Tilda Swinton as JKL Berensen in 'The French Dispatch'. Photo / Supplied

View The Masterworks Of Rita Angus & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Get lost in a fictional French city with Wes Anderson, browse a gallery and eat a sweet bun

See The French Dispatch
After a string of delays, Wes Anderson's much-anticipated "love letter to journalists" has arrived on our screens across the country, with a formidable cast (Timothee Chalamet, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, Lea Seydoux, Adrien Brody, and Saoirse Ronan, to name a few) and a cloud of clout (read: its nine-minute standing ovation at the 74th Cannes Film Festival).

Visit Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist at Te Papa
On from December 18 to April 25, and free to the public, this exhibition features some of the pivotal New Zealand painter’s most famous work, including self-portrait Rutu, and her landscapes of Central Otago. While you're there, attend a Rita Angus high tea, full of dainty pastries, from 11am to 2.30pm. You can also plan ahead for an open day at the artist's cottage garden on February 5  bring a picnic and some pencils. For more information visit Tepapa.govt.nz. Wellington city centre

Watch Emily in Paris
Tres chic! Season two of the hotly talked-about Parisian drama starring Lily Collins as the somewhat clueless, croissant-snapping marketing exec Emily Cooper launches soon. For those initially transfixed with her French exploits — not to mention her fashion and her co-stars Ashley Park, Camille Razat and Lucas Bravo — tune in to Netflix from Wednesday, December 22.

Have a cookie from Sugar and Tempt
What began as a lockdown project has flourished into a successful pop-up and customers have caught on to the deliciousness of Sugar and Tempt’s New York-style cookies. Inspired by NYC’s world-famous Levain cookies — a light and fluffy mix of chocolate chip and walnut, Sugar and Tempt’s version are crunchy, soft and gooey all at the same time. Sugarandtempt.co.nz

Sample some brioche at Bunanza
Located in Sandringham and delivering to nearby suburbs, Bunanza specialises in brioche buns rolled around a buttery spice filling (like a cinnamon bun). The velvety icing topping in orange cream cheese, vanilla and brown butter with salted almonds perfectly atop each bun makes these creations truly Instagram-worthy, and irresistible. Bunanza.co.nz

Get jazzed on Waiheke
Waiheke restaurant Casita Miro has put together its 2022 jazz series, and it’s a “supper club” experience with performers on Fridays, including singer Cousin Alice, musical quintet Carnivorous Plant Society, and pianist Jonathan Crayford. Tickets from $125. For more information visit Casitamiro.co.nz3 Brown Rd, Waiheke, Auckland

Try Andiamo’s new summer menu
Think creamy burrata with aubergine caponata, heirloom cherry tomato and basil or Hawke’s Bay lamb meatballs, and agnolotti with lemon ricotta, fava bean, fresh peas, pine nuts and mint from the Herne Bay hot spot. Discover the full menu at Andiamoeatery.co.nz. 194 Jervois Rd, Ponsonby

BOOK AHEAD

Check out a film festival
Boutique Avondale cinema The Hollywood joins forces with city stalwart Academy Cinemas for In The Shade, a special film festival for Tāmaki Makaurau from January 19 to February 2, showcasing some of the best films off the circuit, from Sundance to Cannes and Toronto (think Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tilda Swinton-studded Memoria, Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, road trip movie Zola, psychological drama Nitram, and more). For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit Academycinemas.co.nz or Hollywoodavondale.nz.

Watch Quant
Perhaps it was the collective consciousness at play or maybe mere coincidence but around the time London’s V&A was putting together its exhibition on Mary Quant (which is now showing at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and should not be missed), Sadie Frost was making her feature-length documentary on the same subject. In Quant, the British actor, director and producer charts the designer’s cultural legacy. The film features archival footage (including scenes of the designer gleefully chopping into hemlines), re-enactments from actor Camilla Rutherford as Mary, and appearances from Vogue editor Edward Enninful, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, supermodel Kate Moss and Orlando Plunkett-Greene, the son of the now 91-year-old icon. British critics have described the film as “a must-see”, a “lively tribute” and “a sleek and stylish portrait”. Quant screens at the Bridgeway cinema from December 31. Bridgeway.co.nz

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