Night of poetry
The Golden Bay Live Poets Society will be taking over The Mussel Inn tonight, with an evening featuring poet Em Hofstede, with Nick Feint singing from 7.45pm. It'll be open mic from 8pm, with Hofstede on at 8.30pm, and another open mic session after that. Entry is by koha.
First-time Korean films
The Korean Caravan Film Festival is visiting Nelson for the first time tomorrow evening. Organised by the New Zealand Korean Embassy in conjunction with the Nelson Korean Society, the films were huge blockbusters in Korea. They are 2011 historical drama War of the Arrows and 2012 action comedy The Thieves, which is currently the second-highest grossing film in Korean history. They will have English subtitles and screen at the Suter Theatre at 5.45pm and 8.15pm. Admission is free, tickets available on a first-come first-served basis from 30 minutes before the screening at the venue.
Dive into the Deep End
It's a Christmas-themed Deep End tomorrow night. This popular improvised comedy show has been running for more than two years and is becoming a firm Friday night family favourite. At 7.30pm, tickets $15 (plus service fee) from the Theatre Royal, ph 03 548 3840 or visit ticketdirect.co.nz.
Classics of song
Join The Eva Effect at The Boathouse tomorrow night as Grant McNeill and Laura Marwick serenade you with classics. Think Eva Cassidy, Adele, and Etta James, all delivered in Marwick's powerful voice. From 8pm, tickets $10 on the door.
Stars come out
Paul Madsen presents The Best of the Best Super Star Show, on at The Playhouse this weekend. A night of all the hits, heaps of costume changes and great entertainment. It includes short sets from Queen, ABBA, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, and more. It's on tomorrow night and Saturday. Tickets $20 plus food options, dinner from 6pm, show from 8pm.
Gentle afternoon tunes
Vocalist, composer, drummer and entertainer Dayna Sanerivi sings at McCashin's Brewery Bar and Cafe on Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. Enjoy the music along with beer, coffee, pizza. McCashin's is kid-friendly with plenty to entertain the little ones. Entry free.
A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas
The Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay Combined Choirs present a fun concert of Gilbert and Sullivan selections and Christmas carols. At Takaka Primary School on Saturday at 7.30pm, and Motueka Memorial Hall on Sunday at 2pm. Door sales $10, families $20.
Brightwater Carols by Glo-lites is a highlight on the Brightwater community calendar. This year the event is on Saturday night at Snowden's Bush, with local children singing songs followed by Christmas carols. Food, refreshments, and glo-lites available or bring your own. From 5.30pm until 9pm.
Lantern walk returns
The celebrations begin as you make your way up to the Centre of New Zealand, discovering a magical world of wacky installations and performances. Once at the top of the hill, there's live music and a sunset to enjoy. When it's time to walk back down, turn on your lantern to light the way. From 7pm to 10pm on Saturday night.
Nelson doco on big screen
Dan Kendrick takes a heart-warming look at the Nelson Civic Choir in HALLELUJAH! The People and the Music, a documentary screening for one night only at the Theatre Royal on Saturday. From the first rehearsal to the stirring opening night performance, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with choir members and conductor Pete Rainey. At 7.30pm, tickets $15 (plus service fee) from TicketDirect on 03 548 3840 or ticketdirect.co.nz.
Nelson Social Dancing Club is holding its regular dance on Saturday night at Broadgreen Intermediate School Hall. The dance runs from 7.30pm to 11.30pm and there's something for everyone - ballroom, latin, rock 'n roll and sequence dancing, as well as live music. It's $8 for members and $12 for non-members, and please bring something for supper, your own drinks, and a glass - but leave your stiletto heels at home. Ph 03 544 7408 for more info.
Ceroc Nelson is holding its end of year/Christmas dance party at Victory YMCA on Toi Toi St this Saturday night. Ceroc modern jive is a funky partner dance to most types of music. BYO drink, and plate and dancing shoes, and hunt out some green, red and gold costume if you'd like to dress to theme. From 8pm, entry $5.
Wellington-based bands Groeni, Pales, and Fuyuko's Fables are touring New Zealand this month, celebrating releases from all three groups. These include the debut album from Pales, a follow-up EP from Groeni and a music video from Fuyuko's Fables. Check them out at The Free House on Saturday night from 8pm, entry free.
Big day of music
Head out to the Moutere Inn on Sunday afternoon for the seventh annual Livestock. The free mini-music festival has 12 acts this year: Shunt, Grandad's Wedding, The Dions, Bathawk, The King-Cutter Trio, Pants Off, Cliff Fell, The Giants of Caanan, Black Sea Sirens, The Joriah Cotton Band, Elisha Hobbs and The Heal. Enjoy live original music in a family-friendly environment. From 1pm to 7pm.
On Sunday, enjoy the glorious voices of Stellar a Cappella with children's choir, Men in Accord, two wonderful pianists, and Sisterhood quartet. There will be some beautiful harmonies and Christmas treats at halftime. Tickets $10, and it's on at Mapua Hall from 2pm.
Create your own theatre
This Sunday, Fairfield House's Enchanted Evening Theatre Series returns, courtesy of talented local troupe Body in Space. The historic house is transformed into several performance venues with original work bursting from all the rooms at once. You get a map and create your own viewing schedule. From 7pm, tickets $20 on the door. See bodyinspace.co.nz for more info.
Enjoy tutus, tulle and romance when Adriana Harper and Brendon Bradshaw of the Royal New Zealand Ballet visit the Theatre Royal next Wednesday night for one show only. At 7pm, tickets $22.
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