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Timeless tinsel tunes: Classic Christmas songs

Despite the duds, there actually are some good Christmas songs, writes Tom Cardy.

Second season for Thunderbirds

Another season of Thunderbirds remake commissioned before first even screens on network TV.

The spirit of folk: French for Rabbits

French for Rabbits play Wellington tomorrow after several months overseas.

What's on in Wellington

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

Triumph and tragedy

Wellington arts, a year in revue

Every year Wellington is filled with weird and wonderful events, and 2014 didn't disappoint.

Smart, funny and very human

REVIEW: Think of Obvious Child as a well delivered retort to the implicit morality tale that lies at the heart of Knocked Up.

Water spoiled by saccharine

REVIEW: The Water Diviner's delicate story collapses under the weight of its leading man and director.

Cutting it fine: Rebuilding fine arts

The 132-year-old New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts has had a rocky year, but it's determined to rebuild.

Sensitive, sweet and silly

REVIEW: Paddington is reminiscent of Mousehunt and Nanny McPhee, a surprising delight and perfect school holiday entertainment.

Midlife misadventures

REVIEW: Folies Bergere is both an enjoyable story and a fantastic showcase for a terrific French actress.

RSA honours Peter Jackson

Filmmaker Peter Jackson adds another honour to his swag of Oscars.

Top year for young tenor

Wellington's Jonathan Abernethy was a self-confessed music department irritant at school. He's just won a major Australian opera prize and can hardly believe his good fortune.

Star quartet perform at festival

The Musical Island Boys have had a success for glittering success, and now they're coming home to perform at Porirua's Festival of the Elements.

Well-made things

The thing with mid-century modern design, says Emma Fox Derwin, is that people love it. Her work is in a new exhibition at The Dowse.

When the word was silence

Forty years ago Dame Joy Cowley wrote about a deaf boy who couldn't talk. For the past month, the writer tried being The Silent One herself.

Setting the stage

The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, announced last night, included a salute to the low-profile Simon Elson, who had a big part in making Bats Theatre what it is today.

Is an Oscar next for Lorde?

Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and Lorde are both in the running for an Academy Award.

Red alert: Raspberry season

Make the most of raspberry season with these elegant recipes.

No holding back for Veronicas

Australian duo The Veronicas are back and, not surprisingly, twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso from Brisbane are eager to talk about their new album.

Strange and familiar

Yvonne Todd's perfectly weird photographs are spread out in her and City Gallery's biggest-ever solo exhibition,

Monkeyshines that entertain

REVIEW: Amazonia is less a documentary and more a children’s film. Surprisingly, it's recommended.

Metallers' offer for Seekers fans

Seekers fans who enjoyed the musical mix up with metal band offered t-shirts commemorating the occasion.

Sizzles Streetcar hits big screen

Benedict Andrews directed Britain’s hottest stage show of 2014 with Gillian Anderson starring in Tennessee Williams’ classic play, set to screen in cinemas this month.

A waste of a stellar cast

The Love Punch is a lazy and cynical film that really should have been terrific.

Starting from scratch

Artist James Ford had his car destroyed and simulated vomit with crayons. Now he takes on the scratchie.

Motherhood and Messiah

Just three weeks after Madeleine Pierard sang with Orchestra Wellington in the La Donna Ideale (The Ideal Woman) concert, she gave birth to her first child.

Anzac art evokes memories

Artist Shane Cotton is one of 10 chosen to display a body work at the Australian War Memorial as part of Anzac centenary commemorations.

Me, myself, I

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, who plays Wellington next week, could never be accused of oversharing.

Rising to face the day

OPINION: Making yourself presentable for the outside world can be tedious, repetitive ordeal.

Making sure the joke's not on you

OPINION: There's more to telling a joke than remembering the punch line.

Vintage read: The Color Purple

OPINION: This book is as honest and intimate as when I first read it.

Short film a winner

Budding film-maker Mason Cade Packer is already making a name for himself.

25 years of Fringe

Renowned festival's next offering: 120 shows

Wellington's Fringe Festival turns 25 next year and returns with another 120 quirky offerings.

There and back again

Based on visiting the sets for the final Hobbit film, a proposed film museum can't come soon enough.

On the right track

Nick Cave plays two sold-out "solo" gigs in Wellington, still accompanied by a band, but not The Bad Seeds.

Honest and heartfelt

What I don’t see so often is a micro-budget, self-funded movie that I actually like and enjoy. But once in a while a Sunday comes along, and restores my faith again.

A tale of the unexpected

What We Did On Our Holiday starts out as an amiable and pretty sharply observed domestic comedy.

Review: You're Not You

After watching this film you may be inspired to take up the seemingly ubiquitous ice-bucket challenge.

Fast-paced farce

Based on Judith Viorst’s much-loved 1972 children’s book this is is a solid, if unspectacular slice of slapstick, scatological gags and serio-comic parenting advice.

Older and bolder

A love letter to New York, its dowagers and his own grandmother, this entertaining and enchanting documentary follows the adventures of street photographer Ari Seth Coh

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