Art and Stage

Cradle of Filth: T-shirt exhibition 'weird'

British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, creators of rock's most controversial clothing item.

In February a T-shirt on display at Canterbury Museum shocked not only Christchurch but the band behind it.

Top cast in The Ladykillers

The Court Theatre's production The Ladykillers relies heavily on slapstick.

Slapstick may not be a universal favourite, but The Ladykillers cast could win you over to practically anything.

Confessions of an opera bore

NZ Opera's production of Madama Butterfly at the Isaac Theatre Royal

There are some artistic moments that I prefer to avoid.

Banksy does New York

An artwork by British artist Banksy in the Coney Island area of New York City was part of his informal month-long residency in the city.

It started with a photograph posted on a website and ended in a media frenzy, a piece of living street theatre and condemnation from the Mayor of New York.

Quirky musician impresses

David Mueller-Cajar impresses with his quirky stage performance.

An outstanding young musician impresses with his assured, quirky stage presence.

Barnett is a 'dad bod god' video

Simon Barnett is the 2015 Dancing With The Stars champion.

Radio host and father Simon Barnett went from "oh my God to the dad bod God" to be crowned the champion of Dancing with the Stars.

Architect defends James Hay Theatre

The James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall is being revamped as part of restoration plans for the heritage performance complex.

One of the original architects of the Town Hall has questioned revamp plans for the James Hay Theatre.

Aggregate shows sculptors of the future

Showing at the Ilam Campus Gallery now is Student Series 1 - 2015. After The Nature: A Remix of Fragility. Janie Bruce, Olivia Chamberlain, Donna Patterson and Mandy Joass.

My trusty Oxford Dictionary defines aggregate as "a collection of, or total of, disparate elements; a mass of minerals formed into solid rock". Hardly inspirational but the sculpture students at the University of Canterbury's School of Fine Arts, Ilam, are an inventive crew. They have taken a prosaic word, shaken it vigorously, turned it upside down and distilled it into their annual Christchurch exhibition.

Mother-son duo in opera

Christchurch mother and son duo Elizabeth and Theo Moolenaar are in the cast of Madama Butterfly, which is showing at Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royal.

A rare mother-son combination will feature in the cast of upcoming opera production Madama Butterfly.

The many faces of Tony Oursler

Sang, a work by Tony Oursler.

Continuing our series about works in the Christchurch Art Gallery collection, today we look at a work by Tony Oursler.

East meets west in erotic exhibition

Christchurch-based print-maker Aiko Robinson, who has an R18 exhibition of erotic Japanese-inspired prints at PG Gallery.

Aiko Robinson admits that it may take the viewer a moment to identify the sexual imagery within her work.

Fish and hits

Jacob Rajan and Nisha Madhan star in Kiss the Fish.

Monkeys, masks and Freddie Mercury all inform Kiss the Fish, a play presented by the Indian Ink theatre company in Christchurch this week.

'Hated because of how I look'

Jackel, a Kiwi rapper who lives in Australia, is holding a release party for her new video Put In Fitness at Winnie Bagoes City on Saturday. She has previously received online abuse over her appearance.

Because of her tattooed appearance, online commentators once told Jackel Aitchison to kill herself.

African quest documented in film video

In the film, Pannell described his weeks-long search as "a really arduous process". Pictured in his hostel room in Kigali, 2007.

In 1999, Christchurch's Sven Pannell was kneeling at the mercy of gun-toting youths in Africa, wondering how to escape.

Colouring books for adults a 'revolution'

Colouring books for adults are in.

Grab the Crayolas - welcome to the world of adult colouring in.

Mosh and Mozart for revamped theatre

The James Hay Theatre, pictured in 2005, will become a venue for chamber music and rock gigs.

The revamped James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall will be able to switch between chamber music and a mosh pit.

How do you rebuild the Court Theatre?

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England, is the inspiration for a rebuilt Court Theatre in central Christchurch.

A good theatre is as hard to build as a nuclear facility and your company could be destroyed if you get it wrong.

Meet, chat, do your best art gallery hands

More communication is needed among the arts community, like this art forum held in May.

Let's talk more.

Woolston Brass rally for champs video

Christchurch's Woolston Brassband perform at Wigram Air Force Museum under the direction of Tyme Masters.

Prestigious Christchurch band Woolston Brass prepared for the national championships with a special gig.

Theatre: Botch up won't cost us

The panels had to be craned into place on Gloucester St.

Isaac Theatre Royal bosses say they won't pay extra costs as construction firms squabble over delays.

Canterbury Smokefreerockquest winners

Alternative rock band Altero, from left: Bede Barrie, Jared Whiting, Miceal Wilson, Min-Young Her, of Lincoln High School. Winners of the 2015 Canterbury regional final of the Smokefreerockquest competition.

Altero, a four-piece alternative band from Lincoln High School, have won the Canterbury regional final of Smokefreerockquest.

Pregnant Brooke Fraser's stage outfits

Brooke Fraser is happy to be home

Three Kiwi designers help an expanding Brooke Fraser to fit into her stage outfits.

Honest drawing appeals to Douglas Stichbury

Douglas Stichbury has work in an exhibition titled Paper Plus in Christchurch this month.

Winner of the 2014 national drawing award, the Parkin Prize, Douglas Stichbury says that he likes drawing because of its honesty.

Orchestra drops concert hall plan

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performing in the Town Hall in 2005.

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has dropped plans for a new concert hall after the council voted to restore the Town Hall.

Performing arts building opens

Rangi Ruru dance teacher Hannah Clarkson, right, shows off the new Fitzgerald Dance Studio to Kerri Fitzgerald. The studio was named after Fitzgerald, who taught dance at the school.

Rangi Ruru's new performing arts building has been officially opened.

Ghost Shark 2: An unexpected journey

Johnny Hall stars as ghost shark hunter Tom Logan in Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws

A movie about a ghost shark has taken two Canterbury filmmakers on a six year journey of self discovery through the world of exploitation film

Teen play a New Zealand first

12062015. News Photo. Stacy Squires/Fairfax NZ.
For Mainland Live.The Invisibles: Dan Bain and Luke Di Somma (at piano)have co-written The Invisibles - an anti musical, which will be premiered by St Margaret???s College at the end of Term 2 this year. Leads Gabby McDonald and Tom Nye.

A new school musical highlights real pressures faced by Kiwi teenagers.

Music can still surprise you

Whether it's Tchaikovsky or the Eagles, music discovery continues to be an exciting journey.   (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Never assume that you have heard or tasted everything because just around the corner.

Adventures in skater art with Chippy and Dirk

Auckland artist Dirk in residence at Embassy earlier this month as part of the First Thursdays event.

Auckland zine artists, printmakers and illustrators, Dirk Peterson and Chippy (Chris Hutchinson) made their first visit to Christchurch earlier this month and were enthused about what they discovered.

'Hatbeard' returns to the stage

X Factor NZ contestant Stevie Tonks.

Stevie ''Hatbeard'' Tonks performs his first shows in hometown Christchurch after competing on The X Factor reality show.

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