Fun Things to Do This Weekend 21/09/2017

From a vegan festival to cabaret, there is no excuse to stay at home this weekend


The Chocolate and Coffee Show will get your tastebuds humming this weekend. Picture / Supplied

1. Auckland Live International Cabaret Season 
It's raining cabaret shows in Auckland this weekend as part of Auckland Live's International Cabaret Season, on until October 1. Velvet, at Q Theatre, fuses disco, dance and circus into one heck of a stage show encompassing "dazzling acrobatics, disco divas and seductive chanteuses"; while The Sound of Falling Stars at Auckland Town Hall features covers of great musicians of times gone by performed by Australian star Cameron Goodall. Some of the artists you'll hear include Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Tim and Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake and Kurt Cobain. Over at The Basement, Super HUGH-Man is a one-man play performed by Rutene Spooner and directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand, about a Maori boy's fascination with Wolverine
• Visit Aucklandlive.co.nz

2. Vegan Vibes, Mt Maunganui
Now is a good time to learn about living sustainably and change our everyday living habits for the better. Mt Maunganui's Vegan Vibes aims to bring people together with community groups, businesses and local government, educating and entertaining through food, products, talks, performance and exhibitions.
• Soper Reserve, 95 Newton St, Mt Maunganui, Saturday September 23. Tickets from $6 at Eventfinda.co.nz (children 12 and under are free).

3. The Chocolate and Coffee Show
Celebrate two tasty vices this weekend at The Chocolate and Coffee Show. Hosted by Mike Puru, guests can check out the latest products, skills and techniques from New Zealand's best chocolatiers and coffee roasters. There will also be talks by chef Julie Le Clerc, chocolatiers Karl Hogarth and Stu Jordan and Homestead chef Sam Mannering, and workshops teaching the likes of barista skills, latte art and cupcake decorating. 
• The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24, 9am-5pm. Tickets from $18.50 at Eventbrite (children 12 and under are free).

4. Soul Punch
Viaduct favourite Soul Bar & Bistro is bringing back its Soul Punch party this Sunday, promising dining, dancing and lots of fun. DJs including Peter Urlich and Lewis McCallum will be providing the entertainment, the Mumm champagne will be flowing, and there are sharing style dishes to nibble on in between cutting shapes on the dancefloor. This sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday if you ask us.
• Viaduct Harbour, Sunday September 24, 12-6pm. Tickets, $75, includes a glass of Mumm and a four-course sharing-style lunch (minimum of four people per table). Ph (09) 356 7249 or email enquiries@soulbar.nz. Visit Soulbar.co.nz

5. AJ Tracey
West London grime artist AJ Tracey rolls into town this weekend for a show at Neck of the Woods. The 23-year-old breakout star, who has collaborated with the likes of Denzel Curry, Rick Ross and A$AP Rocky, is touring off the back of his latest track LA4AWEEK featuring Swoosh God (A$AP Mob) and Sloan Evans. See the video below.
• Neck of the Woods, 155b K Rd, Friday September 22, 10pm-4am. Tickets $35 from The Ticket Fairy

6. Crown Lynn Market Day
Hamilton is the place to be this weekend for Crown Lynn lovers, with a one-off indoor market on Sunday. Bring plenty of cash and bubble wrap to get your treasures home in one piece. 
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The Hardy Centre, Hungerford Cres, Hamilton, Sunday September 24, 9am-2pm

7. The Boy Next Door
It's Nick Cave's 60th birthday and you get the presents Auckland, with The Boy Next Door, a show featuring Reb Fountain, Dave Khan, Ben Woolley, Dylan Storey and Logan Compaign performing the great singer/songwriter's back catalogue. 
The Wine Cellar, St Kevins Arcade, Friday September 22, 8pm. Tickets, $20, from Undertheradar.co.nz

LOOKING AHEAD
Things to book and look forward to

Tempo Dance Festival, Q Theatre, Auckland, from October 4
Live Well Festival, The Cloud, Auckland, October 14-15
Taste of Auckland, Western Springs, November 16-19
The xx — I See You Tour, Trusts Arena, January 11
Laneway Festival, Albert Park, January 29

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