Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry comes alive at the Auckland Arts Festival this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 07/03/19

Grab the gals to celebrate International Women's Day with music, inspiring talks and icecream

The Pantograph Punch Talks
Inspiring voices will gather on Friday for an intimate breakfast chat for International Women’s Day. Hosted by Johanna Cosgrove, book in to be one of 20 guests to discuss any question that's weighing on your mind. Speakers include Miriama Kamo, Tracey McIntosh, Amber Curreen, Jackie Clark, Aych McArdle, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Cypris Afakasi, Sarah Longbottom, Grace Stratton, Ilana James, Leah Pao, Alison Mau, Alice Canton, Karamia Muller, Juliet Gerrard, Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai, JessB, Sacha Judd, and Ranjna Patel.
When: Friday March 8, 8am-9am   Where: Spiegeltent, Aotea Square   Tickets: $20-$30 at Aucklandfestival.co.nz

Kelmarna Garden’s Harvest Festival fires up this Sunday. Photo / Supplied

Kelmarna Harvest Festival
Kelmarna Gardens Harvest Festival fires up this Sunday with chefs from Orphans Kitchen, Cazador, Paris Butter and Culprit cooking a garden-inspired barbecue menu. Along with gardening workshops, live music, and a new Stone Soup Syndicate 'Food Matters’ discussion tent featuring talks from local growers and chefs. All proceeds will go towards Kelmarna Gardens' educational and therapeutic work.  
When: Sunday March 10, 10am-3pm   Where: 12 Hukanui Cres, Grey Lynn   Tickets: Free entry. Visit Kelmarnagardens.nz to book a wood-fired lunch meal and workshops.

Ima's Bday Party 
The Fort St institution is celebrating a decade of serving Aucklanders family-style Israeli cuisine this month. Thursday evening will host a women's only evening of food, drink, and belly dancing lessons for International Women's Day ($45). Friday kicks off with a family-friendly street party from 5pm with food, drinks and music entertainment ($55). Saturday evening will treat diners to a degustation of Yael's favourite Middle Eastern classics, desserts and matching wine ($80). We also hear the famous hot cross buns are now instore daily, and Easter orders can be taken. 
When: Thursday March 7 – Saturday March 9   Where53 Fort St, Downtown   Book: Email to info@imacuisine.co.nz or phone 09 377 5252  

Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Spark Arena
The American rockers will return to Auckland since last playing two sell-out shows in 2013. Tickets for both shows sold out in twenty minutes — lucky for those snapped them up quick. 
When: Friday March 8 – Saturday March 9, 7pm   Where: 42 Mahuhu Cres, Parnell

Lydia Cole at Edge Kingsland
Since living in Berlin for the past few years, musician Lydia Cole will perform on home turf off the back of her album release The Lay of the Land in 2017 and performing throughout Europe and the UK. 
When: Sunday March 10, 7:30pm-10pm   Where: 44 George Street, Mt Eden   Tickets: Undertheradar.co.nz

Nadia Reid (left) and The Sami Sisters will perfrom at The Milk & Honey Festival this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Milk and Honey Festival 
A new female-led music festival hits New Zealand this month in celebration of International Women’s Day. The Milk and Honey Festival will span four cities and five venues, over one night with more than 20 of Aotearoa’s most brilliant female and non-binary acts. The festival crew is also made up mostly of women. Auckland will hear from Tami Neilson, Nadia Reid, Julia Deans, Ria Hall and Sandy Mill at the Powerstation. The Sami Sisters, October, Wax Chattels, Carb on Carb and more will also perform at Whammy and Wine Cellar. 
When: Friday March 8    Visit: Milkandhoneyfestival.co.nz

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt at Q Theatre 
Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry explores her personal challenges with the intersection of New Zealand and Samoan cultures. For the upcoming Auckland Arts Festival, leading director Anapela Polata’ivao and an all-female cast of six Pasifika actors bring new life to the fearless material, which has previously won awards as a one-woman show (and a no-brainer addition to this year’s programme). Wild Dogs Under My Skirt is forward-thinking theatre that aims to challenge audience perception of culture, life and love, with plenty of humour.
When: Tuesday March 5 – Monday March 11   Where: 305 Queen St, Auckland Visit: Aucklandfestival.co.nz

Soaked Oats at La Zeppa 
Dunedin four-piece Soaked Oats are treating fans to free gigs throughout the country. This weekend's show in Auckland is bound to draw a crowd at rooftop favourite La Zeppa. 
When: Friday March 8, 8pm-12am   Where: 33 Drake Street, Victoria Park Market

Wild Stock at Anthology Lounge
Wellington’s Wild Stock will hit Auckland for the first time this Sunday, bringing its popular one-day festival of wild beer and wild wine. Come curious, there’s an adventurous array of natural, lo-fi and experimental wines and wild and sour beers on offer, and pizza from Presto Pizza. 
When: Sunday March 10, 12pm-6pm   Where:  375 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

Artist Ryder Jones presents his latest exhibition at Public Library. Photo / Supplied

Ryder Jones Exhibition at Public Library 
Public Library will host sculpture artist Ryder Jones' latest work When is Now which explores ideas around success, abundance, and going forth as a young person into the world. 
When: Friday March 8 – Saturday March 9    Where: 3 Scanlan Street, Grey Lynn

Russian High Tea at The Vodka Room 
The Vodka Room will take cue from Russia to celebrate International Women’s Day (a public holiday in the Motherland) and offer a luxury Russian high tea with caviar and Champagne over the weekend. The onsite karaoke rooms are also available for any Destiny's Child feels.
When: Friday March 8 – Sunday March 10   Where: 5 Rose Rd, Grey Lynn   Book: From $50 including 10 sweet and savoury items. Visit Vodkaroom.co.nz 

Don't miss the astounding new dance work by New Zealand choreographer Ross McCormack at the Auckland Arts Festival/ / Photo / Supplied

As It Stands at ASB Waterfront Theatre
New Zealand choreographer Ross McCormack has been inspired by the creations of American sculptor Richard Serra in this dance work which places eight dances in an intriguing steel-like landscape. 
When: Friday March 8 – Sunday March 10   Where: 138 Halsey St, Auckland

Duck Island on Ponsonby Rd
Hamilton icecream makers Duck Island will
 open its newest scoop shop in Ponsonby this Friday. We can't wait for the delicious and inventive icecream any time of the day. The vegan and dairy-free options are also a treat.
When: From Friday March 8    Where: 82 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby 

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