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The best of Auckland this week: A horror film festival, theatrical delights and local music acts

All the good stuff happening in our city this week.

The best of Auckland this week: A horror film festival, theatrical delights and local music acts

Nov 1, 2019 What's On

Happy November! This week: Metro’s ‘support the arts edition’ of What’s On! Go see some great local shows, both in theatre and music, plus be on the look-out for our new issue, on stands next week. 

A weekly round-up of what’s on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.

New Zealand band Openside – self-described as a ‘pop band with punk attitude’ are set to release more music later in the year, having just dropped their latest ‘FCK U’.  They play The Tuning Fork tonight.
Friday 1 November | The Tuning Fork

Set the Tone
Support Auckland’s up-and-coming artists, including acts Siddi, Disciple Pati, Wils and more. Tickets are $10.25.
Friday 1 November | Te Oro, Glenn Innes

Owls Do Cry
Janet Frame’s Owls Do Cry is often regarded as the first great New Zealand novel, following the trials and tribulations of the Withers siblings. Red Leap Theatre adapts it for the stage, transforming their tale into “an exciting devised performance through their signature physical and visual styles.” Heart-breaking, yet full of heart.
Till Saturday 2 November (that’s tomorrow!) | Q Theatre

An Organ of Soft Tissue
Erin O’Flaherty and Rachel Longshaw-Park aim the #MeToo movement alive, investing the influences that shape our perceptions of trauma, sexuality and gender.
Tuesday 5-9 November | Basement Theatre

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Terror-Fi Film Festival
Aucklanders love to be scared (see: Spookers) and there’s plenty on screen (and in real life, let’s be honest) to be scared about these days. Terror-Fi’s opening night features the New Zealand premiere of critically-acclaimed thriller Ready or Not (we may or may not have already read the Wikipedia summary for this one – it’s a doozy!). There are also some screenings of oldies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and the infamous secret screening.
Thursday 7-10 November | Hollywood Avondale

Les Miserables
If you truly needed another version of Les Miserables, here it is. A production of the famous musical (before you protest, yes, we do know it’s adapted from a book) set against the background of 19th century France, you’ll be treated to renditions of I Dreamed a Dream, Do You Hear the People Sing and more. And much like the too-long film starring Russell Crowe, the running time is 2 hours 55 minutes.
From Thursday 7 November | The Civic

Metro’s November/December issue hits stands
We’re not above a little self-promotion. Our latest issue is out on 7 November – tune in to the social channels next week for teasers on what is coming up. But, you know, we bring it to you every year.
Thursday 7 November


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Metro N°440 is out now!

With progressive councillors starting to score some wins under what was anticipated to be a reactionary major, Hayden Donnell asks: Has Wayne Brown gone woke?
Plus: we go out and investigate Auckland’s nightlife (or in some cases, the lack thereof), with best bars (with thanks to Campari); going-out diaries from Chlöe Swarbrick, BBYFACEKILLA.mp3, Poppa.Jax & more; a look into Auckland’s drugs by Don Roew (who’s holding and how much they paid for it); we go on the campaign trail with Willie Jackson, talk to gallerist Michael Lett, drink martinis and alternative wines, start seeing a therapist, visit Imogen Taylor’s studio, look into Takutai Tarsh Kemp’s wardrobe. And more!

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