There’s a world of illusion, wine, music, art, dance and more to keep you entertained this weekend. Our picks include The Audreys’ album launch gig at The Gov, US dance-theatre group Pilobolus’s enchanting Shadowland, a wine showcase at the Market Shed on Holland and free chess lessons in the city.
Popular Adelaide group The Audreys are bringing their ’Til My Tears Roll Away tour home, with a gig tonight (Friday) at The Gov. The triple-ARIA award winners describe their latest album as having “a goofy prog-rock-inspired key change” and “a general hard-rockin’, hard-drinkin’ vibe”. If you like the sound of that, the live show kicks off at 8pm and there were still tickets available last we looked. To get more of a taste of ’Til My Tears Roll Away, check out InDaily’s recent album review.
Escape into a world of illusion with this whimsical production by acclaimed US company Pilobolus. A showcase of dance, theatre, shadow-play and circus, Shadowland follows the adventures of a teenage girl whose yearning for independence leads her into a dream world full of a multitude of weird and wonderful creatures. This is pure fantastical fun, with impressive acrobatic choreography and awe-inspiring shadow-theatre, and it’s at Her Majesty’s Theatre until July 13. Read InDaily’s review here.
Time for wine
Fifty South Australian winemakers will converge on the Market Shed on Holland from 2-6pm on Saturday (July 12), offering around 200 wines to taste and purchase by the glass or bottle. Market traders will provide organic food to accompany the event, which has been organised by the SA Wine Industry Association and is part of a series called Adelaide – The Wine Capital of Australia. The Market Shed is behind the IGA supermarket on Gilbert Street in the city, and trades regularly on Sunday mornings.
Choreographer Garry Stewart’s latest work for the SA-based Australian Dance Theatre, Multiverse, blends 3D graphics with live performance by three dancers. Stewart created the work after a stint as thinker-in-residence at Deakin University’s Motion.Lab, and says it is based on ideas from theoretical physics. The audience views the work through 3D glasses. Multiverse is at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre until July 12 (read InDaily’s review here). An associated exhibition of screen-based works by Stewart and the ADT is at the Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery until August 24.
Described as an interactive family opera, this show at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Piano Bar sees two astronauts setting off to an unknown planet to find the source of a strange signal. “There they meet something or someone they did not expect. Who knows where the story will go! When Roland the Robot malfunctions, will they ever be able to get back home?” Suitable for ages five and up, it’s on Saturday (July 12) at 11am and 1pm.
Get your skates on and head to Glenelg for some cool-weather fun on an all-weather 150sqm ice rink at Moseley Square. Dubbed Mamma Carmela’s Winter Wonderland, the ice festival is an initiative of Jetty Road traders. It continues until July 27, with five 1.5-hour skating sessions daily (starting at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm). We hear sessions are filling up fast, so make sure you book.
Chess in the city
Want to learn to play chess with some open-air lessons? David Koetsier from Chesslife! is hosting a Splash Adelaide event at 11am on Sunday in front of the War Memorial on North Terrace, where giant chess pieces will be used for coaching sessions, three-way chess and “blitz games”. More details here.
Dorrit Black & Mortimer Menpes
Two free weekend talks linked to the Dorrit Black and Mortimer Menpes exhibitions are being hosted this weekend by the Art Gallery of South Australia. Historian and writer Dr Bruce Adams will examine the two variants of cubism that attracted Black and her Australian colleagues (1pm, Saturday, Radford Auditorium), while curator Julie Robinson will examine Menpes’ early career and his association with James McNeill Whistler (1pm, Sunday, meet at exhibition entrance). Bookings are essential for the cubism lecture (go here). Dorrit Black: unseen forces and The World of Mortimer Menpes: painter, etcher, raconteur both run until September, with daily tours at 11am and 2pm.
Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan
This exhibition of images from Australian War Memorial official artist Shaun Gladwell is at the Samstag Museum of Art for just one more week (finishes July 18). Gladwell travelled through Afghanistan and the Middle East with the Australian Defence Force, and the photos displayed here are described as “experimental portraits” focusing on the interaction of a human presence in a hostile and severe environment.
The Addams Family Musical
All the kooky Addams clan converge in this new production being presented at the Arts Theatre by Matt Byrne Media. Featuring a score by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, the musical sees Wednesday Addams as a young woman who just wants to spend a normal night entertaining her boyfriend at home – but as fans of the ’60s TV show will know, there’s no such thing as normal in this family. The Addams Family Musical is playing at the Arts Theatre until July 12, then at Elizabeth’s Shedley Theatre from July 17-26. Read InDaily’s review here.
This new temporary exhibition at the Migration Museum (82 Kintore Avenue) features instruments and musical paraphernalia from a range of cultures and countries, with the aim of showing how music can unite and define communities. It includes five guitar-like instruments played by a band from the former Yugoslavia between the 1950s and the 1980s, and also recognises the musical traditions of Aboriginal people in South Australia. The exhibition runs until September 30, with the museum open from 1-5pm on weekends.
See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Belle & Sebastian
Rising From the Ashes
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Yves St Laurent
Edge of Tomorrow
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