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Dozens of SA acts will be rocking out at the Semaphore Music Festival over the next few days, with other long weekend picks including the Kangaroo Island Art Feast, a feast of nature photography exhibition at the SA Museum, and circus action under the big – and little – top.

Semaphore Music Festival

Three days and four nights of alt-country, roots, blues and nu-folk music – that’s what in store at clubs, pubs and other venues around Semaphore and the Foreshore Reserve throughout this long weekend. The Semaphore Music Festival line-up includes The Silverados, Fig Jam, Ben Searcy, the Glenn Skuthorpe Band, the Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society, Billy Bob’s BBQ Boys, and Dr Piffle & The Burlap Band. This year there will also be mobile food, boutique wines, beer and cider for sale on the Foreshore Reserve, plus kids’ sideshows near the carousel and waterslide.

Kangaroo Island Art Feast

This 10-day festival opens tonight (October 4) and will see artists, chefs and winemakers combine to showcase KI’s art and gourmet produce. More than 30 venues across the island are displaying artwork and offering special tastings or lunches, with other activities including yarn bombing, bike rides, picnics and “poetry pouches”. The official website also has a map and matrix to help you plan your itinerary.


If your chakra needs a bit of balancing or you want to explore your psychic powers and the “mysteries of tantric relationships”, then get your body – and mind and spirit – down to the Goyder Pavilion at the Adelaide Showground.  With more than 200 exhibitors, plus seminars and psychic readings, the festival touches on everything from meditation, yoga and “organic health”, to crystals, life coaching and spiritual healing. It’s open from 10am-7pm from October 5-7.

Anyone seen a dentist? by Andrew Peacock, Winner, Animal Portrait and Portfolio Prize, ANZANG 2013.

Anyone seen a dentist? by Andrew Peacock, Winner, Animal Portrait and Portfolio Prize, ANZANG 2013.

Nature Photographer of the Year

The 2013 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at the South Australian Museum this weekend, showcasing the natural beauty of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea. The exhibition features the work of finalists in categories including animal behaviour, animal portrait, underwater subject and threatened species, as well as overall winner David Rennie’s image showing a near miss between a young osprey and a spoonbill.

Circus Royale

This international circus in Bonython Park (until October 20) boasts 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 say are “loved and responsibly kept”.

Pop-up Circus

For those who prefer their circus on a smaller scale, Bamboozled Productions’ free mini pop-up circus The Little Palais will be in Hindmarsh Square for just two more days (finishing October 5). With performances from 11am-3pm and 6-9pm, The Palais presents a host of zany characters with acrobatic, juggling and comedy routines incorporating hula-hoops, baseball bats, unicycles and more.

Poster image for the Theatre Guild's Holy Day.

Poster image for the Theatre Guild’s Holy Day.

Holy Day

Holy Day, a chilling mystery about the apparent murder of a missionary in Australia in the 1950s, is being presented by the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild at the Little Theatre from tomorrow until October 19. The guild says playwright Andrew Bovell (When the Rain Stops Falling and Speaking in Tongues) “taps into some of the most damning historical aspects of Australian history: the convict era, the genocide of Aboriginal communities, the Stolen Generation and the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain”.

The Lady in the Van

Also opening this weekend is Stirling Players’ new play The Lady in the Van, inspired by playwright Alan Bennett’s experience with an eccentric elderly woman who parked her van in his London garden and ended up staying there for 15 years. The Players – who won two Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards for their last production, God of Carnage – are presenting Bennett’s play from October 4-19 in the historic Stirling Community Theatre.


Aussie rock band Regurgitator will be dropping in to Adelaide this weekend as part of their national tour to launch new album Dirty Pop Fantasy. “Welcome to another universe in the Regurgitator saga. What started scaling the highrises of Hong Kong, backflipped through the streets of Melbourne then after some much rewarded van time ended up freefalling back through those neon towers to slam back down to presence… and just like some Dirty Pop Fantasy we have album #8,” the group says of its latest release, which is already proving a hit with the critics. Last we looked, there were still tickets available for the 18+ gig at The Gov in Hindmarsh on Sunday night.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films currently screening in Adelaide:
Disney’s Planes
Tim Winton’s The Turning
Blue Jasmine
The Rocket
White House Down
Red 2

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