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From confronting tales of war to the frivolity of Rocky Horror, from the aural charms of the cello to the delectable delights of the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival – an eclectic line-up of entertainment is on offer this weekend.

Adelaide International Cello Festival

Grammy-winning American cellist Lynn Harrell will join the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for two concerts this weekend (Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 6.30pm) as part of the Adelaide International Cello Festival. The program for the Adelaide Town Hall performances comprises Rossini’s “Overture to William Tell”,  Lutoslawski’s “Cello Concerto” and Brahms’ “Symphony No 2”. Other Cello Festival events over the weekend include two Improv & Jazz events at Elder Hall featuring self-described “wild cello goblin” Rushad Eggleston, and a solo recital by composer and performer Giovanni Sollima.

The Long Way Home

A timely production as Australia marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I, The Long Way Home highlights the experiences of servicemen and women who have served overseas in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. It was co-produced by the Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian Defence Force, and draws on first-hand accounts of Diggers, who also perform in the play. The resulting production gives “physically and psychologically damaged soldiers a thoroughly human face”, says InDaily’s reviewer. The Long Way Home is at the Dunstan Playhouse until April 5.

Adelaide Food and Wine Festival

This independent food fest opens today, with a range of tasty treats over the weekend including Saturday’s Market Feast at the Adelaide Central Market, featuring food by Duncan Welgemoed and The Happy Motel plus wine, music and dancing. The EastEndWineDown on Vardon Avenue on Sunday afternoon will showcase SA wine and food in a relaxed setting complete with DJ music, while chef Jimmy Shu from Hanuman restaurant has teamed up with the Market Shed on Holland for a culinary demo on Sunday morning. The full program is online.

Fork Disco

Coming under the umbrella of the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival, today’s Fork on the Road in Light Square (Friday, 4pm-10pm) will feature a wide range of mobile food vendors, including newbies Coffee & Crepes, the Gourmet Donut Van, Mamachau, Coffee Cow and A Little Bit of Everything. Organisers also promise a larger-than-usual selection of beverages, plus kids’ activities and a disco floor set-up with DJ sets.

Walking Expo

Get your walking shoes on this Sunday and head to Rymill Park for the Walking Expo, which will offer a series of “guided discovery walks”, including a one-hour trek around the Botanic Gardens, an “Historical Adelaide” walk, an East End ramble, and a tour of inner-city public art. Outdoor stores will have stalls at the expo showcasing walking gear, and local walking clubs and tour operators will also be available to provide information. The event runs from 10am until 3pm, with the program of walks available online.


Jimblah album launch

Indigenous hip-hop artist Jimblah (pictured) will be playing a gig on Saturday night at the Pirie Street Social Club to launch his new album, Phoenix, which as been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. The Adelaide musician has been kicking goals ever since he was named the inaugural Hilltop Hoods Initiative winner, touring extensively, playing with the likes of Archie Roach at Melbourne’s Apology Concert, and recording a cover with Paul Kelly of Hunters & Collectors’ “True Tears of Joy”.  He will be joined at Saturday’s 18+ gig by guests K-21 and Nooky.

Ngintaka exhibition

Despite controversy over some of the cultural material in this touring songline exhibition at the South Australian Museum, it has won court approval to go ahead in its entirety. Ngintaka is described as a multi-layered exhibition featuring paintings by leading APY lands artists, as well as song, story, dance, painting, carving, basketry sculpture, audio and a 360-degree film installation. A group of Aboriginal elders had been granted temporary injunctions stopping some of the audio-visual content being shown because of concerns it contained sacred knowledge, but this was lifted on Thursday by the Supreme Court, which found the exhibition had widespread support from other APY lands elders. Ngintaka is showing on the ground floor of the SA Museum until June 22.

The Rocky Horror Show

“It’s titillating, it’s timeless, it’s transsexual” … and it’s in town right now on a 40th anniversary Australian tour. Creator Richard O’Brien plays the narrator for the Adelaide season of Rocky Horror Show, with Craig McLachlan as Frank N Furter, and there’s the promise of fun, frolics and frivolity galore. It’s playing at the Festival Theatre until April 13. Read the InDaily review here.

French Film Festival

The Alliance Française French Film Festival continues at Adelaide’s Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas with a line-up of contemporary films spanning the gamut of genres, from documentary to comedy and drama. Weekend screenings including the stylish spy thriller Möbius (read InDaily review here), Isabelle Huppert film Folies Bergère, big-budget yacht-race drama Turning Tide, and award-winning romantic comedy Populaire. The festival is in Adelaide until April 11.

Four Rooms – Tandanya

This is your last chance to see these “multi-sensory installations” by Indigenous artists at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.  “Each ‘room environment’ draws on a range of media such as video, objects, sound and lighting, challenging audiences to look at Aboriginality and the practices of Aboriginal people as ever-changing, experimental and highly contemporary,” say the exhibition notes. Four Rooms finishes on April 6.

SACE Art Show

Angela Brushe's Cursed, SACE Art Show

Angela Brushe’s Cursed, SACE Art Show

More than 150 art and design works by senior secondary school students – including paintings, photos, sculptures and architectural designs – are currently on show at the Light Square Gallery. The SACE Art Show runs until April 30, and there will be a special “Meet the Artist” event from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday (April 5), where some of the young artists will be present to speak to visitors about the development of their art and design pieces.

Hello My Name Is

This interactive theatre experience at Port Adelaide’s Waterside is described as a “performance about getting to know yourself and strangers”. Winner of the Best Experimental Theatre Performance award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe, the production is set in a community centre with the audience as workshop participants. “Think workshop. Think interaction. Think laughter,” says InDaily’s reviewer. Presented by Vitalstatistix, it’s on until April 6.

Caesar and Cleopatra

The Norwood-based Independent Theatre is opening its 2014 season with a production of Bernard Shaw’s comedy Caesar and Cleopatra, about Julius Caesar’s attempts to educate Egypt’s 16-year-old queen in the politics of power. The theatre company, which this year celebrates its 30th year, says the work fits with its one of its original charter goals of bringing neglected classics to Adelaide audiences. Caesar and Cleopatra will play at Norwood’s Odeon Theatre until April 12.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

Half of a Yellow Sun
Möbius (French Film Festival)
I, Frankenstein
Cuban Fury
Bright Days Ahead (French Film Festival)
Need for Speed
All is Lost


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