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What's on: Jazz, buskers and soft-sculpture art


 InDaily’s hit list of events and shows, including a celebration of jazz featuring Australian and international artists, a three-day busking festival in Light Square, two exhibitions not to be missed, and a literary love story set to sweep the stage.

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International Jazz Day Concert

International Jazz Day is being celebrated in Adelaide next Tuesday with a concert at the Town Hall curated by SA composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Page (pictured above). The event, presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre, will feature a mix of original songs and reworked jazz standards from artists including Australian jazz vocalist Emma Pask, New Zealand film composer Jonathan Crayford and Scottish contemporary jazz saxophonist Helena Kay. Page told CityMag the show will acknowledge the past, present and future of jazz. Last time we checked there were still tickets available.

Vietnam – One In, All In

Adelaide artist Damien Shen paints Vietnam War veteran and Ngarrindjeri man Leslie Kropinyeri interacting with Vietnamese children.

A collection of multi-disciplinary works by 12 emerging and established artists exploring South Australian Aboriginal veterans’ service before, during and after the Vietnam War opened this week at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. Vietnam – One In, All In also features an honour roll acknowledging all the SA Aboriginal Vietnam veterans. It is the final exhibition in Country Arts SA’s three-year Aboriginal Diggers Project, which aims to share untold stories of the state’s Indigenous servicemen and women. The exhibition runs until June 1.

Adelaide Busking Festival

The inaugural Adelaide Busking and Food Truck Festival kicks off this afternoon (April 26) with a performance by Bob Maidorn’s Crosstown Traffic. Held in Light Square, the festival is being presented by the organisers of the Peninsula Busking Festival held on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, and will feature more than 20 performers including musicians, comedians, dancers, magicians and puppeteers (see the schedule here). The three-day event will also include  food trucks, a bar and kids’ entertainment.


Nathan O’Keefe as George Johnston and Charmian Clift’s eldest son, Martin, in Hydra. Photo: Jeff Busby

Based on the love story of Australian literary couple George Johnston (My Brother Jack) and Charmian Clift (Mermaid Singing, Peel Me a Lotus), Hydra is being jointly presented by the State Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre at the Dunstan Playhouse from May 1. Playwright Sue Smith has set the play on the Greek island of Hydra, where Johnston and Clift moved with their children in the mid-1950s, and it is told through the eyes of their eldest son (played by Nathan O’Keefe). As Smith tells InDaily, the couple went there “pursuing a dream of lotus eating and total freedom” ­– but living in paradise came at a cost. Hydra’s season runs until May 19.

Tarryn Hill: Guardians 

The Art Gallery of SA’s exhibition Tarryn Hill: Guardians is in its final week. Photo: supplied

Perth-based artist Tarryn Gill’s soft-sculpture exhibition Guardians is showing at the Art Gallery of SA for just one more week. The free exhibition features nine soft sculptures reminiscent of characters found in folktales, pop culture, myths and legends. The stitched and sewn objects are fitted with speakers to create a soundscape as they chatter among themselves. Gill says the sculptures were inspired by psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who would often knit while analysing her patients. Guardians is on display until May 5. More details here.

Spanish Film Festival

Champions is playing as part of the Spanish Film Festival.

More than 30 comedies, dramas and documentaries are playing at Palace Nova East End and Prospect cinemas for the Moro Spanish Film Festival. It’s running until May 15, and highlights include Champions – about an egotistical basketball coach who is forced to train a team of people living with disabilities, and political thriller The Realm, starring Antonio De La Torre as a Spanish politician whose illegal activities come to a head when a leaked tape exposes his dodgy dealings. See the program here.


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