Art and Stage

Heavenly Creatures locations 20 years on

Heavenly Creatures

Two decades after its release, we look at how Peter Jackson made Heavenly Creatures in the shadow of the Parker-Hulme murder.

Wild art coming to Christchurch

Wild in Art

A flock of multi-coloured giraffes will be coming to Christchurch this summer to raise money for charities.

Rolling Stones confirm New Zealand date

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones will finish their On Fire tour on 22 November in Auckland.

Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Adapting a famous detective story for the stage is daunting but this comedic version turns the supernatural chiller into a comedic tour de farce.

Review: Scores of Canvases

Andrew Withington

Judging from this concert, there is only one thing better than hearing the City Choir, and that is to sing in it.

Singer grateful for Major's advice

Pop artist turns to opera

Oliver Sewell

A former choirboy turned Smokefreerockquest winner is now an up-and-coming opera star.

Project offers hope for city's recovery

Flag Wall

We have yet to find a single work of art to rally around as a lone symbol of city centre recovery, but Sara Hughes' Flag Wall certainly helps.

Fifty years since Beatles' Christchurch tour

Beatles in Christchurch

On June 27, 1964, the Beatles played two shows at Christchurch's now-being-demolished Majestic Theatre.

Top male strippers sell out Woolston show


Ahead of their sell-out Christchurch show, Aidan, of world No 1 male strip revue Manpower, tells all about his crazy life.

Tough to keep cat out of the movie

48 hours

Charlie Gates writes about late-night brainstorming, sleep deprivation and mild hallucinations.

Lyttelton's bearded lady in high heels

Von Leon

Lyttelton's "big guy in heels" is organising this weekend's Revenge of the Easter Bunny.

Pallet Pavilion to shut doors in style

Venue closing with 'musical homage' to city

Pallet Pavilion closing

Using chainsaws and sledgehammers alongside more traditional instruments, the Deconstruction Orchestra have created a fitting sonic farewell for the Pallet Pavilion.

Slam poetry moves youngsters

Experiences teenage girl's moving poem

Elise Wilson

Slam poetry is a global, social, literary movement. The spoken word form owes a lot to hip-hop culture.

Review: Serj Tankian

serj tankian

Activist and musician Serj Tankian's sole New Zealand concert was intriguing, provocative and riveting.

Jurassic 5 thrill Christchurch fans

Jurassic 5

REVIEW: Jurassic 5 played before 50,000 at Coachella last year so kudos to them for coming to Christchurch.

Review: Sol3 Mio at CBS Canterbury Arena

Sol3 Mio

Sol3 Mio's natural humour and tremendous vocal abilities quickly won me over last night.

Shigeru Ban wins 'Nobel' for architecture

Pritzker Prize for cardboard cathedral designer

Shigeru Ban

One of architecture's most prestigious international awards has been given to the man behind Christchurch's cardboard cathedral.

Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

This play at the Court Theatre has a cunning conceit: the script is handed in a sealed envelope to a different actor each night.

Live music delights in Christchurch

Joshua Homme

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme 'demanded' Christchurch be added to their tour schedule.

Review: Lionel Richie and John Farnham

Lionel Richie and John Farnham

It wasn't quite dancing on the ceiling all night long but it was close.

Lionel Richie laughs the night away

Lionel Richie and John Farnham

Hearing Lionel Richie and John Farnham, who play Christchurch tonight, chatting is like attending a mutual admiration society.

Kakapo sculptures hidden in Christchurch

Sayraphim Lothian

An artist has started hiding 126 kakapo sculptures around Christchurch for residents to find and adopt.

Teen artist inspired by sub-Antarctic trip

Henry Turner

Henry Turner is exhibiting 16 artworks inspired by an adventure to the remote sub-Antarctic Islands.

Who is the real Milton Springsteen?

Chch loves Milton Springsteen - but who is he?

Milton Springsteen Fries With That

Street artist Milton Springsteen's true identity is a closely guarded secret.

Naked mural 'a bit of colour'

calendar girls mural

A three-storey-high mural of a naked woman is being painted on the side of a central-city strip club.

Review: CSO's New Beginnings

Tom Woods

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra's first concert for 2014 was a powerful one indeed.

Stuck in a malaise three years on

Street art

OPINION: The rebuild is slower than expected and architectural wonders don't appear to be arriving.

Review: Enoch Arden and Giulio Cesare

Philip Aldridge and Haydn Rawstron

The Lansdown Summer Series is a new venture that on the surface looks as though it should be for the connoisseur.

Idea of Public Trust demo is a disgrace

Christchurch's heritage-listed Public Trust Office

OPINION: The fact that erasing the 1925 building was even considered is an indictment on the thought processes in the rebuild.

Plea to Springsteen to give city 'a boost'

Springsteen gig would give Chch 'a boost'

Bruce Springsteen

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel invited Bruce Springsteen to Christchurch.

New Zealand lacks art identity

Shane Cotton

OPINION: Is there such a thing as New Zealand art? With the disputatious bromides of Waitangi Day behind us, it's a timely question.

Valentine's Day bachelor auction


Dates with construction industry workers looking for love will be auctioned in Lyttelton on February 14.

Big and bold work continues at Museum

Bobby Hung

Even the stairwells of Canterbury Museum are getting the star treatment as it hosts the RISE street art festival.

Court Theatre: Mastering a risky business

Philip Aldridge, CEO of Christchurch's Court Theatre

In a meeting of art and commerce, the Court Theatre in Christchurch is one of the most financially successful theatres in NZ.

'Rainbow' a torrid portrait of Garland extremes

Over the Rainbow

REVIEW: It was the end of the rainbow, sure enough, at the Court Theatre on Saturday night.

Thousands enjoy Classical Sparks

Classical Sparks

Fireworks and music delighted the crowd as last night's annual Classical Sparks concert.

Unpredictable buskers just the tonic

World Buskers Festival

OPINION: The World Buskers Festival is not simply just another event. For Christchurch it is THE event.

Flower power returns to city

Generic flowers

This year the Festival of Flowers returns to the inner city, with many events staged and installed in Cathedral Square.

Date diaried for gallery reopening

Christchurch Art Gallery

OPINION: I loathe being director of a closed gallery and I'm keen to see this one re-open, says Christchurch Art Gallery's Jenny Harper.

Review: The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice

Henry and Alice

A quip-laden play about a couple who have each developed techniques to relieve the tedium of their married lives.

City murals seen as tagger deterrent

Rob Hood

A large mural on St Asaph St is one of three council-commissioned works hoped to put off taggers.

Weta Workshop exhibition arrives in Christchurch

Famous sci-fi exhibition arrives in Chch

Weta workshop

Fantastical creatures, curious weapons and alien trophies come together in a Weta Workshop exhibition.

Kim Dotcom, the party starter

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom on his debut album, new music platform and the upcoming movie about his life.

Victorians knew how to tell a story

George Leslie

OPINION: Show me a Victorian or Edwardian narrative painting and I'll surrender to the inevitable.

The pianist with inch-long fingers

Concert pianist's fingers are just inch-long

Richard Healey

Concert pianist Richard Healey was born with fingers only an inch long, but you wouldn't know it when you hear him play.

Let art make its mark

Christchurch Art Gallery

OPINION: Christchurch is blessed - or cursed- with an abundance of bare walls begging for creative intervention.

The sound of Cantabrian's problems

Matt Scobie

The South Island's first public sonic arts gallery opens today with a show sharing the sound of Cantabrian's problems.

The subculture of body suspension

Body suspension

Metal hooks inserted into skin? Dangling in mid air? The phrase "hanging out" takes on new meaning.

Editorial: Street art brings colour to city

Street artist Milton Springsteen's take on Rita Angus' Cass.

OPINION: Now exhibited, on a wall at the Canterbury Museum, is a painting which when seen from a distance is easily taken to be Rita Angus' 1936 landscape Cass.

City gets a Rise out of the ROA moa

Roa moa

Street artist ROA has completed his large painting of a moa on the side of the Canterbury Museum.
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