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The Arts Guide

What's on in Gisborne.
This week

Kaituhi Rawhiti: A Celebration of East Coast Writers

Launch event, Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. Friday, 5.30pm.

Landslide — Fleetwood Mac tribute

Dome Bar, Friday. Tickets $34 from eventfinda. (SOLD OUT)

Xmas Party at Wrights Vineyard and Winery

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

Hail To The Thieves

Smash Palace, Saturday, 9pm. Tickets $23+bf from undertheradar.co.nz

Naughty X-mas Party

Featuring Brazilbeat, Dizfunk, Slyone, Stix. 69 Central, 69 Peel St, Saturday, 9pm. $5 at the door.

Coming up

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.

Revive — a festival of live music and holistic health

Woodlands on Back Ormond Road, January 2-4. Tickets available from ticketfairy.com For more details visit revivefestival.co.nz


Auckland underground techno crew and Yosiah, Clay Louis, Uday. Smash Palace, January 9.


The Addams Family

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

Visual Arts

Off The Canvas

A multi-media exhibition featuring Gisborne-born boxer Tom Heeney, New Zealand’s first global sporting hero and world 1928 heavyweight title contender.Tairawhiti Museum, December 12 - February 28.


An exhibition of work and stories by Toihoukura students and staff.

Tairawhiti Museum until December 31.

Tatara e maru ana — The sacred rain cape of Waiapu, Natalie Robertson

A record of an ancestral tipuna landscape as it is today. Tairawhiti Museum until January 31.

JB Contemporary, 14 Lowe Street — Parsing Binaries

A collaborative project from Shannon Novak and Daniel Metcalfe.

Paul Nache Gallery

Works by Kauri Hawkins.

At the movies
Odeon Multiplex

The Dry

Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound — the unsolved death of a teenage girl.

The Croods: A New Age

Searching for a safer habitat, the prehistoric Crood family discover an idyllic, walled-in paradise that meets all of their needs. Unfortunately, they must also learn to live with the Bettermans — a family who are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder.


Margot Robbie stars as a bank robber in Depression-era Texas. On the run and wounded, she hides out in a barn, where she is discovered by a teenage boy whose head is turned by the attractive fugitive with a convincing hard-luck story.


When a powerful superintelligence chooses to study Carol, the most average person on Earth, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the artificial intelligence decides whether to enslave, save or destroy humanity, it’s up to Carol to prove people are worth saving. Stars Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

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.

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.

Made in Italy

Father and son disagree over Tuscan house renovations.


Feuding brothers must join forces to save their sheep.

Dome Cinema

Brock: Over the Top

Documentary on Australian racing car legend Peter Brock, chronicling his career and the life that led to his success on the track, as well as his tragic death.

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.

OOKY KOOKY: This atmospherically lit detail from Graeme Nicoll's set design for Musical Theatre Gisborne's production of The Addams Family sets the tone for a good night out. Picture supplied