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SALA on Show, gigs by Megan Washington and veteran rock musician Russell Morris, a Winter Food & Wine Festival, Fork on the Road, and Meryl Tankard’s The Oracle – these are just some of the events to check out this weekend.

Megan Washington

Singer-songwriter Megan Washington is doing a mini national tour celebrating her new single “Limitless” ahead of the release next month of new album There There – and Adelaide UniBar is one of just five venues on the schedule. The 14 songs on the new album are said to be inspired by new-romantic ’80s pop, with Washington saying she wrote “all the songs I was afraid to write”. Doors open at 7pm on Saturday for the 18+ gig, with Melbourne band Teeth and Tongue playing at 8pm and Washington taking to the stage at 9.20pm.

SALA on Show

The 2014 South Australian Living Artists Festival draws to a close this weekend, with the annual SALA on Show event on Sunday at the Unley Shopping Centre and Soldiers’ Memorial Park on Unley Road. There will be a pop-up gallery featuring more than 300 works for sale, 20 artists in residence, children’s art workshops, live music, coffee, food and wine. This year’s SALA has featured more than 547 exhibitions and events throughout the city and the regions, a number of which continue beyond the official August 24 festival finish date. You will find the full program here.

Winter Food & Wine Festival

The National Wine Centre is hosting this event on Sunday to showcase the diversity of wine and produce from SA regions including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley. In addition to wine tastings and wine and food master-classes, there will be live music, DJs and stallholders from the Adelaide Hills Farmers’ Market selling their winter produce. National Wine Centre executive chef Philip Pope will also prepare gourmet dishes incorporating regional produce. The festival begins at 11am, with master-classes at 2pm and 4pm. You’ll find more info here.

The Oracle

Celebrated choreographer Meryl Tankard’s The Oracle is a one-man dance performance by Paul White exploring the conflicting forces of nature and man, masculinity and femininity, violence and nurturing, strength and vulnerability, life and death. “It’s raw and dark but at the same time reassuring and galvanising,” says InDaily’s review. The work is being presented at the Dunstan Playhouse until Saturday.

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Urban Myth Theatre Company artistic director Glenn Hayden’s last production for the company is one of his favourite Shakespeare texts, Romeo and Juliet. There are just a couple of performances remaining at The Goodwood Institute (season ends Saturday) of this classic tale about love, prejudice, intolerance and violence.

Fork on the Road

Fork on the Road is kicking off its third season on Saturday with lunch and dinner in the revitalised Victoria Square, featuring 30 food trucks, vans and pop-ups including Wienerbago, Hot Mummas Curries, Mamachau Noodle Van, Honey Puff Ladies and new vendors Cheesy Street. Drinks will be available from a new collection of boutique wine, beer and cider producers, including Sidewood Estate Cider, Three Dark Horses, Arete and De Anima Wines. There will also be a craft table for the kids, totem tennis and table tennis.

Science Week

The South Australian Museum is holding a free family fun day on the North Terrace lawns from 11am to 3pm on Sunday as part of National Science Week. There will be storytelling inside a giant inflatable seahorse, hands-on activities and science performances.

Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra

The Wind Orchestra will present a program of works by 20th-century composers at Elder Hall from 6.30pm on Saturday. Highlights include Nelson’s “Rocky Point Holiday”,Whitacre “Cloudburst”which promises totransform the entire hall into a magnificent thunderstorm” – and Hindemith’s 1951 classic the Symphony in B-flat.

Peter and Alice

Adelaide’s Independent Theatre has chosen to present playwright John Logan’s Peter and Alice as its 100th production as it celebrates its 30th anniversary year. The inspiration for the play came from a discussion between Logan and Independent Theatre artistic director Rob Croser, when the latter told of a chance meeting he had read of between Liddell Hargreaves (the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) and Peter Llewelyn Davies (JM Barrie’s inspiration for Peter Pan). The resulting play, which centres on this curious 1932 encounter, is said to blend fairytale and reality. Peter and Alice is playing at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until August 30. Read InDaily’s review here.

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ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Russell Morris is bringing his Van Diemen’s Land Tour to The Gov tonight (Friday). Van Diemen’s Land, which debuted at number four in April, is the second album in a trilogy by the veteran rock musician which seeks to celebrate Australia’s history and the characters who shaped it. Russell will be performing with a full band, with the set list including songs from earlier release Sharkmouth and Van Diemen’s Land, as well as hits such as “Sweet Sweet Love” and “The Real thing”.

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 has proved itself to be every bit the high-energy, smash hit musical of the original film version. The Adelaide season runs until August 31 and includes the unforgettable songs You’re The One That I WantGrease Is The WordSummer NightsHopelessly Devoted To YouSandyGreased Lightnin’ and many more. Read InDaily’s review here.

Round She Goes

This indoor market dedicated to women’s pre-loved designer fashion will be at the German Club, 223 Flinders Street, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday. There will be around 50 stalls selling clothing, jewellery and other accessories, as well as a bistro offering food and drink.

Dorrit Black & Mortimer Menpes

There are just a couple of weeks left to catch these side-by-side retrospective exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Black (1891-1951) is described as one of the most important Australian modernists, credited with bringing the cubism movement to Australia after her experiences in Europe. Menpes (1855-1938) was born in Port Adelaide but moved to London before he was 20, forging a successful career as a painter and printmaker. Dorrit Black: unseen forces and The World of Mortimer Menpes: painter, etcher, raconteur are both free and run until September 7, with daily tours at 11am and 2pm.

Waterhouse Prize

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.

OzAsia at the Samstag Museum of Art

The Samstag Museum is presenting two new exhibitions – Mooi Indie – Beautiful Indies, Indonesian Art Now and In-Habit: Project Another Country  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.

On screen

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

20,000 Days on Earth
The Hundred-Foot Journey
These Final Hours
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Aussie Rules the World
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
Sex Tape
Charlie’s Country

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