This week: Auckland's best events
Ellie Goulding - Thursday and Friday
She's covered Elton John, is dating dubstep hero Skrillex and has won a Brit Award. Now UK darling Ellie Guolding is here to play to Kiwi fans for the very first time.
Hot on the release of her new album, Goulding's combination of electropop and folktronica sold out one show so quickly, another had to be added.
Now's your chance to be able to say "I saw her before she ruled the world".
Ellie Goulding, October 25 and 26 (sold out) at The Studio. Tickets $69.90 from Ticketmaster.
Waitakere Festival - Sunday
Music, food, shopping - sounds like the perfect day out. This festival "taking the West to the rest" is shaping up to be a bit of a winner, with stalls selling everything from pop-art to clothing, and bands like Coco Solid, Watercolours and The Clean's Robert Scott.
There will also be a bunch of stalls on site showcasing some worthy causes and projects for locals to volunteer for - even if it's just for the day.
Waitakere Festival, from 11.30am October 28 at Henderson Park. Entry is free.
Potted Potter - The Unauthorized Harry Experience - from Wednesday
Want to experience all seven Harry Potter books in just 70 minutes? Well, the good news is that it can be done. The even better news is this world-wide sell out, award-winning show is fantastically funny and cunningly clever. There's even a real life game of Quiddich and a fire-breathing dragon (although, that one may not be genuine).
Potted Potter, runs October 24 - 27 at Bruce Mason Centre. Tickets from $60 at Ticketmaster.
An Afternoon of Duke and Ella - Sunday
From back when music really said something, the Queen City Big Band is performing all the hits from Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. The QCBB is made up of some of the finest young jazz musicians in Auckland, and they know their stuff.
An Afternoon of Duke and Ella, 2.30pm October 28 at Hawkins Theatre, Papakura. Tickets $20 on the door.
Staying In/Going Out
If the price of seeing 3D films has driven you to buy your very own 3D TV, then get the popcorn ready, you have a lot of DVD watching to do. Not only have Finding Nemo, Titanic and Prometheus been released in 3D recently, but Avatar is out today. Who would watch old-fashioned telly every again.
If there is the chance to combine a few nibbles with a few giggles, then surely that must be pounced upon. This week the dinner is courtesy of Hotel DeBrett's Kitchen Restaurant, and the funnies are provided by Brendan Lovegrove and Steve Wrigley. Sounds like a recipe for a great night out.
Avatar 3D is out now. Comedy in the Kitchen, October 25 from 6.30pm at Kitchen Restaurant, Hotel DeBrett. Tickets $89 from the venue. Bookings required.
Best of the Rest
Red Leap Theatre Presents: Paper Sky at Mangere Arts Centre
The Parenting Show with Pio at Naike Community Hall, Tuakau
Gomez at Powerstation
Billy TK Jnr Blues Benediction Album Launch at Dida's, Devonport
New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year Awards at Auckland Museum
Evermore at Juice Bar, Parnell
The Baby Show at ASB Showgrounds
Spooky Men's Chorale with Stephen Taberner at Auckland Town Hall
Gunslinger's Ball at Powerstation
Monster Firework Display at Kumeu Showgrounds
Impact Pro Wrestling: Rival Turf at Lynfield Recreation Centre
Waiheke Book Festival at Waiheke Island
Taste of Japan 2012 at Auckland Museum
Auckland Fetish Ball 2012 at Studio
Public Taiko Workshop at Auckland Music Theatre, Western Springs
Super7s Rugby Tournament at Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve
Carnival (Family Concert) at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre
The Isla Grant Show at Bruce Mason Centre
The Brain Matters: Progress Through Research at Bruce Mason Centre
Unwrap the Music: Fireworks at Auckland Town Hall
Theatre Macabre at Q Auckland