A celebration of diversity in all its beautiful forms and flavours, world music, cabaret galore, a play with garden gnomes and a new exhibition that seeks to broaden our view of landscape art.
Walk Together & Fork the Walk
As part of a national celebration of diversity, South Australians are being encouraged to join the “Walk Together” event which begins at 1pm on Saturday in front of Parliament House on North Terrace and will see participants walk to Rymill Park for a picnic, talks and entertainment by Persian musicians, Rwandan dancers, the Adelaide South African Choir and more. In conjunction with the event, Fork on the Road will see some 30 food trucks set up in the park from 1pm-5pm in the cleverly dubbed Fork the Walk.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
This is your last chance to head on down to the Festival Centre and soak up the Adelaide Cabaret vibes – and there are certainly some hot acts to catch over the weekend, including glamorous Broadway star and Glee favourite Idina Menzel (Festival Theatre, June 22). Festival artistic director Kate Ceberano joins Teddy Tahu Rhodes for Meet Me in the Middle tonight (June 21) at the Festival Theatre, wannabe Mexicans Puta Madre Brothers are summoning dead spirits in the Space (June 21-22) and Sunny Leunig is working magic in the intimate Artspace (June 21-22).
While the Cab Fest winds down, the Cabaret Fringe show must go on … for another week, anyway. Girl on the Drink: From Gutter to Glamour in Satire and Song will see Annie Siegmann share the truth about drinking at La Boheme (June 22-23), while Opera on the Torrens offers a musical cruise aboard the Popeye (June 23) and Me N Me Mates serves up a slice of retro Australiana at The Whitmore (June 23).
Opening at the Art Gallery of South Australia today, this exhibition features work from a wide range of artists and seeks to generate “new ways of thinking about who and where we are”. It takes a broad approach to the genre of landscape, encompassing the geographic, the political, the ecological, the immaterial, the emotional and spiritual. This weekend will see a series of free talks from artists including Annalise Rees, Hossein Valamanesh and Wendy Fairclough, with the full program online.
“A play about love, garden gnomes and women of a certain age.” Curious? Then head along to The Arch, Holden Street Theatres, to check out this new comedy being presented by Spotlight Theatre Company. Written by Perth author Johnny Grim and set in his birth place of Manchester, it centres on four friends who must come to terms with a startling revelation shared by one of them. Performances June 20-22 and 26-29.
Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee
Comedian Anh Do won multiple book awards for his memoir recounting his family’s escape from war-torn Vietnam and their efforts to build a life Down Under. In this stage show of the same name he retells the story through a combination of stand-up, real life tales, photos and filmed pieces. The Happiest Refugee is at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre theatre for just one night (June 21) and last we looked there were still tickets.
Nexus World Music Series
The final instalment in this Nexus series “explores the meeting point between Hindustani and Flamenco traditions”, with a performance by Rasa Duende – aka musicians Bobby Singh (tabla), Adrian McNeil (sarod) and Damian Wright (flamenco guitar). The trio are also presenting a Hindustani cooking demonstration “with a dash of Spanish flavouring” prior to the performance. Doors open at 8pm tonight (June 21)
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