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A quiz from galaxies far away

The Battle of the Galaxies quiz is part of the Wellington on a Plate festival. Its being held at the Foxglove Bar & Kitchen 33 Queens Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington on 3 & 4 August.

Here is the blurb…
It’s time for a showdown of galactic proportions…
In which universe does your loyalty lie, are you Team Spock or is Darth your daddy? Foxglove and Gee Quiz are proud to strike back in 2021 bringing you a quiz from galaxies far away, a showdown between Star Wars and Star Trek superfans.

Whet your whistle in Mos Eisely Cantina while the food replicator whips you up dishes from culinary worlds like Endor, Naboo, Vulcan and Remus. Have you ever tried Petrokian Sausage? All teams answer questions from both universes, including specialty bonus food and beverage rounds to test your knowledge of culinary delights that are out of this world. Every ticket includes 2 drinks, canape and shared table banquet dishes from all corners of the universe!

Book your six person team ($450) or book a single ticket ($75) and declare your loyalty and we’ll match you up with like-minded quizzers.

A couple of notes – we have delayed posting until Welly was out of level 2. Events like this would be cancelled at Level 2 Covid alert level or higher.

This item is part of the Wellington on a Plate festival. We couldn’t spot any other fan-specific items, but there is a lot of culinary activities likely to be of interest – keep an eye out for Chocolate and Beer related items.

Marvel Concert – This Weekend in Wellington

This may be a bit last minute because both the film+concerts are this Saturday (27th Feb), however if you are a Marvel fan then it may not be too late. The Orchestra Wellington listing is here or you can book tickets directly here. The full blurb is reproduced below…

“Avengers. Iron Man. Captain America. Everyone has a favourite Marvel movie, but as of yet, nobody has a favourite Marvel Experience. For the first time on these shores, we will be treated to a music and film extravaganza like never before, with a show redefining what it means to truly go to the movies.

As the only orchestra in the world to play their full season in a crisis-hit 2020, Orchestra Wellington are kicking off the year in style by treating us to a very special Saturday at the Michael Fowler Centre. With one show on the Saturday evening, and another earlier in the day as a matinée performance, this unique experience serves to dazzle and delight as a visual and audible spectacle. For anyone who is a fan of Marvel movies – this is an absolute must see. At a time when saving the world is more important than ever, come along to the Michael Fowler Centre on February 27th with friend or foe, and make sure you’re ready for A Superhero Experience you will never, ever forget.”

Wonderland – Take Alice’s Journey

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books are a proto-fantasy classic. This is just a reminder that the Wonderland Exhibition at Te Papa is currently running. The exhibition finishes on Sunday March 8.

This is from the advertising material…
Curiouser and curiouser! This summer, come with Alice on an adventure in Wonderland – an interactive exhibition that celebrates Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories. Where will the Hallway of Doors lead you?

Explore Alice’s journey from book to screen, through original picture books, magic lanterns, and more than 40 films and 30 television programmes. Then join an immersive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that comes alive with digital wizardry.

You’re bound to get lost on the way. Squeeze into a tiny house, climb a giant chair to peek into Alice’s room, and post your soldier avatar on the Queen’s croquet ground.

The closer you look, the more you’ll discover – not everything is what it seems!

Talk : “Reality vs fantasy in children’s fiction”

A public talk on Reality vs fantasy in children’s fiction is being hosted by Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection and National Library of New Zealand. The following is the info from their FB page.

“When Eirlys Hunter finished her first Junior fiction manuscript in 1997, a publisher rejected it on the grounds that ‘children don’t want fantasy, there’s no demand for it.’ JK Rowling soon proved that publisher wrong, and since then there’s been an explosion in fiction for children that is set in worlds that diverge from the reality of their lived experience. Why is this?

In this informal talk Eirlys Hunter will discuss what fantasy is, and speculate on what fantasy can offer readers (and writers) that realism cannot.

About the speaker:
Eirlys Hunter has published seven books for children, and her most recent book The Mapmaker’s Race was a finalist in the 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. She teaches Writing for Children at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington

Where: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Tuesday, 22 October, 2019
5:30pm for drinks and nibbles, 6:00pm talk
A gold coin donation from non-members is appreciated.”

Nanogirl Live! – ticket presale starts now

Get your geek on.

Nanogirl Labs are proud to present Nanogirl Live! “Bring on the Noise!” – a Live Science Spectacular.

Nanogirl, Boris (her trusty lab assistant), and CLAIR (Constantly Learning Artificial Intelligence Repository) are back for a brand new action-packed adventure, bringing you science and engineering as you have never seen them before. In this interactive show filled with experiments, explosions and music – Nanogirl Live! brings science and engineering to life in the coolest ways possible, right before your eyes. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer and do science on stage with Nanogirl too!

After three sellout tours, this brand new show by the internationally touring Nanogirl Live! Team, and starring Dr. Michelle Dickinson features all-new experiments, and all-new explosions – with plenty of extraordinary musical sounds to be enjoyed by the whole family.

The Ticketmaster Presale for shows in Auckland and Wellington in late November starts at 9:00am, Wednesday 24 July and ends at 8:59am, Wednesday 31 July 2019, strictly subject to availability.

Chroma Connect 2019 Creative Symposium

The Chroma Connect 2019 Creative Symposium is taking place in Wellington on Saturday 8th June.

It isn’t strictly an SF/F/H event, but this part of the description caught our eye as being of genre interest:

Prolific international and local creators of illustration, comics, animation, videogames, concept design, mural art and more – sharing valuable past experiences, present insights, and future plans.

Learn how to create imaginary worlds, engaging narratives, immersive experiences, develop original IP, grow audiences and build sustainable creative practices.

This event is associated with the ChromaCon New Zealand Indie Arts Festival 2019. The ChromaCon event is being held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland 1-2 June. Yes we know it clashes with Geysercon – quite the dilemma for genre artists.

Launch Event for Quest

This is what the Quest event page says:
“If you love fantasy, come along to PhotonFlux to celebrate the launch of Quest with swordfighting, cosplay and more…

Quest has everything – heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love. It’s a celebration of fantasy adventure, and the author, A.J. Ponder (best known for Wizard’s Guide to Wellington) wanted this event to be a celebration, too.

* Swordfighting Demonstration with Tara Macintyre from the Company of the Dragons.
* Cosplay competition run by local cosplayer Eli Sirvid: with prizes for the best dressed heroes, heroines and monsters!
* Fantasy Quiz for all ages
* and more!”

When : Saturday, September 22 at 3-5pm
Where: PhotonFlux – 176 Victoria Street, Wellington

Summer Star Trek is back

It appears that Summer Star Trek is coming back to the capital. The following announcement came through subspace…

Auditions for the final mission of the Award Winning Summer Star Trek will be held on the 28th & 29th October at Toi Poneke. This years show is titled The Trouble with Tribles and we’re looking for a full crew to man the USS Enterprise as well as singers for our ‘Spacebabes’ (babes of all genders required!), a full team of Red Shirt ‘Engineers’ (back stage crew) and of course, DOORS!

Check them out on their facebook page.

Litcrawl – My Mythology

LitCrawl is a literary event held in Wellington with the aim of taking literature to the streets. The fourth edition of Litcrawl is to take place 10-12 November at venues all around the capital.

Of particular interest to speculative fiction fans may be event 12 – “My Mythology- Five writers offer up fragments of their own myth making. Gather around for readings that overlay the universe with fresh openings to new worlds. Featuring Lee Posna, Valerie Arvidson, Emily Perkins, Dan Rabarts, and Lee Murray.” This event is being held at Arty Bees from 7.15-8.00pm on the 10th.

You can find the full programme of events over at the event web site.

The Mad Science Book Launch with Frankie and Miss Lionheart

Come join the party as Frankie and Miss Lionheart launch their books with science games, and fun. With prizes for the best dressed scientist and monster costume – but never fear, most scientists and some monsters look just like ordinary people!

50% from A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery will go to Te Omanga Hospice as part of the “Ponder This” exhibition. 3-20 August
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When:  Thursday 17th August 6pm – 8pm
Where:  Ron Gallery, 151 Muritai Rd, Eastbourne

Occulture: The Dark Arts exhibition

City Gallery Wellington is holding an exhibition called “Occulture: The Dark Arts exhibition”. It promises as show that “explores contemporary art’s role in the process of occultation. It brings together New Zealand and international artists who push the symbolic, formal and material languages of esoteric or occult traditions into new forms.

More information about the exhibition, can be found on the City Gallery Wellington web site. The exhibition runs 12 August to 19 November 2017.

Sci Fi Bar opens in Wellington

PhotonFlux

World UFO Day

 Sunday 2nd July every year

PhotonFlux

176 Victoria Street

Te Aro

Wellington

3pm

 

Years in the making Anton and Nina imaged what the future would be like. Will it be a post-apocalyptic survival or, a future where everybody wears the same thing and live in peace with robots in a bubble city.

Either way we want to take photos of it, gather evidence and travel there.

Photonflux is the place where possible future will be planned, discussed and changed.

The headquarters offers the revolutionary fluxbun, a fried dough filled with various flavours in a casual setting. For World UFO Day your filling will be in the hands of our creative chef.

However if you do not wish to be pleasantly surprised you can pick from our menu.

The bar host craft beer, single barrel whiskies, Kombucha and organic wines and six barrel soda.

The objective is to attract like-minded people who support creativity, the idea of Scifi and appreciate the art of making art.

Anton Sounes (a Sounes Photo) has his photography studio on the second floor and are planning to capture all those who wish to be captured. Be creative and join in.

Dress up or come as you are.

Limited parking available for space ships.

Southern Cross Book Club

Arty Bees Books and the Southern Cross Hotel have started up a book club. You can read about the event here on its FB page. As many of you know, Arty bees have been a big supporter of local SF/F/H over the years. The following is the blurb about the club.

“Read any good books lately? Itching to talk about them? Go on then! In this book club there’s no specific book you have to pretend to have read; we’re thinking more relaxed, informal discussion with like-minded readers about book… related… stuff. (and maybe a glass of wine or two). Sound good? Good! The Southern Cross Book Club exists with a little help from our friends at Arty Bees Books. We meet on the second Monday of every month at 6pm in the Lounge, first on the right as you arrive. If you can read this, you may as well join us.”

The next meeting is Monday, May 8 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM – the theme is “War! What is it good for?”

Juliet Marillier annouced as Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3

Au Contraire 3 is delight to anounce Juliet Marillier has agreed to join us as a Guest of Honour at the Wellington convention. She’ll be hosting a panel at 11am on Sunday and guests are encouraged to bring questions for the Q & A afterwards.

A writer of historical fantasy. Juliet has been a full-time writer for about twelve years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – she now lives in Western Australia.

Juliet’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet is currently working on the Blackthorn & Grim series of historical fantasy/mysteries for adult readers. Her earlier books include the Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books. She has also written a stand-alone novel, Heart’s Blood, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a collection of short fiction, Prickle Moon.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Te Papa to host Dreamworks Animation exhibition

Animation enthusiasts have an opportunity to see how their favourite characters came to life in a Dreamworks Animation exhibition hosted by the country’s national museum.

Dreamworks Animation would showcase their two decades of film-making that include rough sketches of a film through to the completed project at Wellington’s Te Papa museum.

Visitors would also be treated to an interactive “dragon flight” – inspired by the studio’s film How to Train Your Dragon.

This included an interactive panoramic dragon ride on the back of Toothless, a dragon in the movie.

The experience would also show visitors computer-generated imagery (CGI) film.Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis said visitors could immerse themselves in the exhibition.

“This exhibition really draws back the curtain on the artistry and creative process that goes into creating these films,” he said.

The exhibition opens today and will finish in March next year.

ComicFest at Wellington Central Library – 1st & 2nd May

Wellington City Libraries are hosting a celebration of NZ cartoonists and comic creators and the comic book medium over the next few days – all welcome.

 

Today, Moth City creator and former Weta designer, Tim Gibson will be hosting a Digital comics workshop at the Central library from 5 – 6.30.

At 7.00 on the second floor, Tim Gibson, cartoonist and comics historian, Tim Bollinger, film maker and comics creator Jonathan King and publisher Matt Emery will discuss N.Z. comics current and future state.

Tomorrow is Free comic book day at the Central library and sponsors GRAPHIC comic store have provided over a thousand free comics to give away.

We have a Women’s comics panel with the editors of upcoming anthology, ‘Three Words’ and Weta’s Chris Guise will present on the transition of ‘Tintin: From comic to film.’

Novelist and cartoonist Sarah Laing will host a comics workshop first thing thanks to sponsors ‘The New Zealand book council.’

We also have a Manga drawing competition and Cosplay with prizes.

For more details and times here’s our Comicfest blog featuring a growing list of cartoonist profiles and event details – wcl.govt.nz/comicfest

And our Facebook events page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1577140529231221/

 

2001: A Space Odyssey

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey on the magnificent big screen this Autumn!

The film charts the “progress of ‘civilisation’ through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter” describes Geoff Andrew of the British Film Institute. “A cinematic milestone, and a huge influence on the development of the sci-fi genre.

Philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic demands the biggest screens on earth!

Regent, Dunedin

Friday April 17 at 4.15 pm

Sunday April 19 at 6.15 pm

Civic, Auckland

Thursday April 16 at 3.00 pm

Thursday April 16 at 8.45 pm

Sunday April 19 at 6.15 pm

Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch

Sunday May 17 at 5.30 pm

Embassy, Wellington

Saturday May 16 at 5.30 pm

Sunday May 17 at 5.30 pm

Every year in the four main centres, the organisers of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) present NZIFF Autumn Events, a short series of new and classic films. For further info about this film, the full programme and ticketing details, visit www.nziff.co.nz/2015-autumn-events

Armageddon Expo Wellington 2015 ticketing costs – ON SALE MAY 1ST

ALL TICKETS GO ON SALE THROUGH TICKETEK 9AM MAY 1ST

VIP event tickets

SILVER Pass – $369.00
Limited to only 80 passes ONLY, includes the following:
A ticket to all days of one of the events
Limited edition SILVER PASS card
One 8×10 or personal item autograph from each guest (up to 3)
One standard guest photo with each guest (up to 3)
Priority access to the event
Priority access to autograph queues
Opening Party Ticket – A social event on the Friday evening, from 7pm to 8.30pm, with the guests from the event attending and light snacks provided (drinks additional)

SILVER PARTNER pass – $199.00
Planning on getting a VIP pass, but want a second one for your partner? These are available as follows, but MUST be purchased at the same time as the primary pass.
This includes everything that you get from the primary pass, but not the Autographs and Photo’s with the guests

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Want to chill with the guests of Armageddon expo, this is your chance, get your ticket to a great casual evening at the Courtenay Establishment
Friday night, July 17th 2015, 7pm to 8.30pm
Includes nibbles. Drinks additional. Feel free to bring your camera, no autographs though.
$59.00 per ticket

KAREN GILLAN AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTO TOKENS
Due to expected popular demand, we are offering the Autograph and Photo tokens for Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who guest Karen Gillan early for pre-sale.
The cost of these does not include entry into the expo and they are fully refunded if Karen cancels due to changes in her filming schedule.
Autographs $30.00 each
Photos $40.00 each

General Admission Tickets (One day entry Only)

Adults (13 and above) – $23.00 ($20.00 for Presale tickets)
Student (with ID) – $20.00 ($17.00 for presale tickets)
Children (5-12) – $11.00 ($10.00 for presale tickets)
Family Pass (2 adults and 3 children) $50.00 ($45.00 for presale tickets)

Two day passes
Adult – $40.00 ($35.00 for presale tickets)
Child – $19.00 ($17.00 for presale tickets)

Three day passes
Adult – $55.00 ($50.00 for presale tickets)
Child – $28.00 ($24.00 for presale tickets)

ALL TICKETS GO ON SALE THROUGH TICKETEK 9AM MAY 1ST

Wellycon Board Gaming Convention

There is a significant overlap between sf/f/h fans and boardgaming. With this in mind, some of you may be interested in Wellycon which is in the planning stages for a two day event this year. Planned dates are 30-31 May 2015.

Time travel course at Victoria University

The Victoria University Continuing Education Department is running the short course Persons in Time.  The course examines a selection of philosophical issues surrounding the nature of persons and time.

Course Details:

6pm – 8pm, Thursdays 4 September to 9 October (6 sessions)

Presenter:

Dan Burkett is a PhD student and philosophy tutor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His current area of research is the ethics of punishment, though he previously completed his MA thesis at Victoria University on the possibility of time travel. Dan has published several book chapters on the topics of time travel and free will and their presentation in popular culture.

If you would like more information or to register, visit the website: http://cce.victoria.ac.nz/courses/275-persons-in-time

 

 

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