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A sparkling celebration of jazz, street flash mobs for International Dance Day, gigs by Wolfmother and Client Liaison, Nordic Adventures with the ASO, the Spanish Film Festival, Mr Burns: A Post-Electric play and more.

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International Jazz Day Gala – Festival Theatre

Celebrating a range of jazz styles – from orchestral and fusion to swing and big band – the International Jazz Day Gala on Sunday evening will feature James Morrison, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, trumpeter Mat Jodrell, singer Darren Percival, jazz guitarist James Muller, pianist Bruce Hancock and violinist Julian Ferraretto. Highlights will include the premiere of a new jazz concerto by Grammy-winning composer Gordon Goodwin, and an ensemble performance by students from the James Morrison Academy in Mt Gambier and the Julliard School of Music in New York. Read more in this interview with Morrison.

Jazz Legends of Today and Tomorrow – Grainger Studio

Part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s State of Jazz festival, this concert tonight at the Grainger Studio in Hindley Street will feature modern jazz group The New Cabal with guest guitarist James Muller. It will open with a performance by Superband 1, the showpiece ensemble of Jazz SA’s education program. The show begins at 7.30pm, with tickets and info available here.

Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play – Space Theatre

This dark comedy is set nearly a century into the future in post-apocalyptic America – “a world without power” – where The Simpsons become a new kind of global religion. Mr Burns is being presented by the State Theatre Company of SA in collaboration with Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre, until May 13. Read CityMag‘s interview with cast member Jude Henshall here and read InDaily‘s review of the show here.

Wolfmother / Client Liaison – The Gov

Fresh from supporting Guns N’ Roses on their Australian and New Zealand tour, Sydney rock band Wolfmother (above) bring their own Gypsy Caravan Tour to The Governor Hindmarsh tonight (Friday). It follows the release last year of their fourth album, Victorious, which the group says is “meant for the road”. On Saturday, Melbourne’s Client Liaison will play at The Gov as part of a tour supporting their debut release, Diplomatic Immunity.

ASO’s Nordic Adventures – Town Hall

Led by Norwegian guest conductor Eivind Aadland and joined by pianist Boris Giltburg, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will present a program featuring Arnold Bax’s Tintagel, Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Sibelius’s Symphony No 2 for this Master Series 2 concert at the Adelaide Town Hall tonight (Friday) and Saturday night.

Versus Rodin: Bodies Through Time and Space – Art Gallery of SA

This exhibition brings together key pieces by Auguste Rodin, the pioneer of modern sculpture, with more than 200 works referencing the human body by other modern and contemporary artists. Read more about the works and the artists hereVersus Rodin is at the gallery until July 2, with guided tours daily at 11am and 2pm, and a series of drawing tours on Sundays. Next Friday (May 5), the gallery will host a First Fridays after-hours event with a talk by local artist Ben Leslie, a performance by sibling artists Bridget and Alison Currie, and tunes by DJ TR!P.

Spanish Film Festival – Palace Nova Eastend

More than 30 films – including comedies, dramas, thrillers and documentaries – from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Colombia are screening at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas as part of the Spanish Film Festival until May 14. This weekend’s screenings include the tender drama Summer 1993, reviewed by InDaily this week. Next Wednesday there will be a special showing of The Queen of Spain, an homage to 1950s Spanish Cinema starring Penelope Cruz (pictured above). See the full program here.

Festival Fleurieu

More than 100 events are taking place across dozens of venues throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula during this annual festival, which continues until the end of April. The program includes an Artists’ Studio Trail, exhibitions, live music, literary events and more.

Street Flash Mobs – various CBD sites

A series of flash-mob performances will pop up in parks and streets around the CBD on Saturday to mark International Dance Day. Produced by Finsart Inc studios, the flash mobs aim to both celebrate dance in public spaces and support local artists, with the five events scheduled between 9.30am and 6pm in places such as Grote Street in Chinatown, the Adelaide Oval Footbridge and North Terrace Tram Station. More information can be found here.

The Whitlams 25th anniversary tour – Festival Theatre

To celebrate their anniversary, The Whitlams are joining with orchestras in six Australian cities for a series of special shows featuring new arrangements of hits such as “Blow Up the Pokies”, “No Aphrodisiac” and “I Make Hamburgers”. Next Saturday (May 6) they will take to the stage at the Festival Theatre with the Adelaide Pops Orchestra, conducted by Guy Noble.

Yidaki – Didjeridu and The Sound of Australia – SA Museum

This landmark exhibition has been created in collaboration with the Yolngu people, cultural custodians of the yidaki (didjeridu). It explores the cultural and musical origins of the instrument, as well as its power and meaning in Yolngu life. Read more here. The exhibition continues at the SA Museum until July 16.

Unsettled: Colonial Ruin in the Flinders Ranges – State Library

What Time Collects, installation image, Dea Morgain, 2017.

This exhibition shares stories from the Flinders Ranges through a mixture of media art, photography, archival imagery and documentary interviews. Unsettled seeks to move beyond what it describes as “the nostalgia typical of settler-colonial representations”, and includes striking portraits of Adnyamathanha people taken at the Nepabunna Mission by Charles Mountford in the 1930s. Read more here. Unsettled is at the Institute Gallery of the State Library of South Australia until May 17.

On screen

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

Summer 1993 (Spanish Film Festival)
Berlin Syndrome
Dance Academy – The Movie
Ghost in the Shell
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
Jasper Jones

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