The naked truth about myself

This isn't me. Really.

They arrived, out of the blue, on my front doorstep, rolled up in a cardboard tube: images of myself, naked, sent to me by a stranger.

Tutus and trumpets in the trenches

The New Zealand Army Band and the Royal New Zealand Ballet collaborate on Salute, a WWI commemorative show making its world premiere in Wellington on Friday night. Dancer Lucy Green with, from left, Corporal Marc Ellis, Yang Liu, Corporal Vaea Peterson, Lori Gilchrist, Private Jordan Seaton, Alayna Ng, Private Raynor Martin, Bronte Kelly, Private Joel Williams, Katherine Grange and Private Hettie Adams.

The army band meets the ballet in this WWI commemoration show.

Musical dawn in Palmy video

Palmerston North rock band Dusk Till Dawn rehearse in one of the practice rooms at The Stomach.  From left: Lee Hamilton, Steven Whittaker, Jayson Harris and William Palmer

Dusk Til Dawn are a rock 'n' roll band who are finding their way on the Palmerston North music scene.

Capturing the sun

Sunlight-Ihi Komaru is Te Manawa's new touring exhibition that took two years and $300,000 to complete.

'Anti Groovy' artworks painted on gallery walls

Mark Braunias' installation Anti Groovy is on show at Jonathan Smart Gallery.

Artist Mark Braunias has painted creatures and mysterious forms directly only the walls of a Sydenham gallery.

Real Tart art gallery closes

New Plymouth's Real Tart community gallery has closed.

Taranaki's community gallery Real Tart has shut up shop and an alternative gallery space on offer is getting a luke warm response from established artists.

Sleeping Beauty stirs

A scene from Moscow Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty, to be staged at Founders Theatre in Hamilton on May 24.

The best of Russian ballet will be on show this Saturday in Hamilton.

Music festival is fresh and free

Palmerston North Girls High School band Pixie Dust will be performing at this year's Rotary Youth Music Festival. From left: Madi Pomana, Shannen Petersen and Lisabet Morgan.

More than 140 students will celebrate young musical talent at a free festival.

State of the arts

Singer Bic Runga.

The Sunday Star-Times' wrap of news in the arts and entertainment scene

Out of the box

Performers from The Massey University Drama Society's production of Twelve in a Box. Clockwise from front: Simon Herbert, Miriam Tucker, Shivarn Stewart, Joshua Aranas, Charlie Pearson, Joshua Lawrence, Danelle Walker and Annie Richards

The Massey University Drama Society's latest production Twelve in a Box has been adapted for the stage for the first time.

Diamond in the rough

Hayley Groombridge is forging ahead in her chosen career as a jeweller.

All that jazz

The Rodger Fox Big Band will be playing alongside pianist Michael Houstoun.

The Manawatu International Jazz and Blues Festival is going from strength to strength, with expectations high for its 2015 season.

Stories hidden in matchbox art

A collection of miniature art works in matchboxes, made by lots of different people, including artists and politicians.

Amanda Hewlett's house is filling up with artwork contained in one of a kind matchboxes.

Angels to appear at Michael Fowler Centre

Orpheus Choir musical director Brent Stewart is stepping up as musical director of Mendelssohn's masterpiece Elijah, being performed on May 23.

If musicians were like farm animals, Orpheus Choir's musical director Brent Stewart would be the farmer of the musical zoo set to perform Mendelssohn's Elijah on Saturday.

Is this Shakespeare's real face?

Botanist and historian Mark Griffiths says he has cracked a many-layered Tudor code and revealed the living face of Shakespeare for the first time, on the title page of the first edition of The Herball, a 16th century book on plants, 400 years after it was first published.

It this the first real image of William Shakespeare - or just a man in a toga with some corn on the cob?

"Moral support" not enough to fund the arts

Documentary Edge Film Festival organiser Dan Shanan wants more money invested into the arts.

It's a tough time for the Documentary Edge Film Festival.

Restoration a mammoth task

St James restoration artist Keron Smith has put in some long hours but there is still plenty more work to be done.

More than 640 hours of work have gone into restoring the St James and that's merely the tip of the theatre curtain.

An eye for art video

Barry Pilcher is selling his art collection accumulated over 15 years to make way for new art. A painting by Aaron Judd can be seen in the background.

An extensive and eclectic art collection owned by a Feilding art lover is going to auction in Auckland.

Palm tree causes money troubles

The protected phoenix palm tree is in the middle of the lawn outside the Pah Homestead.

More council money is being funnelled into the Pah Homestead after a protected palm tree put the breaks on creating a new income source.

Rehabilitating prisoners with Shakespeare

Curt Tofteland in action directing prisoners as part of Shakespeare Behind Bars.

Teaching Shakespeare to prisoners great way to stop re-offending.

Iconic photograph in exhibition

Afghan Girl 1984 by Steve McCurry, which features in 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic at Expressions in Upper Hutt.

In a national coup, Upper Hutt will exhibit from Saturday some of the world’s best-known photographs and includes a haunting portrait of an Afghan refugee.

Paintings for the public

Wellington City Council collections manager Jodie Dalgleish, and Arts and culture portfolio leader Ray Ahipene-Mercer with a new work by Shaun Waugh, part of the council’s arts collection on show in its committee rooms.

Wellington City Council has spent about $270,000 in the past decade on building up an art collection.

Art as healing

The Mash Trust Monarch programme which works with the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addictions uses an art programme as part of their therapy, encouraging expression and discovery of self.  From May 13th to June 9th, their art will be featured at the Community Arts Centre at Square Edge.

Palmerston North's Mash Trust Monarch Programme is dedicated to helping people through the tough journey of addiction.

A chance encounter with history

A woman holds a newspaper that reads: Berlin is once again Berlin, on the night Checkpoint Charlie opened.

Tony Forster was one of the first people to cross the Berlin Wall when it came down in 1989 - and he didn't even realise it.

Melding music and math video

Anna Madeleine is an electro beats musician who is active in the Palmerston North music scene.

Anna Madeleine is creating electro beats in a Palmerston North music scene that she says is thriving.

Fox blurs out breasts on Picasso

Blurred lines: The Fox News treatment of Picasso's The Women of Algiers.

Leading US art critic blasts Fox News for being 'sexually sick' after it blurred out the breasts on Picasso masterpiece.

Art as activism

Some of the contributing Reactivist artists. From left: William Bennett, Roschana Webby, William Quinn, Kirsty Porter and Pania Molloy.

Reactivist is a new exhibition set to open in Palmerston North focusing on the art of activism.

Women top gallery's popularity poll

About 450 votes had come in about two weeks for notable New Zealand figures nominated for the gallery.

Kate Sheppard, Celia Lashlie and Louise Nicholas lead list to be in national portrait gallery.

Artist named living cultural treasure

Artist Triska Blumenfeld, with her painting 'Marlborough Wine and Food Festival', has been named Marlborough's living treasure 2015.

Marlborough artist whose work garnered the attention of a Hollywood star named Marlborough's Living Cultural Treasure.

Picasso smashes auction record

People look at Pablo Picasso's Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') (Women of Algiers), sold at US$179 million at Christie's impressionist, modern and contemporary art sale in New York

A Picasso masterpiece fetched more than $243m, smashing the world record for the most expensive art sold at auction.

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