This weekend in Auckland

19:52, Aug 17 2012
AXMAN: Former Guns 'N Roses guitarist and solo performer Slash will play in Christchurch on Sunday.

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

Main Event

Slash - Friday

He is the guitarist behind Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, the one with the unforgettable hair and top hat. And Slash is in Auckland for one night only.

The legendary axe-man was named Time magazine's runner-up in the 10 Best Electric Guitar Players list, while Guitar World ranked his November Rain solo at number six on their list of greatest solos of all time. Performing a set list of songs old and new, this is a show no guitar-fan can afford to miss.

Slash at Vector Arena, August 17.  Tickets from $129 from Ticketmaster.

Free Stuff

Unitec Tree Planting Day - Sunday

The New Zealand screen industry uses tonnes of paper every year, and this weekend they are giving back to the environment.

As a university for people training towards careers in the screen industry, Unitec is taking matters into their own hands with a day of tree planting.  All green-fingered Aucklanders are welcome. BYO spade.

Unitec Tree Planting Day at the Mt Albert campus, Entry 3, Carrington Rd, August 19 from 11am. Entry is free.

Family Fun


Sky Tower Turns 15 - all weekend

It's hard to believe, but the beacon of Auckland is celebrating its 15th birthday.  The Sky Tower is now an iconic feature of the Auckland skyline, and this weekend everyone is invited to help mark the occasion.

Admission to the tower is discounted; there will be free ice creams, cheap sky jumps for the very brave and exciting special appearances through the weekend.

Sky Tower turns 15, all weekend from 8.30am.  Admission for the tower is $15 for adults, $8 for kids and under 5s are free.

Date Night

Salsa Ball - Saturday

Get your dancing shoes on Aucklanders, it's time to salsa.  Back for the 5th year, the Salsa Ball is heading to the Amazon for 2012 - the theme is jungle fever, so dress for adventure.

With a buffet dinner, huge dance floor, and a live, five-piece Latin band, the stage is set for a wild night.

Salsa Ball at The Manhattan Catering and Function Centre, Mt Roskill, August 18.  Tickets $75.

Staying In/ Going Out

Love him or hate him, Ricky Gervais can tell a good story.  Cemetery Junction is just another example of this. Set in the 1970s, Gervais is only a background player in this tale of growing up.  But what he does behind the camera (and for a moment on screen) all adds up to a lovely film.

Apart from sticking it on a spit, what do you do with a whole pig?  Soul Bar are trying their best to figure that out as they break down the whole animal and create a menu using every single part, from the ears to the tail.

Cemetery Junction, TV One on Saturday, 10.30pm

Patio, Pig and Pinot: A Journey From Nose to Tail, Soul Bar on Saturday. Tickets $75.

Best of the Rest


Westpac's Opera in Concert: Verdi's Nabucco at the Town Hall

Variety Monster Book Fair at Alexandra Park Raceway

Hong Kong Film Festival at Rialto Cinema


NZSO Cathedral of Sound at the Town Hall

Pharcyde at Studio, K Rd

Great North and Watercolours at Golden Dawn


Jeff Dunham at Vector Arena

Daffodil Sundays at Cornwall Park

St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra at St Matthews-in-the-City


Nestle Toque d'Or at ASB Showgrounds

Restaurant and Bar Show at ASB Showgrounds

Table Tennis at Tyler St Garage


One Night in Central at Botswana Butchery

Magnolia Street at Bruce Mason Centre

New Zealand Culinary Fare Open Day at ASB Showgrounds


Sam Hunt at Didas

A Taste of La Gavroche at The Grove

John Scoot in Concert with Musica Scara at the Town Hall


An Art Auction Evening with Vincent Ward at TSB Bank Arts Centre in Pah Homestead

Oh What a Night: A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Bruce Mason Centre

The (English) Beat at the Powerstation

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