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What's on: A teen takeover, wizardry and the return of Grug


Events and shows over the weekend and week ahead, including a ‘teen takeover’ at the Art Gallery of SA, the final weekend of the French Film Festival, lonely hearts comedy After Dinner, The Wizard of Oz, live music, and the return of Grug.

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Neo Teen Takeover – Art Gallery of South Australia

To celebrate SA Youth Week, the Art Gallery will host a free art festival targeted at 13-17-year-olds tomorrow night. The evening will feature activities presented by the Australian Dance Theatre Youth Ensemble, Young Adelaide Voices, State Theatre Company, the SA Circus Centre and others, plus live music and an interactive robotic video art installation. Attendees will be able to view the gallery’s Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art exhibition and join guided tours. Find out more here. 

This Country – Nexus Arts

Emerging Indigenous songwriters Corey Theatre, Nathan May and Jessica Wishart will perform alongside alt-country duo The Yearlings at Nexus Arts tomorrow. They will present a collection of original songs and new collaborative material in what is described as a “soulful and intimate” performance. Purchase tickets here.

Emily Davis – Jive

Photo: Brent Leideritz

Adelaide singer-songwriter Emily Davis will debut her new album You, Me and the Velvet Sea at Jive bar tomorrow night. Davis’s latest album sees her depart from her pop-folk style for a “rockier” feel, with songs that explore human connection and the power of love. Fellow SA musicians Fleur Green and Aaron Thomas will also perform. Tickets available here. 

The Wizard of Oz – Festival Theatre

Playing at the Festival Theatre, The Wizard of Oz leads 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. 

After Dinner – Dunstan Playhouse

After Dinner: a perfect slice of 1980s Australia. Photo: Chris Herzfeld

Thirty years after it was first produced, this lonely-hearts comedy is being re-staged by the State Theatre Company. Written by SA playwright Andrew Bovell, After Dinner transports audiences back to the pre-Tinder era of the late 1980s, following the story of three women and two men who meet at a pub bistro. Bovell describes it as a “sexually graphic” and “very funny” social satire about looking for love in this interview with InDaily. Performances run until April 29 at the Dunstan Playhouse. Read our review here, and book tickets here.

Colours of Impressionism – Art Gallery of SA

More than 65 Impressionist paintings from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris are on display in the Art Gallery’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), 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). The exhibition runs until July 29, and you can read more about it in this InDaily article.

Open Air Cinemas – Glenelg

John Daley and Jonathan Goldstein star in the black comedy Game Night, which is screening at the Open Air Cinemas at Glenelg Beach tonight during its final weekend. Also screening are Lady Bird (tomorrow) and Black Panther (Sunday). DJs will entertain crowds this evening and food sampling will take place on Sunday. Dogs are welcome at all screenings. Gates open at 6pm and films begin at sundown. Openair Cinema runs until April 15; full program here.

Alliance Française French Film Festival – Palace Nova Cinemas

Jean Scandel stars as Paul in Nicolas Vanier’s film The School of Life.

The annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is celebrating its last weekend at the Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect cinemas. Iconic French actors including Juliette Binoche, Vincent Cassel, Vanessa Paradis, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu will star in the selection of comedy, drama, romance, biopic, period and animated feature films during the festival’s last few days. Read InDaily‘s reviews of C’est la VieSee You Up There and The School of Life. Full program here.

Grug and the Rainbow – Space Theatre

Windmill Theatre Company’s production of Grug and the Rainbow is showing at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre until April 21 after a series of successful world tours. Described as a “magical, interactive world of endearing puppetry, music and storytelling”, the performance follows the popular children’s character as he embarks on a journey to reach the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp.

ASO Master Series – Adelaide Town Hall

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will perform its second Master Series concert – Konstantin Plays Tchaikovsky – at the Adelaide Town Hall next Thursday and Friday nights. The performance will begin with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, followed by Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture.

Ukulele Death Festival – Kuitpo Hall

Ukulele groups from across Australia will perform at this festival in Kuitpo next Sunday. Described as a “one-day celebration of all things ukulele”, the festival features ukulele workshops and jam sessions, with performers including festival organisers Ukulele Death Squad, Lily and the King, Loren Kate, Joshy Willo, The Leroys, Jen Lush and Cal Williams Jr. Find out more here.

On screen

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

The Party
A Quiet Place
The Death of Stalin
The School of Life (French Film Festival)
C’est la Vie (French Film Festival)
See You Up There (French Film Festival)
Human Flow
The Divine Order
Finding Your Feet

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