Catch A Flick, Sit Down To Stand-Up & More Fun Things For The Weekend
If the cold weather has you craving the indoors, look no further than a 24-hour movie marathon, or a China Gonzalez comedy show
Catch a flick
Avondale’s film stalwart The Hollywood has been hard at work to bring a programme of serious screenings this August featuring a roster of old favourites. See Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo ‘66, about a wrongly imprisoned ex-con whose idea of convincing his parents he’s spent the last five years in the country takes a kidnapping, tap-dancing turn (August 12); comic book movie Ghost World, the film adaptation of cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ enthralling magnum opus about outsider adolescence (August 18) featuring Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch; or Blake Edwards’ classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (August 29). There’s also the cinema’s 22nd annual 24-hour movie marathon this Saturday, August 7, from 2.30pm, averaging 12 to 14 movies from an array of genres. 20 Saint Georges Rd, Avondale.
Documentary lovers should book ahead for the award-winning film on five New Zealand teenagers as they combat climate change, High Tide Don’t Hide, as part of the Doc Edge Film Festival at Māngere Arts Centre. Stay after the film for a live Q&A with both the filmmakers and the activists. Thursday August 12 at 7pm. Tickets, $5, are available through Eventfinda. Corner Bader Dr and Orly Ave, Māngere, Auckland.
The Rialto Channel’s August releases are also worth seeing: There’s The Air of the Time, on the legacy of some of the most renowned women fashion designers of the past 100 years; the phenomenon of Air Jordan sneakers in One Man and His Shoes; and House of Cardin, a look at the life and designs of Pierre Cardin.
Check out The Flying Nun 40th Anniversary Show
To mark four decades of sky-high music, legendary label Flying Nun are showcasing a night of indie talent with local artists Aldous Harding, The Chills, Reb Fountain, The Bats, Voom and more. Saturday August 7 at 7pm. Tickets, $99, are available from Ticketmaster. Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield, Wellington.
Visit Classical on Cuba
Haven’t listened to a harp or trombone lately? Classical music returns once again to Wellington’s favourite Cuba Street for a festival of over 100 concerts at 20 venues. Expect opera, too. Saturday August 7 from 11.30am to 9.30pm; Sunday August 8 from 11.30pm to 5.45pm. Tickets are available from Classicaloncuba.co.nz. Various locations across Wellington.
Head to the Sackville Street Market
Find seconds, samples, and plenty of swoon-worthy ensembles at the Sackville Street Market, with garden-lovers online store Garden Objects, fashion label Daylight Moon Studios, Fiona Mackay Ceramics, Mei Lan swimwear, and nightdress experts The Moon Flowers. Sunday August 8 from 10am to 4pm. Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville St, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Sit down to stand-up
After sold-out shows at this year’s Comedy Festival, China Gonzalez’s one-hour stand-up comedy show, Better Than Tacos, is poised to be better than, well, rolled tortillas. Tuesday August 10 to Saturday August 14, with three nights in English and one night in Spanish. Tickets are available from iTicket. Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland central.
See Fala Muncher
Following the success of the 2018 series of the same name, Fala Muncher, a new iteration under director Amanaki Prescott-Faletau, is on now at the Basement Theatre. Hear short and snappy monologues from Lyncia Muller, Jaycee Tanuvasa and Disciple Pati as their performances explore the intersection of Pasifika and Queer identities. On now until Saturday August 14, at 8pm. Tickets from $18 to $38 from iTicket.co.nz. Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland central.
Have a pinot
Shed 10 will play host to this year’s Pinot Palooza, a festival of red tipples from wineries across Aotearoa, including Akarua, Ata Rangi, Craggy Range, Gibbston Valley, and Cloudy Bay, amongst others. Check out the pinot talks, and find food from Jess’ Underground Kitchen and Dough Boys. Saturday August 7 from 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm. Shed 10, Queens Wharf.
Visit the Devonport Winter Market
The Devonport Ferry Terminal is being transformed into a 50-stall strong market, whatever the weather. Spend the day perusing the area, and if you find yourself city-bound, make tracks for the last weekend of Olympics coverage at The Cloud afterward. Saturday August 7 from 9am to 2pm. Devonport Ferry Terminal, 1 Queens Parade, Devonport, Auckland.
Hear Emily Edrosa live
Emily Edrosa, formerly of band Street Chant, whose debut album won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards, returned to her hometown late last year with her first solo album in tow. Don’t miss her performance at East Street Hall this Thursday, August 12, from 9pm to 12am. 5 East St, Auckland central.
Reb Fountain is going on tour
Singer-songwriter Reb Fountain has just announced her Iris album release tour coming this November and December to Christchurch (November 25, Isaac Theatre), Dunedin (November 27, Glenroy Auditorium), Wellington (December 3, the Opera House), and Auckland (December 11, The Civic). Tickets go on sale at 11am tomorrow, Friday August 6, from Livenation.co.nz.