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Gig Guide


The Search + The Ashes

Even though it has been a while since they last played at Smash Palace, The Search are alive and kicking and playing this Saturday with special guests The Ashes. Smash Palace, 9pm. $10 at the door.

Albi & The Wolves

Alternative indie folk tunes, Smash Palace, Sunday, 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

Lazy Fifty

Lazy Fifty are heading back on the road, and will kick it off with a live show in Te Karaka. Rangatira Tavern, Te Karaka, Sunday, May 22, 1pm.

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.


Printmaking workshop

Explore and experiment printmaking using Aluminium and Stencils with tutor Teressa Matthews. Saturday, 9.30am. Cost is $35 to cover tutorial fee and materials. To enrol please contact Teressa on 027 229 4192 or teressamatthews@gmail.com

Sea of Positivity

A collection of intuitive, abstract paintings and 3D wall sculptures inspired by ocean seascapes. Tairāwhiti Museum, opening Saturday, 10am.

Chizel and Brush

The latest art and furniture from local artisans Rosie Cruddas and Jason Akuhata-Brown. 111 Gladstone Road.


Baye Riddell presents the exhibition Tihei, on display at Te Waihi Gallery,

135 Waima Road, Tokomaru Bay.

Harikoa te Ngakau

The mahi in this exhibition was influenced by observations weaver Michelle Hinekura Kerr made while spending time with her whānau during the summer break. Tairāwhiti Museum, until May 8.

Textiles Alive

For their latest exhibition, four textile artists have set themselves the challenge to focus on creating oversized fabric artworks all presented in their uniquely individual styling. The artists contributing to this fabric fiesta are Irene Smith, Morva Thompson, Lina Marsh and Deb Williams. Tairāwhiti Museum, until June 12.


Operation Mincemeat

It’s 1943 and the Allies are set to invade Fortress Europe, landing on Sicily. But they must convince the Germans they have other plans. Stars Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald and Penelope Wilton.

The Velvet Queen

Documentary in which wildlife photographer Vincent Munier takes novelist Sylvain Tesson to the Tibetan plateau in search of rare-animal encounters, including one with the elusive snow leopard.

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.


Hindi-language film about a mother who protects her child from beyond the grave.

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.

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.

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.


A Hero

Iranian film that has Rahim (Amir Jadidi) in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor (Mohsen Tanabandeh) to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don’t go as planned.

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.

Night Raiders

A New Zealand/Canadian film set in 2043 North America, where cities are controlled by the military, and children are property of the state. A desperate Cree woman joins a band of vigilantes to get her daughter back.