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By Martyn• 12 May 2015
This week in Wellington, fans of art, comedy, desert rock, stoner country, dream folk, rock and electronica are in luck. Below we present you the Cliffs Notes on four nights of entertainment.
On Wednesday the 13th of May, Wellington artist Pinky Fang opens her first solo art exhibition at Thistle Hall, FANG SOLO. Showing in a range of mediums from illustration to installation, FANG SOLO will zone in on Pinky Fang's favourite subjects - including her deep love for kitsch culture, food and (of course) cats. It will bring these together with curiosities of the human condition to create what will hopefully be an exciting and interactive exhibition. As part of the show, Pinky Fang will unveil a range of handmade accessories equal part art and fashion. Low brow, brightly-coloured and light-hearted, FANG SOLO will be a celebration of the fun side of art. 6pm start.
On Thursday the 14th of May, local comedian Eamonn Marra hosts the first night of his three night series at The New Zealand International Comedy Festival: Respite - A Monologue at Bats Theatre. In Eamonn's words, "Respite is a comedic monologue about a week in July 2011 when I attempted to overcome my depression and anxiety by transforming into 100% ethical person free of all contradictions and hypocrisies. Instead I ended up in Mental Health Respite." With several past Fringe Festival and New Zealand International Comedy awards to his name, and positive reviews from The Lumiere Reader, Eamonn is a performer worth checking out. 8.30pm start. $13/$16.
On Friday the 15th of May, Wellington quartet So Laid Back Country China launch their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon at Meow, with support from In Orbit. Following on from their last two singles ‘Grounded (Lips)’ and ‘Open Eyed’ With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon is influenced by the Nevada Desert, Utah Canyons and instrumental guitarists William Tyler and Robbie Basho. As the band put it, “It’s an album about a fictional place, the strange rituals that happen there and how the world looks when you leave and return to normality.” It's a fantastic full-length release from one of the best live acts currently active in the capital city. Head along to the show and get in on the ground floor. 10pm start. $10 entry on the door.
On Saturday the 16th of May, local dream-pop turned dream-rock band Glass Vaults perform at Meow. Ahead of the impending release of their debut album Sojourn, Glass Vaults are making a one-off New Zealand Music Month performance to introduce fans to their new material, expect the a new twist on the classically blissed out Glass Vaults sound, now with added rock arrangements, more musicians and a compelling dancefloor energy. They will be joined on the night by one-man electronica act Introverted Dancefloor and lo-fi dream folk singer/songwriter Womb. Tickets are available from Under The Radar. More on the door. 9pm start.