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What's on: From SummerSalt to Unsound

Arts & Culture

A beachside concert with Missy Higgins and John Butler Trio, Unsound festival of experimental music, Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired spectacular, new play Vale, Paul Kelly, Feast, Cine Latino Film Fest and more.

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SummerSalt – Glenelg Beach      

Missy Higgins and the John Butler Trio will be playing an outdoor gig at Glenelg Beach on Saturday in the first Adelaide show in new national concert series SummerSalt, presented by Zaccaria Concerts and Touring. There will also be market stalls, mobile food vendors and bars, with the event kicking off at 3.30pm and tickets still available.

State Theatre’s Vale – Dunstan Playhouse

The State Theatre Company of SA’s final play of the year takes place on New Year’s Eve: hotel mogul Joseph Vale is toasting his success, celebrating with his wife, their daughter and her boyfriend, but things take a turn with the arrival of an unexpected guest. Described by playwright Nicki Bloom as “a dark and brutal comedy that turns into a Greek tragedy”, Vale is at the Dunstan Playhouse from tonight until November 30. Details here.

Unsound Adelaide

Emptyset perform at the 2016 Unsound Adelaide. Photo: Camille Blake

Unsound Adelaide is back this year as a stand-alone event taking place over three days and nights this weekend. The line-up of experimental and electronic music acts playing at the Thebarton Theatre includes Senor Coconut with an eight-person band which reinterprets ’70s and ’80s classics from Kraftwerk instrumentals to Sade, Prince and Michael Jackson. The full program (available here) also includes shows at Fowlers Live, a talks program and a sound installation at the Botanic Gardens. In this InDaily interview, Unsound co-founder Mat Schulz talks about the festival’s origins and shares some must-see tips.

Feast Festival

Adelaide’s queer arts and culture festival continues until November 26, with a packed program of live performance, visual art, film and community events. Highlights over the weekend and week ahead include cabaret singer Mama Alto’s Queerly Beloved (November 17-19 at Nexus Arts), performance artist Glitta Supernova’s Body Map (November 18 at Nexus Arts), the Comedy Gayla (Raj House, November 23) and the We Are Family short-film screening (Raj House, November 21). Next Saturday (November 26) will see the always-popular Feast Picnic in the Park at Pinky Flat. See the full program here.

Cine Latino Film Festival – Palace Nova

More than 20 films from Central and South American – including dramas, biopics, political thrillers, comedies and love stories – are showing during the Cine Latino Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas until November 29. There is a particular focus this year on the best new films from Argentina, including Inseparable, a remake of the French hit The Intouchables. See the full Adelaide program here.

Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight – Entertainment Centre

Inspired by James Cameron’s sci-fi film Avatar, this Cirque du Soleil show transports audiences to the planet of Pandora where a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the “tree of souls”. Cirque promises a “riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score”. Toruk – The First Flight will be at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre until November 19.

AdYO gala concert – Town Hall

More than 200 young Adelaide musicians will take part in the Adelaide Youth Orchestra’s end-of-year concert at the Town Hall this Sunday. The program ranges from movie themes to much-loved classics, including Strauss’s Tales from the Vienna Woods; Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2 (which featured in the film Eyes Wide Shut), a Highland Celebration, Danse Bacchanale and music from Slumdog Millionaire.

Paul Kelly – AEC Theatre

Ten-time ARIA Award-winner Paul Kelly is playing two shows at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre next week as part of a tour on the back of his acclaimed 23rd studio album, Life is Fine. He will be joined by special guest Steve Earle, and while tickets have sold out for the first show on Wednesday, there are still some available for Thursday’s concert. Details here.

So Frenchy So Chic Aperitif Party – Gresham Street

To whet our appetite for the So Frenchy So Chic in the Park event at Pinky Flat on January 12, there will be an “aperitif” party next Friday (November 24) from 5.30pm in Gresham Street. Performing will be energetic French rapper and singer Fefe, who has previously performed at WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Sessions. Tickets are free, but bookings are required via the Facebook event page.


The Art Gallery of SA’s Tarnanthi exhibition, which continues until January 28, features more than 40 new commissions, including the Kulata Tjuta (Many Spears) installation comprising more than 550 kulata hanging in a cloud formation above hand-carved piti (wooden bowls). Adelaide Festival Centre is also still showing the work of more than 90 Indigenous artists in its Tarnanthi satellite exhibition, Our Mob, in its Artspace Gallery and Dunstan Playhouse foyer until December 2.

Paolo Sebastian X – Art Gallery of SA

This exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of South Australian designer Paul Vasileff’s celebrated couture label Paolo Sebastian, with hand-crafted gowns from the past on show alongside the gallery’s collection of historic European art. Paolo Sebastian X is in galleries 12–16 until December 10, with free entry.

After Utopia – Samstag Museum

After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art features moving image, installation, painting and sculpture by artists from South-East Asian countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Read more about the exhibition in this CityMag interview. It will be at the Samstag until December 1.

On screen

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

Murder on the Orient Express
Thor: Ragnorak
The Snowman
Blade Runner 2049

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