There were surf guitars and Beach Boys melodies, Elvis Costello and The Attractions' organ sound and a hint of the dazzling musicianship within sardonic, satirical songwriting that Frank Zappa arguably pioneered.
Meet the best bakers in the country, New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker (Thursday, TV3) boasts, heralding the start of its fourth season. Really? I don't think so.
Snitch, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, proves it's more than just a paint-by-numbers revenge flick.
Wellington hip hop dance group are setting their sights on gold at this year's Hip Hop Unite World Championships.
Poet Kate Camp had never lived away from Wellington when she scored a year-long residency to Berlin. She wrote a book, learnt German and found a new perspective, she tells Diana Dekker.
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The award-winning War Witch, set in central Africa, is a magnificent film with some stunning performances.
Broken is a wee gem. Without ever becoming too kitchen-sink or gruelling, the film lays out a serious story with wit and insight.
Wellington auditions for New Zealand's Got Talent kick off at Wellington East Girls' College today.
When Jack Black was in Wellington in 2004 for Sir Peter Jackson's King Kong, it was the perfect opportunity to interview him and Tenacious D cohort Kyle Gass, when they announced they would play in the capital that year.
Be still my beating heart. Talk about romance, heroism and erotic tension, this week's episode of Game of Thrones had me literally crawling the walls.
Standing in a queue at the TSB Bank Arena for ice creams before opening night for Disney on Ice I overheard a frazzled-looking gentleman in front of me joke out loud in desperation: ‘‘I’ll have six beers please’’.
New Zealand audiences will get first shot at seeing the latest movie from the team behind Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.
JOSEPH ROMANOS - The WellingtonianWellington 20-year- old Taliah Morrison proved a sensation at the Photographic Society of New Zealand convention this month.
Most widely known for their theme to sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, American band They Might Be Giants specialise in short songs but still stand tall, writes Michael Dwyer.
Britain's Beth Orton went from singing with electronica giants The Chemical Brothers to forging her own career as a folk-leaning singer-songwriter. Ahead of her Wellington show tomorrow, she talks to Tom Cardy.
As Britain ritually disembowels itself over historic under-aged sex allegations, how uncannily timely is the theme of Vibe's new drama, The Ice Cream Girls, last night.
Forget the red carpet, organisers are rolling out flax woven mats for the New Zealand premiere of Kapiti film Shopping .
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be – though Sky's new Jones! channel makes it superficially tempting.
Popular stage, screen and television star Michael Hurst returns to Downstage tomorrow in No Holds Bard, his first solo show. Tom Cardy talks to Dan Musgrove and Natalie Medlock, the two young writers who made it happen.
Barbara Else's tales based in the land of Fontania are proving a hit with readers and critics.
Thom Monckton's multi-award-winning show Moving Stationery, with its new introductory 10-minute sketch Table Wine, was here for only three performances.
The Wellington-made television show for preschoolers The WotWots has secured a deal to screen its second season in Britain this year.
Wellington has long been home to numerous public and dealer art galleries but, more and more, the city is being defined and recognised for the increasing amount of art outdoors.
For Sacha Lalonde and Sara Buck, Disney's magic kingdom really is a place were dreams come true.
AMY JACKMAN - The WellingtonianLife backstage of the New Zealand Opera's Madame Butterfly has been made easier by the presence of one man, Luca Manghi.
AMY JACKMAN - The WellingtonianThe bad boy of Shakespeare's King Lear is the star of David Ladderman's new comedy festival show.
© Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Lorde's gig was the place to be, that was obvious.
REVIEW: Many contemporary New Zealand plays are fast-food theatre: they're over in about an hour and have small casts for small stages.
© Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: This was an ambitious concert, and one that involved large forces to service two works of very different caste from one another.
© Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Puccini's three-act opera is the ultimate tear-jerker and one of the most popular operas in the repertoire.
A photo exhibition of the riotous art on Pakistan's trucks is on at Pataka until next week.
I was thinking that Star Trek: Into Darkness, no matter how good it was, could never live up to that first installment. I needn't have worried. It's better.
Sculptor to the stars Max Patte has just finished a major work for Sir Michael Hill, jeweller, and is intimately familiar with celebrity chef Nigella Lawson's bust. He talks to Nikki Macdonald.
With winter just around the corner its time to be on the look out for some luxurious wool knits. Have a look through some of the latest styles here.
Wellingtonian Cory Mathis has taken the top prize in the first Young Cartoonist Awards.
Jello Biafra, former lead singer of American hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys, spoken-word pundit and solo artist, was here to wow fans both old and new with a selection of songs - both old and new.
Lorde, our newest pop star, makes her Wellington debut tonight with a show that sold out in minutes.
Gee, Kiwi actress Theresa Healey gets a lot of work, most recently appearing in The Blue Rose, Agent Anna and Go Girls and then way back in the mists of Avalon time tripping the light fantastic in Dancing with the Stars.
Painter's studio becomes a work of art
A Wellington artist has given new life to building in Island Bay with a mural mirroring its coast.
Wellingtonians are invited to have their eyes opened by the wonders of the World of Disney next week.
Call it a news bomb, or borrow from the United States' political repertoire and say we had a Super Tuesday, but TV news bulletins were exploding with dag-rattling stories by the end of Tuesday.
Everyone who hasn't been walking around with a blindfold and earplugs for the past 15 years has most likely seen Whose Line is it Anyway? and will be familiar with Wayne Brady as a master of improv comedy.
J J Abrams has just finished Star Trek into Darkness, after his successful reboot of the series in 2009. A few months ago, Kathleen Kennedy, the new head of Lucasfilm, asked him to direct the first Star Wars reboot, aka Star Wars: Episode VII.
A Hollywood visual effects pioneer who inspired Sir Peter Jackson to become a film-maker has died.
People with "character" faces are asked to apply for extra roles in the final two Hobbit films.
How many more addictive, intelligent television thrillers can decently be fitted into a week, when we really should instead be learning Mandarin, reading the latest literary hit or at least cleaning out the fridge?
Two exhibitions in Wellington show that even in the age of YouTube video art can be powerful, exciting and relevant.
A sculpture of Wellington author Katherine Mansfield was installed amid heavy rain in Midland Park yesterday.
REVIEW: The Comedy Festival brings to town all sorts of international delights for our entertainment pleasure, two such acts being Brit Stephen K Amos and Canadian Tom Green.
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