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Your high five for Friday 20 July

Rugby, glow worms, symphonic winds, waste dating and comedy are events on offer for your Friday night in Wellington.

It’s Super Rugby play-off time as the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in the first of the weekend’s quarter finals, at Investec Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay. Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has declared himself fit after his rib cartilage injuries last week for what could possibly be his last game in a Hurricanes jersey, with wing Julian Savea, loose forward Blade Thomson, lock Michael Fatialofa and utility back Ihaia West also heading to the northern hemisphere at the end of the Super Rugby season. Local fans will be hoping the home team can reverse their recent poor form, as two-time World Rugby player of the year Beauden Barrett faces off against his No 10 opposite Damian McKenzie who has powered the Chiefs attack in 2018, and block busting No 12 Ngani Laumpae squares up to Chiefs co-captain Charlie Ngatai, who is set to make his last appearance at Westpac Stadium. The quarterfinal will also hold special significance for prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen who will play his 100th Super Rugby match, one of only 15 Hurricanes players to reach this milestone. Gates open 6:00pm for the 7:35pm kickoff with a Family Zone Adult and Child ticket available for $30.00.

Put on your good shoes and warm clothing, grab a torch and head to Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, Wilton, for Guided Walk: Glow Worms at Otari from 7:00pm. Tickets are $6:00 tickets (available from 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)), and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The walk, which will be repeated next Friday, starts at the Otari Information Centre, and goes through the bush past tree ferns, rimu, epiphytes, rata to see glow-worms up close, complete with their midge-catching, sticky-thread nets, and possibly some eels as well.

New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds, the premier wind band for under-24 year olds, plays a Winter Concert from 7:00pm to 9:00pm tonight at St Andrews on the Terrace. Expect music from Star Wars and Star Trek, Nimrod, the Suite Francais by Darius Milhaud and River of Life by Steve Reineke to be played by the auditioned group under the direction of Simon Brew, one of New Zealand’s most respected musicians and conductors. Door sales only: $10:00 for adults and $5:00 children, students, seniors and unwaged.

Speed date a waste expert at the Aro Valley Community Centre at 48 Aro Street tonight from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Wellington waste experts are coming together for Waste Speed Dating, a night of questions, answers and trash talk covering the topics of organics, e-waste, pharmaceuticals, textile, plastics, circular economy and more. Each expert will be available for eight-minute sessions with four people at time, so that you can ask all of those questions that have been driving you crazy. Tickets are $20:00 and light refreshments will be available.

The 32nd Dank Comedy Show, is the latest monthly showcase of some of New Zealand’s best up and coming comedy at the Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street. From 8:00pm to 10:00pm tonight, MC Jerome Chandrahasen will introduce headliner Tim Batt (half of the The Worst Idea of All Time podcast), alongside Gabby Anderson (winner of this years Raw Comedy Quest), Pamela Hancock, Janaye Henry, Advait, and Luke Callaghan. Tickets are $15:00 to see why Dank Comedy won the Wellington Comedy Awards Best Show in 2016 and 2017,  but you’re advised to go for the $10:00 early sales (0800 BUY TIX (289 849)), as the show sold out last month.

For more events see https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/