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places to go French jazz and more in French Bay

A fundraising concert has been organised to help a group of local children go sailing on the Spirit of Adventure. The concert, which will coincide with Auckland

Jazz Festival Week, will feature three local acts: La Luna French Gypsy Swing Quartet (pictured right), BlackSandDiva and the jazz group known as Grg67. BlackSandDiva, aka Cat Tunks, opens the October 17

concert with an upbeat acoustic set of new originals from her forthcoming third album with soul, blues noir and southern flavours. She will be accompanied by the iconic Rod Redgrave and Gavin Dowling. La Luna (Carolina Moon) and her quartet of Michael Kovolov on manouche guitar,

will perform vivacious French gypsy swing and

Monsieur la Bouche – with customary wit and Stephan le Pompe,

Etienne Bizjak on violin and Roger Manins on tenor sax

chanson. On the menu is music by Django and songs by Piaf, Charles Trenet, Ellington and Brubeck. Roger Manins’ saxophone skills are well known and his group, Grg67 (where he is joined by Michael Howell, Mostyn Cole, and Tristan Deck) will close the night with original jazz.

anarchic tendencies – is to be the raconteur and the audience can expect much fun and frivolity. The concert takes place on Saturday, October 17

at French Bay Yacht Club, 7pm-midnight. There will be a licensed bar and tasty nachos will be available. Tickets at $20 are available at www.eventfinder. Enquiries: Auckland Jazz Festival week runs from Oct 14-26 at various venues across Auckland,

Inspirational art weekend comes to Kelston

A public exhibition of West Auckland artists organised and hosted by Kelston Girls College and including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, photographs and film will be held later this month at the college. Established in 2009, this is the third time the

ArtWest event has been held and many of the works will be for sale. Kelston Girls College art coordinator, Kinstry Smythe,

says it promises to be an inspiring weekend with art by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists on display, artist talks and free creative workshops for adults and children. Saturday workshops will include working with clay,

pottery making, weaving with local Kelston weavers, stencil and paint techniques for street art led by Jack Dawson (aka Stensolo) and the opportunity

to participate in the creation of a yarn bombing installation led by Vicky Bradley. All the workshops are free with materials supplied. ArtWest has partnered with the Whau Arts Festival

taking place the same weekend in Avondale and a free shuttle will be running between the two.

ArtWest takes place on October 17 – 18 in the Islay Anderson Auditorium, Kelston Girls College, Great North Road. For more information, workshop times and artist talks visit

Works at ArtWest include paintings by Anita Levering Corokia.

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