If you’ve been into Centre for the Child in Central Library over the last few days you may have noticed we have a rat infestation – Gavin Bishop’s Rats that is. Illustrations from Gavin Bishop’s fantastic picture book Rats, along with illustrations from other New Zealand illustrators Fraser Williamson and Jenny Cooper now line the walls in the Centre for the Child. If you dare, you can see rats scaring an old lady and running away with her cake, a boy on a skateboard chasing some slugs, a Cyclops swinging through the trees in search of lunch and a worried pirate with a pig for a pet.
The illustrations were originally part of the Off the Page exhibition of New Zealand illustrators, presented by Te Tai Tamariki, held at COCA Gallery. Te Tai Tamariki is the New Zealand Children’s Literature Charitable Trust that has been set up to preserve and promote New Zealand children’s literature. They host a number of events throughout the year including exhibitions and author visits, as well as creating a great calendar each year filled with illustrations from classic and more recent New Zealand picture books. You can read their newsletters or find out about coming events on the Te Tai Tamariki website.
You can find out more about these illustrators on the library’s New Zealand Children’s Authors and Stories pages and if you want to see the life-size versions of their illustrations come and see them in the Centre for the Child at Central Library.
Jazz songstress Diana Krall will be performing at the Westpac Stadium on 18 February, along with two talented support artists.
It would be easy to be jealous of Diana Krall. She’s young, beautiful, talented, successful and rich. She is also so charming it is impossible to dislike her. This is absolutely in keeping with her music which is also is charming and cool. A little too cool for some, who find her uninteresting, but she is a surprisingly talented pianist and quite capable of delivering the complex music if she wishes. I certainly enjoy listening to her warm, intimate tones as long as I don’t get too much of her.
Even better reasons to go and buy a ticket are her two support acts Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot .
I have long been a fan of Madeleine’s. Her music is distinctive, complex and beautifully phrased. She became involved in music performance via the buskers on the streets of Paris and still seems to return there between recordings. The uniqueness of her life style is reflected in her music. Although she is now singing her own compositions, my favourite album Careless Love is mostly covers, but fresh and wonderful covers of some delightful songs, backed by some wonderful musicians. My main worry is that she might not turn up on the night. During one of her publicity tours she disappeared, having simply jumped on a plane and headed off somewhere quiet when it all became too much.
Melody Gardot also has an interesting story and a beautiful voice. In 2003 she had a serious traffic accident as a result of which she suffered head and spinal injuries. This resulted in her confinement to hospital for a year and neural injuries which left her hypersensitive to light and sound. Music was part of her rehabilitation and she began singing and playing the guitar and eventually writing her own songs. The result has wowed the critics with what Billboard called “a noir yearning and forlornness” and a delivery that “enraptures with a torch sentimentality”. You’ll know what they mean when you hear her.
All in all it should be a good night out, as long as Westpac Stadium can deliver the intimacy required to fully appreciate these great talents.
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