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Get your Fringe on this weekend and check out some of the hundreds of events and shows around the city and beyond, or see what’s in store at new pop-up club/“entertainment experience” Surrender.

Other Weekend Picks include the State Theatre Company’s Beckett Triptych, Goolwa’s Wooden Boat Festival, the Cellar Door Wine Festival at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Lunar New Year celebrations, and Doc Week at the Mercury Cinema.

Adelaide Fringe

Axis of Awesome

Axis of Awesome

A free Fringe event likely to appeal to caffeine fiends is this Sunday’s Double Shot Coffee Fiesta at Unley’s Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens, where there will be coffee tastings, food stalls, live music and kids’ activities from 10am. RiAus is hosting a mini science festival with a collection of shows that seek to “entertain the brain” at the Science Exchange; the Adelaide Night Market will be bring live music, hawker food and stalls to Prince Henry Gardens (North Terrace) from 4pm on Sunday; and a charity All Star Fun Bag at Gluttony at 3pm on Saturday will feature performances by the likes of Dave Callan, Tom Gleeson and Fiona O’Loughlin, raising funds to fight breast cancer. If it’s live music you’re after, Thursday Island hip-hop artist Mau Power is playing at The Gov tonight (you can get a taste of his music in this video of his duet with Archie Roach), while Dan Sultan, Etypejazz and Axis of Awesome are playing in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. For more inspiration, see InDaily’s 2015 Adelaide Fringe hub for stories and reviews of shows including music and theatre; Fear & Delight; comedians Kitty Flanagan, Akmal, Celia Pacquola and Cal Wilson; and cabaret shows Velvet and Soap.

Surrender & Hope’s Picnic

Remember the Adelaide Festival club Barrio of a couple of years ago? Well the folks behind that hot late-night spot are opening a new temporary venue, Surrender, on the riverbank behind the InterContinental Hotel. It’s described as “micro-nation” led by Surrender president Doctor Ya Ya. Entry is near the southern end of the Torrens Footbridge and it will be open from 7pm tonight (Friday), then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night until March 15. Surrender is also hosting an event called Hope’s Picnic on the Torrens Footbridge this Sunday (February 22), with “refugees, Australians and Surrendernesians” invited to celebrate multiculturalism “within the welcoming confines of the Abbott-proof fence surrounding Surrender”. BYO food to share and cushion to sit on.


Beckett Triptych

Three of Samuel Beckett’s rarely presented short plays – Footfalls, Eh Joe and Krapp’s Last Tape – are being presented by the State Theatre Company in its Scenic Workshop and Rehearsal Room at the Adelaide Festival Centre. State Theatre artistic director Geordie Brookman says the works, featuring celebrated Australian actors Pamela Rabe, Paul Blackwell and Peter Carroll, all share a theme relating to memory. You can find out more about the triptych and watch a time-lapse video showing the conversion of the performance space here. The Beckett Triptych season continues until March 15.

Cellar Door Wine Festival

Food and wine master-classes, a long-table brunch and lunch, tastings and a farmers’ market are among events at the Cellar Door Wine Festival at the Adelaide Convention Centre this weekend. Cheese lovers can indulge in an “ultimate cheese experience” comprising three cheesy master-classes, plus there are “Meet, Make & Eat” events where participants get to create dishes with Botanic Gardens Restaurant head chef Paul Baker or Convention Centre executive chef Tze Khaw. More than 170 SA food and wine producers will be showcasing their products at the festival, which begins this evening (Friday) and continues from 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Lunar New Year

Chinatown Adelaide is ushering in the Year of the Sheep with a celebration on Moonta and Gouger streets tomorrow (Saturday). There will be stalls, exhibitions, food, entertainment showcasing different Asian cultures and traditions, and arts and crafts. The daytime street party will run from 10am until 3pm, with an open-air gala dinner on Gouger Street in the evening.

Doc Week – Mercury Cinema

Australian director Alan Hicks’ Oscar-shortlisted documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, about the mentorship between jazz musician Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, will open Doc Week at the Mercury Cinema tonight. Doc Week continues until February 25, with other weekend screenings including the 18+ Do I Sound Gay?, journalist David Thorpe’s journey of self-discovery following a relationship break-up, and Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, a portrait of controversial French author and artist Tomi Ungerer. The full program is on the Mercury Cinema website.

Wooden Boat Festival

An array of wooden boats – from putt-putts to paddleboats, row boats and steam boats – will be on display at the historic Goolwa Wharf precinct during the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Two full days of activities and entertainment are planned, including paddle-steamer rides, live music, a photographic exhibition, fireworks, rowing races and a “Gastronomy Galley” of food stalls. The full program is online.

Photo: Dragan Radocaj

Photo: Dragan Radocaj

Government House open day

Government House (corner North Terrace and King William Road) is hosting an open day from 10am until 4pm on Sunday, providing an opportunity for members of the public to view the building’s state rooms and learn about its history. The event is being hosted with Cancer Council SA, which is organising games, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, and mini putt-putt in the grounds. There will also be live music, with refreshments available for purchase.

Small Fords Show

Take a cruise up to Birdwood on Sunday for the Small Ford Show at the National Motor Museum, where you will find a display of Fords both old and new, from Anglias through to Zephyrs. There will be a mobile DJ (in a Ford), and food stalls and barbecues in the museum grounds, with gates open to the public from 10am until 5pm. You can even enter your own Ford if you wish, with proceeds from the event going to the CFS.

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 runs until April 25.

The Real Thing – Robert Hannaford

This new exhibition at Carrick Hill showcases works from artist Robert Hannaford’s own studio collection, including paintings, drawings and sketches, some of which have never been exhibited before. There are still-life artworks, as well as landscapes and portraits; subjects range from flowers, trees and farm items, to city streets, shearing sheds and sculptures. The exhibition will continue until June 28, with an artist-in-conversation event planned for next Thursday as part of the Adelaide Fringe.

Tandanya exhibitions

Three exhibitions displaying more than 40 works are on display 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 in a range of styles and mediums by 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Jandamarra Cadd. The third exhibiton, Nganampa, comprises works created by Adelaide-based Pitjantjatjara artists from the Tandanya Urban Arts Studio 2014-2015 pilot project. All three shows will continue until March 21.

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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