Get your skates on and roll up to one of the toughest competitions on wheels at the Adelaide Roller Derby Grand Final, or indulge in some grape adventures at Coonawarra Vignerons Wine Tasting Roadshow (National Wine Centre) and the Barossa Gourmet Weekend. Other events include a body art expo, the Australian String Quartet’s Boundless, an open day at AC Arts, and myriad SALA exhibitions.
Adelaide Roller Derby Grand Final
See four of the toughest teams on skates play off against each other in the Adelaide Roller Derby Grand Final at Adelaide Showground Jubilee Pavilion tomorrow (Saturday). Doors open at 4pm with the fight for third place starting at 4.45pm and the main showdown between underdogs the Wild Hearses and reigning champions the Salty Dolls at 6.45pm.
2014 Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow
The Coonawarra Vignerons will showcase more than 100 wines on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm at the National Wine Centre. With up to 26 Coonawarra wineries represented, visitors will have the opportunity to taste the wines and meet the winemakers and owners behind the region’s brands. More information can be found here.
ASQ – Boundless
Three masterpieces, from arguably the three greatest composers for the string quartet, will be performed by the Australian String Quartet at the Adelaide Town Hall tonight: Haydn’s Op 77 no 1, Beethoven’s Serioso quartet and Bartok’s Quartet no 5. More information can be found here.
Tattoo & Body Art Expo
The largest event of its type in the southern hemisphere, the Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo is on in Adelaide for the first time from today until Sunday at the Adelaide Showground, with more than 150 local and international artists all tattooing live over three days. The program also includes daily tattoo contests, airbrushing displays, retail stalls and more.
2014 SALA Festival
The SALA Festival continues, celebrating South Australian visual artists with more than 547 exhibitions and events throughout the city and the regions. This weekend is the last chance to catch a solo exhibition at Peter Walker Fine Art by young Adelaide portrait and landscape artist *Angus Hamra, whose impressionist-style work is said to reveal a natural insight into his subjects. More information can be found here.
Adelaide artist Cathy Gray is exhibiting a selection of her hand-drawn ink mandalas at Adelaide Oval as part of SALA until August 21. Highly detailed, each of Gray’s works take up to 400 hours to complete. More information can be found here.
Portrait of a Living Skull at Tenth & Gibson gallery, Bowden, is Julia Townsend’s new body of work, a series of portraits of skulls, both human and animal, that depart from macabre convention. “The skull has a very beautiful structure and form and I wanted to imagine it in a new way; a way that celebrates living and confronts death,” she says. More information can be found here.
SALA continues until August 24. Download the full program here.
Barossa… Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend
It’s more than a mouthful now with the name change from Barossa Gourmet Weekend to Barossa… Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend, but then that’s what it’s all about. The event was originally founded by local winemakers in 1986 as a chance to enhance awareness of Barossa wines within the Adelaide market. The traditional format of “Winery Days” showcasing Barossa hospitality is now complemented by satellite events including long lunches and dinners, cooking classes, wine master-classes and family-friendly events. The program this year will see 35 events throughout the Barossa from today until Sunday.
The Fieri Consort
Beginning their debut international tour as guests of the St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation, London-based The Fieri Consort are a non-conducted ensemble of eight singers who met while studying in the UK-based choir and orchestra The Sixteen’s prestigious young artists program, Genesis Sixteen. They will perform at St Peter’s Cathedral tonight at 7.30pm. Further information can be found here.
Studio Flamenco – Zambra!
Following a sell-out Adelaide Cabaret Fringe season, Studio Flamenco returns with Zambra! – a contemporary take on the traditions of Andalusian flamenco featuring guest flamenco singer Zoe Velez, guitarists Aloysius Leeson (Adelaide International Guitar Festival) and Marduk Gault, percussionist Adrian Van Nunen, principal dancers Susi Masi and Emma Fernee and the dancers of Studio Flamenco. Zambra! will perform on Saturday and Sunday nights at The Soul Box in Hindley Street. More information can be found here.
The Philip Glass Trilogy
Timothy Sexton, State Opera CEO and conductor of The Philip Glass Trilogy, has pulled off an incredible coup in assembling the talent required to stage this series of outstanding modern operas – Akhnaten, Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha – exploring the inextricable links between science, religion and politics. Glass’s music is meditative, contemplative and full of beauty and power, and the State Opera has presented an opportunity to experience all three operas until August 23. Read InDaily‘s reviews of Aknaten here, Einstein on the Beach here and Satyagraha here.
Hugo Race at The Wheatsheaf
Multi-instrumentalist and hypnotic crooner Hugo Race (right) has returned from Europe to tour Australia with his latest EP Orphans and is playing on Sunday at The Wheatsheaf Hotel. Race delivers a unique take on experimental blues, folk and dark-edge, dragging inspiration from artists such as Neil Young, Velvet Underground and Wilco.
Grease is the Word
Starring Rob Mills as Danny and Gretel Scarlett as Sandy alongside John Paul Young, Todd McKenney, Val Lehman and Bert Newton, Grease is a high-energy musical. The Adelaide season runs until August 31 and includes the unforgettable songs You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more. Read InDaily‘s review here.
Francis Roy Thompson at Carrick Hill
An exhibition of 40 works by Francis Roy Thompson (1896-1966) entitled Francis Roy Thompson: Painter of Grace & Rebellion, opens at Carrick Hill, Springfield, today, and will be on show until October 26. “Francis Roy Thompson was one of Adelaide’s most colourful, unconventional and dynamic modernist artists,” says Carrick Hill director Richard Heathcote.
Climate change, natural wonders, genetic links between animals and humans, and species loss are among the themes boldly explored by outstanding finalists in the South Australian Museum’s 2014 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. See the exquisite works produced for this prestigious international art prize from all over the world until November 9. More information can be found here.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde’s witty and much-loved comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity, The Importance of Being Earnest, brings the antics of bachelors Jack and Algernon in stifling Victorian England to the Dunstan Playhouse. Running until August 16, it sees theatre legend Nancye Hayes return to the State Theatre Company to play the formidable and acidic Lady Bracknell, joined by the hilarious Nathan O’Keefe as Algernon, a young aristocrat with a sharp wit. Read InDaily’s review here.
Romeo and Juliet
Urban Myth Theatre Company’s artistic director Glenn Hayden’s last production for the company is one of his favourite Shakespeare texts, Romeo and Juliet. The production will run from August 13 to 23 at The Goodwood Institute, and promises to be an enthralling presentation of the classic tale about love, prejudice, intolerance and violence which is a relevant today as ever.
Secret Bridesmaids’ Business
Meg Bacon is getting married in the morning to the man of her dreams, but a terrible secret threatens to ruin the wedding. A dilemma ensues as the night progresses and the champagne bottles pile up – would you tell the bride? Blackwood Players’ Secret Bridesmaids’ Business will be showing until August 23 at the Blackwood Memorial Hall. More information can be found here.
OzAsia at the Samstag Museum of Art
The Samstag Museum is presenting two new exhibitions as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2014 OzAsia Festival. Mooi Indie celebrates the culturally aware and socially engaged art that is the product of an energetic art scene that thrives in Indonesia, while In-Habit: Project Another Country is a contemporary art project by Filipino-born, Brisbane-based artists, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan. The exhibitions run until October 3. More information can be found here.
Adelaide College of Arts open day
Live bronze sculpture pouring, dance performances, acting classes, fashion shows and CGI and game art design will be on show on Sunday when TAFE SA Adelaide College of Arts opens its doors to showcase its diverse artistic program. Other attractions will include traditional letterpress, typesetting and stone lithography, analogue-film-based photography, fashion shows, and costume, fashion and footwear workshops. Visitors will also have the chance to tour the facilities, meet lecturers, and learn about the courses offered – including acting, dance, theatre design, costumes lighting, sound, TV/film, digital media, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fashion and jewellery. More information can be found here.
See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:
These Final Hours
Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy
Aussie Rules the World
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
Reaching for the Moon
* Angus Hamra is the son of Solstice Media publisher Paul Hamra.
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