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A  “sound and light spectacular” marking the centenary of Violet Day, the First Fridays after-dark event at the Art Gallery of SA and the Australian Ballet’s production of Giselle are among this weekend’s picks.

Other events include a gig by Tim Rogers and The Bamboos at The Gov, the opening of the Winter Wonderland ice rink at Glenelg, and Mary Poppins the musical at the Arts Theatre.

Violet Verses

The Torrens Parade Ground is turning violet over the next two nights in an Anzac centenary tribute that brings history and 21st-century technology together. The free 75-minute show is inspired by Violet Day, first held in July 1915, when the Cheer Up Society sold violets across South Australia to raise funds for soldiers wounded at Gallipoli. Featuring images of life in Adelaide during World War I and stories of the home front, Violet Verses is presented by illuminart and History SA, and commemorates the people who set up the Cheer Up Society. There will be shows tonight (Friday) and Saturday night, at 6pm and 8pm. More info here.

First Fridays – Art Gallery of SA

There will be flamenco dancing and music, spicy cuisine and cocktails at tonight’s First Fridays event at the Art Gallery of SA. The gallery will be open until 9pm, with guided tours of 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, the exhibition comprises around 300 works including paintings, furniture, textiles, ceramics and engravings (click here to find out more).  Children’s tours running as part of Sunday’s START program (11am-3pm) will explore the stories behind portraits in the exhibition. See the gallery’s events calendar for details.

The Bamboos & Tim Rogers


Singer Tim Rogers (You Am I) and Melbourne soul and funk band The Bamboos are playing a gig at The Gov tonight (Friday) following the recent release of their album The Rules of Attraction. The record is described by promoters as “a heady brew of down-home grit, driving rhythm and larger-than-life technicolor swagger” and follows from the collaboration that spawned the 2012 ARIA-nominated song “I Got Burned”. Doors open 7.30pm.

Winter Wonderland

The Winter Wonderland ice rink will return to Glenelg’s Moseley Square from tomorrow (Saturday) until August 16. The size of the all-weather rink (it’s located in a marquee) has been increased to 450sqm this season, and more sessions have been added, including adults-only licensed sessions with DJs from 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Session details and bookings here.

The Piano in Art Song

Pianist Malcolm Martineau and Austrian baritone Florian Boesch will perform their interpretation of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin (The Fair Maid of The Mill) in a recital at Elder Hall on Saturday evening. Part of the Accompanists’ Guild of South Australia’s 2015 Festival – The Piano in Art Song –  the Elder Perspectives Recital will also see the pair joined by pianist David Barnard  and four State Opera emerging artists in a performance of Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder.

Giselle – Australian Ballet

This popular Romantic-era story of love, deception, madness and supernatural forces is being presented by the Australian Ballet at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until July 6. There will be a pre-performance talk with music director Nicolette Fraillon and a post-performance Q&A with artistic director David McAllister and a panel of artistic staff and dancers on Monday. The Australian Ballet is also presenting The Dream (three works by English choreographer Frederick Ashton) at the Festival Theatre on July 8 and 9.

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers

The Coonawarra wine region is digging out some treasures from the cellars to offer visitors a rare opportunity to taste and buy aged wine during the month of July. Coonawarra wines are well known for their ageing ability, and Cellar Dwellers showcases wines that are otherwise not available for tasting. Dinners and degustations are being held throughout the month, or you can wander the vineyards and visit the cellar doors before warming up with a glass of Coonawarra aged wine in front of a crackling open fire.

 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.


Lauren Potter as Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins

Magical nanny Mary Poppins and her supercalifragilisticexpialidocious escapades are being brought to the Adelaide stage this month by Matt Byrne Media. Based on author PL Travers’ classic children’s books, which were later adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins the musical will be playing over five weeks, with a run at the Arts Theatre until July 18, and then at Elizabeth’s Shedley Theatre from July 23 until August 1.

Mutts – A Dog’s Tale

“Funny and moving, this play will open your eyes to what may be going through a dog’s mind,” says the blurb for Mutts at Holden Street Theatres. The play sees nine unwanted dogs sharing their stories of how they ended up at the local refuge. Performances continue until Saturday, with ticket sales helping raise money for adoption programs run by Paws & Claws Adoptions Incorporated and SA Dog Rescue.

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. The exhibition continues until July 19.

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:

Terminator Genisys
Love and Mercy
Far From the Madding Crowd
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Jurassic World

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