Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. So naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails miserably and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator. As time ticks by, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you. And mysteriously, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible. Written by Carl Bland and presented by Nightsong with Auckland Live. You can purchase tickets from the Auckland Live website.
5 and 12 Sep The Elephant Wrestler 138 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna
Bottomless Dumplings at The Elephant Wrestler
Every Thursday from 6pm at Your Larger Than Life Local! How many dumplings can you devour? Find out for yourself at The Elephant Wrestler’s Bottomless Dumplings. For just $25, you can eat as many dumplings as your heart desires with a glass of beer or bubbles to wash ’em all down. Hang around for Live Band Karaoke at 8pm where you can live out your rock star dreams with your very own backing band, or simply sit back and enjoy the free show. Bookings essential.
10 Sep | 6:30pm Academy Cinema 4 Lorne St, Auckland
2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is an 80-minute theatrical program of six short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga. You can grab your tickets from the Academy Cinema website.
Kensington Swan season of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard turns Shakespeare’s Hamlet inside out in this hilarious slapstick comedy. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find themselves as the headline act in Shakespeare’s greatest play. There’s no escaping their fate as pawns in Hamlet’s game of thrones, but before they are outwitted, the duo grab the spotlight as fearlessly funny commentators on their madcap predicament. Purchase tickets here.
13 Sep | 7pm Hollywood Avondale 20 St. Georges Rd, Auckland
Going West Writers Festival – Poetry Slam
Going West Poetry Slam! It’s where the best stand-up poets lay it on the line. Come and see who has got the chops to rise to the top! Entrants will be coached by none other than internationally renowned slammer and teacher Carrie Rudzinski. The final will be MC’d by Ken Arkind, DJ’d by Sandy Mill Music and there’s a high-octane judging panel comprising Ria Masae (last year’s winner), novelist and uber slammer Dominic “Tourettes” Hoey and founding Voices on RNZ producer Lynda Chanwai-Earle.
13 Sep | 9pm Raynham Park 145 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
No Standing, Only Dancing: Warhol Edition
No Standing Only Dancing, is a culture movement of people who love to dance to only the best disco/funk tracks created in the Studio 54 era. There’s no rules here, so dance how you want to dance, dress how you want to dress, do what you want to do, and be prepared to let go. Perhaps you’re new to the Studio 54 scene? In the late 1970s, at the peak of the disco dancing and music trend, Studio 54 was a building renamed after its location, and became a world-famous nightclub and discotheque. This event sells out so grab your tickets fast from the Eventbrite website.
13—15 Sep Potters Park & Mt Eden War Memorial Hall Dominion Rd
2019 Dominion Road Moon Festival
In China, East Asian and Southeast Asian, the Moon Festival (known as Mid-Autumn Festival in the northern hemisphere) is a time to celebrate the arrival of the new moon with colourful lanterns, and outdoor activities around the community. The Dominion Rd Moon Festival is a new multi-cultural event involving interactive light displays, cultural and musical performance, food stalls and indoor exhibitions including moon cake and lantern making demonstrations. This event, new to Auckland, is proudly bought to you by the Albert Eden Local Board, Balmoral Chinese Business Association and the Dominion Rd Business Association.
1 Oct | 7pm Spitting Feathers 16 Wyndham St, Auckland
Paint and Wine Night – The Scream
The concept is simple – take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece! You are going to be painting ‘The Scream’ which is one of the world’s most famous paintings, brought to life over one hundred years ago in 1893 by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Munch was inspired to paint this striking piece after taking a stroll along a path one evening and instantly felt tired and ill, the painting is symbolic of how he felt at the time. Book your tickets at the Paint Vine website.
2 Oct | 7:30pm Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Auckland
The past, present and future abruptly intersect in multi-disciplinary performance, Pōhutu, a rich synthesis of image, object, movement, and sound. At the age of 88 Bianca’s grandmother now has Alzheimer’s. Pōhutu draws parallels between a kuia’s shapeshifting mind and the restlessness of her whenua ‘Te Whakarewarewatanga-o-te-ope-taua-a-Wahiao, Rotorua’. Made from the echoes of lived experiences, of multi-layered realities and of re-imaginings, Pōhutu is a visceral experience not to be missed. Pōhutu is created by visionary Aotearoa artists, choreographer Bianca Hyslop (Atamira Dance Company) and artist Rowan Pierce (Movement of the Human). Buy your tickets from NZ Patron Base.
3 Oct | 8pm Hollywood Theatre 20 St. Georges Rd, Avondale
Climb aboard the double decker Spice Bus for a madcap musical adventure with the sexy phenomenons of pop. Spice World is a lighthearted comedy showing fictional events leading up to the group’s major concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, liberally interspersed with dream sequences and flashbacks as well as surreal moments and humorous asides. A chance to dress up and have a fun night out with the girls! Purchase your tickets quick from Hollywood Theatres website.
4—5 Oct | 8pm Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Auckland
NZ Music Double Bill: Dances With Aldous Harding
Sparked by an interest in forging connections between Aotearoa’s dance and music communities, Tempo has invited some of the country’s most inventive young choreographers to respond to the music of iconic NZ singer/songwriter Aldous Harding. Dances with Aldous promises to summon the haunting and momentous powers of this extraordinary musician. An important occasion for music lovers and fans of dance alike, this double bill show will be theatre like we haven’t quite seen it before.
5 Oct | 9am Kelmarna Community Garden 12 Hukanui Crescent, Ponsonby
Advanced Home Gardening, with Pakaraka Permaculture
To have a super productive garden is to do a lot of small things very well. Come and sharpen your skills in this comprehensive workshop with Yotam Kay (Pakaraka Permaculture), aimed for experienced growers. Learn advanced skills about how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your backyard or small plot. We will cover many essential topics that will help you grow an even more productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year. Whether you’ve been growing for two or three seasons, or 10, there will be loads to learn from Yotam’s experience as a professional grower. Tickets from the Eventbrite website.