What's on in Lesbian Wellington

Movies of interest.

Movies of interest

There seem to be a number of movies that pass the Bechdel Test coming to town in the next few months. First up is The Favourite, now showing at the Light House Cinema Cuba, Petone and Pauatahanui, Penthouse, Roxy and Shoreline Waikanae.

The Favourite is about Queen Anne, her best buddy since childhood Lady Sarah - the power and brains behind the throne and in the royal bedchamber, and ambitious new kid in town Abigail. Meanwhile the powerful men are fussing about their makeup and wigs! A highly rated film!
There is a fact-checking article on people.com.

Coming soon:

About women - mostly zero lez content but who cares.

Mary Queen of Scots
The ill-fated Scottish queen who came up against Elizabeth I of England. Now showing
On the Basis of Sex
Biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Opening 7 February
Biopic about the French writer and gender bender Collette. Opening 14 February - see below for the LILAC fundraiser
Biopic about Celia Lashlie who campaigned relentlessly to raise awareness of the social issues facing New Zealand. Opening 28 February

LILAC movie fundraiser - Colette

Sunday 17 February, 5pm
Light House Cuba, Wigan St

Ambitious French peasant girl with ambitions to write goes to Paris and marries the literary top dog. He gets her to write a fictionalised account of her schooldays and then appropriates (copyrights!) them for himself. And the licentious Willy encourages her to have affairs - but not with men. They separated and later divorced ... and Colette led rather a gay life.
Read the DIVA mag interview with actresses Keira Knightley and Denise Gough. See the Guardian review, an article about how the movie champions overlooked female writers, and the Wikipedia article about Colette.

All tickets $20 - see LILAC's fundraiser page for information about buying your tickets.


Polari - Fantabulosa!

Polari is a queer inclusive cocktail party held at a different style-y bar in Wellington on a Friday late in the month. Keep an eye on the facebook page for the next date.

Next: Friday 24 January from 5:30pm at ... to be confirmed

COVEN - a Party for Women and Gender Minorities

COVEN - a Party for Women and Gender Minorities

Saturday 26 January 8pm @ Ivy Bar, 49 Cuba St

Gather around the cauldron, witches, because COVEN is back.
It’s a sapphic seance, a butch bewitching, a homosexual hexing. COVEN is a big queer party for for women and gender minorities, featuring devilishly good DJS, delicious boozy potions and spellbinding live music from some of Aotearoa’s best aural enchanters. It’s a gathering; a space to relax, bond, cast a curse or two or dance up a storm for the goddesses. So come make some magic with us ... more on facebook.

LILAC library

LILAC - the Lesbian Library

LILAC is a lending library for lesbians and queer women with a great selection of books, DVDs and magazines. It is at 187 Willis Street, 2nd floor (flat access from the street, lift). More info on the LILAC website at lilac.lesbian.net.nz including an online catalogue.

LILAC is open:

  • Wednesdays 5.30-7.30 pm
  • Thursdays 11 am-2 pm
  • Saturdays 11 am-2 pm
LILAC Book Club.

LILAC Book Group

The LILAC Book Group meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the LILAC Library. Tea and coffee are available and there may be cake. Come and join us to share a relaxing evening (re)discovering a range of lesbian literature.

  • Wednesday 30 January, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • featuring the book on the beach - your favourite holiday reading ... more info on the Book Group's webpage

Kāpiti lesbians dining out

Potlucks are held on the Kāpiti Coast, usually on the first Saturday of the month. Lesbians from any area is welcome to attend - bring a mains or dessert to share, beverage of your choice. Singles and couples are welcome, as are visiting lesbians. The dates and venues are advertised via Leonie's email list.

LILAC has a Kāpiti service - bringing books, DVDs etc plus membership forms - to the monthly dinners so that women can join the library and borrow. Check the LILAC website for more information.

Friday drinks at Blondinis

A relaxing gathering every second and fourth Friday upstairs at the Embassy Cinema on Kent Terrace from 5.30 to approximately 7pm. Just come along and look for a likely looking group of women and join us.

Next: Friday 8 February

Lesbian Overland and Café Club

LOCC is the social walking group for vaguely active lesbians and slightly fitter women. Not a tramping group, but there is one "club" rule: walk some before retiring to a café  more ▶

Sunday 10th Feb: Te Ahumairangi / Tinakori Hill

We will walk from the railway station up to Grant Road and then head onto the tracks, meandering along with as much shade as possible. See the Council's page about the area where you can download a map.
We should find a congenial café on Tinakori Road for afters.

Meet aoutside the front of the Wellington railway station at 10am, dressed for conditions on the day. Brink lunch and drink in your backpack, and wear sneakers. Dogs must be on a lead.

Trip leader: Ellen 027 2094004 - please txt if you are coming.

Occasional drinks at Finns Bar, Paekakariki

Next: Friday 15 Febuary from 5.30 pm
If you want to stay for dinner phone Finns and book a place with Sally's group.

Les Ukes - ukelele lessons

Ukulele lessons in a queer / women's setting. Currently running in Tawa, 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings. Taught by Christine White [$15 / person]. Contact sueestreet@actrix.co.nz or 021 435 830. The Les Ukes facebook group has the current chat.

Lemon Tea - Single Dining

Wellington and districts Single Queer Female Dinner group ... open to all women who love woman and identify themselves as lesbian, bi or transgender. Non discriminatory and non judgemental.
Join the facebook group for more information, or email singles@lesbian.net.nz.

Stitch and Butch

A group of fun supportive queer folk who enjoy being crafty with yarn (while yarning craftily). Their creations adorn bike stands and bollards around the CBD and they are always preparing for their next splash of colour to brighten our city.
They meet Mondays, 6-8 pm at at St Andrews on the Terrace in the Rainbow Room on the second floor. Cost – koha.

Bring along your own project – their knowledge can solve many problems, or contribute to their collective work. Or come just for some friendly company and a cup of tea (sometimes there is even cake!)
They welcome donations of wool, yarn or thread. And they can find ways to recycle clothes and kitchen excess when you de-clutter. ... check their facebook page.

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