Oz Comic-Con – Adelaide Showgrounds
Described as the ultimate event for fans of pop culture, Oz Comic-Con will run from 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Guests include Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), American actor Cody Christian (Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf) and Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lord of the Rings). There will be exhibitions, family activities, workshops, a gaming zone, cosplay parades and competitions, and even quidditch matches.
Magical Mystery Tour
Beginning at 11am on Saturday at the Samstag Museum, this walking tour of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art includes storytelling, art appreciation and an art activity inspired by the theme Magic Object. It will conclude with a picnic lunch at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Details and bookings here. Read more about the Biennial below.
ASO’s Crazy Creatures – Grainger Studio
British composer and presenter Paul Rissmann has returned to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with a new program for young families. Crazy Creatures – based on writer Jonathan Long’s tales of The Duck with No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch – features a vibrant score, participatory songs and projected illustrations. It will be presented at the Grainger Studio at 10am and noon on Saturday. The ASO’s Festival of Learning & Participation continues until April 22, with the full program of concerts, workshops and events available here.
The Baker Suite – Published Arthouse
Adelaide jazz-folk ensemble The Baker Suite kick off a national tour with a show on Saturday night at the Published Arthouse. The group is celebrating the release this month of their fifth studio album, Still Life, a 10-track LP recorded while member John Baker was undergoing treatment for cancer. Still Life is said to move from “folk/pop notes, into smooth blues arrangements and back out into acoustic and bossa-nova influences”.
Ed Kuepper – The Gov
Kuepper (formerly of The Saints) is touring on the back of his new release Lost Cities – which he refers to as “solo orchestral”. Audiences at tonight’s gig at The Governor Hindmarsh can also expect to hear favourites from throughout his career. Pearl Jam tribute band Even Flow are playing at The Gov on Saturday, with Sydney rock band Gang of Youths lined up for next Friday (April 15).
French Film Festival – Palace Nova
More than 40 feature films are screening during the 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival, which is at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas until April 24. Films span a range of genres and include the coming-of-age comedy Microbe & Gasoline, lesbian romance La Belle Saison, Cannes International Film Festival award winner Mon Roi and the Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert drama Valley of Love. Full program is online. Reviews here.
Cats the Musical
This weekend is your last chance to see the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway and West End musical at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre, with the final performance on Saturday (April 10). InDaily’s reviewer says every element is impressive, from the costumes and make-up, to the lighting, music, dancing and alley-cat underworld setting.
Old Times – Space Theatre
New Adelaide theatre company Mystique Productions is presenting Harold Pinter’s Old Times, a play said to convey the thrill, mystery and destructive force of desire. When married couple Deeley and Kate are visited by Anna, who shared a flat with Kate 20 years earlier, it prompts reminiscing that soon turns into a dangerous game. Old Times is playing at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until April 9. Read InDaily review here.
Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema
High-seas thriller The Finest Hours (starring Chris Pine, Eric Bana and Casey Affleck) is screening at the Openair Cinema at Glenelg tonight, with The Big Short showing on Saturday and Hail, Caesar! on Sunday. Gates open at 6pm and films screen after 8.30pm.
Hamlet – Goodwood Institute Theatre
Young actor Will Cox plays Hamlet in this new Independent Theatre production focussing not on the international politics of the play, but rather on the personal and domestic tragedy of the prince and his family. It is being presented at the Goodwood Institute Theatre from April 8-16.
Rock & Roll Rendezvous – National Motor Museum
Sydneysider Sheena Crouch is headlining this Sunday’s Rendezvous with her Dusty Springfield Show. Also performing at the annual event at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood will be Melbourne’s Itchy Fingers and Adelaide’s Wound Up, Rave On and The Beavers. There will be dancing demos, a fashion competition, kids’ activities and a display of cars from the rock ’n’ roll era. Gates open at 10am.
2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
With the theme Magic Object, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial draws inspiration from the “Wunderkammer” – rooms or cabinets displaying eclectic collections of exotic artworks and natural objects. Twenty-five artists have created works inspired by the theme. The biennial, which continues until May 15, encompasses exhibitions at the Art Gallery of SA, Samstag Museum of Art, Jam Factory, Santos Museum of Economic Botany and Carrick Hill.
Shields: Power and Protection in Aboriginal Australia – SA Museum
This exhibition at the South Australian Museum explores the role of shields in Aboriginal culture and history. As well as being used in individual and group conflict, carved and painted shields carry symbolism and affirm ancestral links. Printmakers Suzie Lockery and Simone Tippett will host a Makers at the Museum event next Thursday (April 14), guiding participants through the processes of lino-cutting, drawing inspiration from the designs on Aboriginal shields. Bookings are essential and can be made here. Shields continues until May 22.
See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:
Labyrinth of Lies
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Our Last Tango
April and the Extraordinary World (French Film Festival)
Microbe & Gasoline (French Film Festival)
A Bigger Splash
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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