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What's on: Festivals finale, Purple Revolution, a night of jazz

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InDaily‘s hit list of events and shows, including highlights from the final weekend of the Adelaide Festival and Fringe, a night of jazz hits with James Morrison and the ASO, a showcase of French cinema, and Andrew De Silva’s tribute to Prince.

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Adelaide Fringe

So much choice, so little time left. Here’s just a few picks: Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, with John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta (returning to the GC for a final encore performance on Sunday after a sell-out season); Kate Ceberano’s Ceberano + Co (Garden of Unearthly Delights, Sunday); Ukulele Death Squad’s Fifty Shades of Uke (Saturday, Regal Theatre); the plays Build a Rocket (review), Games by Henry Naylor (review) and Grounded (all at Holden Street Theatres); SA composer and performer Josh Belperio’s music-theatre show 30,000 Notes (nthspace gallery); Fringe weekly award winner Alex Rossi & Friends: The After Party (GOUD); Gluttony circus shows Finale (review), Fuego Carnal (review ) and The Otherworld (review) – all of which our reviewers recommend; Ambient Orchestra Presents David Bowie’s Blackstar (RCC Fringe, Elder Hall); and Hot Dub Time Machine (closing out the RCC Fringe’s Dusk Till Dawn program on Sunday night on the University of Adelaide’s Maths Lawns).

Yabarra: Gathering of Light, the free immersive Kaurna storytelling experience involving large-scale light and sound artworks along the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens), also continues nightly until Sunday. See all InDaily’s Fringe reviews and stories here, and view the program here.

Adelaide Festival

UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company is presenting Grand Finale at the Festival Theatre.

An enchanting ballet created out of plastic bags, all-ages show Foehn from France’s Compagnie Non Nova is one of the highlights of the closing weekend of the Adelaide Festival, playing at the AC Arts Main Theatre until Sunday (read InDaily’s review here). Also showing is the delightful Zizanie (read our review), choreographed by Meryl Tankard for Adelaide’s Restless Dance Theatre; satirical theatre hit Ulster American (described as both brilliant and shocking by our reviewer), and the ambitious contemporary dance work Grand Finale. Performing gigs on the Palais over the weekend are indie-pop singer Megan Washington (Friday), Irish singer Camille O’Sullivan (Friday and Saturday), and Melbourne band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Saturday).  View all InDaily’s final week Festival and Fringe highlights here.

James Morrison: The Great American Songbook

Musician James Morrison.

Multi-instrumentalist jazz musician James Morrison will be joined by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday night for a performance of the hits from his latest album, The Great American Songbook. The show, to be held at the Festival Theatre, will feature 1930s to 1950s songs by famous American composers, including Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”, George Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “A Foggy Day”, and Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing”. Morrison will play upwards of 10 different instruments, including piano, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone and tenor sax.

Yurtu Ardla exhibition

Photo: Dave Laslett

A new exhibition exploring the woodcarving practices of the Adnyamathanha and Nukunu people of the Flinders Ranges launches at the South Australian Museum today. The free exhibition,Yurtu Ardla, is the work of Nukunu curator Dr Jared Thomas, who worked with 20 Adnyamathanha, Nukunu and other Aboriginal men to carve new pieces, some of which are on display. Yurtu Adrla continues until June 16.

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Agnès Jaoui’s Place Publique is showing at the Alliance Française French Film Festival.

The annual Alliance Française French Film Festival begins at Palace Nova East End and Prospect cinemas next Thursday. This year the festival will screen 54 films over one month. Highlights include opening night film The Trouble With You – a romantic action comedy directed by award-winning director Pierre Salvadori; Quebecois film The Fall of the American Empire; actor-turned director Gilles Lellouche’s debut comedy Sink or Swim, and Agnès Jaoui’s study of Parisian bourgeoisie, Place Publique. The festival runs until April 18. Full program here.

Prince Purple Revolution

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Andrew De Silva – original frontman of ’90s R&B band CDB, lead singer of Boom Crash Opera and former winner of Australia’s Got Talent – will head to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel on Saturday to perform his Prince tribute show, Prince Purple Revolution. Described as “a respectful yet soulful musical journey through the life of Prince”, it will feature hits from the pop icon, as well as re-creations of Prince’s most famous costumes. Doors open at 7.30pm.

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