What's on this weekend

Supportive singing

Love to sing? The Free House is hosting Acoustic Routes Singing Circle tonight, a monthly sing-around session in the yurt in which performers take turns presenting a song to the rest of the circle. Join in from 7pm.

Big bands, big sounds

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band will be playing music from the classic big band era at the Boathouse tomorrow night from 7pm. Enjoy classics from the 1940s and 50s with music from some of the greats: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Tickets $5 on the door, children free. Bring your dancing shoes.

The Deep End visits Takaka

Popular Nelson comedy improv troupe The Deep End heads over the hill tomorrow night to treat Takaka audiences to its special brand of quality improvised theatre. Enjoy the show from 7.30pm at Takaka's Playhouse Theatre. Tickets $15/ $12 from Paradise Video.

Ravenous fun

Starting tomorrow night and running until Wednesday , Nayland College presents Little Shop of Horrors at the college's hall. The musical tells the story of a 1950s flower shop that falls victim to a murderous plant with a taste for human flesh and blood. Tickets $15/$20 from the school: phone 03 547 9796.

A Highland fling

Scotland comes to Founders on Saturday night as the heritage park hosts the City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band Scottish Ceilidh. There'll be performances by members of the pipe band, solo performances on the bagpipes and drums, Highland dancers, Scottish country dancers, Celtic singers, and lots of opportunity to get up and dance. For the hungry, there'll also be a traditional haggis ceremony with whiskey to follow, and a supper if you're still in need of food after that. The fun starts from 7.30pm and tickets are available on the door: $15 per adult or $30 per family.

Feast for all senses

Nelson actor, singer, and dancer Jay Chasland will reprise last year's Naughty XXXmas Cabaret at the Playhouse on Saturday night – but this time it's a Naughty Mid-Winter XXXmas Cabaret to celebrate the winter solstice. Jay warns that the show may contain traces of nuts, sequins and leather. You have been warned. The show starts 8pm, and tickets are $20 with group discounts available.

Sensual night of Latin dance

The Boat House will host Hot Latin Dance Party on Saturday night with Latin band Embalada and Latin DJ Uli. There'll also be dance performances by Middle Eastern group Zenda, and a Tahitian performance by Claudia. The music starts from 8pm and tickets are $10 on the door.

Traditional Maori music

Cindy Te Ata Batt will give an introduction to traditional Maori instruments at Sunday afternoon's Friends of the Nelson Library talk. Ms Te Ata Batt will introduce Taonga Puoro (the instruments) and their whanau (family groupings). Each instrument will be demonstrated, and there will be the chance for patrons to try some of them out. Entry is $2 on the door and the talk starts at 1.30pm.

Dr Sketchy returns

Next Wednesday sees Eastern Jam at Liquid Bar, as underground art collective Dr Sketchy holds its June event. Mz Verona Vega will hypnotize artists with `belly-lesque' – belly dance with a burlesque twist. First pose at 6pm, BYO art supplies. Tickets $10/$5 on the door.under