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Get a little parochial this weekend with a new market for unique South Australian designers, a performance of Babar the Elephant to support youth orchestra and the end of the SALA festival.  Here’s what’s on in Adelaide.

A Boutique Life

Bespoke, original and high-end designs are staples at new local designer market, A Boutique Life. The artisan market, which discovers new businesses and creative venture, has a strict application process meaning it’s full of South Australian made treasures including homeware, jewellery and gourmet food. “We want to provide women with a unique shopping experience and choose vendors who do short runs, one-offs and distinctly individual pieces,” says founder Melanie Tscharke. A Boutique Life will be held at the Blackwood Memorial Hall, 21 Coromandel Pde, Blackwood, Sunday from 10am-3pm.

Babar the Elephant

The beloved children’s character Francis Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant will grace the stage with leading Scottish pianist and French music specialist Roy Howat and Adelaide actor Holly Myers in a one-off performance at the ASO Grainger Studio on Sunday at 3pm. This special concert event is a fundraiser for The Adelaide Youth Orchestras with Howat and Myers have donating their artistic services and proceeds from tickets sales will go towards funding important tutorial programs run by AdYO. Tickets available at the venue.

Private Lives

In this 1930s comedy of manners a divorced couple find themselves sharing a terrace on honeymoon with their new, younger, spouses. Noel Coward’s classic Private Lives is being presented by the Therry Dramatic Society. When it was originally shown in Britain, a love scene in the second act was almost censored as being too risqué. Find out how saucy the 1930s were this weekend at the Arts Theatre. Tickets here.

See-ya SALA

Sea-Breezes-1149It’s the final weekend of the South Australian Living Artists Festival. Check out the full program on the festival site or a few artists we’ve already featured at Magazine Gallery off Hindley Street, this painting (left) by Brigette Butler, and some of the award winners. If you just can’t pick from the talent on show, we recommend picking an area and taking one of the festival’s self-guided walking tours.


A story of lust, desire and ultimately savage murder is told in Richard Strauss’s Salome – an explosive one-act opera featuring 100 minutes of brilliant music. Salome stars UK-based, SA-born soprano Kate Ladner in the title role, together with international tenor Hubert Francis as the lecherous Herod, and Douglas McNicol as the ill-fated Jokanaan.  Featuring a strong supporting cast of the very best of SA’s professional singers together with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra led by Arvo Volmer, Salome has been billed as a “must-see”.

Space and music

American composer Alvin Curran is taking over Bonython Hall for two nights in two “mesmerising” Australian premiere performances. Tonight a choir of 80 voice and a ram’s horn, played by Curran, will present Oh Man, Oh Mankind, Oh Yeah, while tomorrow will be the monumental solo performance of Curran’s Inner Cities by Adelaide’s leading contemporary pianist Gabriella Smart.Presented as part of the Great Music in Great Spaces series by Soundstream Collective, the Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter and the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, the live performance of Inner Cities will be a six-hour celebration of space, light, meditation and transcendence of time. Tickets here.




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