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Arts

April 6, 2009

As a mildly thought-provoking piece on domestic violence, Dolores, the 1986 play by Edward Allen Baker isn’t bad. That being said, the current BATS production isn’t really good either. Set in the 1980s, in Rhode Island, Dolores (Barbara Woods) shows up unannounced and unwelcome at her sister Sandra’s (Renée Sheridan) house, sporting a black eye […]

April 6, 2009

“It’s been raining all week in Wellington. Summer is over down here, but your album has such a summer feel to it. What were you thinking putting Get it Together out this late in the year, man?” Groaning, Spraggon told me that Get it Together was originally going to drop at the start of summer, […]

April 6, 2009

This movie was made for me. In fact, it may have been about me. Because I am a fickle journalist who cares more about buying new Gucci shoes than paying her credit card bill or writing about plants. Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood in a (somewhat romantic) comedy about shopping, debt, a dream job […]

April 6, 2009

I was very excited when I heard about Transsiberian. It’s set on a train, which is always a great setting for a thriller. It stars Woody Harrelson (if only he was back with Wesley Snipes! Money Train anybody?) Transsiberian is also Brad Anderson’s follow up to The Machinist, one of the better psychological-thrillers to have […]

April 6, 2009

Sculpture can be your friend. Wellington is home to a diverse range of public sculptures, from the governmental types to the kitschy bucket fountain. If the phallic, yet mundane airport drive isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps there is something to be found in the One Day Sculpture series. One Day Sculpture presents an alternative […]

April 6, 2009

Bud is the first work to be produced by Fabulous Arts Aotearoa New Zealand, a newly established ‘Theatre and Arts Initiative’, whose stated aims are ‘to produce queer theatre here in Wellington, with an eye open to the rest of the world.’ In Bud the collective explore the contrast and interplay between film and theatre, […]

April 6, 2009

Crystal Meth, the ‘pure’ form of methamphetamine which you smoke rather than snort, is nothing new. New Zealanders have been hitting it for decades, but in the early years of the new millennium, the media decided that by referring to crystal meth by a new slang term – P – they could present it as […]

April 6, 2009

Phoenix are a band from France. They make dance music. But they don’t sound like Daft Punk. Well, not much anyway. It’s because of the guitars. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is definitely their best album, but the others were all pretty mediocre. I know it’s their best album because they didn’t lose my attention by the […]

April 6, 2009

Sometimes it’s okay to throw around clichés. They are clichés for a reason—there must be some ultimate truth in them somewhere. Though saying that in and of itself has become a cliché. So, you should have that in your mind as you read the following. I don’t know opera, but I know what I like […]