This weekend: Auckland's best events
Record Store Day - Saturday
It's the one day set aside to celebrate the art of music and the skill of passing it from one person to another for money. Independent record stores are the lifeblood of the music scene, havens for music lovers and the oddest of characters, and Record Store Day celebrates this adoration and craziness in one fell swoop.
Real Groovy - the lynchpin of the Auckland record store scene - is leading the charge, with the lives of Princess Chelsea, Homebrew's Tom Scott and Pennie Blair from bFM, getting in store to DJ, plus giveaways and face painting and the delight of special Record Store Day limited vinyl releases.
Of course they are not alone - Conch in Ponsonby, Southbound Records in Mt Eden and The High Seas in Beresford Square will all have exciting things going on.
Record Store Day all around Auckland, April 21.
Illuminate: Our Veterans - Saturday and Sunday
It is Anzac Day next Wednesday and Auckland Museum is starting the commemoration this weekend with a tribute to the 24th Battalion, which is winding up after 60 years of service.
Renowned filmmaker Gaylene Preston has been commissioned to create a moving short film telling the story of the bonds forged during war. The film will be projected onto the outside of the museum on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Illuminate: Our Veterans at the Auckland Museum, April 21 and 22 from 7.30 - 10pm. Entry is free.
Pirate City Rollers League Game: The First Showdown - Saturday
It's a new season and the derby girls are as ferocious as ever. With the Dead Wreckoning taking on the Mascara Massacre in the first battle for the Black Dahlia Cup - this is like a sport you've never seen before.
And at half-time there will be a Roller Girl auction where bids will be placed on the skills of the multi-talented roller girls. Burlesque tutorial? Science Tutoring? Roller Girl driver for the night? It's all up for grabs.
Pirate City Rollers League Game: The First Showdown at the Pitt St YMCA, April 21 from 8pm. Tickets $20 on the door.
Take some time this Friday to feel loved. From midday to 2pm, Sounds of Generosity will lay out the welcome mat - literally. The art installation invites you to sit and appreciate music and enjoy the gift of a flower.
How often do you get given something with no expectations or demands? Now that is love.
Sounds of Generosity at Khartoum Place, Lorne St, April 20 from 12 - 2pm. This event is free.
STAYING IN/GOING OUT
I don't know about you guys, but last week was all about the Titanic for me. I even followed the real-time tweets from those on board on Twitter, which was quite full on. But it's not quite over yet - TV One still has a couple more episodes of the Titanic mini-series to go. It might not be Leo and Kate, but it's still pretty good.
Speaking of cinemas, they are usually the realm of movies, but this Friday you can catch songstress Annah Mac perform at Academy Cinemas in the city. It's a part of her national tour, Mac is the voice behind the radio hit Girl in Stilettos - and she is an absolute must-see powerhouse.
Titanic, Friday on TV One at 8.30pm
Annah Mac, Friday at Academy Cinemas, Lorne St. Tickets $26 from Eventfinder.
BEST OF THE REST
Goodshirt and Sherpa at the Kings Arms
Cure Kids Great Adventure Race in the Hunua Ranges
Mullholland at Whammy Bar and Wine Cellar
The Exponents at the Brownzy Tavern
KRS-One at The Cloud
Justin Townes Earle at the Kings Arms
LG Mystics vs Thunderbirds at Trusts Stadium Arena, Henderson
Justin Townes Earle at Leigh Sawmill
Charlie Murphy at the Auckland Town Hall
Jian Liu - NZ International Piano Festival at the Auckland Town Hall
Stories of the Stars at Stardome Planetarium and Observatory
Anzac Day commutations at locations around Auckland
Dropdead Redhead at Kings Arms
Exclusive Tasting at Whiskey Lounge
Girl Geek Dinner at Microsoft House, Viaduct Harbour
Rhys Darby & Overseas Friends at Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana
Documentary Edge Film Festival at Event Cinemas, Newmarket
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