The Oxford Union Debate on Nuclear Weapons

If you’re still looking for things to do after being harangued by street performing Estonians later this evening, then head along to the Film Archive on Taranaki Street, where they’re screening the famous 1985 Oxford Union Debate on Nuclear Weapons, in which our PM, David Lange debated and defeated the then American Moral Majority leader, […]

Avangard at the Railway Station

Just because the Fringe Festival is over (and congrats to all the winners at the Fringe Awards), doesn’t mean you can’t still see some avant garde performance art on the streets. Oh no. We’ve already missed a couple of performances by Avangard – the pro-glam art band from Estonia – but I fully intend to […]

The Weekend that Was II: Gigs Galore

As well as all the sporting championships and festivals taking place around Wellington over the weekend, there was also an insane number of top gigs. Top local talents The Black Seeds, Paseload, Ghostplane were on show around town, as well as other excellent kiwi bands David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights, and The Fanatics. On […]

The Weekend that Was

The powerboaters, women cyclists and dragonboaters must have been ruing the choice of Wellington as the choice of championship venues as a, er, ‘brisk’ northerly blew in from the Hutt and across the harbour over the weekend. The wind also caused havoc with the Saturday night Neil Diamond concert at the Stadium, where the poor […]

Newtown Festival

The never-ending summer stream of Wellington suburban carnivals and fairs continues on its merry way with the start of the ten day Newtown Festival tomorrow (Fri 4 Mar). The big day is Sunday’s Fair Day, when Riddiford Street will be closed to traffic, allowing a plethora of stalls, entertainers and general mayhem to hit the […]

Tuatara Day

I must admit, I’ve never actually seen a tuatara in the flesh (in the scales?) before. So the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary are having a special Tuatara Day to allow me and the no doubt many other urbanites who haven’t seen our most famous lizard the chance to check out their resident reptile – Oliver – […]

Never mind the statue, what’s in my baggy?

No joy for the Wellingtonista present at today’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Taika Waititi’s brilliant short film Two Cars, One Night lost out (as Taika himself predicted in a TV interview we saw a couple of days ago) to British director Andrea Arnold ‘s film Wasp. And the Weta guys had no luck for […]

New Wellington Arts Centre

Just spotted on the excellent Feeling Great website – Wellington is to get a new Arts Centre, on Abel Smith Street (in the old Education Board Building between Cuba and Victoria Streets). We’re not sure if the old Arts Centre (the band rotunda down Oriental Parade, where we go for piano lessons every week, incidentally), […]

Weekend gig action

Moody rocker and increasingly funk-orientated Dimmer and Samoan hip-hopper extraordinaire Tha Feelstyle (it’s not a typo, it is Tha) will be entertaining the students and anyone else who cares to turn up at the Victoria University Union Hall tonight (Fri 25 Feb). Should be an interesting combo of sounds. The latest Dimmer album – You’ve […]

Matt Couper @ Janne Land Art Gallery

Wellington artist Matt Couper’s new exhibition opened earlier this week at the Janne Land Art Gallery (which has recently moved to Unit 1, 13 Jessie Street). According to Wikipedia, his most latest work illustrates imagery from his recent trip to the USA, and is concerned with Masonic symbolism, modern architecture and cultural paranoia. You know, […]