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Your high five events for Thursday 11 October

A reminder: This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous high-five 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.  Don’t be like bearded bell-end Hamish Macdonald and claim that you’re so bored you have to show off and break the Water Whirler breaker. Get amongst.

Edit for Equity continues the series of four Wikipedia edit-a-thons to increase the online presence of women and non-binary New Zealanders. Today’s session on Film and Music is from 5.00 to 9,00pm at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, 84 Taranaki Street. See Tuesday’s High-Five for details or go here.

John McKinnon served twice as New Zealand ambassador to China and Mongolia (2001-2004; then 2015-2018). In between these two postings he was successively a deputy secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Secretary of Defence and Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. McKinnon is now a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University and will deliver the free talk, New Zealand’s China – Past, Present and Future, for the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs from 5.30 to 6:30pm at Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1, Victoria University of Wellington Pipitea Campus, 23 Lambton Quay.

Lots of music in town tonight. There’s La Boheme at the Opera House from NZ Opera (which gets $2.5 million finding from Creative NZ every year for putting on old white Europe’s idea of culture with a minimum ticket price of $50.00). And Chamber Music New Zealand, who get CNZ funding of $850,000 this year and next but at least make an effort towards the 21st century, presenting “ace of bass” Piers Lane, Hiroshi Ikematsu and the NZ String Quartet at the TSB Arena with Ross Harris’ composition Orowaru alongside trad fare: the 200-year-old  Schubert “Trout” Quintet and a bit of Rossini. You can get a cheap seat for $35.00.

People with less cash and ears to the future should explore other, more affordable options.

Psychedelic funk rockers We Are Home hit the stage in advance of Winds of Change, their first “album” (SO last century) at Moon in Newtown, 7.30pm start, $7 cover).

Hoonhunters continue their October jazz-funk series inspired by different key music places around the world – Detroit, California, Brazil, and London- with a free Thursday gig at Rogue & Vagabond, Garrett Street, featuring Daniel Hayles (keys), Daniel Ryland (guitar), Riki Gooch (drums), Johnny Lawrence (bass) and Cory Champion (drums).

In a one-off performance featuring music from three EPs released between 2010 and 2012 (Glass, Into Clear, Bright) Glass Vaults perform their ethereal pop, stoner gospel, chillwave and shoegaze music with custom designed visuals beneath the Planetarium dome at Space Place, Carter Observatory. Doors open 8pm; tickets $15.00.

And the first Wellington heat of the Battle of the Bands 2018 National Championship takes place at Valhalla, Vivian Street, from 8.00 to 11.00pm for a $10.00 entry. Fighting it out are Adoneye, Bingo Fighter, Bush Faced Monkeys, and Deadringer. (It’s not too late to join in: head to http://battleofthebands.co.nz).