Auckland's hottest events

03:46, May 26 2012
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WARRIOR PRINCESS: Lucy Lawless will be appearing at the Kings Arms in Auckland on May 27.

Looking for something to do this weekend? We pick out Auckland's best events.

Main Event
Sir Ian McKellen - On Stage with Shakespeare, Tolkien and You - Saturday and Sunday

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has taken to the road to help raise money to restore Christchurch's historic Isaac Theatre Royal. And this weekend, he is here in Auckland.

In an all new show, partially devised by the audience, Sir Ian will answer questions put to him, and he will retrace his journey from the north of England to the West End of London, to Broadway, Hollywood and to Middle Earth.

"Basically it will be a party. Do come," Sir Ian says. But get in quick - tickets are selling fast.

Sir Ian McKellen - On Stage at Q, May 26 at 8pm and 27 at 2pm.  Tickets - adults $50, students $25.

Free Stuff
The Ministry of Art and Design Market Day - Saturday

Once the realms of everything that was not cool, Auckland has got itself quite the thriving market scene going at the moment. The latest to open it's doors, this is a collection of some of the city's freshest talent who will gather on the last Saturday of each month.

This month there will be jewellery, ceramics, textiles, limited edition t-shirts, wooden art, object art, prints, leather ware, and cushions to make your own.

The Ministry of Art and Design Market Day at Tyler St Garage, Britomart, May 26 from 10.30am. Entry is free.

Family Fun
The Official Cheese on Toast NZ Music Month Showcase Silo Session - Saturday

It's almost the end of yet another New Zealand Music Month and Silo Park is celebrating local talent in style. Along with markets, spot prizes, face-painting, a licensed bar and food, some of Auckland's most fun band's are playing - for free.

Catch Careerwolf, Cat Venom, Luckless, Cool Rainbows, Dictaphone Blues and Ruby Frost as they bask in the sunshine (hopefully).

The Official Cheese on Toast NZ Music Month Showcase Silo Session at Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, May 26 from 12 - 6pm. Entry is free.

Date Night
Great North album release show - Saturday

Apart from the lure of this Auckland band's charming sound, Friday night's show is happening in the Grey Lynn library's hall and there is the promise of bunting. Lots and lots of bunting.  Great North sing unconventional, alt-country love songs.  And you know they mean them - the singer and bass player just got hitched.  Aww love.

Great North album release show at the Grey Lynn Library Hall, May 26 from 8pm.  Tickets $10 on the door or $20 including an album from Under The Radar.

Staying In/Going Out

Books. They are like movies but better. And one of the most talked about at the moment is Emily Perkins' The Forrests. Set in Auckland, it tells the story of Dorothy Forrest's life; of family and time, dysfunction, ageing and loneliness, about heat, youth, and how life can change if 'you're lucky enough to be around for it'.

One thing the book doesn't touch on is Ping Pong, which is a shame really since it's such a great game. Luckily, the guy and girls of Ping Pong Park are helping it make a comeback. Visit them on Facebook or head down to Rocket Park on New North Rd - they might just be there playing on the parks concrete tables. BYO paddle.

The Forrests by Emily Perkins is out now
Rocket Park, 751 New North Rd

Best of the Rest:

bFM's Fancy New Band Showcase at the Kings Arms
Cairo Knife Fight and Heavy Metal Ninjas at the Powerstation

Anika Moa and Family Cactus at Paddington Live
Global Market at ASB Showgrounds
Gunslinger's Ball at the Kings Arms
Blues vs Highlanders at Eden Park

Lucy Lawless and Friends at the King's Arms
NZTrio present Woven Strands at Auckland War Memorial Museum
Watoto - Beautiful Africa: A New Generation at Auckland Town Hall

Florence and the Machine at Vector Arena
The Tasting Lounge at Marvel Grill

Stage Two Productions presents The Crucible at Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre
Noel & Gertie at Victoria Picture Palace and Theatre, Devonport
Life Drawing at The Library Bar

Standstill at Q
Nathan Haines Fourtet at 1885 Basement

Pacific Music Awards at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau
Remix the Orchestra at Auckland Town Hall
UFOs - The Spiritual Dimension at The Aetherius Society, Birkenhead
The Black Seeds at the Powerstation


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ON TOUR: Sir Ian McKellen is raising money for Christchurch's historic Isaac Theatre Royal.

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