The best of what’s on.

The Christ­mas count­down be­gins.

Metro Magazine NZ - - Contents - TEXT — KATE RICHARDS

Vis­ual art Fafetu: Lak­iloko Keakea & To Weave Again: Fafine Ni­u­tao | Aotearoa Un­til No­vem­ber 11

Twin ex­hi­bi­tions put the spot­light on tra­di­tional Tu­val­uan craft. Ob­jectspace, ob­jectspace.org.nz

Uwha Un­til No­vem­ber 17

Mul­ti­me­dia artist Tī­pare ex­am­ines protest move­ments, mat­ri­mo­nial land own­er­ship and dual cit­i­zen­ship from a wahine Māori per­spec­tive. Mān­gere Arts Cen­tre, eventfinda.co.nz

Mu­sic Sam Smith No­vem­ber 2-3

Time for a few tear-in­duc­ing pop power bal­lads. Spark Arena, sparkarena.co.nz

Trin­ity Roots No­vem­ber 10-11

An in­ti­mate cover-to-cover per­for­mance of the beloved Welling­ton out­fit’s clas­sic 2001 al­bum, True. Q Theatre, qthe­atre.co.nz

David Byrne No­vem­ber 17

The ex-Talk­ing Heads front­man and vis­ual artist is joined by an im­pres­sive 12-piece band. Spark Arena, sparkarena.co.nz

Chelsea Jade No­vem­ber 22

The LA-based Sil­ver Scroll nom­i­nee re­turns to her home­town with this in­ti­mate gig. Galatos, galatos.co.nz

Con­gress of An­i­mals No­vem­ber 30

Bret McKen­zie joins mem­bers of Fly My Pret­ties, the Welling­ton Ukulele Orches­tra and Trin­ity Roots in this five-piece band. Hol­ly­wood Cin­ema, un­der­ther­adar.co.nz

Strait­jacket Fits & Dim­mer De­cem­ber 8

Shayne Carter re­unites the Fits and Dim­mer as part of the Fits’ first tour since 2005. The Pow­er­sta­tion, pow­er­sta­tion.co.nz

Wu-Tang Clan De­cem­ber 14

A quar­ter-cen­tury af­ter their de­but al­bum, 36 Cham­bers, all nine re­main­ing Clan mem­bers are head­ing down un­der. The Trusts Arena, thetrust­sarena.co.nz

Theatre Me­dusa Un­til No­vem­ber 3

With Me­dusa as their muse, Ju­lia Croft, Bron­wyn En­sor and Nisha Mad­han guide you through a new dis­sec­tion of fe­male bod­ies, vi­o­lence and rage. Q Theatre, qthe­atre.co.nz

Griff Rhys Jones — Where Was I? No­vem­ber 4

Tall and self-dep­re­cat­ing tales — with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing slideshow — from back when

the Welsh co­me­dian was paid to travel. Q Theatre, qthe­atre.co.nz

Jacinda No­vem­ber 14–24

Set be­tween elec­tion night 2017 and the date when Labour/ Greens/NZ First came to power, writer Sam Brooks’ fic­tional tale ex­am­ines our si­mul­ta­ne­ous de­sire for, and fear of, change. Base­ment Theatre, base­mentthe­atre.co.nz

Here Lies Love No­vem­ber 22–De­cem­ber 8

Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand joins four fe­male vo­cal­ists and a live band to bring David Byrne and Fat­boy Slim’s 2010 con­cept al­bum to life in this Silo Theatre show. Ward-Lealand also stars in new film Ver­mil­ion re­leased on No­vem­ber 8. Q Theatre, silothe­atre.co.nz See pages 26 & 82.

Work Do No­vem­ber 29–De­cem­ber 21

Ed­in­burgh Fringe dar­ling Rose Matafeo teams up with fel­low co­me­dian Alice Sned­den for the Base­ment’s an­nual Christ­mas bash. Base­ment Theatre, base­mentthe­atre.co.nz

Fes­ti­vals Taste of Auck­land No­vem­ber 1–4

The an­nual food fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 10th birth­day with a new home on the water­front and plenty of live mu­sic. Queens Wharf, tas­te­o­fauck­land.co.nz

The Guer­rilla Col­lec­tion No­vem­ber 2–4

Look­ing through a Pa­cific lens to ask what Auck­land will be like in 30 years, this free fes­ti­val fea­tures songstress Bella Kalolo, dance leg­end Neil Ieremia, writer Court­ney Sina Mered­ith and many more. See page 24. ASB Water­front Theatre, black­grace.co.nz

New Zealand Ir­ish Fes­ti­val No­vem­ber 15–18

This in­au­gu­ral cel­e­bra­tion of all things Ir­ish in­cludes four days of mu­sic, com­edy, sport, film and dance. Var­i­ous venues, nzirish­fest.co.nz

Farm­ers Santa Pa­rade No­vem­ber 25

Santa Claus is com­ing to town. Queen St, san­ta­pa­rade.co.nz

NZ Flower and Gar­den Show No­vem­ber 28–De­cem­ber 2

A must for all green thumbs. The Trusts Arena, nzflow­er­gar­den­show.co.nz

Sport ASB Auck­land Marathon Oc­to­ber 28

Pick one of five race dis­tances, go solo or in a team, and run, walk or crawl to claim brag­ging rights. auck­land­marathon.co.nz

NZ Mo­tor­cy­cle Show No­vem­ber 24–25

Ad­mire the paint­work, smell the rub­ber. ASB Show­grounds, nz­mo­tor­cy­cleshow.co.nz

Mel­bourne Cup Day No­vem­ber 6

Fancy fas­ci­na­tors and cham­pagne aplenty. Eller­slie Race­course, eller­slie.co.nz

FROM LEFT— Chelsea Jade, Nisha Mad­han in Me­dusa, David Byrne.

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