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This weekend art lovers have an opportunity to learn more about the work of influential South Australian modernist artist Dorrit Black, plus it’s your last chance to catch a show at the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Dorrit Black & Mortimer Menpes

Curator Tracey Lock-Weir will discuss the key themes of the Art Gallery of SA’s new exhibition of works by Adelaide-born artist Dorrit Black, described as one of the most important Australian modernists, in a free talk at the gallery at 1pm on Saturday (June 21). Dorrit Black: unseen forces opened last weekend alongside The World of Mortimer Menpes: painter, etcher, raconteur, with both exhibitions running until September. The gallery is also hosting a Departure after-dark event tonight (Friday) titled Roaring 20s, which will celebrate an era in which both artists were active.

Little Bird

“Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a boy …” So begins this wonderful “dark fairytale” about a little boy’s strange journey from his parents’ isolated cottage to the big city, during which he undergoes some curious transformation as he struggles to forge his own identity. Paul Capsis is the star of the one-man show, which was written by playwright Nicki Bloom and is being presented by the State Theatre Company of SA at Her Majesty’s Theatre until June 22 as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (read the review here).

Archie Roach

Archie Roach

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Artistic director Kate Ceberano’s final Adelaide Cabaret Festival program draws to a close on Saturday, and there’s still plenty of excellent talent to be seen, including Archie Roach and US singer Darlene Love. The King’s Singers ensemble will take on the Great American Songbook (including classics by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin) at the Festival Theatre, while Mojo Juju, Kira Puru, Stella Angelico and Simone Page-Jones perform an all-girl tribute to Elvis Presley with Hail to the King in the Space Theatre.  Check out InDaily’s Cabaret Festival hub for preview stories and all our reviews from the festival.

August: Osage County

You’ve likely heard of or seen the film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, now here’s your chance to see the play. August: Osage County, which made its Broadway debut in 2007, is described as is “a dark, hilarious and deeply touching story” of the women of the Weston family who are reunited with their dysfunctional mother after a family crisis brings them back to their Midwest home. Adelaide Repertory Theatre is presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts at the Arts Theatre from June 19-28.

Ngintaka exhibition

This touring songline at the South Australian Museum 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. Ngintaka is showing on the ground floor of the SA Museum until June 22.


Presenting short, sharp and shiny 15-minute circus and comedy acts under a “little top”, this free Splash Adelaide event can be found in Victoria Square from 12-3pm this weekend and again on June 28-29. Performers include vaudevillian-style juggler Mr Spin and Louise Clarke’s Pandora Boxes – “a whirlwind tribute to the master of comedy, WC Field, Elvis Presley and all things pink and box”.

Annie Siegmann.

Annie Siegmann.

Cabaret Fringe Festival

The Cabaret Fringe still has another week to run, with a number of new shows opening this weekend. They include Georgie With a G, Georgia Darcy’s performance of songs by Liza Minnelli and Edith Piaf;  Annie Siegmann’s Girl on the Drink; Jennifer Trijo’s In This Silence; and the celebration of Australian identity Me ’n Me Mates. Performances are at a range of intimate venues including La Boheme, The Prom, Nexus Cabaret, The Whitmore and The Soul Box. The full program for the festival, which runs until the end of June, is online.

Go Green – mini film fest

Presented as part of the Go Green month series of enviro-friendly events, three short documentaries with the theme Stepping Lightly on the Earth will be presented at the Box Factory Community Centre in Regent Street from noon-3pm on Saturday (June 21). The films are Waste Deep, which looks at the way people cook and eat; Sense of Freedom, which explores “the story of seed”, and The Human Cost of Power, exploring the effects on health of the expansion of coal and unconventional gas in Australia. Films are free and you’ll find more info here.

Stand-Up Comedy Gala

North Adelaide venue E is For Ethel (Melbourne Street) is getting its laughing gear into, um, gear well ahead of next year’s Fringe, with a Stand-Up Comedy Gala tonight (Friday). The line-up includes host Ivan Aristeguieta, Georgie Carroll, Bridget Fahey, Matt Vesley, Julia Clarke, Chris Knight, Eddie Bannon, Fabien Clark and James McCann. You can find out more about the comedians and the event on the official Facebook page.

Slow Crawl Into Infinity

Given its intriguing title, who wouldn’t want to explore Adelaide artist Roy Ananda’s sculpture exhibition at the Samstag Museum of Art? Ananda draws on influences such as science fiction, slapstick cartoons and “the bizarre geometry of imagined alien cities” in works that are said to celebrate fandom and blur the boundaries between “high” and “low” art. The art was developed and installed in the gallery over the past three weeks, with the exhibition officially opening yesterday (Thursday) and continuing until July 18.

On screen

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

Good Vibrations
Edge of Tomorrow
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Grace of Monaco
Aim High in Creation
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Babadook
The Zero Theorem

Artwork captions: Dorrit Black, Australia, 1891-1951, The Bridge, 1930, Sydney, oil on canvas laid on board, 60.0 x 81.0 cm, bequest of the artist 1951, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Mortimer Menpes, Britain/Australia, 1855-1938, Japanese street scene, 1887–88, Japan or London, oil on panel, 26.3 x 16.2 cm, M.J.M. Carter AO Collection. Given to mark The World of Mortimer Menpes exhibition 2014, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

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