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Your high five events for Friday 5 October

Oddness, compassion, classic retro clothing, ceramics, McLeavey’s photos, and all-out DJ/VJ action. TGIF!

Capital E present Odd One Out at Waikanae’s Southward Theatre today and tomorrow from 10.00am. The 45-minute show by Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood for 2 to 8 year olds features three curious characters living a busy life in a world where everything has a purpose and place… until one day, an Odd character arrives and things start to change. Suddenly their world is full of things that don’t belong anywhere! What will the Odd One Out do next and will anything ever be the same again? Tickets are $8.00

It’s CompassionFest Island Bay week, oriented on the life and works of Mother Suzanne Aubert, an extraordinary woman who devoted her life to the poor and sick. Her work in the fields of medicine, Maori language and an evolving New Zealand spirituality was pioneering and far-reaching. The art exhibition For Compassion’s Sake, curated by Ian Logan, showcases the artistic vision of Compassion in 2D and 3D media at the Presbyterian Lounge, 88 The Parade, and there are a range of events this coming weekend. The festival opening is tonight: a Taize reflective service of simple words and music from 7.00 to 8.00pm in the Home of Compassion chapel, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay.  Check the CompassionFest website and the Island Bay Presbyterian Church Facebook Page for the weekend’s events.

It’s hard to believe, but Hunters & Collectors, the long-lived iconic retro clothing institution at 134 Cuba Street are finally launching a proper website tonight –  www.huntersandcollectors.net.nz, going live with a collection of never-seen-before archival stock, including Comme Des Garcon, Yohji Yamamoto, Galliano, Dries Van Noten, to name just a few brands. They have been hunting and collecting some special pieces just for this occasion; first in, first served! And they have a new exhibition opening as well, featuring emerging Wellingtonian ceramicist Sophie Hathaway, whose pieces are textural and surrealist-inspired. The fun starts at 5.00pm with drinks from Fortune Favours and continues to 8.00pm.

There are also multiple celebrations at the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, from 6.00 to 8.00pm. There’s the opening of a new exhibition, Still Looking: Peter McLeavey and the Last Photograph, curated by Geoffrey Batchen and Deidra Sullivan, which will run until 20 December. The exhibition, with accompanying publication, comprises over 90 photographs from the personal collection of the iconic Wellington art dealer (whose gallery was across the road from Hunters & Collectors), including important works by several key figures in the history of photography. Documentary filmmaker and early advocate of photography as a fine art medium, Luit Bieringa, will open the exhibition. Also opening is the exhibition Solid State: Works from the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection, curated by Sophie Thorn, and the winner of the 2018 Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize will be announced.

Image: Dane Mitchell, Meander Collection (detail), 2015, c-type print, 250 x 380mm, Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection, purchased 2018

What as been described as “Wellington’s premier live art/electronic night” returns to Valhalla at 154 Vivian Street tonight. Surface 012: Showdown Special will feature six straight hours of all-out dance music and live art featuring five head-to-head, toe-to-toe, face-to-face DJ sets (DJ Coda vs DJ Koa, Benny Salvador vs Son Of Sesh, Miosis vs Paul Dockery, DJ One Outs vs Samuel Forbes, DJ Lever vs Smokey) and an all-out VJ clash starring Cubeman, Hi-Dez, Kaoslab and Leroy. All coming at you through the Mayhem Sound System’s Martin Audio rig, with UV Overload from strobe lighting, UV cannons and other visual stimulation (eye wear may make your night more enjoyable, and you are prompted to wear UV reactive clothing for a good time). Its an R18 gig from kicking off from 10.00pm and running to 3.00am. Arrive before 10.00pm and pay $5.00, after that tickets are $10.00. Door sales only.