A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Human Rights Rally If you’re horrified at what’s happening in the United States (Alabama just passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, with a near-total ban of all abortions and no exceptions for cases of incest or rape. In neighbouring Georgia, the governor has signed a bill banning abortion after six weeks - a period of time so short many women wouldn’t even know they were pregnant) head along to show your solidarity at this rally in Aotea Square. Despite the fact that’s all happening on the other side of the world, the passing of restrictive legislation overseas has the potential to embolden anti-abortion activists in New Zealand, so now is a good time to get clued up and involved in the fight for reproductive justice here too. Remember, in New Zealand abortion is still in the Crimes Act, requiring many women to lie about the state of their mental health in order to terminate a pregnancy. Banning abortion will never get rid of the practice, it will only make it unsafe or even deadly for women determined to have one.
25 May | Aotea Square
Kowtow Archive Sale Get an end-of-season bargain with up to 80 per cent off clothes at this one-weekend-only sale. Kowtow is also asking people to please bring donations of tinned food, or Winter clothing and blankets to be donated to Women's Refuge.
25 May | Flying Fish, 230 Ponsonby Rd
Street Markets: May This zero waste market is a space for new and emerging movers and shakers in Auckland to sell their food, merchandise, art, crafts, second hand goods. Head along and you might find the city’s next big thing.
25 May | The 312 Hub, 1 Paynes Lane
Otara Soup Kitchen Music month series Have someone else sing while you enjoy your supper on the last Monday of May. In celebration of Samoan Language Week there will song and dance to traditional Pese Samoa (Samoan Songs).
27 May | Te Puke O Tara Community Centre
Going Local Auckland 2019 Do people just get “discovered” these days? I don’t know, but I do have this feeling the music industry is a tough nut to crack – so if you’re an up-and-coming Auckland musician, get some free advice from experienced pros about how everything works, who you need to talk to and why things happen the way they happen.
28 May | Wine Cellar
The Feminised Labour of Care: A consciousness-raising session As part of Gus Fisher Gallery’s “We’re Not Too Big to Care” public programme, Cait Johnson and Ruby Alexander discusses the relationship between capitalism, women and wage labour. They’ll be asking very big questions about the value and hierarchy of work, feminised labour, capitalist patriarchy, taking us all the way back in history to unravel how we arrived where we are today. Kai provided.
29 May | Gus Fisher Gallery
95bFM Fancy New Band ’19 A completely free night of “fresh-out-the-oven talent” brought to you by 95bFM. Some fancy new bands include Bb gurl, Gretel, Lucky Boy, SANG and other possible future stars-in-the-making.
31 May | Whammy Bar
Strange Goods Launch Party Strange Goods celebrates the little guy, acting as a platform for books and ephemera from boutique publishers, local artists and independent galleries. Housed in a shiny new store on K Rd, their 12-hour launch party kicks off at 10am, when the doors open, and will start to get “sloppy” at 6pm.
31 May | Strange Goods, 281 Karangahape Rd