This weekend: What's on in Auckland
Award-winning singer in one night gigBRIDGET JONES
Looking for something to do this weekend? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.
The Arrival - starts Friday
Returning to Auckland for just three shows, this 2010 Chapman Tripp Theatre Award-winning production will wow audiences of all ages, starting Friday.
Based on Australian artist - and Oscar winner - Shaun Tan's book, this show follows one man's lonely journey away from his wife and child, away from oppressive forces, and away from all he knows, as he searches for a better life.
Featuring very little spoken language, The Arrival is driven by puppetry, music, movement and a physical cast of 10 actors including The Almighty Johnson's Jared Turner and Alison Bruce.
The Arrival at ASB Theatre, July 13 - 15. Tickets from $25 from Buy Tickets.
Kapa Haka Super 12s and Matariki Market - Saturday
Part of the Matariki Festival, this event takes Kapa Haka to a whole new level. The competition will see 12 teams of 12 performers battle it out for 12 minutes, in a quest to impress the judges and take home a share of the $10,000 cash prize.
Running alongside, the less frenetic markets will be packed with Maori arts, crafts and clothing.
Kapa Haka Super 12s and Matariki Market at The Cloud, July 14 from 10am. Entry is free.
Playback Theatre - Saturday
This is kids' theatre at its hands-on best. In this performance, Playback Theatre will let the audience create the stories, pick the actors and then let them sit back and watch the magic unfold.
A workshop will be held afterwards for kids to learn more about performing.
Playback Theatre at the Aotea Centre, July 14 (performance at 11am, workshop starts at 12pm). Entry is free.
Bastille Day - Friday
July 14 marks the celebrations of Bastille Day, the day many French people consider the mark of their country becoming a modern nation.
So why not get in on the fun, even if we are half a world away? At this oo-la-la party there will be French food, wine, dancing (hello cancan) and music. And these are all very enjoyable things for a Friday night. Viva la France!
Bastille Day at Freeman's Bay Community Hall, from 7pm. Tickets $20 for adults.
Staying In/Going Out
If you have any interest in Auckland Restaurant Month (which is a good thing to be interested in, after all) then it might pay to check out MasterChef Professionals. Yes, Monica Galetti, who features as a very stern judge on the show, is heading our way for one night of delicious cooking at The Grove on August 22, all thanks to the food fest.
Who says you need a door to sell stuff? La Boulange on Lorne St is proving windows will do just fine. The strictly takeaway, micro café follows on from the owner's shops in Herne Bay and Takapuna, and the delicious baked treats are the perfect way to make a hungry tummy happy.
MasterChef Professionals at 1.05pm on Saturday
La Boulange, 32 Lorne St. Open 7am - 3pm Monday to Saturday
Best of the Rest
Nairobi Trio at Old Mt Eden Methodist Hall
Songs for Woody at Wine Cellar
Friday the 13th with Die Die Die at The Winchester
Ladyhawke at The Studio
Ruby Frost at Zeal Henderson
Highlife and A-Lister Winter Social at The Wharf
Matariki Art Market at Auckland Museum
Artist Talk: Ema Tavola at Home AKL, Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Vintage Jazz Society at The Rose Centre, Belmont
Tour de France breakfast at L'Assiette
Men in Tutus at Hawkins Theatre, Papakura
Music Quiz at the Kings Arms
Kaha at Mangere Arts Centre
Carousel at Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden
Winter Lecture series: Hazards, Disasters, Risks and Responses at Maidment Theatre
Terror, Antagonist and Bad at Kings Arms
Ben Hurley and Guy Williams at Vesbar
Van She and Ruby Frost at Toto/Montecristo
New Zealand Film Festival starts
Shakespeare in Music at the Town Hall
Awatea at Maidment Theatre
Nana Night with Sherpa
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