This weekend: Auckland's best events
Barfoot and Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final - all weekend
The ITU World Triathlon Series brings the word's best triathletes to Auckland for a series of races culminating in the world championship-deciding grand final at Queens Wharf.
Auckland's waterfront becomes the hub for the event, with course-side viewing spots up for grabs, along with your chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's best. Watch as they race over a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run all round the Auckland CBD. But be warned, many of the city's streets will be closed because of the event.
World Triathlon Grand Final, October 20 (women), 21 (men) and 22 (paratriatholon) at Queens Wharf. Entry is free.
Anne Frank: Film Screening and Talk - Wednesday
The Anne Frank exhibition is ending its tour around New Zealand at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This week, the acclaimed documentary, Anne Frank Remembered will be screened, followed by a talk from chief human rights commissioner David Rutherford and associate professor Dr Friedrich Voit, who will discuss the importance of communicating history and remembrance.
Anne Frank: Film Screening and Talk, 6pm October 17 at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Entry is free.
O Sole Mio - Saturday
An evening at the orchestra isn't always going to make for a fun time for the whole family. But New Zealand's new Pops Orchestra is trying to change that. The programme for this, just their second public concert, features everything from Puccini and Elgar right through to The Exponents and U2. The 55-piece orchestra will be joined by soloists including Will Martin and special guest Dr The Rt Hon Lockwood Smith, plus a choir of 150 Auckland students will also lend a hand.
O Sole Mio with the New Zealand Pop Orchestra, October 21 at Auckland Town Hall. Tickets from Buy Tickets.
The Bootleg Beatles - starts Thursday
They defined romance - after all, they want to hold your hand, they need you; they'll even let you drive their car, because all you need is love.
It might be more than 50 years since The Beatles had their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios, but The Bootleg Beatles are bringing the love of The Fab Four to the world - and have been for 33 years. Described as looking and sounding as good as the originals, these four are here for their debut NZ performance - and it's sure to bring the house down.
The Bootleg Beatles, from October 18 at the ASB Theatre. Tickets from Buy Tickets.
Long Weekend Special
Armageddon - starts Friday
Celebrity guests (think Game of Thrones, Babylon 5, Supernatural and the like), the latest offerings of the gaming world, manga, anime and cosplay. Armageddon has it all.
The biggest pop culture expo New Zealand hosts promises to be bigger and better than ever, with Hollywood stars and behind-the-scenes personalities out in force this weekend. And if you have ever dreamed of becoming a zombie, then this is where you need to be. More than 1000 people will have the chance to be transformed into the undead, for the biggest zombie-a-thon New Zealand's ever seen.
Armageddon, from October 19 at ASB Showgrounds. Tickets from the venue.
Staying In/Going Out
It feels like only yesterday. That special moment when we were having lunch at SPQR, when we squealed with fear at seeing THAT mouse, when we realised how pretty Jaime's hair really is. And now, The Ridges is over. A whole season gone in the blink of an eye. Only one question remains: will Jaime win her fight? (Oh and will we get a second season?)
If you love a good coffee (and who doesn't?) then the CBD has a new saviour. Black Monday is setting the pace in the world of caffeine and it's a bloody good pace at that. Worth a detour in the morning.
The Ridges, 7.30pm October 17 on TV3
Black Monday, 54 Fort St
Best of the Rest
Everclear at Juice Bar
Nicola Benedetti: NZSO Foundation Master Class at University of Auckland Music Theatre
8 Foot Sativa at Kings Arms
Bach Mass in B Minor at Auckland Town Hall
400kw Holden V8 Race Drive Experience at Pukekohe Park Raceway
Walters Prize Judge's Lecture: Mami Kataoka at Auckland Art Gallery
End of Daze: Loui The Zu, The Wyld, & Lydia Cole at AUSA Quad, Auckland University
Hot Chelle Rae and Cher Lloyd at Vector Arena
Welsh Singing Festival at St George's Anglican Church, Epsom
aKeTiNa 3-day rhythm workshop at St Kentigern School, Remuera
Walters Prize: The Winner at Auckland Art Gallery
Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams at Golden Dawn
Targa New Zealand Scrutineering Day 1 at Drury
Labour Day-Off Party at Kings Arms
Waiheke Island Labour Weekend 2 Buck Book Fair at Morra Hall
Manawa at The Basement
Auckland Jazz & Blues Club presents: Frank Gibson Group at Pt Chevalier RSA