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Your high five events for Thursday 2 August

Celebrate the Cook Islands, enjoy script vs impro, a session for songwriters, and separate shows featuring a Sydney trumpeter and a Steely Dan sideman workin’ the ‘bone.

Cook Islands mamas (and papas) at the opening of the Islands in Time exhibition, National Library of NZ

To celebrate Cook Islands Language Week, take a guided tour from 11:00am of the photographic exhibition Islands in Time in the Turnbull Room at the National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon. The exhibition features a selection from 700 colour transparencies acquired by the Turnbull Library in 1992, recording the four-month stay by John Colles Burland on Palmerston Atoll in the Cook Islands in 1960. In an unpublished manuscript, Burland wrote about the history of the atoll including the story of William Marsters who arrived in Palmerston in 1863 and died there in 1899, having created a “kingdom” with three Polynesian wives. And from 12:10pm to 1:00pm in Te Ahumairangi on the Ground Floor, in Te au vainetini purotu o te kuki Airani (Beautiful Mamas of the Cook Islands) you can hear the stories of Cook Islands women who have contributed so much to their people and communities.

Scriptprov, the 2017 Henry Award winning show from the United States makes its international debut tonight at BATS Theatre in Wellington, and runs to Saturday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. For three nights, scripted and unscripted performance collide to create an unforgettable evening of theatre, as two actors perform a scene from a well-known play the way it was meant to be seen. Then one of the actors is replaced by an improv performer with no prior knowledge of the scene, and it is replayed. See why this show has left audiences spellbound and delighted. General admission is $16:00.

The big music gig in town tonight is the Phoenix Foundation and the NZSO at the MFC. But there are three other musical gigs to enjoy as well.

The Poquito Songwriter Sessions are back for 2018! These went so well at the end of last year at Poquito, 11a Tory Street, that it’s now a regular Thursday thing. It’s a night for those who actually write and those who want to listen. Bring an original song or two and share what you’ve been working on all these years, and maybe a beverage, with like-minded individuals. It’s free every Thursday from around 7:00pm to 10:00pm with your hosts from Brazil, Ed Curva and Julia Dorry.

Sydney trumpeter Eamon Dilworth has played with Ed Kuepper, Caravana Sun, Nigel Kennedy and Guy Sebastian and has recorded albums with The Dilworths and Tiny Hearts. He showcases the NZ release of his new album, Viatra, at Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki Street between 8:00pm and 10:00pm. Viata means “Life” in Romanian, and the album reflects on Dilworth’s trip to Romania, encountering a new city with a different way of life, morals and stories. General admission is $15.00, and $8:00 for Wellington Jazz Cooperative members and students with ID.

Four top trombonists – Jim Pugh, Irv Wagner, Matthew Allison and Rodger Fox – take to the stage with an all-star backing group at The Rogue and Vagabond, 18 Garrett Street, tonight for Bone Bonanza. Tickets are $10:00, with students $5:00.

Jim Pugh (USA) is a compose, educator and a freelance trombonist in New York City for 25 years. He was lead trombonist with Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd (1972–1976) and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever Band (1977–1978), toured and recorded with Steely Dan, is a founding member of the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, and is on faculty as Distinguished Professor of Jazz Trombone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Irv Wagner (USA) is a founding member of the Oklahoma Brass Quintet, conducts the popular OU Trombone, is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the conductor for many of that orchestra’s pops concerts.

Rodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator and producer. He heads the jazz brass, large ensemble and fusion ensemble at the NZ School of Music.

Matthew Allison is the Associate Principal Trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and a member of New Zealand’s premier trombone quartet BonaNZa, eight-piece contemporary jazz collective The Jac, and the Richter City Rebels.