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Your high five events for Thursday 8 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.

To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope of children and young people living in New Zealand, three stationary bikes are being ridden on Wellington’s Civic Square this week, representing 6300 kids who are living in state care – with one minute for every child and young person living in care. If you’re interested in helping out or joining in on Cycling for Tamariki, get to Civic Square today from 6.00am to 11:55pm, or tomorrow from 6.00am to 5.30pm and meet the friendly team who are passionate about helping the stories, potential and hope of children and young people living in care to be realised. The event is being hosted by youth advocate Mana Williams-Eade and co-hosted by the charity Voyce – Whakarongo Mai which is an advocacy service for young people living in care.

Mana Williams-Eade, who has been Cycling for Tamariki all week, with Mayor Justin Lester who put in a 30-minute workout yesterday.

Join Massey University Press for a lunchtime event (12.00 to 12.45pm) at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street. Oral historian Deborah Shepard will be in conversation with her publisher Nicola Legat about her new MUP book, The Writing Life: Twelve NZ Authors, and there will be readings from featured writers Dame Fiona Kidman and Patricia Grace. The book of interviews, featuring photographic portraits by John McDermott, is a unique, candid and intimate survey of the life and work of 12 of our most acclaimed senior writers: Patricia Grace, Tessa Duder, Owen Marshall, Philip Temple, David Hill, Joy Cowley, Vincent O’Sullivan, Albert Wendt, Marilyn Duckworth, Chris Else, Fiona Kidman and Witi Ihimaera.

Children loving Shakespeare? Yes, it’s true! To prove it, Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) has had to extend its Primarily Playing with Shakespeare performances this year to two days. Their hour-long, judiciously edited version of Much Ado About Nothing is delighting five to 12 year-olds from schools throughout the region. One or two scenes from the abridged play have been allocated to participating schools, with the only theming being with a same coloured garment to identify each character. The students all meet for the first time on the morning of their performance, have a practice of their specially created Jig, do one sequential run, and then perform to the public at lunchtime the same day. Today’s performance runs from 12:30  to 1:30pm at Evans Bay Intermediate School, 14A Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, and tickets are $12.00 for adults, $11.00 for SGCNZ Friends, and $2.50 for children.

As part of their Geoff Murphy retrospective season this month, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision at 84 Taranaki Street are screening a collection of comedic productions of his Acme Sausage Co from the mid-1970s. First up: five six-minute episodes of Percy the Policeman, a children’s television programme produced for NZBC in 1974 and filmed on location around Wellington, but never broadcast as its was deemed to show the police force in a bad light. That will be followed by B&W mini-feature Tank Busters, starring Bruno Lawrence, in which five university students plan to rob a safe, but inadvertently foil each other’s plans. The first of a number of sessions is on tonight from 5.30pm to 6.35pm; tickets are $5.00 + $0.12 fee.

LitCrawl Extended 2018 kicks off today with a 7.30pm to 8.30pm session at Meow, 9 Edward Street, with Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar taking with RNZ’s Kim Hill. Akbar’s work has appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, New York Times and The Harvard Review, and his first poetry collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, has won multiple prizes and the warmest of praise. (He’ll also be reciting poetry at Meow tomorrow in the LitCrawl Extended Poetry Showcase.) See for details, booking and full programme.

There are still seats available for a very special event tonight: TrinityRoots Perform True at The Opera House, from 7.30 to 10.00pm. The not-to be repeated show celebrates 20 years of one of the country’s most influential musical groups, with TrinityRoots performing their classic album True in its entirety for the first time, with special guests Lisa Tomlins and Stephanie Paris (vocals), Jonathan Crayford (piano/synths), multi-instrumentalist David Long, and an accompanying string section. Tickets are $49.50 (children under 15, $39.50) but this one is worth it for sure. Or, if you want something more affordable, heavy and raucous, check out Wellington’s only Iron Maiden tribute band, Public Enema Number One, as they smash out 90 minutes of Maiden classics for just $10.00 at Valhalla, 154 Vivian Street from 9:00pm.