Somersaults, symphony, a new music series and silent disco walking tours of the Adelaide Central Market are among the events, performances and activities on offer in Adelaide this weekend.
Some Folk in Spring
This new Adelaide music series will showcase Australian “nu-folk” acts and launches on Sunday at the Grace Emily with performances by Castlecomer (NSW), Ashleigh Mannix (Queensland) and Adelaidean Myles Mayo. Some Folk in Spring is being co-presented by The Jam Room, littlestVINTAGE and Dear Eleanor, who promise “an unforgettable celebration of ambition, intrigue and antique stage design”. Further shows are planned for October 13 and November 10.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: Masters 10
The ASO will be joined by Canadian pianist Louis Lortie (left) in two concerts at the Festival Theatre tonight and tomorrow night (September 6-7). Lortie, who made his debut with the Montreal Symphony at just 13, will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No 4”. In the second half of the program, ASO chief conductor Arvo Volmer will conduct Shostakovich’s “Tenth Symphony” – 60 years after its first performance in Leningrad in 1953.
Empire by Spiegelworld
Described by the New York Times as “Cirque du Soleil as channelled through Rocky Horror Picture Show”, this athletic and risqué show has now somersaulted into Adelaide. There will be shows in the Spiegeltent in Rymill Park right up until September 29, with Empire audiences promised a 90-minute “theobatic” performance that melds circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque.
Guru Dudu is conducting free silent disco walking tours of the Adelaide Central Market as part of the Market Week celebrations. Participants can boogie along to tracks from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s through supplied headphones and take part in flash mob dancing, with tours leaving the Gouger Street stage area near Zuma Café at 11.45am, 1.15pm, 6pm and 7pm today (September 6) and 11am and 1pm tomorrow. Other events over the weekend include mozzarella-stretching and sausage-making demos, wine tasting, live entertainment and kids’ craft classes.
East of Berlin
Bakehouse Theatre’s latest production, East of Berlin, is a tale exploring redemption, love and guilt. At its centre is a man who finds out as a teenager that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz, and who later falls in love with a Holocaust survivor. The production officially opens on Saturday night at the Angas Street theatre and runs until September 21.
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
That’s the question posed by a new exhibition at Carrick Hill which documents the history of the chair by exploring the backgrounds of the historic chairs – some of which date back to the 1600s – in the property’s furniture collection. Are You Sitting Comfortably? runs until November 24 alongside Looking Glorious, which links botanical and floral paintings by the likes of Stanley Spencer and Nora Heysen with flowers on show in the garden.
This weekend is your last chance to catch this State Theatre Company of SA black comedy starring Danielle Catanzariti as 14-year-old Milla, who is dying of cancer. Babyteeth, directed by Chris Drummond of When the Rain Stops Falling, follows Milla’s last months, amid the love and grief of her family. It is being presented at the Space Theatre, with final performances at 8pm tonight (September 6) and 2pm and 8pm tomorrow.
Also finishing this weekend is The Art Gallery of South Australia’s Heartland exhibition, which seeks to generate “new ways of thinking about who and where we are”. It takes a broad approach to the genre of landscape and features sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and large-scale installations from South Australians including artists from the APY Lands, Kate Breakey, Kim Buck, Wendy Fairclough, Stewart MacFarlane, Annalise Rees, and Angela and Hossein Valamanesh. The free exhibition ends on September 8.
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