Sophie from Manuwera, one of the photos from the 18x18 exhibition. Photo: Supplied

Best of Auckland this week: Movies and music in parks, rooftop dance parties and art

For the first calendar of 2020, we've got some exhibitions and low-key gigs to ease you into the new year. 

Louise Henderson: From Life

French-born New Zealand artist Louise Henderson (1902-1994) was known for her bold style, featuring colourful Cubist shapes that fit together to hint at abstractions of floral arrangement or the female figure. This major survey looks back at her career, from early watercolours to The Twelve Months, a monumental series she completed at 85 years old.
Till 12 March | Auckland Art Gallery

Silo Cinema: Crazy Rich Asians

Roll out the picnic blanket to catch this fun and glitzy crowd-pleaser while enjoying a meal bought from one of Silo Park’s nearby food trucks. Good times start at 5pm, movie screening begins at 9.
Friday 10 January | Silo Park 

Tiny Ruins & Lawrence Arabia

Local legends, solo and together.
Sunday 12 January | Sawmill Cafe

Music in Parks: Pop by the Rotunda

Love a free event! Soak in summer vibes with local musicians Gretel (“soul and RnB tunes”), Geoff Ong (“pop star for dorks”) and Tijay (“strong soulful vocals’) at the Auckland Domain Rotuna.
Sunday 12 January | Auckland Domain Rotunda

Anno Domini – The Last AD w/ Jayda G

A rooftop dance party with Jayda G and support from NativeB and Friendly Potential DJs.
Sunday 12 January | Auckland Art Gallery

18x18

God, imagine having a detailed snapshot of what you were like at 18 years old set up for display on a gallery’s walls. Sounds like our worst nightmare, but here we are. 18x18 explores the perspectives of 18 teenage girls, painting a portrait of what it means to be young in today’s world.
Wednesday 15 January onwards | Studio One Toi Tu

Soul Bar and Bistro: Australian Bush Fire Appeal

The full ticket price of $75 from your three-course lunch will be donated to The Salvation Army Australia, WIRES and the Australian Red Cross in aid of the bush-fire crisis. There will also be a silent auction beforehand, including prizes from Maggie Marilyn, Trelise Cooper and more.
Wednesday 15 January | Soul Bar and Bistro

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