Fun Things to Do This Weekend 18/05/17

From a perfume workshop to the comedy and writers' festivals, there's plenty to get you out of the house this weekend

Visit Amy & Eliav's pop-up store at Ponsonby Central if you need a new lead for Rover. Picture / @amyeliav

1. Amy & Eliav Pop-Up Store
Melbourne designers Amy Cosson and Eliav Meltzer, aka Amy & Eliav, are currently showcasing their men's and women's clothing, leather goods and canine accessories, including the stylish leads pictured, at a pop-up store in Ponsonby Central. Using high quality leathers, linen and wool, their clothing and homeware lines are made using sustainable processes. 
• Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby Rd, until Sunday May 21. 

2. #Scentart
Auckland Art Gallery is collaborating with Perfume Playground founder Samantha Copland for a #Scentart event next weekend. Discover your personal fragrance palette during the three-hour perfume workshop at the gallery, and leave with five scent vials, a colour mood wheel, and a 20ml fragrance.
• Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Sts, Auckland Central, Saturday May 20. Tickets, $180 which include a year-long gallery membership valued at $50, are available at Eventfinda

3. Rupi Kaur at Auckland Writers Festival 
The long-awaited annual Auckland Writers Festival is underway and one of the event's biggest drawcards is best-selling Canadian poet, multimedia artist, and spoken word performer Rupi Kaur, author of milk and honey. Rupi's main show and pop-up show are both sold out but there are still tickets to the Best of the Best: Spoken Word Showcase on Saturday which she is appearing at.
• Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland Central, Saturday May 20. Tickets, $20, from Ticketmaster.

4. Airwolf
As well as Amy & Eliav, another Melbourne visitor in town this weekend to perform a set of house music on the rooftop of Tom Tom Bar and Eatery is Airwolf. The DJ will be supported by Dick "Majik" Johnson, Bavhu and Illum — check out some of his tunes on Soundcloud for a taste of the night to come.
• 27 Drake St, Freemans Bay, Friday May 19, 5pm-10:30pm. Tickets, $25, from The Ticket Fairy

5. Retro Rouse Show and Shine
Bike enthusiasts can leave the lycra at home on Saturday and indulge their cycling passion from two legs instead of two wheels at the inaugural Retro Rouse event. This is a collectors' and enthusiasts' get-together to appreciate retro and eclectic steel frame racing bikes from around the world. Collectors are encouraged to bring along their bikes from 9am, while the doors to the public are open from midday until 4pm. Some of the bikes you'll see include Merkx, Moser, and vintage NZ Olympic racing bikes, and there will be collectible racing jerseys on show and more. Plus, there are spot prizes decided by public vote for best dressed, best racing bike, best track bike and best bike in show.
• Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn St, Freemans Bay, Saturday May 20. $5 per bike to display / $5 entry to show. Kids free. Visit retrorouse.co.nz or Facebook.com/retrorousenz

6. Last Laughs
The New Zealand International Comedy Festival has almost run its course in Auckland for the year, but there's still time to find tickets to the odd show which hasn't completely sold out. One of the best offerings this weekend is Last Laughs hosted by Jesse Griffin, which sees stand-up comedy from the five Billy T Award nominees and the three Fred Awards finalists as they battle for the Billy T Yellow Towel and the Fred Gumboot respectively. There will also be some surprise guests on the night.
• SkyCity Theatre, 78 Victoria St West, Auckland Central, Sunday May 21, 7pm-9pm. Tickets, $47, at Ticketek.

7. Connections — Reflections Exhibition
Queens Wharf Village reopens to the public this weekend following the World Masters Games with a photography exhibition entitled Connections — Reflections. The exhibition is the culmination of the work of seven photographers who worked alongside industry heavyweight Tom Ang to "shoot, curate and create a poetic reflection of the city they love". On Friday and Saturday, from 11.30am-2pm, there will be music from a DJ and food available from Kapai, St Pierre's Sushi, Cinta Malaysian, The White Lady, Wolf Coffee and Grab 'More. The first 100 people through the gates on Friday will receive a $10 voucher to use at any of the food vendors on site.
• 85-89 Quay St, Auckland Central, Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20, 11.30am-2pm. Visit Queens-wharf.co.nz

LOOKING AHEAD
Future events to book and look forward to

Tiki Taane Mahuta, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland Central, May 29
Finn Andrews (The Veils) Solo Performance, Golden Dawn, Ponsonby, June 18
New Zealand Opera: Carmen, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland Central, June 22-July 1

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