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From Lego to Velo to Sexpo, there’s an eclectic line-up of events on in Adelaide this weekend. Other picks include the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Carmina Burana, the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, State Theatre’s Neighbourhood Watch, and live music sessions presented by Nexus and the Adelaide Music Collective.


Listen up, Lego lovers: this event at the Torrens Parade Ground Drill Hall will feature more than 20 exhibitors showcasing their creations on the theme Transport Across Time. There will also be displays of pre-loved Lego toys, specialist traders selling both current and historic Lego, and an appearance by “certified professional brick sculptor” Ryan McNaught with his Love Boat creation. Part of About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and presented by the National Motor Museum, Bricktopia is on from9am until 5pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Carmina Burana – ASO

More than 200 musicians and singers, including members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Chorus and Young Adelaide Voices, will take to the stage at the Festival Theatre tonight and Saturday night to perform composer Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The choral work is based on a collection of early 13th-century poetry and is said to paint a picture of medieval life – including the “pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust”; the chorus will be familiar to some from Carlton Draught’s Big Beer Ad. This weekend’s concerts will also see rising star Nicholas Carter makes his debut as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s associate guest conductor.


“Like the famous Adelaide Fringe, but it’s just about bikes.” That’s how the organisers describe Velo-fringe, which begins this weekend and is linked to the Velo-city 2014 Celebration of Cycling conference. Events include a bike parade from Victoria Square to the State Library for the opening party tonight; the Riding Past street exhibition of cycling memorabilia (read more about that here); an event in Victoria Park tomorrow with bike races, BMX displays, entertainment and food; a Treadly Swap Meet, bike tours and more. Velo-fringe continues until May 31, and the full program is online.

Nexus Live

A new series of Nexus Live concerts begins tonight (Friday) with performances by Nai Palm, frontwoman of the Grammy-nominated band Hiatus Kaiyote, and Papua New Guinean-born singer Ngaiire, who played at WOMADelaide this year. The series, which will run every Friday until June 16 at the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, is programmed by Ross McHenry (Shaolin Afronauts and The Transatlantics) and will present both established and emerging musicians who draw on a range of cultural influences. This weekend’s show will feature DJ support from Slamagotchi.

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New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform at Adelaide’s Festival Theatre on Sunday as part of a national tour celebrating her 70th birthday year. She will be accompanied by New Zealand pianist Terrence Dennis, with the program expected to include her personal favourites from composers such as Mozart, Handel, Piszt and Puccini. Last we looked, there were still some tickets available. Click here to read InDaily’s interview with Dame Kiri last month.

AMC Sessions

The Adelaide Music Collective’s second Sessions gig is on at the Goodwood Institute from 7.30pm tonight (Friday). Sessions seeks to showcase the cream of the Adelaide music scene, both emerging and experienced, with live performances and an associated AMC SA Music Hall of Fame. Soulful songstress Kelly Menhennett will open the latest show, which will also feature The Timbers, and Hall of Fame inductees John and Rick Brewster (The Angels). The Timbers are playing again on Saturday at The Jade Monkey, where they will launch their new album Lawless (read InDaily’s review here).

Neighbourhood Watch

Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Dickens’ Women) stars in this “odd couple” tale penned by Australian playwright Lally Katz and being presented in Adelaide by the State Theatre Company of SA. The story centres on the surprising friendship between a young woman and her neighbour Ana, an 80-year-old Hungarian-Australian widow played by Margolyes. Neighbourhood Watch is playing at the Dunstan Playhouse until May 24. Read InDaily’s review here.

Good Beer Wheaty Yeastie

This mini beer fest at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, co-curated by the Yeastie Boys’ Stu McKinlay, features a tasty program including Meet the Brewers events, a “Skunkhour” beer-faults 101 tasting and Q&A, a session on The Art of Spooning (aka collaboration) and tastings of rare releases. It runs from May 16-19, with the full program online.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend, with events including a Gourmet Market with local produce and cooking demonstrations at Ennes Park; a Gourmet Hub at the Clare Valley Showgrounds; and tastings, food experiences, master-classes and live entertainment at cellar doors throughout the region. Full program here.

WP_On-Hindley-StreetOn Hindley Street … the poet, the singer & the journalist

Described as a “noir detective discovery of Hindley Street”, this hour-long docu-drama explores the underbelly of Adelaide’s “night-time economy” and the history of Hindley from the 19th century to the present. Created by journalist Tony Collins, singer Alison Coppe and poet Ken Bolton, and also featuring musicians Aaron Nash and David Mazzarelli, On Hindley Street will be broadcast live-to-air on Radio Adelaide from The Soul Box on Hindley Street from 4pm; doors open at 3.30pm.

Basically Beethoven

Selby and Friends – featuring Kathryn Selby (piano) with guest artists Susie Park (violin) and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello) – will play a special program of chamber music by Beethoven at Elder Hall on Sunday afternoon. The performance will include works from the composer’s early, middle and late periods of composition, including the Spring Sonata for violin and piano, his final Cello Sonata, and his E Flat Major Piano Trio.

Spanish Film Festival

This smorgasbord of Spanish film continues at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas until May 21, offering a varied line-up including “emotional road-trips, spirited comedies, swindle rom-coms, suspenseful thrillers, stylish dramas, and high-octane action rides”. This weekend’s screenings include the thriller Scorpion in Love (starring Javier Bardem and X-Men’s Álex González), comedy To Fool a Thief, romantic drama Barcelona Summer Night, and heist film Combustion.


There’s some risqué business going on at the Entertainment Centre, with Sexpo on site from 11am today (Friday) until 6pm on Sunday. It features events such as a Carnal Carnival featuring adult games and giant genitalia-shaped dinosaur mascots with names like Tittysaurus (the photos of which are a tad too graphic to republish here). There’s also a Shadow Theatre, amateur strip shows, and shops selling everything from lingerie to “electronic gadgets”.

On screen

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

The Zero Theorem
Bad Neighbours
Fading Gigolo
52 Tuesdays
The Other Woman
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Invisible Woman
Like Father, Like Son
The Grand Budapest Hotel

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