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Playful, improvised take on 1950s classic

The cast of the Attack of the Killer B-Movie.

REVIEW: The cast is a very bubbly and playful group, it is clear they enjoy playing and creating together.

Captivating show by bristly sea dog

Performers in the 2016 Nelson Fringe Festival

REVIEW: John "the Walrus" Crick, a bristly, salty sea dog, captivates his audience from the very start.

Fringe starts with an emotional bang

Laura Irish as Bonnie in her Fringe Festival opener, Hot Chocolate and the Trails End.

REVIEW: This portrayal of these 1930s outlaws offers a powerfully emotional side to Bonnie and Clyde saga.

Light Nelson switched back on

Eva Pomeroy, left and Jennifer Arai dressed as World of WearableArt icons the Lightbulb Men, who are promoting events in ...

The iconic Light Nelson festival will return to the city, bigger and brighter, this winter.

A good yarn

Story teller, John Crick, who appears tonight at the Nelson Fringe Festival.

John Crick calls himself a shantyman, using words to bring the old lore of the Abel Tasman Coast alive at the Nelson Fringe Festival tonight. Crick's show, The Enchanted Coast ~ Abel Tasman National Park, with characters that spin their yarns with rhythm words and song.

A view of cold-blooded brutality

Nick Kemplen and Cameron West portray the perpetrators in Maungatapu, a play by Justin Eade.

REVIEW: As a historian I am, for once, looking forward to a repeat of this tragedy.

Sherlock Holmes suspense revisited

Antics Theatre Company actors, Troy Warring, as Sherlock Holmes, Chris Goodyear as Sir Henry Baskerville and Susanne ...

 Dastardly deeds and mysterious disappearances are the hallmark of any thriller, no less than Arthur Conon Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, reports Judith Ritchie.

New collective opens

Studio Lux members Judith Ritchie, Sally Shaw, Annabelle Archibald, Lisa Noble and Anna Hansen.

A quirky studio space sitting atop an iconic Nelson building on Collingwood Street has morphed from retail outlet to a new studio collective.

Spanish twist on old tale

A scene from Blancanieves, next week's Film Society screening.

​Blancanieves is the retelling of the spooky Grimm Brothers' enchanting fable of Snow White. Spanish director and screenwriter Pablo Berger has put his stylish take on this classic fairytale and has set the story in Spain in the 1920's. Filmed in 2012 in black and white, the director has called it a love letter to European silent cinema.

Students feature Craig Potton

Aliya Egan and Rikki-Lee Hanna have curated an exhibition, Nature Speaks, featuring photographs by Craig Potton which ...

Two students studying towards a degree in arts and media at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) are curating an exhibition of photographs by nationally acclaimed photographer Craig Potton. The course requires they develop 'real world' professional skills in marketing, project management, artist liaison, and exhibition curation. 

Rocking back to the 80s

The cast of Nelson Live Art's latest production, Rock of Ages

This is a must see fun show. It's lovely to be in the audience watching a bunch of young people on stage who are loving every minute of it.

Our region through the eyes of visitors

Nelson chardonnay grapes ready to be hand picked.

OPINION: Seeing Nelson through the eyes of visitors always reminds me just how lucky we are to be able to live in this little piece of paradise.

Bringing Starlight to sunshine capital

Christchurch performer Jeff Clark is bringing Gary Starlight to the Nelson Fringe Festival.

Tickets for the Nelson Fringe Festival are fast selling out.

Sharing pastel passion video

Stan Sperlak's pastel collection.

Stan Sperlak holds his audience spellbound as he completes a pastel painting in less than 30 minutes.

Fader turns it up for youth

DJ Sean Richards performs at 1903 square for the Fader Dance Party preview event on Tuesday.

A dance party run by the youth, for the youth is stanky legging it into Nelson.

Anika Moa performs for 'bubbas' video

Anika Moa performing outside the Victory Community Centre during her Songs for Bubbas tour.

Anika Moa stopped off in Victory to play songs from her new album to little fans.

Painterly pastels in exhibition

Artist's pastel box.

Review: Purely Pastel, Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) by Adrienne Matthews. The Purely Pastel Art Exhibition that is held alongside the PANZ 15th Annual Convention is one of the best art exhibitions I have seen in Nelson for some time. Nelson pastel artists are well represented along with artists from around NZ.

Tale of seduction

A scene from Les Liaisons Dangereuses, screening at State Cinemas in Nelson.

Two hundred years after Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' epistolary novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and thirty years after Christopher Hampton's play of the same name opened on the West End, the Donmar Warehouse's Artistic Director Josie Rourke ("Coriolanus") has revived the play, and it is now being broadcast for NT Live.

New member for string quartet

Monique Lapins has joined the New Zealand String Quartet as second violinist.

The New Zealand String Quartet has selected Australian violinist Monique Lapins to replace second violinist Douglas Beilman, who stepped down at the end of 2015 after 26 years with the quartet. 

Foot soldiers honoured

Victory Medal, detail, by Helen Pollock.

 Auckland-based ceramic artist Helen Pollock has used rough clay and steel to create Victory Medal, an installation that honours the foot soldiers of WW1, reports Judith Ritchie.

Cafe out of the box

Guy McCracken at his Cafe on Oxford that serves coffee using seven different methods.

When you first walk in to Café on Oxford, on Oxford Street behind TDC's offices in Richmond, you will think it is a nice, bright café serving the usual café fare. But regulars know better. 

Chroma choir on song at Cathedral video

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Costa Simpson conducts the Chroma Choir at Old St Johns, Nelson.

It was a visual as well as an aural feast to watch the Chroma Choir at Nelson Cathedral.

Fishing highlights reel

Jeff Ingalls of San Francisco with his hard-won brown trout.

Going fly fishing all the time can be an exhausting business. Walking miles in the hot sun and clambering over big boulders with a heavy pack can really take a toll on a man's body.

Art of pastel painting

Pastel artists 
back row: Barbara Trotter, Jackie MacDonald, Sue England, Judy March, John Green, front row: Christine ...

 Every year PANZ (Pastel Artists of NZ) hold national art awards at a different location; this year the event happens in Mapua. The National Convention launches on Friday evening with a gala exhibition opening, then continues over the weekend. Events include an exhibition, master classes, trade stalls and plenty of opportunities for artists to exchange ideas and techniques. Some events are for PANZ members while there are also events open to the public.

Murderous intent

Nick Kemplen and Cameron West portray the perpetrators in Maungatapu, a play by Justin Eade, starting next Wednesday as ...

Nelson audiences are about to go back in time to revisit a crime that shocked the nation in 1866, reports Judith Ritchie.

Michael Houstoun performs fundraiser

Internationally acclaimed pianist, Michael  Houstoun will perform at a School of Music fundraiser on Saturday April 23 ...

Nelson School of Music patron and leading New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun is to perform a fundraising concert to support the School's redevelopment project.

Young conductor leads choir video

Since leaving Nelson College in 2014, Costa Simpson has continued to grow his passion for music and conducting. The 20 year old will lead the Chroma Choir in an autumn celebration this Saturday, reports Judith Ritchie

Rock'n to hits of the 80s

The cast of Live Art Nelson's latest production, Rock of Ages, launching at the Theatre Royal next Friday.

Grab your hairspray, hit your distortion pedal, and crank up your amp to 11... Live Arts Nelson launch their 2016 season with the guitar shredding Rock of Ages, the Broadway sensation about rock and roll dreams set to some of the biggest hits of the 80s.

Exploring surfaces

Yvonne Hammond, left, Pam Wood and Helena Morris with work from Surface & Line at the Refinery Artspace, Nelson.

Three artists who are joined by a playful passion for exploring and pushing the conventions of drawing, sculpture and painting are exhibiting diverse works at the Refinery ArtSpace. They are also inviting gallery visitors to actively participate and explore what mark making means to them. 

Bizarre death leads to film

A scene from Dreams of Life, next week's Film Society screening.

Next week's film comes from another of our UK featured directors, Carol Morley.  It is a part documentary and part imaginary reconstruction about the life of a singer, Joyce Vincent.   

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