Britomart Highlights this week: Thursday 18 October – Thursday 25 October

Bottomless fries?!?! Yes, really!!! Your Christmas function sorted, new art in our Projectspace Gallery and more.

Christchurch-based Ngāpuhi artist Darryn George works in a text-based style of geometric abstract, rendering formally structured compositions in strong oil colours. Symbols and words of significance from his cultural background weave through his works, as do references from politics and popular culture. Six of his works are now up in our Customs St East Project Space gallery, courtesy of Gow Langsford Gallery. Check them out – as well as our Works on Paper installation featuring Tracey Tawhiao’s work – next time you’re in the area.

The second ep of our new podcast The Good Citizen is online now, courtesy of our friends at The Spinoff. In it, Britomart’s Jeremy Hansen talks to urban designer and landscape architect Henry Crothers, founder of LandLAB (and one of the designers of Auckland’s LightPath), about how he’s helping transform urban spaces all over the country into places that work for people. Listen at this link.

Not booked a Christmas function yet? Generator might just have a solution. They’re hosting a Christmas function with music, canapes from Hipgroup, bubbles and a 3-hour drinks package at their Monkey Bar on Wed 5 Dec for $125 a head. Get details by emailing Eva Thomson at Generator, who can also tell you about hosting your own Christmas function in one of Generator’s great spaces.

How many frites can you eat? Find out by showing up to Ostro for a weekday lunch, and ordering the steak with bottomless frites. The offer’s available from Monday to Friday, 12-4pm, and with the weather warming up, if you get in early and score an outdoor table, it’s perfect for that long client lunch or end-of-year brainstorming session. Email to book.

If you’re a university or high school student who’s heading into the workforce next year, you’re probably going to need a wardrobe that’s a little more office-appropriate than jeans and hoodies. Ted Baker can help you get some stylish workwear sorted with a 20% discount with your student ID cards. The deal runs until November 10.

Kikki K founder Kristina Karlssen’s new book, Your Dream Life Starts Here, is a guidebook to better living. If you stop into the Atrium on Takutai store between 11am and 1pm on Friday 2 November, you can meet her and pick up a signed copy of the book, as well as meet Dr Tererai Trent, Oprah’s “All Time Favourite Guest” who’s touring with Kristina.

Ankur Desai is a man who can slide into a tricky spot with precision. He’s one of the team of expert valet parkers at Britomart’s central Valet Parking (on the corner of Gore and Tyler Streets). Aside from expertly parking cars at the best-deal carpark in downtown Auckland (seriously! Three hours’ parking for $20 and you don’t even need to park the car yourself!), Ankur has a daredevil streak in him, taking his motorbike on regular runs out to Piha… and you better believe he can weave the gaps in the traffic like a professional. Read our chat with him about his job, his favourite eateries and how he spends his weekends here. Photo by Josh Griggs.

Finding the exact right foundation tone for your skin can be tough, and in the transitional seasons it’s especially challenging to get right. But with M.A.C expanding the range of shades for their iconic Studio Fix foundation, it’s getting easier to find your perfect shade. Available now at M.A.C Britomart.

Everyone needs a little TLC sometimes, and the grass in Takutai Square is no exception. It’s been recently given a new lease of life, so it’ll be fenced off for a few days to give it time to settle in, in preparation for a hard-working summer providing a lush carpet for lunchtime loungers (and meditators on Tuesdays and Thursdays).