This Week: Auckland's best events

20:16, Sep 14 2012
THE WIGGLES: Performing in Auckland this week.

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

Main Event
Going West Festival: Books and Writers Weekend - starts Friday

This year, the theme for the Titirangi-based literary festival is "Almost Always: Never Quite", with a focus on balancing being a Kiwi and reaching international audiences.

And the line-up of authors ready to discuss it has a fair bit of experience in the subject: Emily Perkins, Paula Green, Tim Wilson, Hamish Keith and Nalini Singh are just a few.  The panels will discuss, read and offer insights into the life and art of being an author. Songwriters Dave Dobbyn and Chris Bourke will also take a look at the state of the lyric in New Zealand.

Going West Festival: Books and Writers Weekend at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, September 14 - 16.  Tickets from Eventfinder.

Free Stuff
Ponsonby Laughter Club

Stressed? Try laughing about it. The Ponsonby Laughter Club is one of a handful in Auckland who use breathing, gentle stretches and of course laughter to help lighten the load, reduce stress, and boost energy. After all, who doesn't feel better after a good giggle?

Ponsonby Laughter Club at Youthline House, Grey Lynn, September 15 at 10am. Entry is free.

Family Fun
The Wiggles - Saturday and Sunday

Anthony, Murray, Greg and Jeff - The Wiggles - have announced that 2012 will be their final year of touring together and Auckland get their goodbye this weekend.

Along with all their fun friends, and hit songs - and maybe even an introduction to the three new Wiggles - it's set to be a brightly-coloured weekend at Vector Arena. Get ready for the wiggliest goodbye you've ever seen Auckland.

The Wiggles at Vector Arena, September 15 and 16. Tickets from $35 from Ticketmaster.

Date Night
The 2013 NZ Firefighter Calendar launch

Get ready for a date night that is both fun and a fundraiser. The 2013 NZ Firefighter Calendar is ready to go and this is the first time in its 23-year history the hot hunks are celebrating with a party. There will be a catwalk-style show to launch both the male and female calendars - so everyone will be happy.

The 2013 NZ Firefighter Calendar launch at Twentyone, SkyCity, September 12 from 6.30pm. Tickets $28 from Ticketmaster.

Staying In/Going Out

Even people who hate Glee have admitted to loving The Glee Project. In true reality TV style, wannabe stars compete each week for a place on the hit show, singing and dancing their way into the script. And now, we have hit the finale. Who will make it through to be the next Rachel Berry or Finn Hudson?

Grey Lynn might have a plethora of cafes dotted around, but the addition of a new one is always welcomed. Richmond Larder is the latest and nestled into Richmond Rd, it is full of tasty treats well worth a try.

The Glee Project, Wednesday, 7.30pm on Four
Richmond Larder, 166 Richmond Rd

Best of the Rest

Musiq Soulchild at The Civic
World Vision Kids for Kids Happy Days at Bruce Mason Centre
Unitec Presents: Choreofest 2012 at Unitec Dance Studios

NZ-ED Show at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre
Iva Lamkum Black Eagle album release tour at 4:20, K Rd
The Gift at Maidment Theatre

The Eversons, Pikachunes, Princess Chelsea and Joseph Harper at Kings Arms
Young, Gifted and Broke at The Studio
The Eastern at Leigh Sawmill

Lyttelton Rough House Revival feat. Delaney Davidson, The Eastern and Lyndon Puffin at Whammy
International Red Panda Day at Auckland Zoo
Mika's Pop-Up Sale at the Mika Haka Foundation Studio, Mt Roskill

School of Music Piano Class - Debussy Extravaganza at the University of Auckland Music Theatre
St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra at St Matthew's in the City
Catz Inc Spring Fever cat show at Kelston Community Centre

Hairy Maclary Live on Stage at The Pumphouse. Takapuna

Auckland Fathers' Breakfast at SkyCity Convention Centre
Ticking Time Bomb at The Basement
Pole Aerial Fitness Classes at Viva Latino Studios

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