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Wild Dogs, Wild Women and wild movies from the 80’s

Tusiata Avia
Alice Snedden
Stand By Me
Dominic Hoey gives you the good rundown of what's happening in Auckland, to counter claims that his city is a crumbling metropolis.


Back from Off Broadway

The queen of New Zealand poetry, Tusiata Avia, is the feature poet at the SUP Open Mic at Youthline Manukau next Wednesday. 

Tusiata has recently returned from New York, where the stage adaptation of her book, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt was playing off-Broadway. She’s published three amazing books of poetry, won numerous awards and performed all over the world.

Youthline Manukau, Wednesday, February 19 at 7PM

Another Wild Dog Show 

Animal related events are starting to become something of a theme in this column. 

Woof - The Auckland Rainbow Dog Show is happening at Western Park. There are a host of prizes, for the best dressed, most camp, best butch and dog owner lookalike (love this one). It’s $5 entry per category with all the money being donated to the Auckland SPCA. 

 Western Park, Howe St, Freemans Bay,  Sunday, February 23 at 1PM 


Alice Snedden

Alice Snedden and Friends Collab

“I have no new material so I’m asking you, the audience, to come and help me build some.” 

Comedian Alice Snedden doesn’t have a new show but she’s putting one on regardless.

“I have no new material so I’m asking you, the audience, to come and help me build some.”

The show is called; Alice does the most work in progress show possible with friends! The friends will also be trying out new work, and Guy Montgomery, Thomas Sainsbury and Lana Walters among others are Alice’s friends.

Basement Theatre - Tuesday February 18 - Saturday February 22 at 7PM  

Farewelling the Fortunes

After 6 years, Melbourne based Fortunes are breaking up and to commiserate they’re embarking on one last tour of Aotearoa. The Bad At Goodbyes tour will be hitting Auckland next Saturday with a show at Neck of The Woods. 

Neck of The Woods, Saturday, February 22 at 8PM 


Ruby’s Comin’ Home

Well, she probably isn’t flying halfway around the world to do one show but nonetheless it’s happening

Mexico based, New Zealand born writer Ruby Brunton, daughter of poet Alan Brunton, is coming home for a show at Strange Goods. Well, she probably isn’t flying halfway around the world to do one show but nonetheless it’s happening. She’s going to be joined by a stellar lineup of artists, including two of my favourite NZ writers; Vanessa Crofskey and Catarina De Peters Leitão. 

Strange Goods, 281 Karangahape Rd, Tuesday 18 February at 6PM 

Standing By

Lastly, Stand By Me is playing at Hollywood Avondale next Sunday! Come relive your childhood or if you're too young for that to be a factor, do yourself a favour and experience this 80’s classic.. The movie is based on a Stephen King Short novella and  features a young River Phoenix and one of the Corey’s (I can never remember which one is which). 

Hollywood Avondale, Sunday February 23 at 2PM


Written by

Dominic Hoey

14 Feb 2020

Dominic Hoey is an author, playwright and poet based in Tāmaki Makaurau. His debut novel, Iceland was a New Zealand bestseller and was long-listed for the 2018 Ockham Book Award.

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