Repulsive Woman releases her debut album, a Matariki Parade and more in Auckland this week

Repulsive Woman releases her debut album Relief on Saturday night. Photo: Tonje Thilesen

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

Exhibition Launch: The Slipping Away
Gus Fisher Gallery’s new exhibition examines the duality of oceans and humankind through filmic interpretations and light-based installations, forging discussion regarding the health of our seas. For its opening, a hīkoi will commence from Michael Parekowhai’s The Lighthouse and end at the gallery, where a hāngī will be served.
6 July | Gus Fisher Gallery

Director Spotlight: Bong Joon-ho
Bong’s masterpiece Parasite was a well-deserved winner of the Palme d’Or, spinning an unpredictably thrilling tale of deadly class divides. It wowed me, as well as Metro writer Alex Blackwood. You should watch it this weekend 15 minutes after his 2009 feature Mother, showing before the screening of Parasite, an eerie family drama which intersects with horror and comedy. Also great.
6 July | Academy Cinemas

InMotion Matariki Parade
An illuminated parade on wheels. Celebrate the Māori New Year and decorate your bike – or other wheeled transport – to the theme of Matariki and join the parade through Auckland’s waterfront. Sensory installations and live performance will dot the route; finish up with a bite to eat from one of Silo Park’s food trucks. Part of Elemental AKL.
6 July | Silo Park

Repulsive Woman Album Release w Fino
Millie Lovelock’s solo project Repulsive Woman releases her debut album Relief, “an intimate, unfolding exploration into the perception of self in the context of modern society.” She’ll be playing a gig with support from Fino on Saturday night, $13 from Under the Radar and $15 at the door.
6 July | The Wine Cellar

STELLAR Festival of Lights. Photo: Estefania Lopez

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Renault French Festival
My calendar gathering shenanigans don’t stop with the website. For those that don’t know, I also compile and write What’s On for our print magazine (latest issue out yesterday!). When I filed it, my copy for this entry read, “Four days in France.” My editor changed it to “Four days in France? Oui, s’il vous plait!” because he’s clearly more cultured and has probably been to France. If you haven’t yet, like me, head along to the next best thing to immerse yourself in the French culture: a lot of wine, cheese, dramatic film and bikes.
11-14 July | The Cloud & Shed 10

Foals
I will always have a soft spot for Foal’s music. Antidotes and Total Life Forever were my early high-school jams during that beautiful moment in time when you would like the Facebook page of every band you were into; when curating your music choices to the world was a do-or-die part of your identity. I confess I haven’t heard their most recent release yet, but NME gave it a 10/10 and said, “It’s like Antidotes with a protein shake.” They will be joined by Warpaint and people are selling last-minute tickets on the Facebook page as I type.
12 July | Auckland Town Hall

Stellar Festival of Lights
Also part of Elemental AKL, Stellar Festival of Lights has workshops, entertainment and mesmerising light installations in store across the three days, right smackdab in the middle of the school holidays. Interactive light art created by Angus Muir will be complemented by ones conceptualised by local schools. It’s a totally free event and runs from 5pm-10pm.
12-14 July | Smales Farm

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