Kapi-Mana News : January 3rd 2012
7 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 3, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 3214052AA KM093263 7 HARTHAM PLACE SOUTH, PORIRUA CELTICSTAR Tarot & Rune Readings Live. Find out what the future holds Ph 0900 50 800 18 years or over. Calls cost $2.98+GST per min. Law States Entertainment only. Time: 9.00am - 9.00pm Not Tues & Thur Evening Phone: (04) 297-0967 TW105636 THE LOWDOWN Up-to-date listings for local events and shows. Want your event added? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full lowdown: kapimana news.co.nz. On today ITI BITY -- Toys From the Pataka Collection. More than 1000 minia- ture toy figures, from cowboys, knights, soldiers and Samurai to roy- alty and politicians. Suitable for chil- dren with plenty of activities. Until February 12. SAMOA & GERMANY, Exhibition investigating impact of the historical relationship between Germany and Samoa between 1900 to 1914 and its lasting legacy. At Pataka until February 19. SIAMANI SAMOA, Michel Tuffery's new suite of paintings, sculpture and multimedia installation. Evokes the depth and texture of the story of Germany's brief history in Samoa. Until February 19. Saturday, January 28 EAT, DRINK & BE CRAFTY, Quality crafts and gourmet grub make for an enjoyable day at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. Plenty of fun, old fashioned activities, from gumboot throwing to sack races. 150 stalls expected. Still space available for budding craft people to display their wares. Contact. info@eatdrink crafty.co.nz. Monday, February 6 FESTIVAL OF THE ELEMENTS, Arts, crafts, entertainment, food and fun at Te Rauaparaha Park. A cele bration of Porirua's cultural diversity and Waitangi Day. Thursday, March 8 THE BAREFOOT DIVAS, Walk A Mile In My Shoes, Whirimako Black, Emma Donovan, Merenia, Ngaiire and Maisey Rika are the Barefoot Divas -- five proud indigenous women of diverse cultural backgrounds and exceptional vocal talent. Accompanied by their inter- national band, the Australian and New Zealand ensemble combines reggae, roots, R&B and Latin- infused music with stories of struggle and scandal from their lives on the road and in the studio. 8pm, Pataka. Tickets $36/$15 from Ticketek. Tuesday, March 13 JAMES HILL, Canadian ukulele maestro Hill is joined by cellist and singer Anne Davison for a perform- ance of creativity and unpredictable fun. 8pm, Pataka, $36/$15 from Ticketek. Asher finds his feet Dancing a storm: Asher Papadopoulos can bust a move with the best and is proud of his trophy. By KRIS DANDO Asher Papadopoulos is happy when he s dancing. The Porirua 6-year-old was the recipient of the Extreme Dance Performance Centre s inaugural Christchurch Courage Award at their recent prizegiving ceremony and mum Alex said his face lights up when the subject is raised. Dancing has given him a huge amount of confidence, he s a really music-oriented child and this place [Extreme Dance] has been very positive for him. His social skills have thrived, he loves the people and it s something he really enjoys doing with his Dad. Asher featured in Kapi-Mana News in January last year, when Rangikura School won a huge place in his parents hearts by taking him as a student. Asher requires a teacher aide and speech therapist, and fences around the school to ensure he doesn t wander off. Extreme s director John Link- horn said the new trophy -- its wood sourced from Christchurch -- was donated by a Porirua busi- ness owner who wished to remain anonymous. She wanted to acknowledge the earthquakes in Christchurch and give a courage award. We ve never had one before and it will go to someone who has showed perserverance in the face of adversity, and Asher absolutely deserves it. He constantly surprises people. At our end-of-year-perfor- mance [at Southwards Museum] he was dancing in front of 400 people. He gives it his all. Mr Linkhorn said they had a number of awards like excellence and studio spirit recognised those among their 300 students who go a bit beyond what is expected. Asher told Kapi-Mana News he loved being part of the concert. Alex said he wore the top half of his monkey costume for days afterwards -- and the trophy was where everyone could see it. Acting up as a kid leads to top award Raising a laugh: Comedian Rick Sahar celebrates his award By SARAH BURTON Wellington entertainer Rick Sahar is delighted his array of comical characters won him the 2011 Top Variety Artist award. IknewIwasgood--Ijust didn t know I was this good, he joked. A professional entertainer for 27 years, Sahar said his many characters, from Tricky the Clown to The Old Waiter, were all his children. He uses them to enter- tain family or corporate groups with comedy, magic and music. Sahar was born to a Jewish family in Detroit. His love of act- ing up started when he was six, performing with his sister for his parents and their friends. We had a little repertoire we developed. An interest in socialism led him to a kibbutz in Israel at 16. It was supposed to be just for a summer but turned into 11 years. While in Israel, he met a New Zealand woman and moved here with her. In Wellington on his 30th birthday Sahar gave himself the gift of pursu- ing his dream of becoming an entertainer. I found society really lovely. I was really moved by the gentle- ness and greenness and easy- going life. It was a great place for me to incubate my new career. Sahar s first foray was busking in Cuba Mall as a clown named Ricardo the Stupendous. He said it was scary and initially no-one stopped to watch his act. His second attempt was slightly more successful. Two people stopped and watched and actually laughed and could get where I was coming from in my humour, which was pretty zany. This was encouragement enough and the work began rolling in from then. His first paid gig was a resi- dency at Cobb & Co, where he developed the character Cobby the Clown. He then spent two and a half years touring the South Island working with school children. I always try to give children a positive message. You can dress up as anything you want, you can grow up to be anything you want and I chose to be a clown. Sahar said he found adults loved to dress up in his self- devised Murder Mystery nights. People just go berserk in portraying their parts. Dinner out . . . turns into an event that they remember for years.
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