Welcome to BrainFood, our monthly sampling of what’s going on around town.  Please contact the organizations listed for more information and to find out what else they have on offer. And, if there are other events and programs you think we should include, please let us know.  Just email brooks@baybuzz.co.nz.   Special thanks to BrainFood sponsor Clearview Estate Winery & Restaurant.

BLACK BARN ART GALLERY
Black Barn Rd., Havelock North
Open 12-4pm, Thurs – Sun or by
appointment.  877 7985   www.blackbarn.com

TREASURES FROM THE SKULL CAVE
By Dick Frizzell
May 21 – June 14
Preview May 20, 5:30 – 7pm

NEW WORKS by Simon Kaan
Through May 17

CREATIVE HASTINGS
Hastings Community Art Center
106 Russell St South, Hastings
878-9447   www.creativehastings.org.nz

COMMONWEALTH WRITERS’ PRIZE WINNERS
Five Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winners read and discuss their work with time for Q&A. Appearing are Marina Endicott( Canada ), Mandla Langa ( South Africa ), Joan Thomas ( Canada ), Mo Zhi Hong (NZ) and Uwem Akpan ( Nigeria ). A rare opportunity to hear leading international writers.
May 11, 8pm. Gold coin donation.
Performing Arts Centre, Lindesfarne College.
Contact Keith Thorsen  kthorsen@clear.net.nz to ensure seat availability.

ARTISTS’ CHALLENGE – KEYS, TREES & BROLLIES
Annual themed exhibition presents an eclectic, often amusing mix of works in any media by diverse array of area artists.  Always worth a visit.
May 26 – June 13.  Hastings Community Arts Centre.

ENVIRONMENT CENTRE HAWKE’S BAY
220 Russell St., Hastings
870-4942

COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSES
Starting May 4: new term’s worth of informative, practical courses to help you manage your home, garden, and environment.  Courses include:  Sustainable Living; Introduction to Permaculture; Native Trees for Hawke’s Bay; and Plant Propagation.   Contact Environment Centre for full course listings and details.  

ECO BUILDING
This workshop introduces concepts of eco design, sustainable building, & sustainable materials. Topics include energy, waste, water, materials and more.
May 16 – 17
For more details call Environment Centre 06 870 4942

WORKSHOP: FLAX – HARAKEKE
Learn the practical uses of this amazing native plant.  Includes
sourcing, preparation and weaving project.
May 16, 10 am-3pm.  $50
Contact Environment Centre to register

WORKSHOP: SOURDOUGH BREAD MAKING
May 16, 1- 4 pm.  $10
Contact Environment Centre to register

HASTINGS CITY ART GALLERY
201 Eastbourne Street East, Hastings; 871 5095 
www.hastingscityartgallery.co.nz

CREATIVE H.B. INVITATIONAL 2009
Exhibition and sale of new works by emerging and established contemporary artists.
Through May 31

HAWKE’S BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
205 Queen St., Hastings; 876-5938
www.hawkesbaychamber.co.nz

LUNCHEON: CAMERON BAGRI, CHIEF ECONOMIST ANZ BANK
May 27, 12 – 2pm. $25
The Old Church Restaurant, Meeanee Rd.

HAWKE’S BAY OPERA HOUSE
101 Hastings Street South, Hastings
871 5280    www.hawkesbayoperahouse.co.nz

General Enquiries:
Phone +64 6 871 5280 Hastings St., Hastings

PRETTYFULL WOMAN – THE LAUGHING SAMOANS
One of New Zealand’s most successful comedy duos returns to Hawke’s Bay with their latest hit show.
May 9, 8pm.  $35/$25
Book through ticketdirect

FOOTNOTE DANCE 2009: MADE IN NZ
Unique showcase of original home-grown dance works by top Kiwi choreographers, set to NZ music.
www.footnote.org.nz
June 6, 8pm. $35/$25
Book through ticketdirect
HAWKE’S BAY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
9 Herschell St., Napier
835-7781   www.hbmag.co.nz

LOOK SOUTH – TEXTILES BY CLAIRE PLUG
One of NZ’s leading applied artists, Plug creates contemporary  art quilts. The dozen or so quilts in this exhibition are a response to her recent arts residency experience in Antartica—a place  she describes as “a time capsule, an ark and an early warning station.”
May 8-Nov 1. Exhibition opening: May 7, 5:30pm. Free

GALLERY FLOOR TALK – Ursula Ryan from the Antarctica
Foundation and artist Clare Plug will discuss the Look South  exhibition and “Artists in Antarctica” programme.
May 8, 11am. Free
 
LAST LONELIEST LOVELIEST – New Zealand & The Empire
This exhibition uses a range of items to examine what the British Empire meant to the New Zealanders under its mantle. It investigates how Empire style objects were used as strategic reminders of ‘Britishness’.
May 30 – Sept 13.  Exhibition Opening: May 29, 5:30pm.  Free

KEIRUNGA GARDENS ARTS & CRAFTS SOCIETY, INC.
Pufflet Road, P.O. Box 8265, Havelock North
www.keirunga.org.nz

ACRYLIC PAINTING – 4 Week Course
Starting May 6, 7-9pm.  $60
Tutor: John Spittle
Contact: Marjorie 877 8125 or Maggie 877 6567
Francis Bacon Studio, Keirunga Gardens

WEAVE UNIQUE SCARF
Learn basics of 4-shaft weaving
May 23 – 24, 9:30 – 4pm. $87.50
Contact: Jenny Cook 877 5653
The Homestead, Keirunga Gardens

LANDMARKS HISTORY GROUP
Meets 2nd Tues each month
Hastings Library. Contact: Michael Fowler 027 4521 056

LECTURE: CHIEF TE HAPUKU
by Jerry Hapuku, MNZM, local Kaumatua and direct descendant of Chief Te Hapuku.
May 12, 5:30pm.  Gold Coin.

LIVE POETS SOCIETY
Open poetry readings.  Meets monthly at Hastings Community Arts Center,
Russell St, Hastings. Contact: Jenny Dobson 876 3463
jenny-dobson@xtra.co.nz

GUEST POET: CHARLOTTE SIMMONDS
Join the Wellington based poet and established playwright for original poetry reading.
May 4, 8-10pm.  Free

GUEST POET: GLEN COLQUHOUN   
The award winning poet, children’s writer and doctor returns for another inspiring evening.
June 8, 8 – 10pm.  Free                                                        

MOSTLY ACOUSTIC MUSIC GROUP
Open to any musician including vocalists. Meets last Weds of every month.
8pm. Take Five, Marine Parade, Napier. 
Contact: Richard Nicholson 878 4643.

NAPIER MUNICIPAL THEATRE
119 Tennyson St. Napier  835 5905
www.napiermunicipaltheatre.co.nz

ISLA GRANT with Al Grant & Friends
May 16, 7pm. $63
Book through ticketdirect

ED BYRNE
Ireland’s master stand-up comedian returns with his critically acclaimed new show.
May 17, 8pm. $47
Book through ticketdirect

NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Matthias Bamert Conductor, Steven Osborne Piano. Program includes Salieri, Mozart and Mendelssohn
May 19, 8pm.  Pre Concert talk: 7:15pm
Book through ticketdirect

NAPIER OPERATIC SOCIETY TABARD THEATRE
Coronation St., Napier
835 8775     www.nos.org.nz

DINE & DANCE
One special weekend offers two evenings and an afternoon of sumptuous dining and dancing to live music.  Each event is themed:
May 15, 7:30pm. Roaring 20’s dinner & dance. $43
May 16, 7:30pm. The 80’s dinner & dance. $43
May 17   12pm    Light luncheon, afternoon tea dance. $30
Book through TicketDirect

PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
704 Hastings St., Hastings
878 5946

GRADA
Innovative Irish folk band 
May 22, 8pm.  $30.
Bookings: contact Keith Gosney
876 5867   klgosney@xtra.co.nz

WAIMARAMA MAORI TOURISM
P 879-9302  M 021 057-0935
www.waimaramaori.com

WALK WITH THE ANCESTORS TOUR
Explore stunning 15th Century Maori ancestral and archaeological site while learning history of the area and how people lived. Not your typical Maori history tour.
Daily, 10am, departing Waimarama. 
Phone for tour details & bookings.

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