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What's On in Gisborne

This week

Gisborne Floral Art Society Christmas exhibition

Lawson Field Theatre, Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 9am-4pm. $5 entry, cash only.

Summer Soundcheck

Brazilbeat, Paws, Dizfunk, Slyone, Stix, DJose. DJs on two stages, multimedia, prizes and giveaways. Smash Palace, Saturday, 9pm. Tickets $10 from eventfinda.

Long River Swing

David Paquette with Ben Wilcock and Wil Sargisson. Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, Saturday, 7pm.

Tairawhiti Museum, Sunday, 2pm.

Entry $35. Book at i-SITE Wairoa or phone 06 838 7440. Or phone Tairawhiti Museum on 867 3832.

Lazy Soundcheck

Sunshine Brewery have put together a $400 prize to help Lazy Fifty fundraise for a new album. Tickets $10 from the Taproom or givealittle.co.nz/cause/lazy-fundraiser. Every $10 donation gets you an entry in the draw. Neighborhood Pizzeria, Sunday, 5pm.

Gisborne International Music Competition

War Memorial Theatre. First round begins Monday, November 30, 2pm and 7pm. Admission free for the first round, semi-final and final.


Uni-Fi album launch

Support acts Kings of Kaiaua, 2k Rhythm & Ter3ign. Smash Palace, Friday, December 4 from 7pm. Tickets $10+bf from eventfinda.co.nz

Sea Mouse + Set Waves

Dome Bar, Saturday, December 5, 8pm. Tickets $15 from undertheradar.co.nz or $20 on the door.

Labretta Suede and The Motel 6

Dome Bar, Saturday, December 12, 8pm.Tickets $26 from eventbrite.co.nz

Xmas Party at Wrights Vineyard and Winery

1093 Wharerata Road, Saturday December 19 from 11am. Gisborne Concert Band plays live from 1.30pm.Bookings essential 027 656 8222 or info@wrightswines.co.nz

Rolling Stones tribute band

Cosmopolitan Club, December 31, 9.30pm. Free entry for members and guests. Free raffle ticket on entry with three chances to win a prize.


Click, Collect, and Carnage

An original murder mystery experience. Evolution Theatre Company, December 4-5, 7.30pm, Sunday, December 6, 4pm. Tickets are available from https://www.trybooking.co.nz/FHB. Adults $35, seniors/youth $32, table of six $180

The Addams Family

Directed by Belinda Campbell. Lawson Field Theatre, December 11-19. Tickets from i-SITE or ticketek.


Daryn Mcbride — Making Waves

Miharo Gallery from tomorrow, 6pm. One week only.


Up to 30 students and staff of Toihoukura will exhibit works and stories created during these unprecedented times. Opening tomorrow, 7.30pm, Tairawhiti Museum.

Parsing Binaries

JB Contemporary, 14 Lowe Street

A collaborative project from Shannon Novak and Daniel Metcalfe.

Te Hono Wai – Where waters meet

Jo Torr explores in costume and textile history cultural exchanges between European and Maori. Tairawhiti Museum until December 6.

Tatara e maru ana — The sacred rain cape of Waiapu

Natalie Robertson presents photographic and moving images that relate to indigenous practices and relationships to the land. Tairawhiti Museum until January 31, 2021.

Got something going on? Let The Guide know at guide@gisborneherald.co.nz, or telephone


Dome Cinema

Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Club

A 1995 conversation in a pub in London’s Kings Cross led to the formation of the world’s first gay rugby club, the Kings Cross Steelers. Now there are 60 clubs worldwide and every two years they get together for the world tournament of gay rugby, the Bingham Cup. This film follows the Kings Cross Steelers to the 2018 tournament in Amsterdam.

A Son

Terrorist-inflicted injury to the son of a well-off Tunisian couple causes tension and heartache.


Powerful 3D documentary about the artistic evolution of Merce Cunningham, from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers.

Odeon Multiplex

SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out

Within a year of rising from the rugby field to drop their music on Facebook, SIX60 were winning awards and confounding the music industry. Some reviewers were dismissive of their music, but a life-changing injury forced the band to assess what they stood for.

The Comeback Trail

Indebted to the mob, two movie producers try to save themselves by setting up an ageing actor for an insurance scam. Great veteran cast — Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman — enjoy themselves in comedic romp.

Let Him Go

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner play grandparents bent on saving their grandson and widowed and remarried daughter-in-law from her new husband and his odious family. Also stars Lesley Manville and Jeffrey Donovan.

Happiest Season

A young woman plans to propose to her girlfriend while attending her family’s annual holiday party. At the party, she realises her girlfriend has not come out to her conservative parents. Stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber and Alison Brie.

David Byrne’s American Utopia

American concert film directed and produced by Spike Lee, from a screenplay by David Byrne. The film is a live recording of a Broadway performance of a modified version of the album American Utopia, and includes several songs and contributions from throughout Byrne’s career. Byrne performs alongside 11 musicians, all of whom perform with wireless or portable equipment.


Obnoxious, spoiled rich kid Billy lives with his grandmother and craves attention from his absentee father. After he finds a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking, he hires a hitman to kill Santa (Mel Gibson).

Made in Italy

A father (Liam Neeson) and son are at odds over renovations to a Tuscan house, left to the son by his mother.

The Secrets We Keep

A woman trying to rebuild her life with her husband in post-war New York is convinced she has seen a war criminal in her neighbourhood, and takes action.


Sam Neill and Michael Caton play feuding brothers forced to join forces to save their sheep.

Honest Thief

A professional bank robber agrees to return all the money he stole in exchange for a reduced sentence. But two FBI agents set him up for a murder rap.

BLOOMS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Gisborne Floral Art Society exhibition convener Bev Miller (left), Sue Jones and Vonnie Fletcher work on designs for this year’s show, A Floral Christmas. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Lawson Field Theatre. Entry is $5, cash only. Picture by Paul Rickard