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Your high five events for Wednesday 22 August

Today’s free or relatively inexpensive events – for the children, the parents, the foodies, the musos and the lovers of dark art.

Parents and children should be at the Wellington Central Library from opening time (9:30am) for the Baby Rock & Rhyme session of finger dancing and stories, running to 10:00am in the children’s area. Then head over to the nearby Young Adults area on the ground floor at 10:30. Author, activist, volunteer and mother of two Emily Writes has followed her best-selling book Rants in the Dark: One Tired Mama to Another, with a collection of writings about being a parent in Aotearoa, which she has written with her friends. She’ll be talking about and reading from Is it Bed Time Yet?, and you can borrow a library copy, or buy one from the pop-up Unity Books stand and get it signed. The fun is free and ends at 11:30am.

It’s the second day of the Gate to Plate Pop Up at Prefab Hall, 14 Jessie Street. From 11:30am, grab the rare opportunity to enjoy a gourmet takeaway lunch designed and prepared by prisoners from Rimutaka Prison, mentored by renowned chef Martin Bosley. This is a chance for the thousands of people who missed out on tickets for the Rimutaka Prison Gate to Plate dinners to experience the food produced by prison chefs. It’s free entry from 11:30am (just pay for the food), and again at the same time tomorrow.

Come back to Prefab at 5:00pm for today’s second WOAP pop-up: Hot for Chicken, a one night only event at the Visa Festival Hub. Belles Hot Chicken from Australia will be joined by local favourites Shepherd, Garage Project and Wine Diamonds for this night of chicken goodness. Bring all your friends and get stuck in. It’s free entry, just pay for the food, but remember: Hot for Chicken is a cashless event, and payment will only be accepted by EFTPOS or credit card.

Join the Friends of Te Papa on Level 4 of Te Papa from 5:00pm to 6:00pm for a talk by art historian Chelsea Nichols, curator of the new exhibition, Tony Fomison’s Dark Shadows, which was co-created with teenagers from Wellington High School. Nichols will take a close look at a selection of Tony Fomison’s paintings of misfits, medical deformities and monstrous figures from the late 1960s and 70s, a troubled period in the young artist’s life, and discuss how his dark and grotesque imagery explores what it is to be an outsider from society. Tickets are $20:00 (public), $17:00 (students) and $15:00 (Friends), and include free parking. Please meet at the level 4 Toi Art information desk.

Massey’s School of Music and Creative Media Production is holding a viewing and information session for the school’s new recording studios and music technology facilities, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Block 1 (upstairs) at the School of Music and Creative Media, Massey University, Entrance C in Wallace Street. These brand-new facilities designed by the award-winning architects Athfields and internationally acclaimed studio designer Munro Acoustics (UK), comprise New Zealand’s only multi-studio complex, and contains the most technologically advanced music production set up in this part of the world. See the brand-new facilities, meet the staff, and discuss recent advancements in the programme including the launch of the Sound Engineering Pathway within Music Technology. The new pathway will equip students to be able to operate a professional quality recording studio, recording and mixing everything from a solo artist to a full band, or engineer and light a live gig. Drinks and food are provided, along with parking after 5:00pm on a first come, first served basis at Entrance C (Taranaki Street) and Entrance E (Tasman Street)- please do not park in spaces marked as reserved. As of last night there were 22 free places available. Register here.