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Howard Davis: Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy Of Dr. Faustus'

Previous versions of 'The Devil's Pact' can be traced back to the fourth century, Marlowe deviated significantly by depicting his protagonist as unable to burn his books or repent to a merciful God in order to have his contract annulled... More>>

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Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York

The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup

By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>

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Monterey: Rodger Fox Big Band Invited To Celebrated Festival

The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September of this year. More>>

AntARTica: Scientist’s Painting Discovered In Antarctic Hut

The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 118 year old watercolour painting among penguin-excrement, dust and mould covered papers found in an historic hut at Cape Adare, Antarctica. More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: Set In Stone
There are over a thousand public war memorials scattered around the country, commemorating over 30,000 New Zealanders who have died in wartime, and most of whom are buried overseas. More>>>More>>

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Howard Davis Review: True Versatility - Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves grew up among a naturally talented musical family - her father sang, her mother played trumpet, her uncle is Charles Burrell (an accomplished jazz bassist), and her cousin is jazz fusion wizard George Duke. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Buddy Rich Redivivus - Dave Weckl & Rodger Fox
Thursday night's headliners were in effect the ubiquitous Rodger Fox Big Band, accompanying a plethora of guest stars - including jazz fusion drummer Dave Weckl, long-time Santana luminary Tony Lindsay, Down Beat rising sax star Adam Schroeder, and Mingus Big Band trumpeter Alex Sipiagin. More>>

NZDF: 100th Anniversary Of Battle Of Messines
A Royal New Zealand Navy Cadet is enjoying the highlight of his career so far, travelling to Europe with the New Zealand Defence Force to help commemorate a century-old battle fought in the First World War. More>>

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Howard Davis: Shape & Texture - Bill Frisell at the Wellington Jazz Festival
Frisell never attempts to debunk or satirize - and however concerned he is with textures, he concentrates on exact figurations of brief and complex melodic shapes, out of which whole pieces grow organically. With repeated hearings, it is these shapes which leave a lasting impression. More>>

Repatriation: Moriori And Māori Ancestors Offered Dignity And Respect
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will hold a pōwhiri to mark the return home of 59 Māori and Moriori ancestral remains from the United Kingdom and Europe. More>>

Wellington Rugby Zeroes: Sevens To Move To Hamilton
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

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Matafeo & Dravid: The Billy T And Fred Award Winners For 2017
At the final show of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. the Festival came to a close after 115 shows in Auckland and 68 shows in Wellington. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: What’s Fair? Tax and Fairness
This is an excellent and timely book, since apart from general statements about increasing or mostly reducing tax, there has been very little comment or debate as to whether we should pay tax at all and how much tax should each of us pay. More>>

Ockham Awards: Globally Lauded Novelist Wins NZ’s Biggest Fiction Prize
Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. More>>

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NIWA: Sea Favours Marine Ecologist
NIWA puts a lot of things in the ocean... this is a story about something that accidentally ended up in the sea and thanks to the wind, ocean currents, good luck and good people, came back. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Individual Happiness Now
The recent launch for the previously unpublished Individual Happiness Now by New Zealander Len Lye and UK academic and classicist Robert Graves by the Govett Brewster Gallery brings an essay first written in 1941 to a contemporary audience. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: 2 Poems From ‘Manifesto Aotearoa’
We are grateful to Otago University Press and to Maraea Rakuraku and Vaughan Rapatahana for permission to reproduce their poems below, just two of the 101 included in this collection More>>

Gordon Campbell: Raymond Scott - The Man Who Heard The Future
“This is from the fifties and sixties? Raymond Scott belongs to the phalanx of unique people like Les Paul, Oscar Sala, and Leon Theremin, to whom we owe so much in developing our own musical identity today.” More>>

Howard Davis Review: Kathryn Stott & The New Zealand String Quartet
Known mainly for her interpretations of the French piano repertoire, pianist Kathryn Stott treated her audience to a virtuoso performance tinted with evanescent colours and a shimmering, elusive luminosity at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Stealing Eyeballs

In the 2016 sci-fi movie Arrival, there’s an intriguing scene that speculates about the effects of learning a new language. A linguist, played by Amy Adams, offers a theory that the language you speak determines how you think... More>>

On The Big Screen: Over-Sized Arcade Game Tournament On ChCh Streets
Arcade game enthusiasts will be doing battle for a one-of-a-kind golden road cone trophy at Gap Filler’s Super Street Arcade this weekend on the corner of High and Tuam Streets. The ‘Attack of the Cones Team Battle’ is open to all ages and anyone can enter, even if they’ve never played before. More>>

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Review: Howard Davis On Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'
Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More>>

Max Rashbrooke: Review - The NZSO And Nature
This was a lovely, varied concert with an obvious theme based on the natural world. It kicked off with Mendelssohn's sparkling Hebrides Overture, which had a wonderfully taut spring right from the start, and great colour from the woodwinds, especially the clarinets. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’
For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki
Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball
“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

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Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards
Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

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Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize
Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

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Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats
A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

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  • NZ Opera: Max Rashbrooke Reviews The Mikado
    So concerns about the work of the piece have to be addressed; but they are complex, and probably better handled in another post. So what about this production itself? More>>

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    Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland
    Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

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    Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery
    One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

    Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour
    Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

    Scoop Review Of Books:
    Looking Back

    Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

    Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose
    This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

    Breaking The Ice: U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker Visits New Zealand
    The United States has sought, and been granted, New Zealand’s permission for a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) POLAR STAR (WAGB-10), to make a port call at Lyttelton on its way home from Antarctica sometime later this month. More>>

    Scoop Review Of Books: Trading Places
    Greg Clydesdale, a lecturer in business at Lincoln University, has written a comprehensive account of global trade from the seventh century to modern times. More>>

    Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay
    Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

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    Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark
    There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

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