Kendrick Lamar: THE DAMN. TOUR
One of the most critically acclaimed and successful hip hop artists of our time KENDRICK LAMAR has today announced his New Zealand tour in support of fourth album DAMN. The 2018 Pulitzer Prize and 12-time Grammy Award-winning artist will make his highly anticipated return to our shores for two shows in July performing at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium and Auckland’s Spark Arena, as well as headlining the sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay.
19-20 July, 07:30pm
Spark Arena, 42 – 80 Mahuhu Cres, Auckland
“An activated receipt. An extended subtweet of colonisation”. Maumahara Girlie is going to be one of the most exciting shows of this year, a contemporary and experimental theatre show exploring what it is to be Māori, grappling with internalised whakama and colonisation. This is a project created by Mya Morrison-Middleton in collaboration with Whetu Silver, Freddy Carr, Amanda Tito and Onehou Strickland. Produced by Vanessa Crofskey. It is based off the interactive script which can be found at Windows Gallery.
6:30pm, Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
Science Roadshow at MOTAT
Celebrating 30 years of science on the roads of New Zealand, the Science Roadshow is making a stop at MOTAT this July. These school holidays will be full of hands-on science experiments, activities and live demonstrations, fun for the whole family.
07-22 July, daily 10am–5pm
MOTAT, 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs
Devonport’s Matariki Progressive Dinner
Travel down Devonport’s dining corridor and experience four beautifully curated Matariki dishes using traditional Māori flavours and ingredients. Starting at Hemingways, guests travel down to Vondel, on to Vic Road Kitchen and finish at Dixie Browns. Every dish will be matched with an NZ wine or cider, and the evening will finish with a horopito and caramel chocolate star from Devonport Chocolates. An opportunity to celebrate Matariki with delicious kai shared with family and friends in the beautiful Devonport.
10 July, 7pm
The evening begins at Hemingways, 2A Rattray Street, Devonport
The answer to Auckland’s vintage prayers, Waves is a perfectly curated vintage store recently opened. Hiding out the back of St Kevin’s Arcade off Karangahape Road it is not the easiest to find but once you are in the know, you won’t be able to keep away. The store hosts a selection of vintage and from what I gathered has an uncompromisingly 70s vibe. Cashmere sweaters, denim flares and everything else in between, Waves Vintage is the embodiment of your fashion dreams
Open Friday – Saturday 11am-6pm
Secret shop behind St Kevin’s Arcade
Fried Chicken Festival
Auckland’s finest food trucks will gather at the Parnell French Markets with an evening filled with the most sumptuous fried chicken this city has ever seen. Some vendors include Nashville-style chicken truck Peach’s Hot Chicken, hand-rolled sushi stall Temaki Truck, European chippery Double Dutch Fries, contemporary Chinese eatery Judge Bao, Bacon Bros and plant-based burger joint Wise Boys Burgers. Whilst some stores will specialise in fried chicken others will incorporate the theme into their dishes so you are bound to try something you have never had before. This will all include a licensed bar, indoor seating, heaters and live music. What else could you want on a winter evening?
12 July, 5pm, La Cigale French Markets
69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
Compositions Of Nature By Holly Zandbergen
Holly Zandbergen is an artist from Aotearoa who is based in New Brighton, Christchurch. Zandbergen has an identifiable impasto impressionistic style. Painting scenes from nature inspiration is not an issue for Zandbergen. Her work has been shown across Europe, from London to Italy, and we are now lucky enough to have a show of hers at the Black Asterisk, an elegant space in the middle of Ponsonby. The show is called Compositions Of Nature and explores the evolution of nature. Going from night to day and using visceral textures to invoke strong feelings in the viewer.
14 June-18 July, Tuesday – Saturday
11am-4pm, 10 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland
New Zealand International Film Festival
A new year calls for a new round of The New Zealand International Film Festival, the home of fine cinema from throughout the world. As always the lineup is eclectic, exciting and full of the film world’s best work, past and present. One not to miss in my opinion is the curation of Māori and Pasifika shorts, it is a diverse collection which will take you from Hawaii to South Auckland, an expression of the connectedness of Pacific people, “connections of bloodlines, spirit paths, passion and determination on screen” according to Leo Koziol and Craig Fasi. The festival also heads back in time, bringing fabulous classics such as La Piscine (The Swimming Pool), directed by Jacques Deray. Here you can moon over some of France’s hottest young stars of the 1960s in this sexy psychological thriller.
19 July-12 August
Selected Auckland cinemas
Hard To Find Bookstore: New Location
One of Auckland’s most beloved bookstores, Hard To Find, has found a home in a brand new location, a Catholic convent in Newton. Facing closure this institution was not going down without a fight, and after 35 years in Onehunga with spikes in rent they had to close or relocate. So relocate they did. Hard To Find has had to begin again. However, I am sure they will be welcomed with open arms and hungry minds by their new community as Hard To Find, as the name suggests, has a stock of thousands of secondhand books where you are bound to find exactly what you are looking for and more.
Open everyday 9:30am – 5:30pm
2 St Benedicts St, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Tarot For Beginners Class
Have you ever wanted explore your inner mystic? Here is your chance with a class with an experienced tarot card reader in a relaxed and friendly environment. This is an opportunity to learn how to exert control over your life using the power of the cards. A six-week course running every Saturday in Birkenhead from 2-4pm, 28 July-1 September. Why not treat yourself to something a bit different and learn a new skill at the same time?
28 July-01 September
Highbury Community House
110 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, Auckland
Words: Mya Cole