Lifestyle & Entertainment

Food and gardening go local

The home garden.

Seems strange to be writing a column about gardening during winter, but that's the whole point really. Except for the occasional cold blast, much of the country is blessed with weather that allows for year-round gardening.

Opening the lid on controversy

Brook Bennett, left, Ellie MacIntyre, Taylor Pumprey, Jake Robinson, Myer van Gosliga and Sam McIlroy in the Off Broadway production of Rent, starting at the Theatre Royal next Tuesday.

 A musical is about to be delivered by young performers who aren't afraid to pull some punches on issues close to their hearts.

Crepe myrtle both showy and versatile

The flowers and a standard specimen of Lagistroemia ‘D’Puard’

Everything you ever wanted to know about crepe myrtles, of which there are about fifty or so species.

Choir performance a treat

The Nelson Civic Choir performs at Old St John's.

Written over 200 years ago, The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn is one of the great choral works of all time.

Top crime writer shares killer secrets

Author Michael Robotham is coming to Nelson.

Australian crime-writing superstar Michael Robotham is coming to Nelson to promote his latest novel, Close Your Eyes.

Young musos on path to stardom

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Jack Rollinson, 11, centre, and Ben Dowdle, 12, of Earthquake (Broadgreen Intermediate) perform at the Nelson Rockshop Bandquest 2014 at the Theatre Royal on Friday.

Students from nine bands across the region rocked out and jammed to a crowd of 350 at the Theatre Royal on Saturday.

A Rocky Horror road from Nelson to the West End

Nelson's Kristian Lavercombe will soon become the person who has performed in the Rocky Horror Show the most times in its 40 year history.

Former Nayland College student Kristian Lavercombe will soon become the most seasoned Rocky Horror Show performer ever.

Hunting for gold

Sierra Magic: Aimee Mirfin on the banks of the Little Kern River, Sierra Nevada Mountains

When it comes to North American trout fishing, the mountains of the Sierra Nevada range have always been the apple of my eye. Mostly contained within the state of California, the Sierra Nevada is a huge block of remote wilderness running about 650 kilometres north-to-south and over 100 kilometres wide, from which a multitude of special Californian trout streams flow to every point of the compass.

Dust off the red, white and blue

Tim Beveridge will be the headline act at the Last Night of the Proms this year.

In Nelson, as we have for the last 18 years, we can experience all the fun and festivities of the Proms right on our doorstep.

Devilskin to rock out

Devilskin are bringing their brand of rock to Nelson.

Devilskin will be rocking out Rattle n Hum as part of their nationwide Mountains and the Moon tour

Nelson Civic Choir tackles Creation

Guest soloists and Civic Choir members  rehearse for Haydn's Creation concert this Saturday.

The Nelson Civic Choir will perform a much-loved Haydn masterpiece at Old St. John's this weekend.

Youth orchestra headed for capital

Diners at the River Kitchen were entertained by the junior and senior Nelson Regional Youth Orchestra who were playing as a fundraiser, on Saturday.

The Nelson Regional Youth Orchestra's fundraising riverside performance on Saturday drew an appreciative audience from passersby.

What's on

Neil Aldred, promoter for the New Zealand International Mountain Film Festival Tour that will be held in the yurt at the Free House.

Stuck for something to do this week? Check out our round up of the latest gigs, events and entertainment for the Nelson region.

Nelson seismic beer a test for the tongue

Golden Bear from Mapua is readily available in Christchurch,

REVIEW: Look out for the full-flavoured beers from a fantastic brewery at Mapua.

Dance into Spring at hoedown

Grant Smithies has been obsessed with African hi-life music for some time now, and if you go to one of his dance parties, you'll probably end up with a fondness for it too

Samba seeks new recruits

Nelson's Samba de Sol performing at CubaDupa in Wellington.

Samba de Sol is always welcoming new members, and with the Masked Parade coming up soon the Brazilian percussion band is hosting a series of workshops for brand-new beginners.

What's fishing really worth?

Recreational fishing's economic value is in for new research.

Recreational fishing advocates are going to spend $250,000 on a study to find out the overall economic value of their pastime.

Gourmet events warm the Nelson winter

Hopgoods and Neudorf put on a superb double act, with another planned for next month.

hodgson plogo (taste of nelson)

College becomes a canvas

Members of Eight Minus One, from Nelson College

Nelson College isn't just about sport, and the school has launched a four-day arts festival to prove it.

Five of the best from Nelson Arts Fest

Physical theatre company Casus Circus will perform Finding the Silence at the Nelson Arts Festival.

The team behind the Nelson Arts Festival says choosing their top shows out of a programme of 65 was "a bit tricky".

Jailbirds break out with improvised comedy at Playhouse

Nikkie Karki, left, Laura Irish and Damara Sylvester all perform in Jailbirds, an improv comedy show set behind bars.

Body in Space are performing an improvised comedy show based on an all female prison at the Mapua Playhouse.

Peak viewing in yurt

Movie buff Neil Aldred, is putting on the New Zealand International Mountain Film Festival Tour in the yurt at the Free House.

The Mountain Film Festival wouldn't come to Neil Aldred, so Neil Aldred decided to bring it to him.

Fun, fitness and fabulous views

The Dun Mountain Trail was opened in 2011 and has thrilled thousands of cyclists since.

Nelson is not only wonderful for walking, it's also a fantastic place for back-country mountain biking.

'Winter roses' a common gem

The beautiful pastel shaded flowers of Helleborus orientalis.

Wonderful winter roses are popping up during the colder months.

Finding happiness in "the palm of your hand"

Wangapeka Educational Trust member Keith Rowan in the main hall at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.

This year marks the 40th anniversary for a Buddhist retreat outside of Nelson offering a counterpoint to hectic modern lives.

Young musos texting to get to finals

Tetra band members Lara Cammock, Emma Common, Carmen Puklowski and Madi Fulton Buckle of Nelson College for Girls, after winning first place for the band category at the Smokefreerockquest Nelson finals held at the Theatre Royal.

Two Nelson schools are on a mission to get their bands to the Smokefreerockquest finals.

All about the bass in California

Chuck Waterman with a double header of spotted bay bass caught in San Diego Harbour.

It was a fabulous July afternoon as the plane lifted off the Nelson Airport tarmac en route to adventure.

What's on in Nelson

Sunny Ray, left,  and Jasper are at The Boathouse this Friday.

Stuck for something to do this week? Check out our round up of the latest gigs, events and entertainment for the Nelson region.

The Kelvinator reaches out

Psychic Kelvin Cruickshank

TV psychic Kelvin Cruickshank "will read as many people permitted by spirit" in Nelson this weekend.

There's no place like home

Tom Wilkinson with works from Nelson Nostalgia at Red Gallery.

Two artists who share a fondness for Nelson, respond in different ways. Judith Ritchie finds out more.

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