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What’s on: Ghost, showgirls and Weird Al


The new year kicks off with an eclectic entertainment line-up, including Ghost the Musical, a bushfire relief concert, the Ultimate Vegas Show, Club Swizzle and music satirist Weird Al Yankovic.

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Ghost the Musical – Festival Theatre

Premiering in Adelaide this week, Ghost The Musical re-creates the love story at the centre of the 1990 film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Set in modern-day New York and employing an array of special effects and illusions, the stage show features a cast including Rob Mills and Jemma Rix, and original music and lyrics by a team of Grammy Award-winners including Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard. Performances will continue at the Festival Theatre until January 31. Click here to read InDaily’s interview with show illusionist Paul Kieve.

Bushfire Relief Concert – The Gov

Adelaide Brit-rock band UK Blitz (pictured below) are among the artists performing at a family-friendly fundraiser at the Governor Hindmarsh on Sunday (January 10) to support people affected by the recent Pinery bushfires. The line-up also includes The Satellites, Satisfaction, Kelly Breuer, Ciaram Granger, The Silhouettes and the Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society. The concert begins at 4pm, with a sausage sizzle, kids’ activities and raffles. And on Saturday at The Gov, you can catch Aussie rock double act James Reyne and Moving Pictures.


Club Swizzle – Space Theatre

Described as “a melee of outrageous cabaret, air-defying acrobatics and infectious musical revelry”, Club Swizzle is at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre until January 17. It is hosted by New York comedian and entertainer Murray Hill, with a house band and performers including acrobats the Swizzle Boys, cabaret singer Ali McGregor, Russian circus performer Valerie Murzak, UK burlesque artist Laurie Hagen and New York jazz singer Dandy Wellington. Click here to read InDaily’s review.

The Ultimate Vegas Show – Her Majesty’s Theatre

This 90-minute show at Her Majesty’s Theatre features music, dance, circus and illusion acts paying tribute to the likes of Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Carmen Miranda. Producer and co-star Michael Boyd, one of the creatives behind last year’s Cabaret de Paris show, promises “a fantastic, sequin-studded journey direct to the Strip in Las Vegas”. Supported by a live band, the Vegas showgirls and boys will present one performance tonight (Friday) plus a matinee and evening show on Saturday. Details here.


Moonlight Cinema – Botanic Park

The latest Bond movie, Spectre, is showing at the Moonlight Cinema in Botanic Park tonight (Friday). There are advance screenings of romantic drama Brooklyn on Saturday and adventure comedy Goosebumps on Sunday, with other upcoming films including Creed, The Big Short and Top Gun. Gates open at 7pm and screenings start at sundown. Full program online.

Weird Al Yankovic – Thebarton Theatre

Grammy-winning American comedian and singer Weird Al is bringing his unique brand of musical satire to the Thebby tonight (Friday) as part of his Mandatory World Tour, which takes its title from his highly successful recent Mandatory Fun album – the first comedy album in more than 50 years to top the US Billboard Chart (you can get a taste of that here). Doors open at 8pm and tickets are still available.


Tarnanthi – Art Gallery of SA

This month is your last chance to see the Tarnanthi exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Tarnanthi encompasses painting, sculpture, multi-media and other artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, with an associated school holiday program running in the Radford Auditorium from January 11-15, and a free lunchtime talk by curator Nici Cumpston about the work of Yhonnie Scarce on January 12. Tarnanthi ends on January 17.

Nganmarra Santos Museum of Economic Botany

Subtitled The Container of Life and also part of the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art, Nganmarra is an installation of woven art by senior women artists from Bula’bula Arts in Ramingining, north-east Arnhem Land. It is at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany in the Botanic Gardens until January 31. Details here.

Deadly 60 – Her Majesty’s Theatre

Wildlife TV presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall’s “weird, wild and wonderful” live tour touches down in Adelaide on January 11 and 12. Backshall is best known for his children’s TV show Deadly 60, and the stage show is recommended as suitable for ages four and up. He will share stories, as well as showing footage from some of his famous expeditions. Performance times here.

Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition – Adelaide Festival Centre

Amazing images offering a snapshot of world events and Australian life from the past year are on display in this exhibition at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery. The photos were all taken by finalists in the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism and capture everything from sporting triumphs to the ice epidemic. The exhibition runs until January 24, and you can take a peek here.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries costume exhibition

Close to 50 costumes created by award-winning costume designer Marion Boyce and featured in ABC TV’s third series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are on display in this exhibition at historic Ayres House Museum. Including themed rooms and interactive displays, the exhibition continues until February 14, 2016.

On screen

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

The Revenant
Daddy’s Home
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Bélier Family
Hotel Transylvania 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
The Dressmaker


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