A Fringe fave, new art exhibitions and more Auckland events

by India Hendrikse / 13 October, 2017
19 Putiki St, Grey Lynn

Nicola Farquhar

Hopkinson Mossman, Fri 20 Oct–Sat 18 Nov

Brightly pigmented abstract portraiture is the basis of Auckland artist Nicola Farquhar’s work. Foliage forms faces, and child-like squiggles imbue the Elam-trained artist’s paintings with a pleasing naivety, while her oil on linen technique adds winning texture. The colourful works are the perfect contrast to the stark white space of Hopkinson Mossman gallery.


138 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter

Red Speedo

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Tue 31 Oct–Wed 15 Nov

Writer Lucas Hnath’s story of a competitive swimmer caught in the middle of a drug scandal draws parallels with real athletes. 

Lower Greys Ave, central city

Finding Temeraire

Basement Theatre, Tue 17–Sat 21 Oct

Award-winning Zimbabwean playwright Stanley Makuwe’s gripping play looks at the unravelling of relationships within a small Zimbabwean mining town. 

42–80 Mahuhu Cres, central city

Lindi Ortega

The Tuning Fork, Tue 14 Nov

Country singer Lindi Ortega is back after a successful show at last year’s Southern Fork Americana Fest. Ortega is proof country can be cool.

305 Queen St, central city


Q Theatre, Tue 21 Nov–Sat 9 Dec

Sporting sexy lingerie (just...), the talented burlesque troupe Briefs is back with a sparkly new show called Close Encounters. The space-themed work will douse your senses with a blend of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy. Phew.

10 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Laura Williams: Arcadian Crumpet

Black Asterisk Gallery, until Tue 31 Oct

Naked men and women prancing about in flower-filled vistas... what’s not to love? Laura Williams’ folk art-style paintings are reminiscent of the late Canadian painter Maud Lewis, with just a bit more raunch. 

8 Ambrico Pl, New Lynn

Crown Lynn Market

Te Toi Uku, Sun 5 Nov

Rather than scrolling TradeMe or sifting through opshops, head out to Te Toi Uku and stock up on your Crown Lynn from 20 sellers’ private collections. Your grandma will be jealous.


134 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Nite Jewel

Golden Dawn, Thu 2 Nov

Nite Jewel, aka Ramona Gonzalez, has combined old-school R&B with her signature alt-dance beats in her latest album Real High. You’ll probs want to take work off the next day.

Reimers Ave, Kingsland


Eden Park, Wed 1–Wed 8 Nov

Eden Park will morph into a nine-hole golf course for eight days, giving 1800 players the chance to tee off at various locations within the iconic sports venue. Better than a round of mini golf. 

Lower Greys Ave, central city


Basement Theatre, Fri 3–Sat 11 Nov

A hit at this year’s Fringe, Elle Wootton, Freya Finch and Angela Fouhy’s (pictured left, from left) chaotic sketch show Maggot mixes clown, dance and character comedy together, parodying pop stars and dishing out a hefty dose of audience interaction.



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