HOLLY SHANAHAN - Taranaki Daily NewsI don't think there is an avid theatregoer, practitioner or critic that does not have a soft spot for the glorious work of Indian Ink.
ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily NewsJocelyn Smith's father couldn't afford to buy her a piano - it was the Great Depression.
Art of the matter
ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily NewsA ukulele teacher's brave venture into holding classes results in fun times and some friendly rivalry
In a new episode of Art of the Matter, Isobel Ewing tries her hand at humankind's oldest handicraft, and finds out who's keeping it alive.
Jacob Rajan of Indian Ink theatre company laughs as he relays the cultural difference between performing in his home state of Kerala, South India and New Zealand.
Cornerstone Roots certainly didn't do any damage to their ambition of playing Taranaki's Womad festival, on Saturday night at New Plymouth's Mayfair bar.
Cecilia Russell's art gallery has an historical difference.
Deborah French's artwork is a story of conquering depression and coming to grips with ageing.
Govett-Brewster's Open Window has transformed again - this time into an abstract sundial.
Isobel Ewing talks to artist John McLean at his beautiful, secluded Mimi Farm home.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's mellifluous tones will grace the ears of classical music devotees in Taranaki tonight.
Skulls are always smiling, that's what Jenny Bielawski likes about them.
ART OF THE MATTER
Isobel Ewing samples the ancient fertility rite of belly dancing, and finds out why women do it.
The Grumpy Old Women are returning to New Plymouth and they plan to knock some sense back into the nation.
Six of acclaimed children's author Pamela Allen's stories are to be brought to life on stage and New Plymouth audiences can enjoy seeing them in June.
As the old bloke in the cheese ad says: "These things take time you know." And for two musicians planning to tour together it has certainly taken a while to happen - 25 years in fact.
Peculiar secrets hiding away in Opunake
In Opunake an artist dyes tapestries with blood, and a jewellery maker working in a derelict dairy factory.
This week's quiz is called "Famous Nicknames" and has some famous alternative names of people from the sporting, music and business world. Good luck.
ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily NewsArtists Karen and Tony Waterson work at their lavender farm on the Forgotten World Highway.
He may be gone but he won’t be forgotten. How well do you know Bob Hoskins movies? Try our quiz this week.
The British royals left Taranaki off their itinerary when they visited NZ - or did they?
ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily NewsOver the next six weeks in the lead-up to the Taranaki Arts Trail, the Taranaki Daily News will travel around the province talking to artists involved. This week, Isobel Ewing catches up with an artist from Oakura.
ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily NewsTerry Darby's favourite thing about directing a comedy is watching the positive effect of laughter on his audience.
Taranaki Daily NewsThe "wild west" of New Zealand is brought to exuberant life with wonderful musicianship.
The Duke and Duchess have left our shores but how well do you really know Prince William's family history.
Here's a cool and funny clip which could contain the next big thing in global trends. You saw it here first.
New Plymouth's 4th Wall Theatre invites you into their lounge to enjoy the wonderful music of two legendary musical masters, Noel Coward and Cole Porter.
It's a homecoming for Graeme Woller when he performs this Saturday at Opunake's Lakeside Playhouse as part of the music group Into the East.
Hawera's Lysaght Watt Gallery has received art work from all over the country for its 2014 annual art award exhibition which opens on Friday.
The next Lunchtime Organ Recital at the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary will take place on Thursday, May 15, at 12.15pm.
Ahead of his national tour, the big questions were put to Chopper.
To dance is to be human, says the creative director of dance tour arriving in New Plymouth next month.
Everyday Housewife Harriet Wakefield shares her thoughts on the week past, as relayed by satirist Steve Braunias.
Sticking with liars and bastards we turn to a New Plymouth watering hole of a comfy and warm nature.
"Still Life" is a short film that seeks to find connection between creativity and everyday moments, set against the backdrop of New York City. It was shot guerrilla style with the Phantom Miro and Red Epic.
Taranaki Daily NewsRoger Hall has a gift for not just writing funny comedies, but comedies that reflect Kiwi life and mannerisms.
Taranaki Daily NewsA hilarious work centred on, in, under and around one of the most magnificent of all musical instruments, the grand piano, is to be staged in New Plymouth next month.
ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily NewsCombining engineering design and movement into an eye- catching kinetic art form has inspired a former winner to re-enter the Kinetika festival.
Taranaki Daily NewsEven when she was knee high to a grasshopper, Sergeant Caroline Martin always told her parents and friends she was going to be a policewoman.
ISOBEL EWING - Taranaki Daily NewsComedian Rhys Darby is returning to New Plymouth where he's looking forward to hanging out by "that big needle by the waterfront".
A chance to get a glimpse at some Okato art work is on offer this weekend.
All the world's a stage and students were merely players at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.
Its Easter time and I thought a quiz called "Rabbits" might be a bit of fun.
New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre is beginning to tower above the heart of the city.
Here is a cool little clip for you arty types.
Former drummer for The John Butler Trio Michael Barker is bringing his duo blues roots act Swamp Thing back to Taranaki.
The rumble of thunder will be heard Down Under when the Manpower Australia storm heads to New Plymouth.
Taranaki's biggest party on Easter weekend is in its sixth year and is set to be bigger than ever.
Comedy and acrobatics combine in a circus show arriving in New Plymouth this week.
"It's funny how things happen"
Sue Morton has exhibited everything from Rembrandts to flower shows.
Do you think state schools should conduct religious instruction for primary-aged children?