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Your high five events for Friday 10 August

Dancing, short local films, a new play and a book and album launch take place today.

Children aged three and over can spin, jiggle, jump and jive for half an hour during the fast and lively free dance session, Spin Around at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 11:00am – 11:30am.

This afternoon at 1:30pm you can see Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2018, a collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival. The screening at Reading Cinema 5 of the seven short films is part of the New Zealand International Film Festival, which enters its last weekend in Wellington.

The Messiah, written and directed by Vela Manusaute. Photo by Raymond Sagapolutele.

Women’s creativity and freedom is explored in Women in the Field, One and Two, a new novel by Wellington art critic and commentator Thomasin Sleigh whose debut novel, Ad Lib, was selected by the New Zealand Listener as one of the top 100 books of 2014. Brannavan Gnanalingam, an author and production manager with publishers Lawrence & Gibson, will launch the book from 6:00pm tonight at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 1/147 Cuba Street.

After a sell-out season at Auckland’s Basement theatre, new play Mating In Captivity opened last night at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace. Written and directed by Oliver Page, it runs until Saturday 18 August (excluding Monday) from 6:30pm to 7:40pm. Uproarious jealousy and sexy quick wit meet claustrophobic bedroom politics in this viciously sharp queer comedy of errors filled with delight and desire. Rob and Annie are playing house when the past comes knocking, switching things up in their bedroom… It’s an R16 show; tickets are $20:00 with concession of $15:00.

Later in the evening, there’s another launch as The All Seeing Hand release their new album, Syntax Error. The three performers – Alphabethead (electronics, turntable, gang vocals), B. Michael Knight (drums, gang vocals) and Jonny Marks (voice, throat, synth) will be enhanced by special stage installation and visuals from Abe Hollingsworth. Also performing are Orchestra of Spheres, Strange Stains and Bizznet in a night that promises a “new sonic exploration of the internal externalised, and the external consumed”. The show runs  from 9:00pm to 11:55pm at Meow, 9 Edward Street; it’s R18 and tickets are $15:00.