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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.

Rata adds a splash of colour

Climbing rata, or Metrosideros fulgens, in flower in April, Upper Takaka.

In mid -April I was driving near Cobb Reservoir and came across this brilliant flowering rata on a steep rock face beside the road.

Please, sir, I want some more

Thai green curry is always a popular option as a winter warmer.

Where do you go when it's cold outside and your tummy tells you it's lunch-time? Soup is a good winter option.

Individuality show a hit video

Kath Bee, left performs with the cast of Individuality during the finale of the Nelson Youth Theatre production.

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A show written by two Nelson women about the power of being your unique self was a hit with the crowd.

What's on in Nelson

Candy Hendry-Blair, appearing at McCashin's Brewery and Bar this Sunday.

What's on in Nelson this week - big sing, weekly comedy, couch stories...

Improv troupe living in the now

Dave Razowsky, centre was giving improvised comedy lessons to Roger Sanders, left, Laura Irish and Daniel Allan, at Fairfield House.

US "improv guru" known for spectacularly kissing Stephen Colbert visits Nelson to share tips with comedy troupe.

Feeding the whanau in the best of d-i-y traditions

Roll your Own: Stuart Mirfin studies his Australian reloading manual to work out the best data for his latest batch of home loaded ammunition.

Call me a redneck but I love going hunting and fishing.

Hot sounds for a chilly weekend

Lily Unsub is among the Happy Collective lineup for Fire & Ice next weekend.

Tog up tight for a chilly night - but keep it loose and dance-friendly. That's the what-to-wear advice from Nelson's big Phat events organiser Dave White.

Playhouse hosts brew of hip hop rock infused Mongolian dance music

All Seeing Hand, which describe their music as hip hop, rock infused Mongolian dance music, will play at the Playhouse on July 9.

All Seeing Hand describes their brand of music as "a rather strange brew of hip hop and rock infused Mongolian dance music" and they start their biggest New Zealand journey yet in Nelson.

A winter warmer for gazing at the mountains

Mahana Kitchen at Woollaston head chef Jason Innes in the vineyards at Mahana.

Asparagus rewards care and patience

Asparagus spears and ripe seed capsules.

If you have the room and patience a crop of asparagus is well worth growing.

A delightful taste of France on Hardy St

Mylene Auphin, left and Greg Auphin with their 5 month old son Jeremie at La Gourmandise.

When Greg & Mylene Auphin established La Gourmandise in Hardy St they brought a wee slice of France to Nelson.

Final week of Tati retro

The Tati retrospective at the State ends this week with two films.

We come to the final week of the Jacques Tati retrospective with his last two films, Trafic and Parade.

Public to decide winner

Nic Foster, Annie Leather, centre and Tracy Banner promote the Art Expo Sprig & Fern beer label competition.

Art Expo Nelson has once again joined forces with the Sprig & Fern Brewery offering the chance for a New Zealand artist to have their artwork on a beer rigger distributed nationwide. 

Pocket sized magic in The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder is coming to the region in July.

The Bookbinder

Young musicians set to gather for Nelson Youth Jazz competition

Students perform at last year's youth jazz competition at the Boat House.

This Sunday young musicians from all over Nelson and Tasman  will gather for the Nelson Jazz Club youth jazz competitions at the Boat House.

Don McGlashan counts his Lucky Stars at the Theatre Royal

Don McGlashan performs his Lucky Stars album at the Theatre Royal next week.


Don McGlashan performs during Nelson Opera In The Park at Trafalgar Park on Saturday evening.

Singer/songwriter Don McGlashan will perform onstage in Nelson next week, as part of his Lucky Stars album release tour.

Momentum dancers keep the rhythm going

Dancers rehearse for Momentum, a celebration of dance at Motueka High School on June 24. Rear, from left: Franziska Lerbs, Eva Nelson, Lilly-Mae Salmond, Megan Hendren, Maia Piggott. Kneeling, from left: Ashlie Chalmers, Jahmalaki Ryder, Teiva Kelly-Kapi. Splits: Lucy Johnston.

The sounds of a Samoan sasa dance will ring out at Motueka High School next week.

Golden rules for longevity

Health researcher and author Jason Shon Bennett will visit Nelson to lead a seminar on improving wellbeing and increasing energy and longevity.

The secret to health and longevity lies in the habits of centenarians around the world, says health researcher and author Jason Shon Bennett.

Aerialist flying high video

Aerial artist Damara Sylvester will head to Japan in August to attend an intensive Butoh theatre training workshop before performing in Brisbane with the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company.

Aerial artist Damara Sylvester is just as comfortable dangling up side down as she is standing up.

'Learn the basics' culinary key

Smoked Marlborough Salmon, beets, avocado, apple and ginger

Last week Hopgood's Restaurant on Trafalgar St created a new benchmark for fine dining in Nelson.

Winter a good time for Nelson art

A scale model of The Suter Gallery redevelopment created by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects.

Let's see what new stuff is available within a 2km radius of the City Centre to provide an easily walkable couple of hours of joy

Presenting the Phoney Awards

Phoney Awards cast members Bianca Rosewarne, 12, and Jake Robinson rehearse at the Theatre Royal on Thursday.

Nelson's performing arts school Soundstage is presenting the all-singing, all-dancing Phoney Awards.

Harvest time brings food and colour

Persimmon fruit is a bonus at this time of year.

In the autumn the fruits of many plants ripen. Often these are brightly coloured to attract birds which, in this season of lean pickings for them, feast on ripe berries and seeds.

Hunting ducks on the wild West Coast

Gerald Beattie of Richmond searches the West Coast sky for the next grey or mallard duck.

Mid-winter may be a cold bleak existence for those stay-at-home types but it's always the perfect time to go duck shooting.

Yurt-based comedy streamed live

Nelson comedians Steve Wilson, left, and Mike O'Malley are starting a stand-up comedy night every Wednesday in the Free House yurt.

It is described as the internet's only New Zealand yurt-based comedy open mic night and it is happening in Nelson.

Aly Cook releases new album

Aly Cook is launching her second album Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel.

Nelson singer songwriter Aly Cook is launching her second album - Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel

Mother and daughter open new cafe

Adele Trathen and her daughter Georgia Trathen at their Blackbird Eatery on Quarantine Road.

A mother and daughter have teamed up to bring clean and nutritious meals to Nelsonians with new cafe Blackbird Eatery. 

Big Sing fills cathedral video

Rebecca Monopoli conducts the Nelson College for Girls choir Stella Nova during a rehearsal at Old St John's Church, in preparation for the Big Sing Regional Choir Competition.

The Nelson Cathedral was filled with haunting harmonies and exultant euphony on Tuesday night.

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