7 Fun Things to Do This Weekend 05/05/16

Italian cinema, high tea and vintage markets are all happening this Mother's Day weekend


Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in Misunderstood, showing as part of the Italian Film Festival at Academy Cinemas. Picture / Still

1. The Italian Film Festival is in full swing at Academy Cinemas. Highlights include Bella Vita, which documents surfer, artist and environmentalist Chris Del Moro as he rediscovers his Italian homeland, and Misunderstood. Set in 1984 Rome, the film follows 9-year-old Aria on her escapades and stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as her mother.
— 44 Lorne St, Auckland CBD, various screenings throughout the weekend.

2. Treat Mum at Newmarket’s hidden gem Highwic House. The historic building is hosting a Mother’s Day High Tea in the billiard room - with classic club sandwiches, miniature cakes and a selection of teas.
— 40 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Sunday May 8.

3. As part of the Queens Wharf Block Party, Twice as Nice Markets will be hosting a pop up market. There will be a range of stalls, including vintage clothing, handcrafted pieces, homewares and accessories.
— Queens Wharf, Auckland Waterfront, Sunday May 8.

4. The Auckland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition opens this Saturday. Space to Dream: Recent Art from South America includes the diverse work of 41 South American artists across a range of mediums. Read our interview with exhibiting artist Lenora de Barros. 
— Auckland Art Gallery, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Sts, opens Saturday May 7.

5. Designer Lola Rose of label Perfume River is showing her latest pieces this Friday night at Fuzzy Vibes. Titled Reality Bites, expect more of her saccharine, mash-up aesthetic from the collection.
— Fuzzy Vibes, 151 Karangahape Rd, Auckland Central, Friday May 6.

6. If you’re looking for something special to do with your mother, head to historic home Alberton for a 90-minute perfume-making workshop. The class delves into the history of 19th Century fragrances made from simple floral and herbal extracts. Participants leave with a fragrance they have blended and get to enjoy afternoon tea on the verandah afterwards.
— Bookings $49 per person, ph (09) 846 7367.

7. Head along to Ponsonby's Golden Dawn for Art Ache, where artworks will be available to purchase at entry level prices - including a limited number for $50.
— Golden Dawn, Ponsonby, 5-8pm, Thursday May 5.

For more events, see our May culture guide.

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