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Taking to the stage... alone

Real Fake White Dirt, performed by Jess Holly Bates.

Palmerston North's first Solo Festival is coming to the Dark Room and Carly Thomas spoke to organiser Nathan Mudge about who will be stepping out... alone.

Childhood a source of inspiration

Illustrator Mike Chapman and author Joy Ramirez with their book Toot-The World's Tiniest Whale.

A Manawatu graphic designer has illustrated a children's book.

In the realms of magic

A wall of ideas in Israel Tangaroa Birch's Ashhurst  studio.

Murmuration is the synchronised movement of birds and it is also the title of artist Israel Tangaroa Birch's latest exhibition. Carly Thomas spoke to the artist about traditional and contemporary art, and Maori magic. 

Former Christian band frontman releases solo single

Parachute Band former frontman,  Omega Levine, has released his first solo single, Lovestoned.

Parachute Band former frontman, Omega Levine, has dropped his first solo single.

Beat maker goes old school

Cameron Wilkes is releasing a 10 track tape.

Electronic beat maker Cameron Wilkes is set to release some new tunes.

Lewis turns boredom into an art form

Lewis has filled the vacancy left by Morse but the show doesn't quite work.

OPINION: Lewis was a plodder in the original series and still is.

Teen has a way with words

Eric McKee has written his first novel at age 15.

A Palmerston North boy has taken a 100 word homework assignment and turned it into a novel, with plans for a trilogy.

Earthy Australian drama jerks the tears

Michael Caton plays a crusty, sick loner in Last Cab to Darwin.

REVIEW: Last Cab to Darwin touches on Australians' base culture, at length.

Walsh hangs up the keys on Palmerston North venues

David Walsh is retiring after almost 40 years managing public entertainment venues in Palmerston North

Manager of Palmerston North venues hands over the keys to facilities with a plan.

When cats and dogs get itchy

Billy T Cat enjoys the simple pleasures in life: good food, good drink and great company, all the time.

Allergies have been the theme for this week’s patients, which is quite unusual for this time of year.

Shakespeare en pointe

Choreographer Liam Scarlett used the dancers personalities as a basis for building their on stage characters. Dancers in the background: Kohei Iwamoto as Puck, MacLean Hopper as Oberon and Tonia Looker as Titania.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is touring its brand new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Popular rural day set for a big year

: It is almost the time for the Hunterville Huntaway Festival again and registrations are now open.

The Hunterville Huntaway Festival will see thousands flock to the rural town.

A series to get your teeth into

Cliff Curtis as Travis in Fear the Walking Dead.

Fear The Walking Dead is a new series that focuses on Los Angeles families who confront a horrifying transformation about to happen to the world.

Waxing lyrical at the library

19022014 News Photo: Murray Wilson/ Fairfax NZ. Palmerston North Public City Library. Architect, Ian Athfield. Photo taken from a McIntosh crane at a height of 100 meters in The Square, Palmerston North.

National Poetry Day will be marked in Palmerston North with a series of events.

Award-winning book with a local link

Manawatu illustrator Josh Morgan and author Sacha Cotter with their award winning children's book Nga Ki.

Material from his mum's op shop made its way into Josh Morgan's illustrations for an award-winning children's book.

Artwork that burns

An artwork created through pyrography by artist Wayne Hansen.

Pyrography artist Wayne Hansen is next month's artist in residence at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts.

Little beginnings to the big stage

St Joseph's School students practise their self-written play, from left, Kate Wasley, Charlotte Crofts, Porscha Kendrick and Meg Varney.

A group of Feilding students were determined to put on a play and after a year they are getting it on the stage.

Classical trio "enormously appealing"

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REVIEW: In the jubilee year of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest, Chamber Music New Zealand has chosen to celebrate the competition in a variety of ways.

Te Manawa gets a colourful addition

Artist Ron Te Kawa with his big Te Manawa-commissioned book, Tipuna Kowhai.

Woodville fabric artist Ron Te Kawa's first book is commissioned by Palmerston North's Te Manawa.

Man drinks 77 beers on pub crawl

John Lovegrove raises a 1oz beer glass on his 77 brewery pub crawl in Portland, Oregon, USA.

"I started to feel a little happy after the pint at 50," said pub crawler.

An entertainingly creepy film video

Dan Stevens portraying a bloodthirsty killer in The Guest.

REVIEW: REVIEW: The Guest is not a film for those who believe in the sanctity of life.

Slice of heaven in Taihape

Members of Herbs at the Pacific Music Awards 2015. L-R Will Ilolahia, left, Phil Thorns, Spenz Fusimalohi, Ross France, Toni Fonoti, Al Foucles.

Herbs will be performing alongside some local acts in Taihape next month.

Taihape singer makes her solo comeback

Ariana Hansen performing last year.

Taihape singer Ariana Hansen is getting back on the stage after battling cancer.

For the love of art and people

Julie McGowan with one of the families that she helped while in the Philippines.

Julie McGowan was inspired by some tough experiences while in the Philippines for her exhibition, Presence.

Feilding man running the distance gallery

Perry Newburn is running 320 kilometres over 48 hours at Manfeild to raise money for Idea Services in Feilding.

Long-distance runner Perry Newburn will be tying his laces and stretching his muscles for another mammoth run.

Fence given school makeover

Pupils at North Street School have designed and painted their own school mural reflecting their school values. From left, Alex Van Oeueren, Caitlyn Reid, Renee Steer, Antonia Robinson, and Makayla Herbert.

About 100 pupils from a Feilding school have had their say in designing and painting a mural that stretches the length of the school's fence.

Snuff out spouse with a touch of comedy

Simon O'Connor plays Alf Benning, and Geraldine Brophy his overbearing wife Betty in the black comedy How to Murder Your Wife, based on a 1977 murder in Karori.

“I have this idea for a TV drama about snuffing out your spouse.”

Aussie costume designer doco reveals all

Orry-Kelly at work with Kay Francis in the movie documentary,  Women He's Undressed.

REVIEW: Orry-Kelly was a hitherto unknown costumer who won three Academy Awards.

Mum balmy about baby skincare gallery

Feilding mum Sharon Holmes has been making natural baby balms for the last two and a half years.

A Feilding mum has dedicated the past two and a half years to creating chemical free balms for babies and adults.

Winning manuscript tackles modern spirituality

A manuscript written by Massey University's Rohana Ulliwishewa has won a literary award.

"If you were to only read one book in one's lifetime, this is the one" - judge.

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