What's on in Gisborne
Plus support acts Sit Down in Front, The Rocket Jocks, and Nicky Valentine. Smash Palace, tonight, 8pm. Tickets $10+bf from undertheradar.co.nz
New York Nights — Dance Party Edition
Get out your boogie shoes and get ready to get down at NYN’s dance party edition, performed by local artists. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli Street, tomorrow, 7pm. Entry by koha.
Labretta Suede & The Motel 6
Dome Bar, Saturday, 8pm. Tickets $26 from eventbrite.co.nz
Kaituhi Rawhiti: A Celebration of East Coast Writers
Launch event, Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. Friday, December 18, 5.30pm.
Landslide — Fleetwood Mac tribute
Dome Bar, Friday, December 18. Tickets $34 from eventfinda.
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 email@example.com
Naughty X-mas Party
Featuring Brazilbeat, Dizfunk, Slyone, Stix. 69 Central, 69 Peel St, Saturday, December 19, 9pm. $5 at the door.
Smash Summer Sesh 8
Featuring Threat.Meet.Protocol, The Murder Chord, Blame Thrower, Dead Model, Hagseed, No Brainers, Unruly, and The Rabbits. Smash Palace, Sunday, December 27. Doors open at 3pm, the bands kick off at 4pm. Tickets $20+bf from www.undertheradar.co.nz or $30 at the door.
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.
The Addams Family
Directed by Belinda Campbell. Lawson Field Theatre, December 11-19. Tickets from i-SITE or ticketek.
Steam, Spies and Sabotage
An interactive murder mystery, Saturday. Departs Gisborne Railway Station at 4.30pm. Tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 022 587 7307 to arrange direct credit into Gisborne City Vintage Railway account. Eftpos is available at the railyard Thursdays and Saturdays 9am-noon. Adult $50. A group of 6+ is $45/person. Every ticket includes glass of wine/OJ/beer with nibbles. Tea, coffee, light snacks, souvenirs, and Eftpos, are available from the buffet car.
• The Man on the Island
Documentary on 77-year-old Colin McLaren, who in 1990 left Auckland and bought a plot of land on Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf. Living alone on an island with 19 permanent residents, McLaren has found his own version of Eden, or has he? Film director and sometime neighbour Simon Mark-Brown offers a look in.
• Lucky Grandma
Grandma Wong, a New York octogenarian, is told by a fortune-teller that an auspicious day is on its way. She withdraws her life savings and goes to the casino. Then, when the old man next to her dies, she finds herself with a cash-filled duffle bag. The triads say the money is theirs, so Grandma hires muscle.
Documentary on the artistic evolution of Merce Cunningham, from his early years as a struggling dancer in post-war New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers.
• Blithe Spirit
A medium holds a seance for a novelist with writer’s block but summons the spirit of the writer’s first wife, which leads to a love triangle between the man and his wives — one alive and one dead.
Biographical film of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, first man to reach the South Pole. Subtitled.
• Words on Bathroom Walls
A schizophrenic teenager has to cope with a new school, a changing family dynamic and romance as he tries not to let his condition define him.
• A Christmas Gift from Bob
Luke Treadaway stars as a struggling street musician who becomes the target of an animal welfare investigation that threatens to take away his beloved cat at Christmas.
A group of women plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World pageant in London. Stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keeley Hawes and Greg Kinnear.
• The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Documentary chronicling the triumphs and tribulations of the Bee Gees — Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb.
• The Witches
Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway star in a film of Roald Dahl story about an orphaned boy who goes to live with his grandmother in rural Alabama. They run foul of some deceptively glamorous witches.
• SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out
Within a year of their emergence, 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.
• Let Him Go
Diane Lane and Kevin Costner play grandparents out to save their grandson and widowed and remarried daughter-in-law from her husband and his family.
• Happiest Season
A woman planning to propose to her girlfriend at a family holiday party realises she has not come out to her conservative parents.
• Made in Italy
Father and son disagree over Tuscan house renovations.
Feuding brothers must 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.