Prepare for an action-packed weekend, Adelaide: from an instrumental adventure of Pure Decadence, to the OzAsia comedy caper Extreme Jump!, a Bond-themed Bay to Birdwood, dance, theatre, chamber music and more circus acts than you can poke a pogo stick at.
The Woohoo Revue
Pure Decadence is the title of The Woohoo Revue’s national tour, which drops in to Adelaide’s Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre tonight. This sextet of horns, strings and drums promises a “high adrenaline, instrumental adventure which transports the listener through a circus show after-party, a Serbian wedding and a Wild West fiddle competition”. The show is the first in Nexus’s second World Music Series, which continues every Friday until November 1.
There’s plenty happening on the final weekend of Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, including a a Penang-style night market featuring food and roving entertainment on the Adelaide Festival Centre Terrace from 4-8pm on Saturday, a one-off show by “velvet-voiced” singer Kamahl at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday night, and the madcap Korean family show Extreme Jump! – described as part action flick, silent comedy and cartoon caper mixed with martial arts and acrobatics.
Bay to Birdwood
More than 1600 unusual and collectable vehicles from 1956 to 1977 will be showcased during the Bay to Birdwood on Sunday. With the event adopting the theme James Bond, entrants and spectators are being encouraged to dress in 1950s, ’60s or ’70s costumes for the event, which will see the cars this year travelling via the South Eastern Freeway to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, where there will be entertainment, kids’ activities and food.
Nought – Adelaide Dance Theatre
Tonight (September 27) is the last chance to catch the Australian Dance Theatre’s new work Nought at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. Choreographer Daniel Jaber says of the one-hour production in the gallery space: “The work has periods of silence, mixed with beautiful music and spoken words to emphasise the dancers’ vulnerabilities … it exposes the dancers in a new light.” Read InDaily’s review.
Bamboozled Productions’ free mini pop-up circus The Little Palais will be entertaining audiences both young and old in Hindmarsh Square for the next week. Part of Arts SA’s Unexpected City Project, The Palais is presenting a host of zany characters with acrobatic, juggling and comedy routines incorporating hula-hoops, baseball bats, unicycles and more.
Roving circus performers can also be expected at today’s Goodwood Extravaganza and Kids Comedy Gala – along with music, jumping castles, giant slides, breakdancing demos, a giant chess set and food stalls. Activities begin at 2.15pm today (September 27) at Goodwood Primary School, with the comedy gala kicking off at 5.30pm. Comedians will include Mr Snot Bottom (aka Mark Trenwith) and Jason Chong with MC Dylan Lewis.
This international circus opens tonight in Bonython Park and will run for a full four weeks, with candyfloss, clowns, roller-skating acrobats, a high-wire motorbike act, juggling and even a “man in a bottle”. There are also acts featuring animals such as horses, camels, llamas, geese and dogs, which the operators are at pains to say are “loved and responsibly kept”.
Adelaide Chamber Singers
A concert program featuring music for chamber choir and guitar will be presented by the Adelaide Chamber Singers tonight (September 27) and tomorrow night in Elder Hall, and in the Church of the Epiphany at Crafers on Sunday afternoon. Classical guitarist Alex Tsiboulski will join the choir for the program, which features three song cycles including Jeffrey Van’s “A procession winding around me”, which is set to Civil War poems by Walt Whitman.
Selby & Friends
The Kreutzer is the title of the Selby & Friends’ recital by violinist Ilya Konovalov and pianist Kathryn Selby at Elder Hall on Sunday afternoon. The program will comprise Brahms’ last violin sonata, Tchaikovsky vignettes, Peter Sculthorpe’s violin work “Alone” and, of course Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata.
Gay Times Are Here Again
This exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Gay Pride Week features historic photos, magazines, film footage and newspaper articles. Co-curator Ian Purcell says it offers a unique opportunity for people to learn about the radical gay liberation movement in Adelaide in the early 1970s and for “the younger queer generation a glimpse into their collective past”. Gay Times Are Here Again is open daily from 10am-5pm in the Institute Room (Institute Building, corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue). It runs until November 24.
UK company Kneehigh Theatre’s Brief Encounter (see InDaily review) is a colourful re-imagining of David Lean’s 1945 film of the same name and Noel Coward’s 1930s play Still Life, rekindling the romance of a bygone era but in a multi-media production that blends live theatre with film sequences. It finishes up at the Dunstan Playhouse on Saturday (September 28).
Empire by Spiegelworld
Incorporating impressive acrobatics, comedy, cabaret, burlesque and bananas (you have to see for yourself), Empire will have its final Adelaide show in the Spiegeltent in Rymill Park on Sunday night. And as InDaily’s reviewer says, there’s plenty of reasons to squeeze this risqué show into your calendar.
The Dark Room
This psychological thriller by playwright Angela Betzien has just two more nights to run at Holden Street Theatres. Set in a motel room in the Northern Territory, it weaves together the stories of six characters: youth worker Anni, who has brought teenager Grace to the motel as last-resort accommodation; Steve and his pregnant wife Emma, who are staying after a wedding; and policeman Craig, who is seeking space to think.
See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films currently screening in Adelaide:
Tim Winton’s The Turning
White House Down
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