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The Festival Fleurieu, a sculpture demonstration in the Adelaide Hills and the Rock ’n’ Roll Rendezvous at Birdwood are among this weekend’s picks.

John Farnham, Olivia Newton John, The Gypsy Kings and uke wiz Jake Shimabukuro are all in town, plus it’s your last chance to visit the Openair Cinema in Glenelg.

Sculpture in the Hills

Twelve South Australian sculptors will be demonstrating their art at Crystal Lake Park in Macclesfield from 10am until 4pm daily from tomorrow until April 19 in this event directed by sculptor Silvio Apponyi . Visitors can watch the works emerge from mainly local stone, and there will also be an art exhibition, plus a competition for poets and storytellers. Refreshments will be available or you can BYO picnic. Entry by gold coin donation.

Festival Fleurieu

The nine-day Festival Fleurieu will open at noon on Saturday with a party on Normanville’s main street featuring roving musicians and other entertainers. A biennial event showcasing regional arts, the festival will feature more than 90 events in 50 venues across the western Fleurieu. There are historical walks, music performances, poetry readings, creative workshops, an artists’ trail, and exhibitions – including winners and finalists of the Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography. The full program is online.

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Blowhole Creek, by Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize winner Richard Kozuszko.

John Farnham and Olivia Newton John

The Two Strong Hearts tour sees John Farnham and Olivia Newton John performing a set together and solo sets, including all the hits from their respective careers. The duo are accompanied by the Farnham band and a 60-piece orchestra. Last we looked there were still tickets available for Saturday’s show at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena.

Barossa Air Show

This family day at Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley Way, on Sunday will feature aerobatic displays, helicopter rides and an array of aircraft of all vintages. Beginning at 10am, the show also includes art and craft stalls, sideshows, food and wine. More info here.   

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Jake Shimabukuro. Photo: Adam Jung

Jake Shimabukuro at The Gov

Ukulele wiz Jake Shimabukuro is playing at The Gov tonight (Friday) as part of a national tour on the back of his new album, Grand Ukulele, produced by Alan Parsons (Dark Side of the Moon, Abbey Road). The Hawaiian musician initially found fame on YouTube, but has since collaborated with artists such as Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffet, Yo-Yo Ma and Cyndi Lauper.

Rock ’n’ Roll Rendezvous

Vehicles from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, retro fashion, rock ’n’ roll music and dancing are all part of the Rock ’n’ Roll Rendezvous at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood on Sunday. Sydney entertainers Paul Fenech and Aaron Mansfield lead the line-up, and there will be demos by the Adelaide Rock ‘n’ Roll Club and the “Dance Down” team from the Down Syndrome Society of SA. Gates open at 10am and the Rendezvous continues till 5pm.

Timeless Classics – Elder Hall

This season-opening Evenings at Elder Hall concert by the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra promises masterpieces aplenty. The program comprises Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Haydn’s Virtuoso Trumpet Concerto (performed by Hayden King) and Dvorák’s 8th Symphony. The concert begins at 6.30pm.

The Good Son

Adelaide actress Elena Carapetis makes her playwriting debut with The Good Son, which she describes as her version of an Australian tragedy. The play centres on the relationship between a Greek immigrant divorcee (played by Eugenia Fragos) and her son Frank (Renato Musolino), who loves his mother but also feels suffocated and yearns for a different life. The Good Son is playing at The Bakehouse theatre until April 25. Read Carapetis’ interview with InDaily here.

Openair Cinema

This is the final weekend of Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema at the Brian Nadilo Reserve in Glenelg. It will be screening the 15+ spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (Friday), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Saturday) and family film What We Did on Our Holiday (Sunday). The music line-up includes DJ H, Life in Letters and Thom Lion.


Russell Starke and Brian Knott in Quartet.

Quartet – Adelaide Repertory Theatre

Quartet tells the story of a group of opera singers reunited in a retirement home for musicians. It will be familiar to some from the 2012 screen adaptation featuring Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly, but the play was originally written by Ronald Harwood in the late 1990s. “It’s alternately bawdy, sad, insightful, funny and ultimately a celebration of life,” says Sue Wylie, who is directing this Adelaide Repertory Theatre production at the Arts Theatre in Angas Street until April 18.

The Gypsy Kings

Remembered by fans for songs such as “Bamboléo” and “Djobi Djoba”, French group The Gypsy Kings have returned to Australia for the first time in five years with their 25th anniversary tour. The Grammy-winning groups plays a lively blend of pop, flamenco, rhumba and salsa, and recently released their ninth studio album. They’re playing at the Thebarton Theatre on Saturday night.

Adelaide Music Collective

Archie Roach and Mark Holden are headlining the first Adelaide Music Collective Session of 2015 at the Goodwood Institute tonight (Friday). The pair will both perform, as well as being inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame, with other performers including The Yearlings, Max Savage, Paddy McCartney and Peter Brideoake.

The Black Rose – Art Gallery of SA

This Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition of works by Trent Parke features hundreds of photographs, largely black and white and mostly shot on film, as well as moving-image works, text and books exploring themes such as pain, loss, birth, death and memory. Read  the Adelaide-based Magnum photographer’s interview with InDaily here. The Black Rose continues until May 12.

Tandanya exhibitions

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is opening a series of four new exhibitions on Saturday – including one by Ananguku Arts artist Lilly Ulah, a traditional healer whose artistic talent was discovered only at the age of 78.  The Tjukula, or waterhole, motif dominates her work, with the exhibition titled Tjukula Kuru Ala – Lilly Ulah Paints the Seven Sisters Waterholes at Kura Ala. Tandanya is hosting a series of conversation from 11am until 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) highlighting all four of the new exhibitions.

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Tjukula Kuru Ala – Lilly Ulah Paints the Seven Sisters Waterholes at Kura Ala.

International Sand Sculpture exhibition

More than 150 tonnes of sand is being carved into sculptures of Disney princesses and pirates during this Sand Sculpture exhibition at Port Noarlunga beach. Ten sculptors are involved in the event, which continues until April 19.

Punuku Tjukurpa – SA Museum

This touring exhibition at the South Australian Museum is a retrospective of work from the Maruku Arts company, based in Uluru. Punuku Tjukurpa represents three generations of artists for whom the tradition of wood carving has been passed down, and is described as a view into one of Australia’s finest art movements. The exhibition continues until May 17.

Lynley Dodd – A Retrospective

This exhibition at the State Library of South Australia celebrates the work of children’s author and artist Lynley Dodd. It comprises more than 50 original artworks from Dodd’s books, including the Hairy Maclary series, the Schnitzel Von Krumm series, Slinky Malinki and Scarface Claw. The retrospective continues until June 14.

Indoor Fireworks – Blackwood Players

The Blackwood Players‘ first show of 2015 is described as a “comedy of manners, cushions and cups of tea”. Indoor Fireworks, by Arthur Macrae, begins with a divorced writer inviting a reporter to her country home to write an article on her life – but chaos follows with the appearance of her brother, interfering mother and a cast of other “late arrivals”. It is at the Blackwood Memorial Hall until April 11.

On screen

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

One-Eyed Girl
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


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