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Bringing Metallica back to Smash Palace, Saturday., 9pm. Tickets from trybooking.com or $20 at the door.


Albi & The Wolves

Alternative indie folk tunes, Smash Palace, May 8, 7pm. Tickets $25 at eventfinda.co.nz

Aotearoa Prog Alliance Tour

A showcase of progressive rock/metal over a nine-show tour in May, featuring Pull Down the Sun, Elidi, Claemus and local act Uni-Fi. Smash Palace, Friday, May 13, 7.30pm. Tickets $15+bf from cosmicticketing.co.nz

Gisborne Choral Society

presents Vivaldi’s Gloria and assorted works at St Andrew’s Church, 2pm, June 26. Proceeds to go to Red Cross appeal for Ukraine.

Chamber Music NZ

presents Tararua - Bird Like Men. Saturday, July 9, 7pm. Lawson Field Theatre.


A Skull in Connemara

Unity Theatre’s Norman Maclean-directed A Skull in Connemara is coming. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz or from the Gisborne i-SITE. Postponed to June 3 to 11.

Deadly Dress Rehearsal

A playful murder mystery from The Usual Suspects. Evolution Theatre, Disraeli St, May 19-22.

The Secret Garden

Evolution Theatre, Disraeli St. June 30-July 10.

Avenue Q The Musical

Musical Theatre Gisborne, Innes St, July 1-15.

Rock of Ages

Gisborne Centre Stage presents Rock of Ages, coming to Lawson Field Theatre, August 12 to 20. R16. Tickets from ticketek or from the Gisborne i-SITE.

Matariki Glow Show

Wednesday June 22, 10am and 11.30am, War Memorial Theatre.


After Yang

A girl’s beloved companion — an android named Yang — malfunctions, and the girl’s father searches for a way to repair it. In the process, he reconnects with his wife and daughter and discovers the life that has been passing in front of him. Stars Colin Farrell, Haley Lu Richardson and Justin H. Min.


French film, set in 1963, about a gifted 23-year-old literature student who wants an abortion. The law will not allow it, and the film follows her quest to secure an abortion before her pregnancy becomes obvious.


Downton Abbey: A New Era

A Crawley family excursion to the South of France is the setting for the second feature film based on the characters of the deliciously addictive television series. Family members are eager to learn the circumstances of an inheritance that leaves the dowager countess in possession of a French villa. Stars all the favourites plus a few extras.

Runway 34

Hindi-language thriller inspired by true events surrounding a Doha-to-Kochi flight in 2015.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

A few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dr Stephen Strange, with the help of both old and new mystical allies, travels into the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dr Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who became a master of the mystic arts following a career-ending car accident. Cumberbatch also portrays multiple alternate versions of the character. They include “Sinister Strange”, a “corrupted and corroded” version of the character; “Defender Strange”, a seemingly heroic version based on the Defenders version of the character from the comics; a zombie variant that was previously introduced in the animated series What If . . . ?; and “Supreme Strange”. Also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage, in fictionalised form. In debt and short on options, he accepts a $1 million offer to attend a fan’s birthday party, but the CIA want Cage to help put away the party host, a supposed drug lord played by Pedro Pascal.

Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts

Documentary on the Queen, directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, The Duke).

The Lost City

Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt have a ball hamming it up in this story of a studious romantic novelist rescued by a book-cover model from the clutches of a billionaire seeking a lost city of riches.

Rabbit Academy

When the Easter rabbits’ magical “golden egg” turns black, Max and friends must find their superpower to protect Easter. Leo, leader of a gang of city rabbits, wants to destroy Easter, and tricks a family of foxes into stealing all the Easter eggs. Max teams up with a fox to save Easter.

The Bad Guys

Animated film in which criminal animals pretend to mend their ways.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

American science-fiction black comedy action film. A woman being audited by the IRS must connect with versions of herself in parallel universes to help prevent the destruction of them all.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. He enlists Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards and witches to stop Grindelwald.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Further adventures of the supersonic hedgehog.

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