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East Coast Smokefreerockquest finals

Lawson Field Theatre, tomorrow, 7pm. Adults $20, children $10.


East Coast hip-hop artist plays live. Smash Palace, tomorrow, 8pm.

Matariki Concert

Presented by Te Runanga o Turanganui-a-Kiwa and East Coast Music. Celebrate Matariki with Katchafire, Raiha Moetara, Supreme Brother Sound, Tama Waipara, Tipene and Tyna & the Witchdoctor. Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Saturday, 9am-5pm, free entry.

Artist talk: Nikau Hindin

Tairawhiti-based contemporary artist talks about Matariki star maps that form the basis of her work. HB Williams Memorial Library, Saturday, 10.30–11.30am, free.

Tiny Desk Concert

Fundraiser for Stroke Support Gisborne. Queen Bee sings favourite hits. Elliott Travel, Saturday 11am-12.30pm. Tickets $20. Phone Wally on 863 0955 for more information.


For all singers, musicians and poetry readers to come along and perform. The Band Room, 200 Childers Road, Saturday, 1.30–3.30pm, $4.

The Ashes

Gisborne-based six-piece plays covers and originals. Smash Palace, Saturday, 9pm. $10 at the door.

Musica Viva Gisborne presents pianist Liam Wooding

Tiromoana, Sunday, 2.30pm. Entry $25 adults, students free.


Beleza Events presents Ice Block

A Gizzy Kai Rescue benefit gig that includes Paws, Slyone, Stix, Brazilbeat, Geeez, DJose, plus more to be announced. Smash Palace, Saturday, July 10. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz.

John Mackill — Live Jazz

Smash Palace, Friday, July 16, 8pm. Free entry.


The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams' evocation of loneliness and lost love. July 1 — July 11, 7.30pm shows plus two 4pm Sunday matinees. Adults $30+bf, youth $25+bf, drama/lit educators (with ID) $25+bf, seniors $25+bf. Book at trybooking.com via this shortcut https://tinyurl.com/ebwjt292. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli Street.

Annie — pre-show information session

Find out what the family musical is all about and meet the production team. Musical Theatre Gisborne, 99 Innes Street, Sunday 2–3pm.

Blackadder lll

Unity Theatre, 209 Ormond Rd. Opens Thursday July 8 - July 17, 7.30pm plus two matinees. Tickets from eventfinda, $25+bf.


Te Hau Tahito – The old breeze. The new old, the old new

Works by kai whakairo Eru Brown, Tamanay Tuhou, Houston Pekin, Meka Mauriri, Kiwa Mihaka and Matthew Randall in a show that revisits the origins of these ‘artforms' engineered for the practice of survival. Tairawhiti Museum until August 1.

Te Po Uriuri: The Deep Darkness

Poutu Puketapu's installation that retells the legend of Uru, eldest child of Ranginui and Papatuanuku. Tairawhiti Museum until July 21.

Geologica — Margaret Hansen

Tairawhiti Museum until July 25.

Hoea! Gallery

Ko Wai! Works by Steve Gibbs, Maia Gibbs, Maia Keane, Rina Kerekere, and Jual Toroa.

At the movies


SEWN — New Zealand Seen by Longboarders

Some local legends pop up in this Nicolas Brikké film showing longboard surfing at surfing spots on the southern, eastern, western and northern coasts of the North Island.


In a parallel present, Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother when he takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy. He treks deep into the forest, pulling cable long distances to connect large metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market. In the face of hostility and the threat of robot cablers, he faces a tough choice.

One Ocean Film Tour 2021

A series of ocean-themed short films focusing on adventure, the aquatic environment and inspiration.


Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

After surviving a series of deadly escape rooms designed by Minos Escape Rooms Corporation, Zoey Davis and Ben Miller are determined to bring the corporation to justice for the deaths of those who hadn't survived the rooms. On their way to confront Minos in New York City, they are trapped with several other survivors of escape rooms. They must work together to get through a gauntlet of more elaborate and dangerous escape rooms to stop the murderous games.

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Action comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant, Frank Grillo, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman. Suspended bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) must again team up with hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) and his wife (Hayek) to stop a madman (Banderas) from launching a terror attack on Europe.

Fast & Furious 9

Vin Diesel is joined by John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron in the latest instalment. Dom Toretto is living the quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, but danger lurks just over the horizon. Dom's crew come together to stop a world-shattering plot by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they've encountered — Dom's brother.

In the Heights

Musical drama based on the stage musical by Quiara Alegria Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It tells the story of a corner in the Washington Heights neighbourhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City, where everyone pursues their dream of a better life.

Dream Horse

True story of racehorse Dream Alliance, bred by a small-town Welsh bartender and raised with the help of weekly contributions from the meagre earnings of friends.


Emma Stone and Emma Thompson star in a live-action film about the early days of Estella, who became the 101 Dalmatians bad egg, Cruella de Vil.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

A case from the files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. It features the first case in US history where a murder suspect claimed demonic possession as a defence.

Spirit Untamed

A computer-animated film about Lucky, whose aunt moves her to a small town where her adventurous spirit won't get her into scrapes. It's too quiet for Lucky until she meets a wild mustang she must protect.

A Quiet Place Part II

A family venture out into a post-apocalyptic world where blind monsters with acute hearing roam.