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Your high five events for Friday 7 September

It’s Onesie Day, with the Orange Day Parade, Suffrage in Stitches, the McQueen doco, and a whole lotta folk, metal and Ethiopiques.

Today is Wellington Free Ambulance Onesie Day, the annual appeal for the only emergency ambulance service in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa area. The appeal extends to Saturday with a long weekend featuring many different events and activities, from community BBQs, to work place fundraisers, school muftis and the region-wide street collection. Funds raised go directly towards new ambulances, life-saving equipment, advanced clinical training and research, and more. Get into your onesie, or have your cash ready to support Wellington Free Ambulance at the street appeal. Or you can text ONES to 2449 to donate $3:00, or donate online at

The Orange Day Parade celebrates and acknowledge the hard work of school traffic safety teams who are out rain or shine to help students cross the road and get to school safely. From 10:00am, over 1400 students will march from Parliament along Lambton Quay and Willis Street to Wakefield Street, and a celebration at the Michael Fowler Centre hosted by Wellington City Council.Show them your support.

Suffrage in Stitches starts today, with Re Sew, Voice Arts and friends taking over the Harbour Board Room (under the glassy eyed stare of historical ChairMEN portraits), in the Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay. It will be converted into a fabric workshop to rework the suffrage petition, an inclusive project where participants can learn new skills, discuss women’s issues, research family connections with the petition, and share stories and experiences. The stitching takes place from 10:00am through 5:00pm daily to Saturday 15 September (free to all) with the installation of the completed work taking place on the afternoon of 18 September, in time for Suffrage 125, the following day.

One of the (many) standout films at the recent New Zealand International Film Festival was McQueen, a documentary as beautifully constructed as the extraordinary garments created during a stellar career by British designer Alexander McQueen (above, with is mother). Not just for the fashionistas, this is one for anybody concerned with artistic vision and the creative process, with some spectacular and disturbing runway shows. McQueen screens at Lighthouse Cuba and The Penthouse (110mins; Rating: M, offensive language, nudity, rape references & suicide references).

You’re too late to get tickets to Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the Hunter Lounge, and to Marlins Dreaming and Soaked Oats at San Fran, but the town is full of other gigs tonight.

The Faustians Duo are playing at The Fold, a small secret venue at 39 Webb Street, hosted by Julie Lamb (6:30pm start, $15:00 entry). They bring you music from deep within the Appalachian old-time traditions: tub-thumping dance tunes, songs of the pioneers, old gospels, and their own dark mountain-forged originals, ranging from the full sound to just a lone voice with a clapped rhythm. The Faustian’s Helena will be joined by Kate McCann, a young songstress and banjo player from the States for double banjo and songs from the powerful Shape Note tradition.

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the mountains of Southern New Zealand, Holly Arrowsmith is a forerunner in New Zealand’s folk revivalist movement, winning the 2016 Best Folk Album VNZMA Tui Award with her debut For The Weary Traveller. She is on tour showcasing her second full-length album, A Dawn I Remember, with accompaniment from multi instrumentalist Phill Jones and special guest Mimi Gilbert, and plays one Wellington show only at Meow in Edward Street (9:30pm start, $20:00 entry).

Demon Fetal Harvest present a Demon night at Valhalla, Vivian Street (9:00pm start, $10 entry), as part of their September North Island tour, showcasing a tribute to the legendary Megadeth with special guests Street Survivors (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band), and original local music from XFM and Sentences.

The latest edition of Khufus Ethiopiques at Havana Bar in Wigan Street (10:00pm start, $5:00 entry), features some of Wellington’s finest playing some of the golden tunes of the great Ethiopiques era: Ato Baidoo (Ghana) on drumkit and percussion, Justin Firefly Clarke on wah guitar, Garam Jung, Lucien Johnson and Jake Baxendale on saxophones and keyboards, and Patrick Bleakley on bass.