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Your high five events for Wednesday 24 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.

A free lunchtime (12.00 to 12.45pm) author event at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, features L.J. Ritchie discussing his new young adult novel, Monsters of Virtue, with Madeleine Collinge. L.J. Ritchie has worked as a secondary school performance arts co-ordinator, lighting and sound technician, garden labourer, web designer, domestic cleaner, data-entry operator, and as a publicist for an Elvis impersonator. His debut novel, Like Nobody’s Watching, was a finalist in the Young Adult Fiction and Best First Book categories at the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.

The New Zealand Improv Festival 2018 is presenting the second of its free public lunchtime lectures today, at BATS Theatre from 12.15 to 1.15pm. In one of a series of bespoke lectures sourced from the Deakin University course ‘Improvisation: Principles in Action’, Melbourne actor, improviser, director and graphic artist Lliam Amor will present Audience: Context & Role, exploring theoretical and historical perspectives through the working methods of notable practitioners in the field, including the relationship to genre, material conditions, cultures and historical contexts in which they were developed. Amor was a founding member of Impro Melbourne, has won the National Theatresports Competition twice, and appeared in numerous television series.

City Gallery and Radio New Zealand mark Suffrage 125 with a second series of panel discussions exploring contemporary feminism, building upon the lively national conversations that took place during last year’s Cindy Sherman exhibition. Tonight from 6.00pm, Kim Hill chairs a panel of four speakers exploring Feminism and Faith. What can religious communities do to support gender equality? And what happens when you lose faith? Speakers include: freelance journalist Saziah Bashir who comments on issues of social justice, race, and gender; Caroline Blyth, lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Auckland, who researches the complicated relationships between religion, gender, and culture; Reverend Jean Malcolm, Co-Vicar of the Anglican church St Peter’s on Willis; and best-selling writer and keynote speaker Lilia Tarawa, who was born into the Gloriavale cult and broke free from that religious community when she was 18. The discussion is presented in association with Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land, and will be recorded for broadcast by RNZ. Doors open at 5.30pm, with a cash bar open until 6.00pm, and again after the panel discussion to continue the conversation. Tickets are $15.00 for the general public, and $10.00 concession and for City Gallery Friends. Book quickly.

The Stepping UP event Kanohi Ki Te Kanohi (Face To Face Connection) is an evening with wise Wellington women, and part of the Global Women Activate Leaders Programme 2018.  From 6.00 to 8.00pm at the Westpac Function Room, 318 Lambton Quay, six inspirational leaders – Gee Dennis, Hayley Browne, Tracy Johnson, Sue McLean, Nina Russell, Ainsley Benefield – will give short talks, followed by refreshments and chat. It’s koha (gold coin), but please register here.

Here’s a great NZ doco double feature for you; total price, $15.00. From 5.30 to 6.45pm at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, in a co-presentation with Adam Art Gallery, you can see The Man in the Hat, Jan and Luit Bieringa’s 2009 film about outstanding Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey, who spent more than 40 years running the country’s longest-lived gallery in Cuba Street. That’s followed from 7.00 to 8.45pm by Patu!, Merata Mita’s 1983 documentary about the Springbok tour that had torn the country apart just two years earlier. A perfect double for Wellington Heritage Week.