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Gig Guide

THIS WEEK

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, tomorrow, 7.30pm. Tickets $15+bf from cosmicticketing.co.nz

Hydra

Wairoa-based band Hydra hits Smash Palace this Saturday from 9pm. Come along and support our neighbours, just $5 at the door.

COMING UP

Elton at the Dome

Michael Stodart presents a non-stop, two-hour-long Elton John experience. The Dome, Saturday, May 21, 7pm. Tickets from eventfinda.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.

THEATRE

Staged

Dean McKerras is bringing the Staged programme to Gisborne. See story (right) for details.

Deadly Dress Rehearsal

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

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.

The Secret Garden

Evolution Theatre, Disraeli St. June 30-July 10. Tickets from trybooking.com

Avenue Q The Musical

Musical Theatre Gisborne, on stage June 24 to July 8. Tickets on sale soon.

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.

VISUAL ARTS

Our Side of the Fence

Experimental exhibition at HOEA Gallery, 67 Gladstone Road, until May 21.

Chizel and Brush

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

Sea of Positivity

A collection of intuitive, abstract paintings and 3D wall sculptures inspired by ocean seascapes. Tairāwhiti Museum, until July 3.

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. Tairāwhiti Museum, until June 12.

Let Me Be Myself — The Story of Anne Frank

Developed by Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, and viewed by more than 10 million people in 80 countries, this exhibition explores what life in hiding was like for Anne, her family, and the other occupants of Prinsengracht 263. Tairāwhiti Museum, opening May 26.

DOME CINEMA

Escape from Mogadishu

Based-on-fact story of rival diplomats from North Korea and South Korea becoming trapped as civil war rages in Mogadishu, Somalia. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival requires them to work with one another. Director Ryoo Seung-wan has earned plaudits for the pacing and tone of the movie. One critic says the film offers “yet more proof that Korea is producing some of the most absorbing cinematic and televisual storytelling in the world today”.

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.

Happening

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.

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

Trailblazing photographer Helmut Newton had a defining impact on fashion and art. Writer-director Gero von Boehm uses interviews with some of the late photographer's subjects to shed light on Newton's art.

ODEON MULTIPLEX

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.

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.

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.