All the culture events you need to add to your calendar in April

Autumn is here, meaning our attention has turned from outdoor concerts and music festivals, to the theatre, exhibitions, talks, and a certain comedy extravaganza. Looking to April’s vast offering, here are the goings-on worthy of your precious time.

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Here & Now

Here & Now

Here & Now

Here & Now

The Auckland Theatre Company’s annual youth festival will see emerging writers, directors and performers shine on the ASB Waterfront Theatre’s stage, with four days of shows, pop-up performances, music and events. Young and old will find inspiration in the funny, bold and pertinent shows, talks, and open mic sessions set to take place.

20th – 23rd April. Find out more here

I Feel Pretty

I Feel Pretty

I Feel Pretty

I Feel Pretty

Starring Amy Schumer, this promising comedy centres on Renee, who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis. In an inverse take on Shallow Hal, one day, she wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, the bizarre situation paves the way for plenty of laughs. Watch the trailer here.

In cinemas 19th April. 

Paul Chowdhry

Paul Chowdhry

Paul Chowdhry

Paul Chowdhry

Bringing his hugely popular Live Innit show to antipodean shores for the very first time, Brit stand-up act Paul Chowdhry channels possible gag about ethnicity (no one is safe) into his belly-ache schedule. Sans cliché and with plenty of smarts, he’s the comic for the switched-on crowd.

Purchase tickets here.  

Stephen Bambury

Stephen Bambury

Stephen Bambury

Stephen Bambury

The acclaimed, Christchurch-born artist will present his Lines of Desire show this month. The gripping, geometric sculptural works, rendered in metallic and surely with a twist, are likely to be a talking point amongst art enthusiasts. Get along to Trish Clark Gallery anytime after 9th April to revel in Bambury’s exceptional oeuvre.

Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater, the mastermind behind Boyhood, directs this film sequel to Darryl Ponicsan’s 1970s novel The Last Detail. Starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne, it shadows three Vietnam War veterans as they reunite following the death of one of their sons in Iraq.

In cinemas 26th April. 

Halsey

Halsey

Halsey

Halsey

Flying the flag for a new generation of gutsy female singers, stunning American artist Halsey will be taking to the stage at Spark Arena with her alternative pop hits in tow.

Thursday, 19th April, purchase tickets here.  

Claudia Edwards

Claudia Edwards

Claudia Edwards

Claudia Edwards

A fitting lead-in to the month that celebrates matriarchs, this recent Elam graduate’s showcase Mother and Daughter on Hiatus is a collection honing in on the sometimes fractious relationship we have with our mums. The unapologetically domestic scenes are personal and a great deal of fun.

10th-29th April at Sanderson Contemporary Art

 

Guy Montgomery

Guy Montgomery

Guy Montgomery

Guy Montgomery

Known for bringing the funnies, local comedian, Guy Montgomery, will be bringing his show Guy Montgomery Doesn’t Check His Phone for An Hour to Q Theatre off the back of an Australian tour. The excruciating hour of endurance and resistance is part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Purchase tickets here

The Killers

The Killers

The Killers

The Killers

We’re ‘swimming through sick lullabies’ and ‘choking on your alibis’ to get to The Killers’ cracker concert at Spark Arena on Friday, 20th April.

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

If you tried to put Dr. John Cooper Clarke in a box, you would fail miserably. Over his five-decade-long career, the legendary ‘punk rock poet’ has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents with an imprint that can be felt in realms wide apart — reason enough to attend the cult performer’s gig at Auckland’s Crystal Palace, we think.

Saturday, 21st April. Purchase tickets here

Ke$ha

Ke$ha

Ke$ha

Ke$ha

Having been shoulder-tapped to belt out the Oscar-nominated theme song to The Greatest Showman, ‘This is me’, the country-pop singer is making a comeback and has a tour to go with it. Described as ‘positively uplifting’ by Rolling Stone, her Rainbow Tour will no doubt deliver swagger and ample entertainment.

Monday, 2nd April at The Trusts Arena.

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

He had us ‘dancing on the ceiling’ (through the radio waves) back in 1986, and now the iconic, multi-platinum-selling singer is gracing us with his presence to do it all over again. Reliving the magic and feel-good vibes of his golden era with hits like “Hello, ‘Say You, Say Me’ and ‘All Night Long (All Night)’, we can barely contain our excitement.

Thursday, 12th April at Spark Arena.

Rag'n'Bone Man

Rag'n'Bone Man

Rag'n'Bone Man

Rag'n'Bone Man

The ‘Human‘ singer is touching down in Auckland for one night only. Set to bring down the house with his incredibly powerful vocal, the UK native, aka Rory Graham, is said to be a ‘born performer’, with slower songs that are equally as moving as his more recognised singes.

Friday 6th April at Spark Arena

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