Exhibition Launch - The Right To Speak
Aug
1
5:30 PM17:30

Exhibition Launch - The Right To Speak

Regan Balzer and Oriwa Morgan-Ward curate a group exhibition called
The Right / Write /Rite to Speak’.  Several female Waikato artists highlight key messages in their portrayal of the importance that having the right / write /rite to speak, and to be heard is, for all wāhine.    
Featured artists include Margaret Aull, Charlotte Graham, Kay De Loutar, Claudia Latisnere, Oriwa Morgan-Ward & Regan Balzer plus others.

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Tami Neilson- Sassafrass New Zealand Tour
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Tami Neilson- Sassafrass New Zealand Tour

The award-winning New Zealand-based singer-songwriter gives fans a taste of what’s to come on SASSAFRASS!, with the album’s lead single ‘Stay Outta My Business’. 

Taking its name from ‘sassafrass’ - slang for a sassy person who isn’t afraid to speak her mind - the album places an emphasis on soul music while not abandoning her country and rockabilly roots. Neilson conjures up a wonderfully retro style that sounds like a lost gem from the late ’50s or early ’60s; however, beneath the classic veneer are frank, highly relevant lyrics.

This event is at Clarence St Theatre

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The Wise Women Collective
Aug
2
11:30 AM11:30

The Wise Women Collective

We all love the wise women in our lives, especially those whose wisdom was gained over years of experience. Toi Wāhine invites local wise women to join us for a fun morning of laughter, chatting and companionship. Come along with friends or solo and spark up new friendships, while enjoying the hospitality of the Velvet Saloon.  Morning tea and entertainment will be provided.

In Association with Browsers Bookshop

This is a free event for our wonderful Wise Women 60 yrs and over. Please register your name and contact details at
info@toiwahine.co.nz

 

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A Revealing Thyme
Aug
2
1:30 PM13:30

A Revealing Thyme

On January 28th, 1861, the immigrant ship, the Lady Egidia docked at Port Chalmers, New Zealand. Disembarking passengers included Arthur and Mary Best, from Chatham, Kent. Lured by reports of fortune and health, Mary and Arthur were eager to discover what possibilities awaited them... Through the anecdotes and properties of medicinal plants, Mary Best reveals love, hope, despair and loss, as the play weaves aspects of colonial history with an emotional journey into one-woman’s life. It conjures images of our gold mining frontier and reveals colonial ideas of health and wellness. A Revealing Thyme is a captivating and enchanting performance that will stay with you long after you leave.  

Matinee Tickets : $10.00

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Panel Discussion - The Definition of ME
Aug
2
5:30 PM17:30

Panel Discussion - The Definition of ME

(In Association with Kahurangi )

This is a chat about the idea of tuning out society's expectations and having the courage to define one's own self-worth. Forget the social media stats, likes, views, followers or friends you may or may not have and embrace the realness of what makes you.

Hear from a group of authentic and kick arse women, including TV’s Sonia Gray, Damaris Coulter of Coco's Cantina and 'The Realness', Taryn Kljakovic from the Women’s Collective and Hamilton YWCA's own Zeta Mohn, who aren't afraid to tell you warts and all how they manage to roll out of bed, even on their bad days, and make great stuff happen.

Tickets : $15 / $20.00

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Opera Divas
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Opera Divas

Internationally acclaimed opera diva Pamela Wallace is joined by Sarah Court and Elaine Woganand accompanied by Alex Wiltshire for a night of operatic arias and glamour. 

The all new programme features works by Bellini, Bizet, Massenet, Moore, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Saint Saens, Sondheim and Richard Strauss.

Music lovers can look forward to well-known gems from Carmen, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, Marriage of Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Samson and Delilah, Sweeney Todd, Thais, La Sonnambula and La Rondine and other popular operatic repertoire.

This event is at Clarence St Theatre

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Comedy : Justine Smith
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Comedy : Justine Smith

Justine Smith has been performing for bloody ages, and has really made her mark as one of New Zealand’s premier stand ups.This show, A Chandelier and a Pint of Beer, has been two years in the making. First performed at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, it has grown and developed into a brilliant heart-felt show, that has audiences beaming as they leave the theatre.

It tells the story of her journey to this point in life, her family, and unique situation. It’s a departure from just telling jokes, it is a moving tale liberally peppered with hilariousness.

Along with the Billy T Award, Justine’s won the NZ Comedy Guild Best Female (twice), and NZCG Best MC (also twice) in recent years, meaning her peers in the industry have voted to say they think she’s smashing it.

"I doubled over with laughter" – theatreview.org.nz

Tickets : $20 / $25.00

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Literary Salon # 14
Aug
3
5:30 PM17:30

Literary Salon # 14

In collaboration with Browsers Bookshop and The Meteor Theatre, we present a special Toi Wāhine Literary Salon. It’s our 14th Salon…can we call it a Sonnet?

Our local literary scene is full of creative and determined women, this Salon features three stars from an extraordinary line-up of Waikato based talent. Therese Lloyd , Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey. This will be an inspiring evening for readers and writers to meet and converse. With special guest MC for the evening - Dr Nicola Daly!

Relax with a free drink in the ‘Velvet Saloon’ and enjoy an exchange of ideas with our speakers:

In association with Browsers Bookshop

Tickets : $15.00 - includes a free drink.
Tickets available at Browsers.

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Julia Deans
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

Julia Deans

Julia Deans is proud to announce a special nationwide tour in celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘We Light Fire’.
Inspired by world events, friends, and family, We Light Fire is an album that examines both what it means to be human, and our spectrum of strength and vulnerability

Tickets $40.00

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The Lady Killers
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Lady Killers

The Lady Killers is a dream team of New Zealand female vocalists. From a whisper to a scream and everything in between, Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynchand Jackie Clarke make beautiful music bursting with harmony. 

The The Lady Killers approach is simple; take great songs and lovingly accessorize them with harmony. They brazenly cross genres; pop, R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Country and a whole lotta Rock ‘n Roll all get The Lady Killer treatment. Basically, these gals take any song they fancy and make it their own. They’re well- seasoned professionals doing what they do best; singing from the heart and soul and singing for the sheer joy it brings them and their audiences. 

A Lady Killers performance is a dazzling vocal tour de force full wonderful pin drop moments, warmly presented by three women who know how to entertain and have a bloody good laugh too!

This event is at Clarence St Theatre

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Emerging Voices -  A Work in Progress
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Emerging Voices - A Work in Progress

Emerging Voices: A Work in Progress showing of ‘Wāhine’, devised by Cove Theatre and directed by Cian Gardner. The piece explores the relationships between women within the whanau. Specifically, the knowledge and experiences interchanged between generations. We are interested in the concept of Mana Wāhine within the everyday woman. What does it mean for each of the characters to be a woman during their time. What are their fears, aspirations, conflicts, and joys? How is that shared with children and grandchildren, and how is it perceived?

Please come along and see the bones of our piece, Wāhine, and help to shape the future of the work. Cove Theatre wants to share Māori and Pasifika stories.. Standing on the grounds of inclusion and authentic storytelling, our kaupapa is to create a sense of belonging for all.

*A free event for all* 

 

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Panel Discussion - A Woman's Worth
Aug
4
5:30 PM17:30

Panel Discussion - A Woman's Worth

Facilitated  by Kerre McIvor and featuring ex and current Waikato Women  Paula Penfold, Margaret Evans, Fiona Gower + special guests, we delve into their personal and professional journeys as women and the life lessons they've learnt along the way.  An intelligent and entertaining discussion on ways to empower ourselves and each other, while providing a platform for collective reflection on addressing challenges and opportunities in supporting the role of all women.

In association with Caroline Eve

Tickets : $30.00 includes a glass of wine

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Theatre: The World's Wife
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Theatre: The World's Wife

The Real Housewives of History Tell All!

Celebrity wives from history dish the dirt on their famous husbands and reveal the truth behind the myths!   You know them as heroes of fable and fairy-tale, scientists, artists and gangsters -  but find out what really went on behind the fame and in the minds of those who knew them best – their wives!

Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the long-suffering Mrs Aesop to the sophisticated Mrs Beast, from the adoring Queen Kong to the soulful Anne Hathaway, each one steps out to tell her side of the story..

Original, subversive, feminist, full of imagination and wit, The World’s Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her best. The poems will be bought to life in a staged reading by a range of local women, all bringing their own unique take on these celebrity wives of the past. Come along for a history lesson like no other!

Readers include: Cian Gardiner/ Sarah Nathan/ Charlotte Isaac / Jan Maree/ Leafa Wilson / Maree Mills/ Margaret Evans / Rachel Pope / Maria Eaton/ Hannah and Missy Mooney and other surprise guests!

“Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk. The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore. The Marrying kind. The Rake. The Rat…Mr Right.”

 Tickets : $15/$20.00

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E Kō!  : Hey Girl!
Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

E Kō! : Hey Girl!

Mums bring your daughters...Daughters bring your aunties...Aunties bring your nieces .. Bring your cousins, little sisters and granddaughters...Or come on your own!

A free interactive event for (mostly) young girls/women to try their hand at various activities they might not have experienced before ... No makeup tutorials on offer here, instead learn how to handle a power drill, change a tyre, self-defence moves, the basics of DJing and so much more fun stuff....

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s hard. You’ve got to go out and kick butt
— MAYA ANGELOU

*THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR ALL WOMEN 12YRS AND OVER*

 

 

 

 

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Workshop : DJing with Nicola Tims
Aug
5
1:30 PM13:30

Workshop : DJing with Nicola Tims

So you love the idea of mixing music but are intimidated by all the technology? Ex Hamilton DJ Nicola Tims will  run a hands on workshop teaching participants the do’s and don’ts of basic audio including mixing a few of their own favourite tracks. Nicola will also touch on what’s the best starter equipment and the rules around using other peoples music and how to do it legally.

This workshop is being run as part of E Ko : Girls Day
*Spaces are limited*


Tickets: $10.00

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Film Night: Mankiller
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Film Night: Mankiller

(In association with Māoriland Film Festival)

This is the story of an American hero.  One who stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Someone who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless.  And yet few people know her name.  This is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985.  MANKILLER examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller.

In 1998, recognising her impressive leadership and achievements, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Medal of Freedom.  A stalwart activist for women's rights, Wilma Mankiller was cited by the organisers of the January 2017 Women's March on Washington as one of the most important leaders in America's movement for equality. And yet, most people still don’t know her name. 

MANKILLER reminds audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership and serves as a wakeup call to take action for positive change.

* ONE SCREENING ONLY*

Tickets $15.00

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The Chapel Perilous
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Chapel Perilous

In 1971, Sylvia Lawson wrote about Sally Banner – “Wearing her hair like armour Sally storms her way to a place in the Australian imagination….an incandescent heroine.”
Dorothy Hewett’s play is full of lyricism, music, satire and a healthy dose of self-parody. The Chapel Perilous traces the life of Sally Banner over 4 decades; from 1930’s to 1960s, as she evolves from defiant schoolgirl, to communist speaker to a world-renowned poet. Hewett’s freedom of style embraces tragedy, farce, naturalism, expressionism, and musical comedy. Presented by Carving in Ice Theatre. Directed by Gaye Poole.

Sally: “I seek the Chapel Perilous and by my courage and great heart I will win through.”

A PAY WHAT YOU THINK IT’S WORTH EVENT AT CLARENCE ST THEATRE

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Workshop : The Baby Whisperer
Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop : The Baby Whisperer

Sharlene Poole is an internationally acclaimed baby advisor. Her unique approach, after many years working with families in the privacy of their own homes, has earned her the title of New Zealand’s Baby Whisperer.
If you are about to be a new mum or are or know someone who may be struggling with feeding and sleep routines and would benefit from this hands on workshop then get in quick. 

*Spaces are limited*


Tickets : $15.00

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Zeitgeist:#TheFutureIsFemale
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Zeitgeist:#TheFutureIsFemale

Hold on to your pussy hats: Zeitgeist is back with another selection of great acts from the Waikato and beyond!
The theme for this Zeitgeist is #TheFutureIsFemale, and we’re celebrating the amazing, talented, hilarious, strong wāhine who grace our beautiful region.
Starting with a discussion with well-known, local women about their work and creative process, and then stay for performances and screenings from some of those very same women (as well as a few special guests).

From spoken word to music, from stand-up comedy to film to serious musings on the universe, The Meteor Theatre and the Toi Wāhine are going to prove once and for all that the future is here...and the future is female

Tickets : $15.00

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The Chapel Perilous
Aug
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Chapel Perilous

In 1971, Sylvia Lawson wrote about Sally Banner – “Wearing her hair like armour Sally storms her way to a place in the Australian imagination….an incandescent heroine.”
Dorothy Hewett’s play is full of lyricism, music, satire and a healthy dose of self-parody. The Chapel Periloous traces the life of Sally Banner over 4 decades; from 1930’s to 1960s, as she evolves from defiant schoolgirl, to communist speaker to a world-renowned poet. Hewett’s freedom of style embraces tragedy, farce, naturalism, expressionism, and musical comedy. Presented by Carving in Ice Theatre. Directed by Gaye Poole.

Sally: "I seek the Chapel Perilous and by my courage and great heart I will win through."

A PAY WHAT YOU THINK IT’S WORTH EVENT AT CLARENCE ST THEATRE

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Panel Discussion - What I Deserve?
Aug
8
5:30 PM17:30

Panel Discussion - What I Deserve?

Know your worth. Never settle for less than you deserve.

A conversation on some of the many obstacles and issues women face in our homes and workplaces today. With health and domestic violence issues so common at home, and inequality, bullying, unconscious bias and lack of diversity at work, we examine what we can do, individually and collectively, to combat these.  This panel is made up of some of Waikato's most passionate and committed wāhine that walk the talk every day.

“It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible. 
What we need is for more birds to fly above it and s**t all over it, so we can see it properly.”
— CAITLIN MORAN

In association with DTI Lawyers

Tickets:    $15 / $20.00

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Film Night : WARU
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Film Night : WARU

ACCLAIMED NZ FILM

Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community.

'Although perhaps a tough-sell on paper, Waru stands a sturdy testament to the way film can generate resonant art from difficult subject matter. All New Zealanders should see it.' NZ Herald

Tickets : $10 / $15.00

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A Revealing Thyme
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

A Revealing Thyme

On January 28th, 1861, the immigrant ship, the Lady Egidia docked at Port Chalmers, New Zealand. Disembarking passengers included Arthur and Mary Best, from Chatham, Kent. Lured by reports of fortune and health, Mary and Arthur were eager to discover what possibilities awaited them... 

Through the anecdotes and properties of medicinal plants, Mary Best reveals love, hope, despair and loss, as the play weaves aspects of colonial history with an emotional journey into one-woman’s life. It conjures images of our gold mining frontier and reveals colonial ideas of health and wellness. A Revealing Thyme is a captivating and enchanting performance that will stay with you long after you leave. 

Tickets $15/ $20.00

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New York New York
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

New York New York

New Zealand singer and actress Ali Harper (A Doris Day Special, Legendary Divas, Mamma Mia) accompanied by Hamilton’s very own David Sidwell (Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia) are off to New York!

A friendship spanning 23 years, Ali accompanied by David are off to perform Ali’s Cabaret show ‘A Down Under Diva!’at the world famous Don’t Tell Mama which is located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s theatre district. The iconic Cabaret Club has had countless luminaries grace the stage such as Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler and Kristin Chenoweth to name just a few.

Join Ali and David at Clarence St Theatre for New York New York along with special guests local artists Pamela Wallace and Gwen Lyon for two shows only.

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Theatre: The First Time
Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

Theatre: The First Time

The First Time’- FIRST LOVE. FIRST BLOOD. FIRST BASE. FIRST TIME. Five young women on the cusp; an explosive first date with adulthood. Written by NZ playwright Courtney Rose Brown, this is a show by women, for women. These are your sisters, friends, daughters and lovers

TICKETS : $15 / $20 / $25.00

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Workshop: Artist Management with Jan Hellriegel
Aug
10
1:30 PM13:30

Workshop: Artist Management with Jan Hellriegel

So you are now thinking about recording your music or you have already been in the studio . What now?

The music business is a business and the best way to get ahead is know how it works. Learn the in's and out's of looking after your rights , including copyright law, how the music industry works and where the money flows. Let an experienced industry professional AND a recorded artist fill you in on how everything fits and how you can use this information to get ahead.  

If you are going to write, record and release music then this workshop is for you.

Tickets :  $15.00

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Literature : Women of Mayhem
Aug
10
5:30 PM17:30

Literature : Women of Mayhem

Since 2014 Mayhem Literary Journal has been bringing you the best new writing from the Waikato – writing that’s strong, alive, urgent, dynamic, risky, human, informed. Based at the University of Waikato, Mayhem has been driven by the talents and energies of an exciting team of young Waikato writers – and it’s now open to submissions nationwide! (www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/mayhem) At Toi Wahine, Mayhem presents a celebration of the female voices who have featured in its early issues, bringing together a gifted group of poets and prose writers to read work that takes the breath and burns the page!

Tickets : $10.00

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New York New York
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

New York New York

New Zealand singer and actress Ali Harper (A Doris Day Special, Legendary Divas, Mamma Mia) accompanied by Hamilton’s very own David Sidwell (Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia) are off to New York!

A friendship spanning 23 years, Ali accompanied by David are off to perform Ali’s Cabaret show ‘A Down Under Diva!’at the world famous Don’t Tell Mama which is located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s theatre district. The iconic Cabaret Club has had countless luminaries grace the stage such as Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler and Kristin Chenoweth to name just a few.

Join Ali and David at Clarence St Theatre for New York New York along with special guests local artists Pamela Wallace and Gwen Lyon for two shows only.

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Theatre: Aunty
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Theatre: Aunty

HELLO EVERYONE ITS YOUR AUNTY HERE FAMILY BBQ WILL BE AT MINE THIS YEAR. BRING A PLATE BUT I'M ON A DIET SO PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE. BYO BOOZE AND DURRIES. NO SCABS THIS YEAR THANK YOU.

WINNER BEST COMEDY AUCKLAND FRINGE 2017

AUNTY is back, and more outrageous than ever.  Johanna Cosgrove  with her award-winning solo performance for the family reunion you never knew you wanted or needed. We’re not kidding. You really should bring a plate.

Tickets : $20 / $25.00

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Magnetic Hub
Aug
11
1:30 PM13:30

Magnetic Hub

  • The Meteor Theatre - Velvet Saloon (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We draw women together. Magnetic Hub is New Zealand's unique community of like-minded women on a journey of personal growth and development.
At Magnetic Hub we enable you to create intimate connections, encourage challenging and courageous conversations and empower you to develop yourself and others around you.
Our community is for all women regardless of your industry, career stage, age - remove the labels - we are for everyone.  This event will draw together a small group of women who are seeking an afternoon of connection.  Our content is unique and curated with love and care for members each month. If you would enjoy the chance to dip your toes into our world and experience a taster session with Magnetic Hub leaders from our region, you're probably in the right place. Who knows?

Numbers are limited......   
*To register for this FREE event
admin@magneticgroup.co.nz

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Pixie Twist Burlesque: Insufferable Crown Wearing
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Pixie Twist Burlesque: Insufferable Crown Wearing

Come and join Pixie Twist and guests for a night of glamour, joy and celebration! With performers donating their time and talent from as far away as Wellington, come and join Pixie and her sparkle whanau as they revel in the success and empowerment of womxn of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and more. Wear your crowns with pride Queens!

Taking out three titles in 2017, including Queen of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival, Pixie Twist has recently been selected to represent New Zealand at international burlesque festivals across the USA, Canada and Australia. (All funds raised will go toward travel costs associated with Pixie's international tour.)

Tickets: 

VIP: $35, includes nibbles and your choice of Pixie Twist magnets. GA: $20

Please note this is an R18 rated event.

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