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What's on: Wizardry, Impressionist art and a full moon fiesta


Events and shows over the weekend and week ahead, including The Wizard of Oz, Impressionist masterpieces at the Art Gallery of SA, a full moon fiesta at The Gov and a rock ‘n’ roll-themed classic car event.

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The Wizard of Oz – Festival Theatre

Starting from this Sunday at the Festival Theatre, The Wizard of Oz will transport audiences down the Yellow Brick Road with a musical adaptation of the much-loved family film. The London Palladium production stars Anthony Warlow, Wicked’s Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix, and Samantha Dodemaide as Dorothy. New songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber feature alongside classics from the Oscar-winning film score. Performances run until April 29. 

Alliance Française French Film Festival – Palace Nova Cinemas

The annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is on at the Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect cinemas until April 15. This year the festival will screen 50 films over one month. Iconic French actors including Juliette Binoche, Vincent Cassel, Vanessa Paradis, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu star in the selection of comedy, drama, romance, biopic, period and animated feature films. Read InDaily‘s reviews of C’est la Vie and See You Up There. Full program here.

Colours of Impressionism – Art Gallery of SA

Installation view of ‘Colours of Impressionism’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo: Saul Steed

More than 65 Impressionist paintings from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris are now on display in the Art Gallery of SA’s Elder Wing in Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay. Highlights include Monet’s La Pie (The Magpie) and Le Bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie rose (Water Lily Pond, Pink Harmony), Manet’s Serveuse de bocks (The Waitress), Cézanne’s Golfe de Marseille (Bay of Marseille), Renoir’s Gabrielle à la rose (Gabrielle with a rose) and one of the Musée d’Orsay’s five versions of Monet’s Cathédrale de Rouen (Rouen Cathedral). Coordinating curator Tony Magnusson will give public talks on the exhibition tomorrow and Saturday from 11am. Tickets are available here and at the door. Exhibition runs until July 29. 

Full Moon Fiesta – The Gov

The Governor Hindmarsh will host a Latino-inspired full moon party this Saturday featuring live music and dance. Latino band Macumbia will perform, alongside Adelaide-based Latino DJs Hugo Salcedo, Cali and Keko. Face painting and flower necklaces will also be on offer. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are available for purchase here and at the door.

Private Peaceful – Bakehouse Theatre

Youth performing arts group Promise Adelaide will perform a second run of its World War I-inspired theatre production Private Peaceful at the Bakehouse Theatre from next Wednesday. The show follows the last night in the life of 17-year old Private Thomas “Tommo” Peaceful as he reflects on his short yet joyful past. Performances run until April 14.

2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

The Art Gallery of SA, Samstag Museum of Art, Jam Factory and Adelaide Botanic Gardens are hosting exhibitions in this year’s Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Thirty Australian artists interpret the theme Divided Worlds through photography, painting, sculpture, installation and moving image. Discover more Adelaide Biennial events here and read InDaily’s interview with the Biennial curator and artists here.

Provenance – Space Theatre

Paul Grabowsky and Vince Jones perform Provenance.

Jazz heavyweights Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky will reunite to perform their 2016 album Provenance and other jazz tunes at Space Theatre next Saturday. Described as an “intimate musical conversation”, Provenance will combine Jones’ vocals with Grabowsky on piano. Tickets available here.

UneARTh – Whyalla

Adelaide retro tribute band Chunky Custard will headline the second UneARTh Festival at Ada Ryan Gardens in Whyalla. The free event runs all day tomorrow and Saturday and features circus acts from Time and Space Circus, music from the Germein Sisters, dance performances from the Whyalla Ballet School, and cabaret from Hans. Find out more here. 

ASO’s Organ Symphony Master Series – Adelaide Town Hall

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of pieces by Wagner, Bernstein and Saint-Saëns at the Adelaide Town Hall next Friday and Saturday nights. The concert will be conducted by Nicholas Carter and will feature James Ehnes on violin. More information here.

Rock & Roll Rendezvous – National Motor Museum

Head to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood next Sunday for a rock ‘n’ roll-themed music, dance, fashion and car event. Hundreds of classic and muscle cars will be on display alongside retro bikes. Fashion parades, dance demonstrations and live music will also entertain crowds. Part-proceeds from the event will go towards Down Syndrome SA. Find out more here.

Open Air Cinemas – Glenelg

Follow the story of four teenagers who discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, screening at the Open Air Cinemas at Glenelg Beach tonight. Also screening are Coco (Sunday), International Ocean Film Tour Vol 5 (Tuesday) and Darkest Hour (Thursday). DJs will entertain crowds on Friday evenings and food sampling will take place on Sundays. Dogs are welcome at all screenings. Gates open at 6pm and films begin at sundown. Openair Cinema runs until April 15; full program here.

On screen

See our reviews of some of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

The Death of Stalin
C’est la Vie (French Film Festival)
See You Up There (French Film Festival)
Human Flow
The Divine Order
Finding Your Feet
Lady Bird
Marvel’s Black Panther

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