Actor hangs himself during play

The Italian actor Raphael Schumacher.

"We don't know what happened exactly, nobody knows."

The fall out and the fight

Roy Sefton has been a staunch battler for the New Zealand Nuclear Test Veterans' Association.

Nuclear testing in the South Pacific. Operation Grapple happened over 50 years ago, but for Roy Sefton it is part of his everyday life.

Home needed for Ngai Tahu art

A decade ago, Te Papa held a celebration of Ngai Tahu art. Now it's time for a permanent South Island home for such a collection, argues Christopher Moore.

OPINION: Ngai Tahu creativity needs to be recognised and shared.

Archaeologist swaps spade for script

Beatrice Hudson on the stage of the historic Pah Homestead where she will perform in Henry V.

Beatrice Hudson will play a male character in Shakespeare's Henry V, in a homecoming of sorts.

Invercargill historic items wanted

Invercargill City Library archivist Rebecca Smith examines a historic photo of Invercargill city centre

Archivists are asking people to search through their homes, garages and work places for items to display in a pop-up museum for Inner City Heritage Week.

Edinburgh Tattoo books city solid

Top Secret perform at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Accommodation shortage for popular event spills into suburbs.

Family affair for musical sisters

Sisters Joanna, 19 (cello), and Joella, 21 (violin), are both members of the National Youth Orchestra.

National Youth Orchestra sisters Joella and Joanna Pinto have music in their blood.

Sophia would carve the world gallery

Cube to the Core by Graham Wilson, of New Plymouth, is a part of the Te Kupenga International Stone Sculpture Symposium.

New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway is overrun with people snapping shots of finished stone sculptures.

$400,000 arts funding awarded to MAI

Lisa Tou-McNaughton.

A Creative New Zealand regional arts pilot, worth a potential $400,000, has been awarded to the Murihiku Arts Incubator (MAI).

Cate Blanchett to make Broadway debut

Cate Blanchett will make her Broadway debut next winter.

Aussie export Cate Blanchett will make her Broadway debut next winter in Anton Chekhov's first and long-forgotten play.

Sol3 Mio perform before going solo

Sol3 Mio will soon be on the road again. Left to right: Moses Mackay, Amitai Pati and Pene Pati.

 Sol3 Mio will be embarking on a New Zealand tour before taking some time off to pursue individual interests.

WOW gets new boss

New World of Wearable Arts chief executive Gisella Carr.

Former Film NZ boss Gisella Carr appointed to run prestigious event.

Potato pic sells for $1.67m video

The Kevin Abosch photo Potato #345.

Chips cashed as pic of spud sold for top dollar over a few glasses of wine.

Here comes the Mexican sci-fi cinematic jazz

Carnivorous Plant Society play Mexican sci-fi cinematic jazz.

One band's name was so strange it sparked the imagination of reporter Taryn Utiger, so she sent Carnivorous Plant Society some questions ahead of their next gig.

Auckland DJ to perform at Laneway Festival

Auckland DJ Tom McGuinness.

Tom McGuinness will perform at the Silo Park event under the moniker Rein.

Dick Frizzell's homage to Bowie

David Bowie's Aladdin Sane, 1973

A Kiwi icon gets a legendary update in the artist's Bowie-inspired work, inspired by the 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

How to: Auckland Anniversary weekend

Auckland's Sypmphony Orchestra will perform a unique set at the Ports of Auckland Sunday January 31.

There's no need to skip town, Aucklanders will be spoiled for choice come Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

State of the Arts

Don McGlashan and Shane Carter are singing each other's songs in a one-off show in the Spiegeltent at the Auckland Arts Festival

Song sung two

Behind the corrugations

Jeff Thomson's 1992 Morris Minor creation is one of the centrepieces of an exhibition of his work at the Canterbury Museum. Courtesy of Jeff Thomson and Shone Cameron.

Jeff Thomson's Corrugations inspiration came from very long walks

Trade Me copies shock

Taupo artist Melissa Wallace was shocked to find cheap copies of her work being sold on Trade Me without her consent.

Artist feels her "soul has been ripped out" after finding cheap copies of her originals being sold online.

Barry Brickell dies

Barry Brickell became one of New Zealand's most most celebrated ceramic artists.

Coromandel potter, artist, conservationist and railway enthusiast Barry Brickell has died.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa shines

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa holds court during a talk with Rodney Macann at Wanganui Collegiate.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is our grand matriarch of opera and while visiting New Zealand she gave a rare insight into her life. Carly Thomas was there.

Go Guide: January 22 - 28

The World Buskers Festival is drawing to a close for another year. Pictured: British duo EastEnd Cabaret.

Summerfests, A&P Shows, Badjelly and the last days of the Buskers for amongst the week's event highlights in Christchurch

A perfectly executed deception gallery

Amalia Ulman's selfies appear to be symptomatic  of the social media narcissism of the moment, but in fact are an elaborate performance commenting on it.

Amalia Ulman appeared to be a wasted talent succumbing to the narcissism of our time. It was a sophisticated performance.

Parents acting out

Bronwyn Batten and her father James Batten will star together in Sweet Child of Mine at Wellington Fringe Festival.

What's the point of art? That's what Bronwyn Batten's parents want to know.

Inaugural Kapiti Writers' Retreat

Wellington writers Anna Taylor and Pip Adam are both attending the inaugural Kapiti Writers Retreat this weekend, where they will be joined by many of the Wellington region's scribes.

Ink slingers and blossoming authors prepare for the inaugural Kapiti Writers' Retreat.

Running through words

Johanna Aitchison reading her work at Poet's Corner in New York

Johanna Aitchison pens life with all its quirk, bitterness, joy and contrariness into poems and Carly Thomas spoke to her about a certain alter ego that has a part to play in it all.

Joining the circus in middle age

Richard Martin with fellow trapeze artist Cherry Holahan.

Flying through the air is not the average hobby for a middle-aged man.

Kiwi artist to carve a niche in Nepal

Natanahira Te Pona with his piece 'Na Maikuku o Mahuika' at the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail - The Returning Soldier at the Government Gardens.

Local artist and carver Natanahira Te Pona is heading to the World Wood Day celebrations in Nepal this year.

Kiwi cocktail wizard heads to Caribbean

London-born Cameron Attfield in his natural place behind the bar at the Gin Room.

New Zealand champion Cameron Attfield is ready to take on the world in his speciality of mixing drinks.

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