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Gary Clark Jr: Saviour of the blues

The 'new Hendrix' Gary Clark Jr and supermodel Nicole Trunfio are in NZ for Clark's three-date tour.

Bbeals: Inspired by Flashdance

CubaDupa's Bbeals is named for the star of an old dance movie which made millions but was panned by critics.

Get Hard fails the funny test

REVIEW: New Ferrell-Hart comedy Get Hard limps along.

Workmen busy at Empire Cinema

Island Bay's historic Empire Cinema looks set to reopen in the next few months.

Cinderella: A fairytale with depth?

The classic fairytale is remade from the inside out for modern audiences by Kenneth Branagh.

3 Hearts has everyday twists

French drama 3 Hearts is about a love triangle where modern communications play a part.

Coastal festival attracts top musical talent

A three-day music festival on Wairarapa's remote coast has attracted top musical talent from throughout the country.

Drood: A Dickens whodunit musical

Hit musical opening in Wellington gives a choice of 30 endings to Dickens' unfinished mystery.

Beauty and beastly stepmom shine

There are some lessons to be learned from Director Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella about kindness, courage and punctuality.

Dance music with a French touch

French film festival darling Eden is about the 'French touch' dance music made popular by the likes of Daft Punk.

Awesome foursome - The Brodsky Quartet

Lead violinist of one of the best string quartets in the world, Daniel Rowland talks to Tom Cardy.

Superb salute to courageous Anzacs

Dance piece Rotunda is a powerful evocation of loss of life and devastation caused by WWI.

Janine Jansen: A state of mind

Top Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, who plays Wellington this week, says there was no escaping destiny.

Billy Idol's new high

Cue the trademark fist pump and sneer - Billy Idol is back for more, more, more.

Barnaby Weir flies home

After hitting the summer music festivals, Fly My Pretties is coming home to play in Wellington.

Frontman talks Trinity Roots' Citizen

Caleb Harris meets Trinity Roots frontman Warren Maxwell at his Wairarapa base for the release of the band's first album in 11 years.

Dowse's big day out

'Bring your dancing shoes'

A day of live music and family-friendly activities aims to draw 10,000 people to Lower Hutt's Dowse Art Museum.

Insurgent offers well-executed action

REVIEW: Insurgent has been made with care, to be as good a film as it can possibly be. Audiences will appreciate that.

The story of Oh

REVIEW: Home is an engaging animated adventure that will appeal far more to those under 8 than their accompanying adults.

Marsan shows his class

REVIEW: With Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt and a general sense of care and detail, Still Life has its charms.

X+Y equals enjoyment

REVIEW: X+Y is an easy film to enjoy immensely and an even easier one to recommend.

Much more than just Pulp

Kiwi director Florian Habicht's Pulp is like any truly good documentary, about a lot more than just what it says on the tin.

A cross-dressing conundrum

French director Francois Ozon talks about how he got the romantic lead his new film into a dress and heels.

Facing up to young roles

Arts festivals have kept Abby Howells busy, and now she's gearing up for a show in the New Zealand Comedy Festival.

Tales of an Aussie troubadour

Jordie Lane peppers shows with songs and stories - he has plenty, like how to set a guitar on fire.

What's on in Wellington

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

Dancers band together for Gallipoli

NZ Army brass band will perform with dancers in Wellington to honour the Gallipoli slain.

A chilling Sleeping Beauty

Four tonnes of ice pumped on to stage

A fairytale classic has undergone an icy makeover for a stage show hitting Wellington this winter.

Bewitched by beauty

Anne Fontaine wasn't keen to cast Gemma Arterton in Gemma Bovery, but was smitten the moment they met.

Freddy Kempf, the quiet achiever

A child prodigy three decades ago, pianist Freddy Kempf will perform in Wellington on Saturday night.

Wellington Jazz Festival lineup announced

Top American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will be one of the stars of the Wellington Jazz Festival.

Review: The Park Bench

For a Fringe show The Park Bench is an oddity. It is almost two hours long and has a cast of 13.

Rembrandt remastered

Old Master in the digital age

The passage of a digital Rembrandt exhibition to New Zealand is thanks to the president of the NZ Netherlands Foundation.

Richard Thompson a folk hero

Ahead of his Womad performance, British folk rock legend Richard Thompson talks the appreciation of folk music.

In a spin over early record

1927 recording found in box of donated goods

A copy of New Zealand’s first commercial audio recording has been uncovered in Wellington.

Lifting tank a big job for a crane

A London bus and a large gun will form part of a WWI exhibition inspired by Sir Peter Jackson.

Amour Adele

Right now 26-year-old Adele Haenel is the hottest property in French cinema.

Mob mentality

Mob portraits to show in Wellington

After creating controversy last year, Jono Rotman is preparing for an even bigger exhibition of photographs of Mongrel Mob members.

5 reasons not to miss CubaDupa

Wellington's Cuba Street is set to host a myriad of dance, music, theatre, live street art, carnival, circus, and street food.

Back to their roots

Six60, who play Homegrown in Wellington tomorrow, are one of the biggest bands of the past five years.

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