First Thursdays

First Thursdays 4 December

First Thursdays New Orleans Style 4 December 6-9pm

We are pleased to announce the next instalment of the ever popular K Rd First Thursdays celebration for the year. On Thursday 4th December, K Rd and surrounds will transform into a vibrant New Orleans style carnival, complete with jazz bands, street performances, activations in various zones all around the K Rd area and will offer your slice of the strip with a buzzing crowd for the night!


Queen Street Corners

Waikare on Q 536 Queen St Level 3 Te Otai o Te Tai Ao Echos from the environment 4-14 Dec - A musical experience and exhibition by Taonga Puora musician and artist Matiu Dallas Maire with special New Orleans Cross Cultural Collaborative Southern Style Maori Blues Jam Session. Whare Kai - serving fry bread and Gumbo.

Wooden Board Kitchen 4 Upper Queen St Catfish & Hurricanes Louisiana Creole cuisine. Entrees: WBK hushpuppies with chili jam and sour cream, fried shrimp with Cajun mayo and coleslaw, catfish goujons with tartare. Mains: Prawn and chicken jambalaya, southern fried chicken, slow cooked BBQ pork ribs, grilled corn succatach. Desserts: Beignets with caramel sauce, Banana foster cake. Cocktails: Sazerac, The hurricane and French 75. Classic New Orleans tunes/music and their lovely staff will be dressed New Orleans style.

Along K RD

Revel Café 146 K Road Imaginary Friends An art show with artist SP. Enjoy New Orleans inspired cocktails and Cajun style food specials.

Monster Threads 161 K Road Mississippi Monsters Monster Valley will transform Monster Threads into the Mississippi River bank. But don’t get too close… alligators bite…

Ironbank 150 K Rd

Ironbar Cafe 7pm & 7.45pm The Brazilian Divas Based in Auckland, their dancers are the most authentic samba dance group providing an unforgettable experience! Trained in a wide range of Latin American dance styles, the Divas deliver a unique and exciting performance. While being wowed by the dancers, dine on Michael’s delicious Creole style BBQ. 8pm Rebecca Melrose Trio Jazz Band Playing Big Easy Tunes soul-infused jazz with influences broad and many, in the Ironbank Courtyard.

Biz Dojo Co.Space Suite 108 FORM 2014: Media Design School Graduate Diploma Exhibition Students of the Graduate Diploma of Creative Technology from Media Design School are showcasing their end year projects. This is a chance to see innovative student works ranging from diverse disciplines such as Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, 3D Animation, Graphic Design and Web and Interactive.

Broke & Desperate & Sew Love Tea Do NOLA Second Line Umbrellas The locals call it NOLA, it is New Orleans! Where the heat overwhelms you and the music surrounds you – if you’re out on the street for any festival or party you’re gonna catch sight of a second line umbrella. Originating from the Jazz Funerals of the 1800’s they have a special place in the rich cultural history of New Orleans. For First Thursday’s we’re doing a bit of respectful appropriation to prepare you for the summer sun. Come decorate an umbrella with second line beads, tinsel, ribbons and fabric, then take it to the streets for a li’l dancing. BYO umbrella appreciated but we will have some available.

St Kevin’s Arcade 179 K Rd

Christmas Shopping Stores will offer a float-load of festive specials to jazz up every wardrobe, cupboard and shelf in your home!

Alleluya Café & Bar Twistin’ the Swing & A Slice Of Pineapple Dance along with the live band Twistin’ The Swing an all-acoustic live band with a wide repertoire mixture of world and gypsy swing music or sit back and watch the dance displays by A Slice Of Pineapple - specialists in vintage beats, vintage jazz and dixieland performance.

Honeytrap Nod to the DJ to playing New Orleans jazz and blues in the Honeytrap loft. Typical New Orleans food will be served; hurricane cocktails, red beans and rice, and muffaletta sandwiches.

Cross Street

Millers Coffee 31 Cross St “The Classics” Millers Coffee events need no description. The classics will be on offer: espresso, music, and the roastery’s famous hospitality.

Barbeque Street Party Cross St Cross St will host a good old fashioned garage sale and impromptu BBQ.

Cross Street Arcade 214 K Rd

Generation Zero Underwater Rave Welcome to an underwater themed party. Celebrating New Orleans music, while raising awareness about climate change. Expect dancers in windows, snorkels and themes of blue.

Pop Up Arcade Pop Up Arcadians provide a “reality reality” experience where people solve puzzles in a non-virtual world. There will also be collaborative story making - anyone can add to a story that develops over the night.

Community Vending Machine A new medium for creatives to sell, promote and experiment. Come and experience the vending machine in action!

Markets 203 & 225 K Rd

Twice as Nice markets Two Markets, one night, same block! The legendary La Gonda Market in La Gonda Arcade, 203 K Road and The Bread and Butter Letter’s Garage Sale Markets at 225 K Road, are pairing up for a night of Christmas shopping goodness. The two spaces will host clothing sales, craft and bric-a-brac between each other! These markets will be an event you’ll want to mark on the map since there is so much up for grabs!

Blush Gallery La Gonda Arcade 203 K Road 69 Selfies This will be a show where Blush invite interesting people to send them a selfie with a work title. The gallery will then get them printed out with their title and put them around the room. The event is a merging of cyberspace and IRL.

Beresford Square & Pitt St

Three-In-One-Party Beresford Square Winebar, The Station and The Wingman combine for a night of music and dance on the square. Swing to the sounds of a four-piece band comprising drummer, base saxophone and keys from The Auckland Prohibition Big Band. The Station is creating Cajun pizzas and Sazerac cocktails; the official cocktail of Orleans. Watch out for pendant tree baubles adding a bit of sparkle to the atmosphere.

Red Bar 6-8 pm Club Manouche playing Gypsy Jazz Live; the style and essence of Django Rheinhardt. 7pm Chef’s creating the best Louisiana street food to match beautiful cocktails, boutique beers and amazing wine. 8-12pm 5 DJ’s playing the best jazz, soul and funk.

The Audio Foundation 4 Poynton Terrace No Requests 4-20 Dec Joint exhibition by artist/musicians Fraser Austin (Crystal Magic Records, Frase and Bri) and Chris Cudby (Golden Axe, Power Nap). Post-physical artefacts of digital music practice; sculpture, paintings, interactive video works and more.

The West End

Coco’s Cantina 376 K Road 8.30pm the divine Brazilian Divas will perform. Coco’s take their craft seriously and their award winning and much loved team will be running some First Thursdays: New Orleans-Style drinks and food specially created for the night.

The Caker 452 K Road A Cake Art Window Jordan Rondel is creating one of her beautifully adorned handmade cakes reflecting the buzz of Mardi Gras. Stop by her window on the night to be amazed and delighted. The cake especially commissioned by the KBA will be donated to the City Mission the next day!

Safka Continental Goodies 501 K Road Mardi Gras Treats Give Christmas that Mardi Gras taste with delicious Austrian, Belgian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss foodstuffs and confectionery. Complimentary German Dominos served on the night; a sweet snack with a gingerbread base, cherry jelly, marzipan and all coated with dark chocolate.

TÜR 486 K Road Presents Ovna Ovich and Mellow Grave. Sustainably focused Ovna Ovich clothing label for both men and women will present their summer collection through installation and Mellow Grave will DJ and perform later in the evening.

The Keep 405 K Road Found Land “We have lugged these found pieces of land treasure with us for a strangely long time. At times they have taken precedence over practicals without any thought of why one might need the rock instead of the toaster or even a pillow in our next small space. To celebrate this we will be collecting 1 Rock from select Finders homes and displaying them at THE KEEP alongside the finder’s story.”

La Noisette Chocolats & Patisseries 518 K Road BUY one hot drink and get one FREE all night. Order two hot drinks and just pay for one - Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate. Buy a superb handmade pastry or chocolate to go with it. La Noisette is an innovative refreshment eating house, specialising in Viennese and French style chocolates and patisseries and Christmas gift sweet delights.

Objectspace 8 Ponsonby Rd Fingers: Jewellery for Aotearoa New Zealand Celebrating 40 years of the iconic Auckland jewellery gallery. A pop-up shop featuring contemporary works will be open on the night.

Whitespace 12 Crummer Road Art Exhibition: Twinny Julie Ross’s classical training in both ballet and drawing and her powers of intense observation combined with her anarchic and charming sense of humour, make this series a masterful example of visual storytelling through ceramics, bronzes and drawings.

On the Street

The Quick Draw - sketching on the street Beautiful, scary, quirky or monstrous, $5 portraits by the eclectic and talented QuickDraw artists.

Dubtext Improv electronica on the move and in a groovy time warp.

Superhero Second Line What do Superheroes do once they get too old or unfit to carry on saving the world? Learn instruments and start a second line band!!!

1st of May 2014

30+ events across 20 venues live music, exhibitions, live painting, amazing markets, handmade treasures, on street music and djs, art sound and light installations, workshops, 100+ local artists taking part in this event

We were so excited for the Autumn of Love. K Road returned to the glory days of the Sixties for a First Thursdays celebrating all that was mod, jazzy and snazzy. But because this is K Road, we were all about celebrating the hippies and the rockers too!