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Cityscape Our Christchurch
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Time get your rock star on with swagger like Jagger? If you know where to look Christchurch can hook you up, excess-wise. Live large enough for 36 hours to make Kanye jealous, and let the little people take care of the bills! 1) Belt out some tunes If you’re gonna feel properly rock star, you’ll need to perform for your adoring fans first. Hit up the specialty, high-tech karaoke set-ups at Ancestral or Host Restaurant and Bar and put in a performance that will all have eyes on you (where they belong!). 2) Champers, natch OK, the gig is done; off to an appropriately late dinner. Only champagne will do, so head to Bloody Mary’s (above) and order yourself up some Dom Pérignon Rose Epernay France 2000 – at $750 a bottle, you should probably get two. Goes down a treat with their 700g Canterbury Angus, 21 day aged grass-fed,...
Cityscape Entertainment
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Rugby fans in the city have a new go-to home with the announcement of the Christchurch Casino as the official entertainment venue of the Canterbury Crusaders. The Casino’s Monza Sports Bar will be the official place for Crusader fans to gather to support the team; all games will play live on the big screens including a 146”+ LCD wall, there will be opportunities to meet players at exclusive events, and chances to win both game tickets and merchandise. Monza offers a great menu to suit all tastes and a full bar (soon to feature their very own craft beer!) The Crusaders will also be utilising the Casino’s Grand Café to host sponsor events, season ticket holder events, dinners and club events. Crusaders Chief Executive Hamish Riach is stoked with the partnership: “We are excited to have the Christchurch Casino on board as the Official Entertainment Venue of the Crusaders. The Christchurch...
Cityscape Entertainment
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Christchurch summer entertainment highlight the SCIRT World Buskers Festival roars back for another year in 2016, basing itself in Hagley Park and the Arts Centre. Over 65 different street performers, comedians, fringe and visual artists and musicians from both these shores and overseas will crowd into the city for 10 days of epic, high-energy bedazzlement, acrobatics, hoola-hoops, trapeze, music, dance, vaudeville, burlesque, comedy and the just plain bizarre. Get started on that schedule stat! World Buskers’ Festival 14 – 24 January www.worldbuskersfestival.co.nz...
Cityscape News & Reviews
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One Man, Two Guvnors, as directed by Ross Gumbley, is a hilarious comedy that will keep you laughing throughout and all the way home. An adaption of 18th century Italian play The Servant of Two Masters, the British comedy is set in the charming and scandalous UK sea-side town of Brighton in the early 1960s. Full of flamboyant attire and colourful characters, the slap-stick comedy and pantomime routines were seamlessly delivered by the professional and talented cast. Tom Trevella was a stand-out in the lead role of Francis Henshall, a simple Brighton local who finds himself in the predicament of serving two masters. His superb acting, combined with his comic-wit, bought this character to life. The plot, which stems from the trickiness of Henshall’s situation, is light-hearted in its delivery of themes of love, jealously and panic, using contemporary jokes and music. From cockney gangsters to bumbling aristocracy, the play paints...
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Having sought solace from Wednesday’s wintery chill within the magnificently-transformed CBS Arena – now bohemian Paris 2014 – no suspension of disbelief is required for the opening freezing flat scene of New Zealand Opera’s sublime production of La bohème. A fine bromance is underway as painter Marcello (Phillip Rhodes), philosopher Colline (Wade Kernot), musician Schaunard (Robert Tucker) and poet Rodolfo (Shaun Dixon) huddle around a barrel burning Rodolfo’s unpublished works in their living room, and razzing each other to keep warm. Cue entrance by the startlingly beautiful Mimi (Talise Trevigne) holding a key and a snuffed candle. So begins one of the greatest love stories ever sung. Director Patrick Nolan’s tender reimagining of Puccini’s classic tale takes the audience on a soaring journey of young love, despair and tragedy. Keeping the content socially relevant, yet faithful to tradition, Nolan beautifully integrates stellar, understated performances from his cast and an impassioned...
Cityscape Events
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International divas, burlesque royalty and top comics are among the line-up this year for the city’s iconic annual street performance event, the 2014 SCIRT World Buskers Festival, running January 16 – 26.The biggest street performance festival in Australasia is always a highlight of the Christchurch summer, and this year looks to be no exception. The 2014 event will see the return of last year’s stand out hit Le Gateau Chocolat, and in addition local-boy-made-good Sam Wills will take time out from his busy international touring schedule to bring The Boy with Tape on his Face back home to Canterbury.Featured comedians include Jeremy Elwood, Urzila Carlson and Michele A’Court, while clowns, contortionists, acrobats and the frankly indescribable are descending from Israel, USA, The Netherlands, Mexico, the UK, Australia and Christchurch suburbia. All told, the festival will feature 55 acts from 10 countries.Organisers have commented that the need to get in early to...
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  The hippest way to navigate Christchurch has landed! Spreading the love of our fair city, City Map Christchurch Here & Now Spring/Summer 2013/14 is the ultimate, on-the-ground free guide for fearless adventurers looking to explore and experience the very best Christchurch has to offer. The local’s guide to the nitty-gritty on what’s hot and happening in the city, City Map is also the must-have guide for visitors who want to go beyond a formulaic checklist of Christchurch visitor attractions and taste the best of real life in the city. Bursting with information on, and locations for, nearly 100 of Christchurch’s best dining, fashion, beauty, and shopping options, City Map is still svelte enough to fit conveniently into purse or pocket. Make sure you keep an eye out for the City Map display stands when you’re out and about, grab your free copy and start living large....