THIS WEEKEND IN WELLINGTON: @PEACE, STATE OF MIND + NEED FOR MIRRORS, LABOUR LOCKDOWN.

This weekend in Wellington fans of experimental music, post-rock, art hip-hop, jungle, drum and bass and DJ culture are in luck. Below we present you with the...

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Martyn.
Trevor Noah Q&A.

South African comedian Trevor Noah is about to embark on his first-ever national tour of New Zealand. He’s a big name internationally, but perhaps less well-known here...

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Jarrod.
A Christmas Carol.

Around this time of year you start to hear a now familiar complaint: something about Christmas starting earlier and earlier (and earlier). And it’s true – we’re...

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Jarrod.
Recap: Some quick Wellington notes.

A few interesting things have been happening around the capital over the last couple of weeks. In light of this, I thought I’d start my blog off...

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Martyn.
The Pitmen Painters, Circa, 4 October 2014.

Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters is based on the true story of the Ashington Group – Northumberland coal miners who, during the 1930s, turned their hands to...

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Jarrod.
Hunting through Hunters and Collectors.

As a teenager in the 90’s, Hunter’s & Collectors was one of my favourite shopping destinations. On the weekend my friends and I would visit for their...

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Amanda.
So long Mighty Mighty Bar.

In late 2006 two words were on the lips of everyone interested in counter-cultural live music in Wellington, and those two words were “Mighty Mighty“. A tight...

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Martyn.
The Witching Hours – Series 2.

The first series of My Accomplice’s The Witching Hours podcast was a huge success – both the live recordings at BATS, and the finished audio product. So,...

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Jarrod.
The Master and the Macaron – Louis Sergeant.

As far as MasterChef meltdowns go, it doesn’t get much gooier than Jax Hamilton’s macaron avalanche in the 2011 grand finale. You had to feel for her....

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Sarah.
Festival of Frivolity.

I’m pleased to say that it’s almost Comedy Festival time again, and soon Wellington will be flooded with entertainment of the (hopefully) humorous variety. As always, we’ll be...

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Jarrod.
In love with loretta.

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago – actually in 1989, which is as far back as I can recall – Cuba Street kinda sucked on...

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Sarah.
Equivocation – Circa Theatre, until 21 June 2014.

At the centre of Equivocation is a tantalising ‘what if?’ – we’re asked to imagine that William Shakespeare was commissioned by Robert Cecil, Secretary of State to...

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Jarrod.
LIVE: EARTH, TINY RUINS, COMING UP FOR AIR.

The next fortnight in Wellington, fans of drone, indie rock and folk are in luck. Below we give...

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Martyn.
Art Night: Pō Whakaatu Toi, 03/07/2014.

On the evening of Thursday the 3rd of July, The Dowse, Te Papa, City Gallery, Pataka and Expressions Whirinaki team up to present Pō Whakaatu Toi, a...

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Martyn.
Revelations – BATS, 4 June 2014.

Playwright Lori Leigh’s Revelations centres around a homecoming, of sorts. The extended Baker family (no relation) descend upon Feilding, summoned by their elderly matriarch, who may or...

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Jarrod.
Kirkcaldies Interiors on Thorndon.

Kirkcaldie & Stains is a name synonymous with luxury along with all things fancy pants and has always offered the ultimate one-store shopping experience.  This Saturday, much to...

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Amanda.
What We Do In The Shadows.

Thanks to an impressive marketing campaign – spanning social media, online auctions, dating sites and even the controversial Wellington sign – it’s entirely likely that you’ve heard...

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Jarrod.
LIVE: MARA TK, DZ DEATHRAYS VS. DIE! DIE! DIE!.

The next week in Wellington, fans of soul, beats, punk rock and noise are in luck. Below we ...

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Martyn.
Taking off the Bird Suit – BATS, 24 June 2014.

There were vanishingly few shows featuring women in this year’s Comedy Festival – but as Taking off the Bird Suit aptly demonstrates, this is hardly due to...

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Jarrod.
LIVE: CARLOS NAVAE, RACE BANYON, SPACEDANCE.

The next fortnight in Wellington, fans of salsa, beats, indie rock, rap and disco are in luck. Below we ...

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Martyn.
Friday: Marlon Williams, Melody Pool (AUS) & Aldous Harding @SFBH.

This month Marlon Williams, one of the most celebrated young New Zealand country/folk singers of recent times in on tour around the country to promote the release...

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Martyn.
LIVE: LUCKLESS, RAIZA BIZA, DJ PEANUT BUTTER WOLF.

The next fortnight in Wellington, fans of indie rock, folk, hip-hop, beats, RnB, soul and funk are in luck. Below ...

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Martyn.
Photo by Jed Soane, thebeerproject.com.

Beervana is arguably New Zealand’s best annual beer festival. You may have heard of it; maybe you want to go? Perhaps you went to it sometime over...

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Sarah.
Riki Gooch.

This week in Wellington fans of poetry, storytelling, live music, skateboarding and dubstep DJs are in luck. Below we present to you the Cliffs Notes on three...

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Martyn.
LIVE: AROHA, DRAX PROJECT, LADI6, OMIT.

The next fortnight in Wellington, fans of dance music, hip-hop, RnB and experimental electronica are in luck. Below we ...

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Martyn.
Orchestra of Spheres.

This week in Wellington, aside from the many other interesting things happening around the place, City Gallery Wellington celebrates it’s 21st birthday, and...

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Martyn.
A View from the Bridge, Circa Theatre, 19 July 2014.

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge is a modern classic, and one of Miller’s most enduring works. Over time, however, productions of it will have developed...

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Jarrod.
LIVE: CRACKER JACKS, YUMI ZOUMA, BROODS, AHOY.

The next fortnight in Wellington, fans of electronica, dream pop, lo-fi, beats and indie rock are in luck. Below we...

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Martyn.
Mexican Wave, Goodbye.

After six years and 100-odd reviews for Word on the Street, the time has come to doff the red hat, ditch the rubber nose, peel off the...

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Sarah.
Constellations, Circa, 30 July 2014.

Constellations is a fascinating, innovative, and mind-bending work of theatre, likely to stay in your head long after its curtain call. The stories it tells are simple,...

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Jarrod.
Festival of Lights.

The first LUX took place in Oslo, Norway, in January 2011, and was a one day seminar and art exhibition exploring the intersections of light, space and...

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Jarrod.
Live Music This Week: The Dancing And Drinking Society, Die! Die! Die!.

Aside from the Broods and Ahoy There shows which I mentioned in my column last week, there are some pretty good music events happening in the capital...

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Martyn.
Moon 1: Wellington’s new live music venue.

This Friday box-fresh new live music venue, self-styled “dive bar” and pizza place Moon 1 opens it’s doors for the first time for an evening of food,...

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Martyn.
Friday night: Andras Fox (AUS) & Eyeliner @ Havana.

As much of a fan of analog drum machines and keyboards as he is digital music production software, when Melbourne music producer Andras Fox steps to the...

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Martyn.
Peter McLeavey Pop-Up.

McLeavey is one of Wellingtons oldest and most iconic art dealers.  It only seems fitting that in the year Peter McLeavey’s biography takes Book Of The Year...

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Guest Blogger.
Sorceress.

This week in Wellington, fans of  soul, beats and electronica, are in luck. Below we give you the Cliffs Notes on two nights...

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Martyn.
The Hills Are Alive.

The Sound of Music was the last musical Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together, and it’s arguably the most enduring – possibly due to the massive success of...

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Jarrod.
Ti Kouka on Willis St.

If you have not been to Ti Kouka Cafe, upstairs at 73 Willis Street, you are definitely missing out. This is now about my 5th visit and...

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Guest Blogger.
THIS SATURDAY: ELECTION NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT IN THE CAPITAL.

On Saturday the 20th of September New Zealand will hold it’s 51st General Election to determine the membership of Parliament for the next three years. The weeks...

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Martyn.
World Press Photo Exhibition.

World Press Photo Exhibition is always unlike anything else, and the show manages this year after year.  It is photojournalism at its best; complex and powerful, and...

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Guest Blogger.
A quick dumpling fix on Manners St.

You may first remember seeing Vicky Ha, Wellington’s very own Dumpling Queen, riding around town on a pushbike delivering delicious dumplings. She’s a bit too busy to...

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Guest Blogger.
THIS FRIDAY: SHLOHMO (US) @ BODEGA.

This Friday night, WeDidIt founder Shlomho (government name: Henry Laufer) rolls through Wellington for his first New Zealand show at Bodega on Ghuznee Street. A Los Angeles...

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Martyn.
Tuatara Open Late: Future Sound of Mzansi, live music from the Balkanistas and DJ B.Lo.

On Thursday night between 5-10pm, City Gallery Wellington hosts the latest edition of their monthly koha entry Tuatara Open Late event series -  an ever changing programme...

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Martyn.
Taking a huge bite of Tyrannosaurs at Te Papa.

66 million years separate Tyrannosaurus rex from your average kid, but if my sons are anything to go by, there’s a spiritual connection between the two that...

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Everything is Surrounded by Water, BATS, 30 September 2014.

Uther Dean and Hannah Banks’ ‘Everything is Surrounded by Water’ had its debut in this year’s NZ Fringe Festival. Originally performed in living rooms across Wellington, it...

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Jarrod.
Orchestra of Spheres.

This weekend in Wellington fans of hip-hop, soul, celestial jazz, psychedelica, experimental music and beyond are in luck. Below we give you the Cliffs...

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Martyn.
Wellington’s Slow Reading Club.

Reading a book is such a pleasure, but it is one of those simple indulgences that it just never feels like we have time for.  Meg Williams...

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