uPflash: opera, poetry and…..?


I’ve a really busy week so I’ve done a short video about several of the things happening around Tauranga and the Western Bay in the next few days.



Join us every second Wednesday of the month,

6.00pm to 8.30pm

     at the

   Black Sheep Bar & Grill

Cnr SH2 and Plummers Point Road, Whakamarama

Read your own poems or poems by your favourite poet.   Enjoy the power of the spoken word!

Phone:   07 571 8722   021 145 5810

The first meeting of alchemy was held in April in the Conference Room at the Black Sheep in Whakamarama.  Published poems were read; original poems shared and discussion flowed.   Whakamarama locals Jo and Piers Wiggett and Rosemary Balu shared their words.   ARTbop Contributions Editor author, reviewer and raconteur, Marcus Hobson read.  Dhaivat Mehta, one of Tauranga’s established slam and spoken word poets facilitated the evening and shared some of his words.   Come along this month:  the second Wednesday of the month: May 9th 6.30pm to 8.30pm and share and enjoy.   It’s also the Black Sheep’s popular curry night: enjoy your dinner and then share your thoughts and words.

alchemy is part of a network of poetry groups Dhaivat Mehta is establishing throughout the Bay of Plenty under the umbrella:  incantation.

A younger Dhaivat Mehta with the Incubator’s Music Manager and poet John Baxter at QVis Tauranga


(The Rialto provides a written synopsis of the opera and there are sub-titles in English.)

 Donizetti, L’Elisir D’Amore the Rialto season commencing this Saturday May 5th and running until Monday 14th May. Am I going: yes!

L’Elisir D’Amore by Donizetti is his comic gem staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. It stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.

Other gems to look forward to at the Rialto Tauranga:

May 17 – 27 Puccini, La Boheme

June 07 – 13 Rossini, Seramide

June 23 – 27 Mozart, Cosi Fan Tutte

July 26 – 01 August Verdi Luisa Miller

August 09 – 15 Massenet, Cendrillon

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE Metropolitan Opera in New Zealand:     www.metopera.co.nz

The Met: Live in HD series which is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor The Neubauer Family Foundation. The Digital support of The Met Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers America’s Luxury Home Builders.

The Met Opera HD Live: a doorway to another world…

(Flowers by LIFESTYLE FLOWERS, Whakamarama (Barbara Peck)  Talented grower and florist Barbara Peck creates works of floral art at her purpose built studio in Whakamarama.  The daughter of a florist and a grower, Barbarba has years of experience across all aspects of floral work and creativity.  You can contact Barbara at barbelpeck@hotmail.com              or Phone:   027 614 9963)

That was yesterday…

Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.



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And don’t forget the next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair will be on the last Sunday of May 2018.  The Fairs are held within the Black Sheep Bar & Grill complex.  If the weather’s bad we become an indoor market.  You’ll find us in the Atrium, and around the restaurant and cafe seating:  looks so good!  So no need to worry about the rain or the wind.  There is heaps of parking, clean toilets and wonderful food and coffee.  There’s live music.    If you would like to join us as an exhibitor/retailer of your original creativity you can contact us at aaafair17@gmail.com

We are sign posted along SH2 with signage to the turnoff of SH2 and Plummer’s Point Road. 

In case you miss it, here’s the way in!




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