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What's on: Cabaret, classics and a dash of jazz


Closing weekend shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Cabaret Fringe, Classics Unwrapped with Guy Noble, a dynamic double bill at The Gov, and an opera tale of extravagance, brilliance and egomania.

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival

It’s the final weekend of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and there are still plenty of shows to see, including Le Gateau Chocolat’s Black; Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King, performed by Vika and Linda Bull; Reuben Kay’s Journey to the Centre of Attention, and the Class of Cabaret 2017, featuring 23 talented SA students. Artistic directors Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect’s closing variety gala, Songs of Love and Revolution, is on Saturday night at Her Majesty’s Theatre and will comprise “anthems, battle cries and love songs to humanity”. See all InDaily’s reviews here. The full program is on the Cabaret Festival website.

Cabaret Fringe

This weekend is also your last chance to catch some of the action at the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, which this year is presenting more than 40 shows across 15 venues. Tonight and tomorrow at the Bakehouse Theatre, Tess Fowler will present Revelations of an Angry Beast, a blend of “theatrical storytelling and soulful song” reflecting on her global travels and search for self-acceptance. Other shows include Hot Club de Adelaide, featuring Gypsy jazz band Les Gitans Blancs (above), and Marcus Ryan’s Feelin’ Groovy: The Songs of Simon and Garfunkel, with a closing night party at La Boheme on Sunday night. See the program here.

Radio Birdman & Died Pretty – The Gov

Fans are promised “sounds veering from ’80s psychedelic indie pop to ’70s hardcore punk” when Australian bands Radio Birdman and Died Pretty take to the stage at the Governor Hindmarsh on Sunday night. The Baby Animals and Screaming Jets gigs tonight and tomorrow have sold out, but you can still get tickets to see Dustin Tebbutt and Lisa Mitchell next Saturday.

Versus Rodin: Bodies Through Time and Space – Art Gallery of SA

The Art Gallery of SA has extended its season for this exhibition for two weeks, until July 16. Versus Rodin brings together key pieces by Auguste Rodin, the pioneer of modern sculpture, with more than 200 works referencing the human body by other modern and contemporary artists. The final weeks of the exhibition will be supported by a program of events including lunchtime talks, drawing tours, and a screening of the film Divine Inferno, about Rodin’s Gates of Hell (July 16). Details here.

Classics Unwrapped 2 – Town Hall

Guy Nobel conducting the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor Guy Noble will present more “bite-sized bits” of classical music in this Adelaide Symphony Orchestra concert at the Town Hall on Wednesday, June 28. With former Crows footballer (and viola player) Nigel Smart as special guest, the program will include works by Bizet, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Details here.

Matilda the Musical – Festival Theatre

A delicious tale full of magic and mischief, Matilda the Musical brilliantly brings to life author Roald Dahl’s story about a gifted little girl whose spirit can’t be extinguished by her horrid parents or dastardly headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Full of “revolting children” and powered by Tim Minchin’s wonderful score, the Royal Shakespeare Company production – which won a record 13 Helpmann Awards – is at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until July 16. Read our review here.

In the Dome Room at Two O’Clock – Opera Studio

State Opera SA’s next production in its Opera Studio series is In the Dome Room at Two O’Clockcentred on the larger-than-life Australian entrepreneur Oscar Asche and his creation, with composer Frederick Norton, of the musical comedy Chu Chin Chow, which premiered in London during World War I. Directed by (InDaily reviewer) Greg Elliott and featuring new music by Dale Ringland, interspersed with excerpts from the original Chu Chin Chow score, the performance will be presented next Friday and Saturday (June 30 and July 1) at the Opera Studio in Netley. Details here.

World Cinema Festival – Event Cinemas Marion

Seven world cinema masterpieces from countries including Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Japan and Denmark are being screened during this festival at Event Cinemas Marion. The screenings, occurring on Friday nights until July 7, include Kumiko The Treasure Hunter (tonight), A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and Night Watch (June 30) and The Hunt (July 7).

Ramsay Art Prize – Art Gallery of SA

Installation view of the Ramsay Art Prize. Photo: Saul Steed

The work of the 21 national finalists in the inaugural Ramsay Art Prize is on show until August 27. The $100,000 prize, which is supported by philanthropist organisation the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, is open to Australian artists under 40 working in any material or process, with finalists’ work including paintings, installations, ceramics, video and mixed media. It was won by Sydney-based artist Sarah Contos with a “colossal 20th-century quilt” (read more here).

Yidaki – Didjeridu and The Sound of Australia – SA Museum

This landmark exhibition has been created in collaboration with the Yolngu people, cultural custodians of the yidaki (didjeridu). It explores the cultural and musical origins of the instrument, as well as its power and meaning in Yolngu life. Read more here. The exhibition continues at the SA Museum until July 16.

On screen

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

Transformers: The Last Knight
Rough Night
20th Century Women

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