Arts & Culture

ON the beat with Rhythm and Alps returnee Cory ChampiON 2
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ON the beat with Rhythm and Alps returnee Cory ChampiON

Wellington musical wunderkind Cory Champion is pointing the compass south for New Year’s Eve, to play with Pacific Heights at Rhythm and Alps. ANNABEL WILSON gets the skinny on what keeps bringing him back to R&A, his obsession with cymbals and a few of his other favourite things… You’re becoming a mainstay of the Rhythm and Alps event. What brings […]

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Rhythm & Alps leads music festival technology 0
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Rhythm & Alps leads music festival technology

Rhythm & Alps revellers will be treated to an incredible experience of sound, light, optical illusion and art, thanks to world-leading stage technology. The highly-anticipated New Year’s party and music festival, held  on December 29-31 at Robrosa Station near Wanaka, has already achieved an outstanding international reputation for producing innovative stages. This year’s event will see the bar raised even […]

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ONstage: Stand Up Love – Intimacy and solitude in codependent collision (Review) 0
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ONstage: Stand Up Love – Intimacy and solitude in codependent collision (Review)

Stand Up Love  Written by Gavin McGibbon Directed by Adam Goodall Presented by Making Friends Collective at BATS Theatre, 30 Nov 2016 to 10 Dec 2016 [1 hr 10 mins] I couldn’t help but feel this play to be somewhat gratuitous and a little clichéd. Another failed relationship to unpack and watch unravel before us. What makes this play different from […]

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ONscreen – The Real Housewives of Auckland: really grating (Review) 1
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ONscreen – The Real Housewives of Auckland: really grating (Review)

It’s grating but we keep watching… kind of like when you jar your knee but you do it again because the pain feels good. SARAH MCMULLAN reviews The Real Housewives of Auckland. Welcome to yet another chance for New Zealand to snap at the heels of a foreign reality show format proving that while we’re proud to claim the mantle of first […]

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ON the scene: Splendour in the Grass 2016 – review 1
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ON the scene: Splendour in the Grass 2016 – review

ANNABEL WILSON offers her perspective on Byron Bay’s infamous music festival. A music festival experience is a series of encapsulated moments. A collection of vignettes loosely linked to form an overall impression. Every punter’s showreel of recollections is unique, with a few collective overlaps. They’re the kind of highlights you chatter about when debriefing with fellow attendees afterwards. They’re what […]

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ON your bike: Riding the peaceful vision with Lucid Dream Bike 2
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ON your bike: Riding the peaceful vision with Lucid Dream Bike

gONzo journalist ANNABEL WILSON bedazzled her BMX with fairy lights, glo sticks and a luminous orange rabbit for Lucid Dream’s Bike Carnival of Lights and Motion in Wellington. I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date… It’s 6:50 on a still winter’s evening. Hooning around Wellington’s CBD on a BMX I bought for 10 bucks from Trash Palace, I’m anxious I […]

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ONstage: Shot Bro, Confessions of a Depressed Bullet 0
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ONstage: Shot Bro, Confessions of a Depressed Bullet

ANNABEL WILSON reviews Rob Mokaraka’s one man black comedy about his struggle with depression and how he ended up being shot…bro. In 2009, award-winning actor Rob Mokaraka was shot in the chest during a confrontation with police at his Point Chevalier home. In a manic episode brought on by long-hidden depression, he had dialled 111 then threatened attending officers with a meat cleaver and perceived ‘concealed […]

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ON the shelf: The Girls, I Love Dick and Wasted book reviews. 0
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ON the shelf: The Girls, I Love Dick and Wasted book reviews.

The Girls – Emma Cline ***** RRP $37, Chatto & Windus / Penguin Picking up THE GIRLS it’s immediately obvious that Cline is writing a fictitious tale of a young girl’s encounter with Charles Manson and his ‘family’ during the summer of 1969, and how it shaped her life in the years since. A single woman drifting from house sitting […]

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Onstage review: The White Guitar – a show of strength and vulnerability 0
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Onstage review: The White Guitar – a show of strength and vulnerability

“I represent the thousand souls that never made it this far,” Malo Luafutu (best known as Scribe) explained at the opening of the 2016 season of The White Guitar at Hannah Playhouse last night. Directed by Nina Nawalowalo and Jim Moriarty and presented by The Conch and Tourmakers, The White Guitar is a living history told by Scribe, his father […]

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ONstage: Hotel Europa – fractured spaces of colliding cultures, memory, aspirations 0
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ONstage: Hotel Europa – fractured spaces of colliding cultures, memory, aspirations

ANNABEL WILSON reviews the final show of  Hotel Europa at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. On the eve of the Brexit vote, third year Toi Whakaari actors performed the last show of their season of Goran Stefanovski‘s Hotel Europa. Directed by Anna Marbrook working in collaboration with designer Kasia Pol, the graduand students explored questions of home, power, ego, nationalism, the […]

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