Mad March madness is calming down and the votes are in and counted. It will take a while for the state to settle, so in the meantime, here’s a few heaps fun events in Adelaide to distract you.
1. Farrago Bingo
Bid a final farewell to Farrago, the evolving participatory drawing by artist-illustrator Anna Cherkasova. Turning gallery into canvas, Anna filled the walls with detailed drawings, inviting audiences to infuse the work with their own colour and creativity (courtesy of textas). To celebrate the exhibition success, Nexus Gallery is throwing a closing party and launching the 2018 Visual Art program. Buy in for bingo to take home a piece of the pictorial paradise. With each entry you’ll get spin of the tombola and receive a guaranteed 20 x 20cm piece to take home. You’ll also get a drink from the Nexus Bar and go in for a chance to win a full artwork panel and many more prizes (did we mention wine?). Farrago has signified the coming together of cultural diversity in a colourful display – so come on down and spin the wheel of Farrago Fortune (Larry Emdur not included).
Friday 23 March, from 5:30pm, Nexus Arts Gallery, Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide. FREE / $20 to enter Bingo
2. Peter Combe at The Grove
South Aussie icon Peter Combe entertains young and old with a sing-a-long at The Grove Shopping Centre this Saturday. Bring the kids and enter into the Easter bonnet parade, with a chance to win a delicious Haigh’s Chocolate hamper. No need to share it with them.
Saturday 24 March, 10am to 5pm, The Grove Shopping Centre, Golden Grove. FREE
3. East End Wine Down
Why wind down from festival season when you can wine down? Head to Adelaide’s east end on Saturday arvo for a pop-up laneway taste fest. Tantalise your face with samples from over 100 local South Australian wines, a few cheeky cider tastings—or if you’re in need of something stronger, visit the gin bar. With yummo treats from the east end precinct and DJs setting the vibe, there’s no better way to ease out of mad March.
Saturday 24 March, 12pm to 5pm. Vardon Avenue, City. Tickets $35
4. Glendi Greek Festival
Opa! The 40th anniversary of the annual Greek fest is back with a bang. Glendi will set up at new digs in Vic square but don’t worry, the aroma of charcoal grilled food and honey-laden loukoumades will linger. Starting on Friday night with an intimate opening, the festivities include an outdoor cinema and a little bit of Athens in Adelaide with a mini Monastiraki market. Nikos Kourkoulis and his entire band will play Hellenic harmonies on Saturday and Sunday nights. Bring the whole family to dance, sing and over-indulge in Greek delights.
23 March to 25 March, Victoria Square, City. FREE
5. Port Adelaide Vs Fremantle
Port faithful will be pleased, Round 1 opens on home turf. INXS will blare at Adelaide Oval as the Power face-off with the Dockers in a twilight clash, opening the season with the Game Day Village, March from the Mall, and the unmissable ‘Never Tear Us Apart’.
Saturday 24 March, 4:05pm kick off, Adelaide Oval, City. Tickets start from $6 GA
6. Yin & Vin- Yin Yoga & Wine at Twilight
How long can you hold your asana? Perhaps longer with the promise of wine at the end. Jen from Roaming Zen will guide a 60-minute twilight Yin yoga class, grounding you in the quiet and calm of the summer sunset. Once your mood has mellowed, the team from ArtWine will take you on a specially selected wine tasting with a light supper of grazing platters. Take in the Adelaide Hills with Yin, vin and views.
Friday 23 March, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, ArtWine Estate, Woodside. Tickets $50
7. Science Alive!
One for the tiny tackers and curious cats. Sit in on The Amazing Scientific Bubble Show by Marty McBubble or the robotics workshop. If you’re ready to get down and dirty, join the slime making and golden favourites – bugs and slugs. Button up your lab coat and get ready to marvel at scientific wonders.
Sunday 25 March, 10am to 4pm, Tonsley Precinct, Clovelly Park. FREE
8. Business Class by Donovan Christie
Get to the airport with time to kill before your mid-week red-eye to Melbourne—it’s all in the name of art, people. Fritz cover artist Donovan Christie’s Business Class is on show at the airport, with works featuring over 60 South Australian businesses. We might seem biased, but his witty and nostalgic pieces are a poignant reminder to take a look around you. From breathtaking architecture to eccentric exteriors, Donovan reminds us all to love our state, mall’s balls and all.
1 March to 15 April. Adelaide Airport. FREE
9. In Our Own Voices
Inject some culture into your Saturday evening. A concert is being held at Adelaide Festival Centre to celebrate the launch of the In Our Own Voices Project, a partnership between the Adelaide Migrant Resource Centre and the Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA. Expect music, songs, dance, poetry and stories as people from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Kurdistan and Syria share their experiences of settlement in the face of adversity. There’s a photo exhibition to check out before the show, too.
Saturday 24 March, 5.30pm (exhibition and book launch) followed by the concert at 7pm. Dustan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre. $25/adult ticket