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This week

SmashFest 9.5

Inverted Entertainment presents SmashFest 9.5, the almost 10th anniversary edition. Featuring Metaltower, Imperial Slave, Abysm, Flesh Merchant and Gizzy rockers Uni-fi. Smash Palace, tomorrow, 5pm. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz


Come and enjoy the acoustic sounds of local talent T-Bonez at Matawhero Wines, Sunday, 1pm. Bookings essential at cellardoor@matawhero.co.nz

Coming up

The Rabbits

Enjoy the local young band The Rabbits at Matawhero Wines, Sunday, January 16, 1pm.

Rangatahi Performance Workshop

Head High actors Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana and Te Ao o Hinepehinga Rauna are hosting a workshop for aspiring actors. From January 17 to 28. For more information or to sign up, anyone between ages 14 and 19 can get in touch on tehuamanuka6@hotmail.com or through instagram at @teenocoffee or @manukaluitenapirana.

Sit Down in Front

To celebrate the release of Sit Down in Front's new EP, Fuelling My Rage, the band will be playing at Smash Palace on Friday, January 21.

Skram Summer Tour

After a hectic and unexpected year of epic releases and fun times, Skram bring their debut Summer Tour to the North Island. Smash Palace, Friday, February 4.


A Skull in Connemara auditions

Unity Theatre's production of Martin McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara. Auditions on Sunday, Unity Theatre, 209 Ormond Road.

Annie: The Musical

Musical Theatre Gisborne presents Annie. War Memorial Theatre, April 22 to 30. Tickets from ticketek or i-SITE.

Visual Arts

Koaka o Whakaaro

Kōaka o Whakaaro is an exhibition of new works by the students and staff from Toihoukura School of Māori Visual Art and Design, showcasing the latest in emerging talent. Tairāwhiti Museum, until February 13.

Be the Taniwha

Tai and Kaaterina Kerekere's exhibition is a tribute to leaders who challenged the status quo, paved pathways of empowerment and broke barriers by bringing issues to the surface. Tairawhiti Museum, until March 20.

The Creative Gene

Heather Van Wyk and Raymond Crafts. Tairāwhiti Museum, until January 23.

At the movies


One Second

Chinese film about a man who escapes from a farm-prison during the Cultural Revolution. The film was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, but was withdrawn at short notice due to “technical difficulties encountered during post-production”.

Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

A look at the tortured life of MacGowan, best known as the songwriter and lead singer of the Pogues, who combined traditional Irish music with the visceral energy of punk rock.

Best Sellers

Michael Caine plays booze-addled, cantankerous author Harris Shaw, and Aubrey Plaza is would-be editor Lucy Stanbridge, who has nearly sunk her inherited publishing house with failing titles. Decades earlier, Harris put the company on the map, and Lucy discovers he still owes them a book. Harris produces one, and he and Lucy go on a tour to promote it.

Rose Plays Julie

An adopted girl seeking her birth mother discovers that the woman has no desire to meet her. What she discovers will change both of their lives.


The King's Man

Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Harris Dickinson, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance star in a prequel to the Kingsman movies. The Duke of Oxford, a pacifist, sees the need for a group that will prevent major conflicts. As war clouds gather in the early 20th century, he stands against some of the world's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as their plotting threatens to plunge the world into war.

The Addams Family 2

Morticia and Gomez decide to recapture the family spirit by taking their children and relatives on a road trip. With the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and Wallace Shawn.

House of Gucci

Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family. Her unbridled ambition triggers a spiral of betrayal, revenge and murder. Stars Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Irons.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

A single mother and her two children move to a new town and discover they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters.

The Matrix Resurrections

Sequel to The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and the fourth instalment in The Matrix film series. Stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Christina Ricci.

The French Dispatch

American anthology comedy film that follows three different storylines as the French foreign bureau of the fictional Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun newspaper creates its last issue.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Peter Parker's life was turned upside down when Mysterio exposed him as Spider-Man. Parker asks Dr Stephen Strange to help restore his secret identity with magic, but this breaks open the multiverse, allowing the arrival of five supervillains who previously fought other versions of Spider-Man.

West Side Story

Love at first sight strikes when Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps fuel the fire between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks.

Sing 2

Can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch a stage extravaganza. But he has to find a reclusive rock star and persuade him to join them.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

A magical animal rescuer gives Emily a small red puppy that overnight turns into a three-metre canine giant in her small New York apartment.