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Your high five events for Thursday 6 September

Another bus meeting, portraits explained,  wonderful solo show, arty feminism open late, and psychedelic free jazz.

If you haven’t yet checked out Toi Art on the 4th and 5th floors of Te Papa, you really should. Extra incentive today, from 10:30am to 11:30am, is the Friends of Te Papa guided talk, Pictures of People, with Curator Mātauranga Māori, Matariki Williams and Curator Historical New Zealand Art, Rebecca Rice. They co-curated the portrait room, Nga tai whakarongorua | Encounters, which lies at the heart of the exhibition Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand in Toi Art, and will tell some of their favourite stories behind the paintings and share some of the big questions and ideas underpinning the exhibition. The cost for members is $15:00, students $17:00, and everyone else $20:00. Includes free parking.

We’ve been hearing wonderful things about Wonderful, the latest play from Dean Parker, directed by Conrad Newport, which premiered at BATS Theatre on 4 September as part of the inaugural New Zealand Theatre Month. John Smythe in Theatreview called it “a multi-layered and extremely absorbing ‘dance’ that needs to be experienced”, with a “wonderfully nuanced” solo performance by Andrew Laing (above) as a 1950s Catholic priest and teacher, Brother Vianney, who finds solace and joy in stage and screen musicals. The season in BATS Heyday Dome, 1 Kent Tce, runs to 15 September at 6:00pm nightly; it’s 80 minutes, and while general tickets are $22:00 there are concession prices.

Julia Deans, photo by Mareea Vegas

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means that it’s Tuatara Open Late at City Gallery, from 5:00 to 10:00pm, with art, music, film, talks, beer, wine, food, and the spring exhibitions Patrick Pound: On ReflectionIconography of Revolt, and Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land after dark. Tonight at a Suffrage 125 celebration, special events include the latest presentation of strong female voices with a live performance from singer-songwriter Julia Deans (above), the feature film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, and bitter-sweet short films by upcoming Saudi directors  Nada Al-Mojadedi and Hanaa Saleh Alfassi, introduced by film lecturer Missy Maloy and assistant curator Moya Lawson. Plus art historian Milly Mitchell-Anyon talks about the Patrick Pound exhibition. Cash bar and supper treats from Pomegranate Kitchen. Koha entry.
5–9pm: DJ She Jays
6–7.40pm: Film: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
7–7.30pm: Patrick Pound: On Reflection with Milly Mitchell-Anyon
8–8.45pm: Films +Talk: Saudi Films: Lollipop and Zaina’s Cake introduced by Moya Lawson and Missy Molloy
9–9.45pm: Julia Deans plays live

Miramar bus passengers get their chance to present their ongoing issues with the public transport system at a 7:30pm meeting tonight hosted by Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter and Paul Eagle MP at Gateway Baptist Church, 33 Park Road, Miramar.

At the Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki Street, from 8:00pm to 11:00pm, $10:00 on the door gets you in to see Sunburst Finish, the local psychedelic free jazz pioneer supergroup featuring Lucien Johnson (reeds), Daniel Beban (guitar), Tom Callwood (bass) and Anthony Donaldson (drums).