Jane Goodall comes to Auckland, plus more upcoming events

by India Hendrikse / 18 May, 2017

An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

Logan Campbell Centre, Sat 1 Jul

If chimpanzees had a god, then Dr. Jane Goodall would be her. The ethologist, vegetarian and activist has devoted her life to animal rights and is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Her talk will discuss hope for the natural world in challenging times. Love ya, Jane. 217 Green Ln, Epsom

Gabriel O Pensador

Neck of the Woods, Thu 25 May

Blink and you’ll miss him: Rio de Janeiro rapper Gabriel O Pensador’s coming to New Zealand for the first time, for one show only. Promoting social justice, Pensador raps about race, politics, social problems and the Catholic Church. 155B Karangahape Rd

NZSO’s Pathétique – Tchaikovsky & Dvořák

Auckland Town Hall, Sat 27 May 

Conductor Darrell Ang and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan bring melody and drama together as part of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s national tour.

Pecking Order

Various venues, from Thu 18 May

Like a bit of quirk? Then Pecking Order’s your flick. Find out who rules the roost at the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon club as the competitors – both young and old – prepare their chickens for the national champs. A doco that may leave you feeling quite ordinary – but appreciative of the feathery enthusiasm on screen.

Caroline Billing: Containment

Anna Miles Gallery, Sun 21–Sat 27 May

Leading contemporary jewellery and object dealer Caroline Billing is bringing a bevy of shiny pieces to town. Christchurch-based Billing’s exhibit Containment presents lovely objects from her gallery, The National, such as Julie Blyfield’s golden heart leaf container (above). 10/30 Upper Queen St, central city

The Faustus Project

Basement Theatre, 30 May–3 Jun

Famed playwright Christopher Marlowe’s classic work Doctor Faustus gets a revamp: the mysterious play, in which the main character makes a deal with the devil, has a rotating cast, so you’ll never know what to expect. Lower Greys Ave, central city

Ansome

Whammy Backroom, Fri 26 May

The techno-fuelled live sets of DJ Kieran Whitefield, aka Ansome, have made him a buzzing name on the European techno scene. His mix of improv and modular synths will make your brain whirr.  

David Dallas

Powerstation, Fri 26 May

Following his recently released album Hood Country Club, hip-hop artist David Dallas will perform one Auckland show. His new lyrical style delves into political hip-hop, so listen up.

Shout Whisper Wail!

Auckland Art Gallery, Sat 20 May–Sun 15 Oct

Auckland Art Gallery’s triennial presentation of contemporary works by The Chartwell Collection focuses this year on the work of 11 visual artists, from Walters Prize winner Luke Willis Thompson (whose work is shown above) to established names like Jacqueline Fraser. Cnr Kitchener & Wellesley St

Lions New Zealand Tour

Eden Park, Wed 7 Jun–Sat 8 Jul

The British and Irish are coming down under. Throughout June and July, there’ll be 10 rugby union matches around the country, including three in Auckland. Can’t make it to Eden Park? Support the All Blacks and The Blues at the Queens Wharf fan zone. Eden Park; Queens Wharf

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