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Your high five events for Friday 31 August

It’s Daffodil Day and Tertiary Open Day and End of Winter Day and Katchafire Sold Out at SanFran Day.

Daffodil Day: Learn. Donate. Here: https://www.daffodilday.org.nz/

Tertiary Open Day is happening all over Wellington as high schoolers prepare to incur heinous debt to finance often average tutors to keep them occupied for three years with no guarantee of eventual work. We’ve already written about one exception – the Commercial Music course at Massey, and there’s even more going on up on Wallace Street from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Victoria University of Wellington has a truckload going on from 8:00am to 3:00pm at its many campuses (campi?). Te Auaha is promising the “Best Open Day” at two locations (Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity at 65 Dixon Street, and the School of Hospitality & Tourism at 52 Cuba Street) from 9:00am to 1:00pm (strictly speaking, that’s a morning…) and allied institution Weltec will be open to the pubic from 9:30am to 1:00pm (another morning) at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone. The New Zealand College of Massage will be working your bodies from 9:00am to 3:00pm at 76 Manners Street (Level 9) and Youbee is showcasing film and animation courses in the West Wing of the Railway Station from 10:00 to 3:00pm.

Okay, that’s seven events already… But wait, there’s more. It’s Friday.

Any NZ football fan watching how Manchester United José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix lost it recently must have thought: I could do that better. Maybe.  Start small, by coaching in Wellington. There’s a free masterclass with Simon Mead & Carl Edwards at the Capital Football Offices at the Home of Football, Memorial Park, Bracken Street, Petone, from 6:30 to 8:00pm covering the four-step process of analysis, using video as a practical player centred tool, time saving analysis tools, and building your coaching philosophy through video. More information at [email protected].

Guided and shiny: that’s the Guilded Walk: Glow Worms at Otari starting at 7:00pm from the Information Centre at Otari Wiltons Bush, 160 Wilton Road. It’s weekly, cheap ($6:00 or free for children under 12), and takes you for a walk through the bush at night, past tree ferns, rimu, epiphytes, rata, eels – and glow-worms up close, complete with their midge-catching, sticky-thread nets. You’ll need good shoes, warm clothing, and a torch (and it may pay to book).

Last Friday, TWA editor Mark Cubey went to Meow for an after-work drink or three and ended up staying for the first of the support acts for visiting rap artist Warhol SS (there were only 70 presales; they weren’t going to chuck anyone out who was still buying drinks). The verdict on Love Zombie, who hails from Island Bay and recently changed his stage name was: “Stick with Bay1 as your name; there’s a nasty Manchester band called Love Zombies, and your shirt-off-nasty-tattoos-display-with-annoying-tannoy-horn-signature with precise trap beats and excellent stagecraft is a winner. Chuffed that one of your fans who politely asked if I would give up my commandeered place side-stage for his friend who’d gone for a drink, asked if I was your dad.” This overlong lead up is to advise that tonight at Wellington’s other “M” venue: Moon in Newtown, there;’s another interesting looking gig: from 9:00pm tosee how St Jerome’s Laneway Festival showcased Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, drummer extraordinaire Georgia Flipo, known professionally as G Flip, gets down at 166 Ridiford Street Newtown, with local alternative acts Maxwell Young and KVKA. RSVP does not guarantee entry.