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Your high five events for Friday 21 September

Homes, gardens, films, women architects, masters of arts and design, and the Orchestra of Spheres. TGIF.

Thinking about upgrading your home and/or garden? Want to meet the people of The Wellington App, or hundreds of other New Zealanders full of great ideas to spritz up your maison? Come along to the first day of the three-day Home & Garden Show at Westpac Stadium from 10:00am to 5:00pm. It’s only $8:00 (or $4:00 today for over-65s;  bring your Gold Card), and you can check out the exhibitors all day, get special deals and free stuff, win prizes etc. Need more info? Delve into the Home & Garden App-in-App on the Wellington App home screen.

One more week of school ahead before a fortnight of school holidays. Which means a rush of child-friendly movies were released yesterday, with more to come next Thursday. There are those who will be lapping up Rowan Atkinson’s third embrace of slapstick spy schtick with Johnny English Strikes Again (PG, violence and coarse language, 89m). No thanks. Or maybe the latest Disney exploitation of AA Milne is more to your liking, though it may be hard to approach Christopher Robin (G, 104m) innocently if you watch the trailer edited as if it were a horror film (below). Our pick is the return of NZIFF Japanese animation Mirai (PG, 98m, trailer above), which is screening exclusively at The Embassy. A magic garden, time travel and familial relationships – what’s not to like?

Who were the women who trained and worked as architects in Aotearoa in the 1900s to 1940s? How did they contribute to the field and why have they disappeared from our architectural history today? Find out in the free presentation Their Presence Could Work a Revolution: Early Women Architects in New Zealand from 12:30pm to 2:00pm at City Gallery Wellington, as architectural and social historian Elizabeth Cox shares her findings and her enthusiasm.

Thinking about doing a Master of Design or Master of Fine Arts in 2019? Happy to go to a university that embraces te Tiriti, but may have a new Vice-Chancellor soon? Head to the Massey University College of Creative Arts Open Day. From 9:00am to 5:00pm you can meet with current MDes and MFA students, recent graduates and supervision staff, explore studios, and get answers to relevant questions. It’s a free event, with lunch provided. Register here, or head to Theatrette 10A02 on the ground floor of Block 10, at the east entrance (D) of the Old Museum Building, Buckle Street. The day continues from 5:30pm to 8:00pm with the Masters Pub Talk, as a selection of design and fine art researchers give 15 minute presentations in a local bar close to campus (TBC, with registration). Nibbles provided, BYO drinks.

Gig of the night (sorry Eric Lamb, Flite, Deaf, Goth-Trad) and probably the week has to be the extremely entertaining Orchestra of Spheres at the ParrotDog Bar, 60-66 Kingsford Smith Street, Lyall Bay. And it’s FREE! Start time is 8:30pm, but sunny fun relaxing could start earlier in the outdoor area if the forecast southerly change and evening showers hold off. Get fresh for the weekend!