Title and act by Will Eno
Circa Theatre, September 14-24, 7:30 p.m., (Tuesday – Saturday) / 4:30 p.m. (Sunday) $15 – $35
Title and Deed is a provocative and engaging piece by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno, who The New York Times has dubbed “Samuel Beckett” to the Jon Stewart generation. Tickets: circa.co.nz
He Maori by Isaac Martyn
BATS Theater, September 16-17, 6 p.m., $18-$22
What does it mean to recover Māoritanga from a Pākehā education? Isaac Martyn will take audiences on a journey from complete confusion to partial understanding – exploring doubt, celebration, comedy and the complicated nature of identity. Tickets: bats.co.nz
The First Body Buzzard by Elliot Vaughan
BATS Theater, September 16-17, 6:30 p.m., $18-$22
This experimental solo vocal performance is loosely hung on the theme of bird life. A list of poetic texts are subjected to transformative compositional processes, emptying them of meaning or stumbling through the mundane to the sublime. Tickets: bats.co.nz
Gag Reflex: A Scandalous Solo Show by Rachel Atlas
BATS Theater, September 16-17, 8:30 p.m., $18-$22
In this tumultuous and revealing first solo show, expect to be thrilled with world-class stunts, raw humor and the heartwarming journey of a dangerous woman finally finding safety. Tickets: bats.co.nz
The Shit Kid by Sarah Harpur
BATS Theater, Sept. 16-17, 9 p.m., $18-$22
sibling rivalry. Olympic ambition. Mark Todd has a fever dream. A very sexy horse. A solo piece about a mediocre person. Shortlisted for the 2022 Adam NZ Play Award, The Shit Kid explores the collision between parenthood and ambition, with a $600 workhorse. Tickets: bats.co.nz
Krishnan’s Dairy by Jacob Rajan
Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, September 17-21, various times, $30-$60
Krishnan’s Dairy is a cultural phenomenon that sells out every time. Jacob Rajan is utterly captivating as he juggles multiple characters in a career-defining performance that shows why he’s won numerous Best Actor awards. Tickets: tahifestivalnz.com
Thank you Grafia, it’s Friday
Madisons on First St, Masterton, September 16, 5:30 p.m.
Grafia plays original, danceable blues and folk rock covers with guests Coral Griffis and Matt Hudson known as the Two Thirds Trio.
Te Pae: Exploring the Realms
Pipitea Marae and Function Center, September 16, 7 p.m., $19-$79
Te Pae brings together top artists Troy Kingi, Ria Hall, Kurahapainga Te Ua, Dr. Jeremy Mayall, Horomona Horo and Regan Balzer, to explore the energies in the spaces of Nuku, Rangi and Ātea. Te Pae will take you on a multi-sensory journey through life, connectedness, creation, resilience, healing and growth. Tickets: tereofest.nz
Ngā Tamatoa: 50 years since the Maori language petition
Rongomaraeroa, level 4, Te Papa, September 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m., free
A special roundtable to commemorate 50 years since the presentation of the Maori language petition to Parliament.
Wellington Waterfront, until September 25, free
A stunning audio-visual art installation created in collaboration by mana whenua and Pōneke-based creatives and cultural practitioners.
Wāhine Māori: Te Toi o Te atetenga: The art of resistance
Wellington Museum, until October 9, free
Wāhine activist art is a platform to protest and showcase te tino rangatiratanga. It provides an opportunity to educate, visualize and create dialogue through art. One element of the work of this wāhine alliance deals with the trauma created in response to the ongoing effects of colonization.
Nga Kapa Haka or Te Matatini
Opera, September 17, 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., $23
In collaboration with Te Matatini, featuring Aotearoa’s two best kapa haka, reigning Te Matatini champion Ngā Tūmanako (Auckland) and Te Pikikōtuku o Ngāti Rongomai (Rotorua). Hosted by local kapa haka Te Ahi a Tahurangi and performed at the Opera. Tickets: tereofest.nz
Commuters on Wellington’s waterfront enjoy the sights and sounds of Te Ara Reo, an audio-visual art installation for Te Hui Ahurei Reo Māori, on September 15.
Interpretation: Te Kahureremoa
Wellington Foyer, Te Papa, September 17, 1 p.m., free
Celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa with a performance by taonga pūoro artist and practitioner Te Kahureremoa.
Michael Endres – Piano Recital
Waikanae Memorial Hall, September 18, 2:30 p.m., $5 to $40, door-to-door sales
German pianist Michael Endres, winner of international prizes and competitions, returns by popular demand to perform Schubert, Liszt and Schumann for the Waikanae Music Society.
Old St Paul’s, September 18, 2 p.m., free
Douglas Mews and Chris van der Zee will perform a selection of music for organ and viola at the opening event of the Organ Plus+ festival, which runs until October 16. Set out for some splendid music, from two accomplished Wellington artists.
Te Auaha Cinema Shop, September 19, 7 p.m.
The New Zealand Opera Society screens A Double Bill Francesca from Rimini -Rachmaninoff & Bluebeard’s Castle – Bartock. Two challenging but very interesting opera productions with English subtitles, cash sales: $18 to $25
2022 Toi Pōneke Residents Exhibition
Toi Pōneke Gallery, September 17 to October 14, weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bringing this unique arts community together to recognize their creative contributions to Wellington’s art scene. Residents have chosen work that exemplifies their current practice, so come explore a range of media from jewelry to neon.
Marian Maguire – The Enlightenment Project
Bowen Galleries, until October 2, free
In an attempt to understand Western history and its global impact, Marian Maguire has produced a new series of prints that map philosophical ideas, politics, scientific discoveries, inventions and historical events.
Pattern: Anti Slam
BATS Theater, September 19, 6 p.m., $10 to $25,
New Zealanders, poets, actors and comedians around Wellington are preparing to do the worst! Tickets: bats.co.nz
Image China – East/West A symphonic celebration
Orchestra Wellington, The Opera House, September 19-20, 7:30 p.m., $19+
Be transported to China in all its vibrancy as Maestro Brent Stewart and the Wellington Orchestra perform evocative works by major contemporary Chinese composers. Tickets: ticketmaster
Drop Dead Gorgeous – Miss-Tery Pick Up Murder
BATS Theater, Sept. 20-24, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $20-$40
The Queens The Women are back and this time they serve up some big drama in this extended murder mystery game. Tickets: bats.co.nz
NZSM Cello Ensemble
St Andrew’s on The Terrace, September 21, 12:15 p.m., koha
Variations on a New World by Blaise Dejardin, Suite for Two Cellos by David Popper, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Bach Suites.
Pohl-Gjelsten family with Beth Chen, piano
St Andrew’s on The Terrace, September 22, 12:15 p.m., koha.
Solo Bach selections, Bartok violin duo selections, Mozart’s Violin Concerto Allegro in D, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Halvorsen Variations on a theme by Handel.
Fresh off the page
BATS Theatre, September 22, 9 p.m., free
Fresh Asian plays fresh off the press, performed in a series of play readings by local artists. Written, read and directed by Asian practitioners. Presentation: “Soul Sister” by Caryl Loria Illana.
Dope As Hour with Daniel and Anya
Fringe Bar, September 22, 8 p.m., $15
Join multi-nominated Dope As Sunday Comedy hosts Anya Rzhevitskaya and Daniel John Smith for an hour of laughs, banter, problem-solving and enlightenment. Tickets: kiwiticket.co.nz