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Art and science come together to create something both beautiful and provocative in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize Exhibition, one of the many events vying for your attention in Adelaide this weekend.

Waterhouse exhibition

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize Exhibition will have its grand opening at the South Australian Museum tonight, with the work of more than 100 finalists going on show to the public from tomorrow. Previously known as the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, the competition’s name was changed this year to encourage artists to explore both scientific and topical environmental issues. It has attracted works from artists throughout Australia and overseas across a range of mediums, with the exhibition at the museum open daily from 10am–5pm from tomorrow until September 8. Read InDaily’s preview.


Based on Charles Dickens’ expose of the “dark social underbelly of 1850s London”, this popular musical is being brought to the stage of Adelaide’s Arts Theatre by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of SA. Director David Lampard promises a show that is “Gothic Victorian burlesque” in style, with a cast of 50 that includes both professional and young up-and-coming performers. Oliver! opens tonight and will run until July 27.

Gilles Street Market

If you need an incentive to crawl out from under the doona on a chilly weekend, we’re told the Gilles Street Market will have warm coats and steaming coffee among the goodies on offer this Sunday. Held every third Sunday over winter, the city market at at Gilles Street Primary School (91 Gilles Street) has 90 stalls selling clothes and accessories, plus music and food.

Room on the Broom

If the kids are getting restless as the school holidays near an end, this magical adaptation of the children’s picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler could be just the thing to amuse them. Based on the simple story of a witch and her cat flying on their broomstick and meeting new friends, it’s showing at the Dunstan Playhouse at 10am and 12.30pm Friday and Saturday, with an additional 3pm show tomorrow. Read InDaily’s review here.

Scottish celebration

Folk singer Eric Bogle will be special guest at an event organised by the Scottish Associations of South Australia this Sunday to celebrate the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The fling begins at 11am, when a floral garland will be place on the Burns statue in the forecourt of the State Library of SA, then continues in the library’s Basil Hetzel Room with haggis, dancing, poetry, singing and, of course, the bagpipes. Entry is free and the associations say everyone is welcome.

Professional Photography Awards

An awe-inspiring exhibition of photographs from the 2013 South Australian AIPP EPSON Professional Photography Awards is currently on display at the National Wine Centre. There are images from the winners of categories ranging from landscape and travel photography, to weddings, portraits, commercial and creative excellence. The winner of the 2013 Professional Photographer of the Year Award was Hilary Hann, whose portfolio includes stunning images of African wildlife. The exhibition runs until July 27, and is open from 9am-5pm over the weekend.

 This Old Man Comes Rolling Home

Described as a “slice of life” Australian drama set in 1950s Redfern, Sydney, this play explores the world of the Aussie battler through the trials and tribulations of the Dockerty family, with themes including alcoholism, poverty and love. It’s being presented by Adapt Enterprises at Adelaide’s Bakehouse Theatre until August 3, with the official opening night tomorrow.

Elvis – If I Can Dream

Mark Anthony pays tribute to The King in this show about Elvis Presley’s life and music – “from the 1950s’ rock ‘n’ roll, and the birth of the legend, through the Hollywood movie years, to the 1968 Comeback and Aloha Specials”. He’s backed by 16 musicians and singers, with one performance only at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday night.

Evenings at Elder Hall

With mulled wine on entry, Sachertorte and coffee at interval, and the music of Schubert, it’s little wonder the annual Schubertiade concert has become one of the most popular events on the Evenings at Elder Hall program. The program for this Saturday will see the Australian String Quartet accompanied by Lucinda Collins on piano and special guest Ewen Bramble on cello, with works including the Sonata in B-flat Major and String Quintet in C.

Soundstream Collective

Also at Elder Hall, the Soundstream Collective (the new music ensemble-in-residence at Adelaide University) is presenting a concert tonight (Friday) called Old Kings in Exile, featuring the work of international composers Richard Meale and Brett Dean. The collective will also be conducted by Dean, with the concert including the Adelaide premiere of his own Old Kings in Exile, as well as Meale’s sextet Incredible Floridas and a screening of Peter Weir’s short film on the latter.


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