This weekend's a barrel of laughs

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 27/04/2012
Rhys Darby

HOME GROWN: Rhys Darby will be performing his new show This Way To The Spaceship at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

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Main Event
The 2012 NZ International Comedy Festival - starts Friday

Oh to be 20 again. That's the exciting milestone the NZ International Comedy Festival is celebrating this year. And boy, are they celebrating!

This year the festival welcomes back some old friends, says hello to some new ones and is bringing together some of the best local acts ever found in one place.

There's the guy who wrote "He's Just Not That Into You", the guy we love as Murray from Flight of the Conchords, the guy who doesn't say a word because he's covered in tape, and a bunch of guys you know because they show up on your telly every 7 Days.

Buy a ticket, raise a glass and offer a friendly high-five to the festival that makes you laugh until you cry.  

The 2012 NZ International Comedy Festival starts April 27. Tickets and individual show information from the NZ International Comedy Festival website.

Free Stuff
The Broadsides - Pick and Mix Squared - Friday

In then immortal words of Donny and Marie Osmond, there's nothing quite like something that's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. And that's exactly how you could describe The Broadsides.

The hillbilly, outlaw gospel bluegrass band are hanging out in Aotea Square, playing for free this Friday as part of the Pick and Mix Squared series. What a lovely after-work treat.

The Broadsides - Pick and Mix Squared at Aotea Square, April 27 from 5pm. Entry is free.

Family Fun
Aether and Iron: A Time Traveller's Day Out - Saturday

Motat is travelling back in time this Saturday, as it channels a bit of Victorian science fiction.

Forget everything you know about modern technology, as the museum transforms into a different world, powered by steam and scattered with futuristic inventions. There will be heaps to do including steam train rides, workshops, the chance to make your own goggles and customise your ray gun, plus lots of interesting characters wandering all over the place. And don't forget there will be a prize for best dressed on the day.

Aether and Iron: A Time Traveller's Day Out at Motat, April 28 from 10am.  Entry is $14 for adults and $8 for kids under 16. Family passes are available.

Date Night
Cotton Club Big Band Dance - Saturday

Perhaps Harlem, New York is more your scene? Then you might want to check out the Pt Chev RSA this weekend. Jitterbugs host a regular dance - The Cotton Club - every few months, with live bands, lots of dancing and a few performances.  

Don't worry if you are a jitterbug beginner - there is a free lesson at the start of the evening to pick up a few moves. So dust off your dancing shoes and pick out your prettiest dress for this night out with a difference.

Cotton Club Big Band Dance at the Pt Chev RSA on Great North Rd, April 28 from 7pm. Tickets $20 on the door.

Staying In / Going Out

It might sound like an odd topic for a telly show, but Call The Midwife has been the surprise hit on UK TV this year. Just watch it - you'll probably love it. And if you don't, at least you'll have something to talk about around the water cooler at work.

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Dessert and burlesque - it rolls of the tongue like it's the perfect pairing. Based on the 1920-1930 period the Prohibition, Le Rouge Petit Four is a display of finery and fans, corsets and comedy, adventure and acrobatics are served up with the added bonus of a selection of alcoholic samples and sweet confections.

Call The Midwife on TV One, Sunday at 9.30pm. Le Petit Four Rouge: Prohibition at Atticus on Fort St, Saturday from 7.30pm. Tickets $30 from Eventfinder.

Best of the Rest:

Friday
Blues vs. Reds at Eden Park, Kingsland
Autumn Trotting Carnival at Alexandra Park Raceway

Saturday
Aether and Iron: A Time Traveller's Day Out at Motat
The Checks at The Nathan Club

Sunday
City And Colour at Auckland Town Hall
Herbs Unplugged + Mark Williams at Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana

Monday
Ball Gown Sale at Botany Downs Secondary College
Cooking Masterclass with Warren Turnbull at Satchies Kitchen, Parnell

Tuesday
The Whiskey Live 2012: The Adults w/ GF & The Trains at The Whiskey

Wednesday
Screen Edge Industry Forum at AUT University
The Whiskey Live 2012: The Jordan Luck Band w/ Ekko Park at The Whiskey
Sick Of It All and Agnostic Front at Kings Arms

Thursday
David Guetta at Vector Arena
LATE at the Museum: The Seven Deadly Sins - Envy at Auckland War Memorial Museum

- Auckland Now

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