Elemental AKL event Art After Hours.

The best of Auckland this week: Two Hearts, Art After Hours, Sephora's grand opening, and more

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

Two Hearts: The Comeback Tour
Comedy festival favourites Two Hearts is making their comeback (after 10 weeks) at Q Theatre. We loved it 10 weeks ago, so if you missed them the last time round, tonight’s your chance.
Friday 19 July | Q Theatre

Sephora opens in Auckland
I remember how excited I was that Topshop was finally opening its doors in Auckland in 2015. I made plans with my friend to hit up its opening, which were never followed through once we met the gigantic line snaking its way up and down Queen Street; we went to get lunch instead. I barely thought about it again, and Topshop closed two years later.

Sephora’s opening proceedings start at 7am on a Saturday morning (good luck!), but, honestly, it’s not going anywhere – even if you don’t make it to the frenzy of the grande opening, you’ll still be able to shop there for a long time thereafter.
Saturday 20 July | 152 Queen Street

Auckland Zinefest Market
Zinefest are turning 10, and to celebrate they’re holding their market across two days, with over 80 stallholders gathering in the Auckland Art Gallery atrium. Bring along some cash money and take home some snazzy zines.
Saturday/Sunday 20-21 July | Auckland Art Gallery

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Local Natives
I will forever have a soft spot for Local Natives’ first album Gorilla Manor, in particular their sweet “Sun Hands” and “Wide Eyes”. Their most recent album Violet Street dropped this year and is also quite good.
Monday 22 July | The Tuning Fork

Morning People ft. Yoko-Zuna
If you’re sick of the morning rush at the gym, sweat up a storm before you start the work day to bass synth-fuelled drops, courtesy of electronica partiers Yoko Zuna. Complimentary Lokal kombucha, Altezano coffee and free fruit come with your $20 ticket; down as much as you can between 6.30-8.00am.
Wednesday 24 July | Whammy Bar

Little Simz
British rapper Little Simz’s latest album release Grey Area is one of my favourites of the year so far, an album I often listen to in its entirety during my morning commute. Catch her at The Tuning Fork, with local artist JessB opening the show.
Wednesday 24 July | The Tuning Fork

Art After Hours
Art After Hours is a special, one-off evening of food, drinks, arts and entertainment. Musical and dance performances will be held through the gallery, as well as an illustrated talk by senior curator Mary Kisler, a pop-up shop and drinks and eats by Jess Underground Kitchen. All tickets include entry to current gallery exhibitions. As part of Elemental AKL.
Thursday 25 July | Auckland Art Gallery

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