Kapi-Mana News : August 14th 2012
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 14, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Garden Equipment • Generators & Pumps • Diggers • Scaffolding • Tracked Barrows • Trucks • Car Trailer • Concrete Equipment • Augers and more... HIRE www.am-hire.co.nz PH 04 237 0308 6 Makaro St, Porirua (OFF RAIHA STREET) To Prosser St HIRE 4021037AC Hairdressing Courses Starting Soon! Government Loans and/or Student Allowances available for course fees and living expenses. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PHC034W Next course starts: 20th Aug. Enrol Now! WELLINGTON 336 High Street, Lower Hutt. Ph: 04 570 0960 or freephone 0800 119 900 www.hairdressing.org.nz 4755268AA Proudly sponsored by RE/MAX Villa porirua WOF SERVICING BATTERIES TYRES 3 Prosser Street, Elsdon PO Box 50 036, Porirua City 5240 PH: 04 237 5404 Kevin and Mike 4707803AB A guide through grief By JIM CHIPP Self analyst: Catherine Downes plays author Joan Didion in her darkest hours. Photo: STEPHEN A'COURT The Year Of Magical Thinking might strike people as bit of a downer at first glance, actor Cathy Downes says. Lovely title, but it s about death and dying. I don t think I ll go there. But writer Joan Didion s account of her inner turmoil after her husband s death is more about coping with her grief and emerging from the other end, she said. Every person on the planet is going to go through it or has gone through it, she said. Grief is a place that none of us know until we get there. We are all going to die, we are all going to lose somebody. It s not about death and dying. It s about how we live. Didion, a journalist and author, had been dealing with the serious illness of her daughter, Quintana, when her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. Her reaction at the time was considered cool, but as her book and play reveals, her apparent calmness was her coping mechanism. Joan, like many of us, had to feel absolutely in control of the situation, even after her husband had died, Downes said. She was managing the situation, cross-checking all the doctor s reports, getting an autopsy done. . . It was her way of managing. While Didion seemed to be managing the situation, she was unable to even throw out her husband s shoes. What profoundly struck me on delving into the play was how powerful the mind is and how trite the intellectual level is, Downes said. For a year Didion couldn t write, but then began to keep notes for the benefit of Quintana, still in a coma. Didion s detached, profes- sional analysis of her own emotional turmoil and dis- torted rationality became The Year of Magical Thinking, first a book and then a play. [The play is about] what you hold on to, what you are unable to hold on to... and how you learn to let go of the past and move into the future, Downes said. After Didion finished the book, Quintana also died. Didion realised what she was going through was harmful to herself and to others, and developed the book into a very dif- ferent play. The Year Of Magi- cal Thinking, directed by Susan Wilson, is on at Circa Theatre until September 8. Visit www.circa.co.nz or call 801 7992. Home coming: Former Porirua boy and Pluto rocker Mathias Jordan, left, with Nightchoir bandmates Mike Hall and Michael Franklin-Browne. Pluto muso returns with new band Having started his love of music at Plimmerton School back in 1986, indie rocker Matthias Jordan is looking forward to returning close to home this week. Although classical and jazz piano lessons proved valuable, it was Plimmerton School s electric key- board and the attention of an audience that set Jordan on a path towards rock n roll. The former Pluto member and his band, Nightchoir -- which also features Pluto alumni Mike Hall and Michael Franklin-Browne -- play two shows this weekend in Paekakariki and Wel- lington City. The indie rock band have just released their second album, See The First Star, a follow-up to 2010 s 24 Hours of Night. Jordan has also toured recently with Stereobus, Dictaphone Blues, Gin Wigmore and Neil and Sharon Finn s Pajama Club -- including an appear- ance with Pajama Club on the famous Jools Hol- land show at BBC London. It is a far cry from where he started, performing with the Pizzazz Jazz Trio at his Plimmerton School graduation, or with college band Horris & the Girraffes. Jordan says a recent gig at St Peter s Hall in Paekakariki with Dictaphone Blues brought back memories of playing at Plimmerton Beach, so he decided to bring his new band back to his old haunts. Nightchoir plays St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki, 9pm, August 17, and Mighty Mighty, 9.30pm, Wellington, August 18. Tickets available for $12 each person from www.undertheradar.co.nz.
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