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Your top ten events for the weekend of 17 and 18 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

In response to World Day of the Poor, groups around the Wellington region have been hosting events throughout the week under the umbrella Better Off Together / He Waka Eke Noa. Vinnies Wellington is hosting a Free Shop and Community Lunch on Saturday in the old Caltex space on Riddiford Street, Newtown, with the vision to transform it into a vibrant outdoor shop and community lunch (food court style) from 10.00am to 4.00pm. It’s not too late to volunteer to prepare food and serve lunch to the guests; contact Millie Lambess on or 021 029 18575.

There’s a Garage Sale at Island Bay Presbyterian Church, 88 The Parade, from 10.00am to 12.00pm on Saturday, with clothing, lots of books, kitchen and homeware, toys, tools, collectables, bedding and furnishings – all at bargain prices. All proceeds support the wider service work of the church, and keep their facilities in good shape for community use. Plenty of parking available.

The annual Wellington Zinefest is on at Te Auaha, NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon Street, from 12.00 to 4.00pm om Saturday. Over 60 stallholders will be selling zines, self published projects and DIY merchandise for an epic market day! Sales are cash only, or you can bring your own zines to trade, and it’s an all-inclusive safe-space event so please comply with the code of conduct.

From Scratch Gung Ho 1,2,3D 1984. Photo: Wally Floyd and Koki Emura.

A new exhibition opens at City Gallery today with accompanying free events. From Scratch: 555 Moons celebrates the Auckland-based art/music ensemble From Scratch, formed in 1974 with one foot in new music (minimalism and improv) and another in post-object art (performance and installation). From Scratch is celebrated for its invented instruments, its egalitarian politics, and its engagement with the sensibilities and environmental rhythms of the Pacific. 555 Moons features films of performances, instruments and sonic sculptures, documents, drawings, and photos. There will also be live performances including Carhorn Hocket in front of the Gallery in Te Ngākau Civic Square on Saturday at 12.00pm for the first day of the show. For 15 boisterous minutes, musicians use eight cars as instruments -slamming doors, honking horns, and revving engines – in a dynamic sharing of rhythm. At 1.00pm, following Carhorn Hocket, From Scratch founder Philip Dadson and exhibition curator Andrew Clifford give a walking talk around the 555 Moons exhibition unpacking the group’s rich history, influence, and ongoing relevance. They will be accompanied by other members of From Scratch who will give voice to instruments in the exhibition with short demos. From Scratch: 555 Moons is presented in association with Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and was originally named 546 Moons when staged earlier this year in Auckland (referring to the number of lunar cycles between the group’s formation and the show’s opening). It runs until 10 March 2019.

On Saturday from 2.00pm at Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, there’s a free talk: Writing Lives. Deidra Sullivan, co-curator of the Gallery’s current exhibition, Still Looking: Peter McLeavey and the Last Photograph, joins writers Lynn Jenner and Chris Price, and Adam Art Gallery director Christina Barton, to explore different approaches across disciplines and genre to the writing of biography. Lynn Jenner’s most recent project is Peat, a book of essays about poet and cultural philanthropist Charles Brasch. Chris Price is Senior Lecturer at the International Institute of Modern Letters, and is currently working on a book that goes in search of a lost 19th-century Romantic poet. Deidra Sullivan spent over a year cataloguing Peter McLeavey’s photographs and delving into his archive to form a picture of the man through his collecting habits. Christina Barton is working on a monograph on the conceptual artist Billy Apple.

As always there is far too much good music happening on Saturday night in Wellington. Here are four shows to rock various boats. The NZ Irish Fest presents Damien Dempsey at San Fran from 8.00pm; his powerful live show led Brian Eno to say, “For me he’s the very best of Irish music”. Delaney Davidson brings his Shining Day album tour to Meow from 8.00pm, with a band featuring SJD, Anita Clark and Chris O’Connor.Sticky Filth, New Plymouth pioneers of New Zealand punk and hardcore for over 30 years, are playing at Valhalla from 9.00pm. And S-ence present Detroit techno legend Carl Craig (below) who will rock The Grand in Courtenay Place from 9.00pm until the early hours of Sunday.

The Owhiro Bay Learning Community Country Fair takes place on Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm at 96 Happy Valley Rd, Owhiro Bay.

There’s a choice of two guided walks on Sunday at the Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, delivered by the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden for $5.00 each (cash only). Take time to smell the roses in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and learn more about them by joining this walk with a guide to see the vibrant colours of the first rose flowers of the summer. Meet at the fountain in the Rose Garden at 11.00am for an easy one-hour walk. Shakespeare’s Flowers is a longer walk (11.00am to 12.30pm), looking at some of the flowers referred to Shakespeare’s plays and poems and reading the quotes in which they are mentioned. Use the Cable Car Entrance, 1B Upland Road, and meet on the Treehouse Visitor Centre verandah.

The influenza pandemic that started in 1918 killed 757 people in Wellington. Most of those people were buried in Karori Cemetery, and this Sunday and next the cemetery will see an acknowledgement of the centenary of this momentous event in the capital’s history. An opening presentation and launch by Mayor Justin Lester and Hon Grant Robertson at 11.00am will be followed by a public talk by Professor Geoffrey Rice, author of two major publications about the epidemic in New Zealand. Project volunteers will be running tours around the main burial sites at Karori Cemetery, with guides in each of the five areas where people were buried – Anglican, Catholic, Public, Jewish and Services – available to talk about the people who were buried, and the work the 1918 Influenza Project has undertaken to clean and tidy their graves. There will be an information kiosk located in the Historic (Mortuary) Chapel. The event runs until 4.00pm.

There’s a Christmas Gift Fundraising Event from 4.00 to 6.00pm on Sunday at Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, to help you sort your gifts early with cruelty-free, vegan certified products. There’s a special Christmas range of skincare, makeup, body and bath and nutrition products to gift to your friends and family, with all profits will be donated to HUHA NZ.