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A surf-lifesaving club in the city, Bowerbird Design Market, fire spinning in Victoria Square and Feast Festival are among this weekend’s entertainment picks.

The Doug Anthony All Stars are also in town for just one more show, the State Theatre Company is presenting a new production of Othello at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and Christmas is coming early in Norwood and Onkaparinga.

Bowerbird Design Market

The three-day spring-summer Bowerbird market is taking over the Stirling Angas Pavilion at the Adelaide Showground this weekend – just in time for Christmas shopping. Bowerbird will feature more than 120 stalls selling boutique fashion, jewellery, accessories, homewares, furniture, lighting and other items, with the designers behind the products also the ones selling them. The market opens today (Friday) at 4pm, with Christmas-themed entertainment including carols on the lawn. Bowerbird continues on Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm), with live music and food from SA caterers.

Frome Street Surf Life Saving Club

A pop-up surf-lifesaving club has taken over the site of the City Beach volleyball courts in Frome Street for four days (November 20-23). The brainchild of Ross Ganf, the creative director behind the Adelaide Festival late-night venues Barrio and Lola’s Pergola, the club is intended to be like a typical Australian surf lifesaving club, but in the city. There will be fish and chips and wine available, with twilight DJ sets, movie screenings of finalists from this year’s Shorts Film Festival, and late-night dancing. You’ll find more info on the Facebook page.

WP_CarlottaFeast Festival

Olympic diver and keen ukulele player Matthew Mitcham’s cabaret show Twists and Turns will be a highlight of the Feast Festival this weekend, with performances tonight (Friday) and Saturday at Queer Nexus in the Lion Arts Courtyard. Other shows include Carlotta: Live & Intimate (an expose of the colourful entertainer, pictured right), the Plunge Pool Party at Unley Swimming Centre on Sunday, and a Food, Art, Desire tour through the Art Gallery of South Australia led by Dr Gertrude Glossip.  Transgender icon Buck Angel will be sharing his story at an event titled Bucking the System at UniSA on Saturday afternoon. You can find more details in the online program. Feast, a 15-day queer arts and culture festival featuring comedy, music, visual art, forums, and food and literature events, continues until November 30.

Square Fire – Victoria Square

Professional fire spinners from around Australia will be converging on Victoria Square on Saturday for a free fire show. Entertainment begins at 4pm, with food trucks and music, and the fire show is scheduled for 8pm. If you know how to spin fire and have your own fire gear, you can also join the “fire jam”. More details here.

Christmas Pageants

The Norwood Christmas Pageant will feature a colourful parade of floats, clowns, acrobats, magicians, stilt walkers and puppeteers. It starts at Norwood Oval at 10am on Saturday and then heads along The Parade to Queen Street (download the route map here). The City of Onkaparinga will also be feeling the festive spirit this weekend, with a parade of marching bands, floats, choirs, clowns, elves and Santa along Beach Road to the Esplanade at Christies Beach at 10am on Sunday. Afterwards, there will be a Christmas party in Rotary Park including stalls and live music.

Doug Anthony All Stars

Returning for their first show in 20 years, the Doug Anthony All Stars – Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson, along with mentor Paul “Flacco” Livingston – promise “an unforgettable night of sex, lies, videotape, and songs about dogs”. The trio, who started off busking and went on to become one of the biggest-selling acts of the Edinburgh Fringe in the late 1980s-90s, are at Her Majesty’s Theatre tonight (Friday). It’s a 15+ show due to the “frequent violence, harsh language, horror themes, sexual and adult elements, and traces of nuts”.


Shakespeare’s tragic tale about the anti-hero and army general whose downfall is brought about by trickery and deception is presented in a contemporary war-zone setting in this new production by the State Theatre Company. The play is directed by Nescha Jelk, who says that her decision to cast Palestinian-born Hazem Shammas as Othello acknowledges “the current climate of fear and uncertainty about ‘the other’ in Australia today. Click here to read InDaily’s review of the show, which is at the Dunstan Playhouse until November 30.

Hazem Shammas as Othello. Photo: Shane Reid

Hazem Shammas at Othello. Photo: Shane Reid

Tom, Dick and Harry – Adelaide Rep

“Two illegal immigrants, a dead body and a truckload of contraband cigarettes” – the Adelaide Repertory Theatre’s latest play is a comedy of errors by Ray Cooney centred on three brothers. Tom and his wife Linda are trying to adopt a baby and his brothers want to help them make a good impression with the adoption agency … but things don’t quite go to plan. Tom, Dick and Harry is at the Arts Theatre in Angas Street until November 29.

Nature Photographer of the Year

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

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.

Luminous World

Showing at Samstag Museum of Art, this exhibition 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 by artists such as Lynette Wallworth. Both exhibitions run until December 5. More information here.

Our Mob

The Adelaide Festival Centre’s annual exhibition of Indigenous art features more than 140 artworks by 114 different artists from throughout South Australia ranging in age from just seven to over 80. Our Mob is showing in the centre’s Artspace Gallery until January 25, while an accompanying contemporary art exhibition and showcase of work by young Indigenous artists are in the Festival Centre foyers until December 7.

On screen

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

My Old Lady
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Winter Sleep
The Fury
Gone Girl

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