The Cabaret Fringe Festival opening gala on Sunday heralds a program of performances ranging from burlesque, swing and flamenco to tributes to Leonard Cohen and Chrissy Amphlett. Other weekend picks include an interactive Doctor Who show, a celebration of Italian music and food at Elder Hall, and a new exhibition showcasing the perils of sailing in the 17th-19th centuries.
A celebration of Italian music and food presented at Elder Hall by the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Choir will feature music by Italy’s greatest composers, as well as the premiere of a piece by Adelaide composer David John Lang. Titled Tiramisu, Lang’s composition encapsulates the making and eating of the Italian cuisine – they’ll even be serving tiramisu during the interval. Viva l’Italia!, directed by Lachlan Bramble, begins at 6.30pm.
Cabaret Fringe Festival
This open-access arts festival is kind of like a little sister to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, with 46 shows including local singer Michaela Burger’s tribute to Edith Piaf, chanteuse Candy Chambers’ comedy cabaret 50 Forever, Club Burlesque, and a Floating Melodies concert on The Popeye. The fun begins on Sunday, with an opening night gala at La Boheme featuring a showcase of some of the festival’s lead acts. Also part of the Cabaret Fringe program is singer Elizabeth McCall’s launch of Two Different Paths, her new album about “life, love and domesticity”, at The Promethean on Sunday. The full program for the festival, which runs until the end of June, is online.
Malian drummer and balafonist Bassidi Koné is performing in Adelaide tonight with his Melbourne-based Australian band Koné Express. Bassidi plays a large pentatonic marimba that originates from the Bobo tribes of Burkina Faso in West Africa. This Nexus Live show also features Afro Latin jazz group Orchestra Mermelada, with Fabian Hevia on congas.
Jesikah is a teenage girl who develops an unhealthy obsession with YouTube fame and goes to extreme lengths to convert internet celebrity into real-life celebrity. This new play, commissioned under the State Theatre Company of SA’s State Education program, stars Kate Cheel (Brief Encounter, Hedda Gabler) and Nescha Jelk (Random) and is playing at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre until May 31. Read InDaily’s review here.
The Science of Doctor Who
Ever wondered who would win a battle between a Cyberman and a Dalek? The Science of Doctor Who is an interactive performance which promises to reveal the secrets of the cosmos. Hosted by comedian Rob Lloyd, who bears a striking resemblance to the tenth Doctor (David Tennant), the show will feature original footage from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. It’s coming to the Norwood Concert Hall this Saturday, with sessions at 4pm and 7.30pm.
Wrapping up this weekend is the bicycle themed celebration Velo-fringe, with plenty of events still left for bike-lovers. Activities include a bicycle tour with a blend of culture from the Kaurna people, and a pub scrabble tournament centred around all things bikes at the Ed Castle and The Gov. Full program online.
Rough Medicine: Life & Death in the Age of Sail
Life on early sea voyages was no laughing matter, with smallpox, yellow fever, typhoid, pneumonia, malaria, seasickness and venereal diseases all commonplace. Rough Medicine: Life and Death in the Age of Sail explores how illness shaped the lives of crew and passengers from the 17th to 19th century. The display of surgical instruments will make you cringe at the lengths to which sailors went to overcome the challenges of life at sea. Hosted by the South Australian Maritime Museum, the exhibition opens today and continues for six months before shipping out across the nation.
Vintage clothes, furniture and homewares lovers, listen up – the Dapper Market is back on from 3pm to 9pm this Saturday. There will be stalls selling both vintage goods and items by Adelaide artists and designers, food (vego and vegan-friendly), a bar and live music, all centred on the old Trims site at 322 King William Street.
Master Harold … and the boys
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Independent Theatre presents Master Harold and the boys, the masterpiece by South African playwright Athol Fugard. Bringing to life his own experiences, Fugard’s story illustrates the evolving relationship between a white school boy and his two African waiter friends during Apartheid. Master Harold continues tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm and Saturday, 2pm and 7.30pm, at the Goodwood Institute. Read InDaily’s review here.
“4D soundscapes twisted around a prog-rock locomotive.” That’s how local band Avenue describe their new EP Colourblind, which will be launched this Saturday at the Jade Monkey. The local band has tasted recent success after their debut EP reached number four on Triple J’s UnEarthed charts. They will be joined by rock trio Jungle City and folk singer Dan White, with doors opening at 9pm.
Thief of Time
Terry Pratchett’s Thief of Time tells the tale of two sons left to manage the flow of time – but one is trying to steal it while the other attempts to make it tick. This adaptation by Unseen Theatre Company’s Pamela Munt is being presented at Adelaide’s Bakehouse Theatre until June 7. And it’s a cracker, says InDaily’s reviewer.
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Playing at Holden Street Theatres as part of the Festival Hellenika multi-disciplinary arts fest, this ancient Anthenian comedy sees a congress of women from all over Greece agreeing to stage a sex strike against their soldier men to stop the war between Sparta and Athens. This production is presented by Adapt Enterprises and performed by a lively ensemble of actors, stand-up comedians and musicians of varied levels of experience. It’s playing until May 31. Read InDaily’s review here.
Body, Mind and Psychic Expo
This two-day festival focussed on alternative health for the body, mind and spirit is on at Adelaide Showgrounds. If tarot reading, natural remedies, astrology and palmistry interest you, head down between 10am and 6pm Saturday and Sunday for a dose of spiritual transformation.
Whaletime Playtime Festival
Celebrating the start of the whale-watching season, the annual Whaletime Playtime Festival at Warland Reserve in Victor Harbour this Sunday includes entertainment by the Amazing Drumming Monkeys and Tal Kin Jeri Dancers, as well as face painting, balloon animals, a bouncy castle and cartoon workshop. The fun begins at 10am.
See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:
Aim High in Creation
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Zero Theorem
The Other Woman
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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