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What's on: Spanish films, war reflections and protest songs


InDaily’s hit list of events and shows, including a smorgasbord of Spanish films, folk singer Arlo Guthrie at The Gov, an ANZAC Day street party and exhibition launches, and your last chance to see football satire The Club.

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Spanish Film Festival

The annual Moro Spanish Film Festival kicks off next Thursday with 32 comedies, dramas and documentaries screening at Palace Nova East End and Prospect cinemas over three weeks. Highlights include the festival’s opening film Champions – about an egotistical basketball coach who is forced to train a team of people living with disabilities; Chilean romantic comedy Looking For A Boyfriend… For My Wife, and political thriller The Realm, starring Antonio De La Torre as a Spanish politician whose illegal activities come to a head when a leaked tape exposes his dodgy dealings. The festival runs until May 15. See the program here.

ANZAC Day at Samstag

The Unbound Collective will present new work Sovereign Acts V: Calling at Samstag Museum.

Samstag Museum of Art is marking  ANZAC Day with an afternoon of conversation, performance and music, alongside the launch of two new war-related exhibitions. The program reflects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s involvement in war, and begins at 2pm with a performance by the Unbound Collective (four Adelaide-based First Nations women working across art, activism and academia). It also includes ticketed performance Grand Silence, an “improvised threnody” by UnPiano.

The two exhibitions launching on April 25 (and running until July 19) are the Australian War Memorial’s For Country, For Nation, which looks at the experiences of First Nations people during conflict and peace, and includes works by contemporary artists (read more in this InDaily story), and Reality in Flames: Modern Australian Art and the Second World War, which explores how Australian modernist artists responded to World War II and brings together 80 artworks from the Australian War Memorial’s collection by artists such as Joy Hester, Nora Heysen and Danila Vassilieff. The Samstag Museum website has details of both exhibitions and the ANZAC Day events.

Arlo Guthrie

American folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie will perform a mix of original songs and covers at The Governor Hindmarsh on Wednesday. Singing across folk, rock, country, blues and gospel, Guthrie is the son of composer Woody Guthrie and dancer Martha Graham, and is best known for performing protest songs about social injustice. His most famous track, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”, was an 18-minute-and-20-second-long “partially sung comic monologue” criticising the Vietnam War, and inspired the 1969 comedy film Alice’s Restaurant.

The Club

Ellen Steele, Louisa Mignone and Nadia Rossi play all the roles in The Club. Photo: Chris Herzfeld

This weekend is your last chance to see this new take on Australian dramatist David Williamson’s classic satire about the infighting behind the scenes of an AFL club, with the final performances at 2pm and 8pm on Saturday. The Club has been reworked for an all-female cast in the timely production by Adelaide independent theatre company isthisyours?, with actors Louisa Mignone, Nadia Rossi and Ellen Steele playing all the roles.  Read more about how the play has been flipped on its head in this InDaily story. It is being presented by the State Theatre Company at the Space Theatre.

ANZAC Day Street Party

Last year’s ANZAC Day street party. Photo: Now And Then Photography

Live music by groups including Cornsey’s Allstars (with Graham Cornes), the Salt & Pepper Swing Band, SA Pipes & Drums and Mt Barker Pipes and Drums will be part of the annual ANZAC Day party on Waymouth Street. Presented by the Union Hotel in partnership with the Legacy Foundation, the 18+ event runs from 10am until late and will feature SA wine and boutique beer, as well as street-style food including a barbecue. Part proceeds will be donated to the Legacy Foundation to support the families of veterans.

Sally Smart’s The Violet Ballet

Australian artist Sally Smart’s new installation work The Violet Ballet is at ACE Open in the Lion Arts Centre for just one more week. The exhibition, which opened as part of the Adelaide Festival program, features re-creations of the original costumes and set designs from the famous ballet production Chout, which was performed by avant-garde dance company Ballets Russes in 1921. The exhibition also retells Chout’s macabre storyline, which is based on seven buffoons who murder their wives. The Violet Ballet is showing until April 27. Read more about it in ACE Open CEO Liz Nowell’s Q&A with Smart on CityMag.

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