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12:26 Lynn Freeman at the Venice Biennale

The opening week of the 56th Venice Biennale – known as the Vernissage, meaning a preview, has come to an end. The art world insiders have had their chance for a free look at art from 53 countries, the judges have chosen their top three exhibitions and now the public gets a chance to assess what's on offer..

Lemi Ponifasio from the Mau Dance Company is one of New Zealand’s biggest stars on the international arts scene. The Curator of the 2015 Biennale Okwui Enwezor, shoulder tapped Lemi and asked him to create a work for the event.

Venice Biennale

Top right: Blessing, Lagi Moana project by Lemi Ponifasio. Top right: Robotic version of musical instrument the gamelan. Bottom: Lemi Ponifasio (left), his dancers, and Aboriginal artist Richard Bell (third from right)

12:41 Digitising classic New Zealand films

Simon Morris talks to the New Zealand Film Commission's Kate Larkendale about their project digitising Kiwi feature films, many of which can now be watched at NZ Film On Demand.

1:10 At the Movies with Simon Morris

Boychoir, in which another troubled kid meets another inspirational teacher, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck – not quite all you ever wanted to know about Nirvana, and It Follows writes the next chapter in the history of horror.

1:34 Graphic Poetry

We’ve all heard of graphic novels by now but what about graphic poetry? Auckland writer Rachel J Fenton is an exponent of this new hybrid art form and will be presenting selections of her work at the Auckland Writers Festival. She mixes watercolour paintings with poetic texts to create what she calls ‘epic graphic poems’ and tells Standing Room Only’s Justin Gregory that using images allows her greater freedom with her choice of words.

Rachel Fenton

Dalvanius Prime1:46 Dalvanius Prime - Audioculture

In our regular dip into musical history, AudioCulture's Simon Grigg rediscovers the hugely influential Dalvanius Prime (right).

2:05 The Laugh Track –  Andrew Watts

Thoughtful British comedian Andrew Watts is performing his show Feminism for Chaps at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. His Laugh Track picks are Les Dawson, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Milton Jones, and Rob Newman.




Comedian Andrew Watts

2:25 Something felt, something shared

Two artists share their stories of the personal connections and memories they have of their homes through the exhibition Something felt, something shared. What are the connections and relationships that we build with our homes, and what story can they tell about the people who once lived there? Kalya Ward and Gabrielle Amodeo share their experiences and personal connections.

Gabrielle Amodeo and Kalya Ward
Gabrielle Amodeo and Kalya Ward

Peter Holland2:39 Shakespeare scholar Peter Holland

University of Notre Dame scholar Peter Holland is fascinated with William Shakespeare’s influence on modern culture. As part of the Auckland Writer's Festival; Peter is giving talks called Shakespearean Spinach, and The Role of The Critic. He's also taking Shakespearean Spinach to Dunedin.

2:50 A Brown Eye on satire

Maori TV are about to launch satirical comedy show Brown Eye. It’ll be hosted by television and radio presenter Nathan Rarere and feature co-creator Taika Waititi. Standing Room Only producer Shaun D Wilson spoke to Nathan along with producer and co-creator Bailey Mackey as they prepare to send their comedy baby out into the world.

Bailey Mackey and Nathan Rarere
Brown Eye co-creator Bailey Mackey and presenter Nathan Rarere

3:05 The Drama Hour

The Ravens by Alana Valentine.

Music played in this show

Artist: Curtis Lee
Song: Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Composer: Tommy Boyce, Curtis Lee
Album: The Golden Age of American Rock ‘N’ Roll
Label: ACE
Played at: 12:12

Artist: Franz Ferdinand
Song: Evil Eye
Composer: Kapranos/McCarthy
Album: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Label: Domino
Played at: 12:38

Artist: Sarah Vaughan
Song: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Composer: O. Harbach, J. Kern, T.B. Harms
Album: Sarah Vaughan on Mercury Vol.3
Label: Mercury
Played at: 12:58

Artist: Naked Eyes
Song: Always Something There To Remind Me
Composer: David, Bacharach
Album: Where Were You?: 1983
Label: EMI
Played at: 1:10

Artist: The Flamingos
Song:  I Only Have Eyes For You
Composer: Warren, Dubin
Album: The Best of The Flamingos
Label: Rhino
Played at: 1:45

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Song: In Your Eyes
Composer: Peter Gabriel
Album: So
Label: Virgin
Played at: 1:58

Artist: Kim Carnes
Song: Betty Davis Eyes
Composer: Weiss, DeShannon
Album: Greatest Hits of the 80s
Label: Disky
Played at: 2:04

Artist: Jack Jones
Song: Angel Eyes
Composer: M. Dennis, E. Brent
Album:  Wild, Coll and Swingin’ Too
Label: Capitol
Played at: 2:37

Artist: Marianne Faithfull
Song: The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Composer: Silverstein
Album: Broken English
Label: Island
Played at: 2:58

Artist: The War on Drugs
Song: Red Eyes
Composer: Adam Granduciel
Album: Lost In The Dream
Label: Secretly Canadian
Played at: 3:55

AudioCulture's Dalvanius Prime picks

Artist: Patea Maori Club
Song: Poi E
Composer: Prime, Pewhairangi
Album: Poi E
Label: Jayrem

Artist: Shevelles
Song: Beat The Clock
Composer: Gottehrer, Stroll
Album: Here Come The Kiwi Girls
Label: EMI

Artist: Dalvanius and the Fascinations
Song: Voodoo Lady
Composer: Prime
Album: Dalvanius: A Man of Passion
Label: Jayrem

Artist: Collision
Song: You Can Dance

Artist: Prince Tui Teka
Song: E Ipo
Composer: Ngoi Pewhai Rangi, Missy, Prince Tui Teka
Album: The Greatest
Label: BMG