With two new Lego games released in as many weeks, is this the moment when the series finally jumps the shark?
A family dance party event at the revamped Abbey Cafe on Appleby Straight will make a new use of a familiar location.
A round up of all the best events, gigs and live entertainment for Easter Weekend across the Nelson region.
REVIEW: Parks and Recreation, Mondays, 9.55pm, Four Reviewed by Alastair Paulin
REVIEW: Dave Manning finds a sumptuous feast on the menu at The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Liam Finn has come a long way from the frantic teen pop of Betchadupa, and The Nihilist is an intriguing album from an artist who wants to challenge the listener.
Himmelsfeld Vineyard in Upper Moutere is hosting its first open air concert
Game of Thrones: A Song of the Sofa (spoiler)
Our resident Westeros watchers are still recovering from last night's jaw-dropping Game of Thrones - if you're yet to see episode two, look away now.
Easter Passion Music Nelson Civic Choir with Motueka Guest Choir
Easter Passion Music Nelson Civic Choir with Motueka Guest Choir and organist Jonathan Berkahn, conducted by Carl Browning, Old St John's, Nelson, Saturday night.
Ten years is long enough to wait for success, and the third album by Boston indie jazz-soul quartet Lake Street Dive appears set to give them the breakthrough they richly deserve.
New York musician Chris Berry brings the sounds of Zimbabwe to the Free House tonight.
REVIEW: 7 Days/Jono and Ben at Ten TV3, Fridays, 9.30 and 10pm
David Manning takes a look at the latest comicbook superhero movie.
As TV's most violent, incestuous and horribly compelling programme returns to screens, so, too, does the Nelson Mail's most fearless review column.
Kinect Sports: Rivals, while not without flaws, is probably the most fun I've had using motion controls since the early days of the Wii.
The Art of the Architect is a NZ On Air funded answer to Grand Designs.
Elbow have long been at the forefront of the modern British art-rock crowd, because they've never forgotten the importance of a solid melody and spacious arrangements that let each ingredient stand out.
REVIEW: David Manning takes a look at the latest biblical epic.
The passion of Fiona Pears makes her violin sing, and on Sunday night Golden Bay audiences will get the chance to experience it when she performs at The Mussel Inn with Christchurch guitar duo La Petite Manouche.
This month, Geraldine Brophy, plus Lynda Milligan and Jude Gibson, take new show Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige on tour around New Zealand.
This Southampton trio come from the Black Keys-Raconteurs school of heavy blues-rock, but they softened their sound with folky melodic touches for their last release, Sweet Sour.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Nick Ward takes a look at two quite different versions of the old Conan Doyle detective mysteries.
A simple act of paying it forward has resulted in a hit song for a Nelson singer-songwriter.
Some of Australasia's finest young jazz talent plays in Nelson and Golden Bay for the first time this week, bringing with them plenty of regional flavour.
John Butler chose to evolve for the JBT's last outing, April Uprising, introducing a new rhythm section and punchy electric guitar riffs.
REVIEW: An evocative fictional folk tale and a sword-and-sandals story with volcanic visual effects are on Dave Manning 's movie menu in Nelson this week.
Nelson's second gig aimed at teenagers, the Blackout dance party, is on this weekend.
Directed by gore-meister Paul W. S. Anderson, Pompeii is basically Titanic set in Roman times with a massive volcano standing in for the iceberg.
Dave Manning finds charm in a road-trip drama and disappointment in the latest George Clooney epic.
In Songs From the Inside four prominent Kiwi musicians work with 12 prisoners and mentor them through the process of writing a song.
Marchfest artist Iva Lamkum has an incredible versatility that makes her stand out from her soul-funk contemporaries.
Beck's latest album, after six years away from the spotlight, is intended to be a companion piece to 2002's Sea Change, and it has a similar dreamy, melancholic mood, with a lot of end-of-the-affair songs (Say Goodbye, Don't Let It Go) and odes to emotional isolation, the highlight being the exquisite ethereal strings of Wave.
© Fairfax NZ NewsWatch out Nelson. Ben Hurley is heading our way along with Dai Henwood and Vaughn King for the Real New Zealand Comedy Tour.
This Saturday the Nelson Symphony Orchestra celebrates composer, teacher and musician John Rimmer's 75th birthday with a concert dedicated to him.
South Park: The Stick Of Truth plays out like an interactive, 12-hour long episode of the show, with you in the starring role.
His dad was the founding father of rock'n'roll and now Bill Haley Jr is set to shake, rattle and roll Nelson.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 2, Monday, 9pm. The GC, 3, Monday, 8pm.
A mixed bag with no standouts featured on reviewer Dave Manning's watch-list this week.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsSky Ferreira spent her childhood socialising with Michael Jackson (her granny was his stylist) – and like him, she's got a few hangups, though hers are attributable to a rocky ride in the music industry.
Kelemen Quartet, Chamber Music New Zealand
Kelemen Quartet, Chamber Music New Zealand. Old St John's, March 12, 7.30pm.
Dallas Buyers Club (R16) is a good film for many reasons, including the fact it has put the spotlight back on the disease that has so far killed over 36 million people.
Kiwi comedians Dai Henwood, Ben Hurley and Vaughan King are on top of their game - and on their way to Nelson.
As one of the most difficult games of recent years, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is probably not one for the faint-hearted.
© Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Action, excitement and suspense - at times of disbelief - feature in reviewer Dave Manning's caseload this week.
NICK WARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsClassically trained LA resident Matthew Hemerlein pieced together the songs for his debut album while trekking around the world for three years, and it's an extremely impressive production that reflects both his natural gifts and the lessons learned from his travels.
Thor: The Dark World, Thanks for Sharing and Beyond the Edge.
For their fourth album, these London indie-rockers have continued with the electronica-oriented sound of their last release, 2011's A Different Kind of Fix, while also diving headfirst into the world music part of their influences.
British singer Lloyd Cole will perform a concert at Nelson's Old St John's in early June, with New Zealand's Greg Johnson returning from Los Angeles to join the bill.
NAOMI ARNOLD - © Fairfax NZ NewsAlmost all of the concerts on opera trio Sol3 Mio's national tour, including the show at Nelson College this month, are sold out.