What's on in Auckland this week

WILD THING: Frontman of the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger.
WILD THING: Frontman of the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger.

Main Event
Coldplay: The Mylo Xyloto Tour - Saturday

One of the biggest bands in the world is heading to Auckland to headline a stadium show in New Zealand for the first time.

Mt Smart Stadium will be full to the brim on Saturday for Coldplay's return. The seven-time Grammy Award winners are no strangers to New Zealand, having played here a handful of times including a trip to Mt Smart in 2001 for the Big Day Out. This time, however, promises to be the biggest and best. Here's hoping the weather holds.

Coldplay at Mt Smart Stadium, November 10. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

Free Stuff
Wattie's Cans Film Festival - Wednesday

Now in its 19th year, this film festival is one of a kind. Rather than paying to see the latest art-house flick, audiences can swap a can of food for a ticket instead. All cans go to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. Last year more than 45,000 cans were donated and this year organisers are hoping for even more.

Wattie's Cans Film Festival at cinemas around Auckland, November 7. Entry by can donation.

Family Fun
Big Boys Toys - starts Friday

BMX, stunt cars, fighter jets, drift cars and a flying man. The annual Big Boys Toys has everything thrill-seekers and the average Joe could want in one weekend, including the New Zealand launch of the Flyboard-X. All that and an on site pub with live bands and food, plus a pool-table challenge.

Big Boys Toys at ASB Showgrounds, November 9 - 11. Entry $20 on the gate.

Date Night
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History - starts Saturday

More than 100 photographers and 173 photos of every one from Amy Winehouse to Mick Jagger and Elvis. This is the first time the exhibition has travelled outside of the States. It's like taking your significant other to a gig, but better (there are no sweaty, drunk people - except the ones in the pictures).

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History at Auckland Art Gallery, from November 10. Earlybird tickets are $12.

Staying In/Going Out

Ever wondered what Summer from the OC has been doing since the TV show stopped being a big thing? Turns out she's got herself a new show - Heart of Dixie - where she plays a New York doctor living in a small southern town. It's fluff, but it's better than you imagine.

If you want something with a bit more substance then get yourself to Riverhead. This Saturday, the Hallertau Brewbar is hosting the Chili and Hop Festival. Beer and hot food - it's a natural (and perfect) combination. And for the brave souls, there is even a chili-eating competition.

Heart of Dixie on TV2, 5.30pm, November 11. Chili and Hop Festival at Hallertau Brewbar, Riverhead from 2pm, November 10.

Best of the Rest

Dancespace Tap & Hip Hop Concert 2012 at Bruce Mason Centre
Bond Skyfall New Zealand Premiere at Hoyts Cinema: Sylvia Park

AUT Rookie Fashion Show at Shed 15, Lower Deck
Kohi Summer Swim Series at Kohimarama Beach

Fast5 Netball World Series at Vector Arena
Rising Stars at Trusts Stadium Arena, Henderson
Southside Comedy at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre
New Telepathics at Golden Dawn

Coatesville Charity Garden Tour at Coatesville Country Gardens
Auckland Choral - Bach Magnificant at Holy Trinity Cathedral
Auckland Carnival 2012 at Glenn Innes Town Centre

APO Open Day at Trusts Stadium Arena, Henderson
Armistice Day at Auckland Museum
Auckland Retro Fair at Alexandra Park Raceway
John Rowles - Acoustic and Hits Up Close at SkyCity Casino

Spend an Hour with Ian Rankin at Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna
MAINZ Tour 2012 at Kings Arms

Who Shot Rock & Roll: Late Session at Auckland Art Gallery
Touché Amoré (U.S.A.) at Zeal, Henderson
Eigengrau at The Basement
Sea Shepherd Fundraiser at Galatos

ROCK CHICK: 173 photos of everyone from the late Amy Winehouse, above, to the Rolling Stones appear at the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition.
ROCK CHICK: 173 photos of everyone from the late Amy Winehouse, above, to the Rolling Stones appear at the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition.

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