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This week

John Mackill's Jazz Collective Smash Palace, Friday, 8pm. Free entry.

Gisborne Caledonian Society

Social, modern and sequence dancing with supper. Theme: Birthday Dance, semi-formal wear. St Mark's Church Hall, 776 Childers Road, Saturday, 7.30–11pm.

Daniel Champagne

Dome Bar, Saturday, 3pm and 8pm. Tickets $20 from eventbrite.co.nz. SOLD OUT


Artists' Painting Workshop with Graeme Nicoll

For beginners and hobbyists: cover different principles, techniques, colour selection, useful hints and a practical lesson. Lysnar House, 10 Stout Street, July 21 - August 11, 7–9pm. Register: $80 Gisborne Artists' Society members, $100 non-members, $40 students, from Graeme ph 027 241 9040.

Supreme Brother Sound

Celebrate a new EP release. Dome Room, Saturday, July 24. Presales $20 from Dome Bar or Aviary, $25 on the door.

Lizard Prom: Unusual Pain EP Release

Come along for some alternative music. Guests: Tauranga-based Threat.Meet.Protocol and locals Uni-Fi. Smash Palace, Friday, July 30, 8–10pm. Tickets: $10 from undertheradar.co.nz or $15 door sales.

French for Rabbits — The Overflow single release tour

Dome Room, Thursday, August 5. Tickets from undertheradar.co.nz or direct from venue. Pre-sales $25+bf. Unwaged $15 (limited to 30). Tickets from www.frenchforrabbits.com. Special guests to be announced.

New York Nights

A cabaret-style themed concert for first-time to seasoned performers. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli Street, Friday, August 20, 7pm, koha at the door. Register to sing: evolutiontheatre.org.nz

Motel California Eagles tribute

Dome Room, Saturday, August 21, 8.30pm. Presales from $30+bf from eventfinda or $30 cash sales from Aviary.


Blackadder lll

Unity Theatre, 209 Ormond Rd, until July 17, 7.30pm plus Saturday matinee. Tickets from eventfinda, $25+bf.

Fearless Fridays: Theatre Improv

For ages 15 and over to get up and put it on the line for a laugh, or sit back and laugh at the crazy antics. Evolution Theatre Company, 75 Disraeli Street, Friday, July 30, 6.30–8.30pm, $5 cash-only door sales.


The Word — Te Kupu

This exhibition explores the impact of the written and printed word in the dissemination of knowledge, and the advancement of literacy and access to knowledge in societies over the centuries. Tairawhiti Museum, opening tomorrow night, 5.30pm.

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.

At the movies



Become Who You Are

Award-winning documentary centred on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France and focusing on racing drivers Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, Bruno Senna (nephew of Ayrton) of Brazil, Memo Rojas, of Mexico, and Jules Gounon, of France.


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.


War photographer W Eugene Smith travels back to Japan where he documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in coastal communities.



Gunpowder Milkshake

To protect an eight-year-old girl, a dangerous assassin reunites with her mother and her lethal associates to take down a ruthless crime syndicate and its army of henchmen. Stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Freya Allan, Chloe Coleman, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Paul Giamatti.

Cranston Academy

Animated horror-comedy in which Danny, a maverick high school student, is transferred to a secret boarding school where he opens a portal to monsters from the fifth dimension. To save the school from havoc, he must work with his more successful rival, Liz, and their moth-human-hybrid professor.


Moonbound tells the story of little Pete, who embarks on an enchanting journey with June bug Mr Zoomzeman and the Sandman to rescue his little sister from the Moon Man.

Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Also stars Rachel Weisz and Ray Winstone.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Superstar LeBron James and his young son, Dom, get trapped in digital space by a rogue AI. To get home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stakes basketball game against the AI's digitised champions of the court — a powered-up roster called the Goon Squad.

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.

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.

JAZZ MAN: John Mackill’s Jazz Collective are playing at Smash Palace this Friday. Picture by John Flatt, Lightseeker Photography