A Colourful Past is a vintage fashion event raising funds for the Christchurch Arts Centre.
VICKI ANDERSON offers a few highlights of events in Ōtautahi Christchurch this weekend and beyond.
Kapa haka performers, food stalls, hāngī, arts and crafts, workshops and more will be at Rehua Marae for Matariki Whānau Day on Saturday from 11am to 2pm. Join in and celebrate Matariki and take mokopuna for a fun day. Free entry.
KRANK IT BABY
Krank It, a mountain bike race for children and women, is at Bottle Lake Forest Park on Sunday. Children $25, adults $39.
Walk and talk your way around Our Moon exhibition at Canterbury Museum with astronomer and space engineer Eric Dahlstrom on Sunday from 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. Dahlstrom, the co-founder of Space Base, worked on the design of the International Space Station for NASA and has been involved with plans for several moon missions. Free but registration at Canterbury Museum essential. Limited spaces available. Tales by Moonlight for pre-school age children is on Friday from 10am to 10.30am.
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A COLOURFUL PAST
The Great Hall at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora will be the scene of a fabulous night of vintage fashion and fundraising on Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm when BellaBean Vintage and Tiger Vintage showcase vintage and sustainable clothing. Tickets start at $30.
GO GREEN EXPO 2020
The Christchurch Go Green Expo is at Horncastle Arena on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm, and is billed as a ”one-stop shop” offering education and a variety of ethical products for a ‘’sustainable environmentally-friendly life’’. Entry $5, children under 16 free.
Held fortnightly, the Dream Markets does exactly what it says on the tin and sells dreams. The market aims to offer young people an opportunity to showcase their talents, business ideas and passions. Entry is free to Saturday’s event, which will be held from 2pm to 5pm at the Christchurch Youth Space, 122 Lichfield St. Expect live performers, clothes, crafts and more. Take cash as not all stallholders will have eftpos.
SPEAKEASY BURLESQUE CLUB
Upstairs on Victoria St, at Boo Radley’s on Thursday, Christchurch burlesque superstar Bonita Danger Doll will present a ”world of stockings, feathers, and fan-dancing divas, tassel-twirlers, cabaret and circus glitterati and everything in between in a gin-soaked fabulous live show”. Tickets $28 plus fee.
DEATH AND BISCUITS, GOLDFISH GIRL
The Little Andromeda Theatre offers a great line-up this weekend, from Death and Biscuits, a ‘’deadly hour of slick and silly original sketches’’ on Friday and Saturday, to comedy with Jack Ansett who, at 22, presents In His Prime on Saturday from 9pm. Goldfish Girl, by Two Productions, is an innovative 15-minute hybrid theatre live and online experience on Sunday from 7pm.
OPERA IN THE CITY
Acclaimed tenor Simon O’Neill performs alongside soprano Natasha Wilson, baritone Edward Laurenson, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh and pianist David Kelly at The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts on Sunday from 2pm.
Friday: Billy Vallance and John Hooker at 12 Bar. Saturday: Dirtycash v Hauswerk at Three Boys Brewery; The Butlers, There’s A Tuesday and Kimono at Isaac Theatre Royal; Katie Thompson and Ryan Fisherman at Cassels Blue Smoke; Via Kaleidoscope, Troika, Model Home at Darkroom. Sunday: Helena Faust Mountain Music at Wunderbar; Variety songs at Christchurch Folk Music Club; The Salvation Army Band at Christchurch Art Gallery, 12.45pm. Thursday: Motte, NoTV, Alabaster Crashes Down, You and Me at the Darkroom.