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An electrifying string quartet, luminous art and a very fashionable series of events are among this weekend’s highlights.

Also recommended is the climate-change play Between Two Waves, Restless Dance Theatre’s new show In the Balance, and the Italian and Japanese film festivals.

FourPlay String Quartet

This “indie rock band that just happen to be a string quartet” are bringing their This Machine tour to The Gov on Sunday. While the group started out performing covers of songs by the likes of The Strokes, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen and Rage Against the Machine, the new album consists of all original material they describe as “epic soundscapes, rock ‘n’ roll, chainsawing violas, jazz, eastern influences, pop songs”. It’s an 18+ gig and doors open at 7pm.

Between Two Waves

Directed by Adelaide’s Corey McMahon and presented as part of the State Theatre Company of SA’s State Umbrella program, this play centres on young climate change scientist Daniel, who loses all his research when a freak flood sweeps through Sydney. Daniel is facing professional and personal challenges: first he has to convince people to prepare for the worst effects of climate change, and secondly he and his girlfriend are trying to decide whether to bring a child into such an uncertain world. Between Two Waves is playing at the Bakehouse Theatre until October 25. Read InDaily review here.

Hutt Street Bike Race

More than 150 cyclists will be competing in this new event being run by the Hutt Street Precinct Association. It runs from 9am until 1pm on Sunday, with members of the public encouraged to go along and watch the Criterium and novelty races. There will also be music, food stalls and kids’ activities, with money raised supporting the St Andrew’s Hospital foundation.

Luminous World and Luminous Cinema

Lynette Wallworth, still walking country, nya-laju, nyurri parta-yankuni (video still), 2012, multi-channel HD video with sound.

Lynette Wallworth, still walking country, nya-laju, nyurri parta-yankuni (video still), HD video with sound.

Samstag Museum of Art’s new exhibitions highlight the role light plays in creating and revealing the world around us. The paintings, objects and photographs in Luminous World are from the Wesfarmers Collection and showcase the work of 50 Australian and New Zealand artists, including Bill Henson, Susan Norrie, Fiona Pardington and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Luminous Cinema is a program of film and moving image works by artists such as Lynette Wallworth which have been selected by the Adelaide Film Festival. Both exhibitions run until December 5, and will be accompanied by a program of events including Luminous Poetry, Luminous Yoga and Luminous After Dark. More information here.

In the Balance – Restless Dance Theatre

This new work by Adelaide’s award-winning company for disabled and non-disabled artists evokes a party atmosphere to explore relationships between young people looking for friendship and love. Performed by 13 dancers from the Restless Youth Ensemble, it features a series of vignettes in a dance floor setting, with music by The Audreys. It is at the Odeon Theatre in Norwood until October 24. Click here to read InDaily’s interview with Restless artistic director Michelle Ryan.

Italian Film Festival

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival continues this weekend at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, with films including award-winning drama Tir, and comedies The Worst Christmas of My Life, I Can Quit Whenever I Want, and Re-Wind. The festival continues until October 22.

Japanese Film Festival

This weekend is your last chance to get in on the Japanese film action at The Mercury, where screenings include Short Peace, an anthology of four animated films; chef documentary The God of Ramen, and action epic Rurouni Kenshin. The Japanese Film Festival ends on October 19.

WP-Fashion-FestAdelaide Fashion Festival

This nine-day event showcasing South Australia’s fashion industry begins this weekend, with a host of stylish events to choose from. The Vintage is the New Black Op-Shop Stylist Tours (October 18 and 25) leave from the Norwood Town Hall on a four-hour guided tour of Adelaide op-shops; the SA Collective Clothing Sale (October 19) will offer bargains from SA designers and boutiques at the Norwood Concert Hall; a Behind the Seams workshop (October 19) at Hotel Richmond in Rundle Mall will give an insight into different roles in the fashion industry; and a free workshop at the Rundle Mall Myer Store (1pm, October 18) will see designer Wayne Cooper sharing fashion tips. View the full festival program online.

Band on the Run

The Capri Theatre in Goodwood is hosting a special event on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Adelaide musicians of songs from the Paul McCartney & Wings album Band On The Run, followed by a screening of Live and Let Die, starring Roger Moore in his James Bond debut.

Nature Photographer of the Year

A stunning collection of wildlife and landscape images by finalists in the 2014 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition is on display at the South Australian Museum. The photos were captured in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea, with subjects ranging from tiny invertebrates and birds to large marine animals and landscapes. The exhibition continues until November 28.

Miss Julie & After Miss Julie – UATG

These two versions of the same play are being presented by the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. August Strindberg’s 1988 Swedish tragedy Miss Julie, a play about sex and class, is set in a kitchen where Jean, Julie and Christine are preparing for the Midsummer Eve celebrations. Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie is a re-imagining of the same story, set in July 1945, after the British Labour Party’s landslide election victory. There will be a double bill of both productions this Saturday (October 18) at the Little Theatre (The Cloisters, Adelaide University). Read InDaily review here.

Folded in White – Aida Tomescu

Aida Tomescu, Anemone I, 2014, oil on Belgian linen, 184 x 154cm

Aida Tomescu, Anemone I, 2014, oil on Belgian linen, 184 x 154cm

Hugo Michell Gallery has a new exhibition of work by leading Australian abstract painter Aida Tomescu titled Folded in White. Tomescu is a previous winner of the Sulman and Wynne prizes and the Dobell Prize for Drawing, with National Gallery of Australia senior curator Deborah Hart describing the artist’s work as paradoxical: “Like blooms that appear quite startlingly before winter’s end, only to be ravaged by frost and wind and then renewed when the season of their being arrives, Tomescu’s works are in a constant state of becoming.” Folded in White is showing at Hugo Michell, 260 Portrush Road, until November 15.

Collaborators – Stirling Players

British playwright John Hodge’s black comedy Collaborators is the latest production being brought to the stage by The Stirling Players. Collaborators tells of the relationship between Stalin and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, who is forced to write a play to celebrate the Soviet dictator’s birthday. It is playing at the Stirling Theatre until October 18.

Canada’s Artic – Vibrant and Thriving

This exhibition at the South Australian Museum features contemporary photographs showing nature and life in the Arctic. It has been extended until October 26, and is accompanied by a selection of Inuit carvings from the museum’s collection, as well as a continuous screening of Kinngait: Riding Light into the World, a Canadian documentary about how the isolated Inuit community of Cape Dorset became a celebrated art capital.

On screen

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

Son of a Gun
Dracula Untold
Advanced Style
Gone Girl
The House of Magic
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
The Immigrant

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