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Your high five events for Thursday 18 October

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.

This week’s slate of new movie releases fits weirdly well with an unbelievable week in New Zealand politics, if you’re happy to take a few conceptual leaps: A Star is Born (young comer rises as dysfunctional leader falls from his throne), King of Thieves (misfit gang pull off heist), Dark Figure of Crime (Asian thriller, Auckland only) and Halloween, starring the truly heroic Jamie Lee Curtis (NEVER to be confused with Jami-Lee Ross) and taking up where John Carpenter’s groundbreaking classic left off 40 years ago, with critical sceptics largely bowing down before what Curtis and versatile director David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express) do with the lean, mean horror format.

Unity Books and Victoria University Press invite you to a lunchtime in-store event, as Naomi Arnold, award-winning journalist and editor of Headlands: New Stories Of Anxiety, discusses this collection of writing on mental health with VUP’s Kirsten McDougall. In 2017, Ministry of Health figures showed that one in five New Zealanders sought help for a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder, and these figures are growing.  Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety tells the real, messy story behind these statistics: what anxiety feels like, what causes it, what helps and what doesn’t. These accounts are sometimes raw and confronting, but they all seek to share experiences, remove stigma, offer help or simply shine a light on what anxiety is. A free event, from 12.00 to 12:45pm at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street.

You can possibly squeeze into a session featuring alumni from Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in a panel discussion on the future of work and the growing need for the flexibility and creativity fostered by an education in the humanities, social sciences and creative arts. The answer to the event title, Will Arts Graduates Control The Future Economy?, is “hopefully, yes”, and presenters will grapple with the research that shows that over the next 10 to 15 years, 46 per cent of Kiwi careers will be lost to automation, and arguing that successful workers will be those who can easily adapt. Speakers at Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street, from 5.30 through 7.00pm are: VUW Professor of Philosophy Nick Agar, who specialises in the human significance of technological progress; Deloitte’s Dr Jeff Brandt, who helps clients harness the power of technological change through technology strategy, design and delivery; alumna, futurist and entrepreneur Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM who loves to “blow stuff up” , and alumna and Chief Futurist at StratEDGY Strategic Foresight Dr Stephanie Pride. The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor Stuart Brock, a philosopher specialising in areas around decision-making.

Born and raised in East Berlin, artist Sven Marquardt (above)  is probably one of the most popular and polarising photographers of Berlin’s subculture, well-known as the bouncer for Berlin’s famous nightclub Berghain, and an icon of Germany’s techno club scene. He will be in conversation with Wellington photographer Helen Mitchell at the Goethe-Institut (150 Cuba Street, 6th Floor (Entrance Garrett Street) from 6.00 to 7.30pm, to talk about his life, his projects and whither the future might take him. You are warmly invited to this free event, but please RSVP to [email protected]

There is no way anyone should pay over $70 to see Peter Murphy do a 40 Years of Bauhaus show at San Fran. But goths gotta goth.