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The CSO present The Topp Twins
The CSO present The Topp Twins

Beck Eleven looks at the weekend's events and beyond. 

Crafty Christchurch

All your crafty needs in one spot. Craft retailers including Aroha Vintage, Art of Sewing, Berry Patch Cottage, Cottonfields Quilting Quarters and The Rowan Tree plus many others will be selling their wares and answering your craft questions. Today, 10am to 6pm. Geo Dome in Hagley Park, entrance off Park Tce. Tickets $5, children 12 and under, free.

Canterbury Patchwork and Quilting exhibition

The Canterbury Patchwork and Quilting guild is holding its bi-annual exhibition of art, bed and wall quilts. Today and tomorrow, 10am to 4pm. Canterbury Horticultural Hall, 57 Riccarton Ave.

Antiques & Collectibles Fair

The Christchurch Antique Bottle and Collectibles Club is hosting its annual fair with displays and sales tables of china, pottery, toys, retro, art deco, Kiwiana, Victoriana, jewellery, kitchenalia, bottles and vintage advertising. Today, 10am to 4pm, Free appraisals 1pm - 3pm. Canterbury Table Tennis Centre, 294 Blenheim Rd (opposite The Warehouse). Adults, $5, children, free.

Book and game sale

Prebbleton's All Saints Church is having a book sale as a fundraiser. Check out the bargain books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles. Today 9am to 4pm, Prebbleton Community Hall, Springs Rd. Eftpos available.

CSO presents the Topp Twins

Country meets classical in this collaboration between the Topp Twins and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for an evening of music and comedy. Tonight, 7.30pm, CBS Canterbury Arena. Tickets $10 to $35 from Ticketek.

Canterbury Plainsmen Barbershop Chorus

Hear 50 men in chorus, three barbershop quartets plus featured artist Nick Dow singing the Sing into Spring concert. Tonight, 7.30pm. Villa Maria College Hall, Peer St, Upper Riccarton. Tickets, $20 or $15.

Writers' Festival

From Thursday until September 2, The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival is back to celebrate the literary world, books and authors from overseas and home. Writers, poets, bloggers and best- selling authors will be in the city to share their stories and answer your questions. Guests include Kate Grenville (The Secret River), Joanne Drayton (The Search for Anne Perry), John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) plus Tim Wilson, Chris Cleave, Martin van Beynen, Emily Perkins and more. Bookings online.

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