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InDaily‘s hit list of events and shows, including a showcase of Iranian cinema, State Theatre’s new epic family drama, live music at MOD, Feast Festival highlights, Zephyr Quartet’s take on light and dark, and Picasso at the gallery.

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Iranian Film Festival

The Iranian Film Festival, screening at Mercury Cinema this weekend, features 12 contemporary films – some of which have been banned from screening in Iran. The line-up includes dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s drama 3 Faces, which follows a popular Iranian actress in her search for a young girl in north-western Iran; Bahman Farmanara’s Tale of the Sea, about a writer who has lost his nerve, and Abbas Amini’s Hendi & Hormoz, a drama about a young couple who marry according to custom at just 13 and 16.

Rival Consoles at MOD

International electronic musician Rival Consoles – aka Ryan Lee West – will go head to head with Adelaide’s DJ Tr!p tomorrow (November 17) at the first live music event hosted by North Terrace’s MOD (Museum of Discovery). The set, showcasing Rival Console’s latest album Perona, will be accompanied by visual designs by multimedia artist Luku Kukuku to create what event promoter Anne Wiberg says will be “a night of sonic and visual beauty”. Tickets were still available last we looked.

The Gods of Strangers

The Gods of Strangers. Photo: Chris Herzfeld

State Theatre Company’s new “epic family drama” The Gods of Strangers is a thought-provoking production that will strike a chord with many theatre-goers, writes InDaily reviewer Steve Evans. Written by State Theatre resident artist Elena Carapetis, The Gods of Strangers is based on the oral histories of Greek, Cypriot and Italian migrants to Port Pirie and inspired by Carapetis’s own family history. Read our interview with Greek-Australian actress Deb Galanos here. Performances continue at the Dunstan Playhouse until December 2.

Feast Festival

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. – ‘a punch in the face wrapped in a satin glove’.

Libby O’Donovan and Beccy Cole are performing tonight at Norwood Hotel as part of the Feast Festival program, with the pair each singing songs from their new albums, plus duets, with support from The Sisters of Twang. Other festival highlights over the weekend and week ahead include a program of literary events at Treasury 1860, the Feast Comedy Gayla at Raj House, and The Purple List … a gay dementia venture (more about that here) and post-feminist play Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. at Holden Street Theatres. Feast runs until November 25. View the full program here.

Zephyr Quartet – Between Light

Described as a “conversation between light, sound and space”, this show by Adelaide’s Zephyr quartet received impressive reviews when it premiered several years ago, and now it’s returning to the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre for four performances from next Thursday. The immersive promenade performance features compositions by jazz artists Andrea Keller, Tony Gould, Stephen Magnusson, Matt Keegan and Lyndon Gray, all of which explore themes of light and dark. The lighting is the work of award-winning designer Geoff Cobham, who creates unique spaces to house each composition.

Picasso exhibition opens at Art Gallery

Pablo Picasso, Spain/France 1881 – 1973, Minotaure aveugle guide par une fillette dans la nuit [Blind minotaur led by a little girl at night], from the Vollard Suite (97), Between 3-7 December and 31 December 1934, or 1 January 1935, aquatint, drypoint and etching, printed in black ink. Purchased 1984, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

A selection of 100 etchings revealing the inner musings of Pablo Picasso will be on display from tomorrow at the Art Gallery of SA. The Vollard Suite exhibition – on loan from the National Gallery of Australia – takes its name from modern art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who gave Picasso his first Paris exhibition in 1901. The etchings were produced over a seven-year period from 1930 to 1937 and reveal insight into Picasso’s ideas about art, life and mortality. Picasso’s self-representation as a minotaur (man beast), his sexuality and his fears are also common themes. The free exhibition runs until February 3.

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