Co melts and candles, there are many more gorgeous creations from local artisans all hand-picked by the owner. Sue strives to keep her shelves filled with fresh and inspiring products, from hanging plant holders and table-top ceramics through to jewellery and scarves. Once you have discovered this gem, you will find excuses to revisit. Mosaic by Simo Eating, in Morocco, is never done alone or in a rush. It is essentially a pleasure to be shared. Time is required to connect with family or friends, and to enjoy conversations. So, take time to share the pleasure of eating at Mosaic by Simo, Christchurch’s only authentic Moroccan deli and restaurant. dETAILS The Colombo 03 377 9913 www.artfilms.co.nz dETAILS 127 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere 03 332 1331 www.facebook.com/shelfhomegifts dETAILS 300 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 338 2882 www.mosaicbysimo.com Hackthorne Gardens Standing majestically on the northern slope of the Port Hills, Hackthorne Gardens offers bespoke dining and boutique accommodation. The extensively-refurbished house supports a natural heritage belonging to the 1930s, complemented by landscaped gardens contoured by local Halswell stone. The menu consists of authentic Chinese cuisine and modern New Zealand dishes. Enjoy it all with a glass of wine, while soaking up the expansive, ever-changing vista. dETAILS 141 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere 03 332 9816 www.hackthornegardens.nz The Pedal Pusher A nod to Christchurch’s history as a cycling haven from yesterday through to today, The Pedal Pusher has established itself as place to escape the rat race on any day of the week. Pop in for drink and a snack, or a substantial dinner, and allow the wheels to stop spinning at this vibrant, funky gastro pub. dETAILS 284-286 Lincoln Road, Addington 03 335 0095 thepedalpusher.co.nz Shalamar Florist and Gifts Not only a destination for flowers, this is a place to discover the perfect gift to celebrate someone special. This lovely store in Cracroft is brimming with ideas – from options for animal lovers through to cushions. The only thing you will struggle with is leaving without something for yourself, too! dETAILS 146 Cashmere Road, Cracroft 03 339 8146 www.facebook.com/Shalamarfloristandgifts Back Alley Bikes Walking through the front doors you’ll be met by a small, but purposeful workshop. It has plenty of character created by its quirky space and wood-clad walls, while bar stools and a couch set the scene for casual conversation. The workshop serves an obsession for quality and organisation, boasting a place for everything and everything in its place. Having more specialist tools than your usual bike shop, the owner Rufus is able to tackle all jobs, from a simple broken spoke, to a fork service right up to a custom bicycle frame built from scratch. The workshop prides itself on being open to anyone, whether you want to borrow their pump or have your bike completely rebuilt. dETAILS 7 Wise Street 03 926 4052 www.backalleybikes.co.nz The Colombo A proudly New Zealand owned and operated establishment, The Colombo’s unique lineup combines quality, culture and cuisine. Satisfy cravings for retail therapy with highend fashion, beauty and homewares stores, then refuel with something delicious – be it a smoothie bowl or crêpe. Every Friday, a food market showcases local produce, making this changing landscape ever more entertaining. dETAILS 363 Colombo St, Sydenham 03 377 0103 www.thecolombo.co.nz

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 30 2017 21 Theatre/Arts Glitz and glamour of Priscilla Priscilla Queen of the Desert Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Reviewed by Georgia O’Connor-Harding THE BIG pink bus has finally arrived, rolling in bedazzling costumes, big personalities and some of the best talent the city has to offer. Fabulous. Showbiz Christchurch has seriously taken it up a gear in its first extravagant production of the year. Everything from the eccentric costumes through to the cleverly-choreographed, booty-shaking numbers has been done on a large scale – it is impossible to not walk away from the show feeling uplifted and ready to dance. With a lively audience thrown into the mix, the Isaac Theatre Royal was transformed into a grooving disco party. From the street, you could probably hear the rollicking audience yahooing away to some of the 1980s best pop hits. The show is centred around a road trip across the outback ACTION: The talented cast in Showbiz Christchurch’s latest production Priscilla Queen of the Desert. of Australia, with some lucky audience members even getting to have a hoedown with a few “rednecks” in the hilarious number, Thank God I’m A Country Boy. Behind the glitz and glamour is a beautiful story about two Sydney drag queens and a male transgender who travel on a battered bus called Priscilla to find acceptance for the way they have chosen to live. It is hard to pick a favourite drag queen out of the three leading roles. In spite of some hilarious lip-syncing in a lot of the songs, all three had beautiful voices, which were especially striking in True Colours and I Say A Little Prayer. Cameron Douglas portrayed elegance and a unique beauty as the ageing transsexual Bernadette. Tom Worthington’s role as Adam Whitely and the dragqueen Felicia Jollygoodfellow was irresistible. That cheeky smirk he mastered for what is a youthful role just sang trouble. My jaw dropped open during his flamboyant performance of Venus. The minimal armour-themed costumes Worthington and a talented ensemble of male dancers wore – plus the often raunchy dance moves – made for a wild spectacle, which the audience loved. The three flying divas, played by Naomi Ferguson, Jane Leonard and Emily Burns, cannot go unmentioned. All three were powerhouses who smashed out disco sing-alongs. Burns’ voice shone when she sang I Will Survive. Her voice was so powerful and clear, it was like she had sent shock waves through the theatre. There was the odd sound issue, but I believe this would have been well and truly smoothed out by now. I thought Showbiz punched well above its weight in what was a technically challenging show. Some of the sizzling one-liners were to die for – unfortunately, I don’t think I would get away with putting my favourites in the paper. •Priscilla Queen of the Desert runs until April 8. To book tickets, go to http://premier.ticketek. co.nz STARS: Cameron Douglas as Bernadette, Tom Worthington as Adam Whitely and Isaac Pawson as Anthony “Tick” Belrose. All Sewing Needs Tailoring for 40 years Alterations, repairs & garment makeovers. All fabric including leather wear. Made to order. All enquiries welcome 474 Barrington St Corner Lincoln Road (near Z Station) Phone: 339 2464 www.streetwize.co.nz Seriously not to be missed! Iconic performing arts organisation Woolston Brass has a distinguished 125 year history and has maintained a playing strength of around forty musicians, with members drawn from all walks of like brought together by a creative talent for making music. Woolston Brass also takes great pride in its pioneering Academy that includes a learners group and two training bands; Woolston Junior Band and Woolston Concert Brass. Woolston Brass (A Grade) with Music Director Tyme Marsters and Woolston Concert Brass (C Grade) with Music Director Nick Johnson are striving for musical excellence and top places in their respective grades at the upcoming New Zealand Brass Band Championships being held in Wellington mid-April. Seriously Brass 2017 on Friday 14 April, 4pm-6pm at The Charles Luney Auditorium will feature the two bands’ virtuosic contest repertoire and showcase top local brass players and percussionists, plus a guest performance from the Woolston Junior Band. Tickets and further information about Seriously Brass 2017 can be found at www.dashtickets.co.nz. Woolston members will also perform at Virtuoso Brass on Thursday 6 April, 6pm- 10pm at Orange Studios featuring their solo and ensemble National Contest repertoire including premier solo performances of New Zealand commissions (free entry throughout the evening). N E W Z E A L A N D S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E S T R A LET IT TAKE HOLD OF YOU BRIGID O’MEEGHAN ASSISTANT SUB-PRINCIPAL EMERITUS CELLO MOZART + BEETHOVEN 4 APR CHRISTCHURCH HORNCASTLE ARENA 7.00PM VISIT NZSO.CO.NZ FOR TICKET DETAILS EDO DE WAART CONDUCTOR MARTIN FRÖST CLARINET JOHN ADAMS SHAKER LOOPS MOZART CLARINET CONCERTO IN A MAJOR BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 6 IN F MAJOR, PASTORALE IN ASSOCIATION WITH: PRINCIPAL PARTNERS: