There are stars galore in a new documentary about top shoe designer Manolo Blahnik. Picture / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 24/05/18

Visit the Auckland Art Fair, see a mesmerising doco or catch Marlon Williams performing this weekend

Auckland Art Fair
This week's Viva contains everything you need to know about the Auckland Art Fair, which continues until Sunday. Forty local and international galleries, as well as publishers, bakers and baristas, will be at the Fair, making it worthwhile whether or not you're in the market for a new work. There are discussions and events planned for each day, one of which invites you to have a chat with artist John Reynolds about any topic you fancy. 
Until Sunday May 27   Where: The Cloud, 89 Quay Street  Visit:

READ: Auckland Art Fair 2018: Emerging Talent To Know 

Auckland Art Fair artist Christina Pataialii's Kingi (detail), 2018, acrylic, house paint, spray paint and charcoal on drop cloth, 3450 x 2500mm. Picture / Supplied

Documentary Edge Festival
Be informed, inspired and moved by the amazing films showing at this year's Documentary Edge Festival. Our picks include The Gospel According to Andrea look at the importance of bar culture in Bar Talks By Schumann and Coco's, a short film about Auckland's own Coco's Cantina. Complicit looks at the disturbing impact of working in Apple's factories, while lighter sessions such as Love Unscripted features the self-explanatory short films For the Love of Dog and Deighties: Dating In Your Eighties.
Until Monday June 4   Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen St  Visit:

Arts Out East
It's the last weekend to try calligraphy, jewellery making or pick up a piece of advice from a travelling fortune cookie cart at the Arts Out East Festival. This diverse celebration of talented artists and performers runs until Sunday and features film screenings, art exhibitions, classes, music and more.
When: Until Sunday May 26   Where: Various venues, East Auckland   Visit:

READ: Favourite Things: Artist Rohan Hartley Mills

Marlon Williams 
The wait is finally over  the Lyteltton singer-songwriter behind one of our favourite albums of the year will return home after a worldwide tour. Marlon Williams will play two nights at the Auckland Town Hall. 
When: Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26, 7.30 pm   Where: Auckland Town Hall, 310 Queen St  Tickets:

Marlon Williams will break hearts at the Town Hall this weekend. Picture / Supplied

Breast Cancer Fundraiser at Society
The team at Grey Lynn beauty salon Society are hosting a fundraising event this Saturday to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy drinks and nibbles and have your hair looking beautiful, all for a great cause. Win-win!
When: Saturday May 26 from 3pm   Where: Society, 515 Great North Rd  Tickets: Minimum $50 donation (includes blow wave, makeup touch-ups and refreshments)

READ: Gigs to Celebrate NZ Music Month

2018 Official Music Month Summit
This year's event at Auckland's Herald Theatre will tackle the theme of issues in the music industry. Four topics will be explored — Women In Music, Diversity In Music, Wellbeing and Regional Isolation — in a four-person session from artists and industry professionals fired up in challenging conversations. All ticket sales will go towards the NZ Music Foundation. Find the full line-up here. 
When: Saturday May 26, 10am - 4pm   Where: Herald Theatre, 50 Mayoral Drive  Tickets: $10 from

The Pah Homestead is beautiful inside and out. Picture / Supplied

Living Cloth Exhibition
The textile art held by the Wallace Arts Trust is showcased in this exhibition, which highlights the way "cloth inhabits the spaces of our everyday lives". By bringing this collection of art to the fore, Living Cloth asks us to remember and appreciate the work that goes into creating even the most simple fabrics and textiles we use every day.
When: Until Sunday July 8   Where: The Pah Homestead TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd  Visit:

Join Moet & Chandon at The Grove for a delicious dinner. Picture / Supplied

Moët & Chandon Chef de Cave Degustation Dinner
The Grove is set to host a special four-course degustation lead by Moët & Chandon’s chief winemaker Benoit Gouez, who is travelling from France to share his incredible knowledge of Champagne. Viva is excited to be the media partner for this one-off event which marks the unveiling of Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage 2009 — a blend of the year’s top wines. The French-inspired menu will be paired perfectly to the new release (as well as a selection of other wines) and complemented by stories and expertise from Benoit, to create an unforgettable dining experience.
When: Monday May 28, 6.30pm   Where: The Grove, Saint Patricks Square, Wyndham St   Tickets: $195 per person. To book, email or call 09 368 4129

READ: Q&A With Benoit Gouez, Moët & Chandon's Chief Winemaker

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards
Catch this newly released fashion doco about the influential shoe designer Manolo Blahnik at a special screening where you can also enjoy drinks, nibbles and take home a goodie bag. It features interviews with Rihanna and Karlie Kloss and gains its title from the fact that as a boy, Manolo used to glam up lizards he found in his parents' garden with tiny tinfoil shoes. 
When: Wednesday May 30, 5.45pm   Where: Rialto Cinemas, 167-169 Broadway Visit:

More events to book and look forward to
Auckland Festival of Photography, May 31-June 22
Pacific Dance Festival, June 12-23
Moet & Chandon Grand Day Brunch, June 9
Cellfish, June 13-24
Winetopia, June 22-23
World Press Photo Exhibition, June 30-July 29
New Zealand International Film Festival, July 19-August 5

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