It was only last year – and already it seems so long ago. It was that rare occasion of the Festival planning some culture-clash thing and getting it absolutely right. Laurie Anderson was a guest curator – she did a bunch of shows and talks and it all culminated in this performance (click there to read my review). This featured her band and some New Zealand musicians, it featured works from across her career – including some written by her late husband, Lou Reed. There were readings and songs and improvisations and it felt about as Arts Festival as you can get. And thank god – or whoever – that it happened. A week or so later and the final shows of the festival were getting shitcanned and we were all locked in to keep ourselves alive and safe. And fair enough. And thank you. But also – while and when it was happening this made me feel safe and alive too. So that is always a bonus! Been thinking about this show a lot lately. My ticket stub looks like it’s been through the wars already eh. Well that’s just smoke from a tealight candle. Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.