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A celebration of African culture in Victoria Square, final performances of State Theatre’s comedy Volpone, gigs by James Reyne at The Gov and a jazz music showcase at Elder Hall feature in InDaily’s what’s on picks for this weekend.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is presenting the latest concert in its Master series, the Australian Dance Awards are being hosted at Her Maj, Bay to Birdwood Classic cars will be on show in the East End, and the Adelaide Youth Strings will give a free performance in the Botanic Gardens.

James Reyne – The Gov

Former Australian Crawl member James Reyne is bringing a full band to the Governor Hindmarsh for shows tonight and tomorrow as part of his All the Hits: Solo, Crawl and More tour. Expect 90 minutes of both Reyne and Crawl hits, including songs such as “Boys Light Up”, “Reckless” and “One More River”. Special guests for the show are Pseudo Echo, who will take to the stage at 8.30pm.

Australian Jazz Icons – Elder Hall

Keith Conlon is hosting this concert celebrating the history of jazz in Australia over the past 100 years. Starting at 7.30pm on Saturday, it will feature Errol Buddle (sax and flute), Michelle Nicolle (vocal), Bruce Hancock (piano), the Elder Conservatorium Big Band, plus former and current staff and students from Elder Conservatorium Jazz Studies. Bookings here.

Unmasked African Festival


Music, dancing, fashion displays, food, arts, craft and kids’ entertainment are all part of this “day in Africa” in Victoria Square on Saturday. Co-ordinated by the African Communities Council of South Australia, the free festival runs from 10am until 6pm and will showcase the diverse cultures of African communities living in this state. There will be performances by groups including Burundi Drum Club, Bamboo Orchestra, Afro Oz Musica and the South African Choir. More info here.

Australian Dance Awards

This year’s awards honour the 50th anniversary of Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre and will be held at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday night, with performances by the ADT, Dance North and Restless Dance Theatre. Hosted by Jane Doyle, the event will see the performance of an early work by ADT founder and patron Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, as well as an excerpt from a work by current artistic director Garry Stewart. Details here.

Bay to Birdwood Classic on Rundle Street

Rundle Street, Vardon Lane and Ebenezer Place in the East End will be closed from noon until 4pm on Sunday afternoon, with more than 70 classic cars and motorbikes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s on display in an event promoting the Bay to Birdwood Classic. There will also be entertainment by band Raunchy Sugar and dancing by members of the Legends Rock and Roll Community Club. The Classic will be held on September 27.

Schubert 9 – ASO


Part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Master series, this concert will begin in a jovial mood with Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, to be followed by Bohuslav Martinu’s Oboe Concerto (with oboist Diana Doherty). It will culminate with Schubert’s final symphony – Symphony No 9 Great. There will be two performances at the Adelaide Town Hall: tonight (Friday) at 8pm and tomorrow at 6.30pm.

The Great Museum – Art Gallery of SA

The Great Museum is a film that goes behind the scenes of the famous Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. Described as a must-see for anyone who has ever wanted to work in a museum, it is screening in the Art Gallery of SA’s Radford Auditorium on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 2pm (bookings essential).  Current gallery exhibitions include The Power of Pattern: The Ayako Mitsui Collection, which explores Japanese textile design, a light-based installation by Adelaide artist Jason Sims, and highlights from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection.

Volpone – State Theatre Company

This weekend is the last chance to see Emily Steel’s adaptation of playwright Ben Jonson’s outrageous comedy. Starring Adelaide actor Paul Blackwell as a wealthy con artist, master of disguise and self-proclaimed ladies’ man, Volpone is being presented by the State Theatre Company of SA at the Dunstan Playhouse, with the final performance tomorrow (Saturday) night. Read InDaily’s review here.

John-Flanagan-singerJohn Flanagan

Australian singer-songwriter John Flanagan (pictured right) is playing several gigs in South Australia in support of the release of his new single, “Whatever Makes You Happy”, from his Nashville-recorded album There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going. Flanagan’s music is said to combine ’70s folk influences with a contemporary Americana sound (listen here). Following a show at the Grace Emily last night, he’s playing at the Courthouse Cultural Centre in Auburn on Saturday and the Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale on Sunday.

 Royal Adelaide Show

The Royal Adelaide Show continues throughout this weekend with entertainment for show-goers of every age, including live music, sheepdog trials, wood-cutting, the V8 Ute Challenge, pig racing, animal displays, a demolition derby; woodcutting; wine, beer and olive oil tastings; cooking demonstrations, and, of course, all the rides and sideshows. Daily programs can be found here.

The Cripple of Inishmaan – Adelaide Rep

Set in 1934 on the Irish island of Inishmaan, this play by writer Martin McDonagh is described as a witty exploration of love, loss and “the search for one’s place in the world”. Adelaide Repertory Theatre is presenting The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Arts Theatre until September 12. Read InDaily review here.

Adelaide Youth Strings – Botanic Garden

Bring a rug and a picnic and settle in on the lawns near the Botanic Gardens Restaurant for a free performance by the Adelaide Youth Strings (part of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra ) from 12pm on Saturday. The group, conducted by Martin Butler, will present a one-hour recital of classical, folk and world music.

Orchestra Play Time


In another Adelaide Youth Orchestra event, the 60-piece Adelaide Youth Sinfonia will present an interactive 50-minute concert for children aged one to four at the ASO’s Grainger Studio, 91 Hindley Street, at 11am and 1pm on Sunday. It will feature short pieces of orchestral music with words, movement and dancing led by singer and animateur Elizabeth McCall.

 The Great Gatsby – Independent Theatre

Adelaide’s Independent Theatre’s latest production is a fresh take on F Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic tale The Great Gatsby by director Rob Croser, who explores aspects of the 1925 book omitted in screen versions of the story. It is playing at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until September 12.

Samstag Museum of Art

Two exhibitions are currently showing at the Samstag Museum of Art. Birth of the Cool comprises works by four painters (David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Michael Johnson and Dick Watkins) from the decade 1963-73, considered a golden era of avant-garde art in Australia. Geoff Wilson: Interrogated Landscapefeatures more than 70 works recognising the lifetime achievement of the South Australian artist. Both exhibitions continue until September 18.

On screen

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

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
A Walk in the Wood
Straight Outta Compton
Holding the Man
Ricki and the Flash


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