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A free open day at the David Roche Museum, the opening of Cabaret Fringe, after-hours art and music at the gallery, Matilda the Musical, a timely screening of Mabo, compelling theatre show Sista Girl, Killing Heidi and more.

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First Fridays – Art Gallery of SA

Classic Vs Contemporary is the title of tonight’s First Fridays after-hours event at the gallery, with a live performance by the Zephyr Quartet, guided tours of the exhibitions Versus Rodin and the Ramsay Art Prize, and resident DJ Tr!p. Details here.

Cabaret Fringe

The Cabaret Fringe festival kicks off this weekend, with an opening night gala tonight at the Freemason’s Hall on North Terrace and shows including Hans’ Mein Camp, Mikelangelo’s Tower of Song: Celebrating the Music of Leonard Cohen, Le Pena Flamenca and Mama Alto’s Torch Songs. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with more than 40 shows across 15 venues until June 25. See the program here, and read InDaily‘s interview with festival director Paul Boylon here.

David Roche Foundation House Museum open day

The David Roche Foundation House Museum is hosting a free open day from 10.45am until 4pm on Saturday to celebrate its first birthday. Located at 241 Melbourne Street in North Adelaide, the museum houses the personal collection of David Roche, including European paintings and decorative arts, as well as an eclectic range of other objects including canine art. The open day will include live music, face painting for children and short tours of the gallery.

 Matilda the Musical – Festival Theatre

Matilda the Musical. Photo: Shane Reid

A delicious tale full of magic and mischief, Matilda the Musical brilliantly brings to life author Roald Dahl’s story about a gifted little girl whose spirit can’t be extinguished by her horrid parents or dastardly headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Full of “revolting children” and powered by Tim Minchin’s wonderful score, the Royal Shakespeare Company production – which won a record 13 Helpmann Awards – is at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until July 16. Read our review here.

Mabo screening – Adelaide University

As part of National Reconciliation Week and to recognise the 25th anniversary of the landmark Mabo native title decision, the Don Dunstan Foundation is presenting a special screening of the film Mabo (starring Eddie Koiki Mabo and Deborah Mailman) at the University of Adelaide’s Braggs Lecture Theatre tomorrow at 6.30pm. Details and registrations here.

Killing Heidi / Laura Marling – The Gov

Australian rock-pop group Killing Heidi, touring for the first time in more than a decade, will play a gig at the Governor Hindmarsh on Saturday night, with support Iluka + Eliza & The Delusionals. Next Saturday at The Gov you can catch UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling, who recently released her sixth studio album Semper Femina.

Sista Girl – Space Theatre

Sharni McDermott and Nadia Rossi in Sista Girl. Photo: Kate Pardey

Co-produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Perth’s Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, this play explores the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians through the story of two women who share a white father – and meet for the first time at his deathbed. Read our review here. The play is at the Space Theatre until June 3.

ASO Festival of Learning and Participation

More than 4000 students are making and sharing music with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra during this week-long festival led by composer and educator Paul Rissmann. There will be several public concerts, including In Flight (a collaboration with the Elder Conservatorium of Music, at Elder Hall today), Out of This World (at the Town Hall on June 7), and Happy Town (Town Hall, June 10). See the full program here, and read the story of Rissmann’s own musical journey here.

Adelaide Chamber Singers’ Proof of Life

The Chambers Singers will present the first performance of their 2017 season at the Pilgrim Church in Flinders Street tomorrow (Saturday) from 6.30pm. The program for Proof of Life, conducted by Carl Crossin, can be viewed here. A second concert at Hills venue the Ukaria Cultural Centre has sold out.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Camille O’Sullivan and Paul Kelly’s ‘Ancient Rain’. Photo: David James McCarthy

Opening next Friday at the Adelaide Festival Centre, this year’s Cabaret Festival will feature 147 performances over 16 days and nights. Shows reflect cabaret in its broadest sense, encompassing music, comedy, theatre and dance, with performers such as UK actor and singer Alan Cumming, Le Gateau Chocolat, Paul Kelly, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, New York singer and comedian Bridget Everett, the Australian String Quartet with Lior, and Brisbane boy-lesque troupe Briefs. See the full program for the June 9-24 program here.

Ramsay Art Prize – Art Gallery of SA

The work of the 21 national finalists in the inaugural Ramsay Art Prize is on show until August 27. The $100,000 prize, which is supported by philanthropist organisation the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, is open to Australian artists under 20 working in any material or process, with finalists’ work including paintings, installations, ceramics, video and mixed media. It was won by Sydney-based artist Sarah Contos with a “colossal 20th-century quilt” (read more here).

The Necks – Nexus Live

After 30 years and with 18 albums under their belts, Australian trio The Necks – Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) – still like to keep each live performance unique with a strong element of their trademark improvisation. They’re touring the country this month, with a show at Nexus Arts, the Lions Arts Centre, next Friday (June 9).

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.

On screen

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

20th Century Women
David Lynch: The Art of Life (American Essentials Film Festival)
John Wick: Chapter 2
Alien: Covenant
Get Out
Pork Pie

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