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What’s on: Fringe begins, an ASO debut & more


The big gig in town is the opening of the Adelaide Fringe, with street parties, the parade and hundreds of shows. Other events include the ASO’s Carter & Wagner, the Chinese Lunar New Year and open-air screenings of Mad Max and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Adelaide Fringe

The 2016 Adelaide Fringe opens this weekend, with free performances at the Unfold Fringe stage under the Gawler Place Canopy in Rundle Mall from 4-7pm today (Friday), a Kaurna Sunset Ceremony at the SA Museum courtyard at 8pm, and the switching on at 8.30pm of the Fringe Illuminations, which will transform landmark buildings along North Terrace into colourful canvases of light.

There will also be a host of opening-night street parties, including Fat Tuesday in Vardon Avenue in the East End, the Topham Mall Love Slam and celebrations in Little Rundle Street – more details here.

For help navigating the packed Fringe program of more than 1100 events, see InDaily’s show picks here, and check out all our previews and reviews here.

Fringe Parade

The annual Fringe Parade will take place on Saturday night this year, with 80 floats, more than 1500 artists and tunes from DJ TR!P. The Adelaide Night Markets will be held along North Terrace from 5pm, followed by pre-parade entertainment from 7.30pm before the parade itself begins at 8.30pm. It will travel down North Terrace from King William Road to Frome Street, with singer and actor Hugh Sheridan to lead a mass dance-off of The Madison to Tina Turner’s’ “Nutbush City Limits” at the end. More information, including road closures, can be found here. The Art Gallery of SA and South Australian Museum will both be open until 8.30pm for pre-parade festivities.

ASO – Carter and Wagner – Festival Theatre

To formally open Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s 80th anniversary season, Nicholas Carter will make his debut as the orchestra’s principal conductor on Saturday evening with a concert featuring a popular chapter of Wagner’s Ring Cycle – Act 1 of Die Walküre. Joining Carter on stage will be American mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung, New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill and Australian bass Shane Lowrencev. For the first half of the concert, Canadian violinist James Ehnes will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

New ASO principal conductor Nicholas Carter. Photo: Tony Lewis

New ASO principal conductor Nicholas Carter. Photo: Tony Lewis

Chinese 2016 Lunar New Year Street Party

To welcome the Year of the Monkey, there will be a Chinese Lunar New Year street party in Moonta and Gouger streets on Saturday. Celebrations will begin at 12pm and continue throughout the day until 10.30pm. There will be stalls, traditional Asian food, cultural exhibitions, a Lion Dance performance, dancers and artists.

Moonlight Cinema – Botanic Park

The classic 1961 romantic-comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, will be screened at Moonlight Cinema in Botanic Park on Valentine’s Day (Sunday) – the final night of this year’s season. Other weekend films including Jane Got a Gun (tonight) and Sisters (Saturday). Gates open at 7pm and screenings start at sundown. Full program online.

Mad Max: Fury Road – National Motor Museum

The blockbuster film Mad Max: Fury Road – nominated for multiple awards at this year’s Oscars – will be shown on an outdoor screen at twilight on Saturday  in the grounds of the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. The museum is promising a “Fringe vibe”, with a DJ playing pre-screening tunes, a traditional Aussie barbecue and coffee van. People can also BYO food, drinks, low chairs and rugs.

Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury Road

Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury Road

Treasures of the Nation and Stories of Life – Adelaide Festival Centre

To celebrate Chinese New Year, the Adelaide Festival Centre is hosting the Treasures of the Nation concert at the Dunstan Playhouse on February 18, with the Chinese Music Orchestra performing traditional Chinese music with a combination of eastern and western instruments. Meanwhile, in the centre’s Artspace Gallery until April 3, the Stories of Life exhibition displays modern artwork produced by inspirational Chinese artists.

Art Gallery of SA

The Art Gallery of SA façade is being transformed into an evolving glass sculpture this month as part of the Fringe Illuminations on North Terrace, and the gallery will be open until 8.30pm on Saturday for pre-Fringe Parade festivities. Inside, exhibitions include Public Image, Private Lives: Family, Friends and Self in Photography, which features works by Australian and international artists including Max Dupain, Andy Warhol, William Yang, Trent Parke and Harold Cazneaux. The 2016 Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object will open at the gallery on February 27.

Opals – SA Museum

The South Australian Museum will be open until 8pm this Saturday to coincide with the Fringe Parade. The current exhibition Opals, which ends on Sunday, is said to showcase the finest collection of opals ever assembled in one place. Visitors can learn about the ancient origins of Australia’s national gemstone, the science of opals and the techniques of mining in harsh outback environments.

Adelaide Cinémathèque – Mercury Cinema

Ranch Nights is the theme of the Mercury’s latest Cinémathèque season, which puts the spotlight firmly on old westerns. Films screening throughout this month include Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar, Henry King’s The Gunfighter and Aussie-made 1936 Western Rangle River (aka “Men with Whips”). See the full program online.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries exhibition – Ayers House Museum

This weekend is the last chance to see this exhibition of 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. Including themed rooms and interactive displays, it is on display at historic Ayers House Museum on North Terrace until Sunday.

On screen

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

Zoolander 2
Looking for Grace
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
The Big Short
The Revenant

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