Download The Wellington App for more stories like this.

Your high five events for Thursday 23 August

Blackouts, living off the grid, wings and beer, feminisms, and many bands you’ve never heard of… these should all be part of “Thor’s day”.

The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association invite you to Best Black Out from 9:00am through 5:00pm today: blacking out the university to show your support for the Thursdays in Black vision of making the campus free from sexual assault and harassment. VUWSA want to see every lecture theatre and tutorial full of students in their best black clothes to prove that Vic is a community that wants to make a difference. Class reps will organise photos on the day and the best classes will get featured on the vuwsagram. It’s also an opportunity to find out about a number of sexual violence prevention initiatives that VUWSA will be launching.

The best film that’s opening this week is Leave No Trace, at Light House Cuba, Petone and Pauahatanui from around 11:00am and then all day from today, for under $18:00. Leave No Trace premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival, and while you won’t get Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) doing her visiting director Q&A bit, you will get young Wellington actor Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie on screen in a remarkable lead performance as teenager Tom, who has been living off the grid with her father (Ben Foster) in the north west of the USA (both pictured above). It’s a compelling, often chilling drama that speaks strongly to our times. Don’t miss it.

The Cafe Polo crew from Miramar team up with Abandoned Brewery and live duo The Rumble at San Fran, 171 Cuba Street, for Tap, Wing & Surf Rock Takeover. This VWOAP popup event has 10 different free range chicken wings, including chilli date caramel, parmesan garlic crumb, pineapple sriracha and seven more, ready to be washed down with 10 Abandoned beers (lager, stout, APA, IBA, a range of IPAs) to the sounds of live covers of songs by Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and more. Tickets are not required (pay on consumption) for this R18 event from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, and DF, GF and NF diets are catered for.

Why are there so many different feminisms? And why, 125 years after women got the vote in New Zealand, does feminism still get people so worked up? What has changed and why hasn’t change happened faster? Conversation: Feminisms with Dr Hera Cook is a talk on the current state of feminism by the Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Health of Otago University in Wellington from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at Wellington Museum, Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf. Entry by koha.

Three gigs featuring local acts, all R18, all take place around the same time tonight. Six-piece synth-funk and psychedelic honky-tonk outfit Black Minnaloushe perform their latest album Get Down live at Meow, 9 Edward Street, from 8:00pm ($8:00). Sun Girl, Flesh of the Womb, Hum Sufferer and Mutation bring the noise, goth, industrial and metal vibes to Valhalla, 154 Vivian Street, from 8:00pm ($10:00). Two music BFFs are having a party to celebrate friendship and feelings: Ingrid and the Ministers (Ingrid Saker, Tony Paine, Kim Andrews, Peter Scriven and Sylvie McCreanor) recently released a new EP, and Bored Housewives Club (Alayne Dick and Aaron Pyke) have just become an official band. Expect extra special poetry guests and zines at Caroline, 1-5 Manners Street, from 9:00pm ($10:00).