It's cabaret season! Plus, some of Comedy Fest's best shows are returning, and more

Cabaret ensemble YUMMY make their Auckland debut. Image: Supplied

A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.

Kitchen Table Sessions
It’s the last couple of nights for this very tasty live talk show by Kate Barnes, where invited guests head into the kitchen – on stage – to do a little story and share a dish with you. Yep, food is included in the ticket. Tonight’s line-up is looking good: David Farrier, Lips and Pax Assadi picks up the knife and the mic, while tomorrow’s sees Ray Shipley, Lips and a mystery guest step up to the cutting board.
Till 15 June | Basement Theatre

Cabaret Season
The speakeasy-esque Wintergarden will be the home of The Civic’s Cabaret season, for shows filled with music, drag, theatre and comedy. Jennifer Ward-Lealand stars in an exploration of rousing anthems with “expose the hypocrisy of politics and the art of the possible”; Melbourne cabaret ensemble YUMMY makes their Auckland debut; the NZ Mix Tape features Liam Finn, Nadia Reid and Anna Coddington with the Philarmonia Orchestra; and more. A winter escape into fun.
11-16 June | Wintergarden, The Civic

Auckland Wine Week
‘Tis finally the week! As always, a reminder that we are presenting some of these events, and we have some tickets to give away for Wineries Out West on 23 June. Head to our Instagram page and tell us who you’d like to take with you.
13-23 June

QUEER AF – Gemini SZN
With a special performance from drag artist Monty Montgomery, QUEER AF – a club night in Auckland celebrating all degrees of queer – is back on the very tail-end of Gemini SZN. (A week till we’re out of it, lads.) Featuring regulars DJ Nic Tims, DJ Bok Choy and special guest DJ NonCharlet.
15 June | Basement Theatre

Comedy Fest: Return Season
Eli Matthewson, Ray Shipley and Alice Snedden, back by popular demand.
Till 22 June | Basement Theatre

Winter Solstice Night Market
Enjoy the magic of the longest night of the year. For dinner, choose between trucks like Temaki, The Hungry Swine and The Rolling Pin, and for dessert, Sweet As Crepes, Grownup Donuts or Lalele Organic Gelato. La Cigale will provide the cheeses and mulled wine for a comforting winter warmer.
20 June | La Cigale French Market, Parnell

The Wolves
“Lace up your cleats for a full-intensity run at the teen psyche.” At the teen psyche? When I’ve been trying to run away from the very moment I turned 20? Okay. Q Theatre’s loft transforms into a football pitch as nine teenage girls come together to train and play in Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated debut. Frank, hilarious, messy, mean, compassionate.
20 June onwards | Q Theatre

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