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There’s no excuse for hibernating over the long weekend, with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival warming up the city and Sea & Vines offering plenty of experiences to taste and relish in McLaren Vale.

Other Weekend Picks include Vitalstatistix artist hothouse at Port Adelaide, a Science & Art exhibition at the South Australian Museum, Cabaret Fringe, a Proms concert at Elder Hall, and the Art Gallery of SA’s free START kids’ program.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Meow-Meow-CabaretOpening tonight with a Variety Gala Performance at the Festival Theatre, the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival will feature 152 performance over the coming fortnight. Also performing this long weekend are comedian Adam Hills, jazz/rock/blues singer Christa Hughes, “Queen of Kamikaze Kabarett” Meow Meow (pictured right) and The Tap Pack. On Sunday, Cabaret Festival artistic director Barry Humphries is narrating Peter & Jack, a new show paying tribute to singer Peter Dawson and songwriter Jack O’Hagan which features Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Greta Bradman. And cabaret artist Reuben Kaye is hosting the late-night Backstage Club in the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Banquet Room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The full Cabaret Festival program is online here, and you can read all InDaily’s stories and reviews here.

Sea & Vines Festival

This annual McLaren Value festival is generally associated with food and wine, not fitness, but this year it features two new events: a 7.5km Sea to Vines run and a shorter Sea & Vines Beach Run at Moana, both starting at 8am on Saturday. Afterwards, you can indulge at a range of winery tours, tastings, degustation dinners and cellar-door events, many of which are accompanied by live entertainment. Sea and Vines runs across the long weekend, with the full program available for download here.

Science & Art: 12 Years of the Waterhouse Prize

This free retrospective exhibition opening tonight at the South Australian Museum displays all of the overall winners of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize since it launched in 2002. Each work is paired with material from the museum’s own and other collections to further explore the science behind the art. The Waterhouse Prize has been the subject of a recent review, with no competition held in 2015 and the museum this week announcing that major changes are planned for future years.

Adhocracy – Vitalstatistix

Eight projects spanning performance, sound, visual art, installation and live art are taking part in the Vitalstatistix annual artist hothouse at Waterside in Port Adelaide over the long weekend. Entry is by gold coin donation, with members of the public able to engage with the artists through artist talks and work-in-progress showings. The image below is from this year’s Adhocracy residency project Crawl Me Blood, at Hart’s Mill Flourshed, which explores the myths people make of paradise. Described by organisers as a festival of ideas meets intense art camp meets magic house party, Adhocracy also has a bar and food available. Download the program here.


 15 Years of Adelaide Comedy

Stand-up comedian Justin Hamilton is back home in Adelaide and headlining Adelaide Comedy’s 15th birthday shows this weekend at the Rhino Room tonight (Friday) and Saturday. He will be joined by other Adelaide comedians including Dave Campbell, Lori Bell and Jason Chong. More details here.

Proms – Elder Hall

Proms, described as “an entertaining and eclectic program of music for wind and choir in the spirit of the Last Night of the Proms”, is being presented at Elder Hall on Saturday evening by  Graduate Singers, the Adelaide University Choral Society and the Adelaide Wind Orchestra. Featuring tenor soloist Patrick Power and master of ceremonies Carl Crossin, the program will include “Rule! Britannia”, “Fantasia on British Sea Songs”, “Jerusalem”, and “Land of Hope and Glory”.

WP_Miss-Bouzy-2Cabaret Fringe Festival

Adelaide singer Sarah Goussé will be channelling her flamboyant French alter-ego Miss Bouzy (left) in Cabaret Fringe show The Misadventures of Miss Bouzy Rouge on Sunday at La Boheme. Expect jazz, musical theatre and pop classics, accompanied by musician Bruce Hancock. Other weekend performances include The Birth of the Blues Piano (La Boheme), dance/theatre/burlesque show The Garden of Eden (Nexus Cabaret), Gypsy Nights (The Promethean), and Myriad (Kevin Crease Studios), a show inspired by actress Hannah Bennett’s struggle with mental illness (see InDaily interview). The CabFringe program can be downloaded here.

Karise Eden at The Gov

Winner of TV talent show The Voice in 2012, Karise Eden is currently touring on the back of her sophomore album Things I’ve Done, featuring songs about her troubled past and other experiences she says have shaped her voice. The singer-songwriter has a new band, and audiences at the Sunday night gig at The Gov can expect to hear music from both her albums as well as “a few surprises”.

The Czech Connection

This latest Selby & Friends chamber concert sees pianist Kathryn Selby team up with Andrew Haveron (violinist and co-concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony) and Timo-Veikko Valve (principal cello, Australian Chamber Orchestra) for a program featuring piano trios by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. The program also includes Martinu’s Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello. The concert begins at 2.30pm on Sunday at Elder Hall.

The Goodbye Girl (musical)

The Therry Dramatic Society is presenting this musical comedy about the unlikely romance between a cynical single mother and an opinionated actor seeking to sublet her apartment. The Goodbye Girl is playing at the Arts Theatre, Angas Street, from June 4-6 and 10-13.

WP_Gond-artworkSTART – Art Gallery of SA

Children can tour a collection of Indian Gond paintings, watch Indian dance displays and a storytelling performance, and join in dance and drum workshops during the Dots and Dashes-themed free START event at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Sunday. They will also be encouraged to create their own ink, fine-line drawings inspired by the art of the Gond people, a tribal group whose homelands are in central India. The START program, aimed at children aged up to 12, is held at the gallery from 11am-3pm on the first Sunday of each month. Artwork: Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, Patnagarh, Odisha, India, Kali-mata, 2009, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, ink and acrylic on canvas, 179.0 x 120.5 cm; Collection of Barrie & Judith Heaven.

Karumapuli exhibition – Tandanya

South Australian artist Jacob Stengle’s solo exhibition is titled Karumapuli, the Ngarrindjeri word for Boobook Owl, which was the totem of his maternal grandfather Milerum (Clarence Long).  Showing at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute until July 18, the exhibition includes large-scale paintings and drawings inspired by the artist’s personal and cultural history.

Basil Sellers Art Prize 4

This touring exhibition at the Samstag Museum of Art features work by artists who participated in the most recent Basil Sellers Art Prize, which explores Australia’s obsession with sport and sporting culture. The 2014 prize was won by Indigenous artist Tony Albert. Other artists whose work is on display include Shaun Gladwell, Narelle Autio, Rob McLeish and Khaled Sabsabi. The exhibition continues until July 3.

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.

On screen

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

Mad Max: Fury Road
A Royal Night Out
Banksy Takes New York



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