Your definitive guide to culture in September

Spring has sprung! And while the weather might be inclement, the cultural offerings are anything but. Here we round up what you should be listening to, Netflixing, buying tickets for, and heading to the cinema to see. All the best out there.

 

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Ozark Season 2

Ozark Season 2

Ozark Season 2

Ozark Season 2

The hotly anticipated second season of cult Netflix series Ozark is out today (Friday 31st August), picking up where Jason Bateman left off as patriarch of the displaced Byrde family. Having been compared to the likes of Breaking Bad, if you haven’t already jumped on board with this gripping series set in the Missouri Lakes district, now’s the time.

Visit Netflix here

Neil & LIam Finn 'Lightsleeper'

Neil & LIam Finn 'Lightsleeper'

Neil & LIam Finn 'Lightsleeper'

Neil & LIam Finn 'Lightsleeper'

Lightsleeper sees father and son muso-duo Neil and Liam Finn team up for their very first album together. Acting as a bridge between the family’s über talented generations, our favourite track has to be ‘Back to Life’ with its cathartic instrumental panoply which includes a mandolin. This is local music at its finest.

Listen to it here

Cher

Cher

Cher

Cher

Here We Go Again is the apt name of the legendary songstress’ new world tour, scheduled to hit Auckland in September after a 13-year absence from our shores. With a career that spans six decades (and a visage that looks as though it spans two) the perennial actress, singer and all-around Hollywood legend will be lending her indomitable vocals to hits like ‘Believe’, ‘Strong Enough’ and ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’. This is one you don’t want to miss.

21st & 22nd September, Vector Arena.
Purchase tickets here

McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part

Arguably renowned for the thunderously delivered words “You shall not pass!” during his career-topping performance as Gandalf the wizard in the Lord of the Rings, English knight and storied actor, Sir Ian McKellen was, in filmmaker Joe Stephenson’s eyes, the perfect subject for his new documentary, Playing the Part. The film examines the thespian’s life and career from its humble beginnings, exposing McKellen’s motivation for career success as having stemmed from suppressing his true self as a young gay man, until he came out in his 40s during the aids crisis.

In cinemas 6th September

Vance Joy

Vance Joy

Vance Joy

Vance Joy

The Australian ‘Riptide’ singer and prince of the indie genre is bringing his Nation of Two tour our way as part of a huge performance schedule. Named after what is only his second ever studio album, Joy has already hit the right notes with singles ‘Lay It On Me’ and ‘Call If You Need Me’. Fans of his catchy and romantic acoustic genre can get their fill at this one-off show.

29th September, Auckland Town Hall.
Purchase tickets here.

La bohème

La bohème

La bohème

La bohème

Being one of the world’s most famous and adored musical oeuvres, it was only right for NZ Opera’s upcoming rendition of La bohème to feature some of the country’s most brilliant and internationally recognised talent — Thomas Atkins, Marlena Devoe, Julien Van Mellaerts and Amelia Berry. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, the Puccini masterpiece won’t disappoint as it reminds us all of what it means to be alive and in love.

13th-23rd September, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.
Purchase tickets here.

The Dire Straits Experience

The Dire Straits Experience

The Dire Straits Experience

The Dire Straits Experience

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated music events heading our way in spring, The Dire Straits Experience is sure to embrace the rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia of the 70s and 80s when their magic first began.

27th September, Aotea Centre.
Purchase tickets here.

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know

The ultimate ‘brosplainers’ are digressing their normal radio medium to take the stage in Auckland. Best known as the voices behind the 1000-podcast strong library of witty and informative episodes, Josh and Chuck are continuing their bid to enlighten the masses.

7th September, Bruce Mason Centre.
Purchase tickets here.

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” The famous children’s book by Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr Seuss, is coming to life on stage in Auckland for one day only, and it simply, plainly, cannot be missed.

29th September, Bruce Mason Centre.
Purchase tickets here

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes

The lauded Brit-pop act will make his first appearance in New Zealand following the release of his acclaimed new album World’s Strongest Man. With Samual Scott Flynn of the Phoenix Foundation serving up the opening act, alternative rock fans should be getting butterflies right about now.

Monday, 17th September, The Tuning Fork.
Purchase tickets here. 

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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsberg officially entered the Kiwi consciousness when she famously claimed she would move to New Zealand in the event that Trump became president. Well, that was during the primaries back in 2016 and she still hasn’t packed her bags, but the ‘shout-out’ increased her cult liberal following both here and there. Known to be one of the most stylish and outspoken players on the Supreme Court bench, this hotly anticipated biography tracks the life of a pop-culture icon and lifelong equal rights campaigner, including interviews with Bill Clinton and Gloria Steinem.

In cinemas 27th September

Listen In

Listen In

Listen In

Listen In

A hip-hop x electronic medley featuring the heavy hitting likes of A$AP Rocky, Skepta and Skrillex is touching down in Auckland under the moniker ‘Listen In’ — an offshoot of the Australian event Listen Out.

Friday 28th September, Spark Arena. 
Purchase tickets here. 

Orientation

Orientation

Orientation

Orientation

Described as a “sexy and thought-provoking spectacle”, Orientation follows a young Chinese-Pākehā woman in a brazen ‘sexploration’ of Asian love and sexuality in modern-day New Zealand. Written by Chye-Ling Huang, a promising young playwright and finalist for the 2018 Adam NZ Play Awards, this is the third work in Q Theatre’s MATCHBOX 2018 Season.

5th-15th September, Q Theatre.
Buy tickets here.

Black Grace Crying Men

Black Grace Crying Men

Black Grace Crying Men

Black Grace Crying Men

Crying Men isn’t a title that would normally lure us in, but given it refers to a dance performance conceived by Mr Neil Ieremia, we’ve found ourselves buying tickets. Exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens, it traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men, living in a new land and dealing with the loss of a matriarch.

6th-8th September, ASB Waterfront Theatre.
Purchase tickets here

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary will be lighting up the art scene from across the Tasman during  13th- 16th September. Luring a smattering of discerning New Zealand’s foremost galleries, as well as those from around the world to feature over 90 exhibitors from 13 different countries, the Carriageworks precinct will be transformed into a wonderland of art and installation displays.

More info here.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Having just been nominated for the prestigious Silver Scroll Award which recognises excellence in songwriting (and with one already under their belt), global-sounding Kiwi band Unknown Mortal Orchestra will have plenty of wind in its sails heading into the hotly anticipated Sex & Food tour, touching down in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Saturday, 8th September, Auckland Town Hall.
Purchase tickets here.

James Roque 'Legal Alien'

James Roque 'Legal Alien'

James Roque 'Legal Alien'

James Roque 'Legal Alien'

Fresh from performing to sold out crowds in Melbourne, the Filipino step-son of New Zealand comedy returns with his hit show that’s a reply to all the anti-immigration trolls in comments sections.

27th-29th September, Basement Theatre.
Purchase tickets here

McQueen

McQueen

McQueen

McQueen

At once epic and melancholy, this tale of the legendary British designer’s career trajectory is an absolute must-see. From his nascent moments designing sensational creations that cost under 10 quid to helming Givenchy and his eponymous brand, it’s a formidable journey into a creative mind that illustrates how more money can indeed lead to more problems.

In cinemas 10th September. Find out more here

Prince 'Paino & A Microphone'

Prince 'Paino & A Microphone'

Prince 'Paino & A Microphone'

Prince 'Paino & A Microphone'

Prince fans take note; on what would have been Prince’s 60th birthday, this nine-track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983.

Available on 21st September.

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