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This week

Live on the Lawn

Gisborne Country Music Club. Marina Park, tomorrow, 6pm. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn.

Full Moon Party

Smash Palace, tomorrow, 9.30pm. Brazilbeat, Paws, Rhys M, DJose. Dress up in white clothing. Prizes for best dressed. Tickets $10+bf from eventfinda.co.nz or $15 at the door.

Wright’s Family Fun Day

Wrights Vineyard & Winery, 1093 Wharerata Road. Family-friendly fun and music. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free entry. Reservations 027 656 8222.

Surf’s Up Tour

Featuring Hybrid Blues, Copper Feel and Tama Hiini. Smash Palace, Saturday, 8pm. Pre-sale tickets $15, GA $20 from ticketspace.co.nz

Sunday Music at Matawhero

Annabelle and Ash. Matawhero Wines, 189 Riverpoint Rd, Sunday, 1-3pm, free entry. Gourmet platters available. Bookings essential: Ph 867 6140 or cellardoor@matawhero.co.nz

Coming up

Live on the Lawn

The Walsh Brothers. Marina Park, Friday, February 5, 6pm. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn.


Cosmopolitan Club, Friday, February 5, 8pm. Free entry.

Waitangi Day Out 2021

Free music festival featuring The Black Seeds, Supreme Brother Sound, Troy Kingi and The Clutch, The Witchdoctor, Bella Kalolo and more.The Soundshell, Centennial Marine Drive, February 6, 10.30am-4.00pm.


Charlotte’s Web

Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli Street. Friday, January 15 - 30. Tickets for 7pm shows and 3pm matinees, $28+bf for adults, $25+bf youth/seniors, from trybooking.com

Level Up: drama, dance and performance workshops

Drama workshops with actor/writer/director Belinda Campbell. Dance workshops with choreographer/dancer Anita Zwart. Evolution Theatre, 75 Disraeli Street, January 27-31. Several more classes for various ages are also available. For more information visit www.evolutiontheatre.org.nz/holiday-classes.

Visual arts

Paul Nache Gallery

Works by John Walsh, Evan Woodruffe and Virginia Leonard.

Miharo Gallery

Rachel Barber, Dreamland.

Intrepid Journey to Truth

A collection of surrealist works by Tish Scott. Wairoa Museum, January 26-March 5.

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.

Tuakana Taina

Works by Kaaterina Kerekere, Tai Kerekere, Fiona Collis, Michelle Kerr, Wendy Whitehead, Johnny Poi, Hiwirori Maynard, Tawera Tahuri, Henare Tahuri, Claudette Collis, and aspiring rangatahi artists Tangiahua Kerekere, Maia Kerekere, Te Owaina Tangohau, Waiapu Tangianau, Cyene Tahuri, Te Hurutea Hapi, Khama Paul, and Te Whaitiri Tangohau. Tairawhiti Museum, January 30-March 21.

Passport Collection – VHoy Creative

Vee Hoy’s photographic exploration of diversity in identification. Tairawhiti Museum, opens February 5 at 5.30pm — April 25.

At the movies


The Marksman

Liam Neeson plays an Arizona rancher and former Marine living on the Mexican border and drawn in to the protection of a boy on the run from members of a cartel.


A reclusive writer has her life upended when a boy evacuated from wartime London comes to stay with her and awakens her caring side. Stars Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lucas Bond and Penelope Wilton.


Pixie sets out to avenge her mother’s death by attempting a heist to give her the means to leave behind her small-town life. When things turn bad she goes on the run in the Irish countryside with two out-of-their-depth misfits.


Kate Hudson plays Zu, a newly sober drug dealer who becomes sole guardian of her teenaged autistic half-sister Music. Written and directed by singer-songwriter Sia.

Dawn Raid

Oscar Kightley tells the story of Dawn Raid Entertainment, the South Auckland music label that backed hip-hop and rhythm and blues artists like Savage and Aaradhna.

Penguin Bloom

A mother is paralysed in a fall and she, her husband and their children struggle to adjust to their new life. An injured baby magpie makes all the difference.

Promising Young Woman

A med school dropout sets out to get even with predatory men following the death by suicide of her friend after nobody believed her rape complaint. In bars she feigns being drunk, then turns the tables on men who try to take advantage.

Dragon Rider

Young Firedrake wants to show that he’s a real dragon. When humans are about to destroy his family’s last refuge, Firedrake sets off on an adventure with forest brownie Sorrel. They and Ben, who claims to be a dragon rider, must work together because they are being hunted by a dragon-eating monster created to track down and kill every dragon on Earth.


Animated story of a girl who misuses her ability to create and control others’ dreams to teach her stepsister a lesson.

Wonder Woman 1984

Diana Prince is working at the Smithsonian when not fighting crime as Wonder Woman. Businessman Maxwell Lord visits the Smithsonian in search of a dreamstone that grants wishes to anyone who touches it, and then things kick off.

The Dry

Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken home town for a funeral, but his return opens a decades-old wound — the unsolved death of a teenage girl.

The Croods: A New Age

The prehistoric Crood family discover an idyllic, walled-in paradise, but they must also learn to live with a family a couple of steps above them on the evolutionary ladder.


Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

Celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi assembles a team of the world’s most innovative pastry chefs to put on a Versailles-themed culinary gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The People Upstairs

Spanish comedy in which a couple invite their neighbours from across the hall for an evening’s entertainment. Soon small talk becomes the least of their problems.

A Christmas Gift from Bob

A struggling street musician becomes the target of an animal welfare investigation that threatens to take away his beloved cat at Christmas.

WAITANGI DAY OUT: Whakapono (believe) is the kaupapa for this year’s Waitangi Day Out on February 6. Featuring soul, funk and reggae acts such as The Lei Lows (pictured), The Black Seeds, Troy Kingi and The Clutch, The Witchdoctor, Bella Kalolo, Ria Hall, Supreme Brother Sound, Raiha Moetara, and King Dynamite, and DJ Murdururah on decks, the free concert will be held at the Soundshell on Centennial Marine Drive. Gates open at 10am and the concert starts at 10.30am. Take a picnic, or eat from the kai carts and don’t forgot an umbrella for shade and sunblock for the rays. Hosted by Te Runanga O Turanganui A Kiwa, the theme for the smoke, alcohol, and drug-free event is “reaching and achieving goals to be who you want to be”. The public holiday to celebrate Waitangi Day is on Monday, February 8. Picture by Tink Photography