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Doom pop, kamikaze cabaret, a smorgasbord of Spanish cinema, classical music meets disco – it’s all happening in Adelaide this weekend. And did we mention the gin trail?

Abbe May

Songs that will destroy the boundaries of rock as we know it … that’s what being promised at Abbe May’s show tomorrow (Saturday) night at The Gov. The Australian songstress is touring to promote her new album Kiss My Apocalypse, which is described as “synth-driven doom pop” and a far cry from her previous experimental rock record Design Desire. “Pop is sexy when done well,” she says. We couldn’t agree more.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

From the kamikaze cabaret of Meow Meow (June 15-16, Dunstan Playhouse) to a night of French romance with Baby et Lulu stars Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge (June 16, Festival Theatre Stage), the Adelaide Cabaret Festival offers something for everyone this weekend. Other shows include Jose Carbo’s My Latin Heart (June 14-16, Dunstan Playhouse), Robyn Archer (June 15, Festival Theatre Stage), Paul Capsis (June 13-15, Festival Theatre Stage), and Bourgeois & Maurice’s Sugartits (June 14-16, Artspace). And don’t forget you’ll find pop-up eateries in the Winter Garden hub on the Festival Theatre Terrace.

Spanish Film Festival

An eclectic collection of Spanish films are screening at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas over the weekend, from the eccentric melodrama The Summer Side, set in the Canary Islands, to battle-of-the-sexes comedy A Gun in Each Hand and “unapologetically vulgar” doco-style Carmina or Blow Up. Organisers say the 21 titles featured in the 2013 Spanish Film Festival reflect the “true spirit and scope of Spanish and Spanish-speaking Latin American film”. The festival runs until June 23.

World Gin Day

Yup, this is a day devoted to gin – it even has its own website, Facebook page and hashtag. And it’s happening tomorrow (Saturday). If you want to get into the spirit of things, Adelaide is offering a gin trail, with 22 venues taking part and offering a taste of boutique gins. They include The Howling Own, Botanic Bar, Casablabla, Bistro Dom and the Apothecary. Just remember to keep your sensible drinking shoes on.

Northern Lights: Evenings at Elder Hall

Music lovers are being encouraged to done the flares and platform shoes and “enjoy a brief return to the age of disco” with this Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra concert at 6.30pm on Saturday at Elder Hall. The program of mostly Scandinavian music includes an ABBA tribute alongside works by composers Grieg, Handel, Koehne, Nielsen and Sibelius, with orchestra director Lachlan Bramble saying the music of the region is “unmistakable for its scale, grandeur and beauty”.

And No More Shall We Part

Officially opening on Saturday night, this new show at the Bakehouse Theatre is described as a poignant but often humorous story about lifelong love. It centres on a couple called Pam and Don who are facing a crossroads now that their kids have grown up and moved on. “ watching a toughened glass windscreen shatter in exquisitely slow motion,” said the Financial Times. Directed by Yasmin Gurreeboo and starring Peter Green  and Jacqy Phillips, it is playing until June 29.



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