A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.
Street food festivals in Pt Chev and Te Atatu
Tonight from 4.30pm to 8.30pm there'll be food trucks in both the Te Atatu South and Pt Chev community centres. Food Truck Fridays in Te Atatu South is back, featuring a stellar line-up of trucks including Metro favourite Pūhā And Pākehā. In Pt Chev, the Auckland Food Truck Collective has pulled together an equally exciting round-up of yum trucks, including the Rolling Pin and Grownup Donuts, to kick off another season of Street Food at Pt Chevalier.
Friday October 4 | Pt Chev and Te Atatu South community centres
Diwali and Kawa Chauth mela
This family event at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall will feature market stalls selling Indian clothing and jewellery, delicious street food, Diwali gifts and decorations and live dance performances. The market is in anticipation of both Diwali and Kawa Chauth (Kava Chauth) festivals, held later this month.
Saturday October 5 | 13 May Rd, Mt Roskill
Guy Montgomery tries out some jokes
Comedian and Worst Idea of All Time podcast co-host Guy Montgomery is back from Montreal and Edinburgh and is thoroughly sick of all his jokes. So he's going to create some new ones, at the Classic this Saturday. He invites you to come along.
Saturday October 5 | The Classic Comedy Club, Queen St
A vintage pop-up market at Urbanaut
Percy's Vintage and Collectables are hosting a market with vintage gear, beer and hotdogs from Brooklyn Dogs at Urbanaut's brewery in Kingsland. Pop along from midday to nab a bargain and pint in the sun!* *sunshine not guaranteed.
Sunday October 6 | 597 New North Road, Kingsland
Fresh off the page: Sweet, Sour & Salty
The 7th live reading in Fresh off the Page's series of new plays this year, Sweet, Sour & Salty by John Rata tells the story of a South Auckland Filipino family’s small-scale food business, and the hidden secrets and fears the quest for success brings to the surface. This event is free, but you've got to book a spot online - be warned, these sessions are popular, and book out quickly.
Wednesday October 9 | Basement Theatre
Animals opens at Academy Cinemas
Re-opening after showing in the NZIFF, Sophie Hyde's ode to female best-friendship stars Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger. Earlier this year Metro writer Jean Teng, who says Animals reminded her a bit of the British TV series Fleabag, spoke to Hyde about the film. "I think we’re sold a bit of a myth in this world — that relationships need to go on forever, whether they’re romantic or friendships, that they’re failures if they end. I don’t think they’re failures." You can read her full interview here.
Thursday October 10 | Academy Cinemas, Lorne St
The opening of Green Day's American Idiot
Will this be terrible? Look, who can say. A musical version of an album seems weird to us, but the Trump-era reimagining of Green Day's classic post-9/11, George W Bush-takedown album has received ok reviews overseas. The only way to find out for sure is to head along, which you can do if you are so inclined by booking here.
From Thursday October 10 | The Civic, Queen St