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Breath of life: Francesco Ventriglia

Ballet breathes beauty and oxygen into our lives, says the new artistic director of Royal New Zealand Ballet.

An eclectic movie mix

The Wellington Film Society's 2015 programme kicks off tonight with a nail-biting adaptation of a graphic novel, writes James Croot.

Hook offers reminder of glory days

Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook's covers band, The Light, played Wellington on Thursday.

Neneh Cherry stays true

Still raw like sushi, in a different way

Ahead of her Wellington show, Britain's Neneh Cherry explains why she's released just four albums since 1988.

NZSO began on high note

Sheep, dogs couldn't upstage orchestra

It was New Zealand's "first great cultural adventure" - musically at least, and sheep in the city couldn't compete.

What's on in Wellington

Music, comedy, theatre, film, and the festive season. Here's what's on in Wellington.

Feathers, furs and fins fly on stage

The makers of circus hit in the New Zealand Festival are back next month with Carnival of the Animals.

J Mascis: The Godfather of grunge

Vicki Anderson talks to Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis and, surprisingly, he talks back.

Unknown legend under the spotlight

REVIEW: Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is an entertaining and enlightening documentary.

Sequel no second-rate Hotel

REVIEW: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is stuffed full of subplots and sexual tension.

Finding joy after division

New wave icon Peter Hook talks about finding light after New Order and Joy Division.

Next stop New York

Kiwi designer set to show in the Big Apple

Wendy Jerard's designs have jumped off Auckland's Sky Tower. Now they will walk New York's Hudson River.

Over 60 and still sassy

American Jane Keller has made a name for herself in Wellington, chiefly through her solo cabaret shows.

Artists back Eleanor Catton

More than 130 artists have backed author Eleanor Catton’s right to speak her mind.

Gutsy men reveal insights, influences

New production The Brave conveys the emotional and physical aspects of being a man.

Takeaway art brings back memories

The Chinese takeaway cafe of her Wellington childhood came into focus for artist Kerry Ann Lee when she visited China for the first time,

Kiwis with eyes on Oscar

New Zealand and the Academy Awards

It's Oscars day and New Zealand has some long and surprising links with the sought-after film awards.

One museum to foil them all

In the latest draft of its Long-Term Plan, the city council has ranked a movie museum as No 1 on its list of eight big ideas for economic growth.

'Naggio' twisted tongues

She was a queen of crime, her name mentioned in the same breath as Agatha Christie.

Ciara's 23-minutes Porirua show

After upsetting Christchurch concertgoers with a 5-minute blitz Ciara treated her Porirua audience to a show five times that duration: 23-minutes.

Review: Particle Fever

One of the highlights of last year’s New Zealand International Film Festival is back.

Review: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending is an atrociously bad film, which I enjoyed pretty much every minute of.

Mean-spirited Interview fails to impress

The Interview isn't all bad, it's just that for every good idea, there are several lousy ones.

Not to be sniffed at

A bluffer's guide to Seattle musician Perfume Genius, who plays Bodega in Wellington.

Body and soul: Call Mr Robeson

Fringe Festival show Call Mr Robeson, performed by Tayo Aluko, has been a hit in the UK and US.

The best Guns N' Roses tribute band

Slash found fame as the top-hatted guitarist in Guns N' Roses. Almost inexplicably he continues to hold on to that fame.

Fringe bus keeps driving

Those wanting to hop on the Fringe bus will have to be ready because this is one festival that's not slowing down.

World is his canvas

The key piece in the exhibition Iti, at Wellington's Suite Gallery, is a mattress, battered, encased in plastic and symbolic.

King Missile IV: Ready to launch

Fronted by poet, writer and intellectual property analyst John S Hall, US band King Missile IV plays Wellington tonight.

Taking risks in red noses

The idea for the Broccoli Brother Ron's costume - red nose, sports helmet, and unitard - came out of fear.

Style icon's advice for bogans

Holden an appropriate name for one's first-born? Or Falcon? What should be worn to set off ugg boots? Quirky chef Peta Mathis answers these and other important questions.

Jupiter Ascending is off the planet

Big-budget sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending hits New Zealand screens after an eight-month delay. But is it too late to save the careers of the Wachowski siblings.

School of thought

Eleanor Catton showed that there are still dangers in being a public intellectual in New Zealand.

Valentines Day with the RNZB

Love, young lovers and match-makers are the stars of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's next production.

What's on: February 12 - 17

Music, comedy, theatre, film, and the festive season. Here's what's on in Wellington.

Watching the whistleblower

American film-maker Laura Poitras talks about her documentary Citizenfour on Edward Snowden.

Maori performing arts leader dies

Hawke's Bay man who dedicated his life to Maori performing arts and music has died.

Shadows Kickstarted

Fundraiser for US screenings succeeds

What We Do in the Shadows will screen in 70 US cities after $400,000 was raised more than a day ahead of its deadline.

Redford to star in Pete's Dragon

Hollywood heavyweight Robert Redford will star in Pete's Dragon, being filmed in New Zealand.

Kiwi up for big short story prize

A New Zealand author has a shot at winning the richest prize for a short story in the world.

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