This weekend in Auckland

Dame Edna bows out with a bang

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 10/08/2012
Barry Humphries
LAWRENCE SMITH/ Fairfax NZ

GOODBYE POSSUMS: Dame Edna (aka Barrie Humphries) will be performing her swan song at the Civic this weekend.

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

Main Event

Eat, Pray, Laugh: Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour - starts Saturday

The blue-rinse queen is back to take a final bow. Dame Edna Everage (and her creator, Barry Humphries) is in town to bid us Kiwis a fond farewell as she hangs up the heels and the humour for the last time.

After more than 60 years touring the world, the pair have decided we have had enough of a good thing.

While this isn't an official retirement, it will be the last chance to see Edna on stage in all her glory.  And they are going out with a bang - this promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular of epic proportions.

Eat Pray, Laugh: Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour at The Civic, starting August 11.  Tickets from $59 from Buy Tickets.

Free Stuff

Auckland Symphony Orchestra Stage and Screen: The Sound of Music - Sunday

Hear your favourite songs from West Side Story, Star Wars and Swan Lake like you have never heard them before as they get the Auckland Symphony Orchestra treatment.  

As well as the soundtrack highlights, there will be a very special Sound of Music sing-along accompanied by The Albany Singers and Auckland City Theatre Academy, all done under the watchful eye of conductor Peter Thomas.

Auckland Symphony Orchestra Stage and Screen at Auckland Town Hall, August 12 from 2.30pm.  Entry is free.

Family Fun

Celebrating Margaret Mahy - Saturday

Some of New Zealand's most loved authors will remember the life and work of Margaret Mahy during this tribute. Chapters of Mahy's works will be read by the likes of Tessa Duder, Lynley Dodd, Betty Gilderdale and Dorothy Butler.  All the favourites will be revisited: The Lion and the Meadow, The Great Piratical Rumbustification and A Summery Saturday Morning, along with recordings and videos of Mahy herself.

Come dressed as your favourite character.

Celebrating Margaret Mahy at Auckland Town Hall, August 11 from 2pm.  Entry is free.

Date Night

Cirque Non Sequitur - Friday

First created for Splore, this surreal circus cabaret is in Auckland for just three nights.  Set in a world of gods, creatures, sirens and cyborgs, Cirque Non Sequitur's cast of aerialists, actors and dancers travel to the very edge and back.  

Among the cast are some familiar faces, with The Almighty Johnsons' Eve Gordon and Mike Edward from Shortland Street sizzling on stage.  Yes, there are some slightly risqué scenes, so this might not be a show for the whole family.

Cirque Non Sequitur at Q Theatre, August 10 and 11.  Tickets from $35 from the venue.

Staying In/Going Out

This Saturday is about to be a religious experience.  For a solid six hours, TV2 are weirdly screening three nun-themed films: Sister Act 1 and 2, and Nuns on the Run.  Don't ask why, just thank the higher power involved for these three classics.

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Britomart just keeps getting better and better.  Now Café Hanoi has got itself a sister bar, Xuxu.  Described as a French Vietnamese inspired cocktail bar, it's a welcome addition to the CBD.

Sister Act 1 & 2, Nuns on the Run screen on Friday from 7.30pm on TV2.

SXuxu is open now at the corner of Galway and Commerce Sts.

Best of the Rest

Friday

Sola Rosa album release show at Studio, K Rd

Audio Foundation presents the Now! Here! Festival at Whammy and Wine Cellar 

King Cannons at the Powerstation

New Zealand Dance Company: The Language of Living at Aotea Centre

Saturday

Nightchoir album release show at Dogs Bollix

Mt Eden Village Craft Market at Mt Eden Village Centre

The Great Living Legends Muck In at Motuihe Island

Sunday

Kenny Rogers and John Rowles at Vector Arena

Musically Mad music documentary at Galatos

66th India Independence Day Celebration at ASB Theatre

Monday

The Triumphants at Q

Tuesday

Tommy Emmanuel workshop at Massey High School

Starboard SUP Winter Series Race 4 at Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Orakei

Dr Sketchy presents Midsummer Madness at Wine Cellar

Wednesday

A Taste of Rata at District Dining

Gish Fundraiser for Jarrod Monkley at The Winchester

Sidart Tasting Club at Sidart

Thursday

Kila Kokonut Krew presents Taro King at Mangere Arts Centre 

Starship Charity Fashion Show at Everbodys

Nana Night with Alaska at Alleluya Café

- Auckland Now

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