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Your high five events for Friday 30 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). 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.

Poet, novelist and screen play editor Anne Kennedy talks to Pip Adam about her new eco-comedy novel The Ice Shelf from 12.00 to 12.45pm at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street today. On the eve of flying to Antarctica to take up an arts fellowship, thirtysomething Janice, recently separated, has a long night of remembrance, regret and realisation as she goes about the city looking for a friend to take care of her fridge while she’s away. En route she discards section after section of her manuscript in the spirit of editing The Ice Shelf into a stronger, sleeker work of literature….

The annual day of solidarity with the people of West Papua is being celebrated a day early this year, because West Papua Independence Day, 1 December, falls on the weekend. Join the gathering at Parliament from 1.00pm to fly the Morning Star flag in support of West Papua, which has been occupied by the Indonesian military since it was handed over to Indonesia in 1963, against the will of the indigenous population. Since then, the people of West Papua have been subjected to gross human rights violations including rape, torture, cultural genocide, murder and massacre. More than 100,000 West Papuans have been killed, and many others live in exile because it is not safe for them to go home. West Papua Independence Day is marked by solidarity events around the world, and this annual Morning Star flag raising at Parliament is organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa; contact for further information.

Eleven enchanting women take you on an exciting journey in Women of the Wood, the Commercial Dance graduation show of 2018 at Te Auaha, NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon Street. Their talented team of Wellington choreographers have worked magic to bring your favorite fairytale characters to life, as talented dancers conjure beautiful dance routines, dramatic scenes, and enchanting movement that is sure to leave you spellbound. The final performances are tonight and tomorrow from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students and seniors and can be booked here.

Soulful singer-songwriter Louis Baker is back in his hometown Wellington after a 20-date tour through the UK and Europe, with sold out shows in London. Ahead of his new record release in 2019, he plays one show tonight (8.30 to 11.30pm) with his live band at San Fran, 171 Cuba Street. Tickets are $30.00 and can be booked here.

Fifteen years ago, the 21st century’s most enduring cult movie, The Room was inflicted on the world by Tommy Wiseau. Acting in that legendary exercise was Greg Sestero, who went on to write Best F(r)iends Volume 1, in which he also stars as a drifter who befriends a quirky mortician (Wiseau). That film screens tonight from 8.00 to 10.00pm at the Roxy Cinema, 5 Park Road, Miramar, in a special one-off double feature with The Room (from 10.30pm), in anticipation of Sestero’s visit to Wellington next Monday 3 December for a special screening of Best F(r)iends Volume 2.