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Nelson bands in Rockquest top 20

Future Class band members from Garin College perform at the Smokefreerockquest Nelson finals held at the Theatre Royal.

Talented musicians from Nelson have jammed their way into the country's top 20 bands at this years Smokefree Rockquest.

Biking out the back door and fishing out the front

Gill Rowe crossing Suicide Bluff on the Old Ghost Road, above the Mokihinui River.

Elizabeth Bean checks out the beautiful Mokihinui, on the West Coast

What's On

The cast of Spamalot performed at Nelson Musical Theatre, Nelson.

What's on in and around Nelson this coming week.

Get funky with AhoriBuzz

Aaron Tokona of AhoriBuzz who is embarking on a 53-date tour of New Zealand.

AHoriBuzz is the brain and love child of Aaron Tokona, a fixture and mainstay of New Zealand music for years.

Music has no boundaries for Humankindness

Humankindness from left - Bruce McGregor,Glynn Olsen, Steve Mitchell, Danny Sugar.

Humankindness bring their original Rock and Soul Music to The Boathouse on Friday July 24.

Reverence for trees

Tapawera artist David Carson with Faux Tree, a work in the Wood from the Trees exhibition at the Suter Art Gallery on Halifax Street, Nelson.

An exhibition that brings art and social history together has opened at the Suter Art Gallery.

Cancer is a laughing matter

Steve Wilson and Rachel Yerbury-Wilson are organising Cormac's Laughing at Cancer Cabaret for hospice fund raising.

A Nelson couple are hosting a Laughing At Cancer Cabaret to raise funds for the Nelson Tasman Hospice.

Festival of film comes to Nelson

Supplied image of Jonathan Gold in City of Gold.

The NZ International Film Festival's Nelson programme has hit the streets. Here are a selection worth clearing your diary for.

A knitting tribute to Iwata

Yoshi's Woolly World.

REVIEW: If you're looking for something that reminds you why you fell in love with Nintendo, this is a yarn well worth unravelling.

Gourmet goodies fresh from the sea

Gourmet delicacies from Solanders.

Solander

Trees in the Wood - latest Suter exhibition

Beech Forest, England, by English artist George Warren.

As I researched The Suter's collection for an exhibition I discovered that there were a great many art works that feature trees as their central motif.

What's On

The cast of Spamalot performed at Nelson Musical Theatre, Nelson.

What's on in and around Nelson this coming week.

Anika Moa hits Mussell Inn as part of South Island tour

New Zealand singer-songwriter Anika Moa

New Zealand singer-songwriter Anika Moa will head to the Mussel Inn as part of her nationwide tour.

Shakespeare 'on steroids'

The many faces of actor Hamish Parkinson, Billy T Comedy winner back in Nelson to revive Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

REVIEW: You don't need to know or 'get' Shakespeare. The show is very accessible, and very very funny.

Jurassic World has its weaknesses

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World.

As far as a fairground ride goes, Jurassic World will give you your money's worth.

For the love of carpet

Detail of a carpet work by Steve Whittington.

It's not for comfort that Steve Whittington collects carpets, off cuts and house lots. It is for art. Judith Ritchie reports.

Walking for love on the Grampians

The Grampian reserve is a wonderful asset well worth spending quality time with.

The Grampian reserve is a wonderful asset well worth spending quality time with.

Beautiful bluebells a surefire hit

Scilla nonscipta photographed in May in West Sussex .

Bluebells are hardy bulbs from the northern hemisphere which belong to the lily family.

Birthday bash banishes winter blues

Front man Dan Kendrick and Mojo Funk Orchestra perform during the Theatre Royal Fifth Anniversary Dance Party on Saturday night, Nelson.

REVIEW: Two local bands turned it up for an eager audience, what better way for The Theatre Royal to celebrate it's fifth year?

The many faces of Hamish Parkinson

The many faces of actor Hamish Parkinson, Billy T Comedy winner back in Nelson to revive Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

Billy T comedy award winner Hamish Parkinson is in Nelson to perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

No need for lycra at Yoga for Blokes video

Yoga teacher Erin Dunlop is starting a men's only yoga group for men like  Rob Playford, second from left, Stuart Whitehouse and Nigel Bain.

There’s a new exercise class being created just for men, and lycra is not compulsory.

Wins and losses for fisheries

Does Yours Measure Up?: Small Tasman Bay blue cod caught on artificial jigs are more likely to be lip hooked and survive release than bait-caught fish which can swallow the hook and be gut hooked.

Fishos who currently enjoy a three bag limit in Tasman Bay are probably going to be punished for the historical mismanagement of the inner sounds.

Remastered Rembrandts on show

Project director John Dow with the Rembrandt Remastered Exhibition at NZAFA Gallery.

Nelsonians can see Rembrandt artworks like never before as the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition.

Movie review: Inside out

Inside Out’s characters include, from left, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Joy.

Inside Out is refreshingly demented and easily the best animated film since last year's Big Hero 6.

Cultivating an exotic collection

Corydalis flexuosa, which was overlooked until relatively recently,

Most of the plants in our gardens are exotic, i.e. they are not native to this country.

Choirs by candelight at Cathedral

Te Manawa of Enner Glynn perform during Saturday evening's Choirs by Candlelight in Nelson Cathedral.

Nelson Cathedral was full to overflowing as eight a cappella choirs gathered for an impressive choral performance.

Lure of lights in central city

Lynda Duncan's work for Illuminate in the window of Woodlea Floral Studio on Bridge St

An event that promises to light up the streets of Nelson has just had the switch turned on.

Hippies of Dehra Doon video

The Andersons insist they aren't "greenies". They just always had a dream to live off the grid.

Review: Love & Mercy

Paul Dano as Beach Boy Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy.

The really infuriating thing for artists is that sometimes you can get all the ingredients together for what should be a winning piece of work and still it falls flat.

Nelson plans to mark VJ anniversary

How the Nelson Evening Mail reported August 15 1945.

An informal commemoration of the 70th anniversary of VJ Day will be held at Rutherford Park this year.

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