This week: What's on in Auckland

FINAL PRESSURE: Ben Crawford working on his and sister Libby's house during filming for The Block.
FINAL PRESSURE: Ben Crawford working on his and sister Libby's house during filming for The Block.

Looking for something to do this week? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.

Main Event
Private Lives - starts Friday

This Noel Coward play is the original Rom-Com. Telling the tale of an ex-husband, his ex-wife and their adjoining honeymoons with brand new spouses, this can only end one way.

It might be a script from 1930, but director Shane Bosher has hurtled Private Lives into a modern, familiar setting that is sure to be sexy as hell. And with a cast that includes Go Girls' Matt Whelan and Mia Blake from the film No. 2, it's going to sizzle.

Private Lives at Q Theatre, from September 7. Tickets from $25 from the venue.

Free Stuff
Corban Estate Arts Centre 10th Anniversary - All Weekend

Celebrate the past, present and future of this Auckland art centre. Watch the next generation of singers, poets and rappers perform; explore a display of works by Colin McCahon, Mark Adams and John Edgar; and listen to the NZ Joystick Orchestra as they use computer joysticks to make beautiful music - you can even learn how to do it yourself.

Corban Estate Arts Centre 10th Anniversary, September 8 & 9. Entry is free to exhibitions. Small fee applies to some performances.

Family Fun
Live Pro-Wrestling - Saturday

This takes Girl Power to a whole other level. A dangerous combination of sport fighting and pro-wrestling, this is unlike anything seen in Auckland before. With all the drama of WWE, watch as some of the regions toughest ladies fight it out to emerge the winner. Get in behind your favourites and be vocal about those you don't like - the more noise the better at this event.

Live Pro-Wrestling at Sport Fighters Gym and Mania, Kingsland, September 8 from 6pm. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for kids.

Date Night
LATE at the Museum: Lust - Thursday

Lust. It's a rather powerful word. And this Thursday a panel of experts will try and get to the bottom of the combination of sex, deviancy and power.

Russell Brown will make sure his guests - journalist David Farrier, author Emma Hart, and D.VICE owner and author Ema Lyon - keep things tasteful. Kind of. Plus there will be live entertainment from Watercolours and part burlesque, part romance, part comedy act, Birds of Paradise and you can finish your night with a guided Lustful Tour of the museum with collection technician Siren Deluxe.

LATE at the Museum: Lust at Auckland Museum, September 6 from 7pm. Tickets are $20.   

Staying In/Going Out

It's all over except for the man thumping a little hammer onto a podium. The Block is about to test the housing market, put the four homes up for auction and find a winner. After months of hard work and brilliant TV, who will take home the title of best amateur renovator? See it all unfold on Thursday's live final.

In a race of another kind, the Great Northern Steeplechase will take over Ellerslie this Saturday. With horses and their riders racing over 6400m and jumping 25 fences, it's not your average gallop around the track. Take a picnic and enjoy the race.

The Block live final, Thursday at 7.30pm on TV3.
Rodd & Gunn Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie Racecourse, Saturday from 10.30am.

Best of the Rest

RNZB's Cinderella at ASB Theatre
Michael James Manaia at Q Theatre
Len Lye: The Opera at Maidment Theatre

I Am Giant at Kings Arms
Lisa Crawley at Union Post Brewbar

Dictaphone Blues, Grass Canons at Kings Arms
Aloha 1950: a Burlesque Luau at Khuja Lounge
Shocking Pinks at Cassette Number Nine

Rock and Roll Dance at Freemans Bay Community Hall
10 Year Anniversary Weekend at Corban Estate Arts Centre
A Taste of Korea at AUT

St Peter's College Pacific Choir at Auckland Art Gallery
Kelvin Cruickshank presents Soul Food at Trust Stadium Arena, Henderson

Conservation Week at Auckland Zoo

Rangitoto College Annual Piano Competition at Rangitoto College
Tin Spectacle/Sh*tty Lyricism at The Basement

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