This weekend: Auckland's best events
Looking for something to do this weekend? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.
Lawrence Arabia presents The Sparrow - Friday
Lawrence Arabia are a national treasure, and the chance to see them in all their glory is a rare one.
On this, the Auckland leg of a nationwide journey, the band fronted by James Milne will treat the audience to the harmony-laden, perfect pop production of the Taite Music Prize and Silver Scroll-winning album Chant Darling, as well as new offering, The Sparrow. There will be all the bells and whistles, including string and horn sections.
Seated at cabaret-style stables, this will be a chance to hear one of our best musicians in a rather charming way.
Lawrence Arabia presents The Sparrow at Auckland Town Hall, July 20. Tickets from Buy Tickets.
Mid-Winter Christmas Weekend - starts Saturday
Celebrate winter before it's gone with this two-day Mid-winter Christmas weekend.
There will be children's sleigh rides between 10am and 12pm each day, a snowman competition and pictures with Santa each afternoon. And of course, because it's all happening at Aotea Square's ice rink, there is skating to be done as well.
Mid-Winter Christmas Weekend at Aotea Square, July 20 and 21. Entry is free.
Silo Park presents Matariki on the Waterfront - Saturday
On the last day of the Maori New Year, Silo Park is sending Matariki off with a bang. With light instillations and video projection mapping on the Silos, telescopes on hand and a collaborative instillation to play with, there is so much to see and do.
Oh and that's not even mentioning the music of Anika Moa, Ria Hall and Anna Coddington being played live and the food and drink on offer.
Silo Park presents Matariki on the waterfront at Wynyard Quarter, July 21 from 5pm. Entry is free.
Heritage sailings on Breeze - Sunday
This unique, traditional wooden ship is similar to those used for New Zealand costal trades in the 19th century. So why not travel back in time on this two-and-a-half-hour cruise? Who knows, the weather might even be good.
Heritage Sailings on Breeze, based at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, July 22 at 1pm. Tickets $35 from the Museum.
Staying In/Going Out
Because we need more cooking shows on telly, My Kitchen Rules kicks off on Sunday. As couples battle to win their own restaurant, things are bound to get nasty. Brilliant.
The Dark Knight Rises. It's all that really needs to be said, surely? The final in the Batman story, this film is going to be every bit as good as the last two. Do not miss it.
My Kitchen Rules, Sunday at 7.30pm on TV2
The Dark Knight Rises is showing in cinemas now.
Best of the Rest
Collapsing Cities album launch at Kings Arms
Rakinos 21st Birthday at Rakinos
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Powerstation
Roller Derby at YMCA Pitt St
CRC Speedshow at ASB Showgrounds
NZ Trio: Lightbox at Q Theatre
Elizabeth Marvelly at the Town Hall
An Evening with Jodi Picoult at ASB Theatre
Viva Jazz Quartet at Windsor Castle, Parnell
Beginners Quilting Course at the Little Craft Store, Pt Chev
Modern Bollywood and Egyptian Dance Lessons at Outram Hall, Murray's Bay
New Zealand's Got Talent filming at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre
Krishnan's Dairy at Q Theatre
Urzila Carlson at Laugh Club Howick
John Rowles at Ascension Winery, Matakana
David Dallas at Vesbar
Nightchoir at Lucha Lounge