The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society is in cinemas now. Picture / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 03/05/18

See a film, stand-up comedy, theatre or join a bustling block party this weekend

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
This new film tells the story of Juliet (Lilly James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer who receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club, started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet the delightfully eccentric literary club members. Viva has tickets to give away to this film, plus a $200 voucher for a meal at the delicious Cassia.
When: In cinemas now   Where: Various venues 

NZ International Comedy Festival
The NZ International Comedy Festival is taking over venues across the city at the moment and there's plenty of local and international talent worth catching. Our picks include Scottish comedian Fern Brady (who shared her beauty routine with us), Tom Sainsbury (one of our 'most fabulous' people of 2017). This week Billy T Nominee Alice Snedden, and Nic Sampson also joined us to chat about the festival and give us their top picks. 
When: Until Sunday May 20   Where: Various venues   Tickets:

Alice Snedden and Nic Sampson chatted to us about life as a comedian this week. Pictures / Supplied

LISTEN: Viva Talks Comedy Festival Podcast

Mrs Warren's Profession
Acclaimed theatre-maker Eleanor Bishop directs this re-telling of George Bernard Shaw's classic script. It stars Jennifer Ward-Lealand, whose daughter is shocked to find out that her mother runs brothels for a living. With warnings for its strong language, nudity, and adult themes, it's sure to be a riotous show that confronts themes of male privilege in thrilling fashion.
When: Until Wednesday May 16 Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre  Tickets:

Jennifer Ward-Lealand stars in Mrs Warren's Profession. Picture / Supplied

READ: Actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand's Beauty Routine

High Tea with Lorraine Downs
Hear from Lorraine Downs as she discusses her new book Life, Loss, Love, over a delicious high tea, followed by a book signing. You'll even come away from the relaxed afternoon with a luxury goodie bag worth $150.
Sunday May 6, 2pm-4pm   Where: Heritage Hotel, 35 Hobson St, City   Tickets: $79 from

Minnie St Block Party
Head along to Lot 23 in Eden Terrace this Saturday for a day filled with music and art. There will be performances by bands, songwriters and DJs throughout the day and a stall by art collective Good Exposure selling work from local painters and illustrators. 
Saturday May 5, 10am-4pm   Where: Lot 23, 23 Minnie St, Eden Terrace

Ponsonby Central Pop-up
Ethically focused home-grown labels are having a pop-up sale in Ponsonby Central this weekend with up to 50 percent off. Including clothing from fair trade and organic womenswear brands Arc & Bow and Bare Bones of Mt Maunganui-based label Mane Project. Handmade one-off items from Companion Co-design who create furniture and textile items with former refugees. And for those already anticipating a mid-winter escape, swimwear from Simma Studios made from high-quality recycled fabrics.
When: Saturday 5, Sunday 6 May, 9am-4pm   Where: Ponsonby Central, 136-146 Ponsonby Rd

Fair trade clothing from Mt Manganui based label Mane Project will be on offer at Ponsonby Central this weekend. Picture / Supplied

READ: Where to Shop Vintage and Secondhand Clothing

The Collective Fashion Hair Awards
Join the rush of hairdressers and fashion fans getting along to The Cloud this weekend, where top creatives will showcase their work at The Collective. This two-day interactive industry event includes the ticketed open-to-the-public Fashion Hair Awards on Sunday evening (from 6.30pm), at which you can see exclusive new capsule collections from leading local fashion labels Stolen Girlfriends, Zambesi, Huffer, Wynn Hamlyn and Knuefermann on the runway. Reality TV star and trainer Tabitha Coffey and celebrity stylist Matthew Collins will be judging the inaugural awards.
When: Sunday May 6, 6.30pm-10pm   Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf, City   Tickets: $120 from

More events to book and look forward to
Ayrlies Plant Fair, May 11-12
Auckland Writers Festival, May 15-20
No Such Thing as a Fish, May 19
Auckland Art Fair, May 23-27
Marlon Williams, May 25
Cellfish, June 18-24

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