19 Things to Do in September

The art, food and cinema events you need to know about around the country this month

Guler style, Pahari, The great battle between Rama and Ravana c 1780, opaque watercolour on paper, National Museum, New Delhi, India.

1. The Story of Rama: Indian Miniatures
Want to see some of the oldest artwork in the country, dating back to as early as 1100BC? The Story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi, will make the final appearance of its world tour in Auckland from this month. Alongside the paintings the gallery will display artwork from its collection, with pieces dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries.
— Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, from September 5

2. The Other Ways Festival
Featuring 27 local artists including Garageland, Kody Neilson’s Silicon project and Aldous Harding, The Other Ways Festival is spread across six venues around Karangahape Rd.
The Other Ways Festival, Karangahape Rd, September 4

3. Simon Kerr: Stuck in the Middle
Notorious activist Simon Kerr has turned his talents to painting, producing an allegorical body of work referencing his life and redemption.
Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence St, Devonport, until September 16

4. Far From Men
A hit at the NZ International Film Festival this year, this gripping North African Western stars Viggo Mortensen as a French teacher living in a small Algerian village during a time of conflict.
— Playing at Rialto Cinemas from September 10

5. Going West Books and Writing Festival
This year’s Going West Books and Writing Festival features talks about novelist Maurice Gee, conversations around the unique jewellery in New Zealand, intimate theatre performances and poetry slams in celebration of all things literature.
— From September 3-19. For more information and locations, visit goingwestfest.co.nz

6. Toni Braxton
R&B artist Toni Braxton, who topped the charts in the 90s, is playing in New Zealand for the first time this month.
— September 17, Logan Campbell Centre

7. The Caker - Wholesome Cakes, Cookies and Desserts (2015)
Get in the kitchen and try one of Jordan Rondel’s new recipes from her second cookbook, which is being released this month.
The Caker - Wholesome Cakes, Cookies and Desserts (2015), published by Beatnik, $50, available from September 10

8. Rembrandt Remastered
Digitally restored versions of Rembrandt’s masterpieces are on display at Smith & Caughey’s as part of the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition. Displayed full size and in chronological order, the exhibition gives viewers the chance to see the Dutch artist’s work as if it had just left his workshop, including The Night Watch, Danae and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp.
Level 6, Smith & Caughey's, 253-261 Queen St, until September 13

9. Open Night at Studio One Toi Tū
The Roots Creative Entrepreneur Waikare Komene is in conversation at this month’s Open Night at Studio One Toi Tū
Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, September 9

10. Subtexts: The Kill Screen
The Kill Screen is the final instalment of a three-part series presented by The Pantograph Punch, which sees Eli Kent, Chelsea Jade Metcalfe Courtney Meredith and Toby Morris talking with Steven Toussaint.
Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland, September 17

11. Nationals by Russ Flatt
A new exhibition by celebrated New Zealand photographer Russ Flatt focuses on a body of work that re-imagines Flatt’s experiences as an adolescent competitive roller skater in the 80s, and alludes to present day discussions around Flatt’s identification as a Maori gay man. The series is captured at Skateland in Mt Wellington and examines and amplifies the unique dynamic between subject, camera and audience in his re-imagined world. 
Tim Melville Gallery, Grey Lynn, Auckland, until September 19

12. The Catchments by Wayne Barrar
Photography Wayne Barrar explores nostalgia through historical New Zealand landscapes with new exhibition The Catchments.
Milford Galleries Queenstown, 9A Earl St, Queenstown, until September 16

13. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Royal New Zealand Ballet is performing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer Night's Dream, choreographed by Liam Scarlett.
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland, September 2-6

14. Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton tells how the five members of N.W.A. revolutionised the music industry in the 1980s.
— In cinemas from September 3

15. Susan Te Kahurangi King and Shannon Te Ao: From the One I Call My Own
Previously unseen drawings by Susan Te Kahurangi King, including work based on a set of paper dolls, are on show at City Gallery in Wellington.
City Gallery, Civic Square 101 Wakefield St, Wellington, until November 8

16. Tosca
NZ Opera’s production of Tosca is set to be another glamorous affair, with fiery performances accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, September 17 - 27

17. Anika Moa’s Queen at the Table Tour
Singer Anika Moa is joined by SJD for a tour around the country from Whangarei to Masterton.
— For tour locations and dates, visit www.eventfnda.co.nz

18. Cats the Musical 
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats is coming to Auckland this month, with a new rapping "street cat" in the famous Rum Tum Tugger role.
— The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, Auckland, from September 

19. 24th Annual Wallace Art Awards
Over 500 competition entries were considered for the 24th Annual Wallace Art Awards this year, and 50 of the finalists are being displayed at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. The awards are aimed at supporting and promoting contemporary art in New Zealand.
— Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd, from September 8

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