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12 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, February 26, 2015 www.times.co.nz We want to hear from you. Submit stories, photos, anything that is of community interest. TXT: BOT followed by your comment to 875 EMAIL: email@example.com WIN PRIZES: times.co.nz Botany & Ormiston Botany & Ormiston The smart new look... THE Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions are bringing a public showcase of Othello: The Remix to South-East Auckland. It’s performed at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on Wednesday, March 18, as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. International hip-hop dancers the Q Brothers are planning to turn up the volume on The Bard’s classic tragedy Othello. The show is a theatrical adaptation of the story but told with rap music. It’s described as an “innovative, intelligent and utterly genius take” on William Shakespeare’s iconic play. The story centres on the fictional character Othello, who in the rap version is an MC who “gets out of the ghetto and goes straight to the top”. He wins the respect of his peers in the music industry, as well as the adulation of his fans and the heart of the gorgeous singer Desdemona. However, Othello has also attracted the spite of hip-hop artist Iago, who has sinister plans in mind for him. The stage production features the talents of the Q Brothers, comprised of rapping siblings GQ and JQ. The brothers grew up in Chicago in the United States and are musicians, actors, writers, educators and music DJs. They’ve formed a critically- acclaimed brand out of Shakespearean hip-hop, touring internationally with a show entitled Funk It Up About Nothin’, their version of Much Ado About Nothing. The pair has also adapted plays such as A Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They plan to eventually create hip-hop versions of all of William Shakespeare’s works. “ We treat the work with respect and we think he was a genius,” says GQ. “Our philosophy, though, is that if you want to live on as an art form 500 years later, you can’t do it the same way.” Hip-hop artists the Q Brothers, second from left and right, will join other stage performers to deliver a high energy stage production in Manukau next month. Photo supplied High speed exhibition. Photo supplied Community day Botany Town Centre, corner of Te Irirangi and Ti Rakau Drives March 7, from 10am-3pm THE annual Botany Community Day is a chance for East Auckland residents to learn about the many local organisations and service providers available to help them. On hand will be representatives from local churches, the emergency services, a large range of not-for-profit groups, and a range of live entertainment. It’s organised by police senior constable Garry Boles; the Auckland Council’s Lance Watene; Ashley Grogan, programmes and events manager at Uxbridge, Howick’s creative centre; and Mark van Wijk of BotanyLife Community Church. Entry is free. Everyday Heroes Botany Town Centre, corner of Te Irirangi and Ti Rakau Drives March 28, from 10am EVERYDAY Heroes is a free annual event giving the community the chance to meet and interact with representatives of Counties Manukau Police, the Fire Service and St John Ambulance. Several thousand people turned out to last year’s event, which included police detectives conducting a mock crime scene examination, a taser device demonstration and a police dog unit in action. There was also a simulated motor vehicle crash, driveway safety advice, fire trucks, ambulances, the police’s armed offenders squad (AOS), and Coastguard. Entry is free. Art exhibition Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, 16 Stancombe Road, Flat Bush Until March 31, open 10.30am- 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday A PUBLIC art exhibition entitled Dialogue and Evocations is the latest to be staged at the Fo Guang Yuan art gallery at the Buddhist temple in Flat Bush. It features pieces by Irena Keckes and Nim Flora Chan that utilise heavy black ink brush works and empty space. Some of the works seek to express a sense of balance between simplicity and complication and communicate that the process is more important than the end goal. Entry is free. WHAT’S ON AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL Hip-hop theatre It’s Shakespeare, but not as we know it ARTWORK Art sale deadline looms KIWI artists looking for a high speed exhibition to sell their works need to complete their applications now. The deadline looms for artists to be part of the Auckland’s largest market, The Original Art Sale 2015. The monster sale at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau is in support of Kidz First Children’s Hospital and is sponsored by Auckland University of Technology. It will be launched with a charity gala night on Thursday, May 14. To be considered to have artwork included in the sale, artists must complete an online form, which can be also printed and posted. There is a one-time, non- refundable application fee of $55 and the paperwork must be entered by the artist or the artist’s gallery representative on or before March 14, 2015. Artists can send a maximum of three sample photos of previous artworks. There is also a secondary school art competition. Forty finalists will be chosen for the exhibit and will be included in an exclusive wall for students. Winners will be announced at the gala night and receive cash prizes sponsored by AUT. Deadline for application is April 27, 2015. To access application information go to theoriginalartsale.co.nz. WIN TICKETS What: ➤ The Times has two double passes to the Othello: The Remix public stage production to give away. When: ➤ March 18 Where: ➤ Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau How to enter: ➤ Email bot@ times.co.nz or write your name and daytime contact details on the back of an envelope and send it to: Othello Competition, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259 243, Botany, Auckland 2163; or enter online at www.times. co.nz. Entries close: 5pm on Thursday, March 12.
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