7 Fun Things to Do This Weekend 28/04/16

Get out and about this weekend with comedy, musicals and open streets

Fish Fish. Picture / Supplied.

1. Fish Fish and Burger Burger are coming together for a new restaurant, opening on Friday in Takapuna at Fortieth & Hurstmere. All of the Burger Burger favourites will be on the menu, as well as an extended offering from Ponsonby’s Fish Fish that opened earlier this year. The drinks menu has also grown with an organic-focused wine list, Champagne, cocktails and boutique beers such as Garage Project, Liberty Brewing and Leigh Sawmill.
— 40 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, opening Friday April 22.

2. From Saturday, Victory Books will be taking up residence in Eugenie’s Ponsonby store. The collection is made up of art, fashion and photography publications, ranging from $5 to $1200. Marfa Journal Issue 5 is also exclusively launching on our shores through the store. To celebrate the launch there will be coffee and donuts from 10am-12pm
— 51 Mackelvie St, Ponsonby, opening Saturday April 30.

3. Depot Artspace has three exhibitions opening this Saturday. Seen & Heard celebrates May as NZ Music Month; Expanding Horizons showcases Anja Purolainen's painted works, and retrospective Remembering Penny Evans looks at the work of the Devonport local.
—28 Clarence St, Devonport, opening Saturday April 30.

4. Stay in and watch Netflix’s documentary series Cooked. Over four episodes, author and journalist Michael Pollan uses the four elements — fire, water, air and earth — to explore the evolution of food, looking at traditional preparation techniques and how those have been manipulated to suit large-scale operations. While being visually stunning and insightful, the series urges us to reconnect with our primal instincts and reclaim useful traditions that are gradually slipping away. Watch the trailer here:

5. Head along to one of the many Comedy Festival shows on this weekend, including Jesse Griffin’s Sex With Horses, which pokes fun at art culture, and Guy Williams’ exploration of privilege in 2016 with Started From the Top. Be in on the joke with one of these funny T-shirts.
—Various venues throughout the country, until May 15.

6. Flashdance the musical is now on at The Civic, perms and all. Throwing back to the 80s with hits such as What a Feeling and I Love Rock & Roll, the story follows Alex Owens on her quest to becoming a professional dancer, all the while spending her days working in a Pittsburgh steel mill.
—The Civic, on now until May 1.

7. First Thursdays collaborates with Open Streets to close K' Rd to cars, from 12–7pm on Sunday. The street will be transformed into a playground for the public, with the community on board with live music, markets, performance art, food and coffee. 
— Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD, Sunday May 1.

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