Primed for satire

The man behind the banned political song Planet Key has invited the PM to attend the launch of his fifth solo album.

On-the-spot laughs

Kiwi improv comedy is booming and there's no better way to enjoy a sampler than the five-day New Zealand Improv Festival which starts today.

Demons and redemption

Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle, talks about the recurring role of his parents in his music.

Anything is funny

South African comedian Trevor Noah talks about making people laugh and why it's hard to be a funny man.

World at her feet

DIANA DEKKER - The Dominion Post

Exploring human freedom and choice in the space of one contemporary dance to be staged in Wellington this week is ambitious, but that's the point, Berlin-based choreographer Alexa Wilson tells Diana Dekker.

Hot for the hits

In their 70s heyday, Hot Chocolate amassed 25 British Top 40 singles. Forty years on, the group play Wellington.

The physics of love

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For those who don't get quantum physics, a play about Isaac Newton doesn't sound appealing.

Science friction


A new play shows the lighter side of science with comic clashes between a young Isaac Newton and his nemesis.

Just turning up doesn't cut it

Sugar Man

Rondriguez's was stronger than last year's for many reasons, but it's sad to see he's not delivering a $100-value show.

Sugar Man proves bittersweet

Sugar Man

Previously obscure, Sugar Man singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez has had a mixed couple of years.

Super strings

Borodin Quartet

Russia's Borodin Quartet have an impressive legacy. Viola player Igor Naidin talks about why that matters.

Trumpet concerto a standout

Hakan Hardenberger

Terrific concert featured three highly original composers boosted by legendary trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger.

The Don retains charm

Don Giovanni

Any misgivings at 'the opera of all operas' having been updated were immediately dispelled.

Mozart made modern

Modern Don Giovanni

Warwick Fyfe plays Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, but his first taste of classical came from Sesame Street.

Medical science owes her


HeLa is the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was used for scientific research without her permission.

Upping the jungle beats

The Upbeats

There really isn't a correct way to pronounce SSXUB, the new collaborative EP from Shapeshifter and The Upbeats.

A mine of artistic talent

Pitmen painters

The Pitmen Painters tells the true story of 1930s British miners who became the toast of the art world.

Ed Sheeran's NZ tour sells out

Ed Sheeran

Fans of the British musician snap up tickets within minutes, leading to second Auckland show being announced.

Making the most of the middle

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He plays swing, country, rock and pop and pokes fun at our fads. Tom Cardy talks to satirist and musician Andrew London.

An 80s experience to remember

The Straits

Dire Straits is no more, but a tribute band playing next week includes a saxophonist who toured with the original band.

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