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Little Shop of Horrors has landed in Adelaide, with other weekend entertainment including a chamber music showcase in the Hills, Groovin the Moo at Oakbank, State Theatre’s Machu Picchu and the French Film Festival.

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Little Shop of Horrors – Her Maj

This cult musical about a hapless flower shop attendant engaged in a botanical battle with a carnivorous plant has been revived by the producers and creative team behind the 2014 production of Sweet Charity. With an “upbeat, doo wop Motown score” and a new Audrey II created by puppet-makers Erth, Little Shop of Horrors is playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre until April 30.

Machu Picchu – Dunstan Playhouse

Writer Sue Smith’s Machu Picchu  follows Paul and Gabby, two mid-life engineers whose lives and relationship change dramatically after a serious car accident leaves Paul with spinal injuries.  A State Theatre Company of SA and Sydney Theatre Company co-production, it stars Lisa McClune and Darren Gilshenan and is playing in Adelaide  until May 1. Read InDaily’s review here.

Ngeringa 24 – Ngeringa Cultural Centre

Curated by recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, this mini music festival at Mt Barker’s Ngeringa Cultural Centre will feature five concerts over 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday (April 23-24). There will be solo and ensemble performances featuring Lacey, the Young Adelaide Voices choir, cellist Umberto Clerici, harpist Marshall McGuire, guitarist Karin Schaupp and jazz trumpeter-composer Phil Slater, with cinematography, text and sound design woven into the program. Read InDaily’s interview with Lacey here and view the full program here.

Inside the concert hall at Ngeringa Cultural Centre.

Inside the concert hall at Ngeringa Cultural Centre.

Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium

Head to the Hills for the final days of this annual symposium at The Cedars in Hahndorf. Ten international sculptors have been creating artworks on site since April 4 and will finish up on April 25, with their resulting stone sculptures destined for locations in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula. Opening hours and more details can be found here.

Groovin the Moo – Oakbank Racecourse

This year’s Groovin the Moo all-ages music festival features a packed line-up of artists including Alison Wonderland, Boy & Bear (below), British India, Ngaire, DZ Deathrays, Safia, The Rebens, Jarryd James and Illy. Gates open at 11am on Monday, with event details here.

Boy & Bear

French Film Festival – Palace Nova

This weekend is the last chance to catch the taste of French cinema on offer during the 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas. The closing-night (April 24) film is director Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 drama Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Parlance. Other screenings include family shaggy-dog tale Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues and Cannes International Film Festival prize winner Mon Roi. Full program is online.

ASO Remastered  /  Elegant Tchaikovsky

Arvo Volmer will conduct the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Elegant Tchaikovsky concert at the Adelaide Town Hall next weekend (April 29 and 30), with a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Nielsen’s Symphony No 4 Inextinguishable and Sibelius’s Tapiola. Coinciding with the concert on Friday night, the ASO will also launch its new under-30s initiative, ReMastered. Described as a “social concert-going experience”, ReMastered will include a concert ticket plus an after-party in the Adina Apartment Hotel tunnels featuring percussive guitarist Simeon Baker (pictured below) and international cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan (soloist in Elegant Tchaikovsky).

Guitarist Simeon Baker

 Wee Free Men – Bakehouse Theatre

Adelaide’s Unseen Theatre Company once again allows audiences to peer into Sir Terry Pratchett’s fantastical “Discworld” with the stage premiere of The Wee Free Men. The play, which InDaily’s reviewer describes as a wonderful tribute to the author, sees young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching venture into the realm of faerie land to rescue her baby brother. It is at the Bakehouse Theatre until April 30.

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. Details of associated talks and school holiday events at the gallery can be found here.

The Moon’s a Balloon – Adelaide Festival Centre 

Performances of Patch Theatre’s children’s show The Moon’s A Balloon continue at the Space Theatre until Saturday. The work – which takes its name from an EE Cummings’ poem and conveys a message of finding wonder in simplicity – sees two performers explore and play with white balloons as they search for meaning and friendship. It is aimed at children aged from three to eight.

The Elephant Man – Arts Theatre

This play follows the true story of Joseph Merrick, whose physical deformities took him from sideshow squalor to the height of 1880s London society. Adelaide Repertory Theatre has brought The Elephant Man to the local stage with a production at the Arts Theatre featuring impressive performances  by a strong cast (read review here). Final performances on Saturday.

Georgia Stockham, Steve Marvanek and Robert Bell in The Elephant Man. Photo: Norm Caddick

The Elephant Man. Photo: Norm Caddick

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. Shields continues until May 22.

New Sounds from an Old Room – Barr Smith Library

The first in a new series of concerts run by students of the Elder Conservatorium in collaboration with the Barr Smith Library will take place in the library’s beautiful Reading Room on Tuesday, April 26. The concert will feature new contemporary works by young Adelaide composers, painters, drawers, projectionists, video artists and performers, with the room open from 6.30pm and the program starting at 7.30pm. Details and line-up here.

On screen

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

The Boss
Valley of Love
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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