Down at the City Gallery on Friday night they are running another one of their Late Night Sessions, where you get to cruise around the big exhibition (this time it’s the biennial Prospect show) in relative peace and listen to lovely live music while you do so. And all for free.

City Gallery’s popular late night Friday returns. Wander through Telecom Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand to a backdrop of independent and electronic sounds by local performers. Featuring Peneloping, Tc Wedde with Luke Buda, and Aspen.

The lovely Luke Buda is of course in The Phoenix Foundation, as is (the equally lovely) Tc Wedde. Aspen is also lovely and also known as Signer, and is one half of Over the Atlantic and one half of Skallander. And the “medium-core girl-boy plinkpop!” Peneloping also have a very good reputation as a live act. Having experienced Late Night Sessions many times before – from the point of view both of a performer and a patron – I can heartily recommend this event.

Then on Saturday March the 24th, from 10:00am ’til 2:00pm, Aro Street’s newly revamped park is the site of the Aro Valley Fair.

Experience bohemian inner city life at the annual Aro Valley fair. The fair will have stalls selling everything from jewellery to food. There will also be live bands and entertainment featuring Olmecha Supreme and Homefire Burning. Make sure you drop by and check out the rhythm and soul of Aro Valley.

It’s been a long damn time before there hasn’t been some kind of construction or roading work in Aro Street or the park; I’m looking to the fair as some sort of unofficial “re-opening” celebration as much as anything else. ‘Rain day’ for the fair is Sunday, 25 March.