It’s always a squeeze trying to get the weekend down to five high-five events, so in a trial exercise we’re running ten tips for what you might do over a spring weekend in Wellington (and extending a bit beyond our usual $20-or-under benchmark). Events exclude the WOW activities we wrote about today – check those out as well.
Two of the greatest contemporary screen actors star in first run movies this weekend. Tom Hardy (Locke, Dunkirk), who will return in the upcoming Mad Max: The Wasteland reprising his Fury Road role, plays two characters in the M-rated (violence. offensive language) Marvel film Venom. He’s an investigative journalist who gets taken over by the titular parasite, gaining new and disturbing powers and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good head”. And while we wait for the release of Lynne Ramsay’s stunning thriller from the NZIFF, You Were Never Really Here, there’s a new film starring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Her, Inherent Vice). In the biopic He Won’t Get Far On Foot (M; sex scenes, offensive language & nudity), Phoenix plays controversial cartoonist John Callahan, trying for sobriety after a life-changing accident. You could watch Hardy and Phoenix act all day and never get bored. Sessions all weekend.
The Boyd Wilson Thugs: Social Saturdays footy games are back every week for 2018, at Alex Moore Park, Bannister Avenue, Johnsonville. The games start at 9.45am, but you need to be there by 9.30am, and you’ll need to register ($6 to $7 per game), and there’s other stuff you need to know. So have a look here.
Children aged 5 years and over (with accompanying caregivers) can put their creative skills will be put to the test at Let’s Go Lego, at Karori Library on Saturday from 2.00 to 3.00pm, then at other libraries next week Use the libraries’ Lego collections to design and build masterpieces; each session will have a different inspirational theme. Bookings not required. (Next week: Tawa Community Centre, 8 October, 10.00am–12.00pm; Miramar Library, 10 October 10.30–11.30am; Tawa Library, 11 October 3.30–4.30pm; Island Bay Community Centre, 12 October 10.30–11.30am; Johnsonville Library, 12 October 3.30–4.30pm; Newtown Library, 13 October 10.30–11.30am.)
A Vinyl Affair – Wellington’s Record Fair is back at The Rogue and Vagabond in Garrett Street from 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday. Thousands of records for sale, DJs spinning vinyl all day, food and drink specials and giveaways. Entry is free but under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. And you may want to read tomorrow’s Witchdoctor post about cleaning records (on the App).
The Emergency Services Expo provides free family-friendly Saturday fun from 11.00apm to 2.00pm with demonstrations and displays on the waterfront. The emergency services are bringing out their biggest boats and loudest sirens to entertain school holiday crowds. Climb aboard a fire truck, watch a car crash rescue demonstration, see the life flight rescue helicopter in action, and talk to the Police dog section about their work. The Police Maritime unit and the Wellington coastguard will demonstrate water rescues, and Tiaki tugboat puts on a spectacular water cannon display! Events take place in Te Papa on Level 2, on the forecourt, and Amphitheatre, and on the waterfront.
Rebound Dance is a Christchurch contemporary dance company with members aged from 40 to 70, balancing edgy dance and grace to showcase what it means to be a mature professional dancer. They bring a triple bill of works, Born Out of Curiosity to the Hannah Playhouse on Saturday from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Tickets are $25.00 full price, $20.00 for students and senior citizens, available on 04 8947412.
There are three big gigs by quite contrasting NZ musicians in town on Saturday night. The Warratahs celebrate their 30-year career and the upcoming limited edition, double CD compilation Driving Wheel with a show at Meow in Edward Street from 7.00 to 11.00pm. The all-ages licensed tickets inclusive of booking fee are $33.75, available here.
Multi-award winning Onehunga hip-hop collective SWIDT, with fellow Kiwi acts MELODOWNZ and IllBaz in tow, celebrate the release of their latest EP, The Most Electrifying, with their first-ever headline tour of New Zealand. Beats start dropping from 8.00pm at SanFran in Cuba Street, with tickets at $35.76 available here. R18.
Wellington singer-songwriter Lontalius (aka Eddie Johnston, above) is now based in LA, recently releasing two new songs- ‘I Wanted Him’ and ‘That Includes You’ produced alongside Grammy Award-winning Om’Mas Keith, who has worked with Erykah Badu, Jay-Z and Frank Ocean. He’s on an NZ Tour with support from electronic post-punk-pop up-and-comer, October (good timing), and featuring a new band and plenty of new songs since his last album release shows back in 2016. The R18 venue is Caroline on Manners Street, from 9:00pm through 11:55pm, and tickets are $25.00+$4.35BF.
On Sunday from 2.00 to 2.30pm in association with the Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark exhibition on Level 4 of Te Papa, there’s a free screening, courtesy of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, of Profiles – Tony Fomison. The 1981 episode in a series about notable artists sees Fomison, one of NZ’s leading painters, exploring his powerful attraction to Pacific cultures and receiving a pe’a (traditional Samoan body tattoo). Screenings continue until 4 November.
End your weekend in the Planetarium at Space Place Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, for a Sunday night of sonic wizardry with The All Seeing Hand. Fresh from touring the country to promote the release of their fifth album, Syntax Error, the Wellington band’s musical explorations under the star dome will take you off-world. Tickets are $15.00, and doors open 8.00pm for an 8:30pm to 10:30pm show. Cash bar.