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.
It’s the time of year where the cinemas are flooded with new films every week with far too much goodness on offer to catch everything (it’s probably your last chance this weekend to see one of the year’s best films, Brimstone & Glory, in a cinema – and you’ll have to go to Lighthouse Petone). This week’s opening highlight is the returning NZIFF documentary Yellow is Forbidden (97 mins, above), New Zealand director Petra Brett-Kelly’s chronicle of Chinese designer Guo Pei’s attempt to break into the exclusive and mostly European club of elite fashion designers. In a strong year for fashion docos, this is the one getting all the thumbs up. The week’s biggest release will be Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (134 mins; rated M for offensive language, sexual references and drug references), written by New Zealander Anthony McCarten and starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury (it also has a fundraising screening for the Neonatal Trust at the Penthouse tonight from 8.15pm). And just right for Halloween season is Korean director Sung-hoon Kim’s period zombie thriller Rampant (127mins, Korean with English subtitles; rated R16 for violence and horror).
The first Thursday of the month means Tuatara Open Late at City Gallery, with art, music, film, books, talks, beer, wine, food from 5.00 to 10.00pm. This month, Emily Perkins and the City Gallery Book Club – writer Lynda Chanwai-Earle, cartoonist Dylan Horrocks and journalist Donna Miles-Mojab – return with a reading list that riffs off the exhibition Iconography of Revolt. Selections include graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Olivia Laing’s novel Crudo, and Charles Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities. Catch a tour of Iconography of Revolt, and see Patrick Pound: On Reflection and Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land before they close. Alexander Maxwell, historian at Victoria University, presents a talk, From Uniforms to Futurist Fashion, and there will be screenings of the Black Panthers 1968 documentary Off the Pig, and an after-dark chance to see the kinetic mashup movie from Australian collective SODA JERK: Terror Nullius (2018, R13. There will be music for Never Never Land from DJ Kedron, and a cash bar with supper treats from La Boca Loca and Boquita.
The U=U (Undetectable=Untransmittable) Tour is an opportunity to learn more about the U=U movement, Undetectable Viral Load and their enormous potential for ending new HIV transmissions and tackling stigma. Sponsored by Dynamix International, and hosted by Lilly Loudmouth, the event at Te Kahui Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, will include a keynote presentation by Bruce Richman, the NYC based founder of Prevention Access campaign and the U=U movement. This will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by NZAF Executive Director Jason Myers, fearturing Nic Holas, co-founder of The Institute of Many, an Australian grassroots movement of People Living with HIV; an HIV medical specialist and HIV+ speakers sharing their experience of being undetectable and how this has had an impact in their life. Doors open from 5:30pm with free HIV and Syphilis testing on offer, and the event concludes at 9.30pm.
Biennial art exhibition Artbourne, featuring contemporary artworks, jewellery and sculpture has its official launch at a Gala Opening Night tonight (7.00 to 10.00pm, ticket only, buy online) at Wellesley College, 611A Marine Drive, Days Bay. The exhibition has something for everyone with prices ranging from $100 to $20,000, including over 300 original artworks including original paintings lithographs, photography and indoor/outdoor sculptures, from nationally acclaimed and emerging artists including former Artbourne artists in residence at Wellesley: old boy Michael Browne RCA, and British born artist and sculptor Max Patte. The exhibition and sales run until 4 November, with curated tours available on Friday 2 November. Funds raised not only supporting the artists, but also providing the opportunity through scholarship for boys to attend Wellesley College.
American food safety scientist Dr Robert Tauxe is touring New Zealand as a guest of NZFSSRC to present the free public talk Hidden Dangers: Protecting Our Health By Making Food Safe. His final talk is at Te Wharewaka o Poneke on Taranaki Street Wharf tonight from 7.00 to 8.00pm. Tauxe says that the changing landscape of food production and changes in the microbes themselves offer regular challenges. Finding unsuspected disease outbreaks and fixing problems that led to them is an important part of public health. Please reserve a seat at [email protected]