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