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The big event in town this weekend is the opening of the 2015 Adelaide Fringe, but it’s also your last chance to enjoy the Moonlight Cinema in Botanic Park and view the Fashion Icons exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Other weekend picks include in intriguing new art show at the Samstag Museum which is linked to a global art phenomenon that began in Paris more than two decades ago.

Adelaide Fringe

The Adelaide festivals season officially kicks into gear tonight with the annual Fringe parade and opening of dozens of shows encompassing cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, theatre, music and visual art. The parade begins at 8.30pm on North Terrace and continues along King William Street to Victoria Square, after which you can chose from more than 40 opening-night acts. If you’re not sure where to start, how about Puddles Pity Party (featuring the “melancholy vagabond of rock cabaret”, pictured below), the disco wonderland of Velvet or the musical maestros behind Mick Oldfield’s Tubular Bells for Two – all in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Elsewhere, Kitty Flanagan is performing at the Royalty Theatre, Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet is presenting one performance only of its Cult Classics show at the Royal Croquet Club and one-woman thriller Cut opens at Holden Street Theatres. Food trucks will also be converging on the Royal Croquet Club at Victoria Square for Fork on the Road between 11am and 3.30pm on Sunday. Check out more InDaily 2015 Adelaide Fringe recommendations here, and view the full program and parade details on the official website.


Fashion Icons

This weekend is your last chance to catch this exhibition of glamorous Parisian fashion at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The gallery is hosting an Up Late event from 5pm-10pm tonight (Friday), with live music by swing band Lucky Seven, a retro photo booth, swing dancers and a chalk art work being created live in the courtyard by Jake Bresanallo. Fashion Icons comprises some 90 haute couture garments from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and will close on Sunday, February 15.

Moonlight Cinema

It’s also the final weekend for Adelaide’s Moonlight Cinema in Botanic Park. Tonight’s film is the whacky Rocky Horror Picture Show, on Saturday you can see the lovely Audrey Hepburn in Hollywood classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sunday’s screening will be new MA15+ music flick Whiplash. Entry to the cinema is via Plane Tree Drive; gates open at 7pm and screenings start at sundown.

The Veronicas

WP_The Veronicas

Australian pop duo The Veronicas play at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday as part of their first Australian tour in more than six years. The tour comes on the back of the Origliasso twins’ recently released third album, The Veronicas, which reflects a wider mix of musical influences, though sister Lisa told one interviewer that their live show “is always gonna be rock ’n’ roll”. Tickets were still available last we looked.

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition

The work of 39 emerging artists is being showcased in the 2015 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition which opens today (Friday) in the Drill Hall at Torrens Parade Ground. The artists were selected from a total of 150 graduates, with their works including ceramics, glass, installations, jewellery, painting, photography and sculpture. The exhibition is open to the public from 10.30am until 4.30pm daily until March 8.

do it (adelaide)

Twelve South Australian artists were assigned a particular instruction to produce an artwork for this new exhibition at Samstag Museum. The do it concept began in Paris in 1993 and has since travelled all over the world, with a manual of written instructions that is constantly added to. do it (adelaide) features work in different mediums, with several instructions for museum visitors to interact with and an accompanying archive explaining the history of what is described as an “ever-evolving global art phenomenon”. The exhibition opens today and continues until April 25.


Liam Gillick 1989/Thom Buchanan 2015, Instruction, Samstag Museum of Art. Photo: Thom Buchanan

Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers

This touring tribute show will see singer Dean Bourne and “special guests” The Robertson Brothers performing a two-hour concert featuring Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers’ hits such as “Pretty Woman”, “Wake Up Little Suzie”, “All I Have to Do is Dream”, “Only the Lonely” and “Working for the Man”. It’s playing in Adelaide for one night only at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday night.

Tandanya exhibitions

More than 40 works are on currently display across three exhibitions at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Grenfell Street. 14 Nations features works by Archie Moore focussing on the varied symbolic uses of flags, while Kinship showcases works by 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Jandamarra Cadd. The third exhibiton, Nganampa, comprises works created by Adelaide-based Pitjantjatjara artists. All three shows will continue until March 21.

Iridescence – SA Museum

This exhibition at the South Australian Museum features beetles, bubbles, shells, fossils and myriad other items that illustrate the beauty of iridescence, “where colour is seen despite the absence of pigment”.  Exhibits have all been drawn from the museum’s own collection, and will be on display until March 15, 2015.

On screen

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

Fifty Shades of Grey
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
The Theory of Everything
Still Alice
Taken 3

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