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Your high six events for Tuesday 23 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. 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.

We took it easy over Labour Weekend, and hope you did too. And with no bus strike today (deferred until Thursday and beyond), we have six items of interest for you to get out and about to while it’s still easy.

Food for Fines is back during October in the Hutt Valley. Bring non-perishable food to any Hutt City Library in October and wipe your fines. Every item goes to your local food bank and you’ll get $5.00 removed from your library account. Don’t have fines but still feeling generous? Drop off items to any of our libraries and we’ll pass it on to our local food banks! Food for Fines runs at Hutt City Libraries from 1-31 October 2018. More information here.

The New Zealand Improv Festival 2018 is presenting two free public lunchtime lectures from two internationally renowned improvisors today and tomorrow. At BATS Theatre today from 12.15 to 1.15pm, learn about the art of improvisation from Jonathan Pitts (above) in The 9 Ways Up The Mountain. Jonathan Pitts was co-founder of the Chicago Improv Festival and producer there for 20 years. Also a teacher at Second City for 16 years he has performed in over 1,250 improv shows with all kinds of forms and styles.  He will analyse, compare and contrast the nine major philosophies in world-wide improvisational theatre, each of which is like a different path leading up to the same top of a mountain in which the final view is transcendent and the same, but the ways up can be very different from each other.

The launch of the new book Ten Perspectives on the Future of Work by the Public Service Association – Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi, is the third in their Progressive Thinking Series following last year’s publications Ten Perspectives and Tax and Ten Perspectives on Housing, and part of the PSA’s efforts to encourage a re-examining of today’s workplace landscape to best prepare for the future of work. Academic author and journalist Max Rashbrooke will MC the launch, leading a discussion with a panel of contributors from 12.30 to 1.30pm at PSA House, 11 Aurora Terrace.

Ever wanted to found a startup or get involved in one, but don’t know where to start? Even more importantly, want to give it a go but don’t want to make the same mistakes as those that have come before you? Or are you just vaguely interested in startups or complimentary drinks? TUANZ, FLINT and NZRise are hosting the event Startups – How To Do It and What Not To Do, with networking starting at 5.30pm, with a 6.00pm start time at  OptimalHQ, Level 4, 139 The Terrace for a panel discussion and Q+A through to 7.30pm.

The first Hungarian Film Festival in Wellington starts tonight, dedicated to presenting a range of high quality, unique, cutting edge, exciting and little-seen work in New Zealand, hosted by the Embassy of Hungary in Wellington/ Magyarország Nagykövetsége Wellington and The Roxy Cinema, 5 Park Road, Miramar. Tonight’s opening film at 7.00pm is Children of Glory, a 2006 film (trailer below) that commemorates Hungary’s Revolution of 1956 and the “Blood in the Water” polo match at the Melbourne Olympic Games. The other films this week are The Whiskey Bandit on Wednesday, Mom and Other Loonies in the Family (Thursday), Bet on Revenge (Friday) and Son of Saul (Saturday). More details here.

What if Elvis was born in the Balkans and played piano accordion? Australian festival favourite Mikelangelo (of Black Sea Gentlemen) gives the King an almighty transformation, bringing him back to life in The Balkan Elvis. Follow the exploits of Johnny Presley, the Balkan Elvis, as he searches for love, fame and fortune behind the iron curtain, reimagining the songs of ‘The American Elvis’ as lilting waltzes and barnstorming Balkan wedding polkas. This hunka hunka Balkan love puts an inspired spin on the King (with a voice two octaves lower), featuring a six-piece band with Dave Evans on piano accordion and members of Niko Ne Zna, NZ’s finest Balkan brass gypsy outfit. The Balkan Elvis plays one night only in Wellington at The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple Of Taste, Arthur Street, with doors open 7.00pm with $15 tickets for showtime at 7.30pm.