What's On: Auckland's best events

20:13, Oct 31 2012
War of the Worlds
WAR OF THE WORLDS: One of the most iconic musicals of all time is coming to Auckland.

Main Event
War of the Worlds - from Thursday

One of the most iconic musicals - complete with live performances, animation and special effects - is taking residence at Auckland's Stardome. Based on HG Wells' classic science fiction story, Jeff Wayne's take on War of the Worlds will be staged inside the planetarium dome where martians will loom over the audience, complete with heat rays, smoke and special effects.

War of the Worlds, from November 1 at Stardome Observatory and Planetarium. Tickets $50 from iTicket.

Free Stuff
Pacifica Living Arts Festival - starts Saturday

This week long celebration of Pacific culture has been around for almost 20 years, combining the best in arts, crafts, food and traditional performances. Kicking off on Saturday with a free community celebration, the week also features the Auckland Multi-Cultural Schools Festival, with more than 30 schools performing, plus cultural workshop programmes and a Pollywood night to wind things up next Friday.

Pacifica Living Arts Festival, from November 3 at Corban Estate in Henderson. Entry is free.

Family Fun
Parnell Festival of Roses - Saturday and Sunday

Spring is well and truly here, and the blooms are out to prove it. This weekend, radio and TV bugman Ruud Kleinpaste will share advice on gardening and bug-related news. There will also be performances by the Auckland City Brass Band, Johnny Casino and the Gamblers and the Samoan Tatau Dance Group, and a kid's area packed with flower fairies and face painting.

Parnell Festival of Roses, November 3 -4, 12 - 6pm at the Parnell Rose Gardens. Entry is free.

Date Night
Art Week Speed Dating - Wednesday

Bored of making small talk about your hobbies and job on the dating circuit? Why not date an artist - even if it's only for a night. As part of Art Week, you can sit down with art experts like Hamish Keith and Rob Garrett who can answer all your burning questions: Why is art worth money? How do you start a collection?   

Art Week Speed Dating, October 31, 6 - 8pm at St Kevin's Arcade, K Rd. Entry is free but registrations required - email dating.artweek@gmail.com for more information

Staying In/Going Out

If your invite got lost in the mail, never fear. TV One will screen Saturday's New Zealand TV Awards on Sunday night. Whose red carpet look will rule them all? Will Go Girls beat Nothing Trivial? So many questions.

And back on the topic of Art Week: the worlds of art and food have combined to create ArtDEGO, a five-course degustation meal created by five chefs and five artists, who have paired up to make something beautiful enough to eat.  

New Zealand TV Awards on TV One, November 4 at 10.30pm.
ArtDEGO, November 4, 7pm at The Nathan Club.  Tickets $150 from www.gatherandhunt.co.nz

Best of the Rest

Galulolo: Tsunami at Mangere Arts Centre
Living Room 2012: Back of the Bus at Q
Bitchin' Bingo & Halloween Show at Cassette Number Nine

Brel at Auckland Town Hall
Little Shop of Horrors at Q
New Zealand Music Awards at Vector Arena

Mumford and Sons at Vector Arena
The Healthy Living Show at Viaduct Events Centre
The Bats at Leigh Sawmill Cafe
SkyCity Breakers vs. Sydney Kings at North Shore Events Centre

Black Keys at Vector Arena
Heath Franklin's Chopper at SkyCity Theatre
Open Night at Western Springs Speedway

The Gluepot Reunion show feat. Dragon at Powerstation
Scandinavian Christmas Market at Danish House, Penrose
Tiny Ruins at Leigh Sawmill Cafe
John Rowles at SkyCity Casino
Ben Harper at ASB Theatre
Raw Comedy Night at The Classic
Viva Jazz Quartet at The Windsor Castle

Radiohead at Vector Arena
The Actors Programme present: 13 at Basement Theatre
Melbourne Cup Day at Ellerslie Racecourse


OUT OF THIS WORLD: The Auckland Stardome will host iconic musical War of the Worlds.

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