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You can kick-start the weekend at the Art Gallery of SA’s First Fridays, with other events including the opening of the Cabaret Fringe, the finale of State Theatre’s ‘Things I Know to Be True’ and torchlight tours at the museum.

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First Friday – Art Gallery of SA

Tonight’s First Friday after-hours event at the gallery will launch the new display Carrying Culture, which presents works highlighting “the power and persistence of the vessel, the weapon and the ornament in Aboriginal art and culture”. There will also be performances by Kahl Wallis, lead singer of indie/alternative band The Medics, and Yidaki player Jamie Goldsmith.

Things I Know to Be True – Dunstan Playhouse

This weekend is the final chance to see this new Australian play by Andrew Bovell, which tells the story of a dysfunctional family driven apart by their various emotional crises. A collaboration between the State Theatre Company of SA and UK theatre company Frantic Assembly, Things I Know to Be True stars Paul Blackwell, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Nathan O’Keefe, Eugenia Fragos and Tim Walker, with music by composer Nils Frahm.

Adelaide Cabaret Fringe

Marduk Flamenco will present two full Cabaret Fringe shows at Nexus on June 24-25.

Marduk Flamenco will present two full Cabaret Fringe shows at Nexus on June 24-25.

La Boheme is hosting a weekend-long showcase of cabaret to celebrate the opening of the Cabaret Fringe, with a line-up of artists including Spanish music and dance group Marduk Flamenco (Vidorra), Jess McKerlie (Gender Spanner) and Kurt Phelan (Phelan Groovy!). The festival will be serving up a smorgasbord of shows, “ranging from circus to samba, comedy to quizzes, and tributes to titillating tunes”, at venues around Adelaide until June 26. See the full program here.

 Karise Eden and Dean Ray – various venues

These two singers both came to national prominence on TV talent shows – Eden on The Voice, and Ray on The X Factor – and have since built successful music careers. On their national Rebellion tour, they will each perform a selection of their own material, as well as singing together. They’ve got shows at the Old Mill Inn in Hahndorf on June 3, at the Barossa Valley Arts & Community Centre on June 4, and at the Governor Hindmarsh on June 5. Tickets here.

Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now

This new film festival presented by Palace Nova Cinemas seeks to showcase some of the best independents films – both past and current – from the United States. The line-up ranges from documentaries about hip-hop and 20th-century artist Mapplethorpe, to Sofia Coppola’s 1999 debut feature The Virgin Suicides, 2015 western Jane Got a Gun and the classic 1969 film Midnight Cowboy. The festival continues until June 8. Full program here.

Ross McHenry Trio – Jade Monkey


Ross McHenry. Photo: James Hartley

Featuring Adelaide composer and bassist Ross McHenry (The Transatlantics and Shaolin Afronauts), Kiwi drummer Myele Manzanza and New York-based pianist Matthew Sheens, this new jazz trio is playing a show tonight (Friday) at the Jade Monkey before heading interstate to perform two shows during the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Dya Singh – Nexus Live

Dya Singh, an interpreter of the mystical Sikh musical tradition, blends north Indian music with global influences and a multicultural music band. He will be performing with his group at Nexus, Lion Arts Centre, on Saturday night. They will be supported by Adelaide-based Afghani singer Farid Drokshan.

Torchlight Tours – SA Museum

As part of National Reconciliation Week, Aboriginal Australian Karl Telfer and British Australian Michael Mills will lead Torchlight tours – footsteps in the shadows at the South Australian Museum. The tours, at 6pm and 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, are described as a shared adventure among the footsteps of their respective ancestors.  Bookings essential.

Orchestra Play Time – ASO Grainger Studio

The Adelaide Youth Sinfonia is putting on an interactive 50-minute concert for children aged one to four at 10.30am on Saturday in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Grainger Studio on Hindley Street.. The show will feature short pieces of orchestral music led by singer and animateur Elizabeth McCall. Bookings here.

Culture Club – Entertainment Centre

It’s time to head back to the ’80s – again – as Boy George and the rest of the original Culture Club line-up tour Australia for the first time in more than 15 years. They’re playing at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Monday (June 6), with support by Kids in the Kitchen.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Festival Centre

Tripod performing This Gaming Life with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Tripod performing This Gaming Life with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Beginning next Friday (June 10), this year’s Cabaret Festival will feature more than 425 artists in 150 performances over 16 days. It opens with the ever-popular Variety Gala, and will showcase performers including burlesque artist Dita von Teese, American Broadway and television star Megan Hilty, British chanteuse Barb Jungr, Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky, and musical comedy trio Tripod (pictured above) with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Read more here, and see the program here.

Public Image, Private Lives – Art Gallery of SA

Subtitled Family, Friends and Self in Photography, this free exhibition features intimate portraits from the 19th century to the present by Australian and international artists including Max Dupain and Andy Warhol. They include a heartrending series by Sydney photographer William Yang of a friend with AIDS, and candid images by Carol Jerrems capturing 1970s counterculture. The gallery is also currently showing a collection of works titled Between the Lines: Australian Artists and War.

Saltwater Country – Tandanya

Sixteen Indigenous artists from Queensland are showing work that draws on their connection to the coastline, sea and waterways in Saltwater Country at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute until June 6. Two other new exhibitions at the institute are Pampa Mara Tjanpi (early woven Tjanpi works from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, until July 9) and Nature Calls (paintings on canvas by Trevor “Turbo” Brown, until July 9).

Nunsense – Blackwood Memorial Hall

This musical farce about the misadventures of five nuns trying to host a variety show to raise funds to bury their accidentally poisoned sisters is being presented by the Blackwood Players at the Blackwood Memorial Hall until June 4. Details here.

On screen

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

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Bastille Day
Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising
A Month of Sundays
Captain America: Civil War
The Boss

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