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Your high five events for Thursday 29 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.

As part of the Science for Lunch series in November, Pat Brownsey will discuss the role of the fern in the social history of New Zealand, and outline some of the reasons it has achieved iconic status. Bring your lunch along for A Social History of the Fern, a talk illustrated with material held at Te Papa, and the personal collection of ephemera held by Browney, who is Curator of Botany and Curator of Stamps at Te Papa, and an authority on the ferns of New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Meet under the large glass treaty on Level 4 for the talk from 12.00 to 1.00pm; tickets are $10.00 for Ferns members, $12.00 students and $15.00 non-members (includes free parking).

At the For the Birds Art Show at Zealandia you can meet nine of their artists and photographers and find out what drives their passion for creating art about birds and nature. Hosted by NZ arts champion and Zealandia volunteer Lynn Freeman, the evening includes Carol Theologo, Hannah Shand, Janice McKenna, Helen Casey, Judi Lapsley Miller, Niels Meyer-Westfeld, Melissa Boardman, Chris Helliwell and Rachel Walker. In addition to items already in the Zealandia shop, each artist is bringing original artworks and prints, framed and unframed, including many new works not previously shown at Zealandia. Join the artists at Zealandia, 53 Waiapu Road, Karori from 5.30 to 7.30pm for a festive evening of bubbly and nibbles and view an exclusive range of fine art.

There’s a free screening of François Ozon’s critically acclaimed 2016 film Frantz (PG-13), from 5.30 to 7.30pm at the brand-new National Library Auditorium, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon. This beautifully presented French/German language film which screened at the 2017 NZIFF,  shows the “other side” of the aftermath of the Great War, following the grieving widow of a German soldier and her journey to forgiveness and healing, and is shown in conjunction with the current Turnbull Gallery exhibition Goodbye to All That: Armistice 1918, which shows that despite the armistice being signed at 11am on 11/11/1918, the war did not cease at this time for those affected by the trauma of the unprecedented conflict.

New Zealand decriminalised prostitution in 2003, and 15 years later remains the only country in the world to have done so. A new book, My Body, My Business, looks at what the changes have meant for the nation’s sex workers. Based on a series of oral history interviews by Caren Wilton, it includes the stories of female, male and transgender workers; Māori and Pākehā; street workers, workers in massage parlours and upmarket brothels, escorts, strippers, private workers and dominatrices, spanning a period from the 1960s to today. Three of the 11 interviewees still work in the industry, and several have been involved with the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective. Wilton’s interviews are complemented by 16 luminous, reflective and multi-layered photographs by Madeleine Slavick. My Body, My Business will be launched by Otago University Press at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, from 6.00 to 7.30pm.

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are the No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip, who draw on their own research and over three years of experience living a zero waste lifestyle to provide an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Rotaract Wellington is pleased to host The Rubbish Trip and their popular presentation, Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach, as party of their travelling project, coming to EALT 206 in the Easterfield Building at Victoria University of Wellington, 21 Kelburn Parade, from 6.00 to 8.00pm. The event is free, with zero-waste nibbles provided, but please register here.

In its final concert of 2018, New Zealand’s leading new music ensemble Stroma present an intimate evening of innovative music in two one-hour performances, from 7:00pm and 9:00pm at Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki Street. Essential Experimental travels the globe for a series of intimate small, strange and fun pieces by Alvin Lucier (USA), James Tenney (USA), John Cage (USA), Chiyoko Szlavnics (CAN), Peter Ablinger (GER) and Antonia Barnett-McIntosh (NZ), as performers Barbara Paterson (voice), Antonia Barnett-McIntosh (voice), Ken Ichinose (cello) and Michael Norris (glass tubes) combine song, speech, rain, harmonics, beat frequencies and vases. Seating is limited; book tickets here (adults $20.00+BF; students $10.00+BF).