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Your high five events for Friday 9 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

In the Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture 2018, John Carty, Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide, and board member of the National Commission for UNESCO will present Imagining an Australian Museum. Professor Carty looks at how the South Australian Museum has responded to the custodianship of one of the most important collections of Aboriginal material culture in the world, with a comprehensive rethink over the past two years of its policies and practices, and the politics of both. The Dr Michael Volkerling lecture is delivered by National Services Te Paerangi in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington, and if free to the public from 12.30 to 2.00pm in Rongomaraeroa, Te Papa.

In three lunch time talks under the Life After Armistice banner, Jane Tolerton, Steven Loveridge and Barbara Mulligan will each draw on their unique knowledge of the First World War to present on what life was like after the signing of the armistice agreement on 11 November, 1918 that ended the fighting on land, sea and air. The talks at the National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street from 12.10 to 1.40pm will focus on the lives of people to relate to the content of the exhibition Goodbye to All That: Armistice 1918, curated by students of VUW Museum and Heritage Studies. Jane Tolerton will speak to her upcoming book that focuses on the lives of three men who were teenagers when they went to war. Steven Loveridge will speak about his current research which focuses on the different positions former servicemen came to in regards to their wartime experiences. Barbara Mulligan will discuss her ongoing projects which focus on Wellington war memorials and the restoration of the gravestones of Influenza victims at Karori cemetery. Each speaker will present for around 20 to 30 minutes and there will be around five minutes for questions at the end of each presentation.

If he had lived, transcendent soul singer Charles Bradley would have celebrated his 70th birthday on Monday. Bradley overcame adversity to achieve international acclaim late in life, releasing his first album No Time for Dreaming at the age of 62, followed by two more records – Victim of Love and Changes – and extensive world wide touring, before his untimely death in 2017. In celebration of his life, Daptone imprint Dunham Records release his fourth and final album today: Black Velvet. Join the Radio Active 88.6FM Soul Affair DJs at Hataitai’s Waitoa Social Club from 4.00pm to honour his legacy, hear the new album and get down to his back catalogue and assorted soul music treats. And check out the mural on the corner of Waitoa and Williams Streets (pictured above, on the wall of Big Wash laundrette) and share a photo with the hashtag #charlesbradleyforever for the chance to win a gift package.

There are two LitCrawl Extended events on today, before the big weekend. The 6.30pm workshop Writing Sexy, at Double Denim HQ in Cuba Street, will be a hands-on education in the craft of writing to induce the fever featuring with Aotearotica editor Laura Borrowdale, and Melody Thomas , creator and host of hit RNZ podcast, BANG! Wine and nibbles included. The Poetry Showcase at Meow in Edward Street, celebrates poetry in performance with Iranian American poet Kaveh Akbar, Raymond Antrobus from the UK, Ireland’s Doireann Ní Ghríofa and locals Tayi Tibble, Dominic Hoey, Erik Kennedy, Hadassah Grace, and 2018 National Poetry Slam regional finalist Esme Oliver, and winner Jordan Hamel. Hosted by Ray Shipley.

It’s the first Wellington Semi Final of the Battle of the Bands 2018 National Championship tonight at Valhalla, 154 Vivian Street. Six bands square off for a shot at the big national prize pack, including a 2019 international tour, a recording session at top Brisbane studio Red Engine with renowned UK producer Steve James (son of Sid!), promotion through Musik Radio Promotions, and gear prizes from Jansen Sound, Allen & Heath and Audio Technica. The semi-finalists – Axaeon, Bingo Fighter, Bush Faced Munkeyz, Dream State Empire, Jef Minus and Space Doubt – start playing from 8.30pm, running to 1.30am for just $10 (presales from Eventfinda) or $15.00 on the door (R18).