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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāapa 12 Mahuru

What’s up with Wednesday events? Type design, NZ’s first theatre, true stories told live, some extraordinary sheilas, and supervolcanoes.

Join type designer Kris Sowersby and current designer-in-residence Johnson Witehira for a free lunchtime Open Studio and informal discussion at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 147 Cuba Street, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. As long-time collaborators, the pair will discuss typeface design, beginning with a discussion in response to letterforms designed by Witehira. Following this, Sowersby will demonstrate processes of typeface drawing in software, including the basics of setting up a design file and working on letterforms. The open studio is part of A Working Week, a series of consecutive one-week residencies and accompanying public programmes at Enjoy Public Art Gallery – visitors are welcome to come and go throughout the discussion and demonstration.

Celebrating New Zealand’s first purpose-built theatre is just one of the many events of the first NZ Theatre Month being celebrated in Wellington and throughout the country in September. The Royal Victoria Theatre (above) was the brainchild of erstwhile actor, director, stage manager, producer, playwright and sometime engraver James Henry Marriott, who was involved in almost every facet of its construction. Built on vacant land at the rear of what was then the Ship Inn on Manners Street, the Royal Victoria Theatre opened to fanfare on 12 September 1843. In 2003 Wellington City Council commemorated with a plaque the site at 4 Manners Street where the Royal Victoria once stood. As part of NZ Theatre Month, people will gather at the plaque from 12:15pm today, to again acknowledge an early theatrical pioneer.

You can get a Sheila Doco Double Feature tonight for around $15:00 at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street. Sheilas: 28 Years On is a 2004 film by Annie Goldson and Dawn Hutchesson that charts the history of second-wave feminism in New Zealand, based around a number of women who appeared in the 1976 documentary Women: artist Miriam Cameron, therapist Aloma Parker, novelist Sandi Hall, editor and broadcaster Marcia Russell, and activist Donna Awatere-Huata. It screens from 5:30pm to 6:40pm, tickets are $5:12. No Ordinary Sheila, the life story of nonagenarian natural historian, illustrator and writer Shelia Natusch, plays shortly afterwards (7:00pm to 8:40pm, with general tickets $10:25). This audience favourite from the 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival follows the remarkable, resilient Natusch from the deep south to the wilds of the Wellngton coast, expertly crafted by her cousin and long-time Kiwi filmmaker, Hugh Macdonald (This is New Zealand). There will be more screenings of both films during September.

City Gallery celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with a night of free storytelling- Ngā Tāngata Kōrero mō te Reo: True Stories Told Live – where writers and creatives share their personal journeys with te reo Māori on the theme of kia kaha te reo Māori. The speakers’ lineup includes: Jill Day, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Māori Partnerships; Colin Feslier, journalist and communications advisor at the Māori Language Commission; advocate and academic Te Ripowai Higgins; taonga pūoro musician Horomona Horo; writer Nadine Hura; Matariki Williams, curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa; and Johnson Witehira, artist and communications lecturer at AUT. The evening will be moderated by Khali Philip-Barbara and Te Kahureremoa Taumata, Timotimo, with Ray Ahipene-Mercer as kaitiaki, and starts at 6:00pm. In partnership with Wellington City Council and New Zealand Book Council. Cash bar.

Royal Society Te Apārangi has partnered with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington to present the 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture across 22 towns and cities nationwide. This year’s speaker is geologist Professor Colin Wilson, who was awarded Royal Society Te Apārangi’s highest honour, the Rutherford Medal in 2017, for his research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the dangers they pose. His lecture, The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes, explains the nature of supervolcanoes, the ways in which such volcanoes operate and can be studied, and whether the next eruption is still likely to take us by surprise. It’s free (though registration is recommended), and runs from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Victoria University of Wellington Rutherford House (Pipitea Campus) RHLT1, 33 Bunny Street. The lecture will be repeated tomorrow, Thursday, from 12:30pm  to 1:30pm if that suits you better.