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Your high five events for Friday 2 November

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.

Come and hear two inspiring speakers – Chlöe Swarbrick MP and Laura O’Connell-Rapira of ActionStation – as they reflect on some of their current projects, with insights on rangatahi, youth mental health, hope and change. The lunchtime (12.00 to 1.00pm) event takes place at Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane.

Hunters and Collectors in collaboration with Gina Kiel invite you their collective November exhibition, The T-shirt: Cult, Culture and Subversion. Opening tonight from 5.00pm at 134 Cuba Street and running all month, this exhibition of one-off t-shirts produced by over 20 New Zealand artists (and for sale) explores how the t-shirt has the power to influence and express its wearer. Exhibiting artists include Lela Jacobs, Jpalm, Xoe Hall, Milarky, Oliver Moorse, Gina Kiel, Nope Sisters, Becca O’Shea, Mica Still, Zoe Ella, Adam Kinsman, Larissa McMillan, Monster Valley, Serval Fandango, Sam Norton, and more.

A deep ocean of liquid water is hidden under the icy surface of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. Life might have developed here, shielded from sunlight, but how to find traces of hypothetical life when the ice could be several kilometres thick? In Tasting an Extraterrestrial Ocean, PhD researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research Hans Huybrighs will discuss data from NASA’s historic Galileo mission in preparation for the European Space Agency’s JUICE  mission (JUpiter ICy moon Explorer), scheduled for launch in 2022. Huybrighs will be working for the European Space Agency from next year to continue preparations for JUICE, and he’s a guest of the New Zealand Astrobiology Network for this free talk at St Andrews Centre Hall, 30 The Terrace, from 5.30 to 6.30pm.


In this year’s Lilburn Lecture, Wide Blows Our Banner, acclaimed composer Eve de Castro-Robinson (above), Associate Professor in Composition at the University of Auckland and SOUNZ trustee asks how much progress women composers in New Zealand have made since the granting of equal voting rights 125 years ago. Reflecting on changes in New Zealand’s musical and socio-political culture, de Castro-Robinson considers her own journey as a female composer from the mid-1980s onward. The annual free Lilburn Lecture is a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library, and it will run from 6.00 to 7.00pm at the National Library, Molesworth Street.

The cycle shop and café Bicycle Junction at 1 Marion Street plays host tonight to New-Zealand-born musician Jess Cornelius, who launched her solo career in 2017 with the minimalist EP of “sublime, minimalist garage-folk”, Nothing Is Lost. Recorded in single takes on Christmas Day, this was a departure in direction from three previous critically-acclaimed albums under the moniker Teeth & Tongue. Now based in Los Angeles, Jess has supported Courtney Barnett, Laura Marling and Paul Kelly on tours across the US and Australia, and returns to her homeland for one Wellington show, with support from French for Rabbits, from 7.30pm to 11.00pm. Presales are $10.00.