A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.
4/4 – Artspace Aotearoa
Artspace’s annual new artists show opens tonight (Friday 30 October) with new works from four artists, and new writing from another four (4/4!). It’s described as: “four distinct artistic projects that range from the realignment of queer cultures in Tāmaki Makaurau and using love as a method of cultural critique, to dissecting the performative narratives of Neoliberal self care and exploring the contradictory signs of the conservation estate.” The last day of the exhibition (9 September) will feature a launch of an accompanying publication.
Opens Friday 30 August | Artspace, K’Rd
Sustainable Fashion Show NZFW
Part of NZ Fashion Weekend, the Sustainability Show presents a selection of designers and organisations which use fashion and textiles to make a positive impact on the world/environment. Look out for: Greatest Friend, Nope Sisters and more. Just before the show, pop into the Sustainability Conversation: Can Fashion Save the World? panel with Maggie Hewitt (Maggie Marilyn), Marilou Dadat (Kowtow), Kiri Nathan and Peri Drysdale MBE (Snowy Peak/Untouched
Saturday 31 August | Auckland Town Hall
Harding’s first show on Saturday is already sold out, but, happily, she’s added a second, with tickets still available. Her third studio album Designer is very, very good, and one review from Stuff described her show in Christchurch last night “baffling, brilliant and totally original”. We’ve seen her live before – twice – and can concur.
Saturday 31 August-Sunday 1 September | Powerstation
The Frontline – Solidarity concert for Ihumātao
All profits from the night will go towards Ihumātao, plus VIP ticket holders will receive a copy of the new Toitū te Whenua album inspired by Ihumātao, Manu Kea, Standing Rock and Indigenous
Resilience. This concert will feature performances by Maisey Rika, IHI, Vox Dawn and more.
Saturday 31 August | Studio, K’Rd
Random Act of Kindness Day
For Random Act of Kindness Day, community organisation Splice will be out and about giving away “Little Pots of Kindness” (honey). Kindness stations will also be set up in the city centre with poets armed with typewriters handing out notes of kindness (at Ellen Melville Centre and St Kevin’s Arcade). Some local cafes have also jumped on board, pledging to surprise some customers with free coffee – so try your luck at Monstera Kitchen, eightthirty, Between, Remedy, Chuffed, Q Theatre or Coffix, but I guess if you go in with the intention of getting free coffee, you won’t. Karma, or whatever.
Monday 2 September
The Estate of Miss Crabb
It’s the end of iconic fashion label Miss Crabb, but you can still get your hands on one of their archive garments (estimates range from about $250-$550) or a contemporary piece from their artwork collection (estimates from $300 up to $3000). Check out the catalogue here.
Wednesday 4 September | Webbs, Mt Eden
Going West Writers Festival – Opening Night
This little writer’s fest in Titirangi always has a banger of an opening night, and judging from the line-up, 2019 will be much of the same. The Curnow Reader this year is Apirana Taylor, a man of many talents (writer, poet, storyteller, painter and actor among them). Plus, live music from The Bellbirds (Don McGlashan, Sandy Mill, Victoria Kelly and Sean Donnelly). Tickets are $55, $35 concession.
Friday 6 September | Titirangi War Memorial Hall
Girlpool is coming over from sunny Los Angeles in support of their latest album What Chaos Is Imaginary.
Friday 6 September | Galatos