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Fret not, Adelaideans, there’s an impressive medley of guitar talent lined up to help you ward off the winter chill this weekend. Other picks include the G&S Society’s new production of The Sound of Music, laughs aplenty with Frank Woodley, cutting-edge contemporary dance and The Angels 40th Anniversary Tour.

Adelaide International Guitar Festival

Guitar players galore are converging on the Adelaide Festival Centre for this four-day celebration of all things string. Highlights include a double-bill featuring Spanish classical guitar legend Pepe Romero and young Brazilian Yamandú Costa, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, UK electric guitar wiz Guthrie Govan and gypsy-jazz act the Stochelo Rosenberg Trio. The festival includes late-night sessions featuring a mix of Australian musicians in the Space Centre, plus exhibitions, talks, master-classes and Meet the Maker events throughout the weekend. The full program is online. Click here to read InDaily’s interview with Guthrie Govan, and here for our interview with Australian guitarist Christopher Hale and festival artistic director Slava Grigoryan.

The Sound of Music

Adelaide’s Arts Theatre will be alive with The Sound of Music from Saturday, when the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA opens its new production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Directed by Trish Hart, the show sees Claire McEvoy in the lead role of the mischievous nun Maria, governess to the seven children of widowed Austrian naval Captain Georg Von Trapp (played by Kimberly Clark). The season will continue until August 2.

WP_Frank-WoodleyFrank Woodley

Popular comedian Frank Woodley (half of the duo Lano and Woodley) is in town this week to help Adelaide Comedy celebrate its 14th anniversary. He is performing at the Rhino Room tonight (Friday) and at the Arkaba Hotel on Sunday, with Adelaide Comedy saying the shows will feature “a range of Frank’s favourite routines mixed with some new gags, songs and general silliness”. He will be supported by local and interstate comedians. And if you’re looking for some school holiday laughs for the kids, Mr Snot Bottom will be hosting a children’s comedy show at the Rhino Room on Saturday afternoon.

Keep Everything – Chunky Move

A fusion of dance, theatre, spoken word, light and music, this work by Melbourne company Chunky Move examines the fragility of human nature. Choreographer Antony Hamilton set out with the aim of rescuing creative material from the cutting-room floor and ended up with a work that traces human evolution, with a post-apocalyptic feel. Keep Everything – which features three dancers and a score by Presets duo Julian Hamilton and Kimberley Moyes – is at AC Arts theatre in Light Square until Saturday (July 19). Read InDaily’s review here.

The Angels’ 40th Anniversary Tour

“Like utes and bourbon, The Angels have always been there,” says the website for the 40th anniversary national tour of this iconic Australian pub-rock band. Just over a month after the death of former singer Doc Neeson, the band – John and Rick Brewster, John’s musician son Sam, drummer Nick Norton and Screaming Jets frontman Dave Gleeson – are bringing the tour home to Adelaide. There will be two shows at The Gov tonight and tomorrow night (Friday and Saturday).

Keep on truckin’

This ’80s-style food-truck extravaganza will feature a “Let’s Get Physical” bar serving up wine, beer and cider, DJ tunes and, of course, mobile food vendors – including Delectaballs and The Roaming Spit. A satellite event of the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival, it’s at the new artspace at The Publisher’s on Franklin Street from 4pm to 9pm.

Man in a Bag – Holden Street Theatres

This new South Australian play written by Emily Steel is inspired by the true story of an MI6 officer found dead in a sports bag, and the subsequent court trial and media storm. It sets out to examine topics such as identity, information, perspective and truth. Presented by Polygraph Collective, it opens at Holden Street Theatres tonight, with performances continuing until August 2.


Ice Cube – Australian Dance Theatre

The ADT (above) is taking contemporary dance out of the theatre and into the street with a series of initiatives called Adelaide Embedded. The first of these, Ice Cube, will feature bespoke performances by dancers in a 3sqm clear Perspex cube in Rundle Mall (outside the Apple Store).It will be a visually breathtaking, unexpected surprise for all who get to experience it,” promises artistic director Garry Stewart. There will be three 20-minute performances today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday), at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.

The Mikado – Mortimer Menpes

To coincide with its exhibition of paintings and prints by Adelaide-born artist Mortimer Menpes, the Art Gallery of South Australia is hosting a free screening of a 1939 film adaptation of The Mikado in its Radford Auditorium on Sunday (July 20) at 2pm. The opera inspired Menpes to travel to Japan. It was also produced by the opera company managed by the aunt of Dorrit Black, whose works are displayed in a separate exhibition alongside those of Menpes. Both shows continue until September 7.

Winter Wonderland

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). Make sure you book.

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.

On screen

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

Charlie’s Country
Venus in Fur
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Lunchbox
Belle & Sebastian
Rising From the Ashes
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Yves St Laurent
Good Vibrations

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