Making the most of the middle

guitar generic

He plays swing, country, rock and pop and pokes fun at our fads. Tom Cardy talks to satirist and musician Andrew London.

An 80s experience to remember

The Straits

Dire Straits is no more, but a tribute band playing next week includes a saxophonist who toured with the original band.

Competing with Auckland

Getting more creative with the NZ Festival


Reducing Writers Week was rejected for a "New New Zealand Festival", despite overlaps with Auckland Arts Festival.

Drag queen dominatrix

Ricky Beirao

For the first time an often-staged Kiwi play about a dominatrix will be performed by a gay drag queen.

Sublime singing

Sound o

REVIEW: When one of most loved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, hits town, an air of excited anticipation abounds.

Theatre was her playground

Sound of Music

Sophie Parkinson feels right at home on the stage.

At home with John Denver

Denver Gardiner

Bevan Gardiner was just a boy when John Denver died. He has a tribute show in Wellington this week.

The lure of lycra

Mark Hadlow's new play, MAMIL, is not just for MAMILs, or middle-aged men in Lycra,

The Disney we don't know


David McPhail is Walt Disney in a very different take on the important and influential figure.

Disney deviates from script


It's a fully fledged play about an unproduced screenplay and it's heading from New York to Circa.s

Playing politics at Bats

PSA at Bats

Winston's back, Colin's throwing a tantrum and Paula's on the prowl.

One step ahead

Split Enz

Eddie Rayner, of Split Enz fame, unveils his new band.

Island boys recognised

Musical Island Boys

Tawa's Musical Island Boys are absolutely positively ecstatic with their latest award.

The musician inside her

Kristin Hersh

For years alt rock star Kristin Hersh believed a separate personality created and played her music.

Who's playing in the capital

Aloe Blacc

Here's your guide to the big international music names playing in Wellington in coming months.

Conquering Edinburgh

Kiwis thrive at Fringe Fest

Fringe fest

Kiwis are getting to grips with the challenges of taking a show to the largest arts festival in the world.

Brooding over success


Caleb Nott, of Kiwi music sensation Broods, is not sure he could deal with the same level of fame as compatriot Lorde.

Die! Die! Die! still live

Die! Die! Die!

Die! Die! Die! take their new album Swim on tour, starting with Palmerston North and Wellington.

A study in jazz

Jazz man strap

Eric Marienthal has worked with the Disneyland Band, Chick Corea, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

Her favourite things

Lesley Garrett

Playing Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music makes soprano Lesley Garrett feel like a better human.

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