Spark Arena

: A legend arrives on Sunday in the form of Bob Dylan. The beloved rocker, who became the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016, was last in New Zealand for three arena shows in 2014. The 77-year-old's career spans 60 years and boasts a catalogue of 50 albums and countless beloved hits. Dylan and his band received rave reviews for their last New Zealand shows and the singer will undoubtedly win us over again. He plays one night at Spark Arena before heading to Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on Tuesday.

Bob Dylan, Spark Arena, Sunday

Devonport Yacht Club

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: No, it's not the start of the summer sailing season — an event which might cheer us up because it would mean warm weather and long evenings — but the Wonderfish Collective, Auckland's humming musical group of 15 musicians including backing singers, a horn section and a string quartet. Following sell-out Dylan and Bowie shows in recent years, the collective returns with a Funk & Soul Revue featuring renditions of classics from the 70s and honouring artists such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Boney M and more. There's another show on September 8 at the Leigh Sawmill.

Wonderfish Collective, Devonport Yacht Club, Saturday

The movies

: If the International Film Festival was a touch too cerebral for your viewing pleasure, the Marvel Studios Film Festival may be more to your liking. Starting this Saturday and running every weekend until September 22 at selected Hoyts cinemas, the movie marathon will feature all of Marvel's biggest hits from the past decade — from Iron Man through to Ant-Man and the Wasp. See all your favourite superheroes back on the big screen for just $10. Tickets are limited so make sure you book in advance.

Marvel Movie Marathon, selected Hoyts cinemas, from Saturday

A scene from the musical Chicago, which touches down in Auckland this month. Photo/Jeremy Daniel
A scene from the musical Chicago, which touches down in Auckland this month. Photo/Jeremy Daniel

The Civic

: Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery — the longest-running American musical in Broadway history is back in Auckland. Based on real-life events that took place in the roaring 1920s, jazz slayer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. The sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle; the award count equals six Tonys, two Oliviers, one Grammy, two Baftas and six Oscars.

Chicago, Civic Theatre, from Saturday