CAL­EN­DAR

Our pick of Auck­land events.

Metro Magazine NZ - - Contents - TEXT — JEAN TENG

The best of what’s on.

Fes­ti­vals FOMO 2020 15 Jan­uary

Did you re­ally live through 2019 with­out see­ing Lizzo break out a flute solo dur­ing her hit sin­gle “Truth Hurts”? Lizzo and her very im­pres­sive lungs are joined on the bill by Brock­hamp­ton, A Boo­gie Wit Da Hoodie and Kay­tranada (above). The Trusts Arena, fo­mofes­ti­val.com.au/auck­land

LANEWAY FES­TI­VAL 27 Jan­uary

Spot the tiny 90s sun­glasses, Dr Martens and flowy white sun dresses at this year’s Laneway Fes­ti­val. But it’s not just cool peo­ple; there’s cool mu­sic, too. The 1975, Rüfüs Du Sol and Charli XCX are among the head­lin­ers, with draw­cards Earl Sweat­shirt, Ju­lia Jack­lin and Be­nee fill­ing out the line-up. See you un­der the trees. Al­bert Park, lanewayfes­ti­val.com

TĀMAKI HERENGA WAKA FES­TI­VAL 31 Jan­uary

For the first time, per­for­mances on land and wa­ter will weave the story of Tāmaki Makau­rau and the first waka that sailed here. Ex­pect a waka show­case, toi (art) and kai mar­kets, kapa haka, and a wa­ter stage. The fes­tiv­i­ties go on well into the night, telling Auck­land’s rich waka his­tory and how it shaped who we are to­day. Cap­tain Cook Wharf, auck­landnz.com

AUCK­LAND PRIDE FES­TI­VAL 1-16 Fe­bru­ary

Pride is back for 2020, recharged and with a new slo­gan — Our Lib­er­a­tion, Our Cel­e­bra­tion, Our Pride (right). It kicks off with open­ing party OurGala — yay, lower ticket prices! — on 1 Fe­bru­ary, fol­lowed by cen­tral event OurMarch, which re­places the Pride Pa­rade and is free to at­tend. For more, see Metro’s pro­file of new Pride direc­tor Max Tweedie, on page 22. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, auck­land­pride.org.nz

AUCK­LAND LANTERN FES­TI­VAL 13-16 Fe­bru­ary

It’s the Year of the Rat, baby! In Chi­nese leg­end, the rat hood­winked the ox into car­ry­ing him dur­ing the em­peror’s race, let­ting him slide into first place. Cel­e­brate an­other cy­cle of the zo­diac rolling around again (and the cheeky lit­tle rat) at the Do­main, with hand­made il­lu­mi­nated lanterns, tasty food, and Chi­nese dance. And fire­works! Auck­land Do­main, auck­landnz. com/lantern-fes­ti­val

WERQ THE WORLD 2020 16 Fe­bru­ary

Drag takes to the big stage. RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Vis­age is on a mis­sion to save the uni­verse with her in­ter­ga­lac­tic queens by her side, in­clud­ing sea­son 11 win­ner Yvie Oddly, Kim Chi, Aquaria and more. Aotea Cen­tre, werqthe­world.com

Stage/Per­for­mance IN A CU­RI­OUS GAR­DEN 18-19 Jan­uary

Weav­ing through the Auck­land Botanic Gar­dens and its bi­en­nial Sculp­ture in the Gar­dens in­stal­la­tion, this cre­ative show (pre­sented by Mixit) uses the frame­work of Alice in Won­der­land and a cast of 30 per­form­ers to re­flect on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and dreams for the fu­ture of the planet. Sounds whim­si­cal. Auck­land Botanic Gar­dens, mixit.co.nz

HAN­NAH GADSBY 1 Fe­bru­ary

For a cou­ple of weeks in 2018, any­one who saw Han­nah Gadsby’s Net­flix spe­cial Nanette would not shut up about Nanette. In it, she mulls over the use of self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour in stand-up com­edy and its pain when em­ployed by al­ready marginalis­ed peo­ple. Her con­clu­sion: stop do­ing stand-up com­edy. Her con­clu­sion af­ter the out­pour­ing of ac­claim for the (very good) spe­cial: con­tinue do­ing stand-up com­edy. The Civic, auck­landlive.co.nz

JACK WHITE­HALL 1 Fe­bru­ary

Af­fa­ble Bri­tish co­me­dian Jack White­hall ( Trav­els with My Fa­ther, Good Omens) per­forms at one of the big­gest venues in Auck­land, Spark Arena, de­ter­mined to fill it with laugh­ter. Well, pre­sum­ably. Spark Arena, sparkarena.co.nz

IN CON­VER­SA­TION WITH MAR­GARET AT­WOOD 11 Fe­bru­ary

At­wood flies to New Zealand to dis­cuss her lat­est work, The Tes­ta­ments, a se­quel to The Hand­maid’s Tale, writ­ten 34 years ago. There will also be some talk of her other nov­els, of which there are many. The Civic, auck­landlive.co.nz

ELEC­TRIC KIWI BILLY T JAMS 28 Fe­bru­ary

A show­case of our finest up-and

com­ing co­me­di­ans, with the likes of Bryn­ley Stent, James Mustapic and Ray O’Leary. Q Theatre, qthe­atre.co.nz

Mu­sic TINY RU­INS & LAWRENCE ARA­BIA 12 Jan­uary

Lo­cal leg­ends, solo and to­gether. Sawmill Cafe, sawmill­cafe.co.nz

CHELSEA JADE 14 Fe­bru­ary

Based in Los An­ge­les, Auck­lan­der Chelsea Jade is back in Aotearoa for “re­lat­able pop that re­wards your brain and pro­pels you to­wards the dance floor”. Neck of the Woods, ban­ished­mu­sic.com

EL­TON JOHN 16, 18, 20 Fe­bru­ary

FYI, this is prob­a­bly your last ever chance to see El­ton John per­form live. For his Farewell Yel­low Brick Road Tour, El­ton says good­bye to New Zealand with a set full of his great­est hits, plus never-be­for­e­seen images and video from his 50-year ca­reer. There will be some killer cos­tumes, too, of course, by Gucci. Mt Smart Sta­dium, el­ton­john.com

Art SHOW­CASE Till 1 Fe­bru­ary

Show­case at Fresh Gallery Ōtara presents the work of eight cousins of the Pa­cific; the artists’ in­ten­tion is to pay trib­ute to their an­ces­tral knowl­edge and rein­ter­pret this in­for­ma­tion in the dig­i­tal age. Fea­tur­ing Melody-Jazz Maka­vani, Marc Conaco, Manuha’apai Vaeatan­gi­tau, Sione Monu and oth­ers. Fresh Gallery Ōtara, auck­lan­dart­gallery.com

LOUISE HEN­DER­SON: FROM LIFE Till 12 March

French-born New Zealand artist Louise Hen­der­son (1902-1994) was known for her bold style, fea­tur­ing colour­ful Cu­bist shapes that fit to­gether to hint at ab­strac­tions of flo­ral ar­range­ment or the fe­male fig­ure. This ma­jor sur­vey looks back at her ca­reer, from early wa­ter­colours to The Twelve Months, a mon­u­men­tal se­ries she com­pleted at 85 years old. Auck­land Art Gallery, auck­lan­dart­gallery.com

18X18 15 Jan­uary-13 Fe­bru­ary

God, imag­ine hav­ing a de­tailed snap­shot of what you were like at 18 years old set up for dis­play on a gallery’s walls. Sounds like our worst night­mare, but here we are. 18x18 ex­plores the per­spec­tives of 18 teenage girls, paint­ing a por­trait of what it means to be young in to­day’s world (be­low, So­phie from Ma­nurewa). Stu­dio One Toi Tū, stu­dioone.org.nz

QUEER AL­GO­RITHMS 15 Fe­bru­ary-2 May

This group ex­hi­bi­tion, or “plu­ral­ity of voices”, ad­dresses timely is­sues fac­ing lo­cal and queer com­mu­ni­ties, and the idea of re­con­fig­ur­ing new al­go­rithms for change. Along­side the New Zealand Aids Foun­da­tion and End­ing HIV, the gallery will also present in­di­vid­ual pan­els from the Na­tional Aids Me­mo­rial quilt. Gus Fisher Gallery, gus­fish­er­gallery.auck­land.ac.nz

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPH­ER OF THE YEAR 28 Fe­bru­ary-10 May

Beady-eyed ea­gles swoop­ing into the snow, spi­ders shuf­fling through the for­est floor, a gi­ant squid chill­ing out in the ocean. Free to at­tend, this an­nual pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides a plat­form for all the won­ders of the world and serves as a re­minder of how im­por­tant it is to pro­tect it. Chances are, you’ll find a photo (above) that re­ally sticks in your mind. Auck­land Mu­seum, auck­land­mu­seum.com

Sport ASB CLAS­SIC 6-18 Jan­uary

If watch­ing a ball bounce back and forth un­der the blaz­ing sum­mer sun is your thing, then you’re in luck — the ASB Clas­sic’s got a star-stud­ded line-up for you. Ser­ena Wil­liams is back, and so are a few other high-pro­file play­ers, in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner, Ju­lia Go­erges, teen wun­derkind Coco Gauff, and for­mer New Zealan­der Cameron Nor­rie. Slip slop slap, y’all. ASB Ten­nis Arena, as­b­clas­sic.co.nz

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