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The Hoods are back in town, the Art Gallery is launching its late-opening First Fridays initiative, and the colourful spectacle of the Christmas Pageant is taking to the streets.

Other weekend picks include the British Film Festival, Fork on the Road at Whitmore Square, the Korean Culture and Food Festival, Australian Dance Theatre’s Proximity and the Transitions showcase of sustainable films.

First Fridays – Art Gallery of SA

Today marks the start of a new initiative which will see the Art Gallery of South Australia staying open until 9pm on the first Friday of each month. First Fridays will offer twilight tours with guest speakers, plus live music, with the gallery shop and café also open. Art Gallery director Nick Mitzevich says the late opening is an opportunity for people who work in the city to enjoy a drink and something to eat, and then explore the exhibitions, including current major show Fashion Icons (see listing below). “We are encouraging people to think of the gallery as a ‘launch pad’ for their weekend,” Mitzevich says.

Hilltop Hoods – Cosby Sweater Tour

Adelaide hip-hop trio the Hilltop Hoods are back in their hometown tonight (Friday) as part of a world tour on the back of chart-topping new album Walking Under Stars. The ARIA-winning group, whose fifth studio album is the biggest-selling Australian hip-hop album of all time, will be joined for their concert at the Adelaide Showground Arena by NSW group Thundamentals and Adelaide’s K21. Tickets to the show are still available.

Christmas Pageant

Clowning around at the pageant. Photo: Jason Crowell Photographics

Clowning around at the pageant. Photo: Jason Crowell Photographics

Christmas will come early when the annual pageant takes to the streets on Saturday. It will include three new floats – Billy Bulldozer, Look What Toad got for Christmas, and Snow Dome – as well as 250 clowns, 17 bands, 10 dance groups, one DJ and three choirs. The pageant begins at 9.30am on the corner of King William Street and South Terrace, and will take a slightly different route this year. You’ll find more information and a downloadable copy of the route map on the official website.

British Film Festival

A mixture of new films and six of the best ’60s flicks are being screened during this year’s British Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas. There will be a special “high tea” event screening on Saturday of documentary When the Queen Came to Town, which is narrated by Bert Newton and reflects on the impact of the Queen’s visit to Australia in 1954. Other films screening over the weekend including ’60s classics The Italian Job and A Hard Day’s Night, along with 2014 bio-drama Mr Turner, about painter JMW Turner, and the comedy What We Did on Our Holiday, starring Billy Connolly. The festival continues until November 16

Fork on the Road

Whitmore Square is the site of Sunday’s Fork on the Road event, which will feature up to 30 food trucks and vans. The bar is offering beer, cider and wines from local producers including Swell Brewing, B Cider, 3 Dark Horses and De Anima. Music will be provided, but bring your own family, friends, chairs and rugs. More information can be found here.

Nice Girls… Don’t Stay For Breakfast

This intimate cabaret show at The Promethean showcases songs made famous by jazz diva Julie London. Singer Steph Acraman will perform arrangements of London’s songs, backed by a band comprising Dean Barcello on guitar, Peter Caputo on double bass, Ben Adamson on drums and Tony Lillywhite on keys. The all-ages shows are tonight (Friday) and Sunday at 7.30pm. Bookings here.

Proximity – Australian Dance Theatre

Proximity. Photo: Chris Herzfeld

Proximity. Photo: Chris Herzfeld

To mark the start of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Australian Dance Theatre has brought its acclaimed show Proximity back to the Dunstan Playhouse for a short season that ends on Saturday (November 8). Created by company artistic director Garry Stewart in collaboration with Paris-based video engineer Thomas Pachoud, the work showcases contemporary dance interwoven with cutting-edge technology. The return season includes a new musical score, and new video effects and choreography.

Korean Culture & Food Festival

This annual festival will be bringing a taste of Korea to Rundle Park on Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm. A free, family-friendly event, it will feature children’s activities, Korean food stalls, and cultural performances, including traditional dance, live music and taekwondo.

Russian Resurrection

Running over just three days (November 7-9), this Russian film festival at Event Cinemas Marion includes screenings of Stalingrad (3D),about the epic battle between Russian and German forces during World War II; award-winning arthouse drama Test, about the first nuclear bomb test which was conducted in Semipalatinsk in 1949, and the culinary romantic comedy Kitchen in Paris. The full program is online.

Ignite Unley Open-Air Cinema

The City of Unley launches a series of free summer open-air film events this weekend with a screening of the Wes Anderson comedy-drama Moonrise Kingdom on the corner of King William Road and Opey Avenue. Entertainment starts at 5pm and the film will begin at sunset, with organisers advising people to bring a picnic rug and arrive early. Music SA is arranging live music for each of the monthly Ignite Unley events, which will also feature food and coffee. The next screening will be Frozen at Page Park on December 12. More info here.

Transitions Film Festival

This sustainability film festival at the Mercury Cinema showcases documentaries about “social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers”. It runs from November 7-19 and this weekend’s program includes The Future of Energy, which explores the clean-energy revolution (read InDaily story here), The Connection, a documentary exploring the link between mind and body; and Growing Cities, which looks at the role of urban farming in America (read review here). The full program is online.

Telltale and Vine at Fox Creek Winery


This day-night event on Saturday will mix music, art, food and wine in the winery setting at McLaren Vale. There will be performances by SA musicians including The Audreys, The Bearded Gypsy Band (pictured), Cal Williams Jnr and Irie Knights, as well as art installations, DIY screen printing and, in the evening, interactive light displays. Organisers say the event will be family-friendly, running from 2-9pm. Tickets can be booked here.

Lally Katz – Stories I Want to Tell You in Person

Writer Lally Katz is both the subject and performer in this one-woman show inspired by her two-year obsession with New York fortune tellers. The irrepressible Katz says Stories I Want to Tell You in Person is essentially about one woman’s quest to have it all. This weekend is your last chance to see the show, which is at Bakehouse Theatre until November 8. You can read InDaily’s review here.

Fashion Icons

This Art Gallery of South Australia spring-summer exhibition showcases glamorous Parisian fashion. Fashion Icons comprises some 90 haute couture garments from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, including designs from the late 1940s to the 21st century by the likes of Christian Dior, Gabrielle Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.  Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris will run until February 15, 2015.

Kryptonite – State Theatre

Playwright Sue Smith tackles the issue of Australia’s often conflicted relationship with China in this play at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre. A co-production between the State Theatre Company of SA and Sydney Theatre Company, Kryptonite is a two-hander featuring mesmerising performances by actors Ursula Mills and Tim Walter (see InDaily review). It is playing at the Space Theatre until November 9.

Luminous World

This exhibition at Samstag Museum of Art highlights the role light plays in creating and revealing the world around us. The paintings, objects and photographers 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 World is accompanied by Luminous Cinema, a program of film and moving image works. Both exhibitions run until December 5. More information here.

On screen

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

The Fury
Son of a Gun
Dracula Untold
Advanced Style
Gone Girl

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