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The Phoenix Foundation 'Friend Ship' Tour Docks At Wellington's Opera House

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 9:12 am | Howard Davis

It's impossible to dislike The Phoenix Foundation - they're just such affable chaps with an enviable talent for finding a crisp hook and sticking to it. It's hard to spend much time in Wellington without someone letting you know they grew up with ... More >>

Concert Review: Kevin Field Quintet

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 4:55 pm | Howard Davis

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls - St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin ... More >>

Avantdale Bowling Club

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 4:53 pm | Howard Davis

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club , to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. The highly articulate Scott proved he is hardly ... More >>

Three New Art Books for Xmas

Friday, 13 November 2020, 4:30 pm | Howard Davis

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three gorgeous new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art , a quick art history lesson from one of Aotearoa's most provocative artists; The Railways ... More >>

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' On Stage

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 3:38 pm | Howard Davis

“In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many ... More >>

Imperfect Offering Perform the Songs of Leonard Cohen

Sunday, 8 November 2020, 6:40 pm | Howard Davis

"Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen, Anthem . More >>

Inside The King's Head - Katherine Wyeth's Girl in the Loft

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 8:49 am | Howard Davis

A one-woman show, written and performed by Katherine Wyeth under the direction of Fingal Pollock, this is the story of growing up at The King’s Head Theatre in London, observing its nightly transformation from the chaos of sawdust and sequins into a ... More >>

Fiddling While America Burns - Wellington's T-Bone Cut A Rug

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 11:03 am | Howard Davis

“Noam Chomsky has described the contemporary Republican Party as 'the most dangerous organization in human history'.” - Joseph O'Neill, 'Save the Party, Save the World', New York Review of Books, August 20, 2020. More >>

The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 12:59 pm | Howard Davis

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation may be forgiven for sounding as though they have recently inhaled. Their hallmark sound generally includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting ... More >>

Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 12:34 pm | Howard Davis

The award-winning Northland musician mostly performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More >>

Howard Davis: Estère At San Fran

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 12:04 pm | Howard Davis

Appearing at the San Fran on Cuba St to promote her new single, “Calculated Risk,” the local musician sutured together a truly impressive set of syncopated soul beats to form a variegated... More >>

Roddy Doyle's Grim and Gritty 'Rosie'

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:56 pm | Howard Davis

Although Rosie was completed over two years ago, it has only just arrived in New Zealand, but it's been well worth the wait. A grim and gritty fable that covers thirty-six hours in the life of one unfortunate Northern Irish family, it was funded by the ... More >>

Naming Names - 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 1:50 pm | Howard Davis

Fresh from staking his claim to unearthing a rich vein of humour in the historical horror of The Death of Stalin , Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci has re-imagined Charles Dickens’ tribute to grit and perseverance through the comedic ... More >>

Charlotte Yates' 'Mansfield' Project

Friday, 21 February 2020, 10:23 am | Howard Davis

“I believe her to be a dangerous WOMAN … She is simply one of the most persistent and thickskinned toadies … one of the vulgarest women … and a sentimental crank.” - T.S. Eliot, Letters , Vol. 1. More >>

Dazed & Confused by 'Beats'

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 5:58 am | Howard Davis

”Out on the floor each night, I'm really moving / The chicks are out of sight and I'm a-grooving ... Out on the floor tonight, I feel like singing / The beats are light and bright, guitars are ringing.” - Dobie Gray, Out on the Floor More >>

And The Oscar Goes To … 'Parasite'

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 8:20 am | Howard Davis

For its deliciously dark wit and genre-bending ingenuity, Parasite has just won four out of a potential six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Only ten foreign-language films have previously been nominated for Best Picture and none have won before. It ... More >>

1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 3:28 pm | Howard Davis

The benchmark for all anti-war films remains Lewis Milestone’s 1930 nihilistic masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front , a Best Picture winner that followed a group of German students whose teacher rallies them into enlistment. They are lead ... More >>

Three Stocking Stuffers from Te Papa Press

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 9:26 pm | Howard Davis

“The garments themselves tell us what did occur, but to understand them we must learn their language as expressed through the minute details of technique.” - Te Rangi Hiroa. More >>

Very Silly Stormtroopers - 'Jojo Rabbit'

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 10:25 am | Howard Davis

Described as “an anti-hate satire” and based very loosely on Christine Leunens' novel Caging Skies , Jojo Rabbit concerns the growth of a young boy in Nazi Germany who seeks advice on how to become a tough man from his 'imaginary friend' - a highly ... More >>

Tricky Dicky - Peter Morgan's 'Frost/Nixon' at the Gryphon

Friday, 1 November 2019, 12:28 pm | Howard Davis

At a time when talk of presidential impeachment has once again become a political reality, there is no more apposite drama than a new production of Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon . A gripping 'true story' about the most-watched TV interview in history, ... More >>