City Gallery

Past event

Tuatara Open Late: Jess Cornelius, Book Club, Nicky Hager, and more

7 November 2019

Art, music, film, talks, beer, wine, and food. A changing programme of late-night events on the first Thursday of the month.

This month: investigative journalist Nicky Hager takes a look at the history of eavesdropping in New Zealand.

Jess Cornelius—New Zealand-born songwriter, singer and instrumentalist—performs live. Now based in LA, Cornelius grew up musically in Australia, where she released three critically acclaimed albums with her Melbourne-based project Teeth & Tongue.

Pip Adam and the City Gallery Book Club return with a reading list inspired by Eavesdropping. Panellists: Brannavan Gnanalingam (novelist and lawyer), Sue Orr (fiction writer and former journalist), and David Long (musician, composer and producer). They will be discussing:

  • Catherine Chidgey The Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel
  • Italo Calvino A King Listens (from the collection Under the Jaguar Sun)
  • Eavesdropping: A Reader – edited by James Parker and Joel Stern
  • Behrouz Boochani No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison 

All Book Club titles are available from the Gallery Shop.

As always, our bar and galleries open at 5pm, there'll be Tuatara beers, Seresin Estate wine, supper treats for purchase from Taste of Morocco, and sounds from Radio Active DJ Pārū.


From 5pm: Galleries are open, DJ Pārū plays, our bar is open, and Taste of Morocco will serve dinner treats 

6pm: City Gallery Book Club

7.30pm: Nicky Hager takes a look at the history of eavesdropping in New Zealand

8.45pm: Jess Cornelius performs live

10pm: Galleries close

Want more Eavesdropping-related reading? Here’s an *extended reading list:

  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudine Rankine
  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick
  • Elliott Spencer by George Saunders, recently published in The New Yorker
  • A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse by panellist Brannavan Gnanalingam

*These texts won’t necessarily be discussed by our panel at November’s Book Club.


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