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Closing-weekend Adelaide Cabaret Festival performances and a concert by the Zephyr Quartet and soprano Jane Sheldon are among InDaily’s entertainment picks.

Other highlights include Fork on the Road at Port Adelaide, a new production of Fringe hit Bitch Boxer, Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, and Treasure Ships at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Zephyr Quartet and Jane Sheldon

Fresh from a concert at the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet and New York-based soprano Jane Sheldon are performing the new collaboration Música Anonymous at Elder Hall tonight (Friday) at 8pm. The concert pays tribute to anonymous composers and explores the future of traditional folk music, with a program including compositions by Zephyr Quartet, Andrew Ford and Quincy Grant, as well as music from Mexico, Spain, Iceland, Finland, Macedonia, France and Israel.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Trevor Ashley.

Eddie Perfect’s contemporary song cycle Songs from the Middle and “decadent diva” Trevor Ashley’s I’m Every Woman (pictured above) are among program highlights of the final weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Other performers include “wayward octogenarian” Ray Jessel (famous in the US for his America’s Got Talent performance of “the Penis Song” – more on that here), The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Laura Fygi, The Songbirds, and Phil Scott as Lionel Bart in Reviewing the Situation. Lady Rizo is performing tonight at the Space Theatre, and hosting the late-night Backstage Club in the Festival Centre’s Banquet Room on Friday and Saturday. The full Cabaret Festival program is online here, and you can read all InDaily’s stories and reviews here.

Fork on the Road

Fork on the Road will be setting up in Port Adelaide on Saturday with Fork in the Port, at Harts Mill. Around 20 trucks will be on site, including La Cantina and the Honey Puff Ladies. The Fork bar will be set up in the flower shed. The event will run from 12pm-8pm.

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Exploring the cultural and spiritual exchange between Europe and Asia during the era of the spice trade, this new exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia comprises around 300 works including paintings, furniture, textiles, ceramics and engravings. It is imbued with stories of adventure, shipwrecks, piracy, treasure and trade. Co-curator Russell Kelty is giving a talk about the exhibition in the Radford Auditorium on Saturday afternoon. Other associated weekend activities include a spice tour of the Botanic Gardens (Saturday), and a screening of the 1973 Bruce Beresford film The Wreck of Batavia (Sunday). Click here to read InDaily’s story about Treasures Ships, which will be at the gallery until August 30.

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

Presented under the big top in the west parklands, Totem traces the journey of humankind, beginning with amphibians emerging from the water and continuing all the way through to attempts to fly to the Moon. The show, created by Canadian writer and director Robert Lepage, combines spectacular imagery, set design and costumes with the slick acrobatics for which Cirque du Soleil is renowned.  See InDaily’s review here. Performances continue in Adelaide until July 12.


Alex Williamson.

Alex Williamson – Arkaba

Comedian, singer, musician, filmmaker and actor Alex Williamson, a Raw Comedy state finalist in 2009 who went on to forge a successful career with both live performance and his own YouTube channel, is performing at the Arkaba Hotel on Saturday night. His Adelaide Fringe season sold out, so if you missed seeing him then, this is another chance to catch “that guy from the internet”.

Cabaret Fringe Festival

The Fabulettes are channelling the women singers of the ’60s in their Cabaret Fringe show She’s So Fine at The Promethean this Saturday and next. You can also see Sophia MacRae and her “Russian” jazz band performing When You’re Smiling at La Boheme on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, Route 66 at Venue 63 on Saturday, and Candy Chambers: 50 Forever at Nexus Cabaret on Sunday.  Cabaret Fringe continues until June 28 and the full program can be downloaded here.

 Gilles Street Market

More than 90 stalls will be selling fashion and accessories – including vintage items and creations by South Australian designers – at the Gilles Street Market this Sunday. The market is held at the Gilles Street Primary School in the city from 10am until 4pm, and also features DJs and food stalls.

It’s Just Sex

“A casual get together between three married couples turns serious when they begin to play a risque party game in which secrets are revealed, boundaries broken and inhibitions (not to mention clothes) are removed…” The Adelaide Repertory Theatre is promising this US comedy about lust and trust will be its raciest ever show, with adult themes and strong language. It’s playing at the Arts Theatre until June 27.

Bitch Boxer


This one-woman play – one of the successes of last year’s Fringe and winner of the Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award in 2013 – tells the story of a 21-year-old boxer about to realise her dream by competing in the 2012 London Olympics, the first Games to include female boxing. Directed by David Mealor and starring Jordan Cowan, the new production of Bitch Boxer by Someone Like U Productions is playing at the Main Theatre, Goodwood Institute, until June 24.

Reasons to be Pretty

This comedy, the third in a trilogy of plays by Neil LaBute exploring male-female relationships, confronts society’s obsession with physical beauty. Reasons to be Pretty centres on four friends who are about to find out if their relationships can survive some harsh truths. Directed by Joh Hartog, the production is playing at the Bakehouse Theatre in Angas Street until June 27.

Science & Art: 12 Years of the Waterhouse Prize

This free retrospective exhibition at the South Australian Museum displays all 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.

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.

On screen

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

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road

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