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Your high five events for Thursday 4 October

Making, Beyblading, two divas, three punk rockers ,and an open late.

Want to be a Maker? Join the Junk and Disorderly Team from REACT at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 9:30am to 3:30pm for Maker Mayhem, collaborating on creative projects, including a large-scale, quirky, mixed-media creature from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Using recycled, upcycled, willow, and found objects, this creative experience mixes wild ideas, sculpture, and recycled art together, with tamariki working on one section of the large sculpture at a time before it’s put together and revealed at Maker Faire Wellington on Sunday 4 November. The sessions are free, suit ages 5+, and also run tomorrow and Saturday, then Monday through Saturday next week.

Two library events today. There’s a free Beyblade Tournament at Newtown Library from 3.00 to 4.00pm. Bring your own Beyblades or use the library ones, and challenge your friends to a battle. Who will emerge victorious? Suitable for children aged 6+ years accompanied by caregivers. Stories @ Six is a fun free family story evening run by the community for the community. Bring the family along to Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library from 6.00 to 6.30pm and enter into a magical time of stories and fantasy. Stories @ Six is ideal for families with children aged 4+ years.

Ab Fab meets Topp Twins in Return of the Divas, as the immaculately pedigreed Vikki Clayton and Gilly Darbey (above) perform at The Fold, Level 5, 39 Webb Street, Mt Cook from 6.30 to 8.30pm as part of a nationwide mini-tour. Vikki Clayton had a career in the 80s with cult folk rock band Ragged Heroes, then joined Fairport Convention, fronted Fotheringhay and formed her own band, releasing a string of solo albums, most recently Messenger, Gilly Darbey has been thrilling audiences all over the world (including NZ) with her sublime voice, and has played at nearly every major venue in the UK. Her latest album is Just Like a Woman. Between them, they have worked with Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention, Jasper Carrott, Van Morrison, Tori Amos and John Martyn, and they will be singing originals mixed in with the covers that made them well known. Tickets are $10:00 (earlybird sales) and $15:00 on the door.

First Thursday of the month means Tuatara Open Late at City Gallery, with Eva Rothschild, Circuit Artists Films, a LitCrawl Taster, plus art, music, beer, wine and food from 5.00pm to 10.00pm (koha entry). This month, Eva Rothschild, Ireland’s artist for the 2019 Venice Biennale, talks about her work, and Circuit Artist Film and Video presents Truth or Consequences, a programme of five new works for cinema by artists Andrew de Freitas, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Vea Mafile`o, Janine Randerson, and Bridget Reweti. Plus, in a special LitCrawl taster, writers Nick Ascroft, Sam Duckor-Jones, Gigi Fenster, Helen Heath, Maraea Rakuraku, and Tayi Tibble respond to the exhibition Patrick Pound: On Reflection.
The programme:

  • 5.00-10.00pm Exhibitions open | DJ TV Disko plays music for the revolution
    5.00–9.30pm Greek Food Truck supper treats, and cash bar
    6.00–7.00pm Circuit Artists Films: Truth or Consequences
    7.00–7.20pm Iconography of Revolt exhibition tour
    7.30–8.30pm Eva Rothschild artist talk
    8.30–9.00pm LitCrawl Taster
    9.00–9.20pm Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land exhibition tour

After a smash hit sell-out season at the NZ Fringe, all-women comedy troupe Discharge are back to rock and roll with more comedy, more noise, but still no boys in Discharge Is Rotten to The Core. This latest instalment in the world of The Rotten Cores – moody and mysterious drummer Sour Grapes (Alayne Dick), classically trained vocalist Lemon Lime Bitters (Harriet Hughes), and rough-around-the-edges punk Peachy Keen (Rosie Howells) – includes live original songs about mouldy homes, high rent, independent contracting, NZ history, jazz school, and going gluten free. There are just three more feminist fruit-themed shows from 8.00 to 9.00pm: tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace.