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Drew Hill

Drew Hill's fast food photography. Photo: Drew Hill

12:37 You have a bad [hair] day

Two thousand years of hair styles are encapsulated in a new exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery, from bad hair days to eccentric styles, sideburns to split ends.

Bad Hair Day includes more than 60 works, showing how attitudes towards hair and hairstyles have changed, for better and for worse. Big name New Zealand artists including Ronnie van Hout, Leo Bensemann, and Yvonne Todd have work in the exhibition curated by Ken Hall.

Former Maori Affairs Minister Sir Pita Sharples

Former Maori Affairs Minister Sir Pita Sharples Photo: Broddi Sigurðarson (CC BY-SA 2.0)


12:47 Xin and Tane: where did the money go?

Budget 2016 contained some good news for three of our major arts organisations. The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra all received substantial increases to their budgets. Justin Gregory investigates a dispute between a government department and its former minister stopping a new stage show from going ahead.


1:10 At The Movies

Dan Slevin is sitting in for Simon Morris for a final time.

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Photo: Disney

In this week’s show Dan reviews Johnny Depp’s return to Wonderland in Alice Through the Looking Glass; Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling blowing holes in 1977 Los Angeles in The Nice Guys, and Our Little Sister the latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Koreeda.

1:33 Studio Antarctica

Sculptor turned Antarctic scientific researcher Gabby O'Connor is enlisting the help of schoolchildren to create a massive art installation of sellotape sea ice platelets.


Diana Devlin

Diana Devlin Photo: Supplied

1:48 Diana Devlin: around The Globe

London's Globe Theatre, a replica of one of Shakespeare's early venues, has had a record year making a healthy surplus of over half a million New Zealand dollars. Not bad for a venture that had to get over a lot of hurdles to even be built almost two decades ago. One of the people who helped make the dream a reality was Dr. Diana Devlin.

She's Deputy Chair of the Shakespeare Globe Council, and also teaches acting at the respected Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Diana is also the granddaughter of actors Dame Sybil Thorndike and Sir Lewis Casson.

She's in New Zealand at the moment as an assessor for the Shakespeare Globe Globe Centre New Zealand University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

Daniel John Smith

Standup Daniel John Smith Photo: Supplied

2:06 The Laugh Track – Daniel John Smith

As the culmination of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, awards were handed out to recent RNZ National guests Felicity Ward for Best International Show, Best Newcomers The Fan Brigade, and David Correos took out the coveted Billy T award.

For Wellington Daniel John Smith took home the Newcomer Award. Daniel has appeared on AotearoHA: Rising Stars, as well as storytelling podcasts What We Talk About and The Watercooler.


Drew Hill

Drew Hill's fast food photography. Photo: Drew Hill

2:25 Fast food photographer

Photographer Drew Hill’s new exhibition In Your Face uses fast food wrappers as a canvas, placing images on them. Drew says Like they are mass producing their food, I am using the wrappers to mass produce my work”.





The Salted Air

The Salted Air Photo: Supplied

2:35 The Salted Air

A widowed woman finds herself attracted to her late husband's brother in Thom Conroy's latest novel The Salted Air.

Thom's first novel reimagined the story of a German naturalist, Dr Ernst Dieffenbach who come to New Zealand to buy land from Maori. 

2:49 NZ On Screen – Big political personalities

 As the American political circus trundles on, we decided it would be a good time to look back at some of the great characters of New Zealand politics over the years - with NZ On Screen Content Director Irene Gardiner.

3:06 Drama at 3 – Man Parts

Man Parts is a celebration of small towns, musical theatre and the myriad of characters that put the shows on the stage.

3:52 Kyle of Asgard at Armageddon

Lynn Freeman talks to cosplay enthusiast Kyle Simpson at Armageddon Expo.

Music played in this show

Artist: Madonna
Song: B Day Song
Composer: Madonna, Martin Solveig, Maya Arulpragasm
Album: MDNA
Label: Interscope B001665902
Played at: 12:12

Artist: Nina Las Vegas; Swick
Song: Birthday
Album: Cool Sports
Label: NLV Records
Played at: 12:34

Artist: The Sugarcubes
Song: Birthday
Composer: Sugarcubes
Album: Life's Too Good
Label: Mother 537992
Played at: 12:59

Artist: Katy Perry
Song: Birthday
Composer: Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry, Henry Walter
Album: Prism
Label: Capital 375323
Played at: 01:10

Artist: The Idle Race
Song: Happy Birthday
Composer: Mildred Hill, Patty Smith Hill
Album: The Birthday
Label: Parlophone 348640
Played at: 01:46

Artist: The Idle Race
Song: The Birthday
Composer: Jeff Lynne
Album: The Birthday
Label: Parlophone 348640
Played at: 01:46

Artist: Altered Images
Song: Happy Birthday
Composer: Altered Images
Album: Happy Birthday: The Best of Altered Images
Label: Music Club 976704
Played at: 01:58

Artist: The Boys Next Door
Song: Happy Birthday
Composer: Cave, Harvey, Howard
Album: Hits
Label: Shock 560093
Played at: 02:04

Artist: John Mulaney
Song: New In Town
Composer: John Mulaney
Album: New In Town
Label: Comedy Central Records CCR 0137
Played at: 2:10

Artist: Andy Daly
Song: [Untitled]
Composer: Andy Daly
Album: Comedy Death Ray
Label: Comedy Central Records CCR 30053
Played at: 2:15

Artist: Jefferson Airplane
Song: Lather
Composer: Grace Slick
Album: The Best of Grace Slick
Label: BMG 745742
Played at: 2:30

Artist: The Smiths
Song: Unhappy Birthday
Composer: Morrisey, Marr
Album: Strangeways, Here We Come
Label: WEA 991899
Played at: 2:45

Artist: Muhammed Rafi
Song: Baar Baar Din Yeh Aaye (Happy Birthday To You)
Album: Farz
Played at: 2:58

Artist: The Beatles
Song: Birthday
Composer: Lennon, McCartney
Album: The Beatles (The White Album)
Label: Parlophone 746443
Played at: 3:58