50% from A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery will go to Te Omanga Hospice as part of the “Ponder This” exhibition. 3-20 August.
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City Gallery Wellington is holding an exhibition called “Occulture: The Dark Arts exhibition”. It promises as show that “explores contemporary art’s role in the process of occultation. It brings together New Zealand and international artists who push the symbolic, formal and material languages of esoteric or occult traditions into new forms.”
More information about the exhibition, can be found on the City Gallery Wellington web site. The exhibition runs 12 August to 19 November 2017.
Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31. It looks as if a “a group of witches and wizards dedicated to interacting, socialising and partying with Muggles” is planning an event the following weekend in Auckland. If you are interested in dressing up and joining the fin, then check out Wizard Fest 2017. There is a form where you can register your interest.
World UFO Day
Sunday 2nd July every year
176 Victoria Street
Years in the making Anton and Nina imaged what the future would be like. Will it be a post-apocalyptic survival or, a future where everybody wears the same thing and live in peace with robots in a bubble city.
Either way we want to take photos of it, gather evidence and travel there.
Photonflux is the place where possible future will be planned, discussed and changed.
The headquarters offers the revolutionary fluxbun, a fried dough filled with various flavours in a casual setting. For World UFO Day your filling will be in the hands of our creative chef.
However if you do not wish to be pleasantly surprised you can pick from our menu.
The bar host craft beer, single barrel whiskies, Kombucha and organic wines and six barrel soda.
The objective is to attract like-minded people who support creativity, the idea of Scifi and appreciate the art of making art.
Anton Sounes (a Sounes Photo) has his photography studio on the second floor and are planning to capture all those who wish to be captured. Be creative and join in.
Dress up or come as you are.
Limited parking available for space ships.
The World SF convention this year is in Finland. Over on their FB page, they are asking for people to write about fandom in their own countries. Is there anybody out there who is interested in representing the kiwi expression of fandom to the rest of the world? This is what they say…
Call for article writers! Want to write a very small article (300 words max) about fandom in your country? We also need help collecting the names of regional groups or national groups, and regional and national conventions from 14 Augusti 2017 – 15 August 2018.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 15 June!
It is only three weeks until Lexicon – the 2017 New Zealand national SF/F convention. If you have been putting off making a decision about making a trip to Taupo to attend, now is the time to get organised. The convention will be closing their membership signup process on 23rd May, so you don’t have much time.
As previously reported, the convention hotel is full up, but Taupo is a tourist town and a simple search will provide dozens of options. The convention has compiled a set of recommendations you should check out.
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist was announced earlier this month. LexiCon members, are all eligible to vote for these awards, and voting forms will be available at the convention. If you’d like to take a look at the nominated works in advance, many of them are available in a downloadable package – there is an authentication process before you can view the package. There will also be a display table at LexiCon with many of the shortlisted works for you to take a look at.
For more convention news, check out the con news feed.
Arty Bees Books and the Southern Cross Hotel have started up a book club. You can read about the event here on its FB page. As many of you know, Arty bees have been a big supporter of local SF/F/H over the years. The following is the blurb about the club.
“Read any good books lately? Itching to talk about them? Go on then! In this book club there’s no specific book you have to pretend to have read; we’re thinking more relaxed, informal discussion with like-minded readers about book… related… stuff. (and maybe a glass of wine or two). Sound good? Good! The Southern Cross Book Club exists with a little help from our friends at Arty Bees Books. We meet on the second Monday of every month at 6pm in the Lounge, first on the right as you arrive. If you can read this, you may as well join us.”
The next meeting is Monday, May 8 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM – the theme is “War! What is it good for?”