The Guide: Aug / Sep / Oct

What’s on in South Australia

AUGUST

THE ART OF DEE JONES
Carrick Hill, 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield August 2-October 2

To celebrate Carrick Hill’s 30th anniversary, this memorial show honours local artist Dee Jones (1933-2017). Her work was well known as bright and colourful, of people, events and landscape. This exhibition will feature works on paper, landscapes, portraits and still life. carrickhill.sa.gov.au

SALA FESTIVAL
Various locations August 1-31

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival runs across the state during August, with various exhibitions of visual art. It makes for a perfect opportunity to browse the talent and depth local artists have to offer. salafestival.com

DUETS
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, city August 5

Todd McKenney and Georgie Parker join forces in concert. The friends have a love of performing and will show that passion through song and dance as they bring us the classic duets, such as Elton John/Kiki Dee and Tina Turner/Jimmy Barnes. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

GATHERED. MARKET
The Queens Theatre, Playhouse Lane, city August 5-6

South Australian vendors have been individually hand-picked for this market, which will feature workshops, food, bar and more. hello@gatheredsa.com

THREE TALL WOMEN
Little Theatre, The Cloisters, University of Adelaide, North Tce, city August 9-12 and 16-19

As an imperious old woman is dying, tended by two other women, she reflects on her life. But as she delves further, she grows bitter at the disappointment and unhappiness of life and its endless riddles. A play about ageing and human frailty and the pettiness of self-deception. adelaide.edu.au

MT BARKER TO MT GAMBIER — PASTURES TO PINES
Various locations August 12-19

Not a race or a rally but a social event over eight days in which the route changes each year. This year the SA Variety Bash runs from Mount Barker to Mount Gambier, and, after last year’s event broke the national record for funds raised, there are high hopes this year will generate plenty of cash to support South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with special needs.  variety.org.au

ELVIS ROCK AND ROLL DANCE
Macedonian Hall, 148 Crittenden Rd, Findon August 12

Elvis fans will be rocking and rolling at this dance to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death. Hosted by The Sound of Elvis Fan Club of SA, this dance features local band Getback and Elvis tribute artist Matt. 0412 637 019

ROSIN EATING ZOMBIES FROM OUTER SPACE
Dunstan Playhouse, King William St, City August 12

Adelaide Youth Orchestra musicians, aged eight to 12, and conductor Martin Butler will take on pop favourites, including a scary film score that jangles the strings. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

GRADUATE SINGERS PRESENT JUBILATE
Elder Hall, North Tce, city August 12

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Graduate Singers, the group is putting on a show with a program inspired by the past, present and future. Expect plenty of variety, from Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia, to Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre and Palestrina’s timeless Stabat Mater. graduatesingers.com.au

HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE
Adelaide Convention Centre, North Tce, city August 17

Keynote speakers will look at emerging national and global trends in housing and homelessness and explore ways those in the sector can better work together to help meet challenges faced by homeless people.  dunstan.org.au

FRAME OF MIND
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, city August 17-19

A double bill featuring Rafael Bonachela’s multi award-winning Frame of Mind and Wildebeest by local Gabrielle Nankivell. This will be backed by a contemporary-classical soundtrack by Bryce Dessner, as recorded by San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO LIVE
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, City August 23

Jamie Morton’s dad wrote a dirty book. Jamie found it and, instead of turning away, decided to read it to the world in a podcast in which he reads a chapter a week, slowly uncovering more about his father. This comedy podcast forms the basis for live shows. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

MACBETH
Dunstan Playhouse, King William St, City August 25 – September 16

The egotistical, ambitious Macbeth will take the stage with his fair lady, the mistress of manipulation, Lady Macbeth. The story follows Shakespeare’s complex couple, through their brutal rise and fall.  adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

MAGNIFICENT O
Pilgrim Church, 12 Flinders St, city and Ukaria Cultural Centre, 119 Williams Rd, Mt Barker Summit August 26-27

Adelaide Chamber Singers, with associate conductor Christie Anderson, present works including Seven Advent Antiphons by Bob Chilcott and Seven Magnificat Antiphons by Arvo Pärt. Sung in Latin and German, all antiphons in these two works begin with the exclamation ‘O’.  adelaidechambersingers.com


September

BAROSSA GOURMET WEEKEND
Various locations in Barossa Valley September 1-3

The food and wine of the Barossa Valley has an international reputation and this weekend showcases all that is good from local producers along with a little light entertainment. barossagourmet.com

TEAM D-MAX STUNT DRIVING
Royal Adelaide Showgrounds, Goodwood Rd, Wayville September 1-10

Ramp jumps, drifting, power-slides, handbrake spins, two-wheeled driving and technical formations all performed by the Isuzu Team D-Max Precision Driving Team. theshow.com.au

GENERATION YOU ADELAIDE
Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre, North Tce, city September 8

If you are looking to jump-start your career and unleash your potential, head to this conference to find the tools you need to stand out from the crowd. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, city September 13 

“I’m in a New York state of mind,” sang Billy Joel almost 40 years ago. Anthony Mara pays tribute to Billy’s 50-year career, from his beginnings playing in bars, to performing in stadiums of thousands of people. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

YOU DON’T KNOW LONELY NATIONAL TOUR
The Gov, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh September 13 

Alt-country musicians Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Charlie Owen are touring the country with their new album You Don’t Know Lonely. Their music is evocative, story-driven and darkly hilarious. lovepolice.com.au

COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, city September 16

Amber Joy Poulton stars in this show, bringing the hits and stories of legend Loretta Lynn to Amber’s home city in Coal Miner’s Daughter. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

THE BEATLES’ FIRST FIVE
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 98 Port Rd, Hindmarsh September 16

It’s going to be a hard day’s night at this event featuring The Beatles’ biggest hits from their first five albums. Musicians Kevin Mitchell, Jack Jones, Wes Carr, Paul Gray, Ciaran Gribbin and the Please Please Me Band will take the stage, promising mind-blowing vocal harmonies in the 40 songs that made the Beatles.  beatlesfirst5.com

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Cliftons Adelaide, 1/80 King William St, city September 21-22

Who runs the world? Girls. Or they will after attending this workshop, which will teach mastering leadership styles, building confidence, effective communication, enhancing ability to influence, understanding workplace bias, mastering conflict and gaining strategies to motivate teams. liquidlearning.com

OZASIA FESTIVAL
Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, city September 21-October 8

Asia has a rich culture of arts, which will be showcased in this festival, which focuses on the best contemporary Asian theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts. ozasiafestival.com.au


October

ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL
Adelaide Studios, 226 Fullarton Rd, Glenside October 5-15

Film buffs will love this eleven-day celebration of Australian and international screen culture, with a monster program of screenings, forums and special events. adelaidefilmfestival.org

ALISON MOYET ‘OTHER’ TOUR
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 98 Port Rd, Hindmarsh October 6

Alison Moyet drops in on her world tour to perform gems from her new album Other, returning to Australia after 30 years. Dance and sing along to her biggest hits from the ’80s and listen to her new work. alisonmoyet.com

TOT, DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW & CHOIRBOYS TOUR
Thebarton Theatre, 112 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville October 7

Performers Bobby Kimball, the voice of Toto, Joe Lynn Turner, the voice of Deep Purple and Rainbow and Australia’s Mark Gable, the voice of Choirboys, join forces for a 10-day concert tour. legendsofrock.com.au

LIONEL RICHIE ALL THE HITS TOUR
Botanic Park, Plane Tree Dr, city October 12

Music icon Lionel Richie tours Australia with special guests CHIC, featuring Nile Rodgers. The prolific, Grammy Award-winning songster will perform his raft of hits including Endless Love, Lady, Truly, All Night Long (All Night) and Penny Lover. lionelrichieconcert.com

BIG BAD WOLF
Space Theatre, King William St, City October 11-21

He’s incredibly misunderstood and has no friends. Big Bad Wolf, presented by Windmill Theatre Co, shows the sharp-toothed, yellow-eyed fairytale character who nobody likes, strike up an unlikely friendship with one little girl who is brave enough to look past all the bad press. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

THE PARTING GLASS – AN IRISH JOURNEY
Middleback Theatre, 141A Nicolson Ave, Whyalla October 13

Damien Leith takes on the character of an Irish father as he chats with the audience about his son, Daniel, who lives in Australia. Full of humour and emotion, this is a play and musical concert in one. damienleith.com.au

SWITZERLAND
Dunstan Playhouse, King William St, City October 20-November 5

Patricia Highsmith, one of the literary world’s most compelling figures will be played by Sandy Gore in this production by State Theatre Company. Patricia was the mastermind behind The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train. adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

DIE FLEDERMAUS
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, city October 24-25

The State Opera of South Australia presents this comedy operetta, a story of the very rich behaving very badly. Dr Falke seeks revenge for a party stunt, wealthy Eisenstein faces jail time for assault and his beautiful, shopaholic wife, Rosalinda, is getting bored with the marriage, creating a recipe for comedy operetta at its best.  adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN BALLET
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, city October 26-28

In a performance that has been staged around the world, the Imperial Russian Ballet presents three acts in a diverse program ranging from Don Quixote to Bolero. adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au