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This weekend’s picks include soul singer Emma Donovan and The Putbacks at Nexus Live, State Theatre Company’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Evenings at Elder Hall concert Duality and the Spanish Film Festival.

It’s also the last chance to see photographer Trent Parke’s moving Black Rose exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Emma Donovan and The Putbacks

After taking the stage at WOMADelaide earlier this year, soul singer Emma Donovan and Melbourne group The Putbacks are back for a gig tonight (Friday) at Nexus Live.  Also performing will be Kylie Auldist and her band The Glenroy Allstars. You can get a taste of the artists’ music here. Next up at the Nexus Live sessions at Nexus Arts will be UK act Beat Spacek, Julien Dyne and Inkswel (May 15).

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Australian playwright Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll tells the story of a pair of Queensland cane cutters who travel to Melbourne every summer to share their holidays with two barmaids. Considered an iconic play in Australia’s theatre history, it is being presented by the State Theatre Company of SA at the Dunstan Playhouse until May 16. Read InDaily’s review here.

Duality – Evenings at Elder Hall

Presented by the Elder Conservatorium of Music, this concert will present complementary couplings of violins, violas and cellos. The program includes the world premiere of Jakub Jankowski’s “Ritual” for twin cellos and strings, along with works by other composers including Vivaldi, Bartók, and Dvorák. The concert begins at 6.30pm Saturday at Elder Hall.

Spanish Film Festival

The 2015 Spanish Film Festival opened this week at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, with a line-up of Spanish-language features across myriad genres. This weekend’s screenings include the black comedy/drama They Are All Dead, multi-award-winning action-thriller El Nino and the Mexican drama Open Cage. The full program for the festival, which runs until May 20, can be found online.

Sleeping Beauty

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Moscow Ballet La Classique promises to take audiences on “a mystical journey to the fairytale world of Princess Aurora”, the sleeping beauty, in this two-act performance. There is one show only at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, on Saturday night.

The Angels

The Gov plays host to The Angels A-Z Tour over two nights (Friday and Saturday) this weekend. The rockers have chosen 26 of their songs, one for each letter of the alphabet, which they will play back to back. Tickets still available.

The Black Rose – Art Gallery of SA

This weekend is the last chance to see Magnum photographer Trent Parke’s exhibition The Black Rose at the Art Gallery of South Australia. It features hundreds of photographs, as well as moving-image works, text and books exploring themes such as pain, loss, birth, death and memory. Parke and the exhibition’s co-curators will be discussing the work at tonight’s Departure after-hours event at the gallery, which includes live music, food and drinks. There will also be a free screening of Trent Parke – A Documentary at the Radford Auditorium at 2pm on Saturday (bookings here).

Recitals Australia – Elizabeth Layton & Ian Munro

Violinist Elizabeth Layton and pianist Ian Munro will present a program of music including Beethoven, Debussy, Ysaÿe and Munro’s own compositions in a Recitals Australia concert at Elder Hall from 3.30pm on Sunday. Bookings and further details here.

About Time history festival

The Torrens Parade Ground Drill Hall is open this weekend as part of the About Time history festival, with a  pop-up museum offering an insight into life in SA during World War I. There will also be talks, workshops, afternoon tea baked by CWA members, and a screening of Adelaide filmmaker Ash Starkey’s documentary The First ANZAC Day (read review here). The Drill Hall will be open from 10am-3pm today (Friday) and Saturday.  About Time features more than 500 events around the state over the month of May, including cemetery tours, exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and bus trips. The full program is online.

Adelaide Wind Orchestra

Musical Mavericks is the theme of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra’s season-opening concert tonight (Friday) at Concordia College Chapel in Highgate. The concert will feature works by Grainger, Hindemith  and Copland, with the full program and details of other 2015 concerts on the orchestra’s website. The AWO comprises Elder Conservatorium graduates, under the direction of clarinettist Peter Handsworth.

Adelaide Kalamela

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Adelaide Kalamela is described as a multicultural festival of Indian performing arts featuring traditional, classical and folk dances, including Bollywood routines. It is presented annually by the Adelaide & Metropolitan Malayalee Association and Adelaide Festival Centre, and will take place at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday night. Tickets here.

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.

Much Ado About Nothing

Audiences are transported to an English summer garden at the end of World War II for the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild’s production of this popular Shakespearean comedy. Directed by Megan Dansie (Richard III, Romeo & Juliet) , Much Ado About Nothing is at the Little Theatre in The Cloisters at Adelaide University on various dates until May 16.

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.

On screen

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

Ex Machina
Finding Gaston – Spanish Film Festival
Banksy Takes New York

The Age of Adaline
One-Eyed Girl
The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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