This Week: Auckland's best events

23:50, Jan 15 2013
Elvis Costello
CIVIC SHOW: Elvis Costello plays Auckland this week.

Looking for something to do this weekend or in the days ahead? We check out Auckland's best events.

Main Event
Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Saturday

It's been 13 years since Elvis Costello was last in New Zealand, so his return this weekend is well overdue. An intimate show at the Civic Theatre will be a great way to welcome him back, as he works his way through a three decade-long back catalogue, including hits from 30-plus albums. He will be supported by local legend Don McGlashan.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters at The Civic, January 19. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

Free Stuff
Ironman 70.3 - Sunday

Get down to Wynyard Quarter to watch some of the world's finest triathletes compete in the new, annual Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship. The world champs-qualifying event will feature local stars Cameron Brown, Bevan Docherty and Terenzo Bozzone swimming around the harbour, cycling over the Harbour Bridge and running along the waterfront. The action kicks off at 6.30am and the final finisher should be done by 3pm.

Ironman 70.3 at Viaduct Events Centre, January 20. Entry is free.

Family Fun
Music in Parks: I Am Giant, Fire At Will, Ekko Park - Saturday

Rock fans rejoice - the free series of Music in Parks is about to heat up. Platinum-selling I Am Giant are heading home from much overseas success to team up with fellow bands Fire At Will and Ekko Park for an afternoon of loud music and sunshine - hopefully.

Music in Parks: I Am Giant and others at Three Kings Reserve, from 2pm on January 19. Entry is free.

Date Night
Open Late: Who Shot Rock & Roll - Tuesday

Don McGlashan is a busy man this week. Not only is he playing with Elvis Costello, but the Muttonbirds front man is the guest speaker at this late night showing of Auckland Art Gallery's latest exhibition. He'll be joined by live music from Dear Time's Waste and DJ Aroha Harawira.

Open Late: Who Shot Rock & Roll at Auckland Art Gallery, on January 22. Tickets $15 from the door.

Staying In/Going Out

It's based on a horrific true story, but the first part of Appropriate Adult was a stunning piece of TV drama last week. Now the final instalment is set to show just why Dominic West picked up awards for his turn as serial murderer Fred West.

The charming folks of Golden Dawn and food blog heaven Eat Here Now are teaming up for a very special Sunday lunch. Featuring the most delicious of meat-free dishes, this is the second in the Sunday Lunch series of shared meals prepared by the venue's chef, Becks Pilley.  

Appropriate Adult on TV One, Sunday 8.30pm.
Sunday Lunch II at Golden Dawn, Sunday from 1pm. Tickets $45 from

Best of the Rest

Band of Horses at Powerstation
Comedy Capers Summer Special feat. Simon McKinney at Sawmill Cafe
Fever Swing at Verona

Electrique Burlesque at Cassette Number Nine
SkyCity Breakers vs Wollongong Hawks at North Shore Events Centre
Julian Temple Band National Tour at 1885 Britomart

MUM Presents: The Sneaks at Cassette Number Nine
Tom Rodwell - Clinging to the Wreckage Tour 2013 at Wine Cellar

The Oratia Jungle Festival at Landsendt Sub-Tropical Gardens
German BBQ Festival at Beachlands Cafe
Dear Time's Waste, Luckless, The Map Room at Wine Cellar

Music in Parks presents The Gramophone Band at Auckland Domain Wintergardens
Summer Music Concert Series at Cornwall Park

School Holiday Cartoon Workshop at Highland Park Community House
Science Enthusiasts - Light Speed at Auckland War Memorial Museum

Hamlet - Shakespeare in the Park at The PumpHouse Theatre
Gardening Day - Dare to Explore at Birkenhead Library
Half Day Sea Kayak Tour to Motukorea / Browns Island at Fullers Ferry Terminal


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