Michelle Berridge

Michelle Berridge

A dedicated epicurean, Michelle is passionate in the pursuit of great coffee, fine wine, exquisite food and the very best in art, fashion and design. Her mission is to seek out that latest and greatest on the streets of Christchurch to ensure that Cityscape readers don’t miss a thing.

Michelle Berridge News & Reviews
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It's August. The sweltering heat of late summer in Oklahoma and one family sweating it out in a house lacking air-conditioning and pressure-cooker tense. This is not the US of A's 'mid-West', mind, but the 'Plains' – a state of mind or an affliction as much as a geographical location. In one momentous month, a series of events are kicked off by Beverly Weston (John Bach), the patriarch of this particular all-American middle-class clan. The generations gather and sweat and attempt to make good, but in this heat pretensions melt away and dark truths are revealed. Meet Violet Weston (Yvonne Martin), the pill-popping matriarch who may be as high as a kite or may have a better handle on reality than any of those around her. Meet her sister, the irrepressible Mattie Fae (Jude Gibson), her laid-back husband Charlie (Bruce Phillips) and their much put-upon Peter Pan son, Little Charles (Martyn...
Michelle Berridge Drinking @
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Raise your glass at CBD Bar and sip a bloody good beer while you survey the surrounding wasteland that is/was Christchurch’s central business district – it’s a perfectly ironic name, given the context. Since CBD Bar opened its doors at 208 Madras Street in August 2012, we’ve visited numerous times. Whether for after-work drinks and pizza on a Friday or laid-back beers in the sun on a Saturday afternoon, this spot consistently offers a buzzy but relaxed atmosphere. Despite being surrounded by empty lots, there always seems to be a decent gathering – and an eclectic bunch too, from construction workers in high-vis to suits, families, and always a contingent of tourists no doubt seeking refuge from the strange cityscape that us locals have all grown so used to. When you drop in, trying the house brew – Cassels & Sons – is essential. My taste-buds have ventured from the Pilsner,...
Michelle Berridge News & Reviews
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Exciting news! Comedian Rhys Darby has declared Christchurch as the ideal place to shoot the DVD of his comedy show. “I started my performance career there, I lived there, started in stand-up there, met my wife there, studied there and I know that Christchurch people can laugh with the best of them,” Darby says. This Way to Spaceship is due in town in early October and with all that Christchurch has been through and is going through, Darby says he is really looking forward to it. “I can’t imagine how hard it has been and still is for people in Christchurch,” he shares. “I have seen pictures of where I used to live and perform, on the corner of Lichfield and Manchester Streets, and it’s all gone. I know people are still struggling.” As part of this UK tour, Darby is currently performing “Spaceship” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show...
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Michelle Berridge Explore
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A Lonely Planet writer has described Christchurch as one of the most exciting cities in New Zealand, pointing to the rapidly evolving SOMO (South of Moorhouse) precinct and the Re:Start project in Cashel Mall as evidence of the city’s renaissance. The SOMO (South of Moorhouse) precinct – a term coined by local urban guide Cityscape back in September 2011 – includes the areas of Addington and Sydenham. Since the earthquakes of late 2010 and early 2011, this area has evolved into one of the new ‘it’ districts of Christchurch. Iconic Christchurch attractions such as the Dux de Lux restaurant and bar and The Court Theatre, both formerly housed in the atmospheric Gothic revival surrounds of The Arts Centre, have opened new incarnations in the area. Dux Live is a new bar and live music venue in Lincoln Road and The Court Theatre is now staging productions in ‘The Shed’, a...