From ukuleles in a forest and conversations on death over dinner, to food, art and markets, this weekend has something for everyone. From Port Lincoln to Kuitpo and plenty of CBD happenings, prepare yourself for a ripper weekend ahead. Who said the fun is over when mad march finishes?
1. Nexus & Chill
Nexus Arts is showcasing some serious female talent this Saturday with Nexus & Chill. Melbourne based producers and composers Memphis LK & Cesar Rodrigues, aka SAATSUMA will provide a danceable, dynamic live show, supported by the effervescent CLYSPSO. The Sydney based producer offers a collage of grimey basslines, synth and jungle beats. There’s local talent, too, in the form of live visual art thanks to artists Victoria Paterson and James Smith from the Walking Creative. To top it off, you’ll be seduced into 90s dance moves by the All Gold Everything DJs. Sip on local heroes Mismatch, Yalumba and Hills Cider. All for a measly $20? That’s the cheapest (and cleanest) fun you’ll find in the west end on a Saturday.
Saturday 21 April, 8:30pm to 1:00am. Nexus Arts Venue, Lion Arts Centre. Cnr North Terrace and Morphett Street, City. TICKETS $20 and available on the door
2. The Uraidla Takeover – Tasting Australia on The Pontoon
Sample a taste of the Hills on the banks of the Torrens this weekend with the folks from Uraidla Brewery and Uraidla Bakery popping up on the Pontoon. Friday and Saturday night will see free tastings of some of Uraidla’s finest brews and baked goods. There’s also a full menu if you’re feeling substantially pekish. We heard rumours of chorizo hotdogs with lenswood apples and pecorino, and mushroom and chilli ragu with woodside curd and foraged herbs. If you haven’t had the chance to see this bustling new hive in the Hills, top by the Torrens for a taste. Hills DJ’s Aiden Jazzy Jones and DJ Oisima will also be on-site. Beers, baked goods and a boogie – what could be better?
Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21, 5pm til late. The Pontoon, Riverbank, Elder Park. FREE ENTRY. Menu items $20.
3. My Camera Never Lies
Step behind the curtain with local artist, legendary indie pop DJ and music historian Ian Bell as he presents his photography showcase My Camera Never Lies at Urban Cow Studio. Close to forty years, Bell has been shooting the music scene’s biggest rockstars, punk rockers, country stars and pop icons in packed arenas and underground dive bars. From Motorhead to Michael Jackson, a huge range of Bell’s subjects will be on display. Rock on.
The showcase is open from Tuesday 17 April until Saturday 28 April, 10am onwards. Urban Cow Studio. Vaughan Place, Adelaide CBD. FREE
4. Food, Space and Place – Art Exhibition
Who doesn’t love food? But how often do we really consider it in a social, communal sense? How much does it affect our interactions and emotions? Food, Space and Place explores exactly this. Presented by UniSA’s School of Creative Industries and The Bob Hawke Ministerial Centre, the art exhibition includes photography, stories, artefacts and film. Who knew eating could get this deep?
Thursday 19 April until Tuesday 24 April, 9am to 5pm. Kerry Packer Civic Gallery. North Terrace, Adelaide CBD. FREE
5. Graze in the Garden
Dust out the old picnic rug and make your way to Murray Street Vineyards to laze on the lawns and enjoy an afternoon of food, music and award-winning wines. Better yet, you can sway to the blues of Triple J Unearthed artist Very Jane and graze on delicious bites from Barossa catering company Hand Made Catering (strictly no BYO).
Sunday 22 April, 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Murray Street Vineyards. Murray Street, Greenock. FREE
6. Handmade in Adelaide Design Market
Get around Adelaide’s creatives and small businesses by supporting the Handmade in Adelaide Design Market. The market returns after a successful February launch, a great opportunity for many Adelaide born-and-bred businesses to reach a bigger customer base. With Mother’s Day creeping around the corner, it’s might be the perfect spot for you to snap up a special something for mum. Cheap parking is available on Saturday and free street parking is available on Sunday. Dogs and kids are welcome, too. If you’re looking for another excuse to go, we’ve got two words for you. Tiki bar.
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, 10am to 3pm. Flinders Street, Adelaide CBD. FREE
7. Salt Festival
Beginning Friday, this year’s Salt Festival is based in the Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln being the epicentre. Artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work and network with local peers, while festival-goers can attend displays, conferences and workshops. There’s 119 events to choose from, including the festival’s launch at the Salt Shaker. Get salty.
Friday 20 April until Sunday 29 April. Event times vary, locations across the Eyre Peninsula. View tickets
8. Ukulele Death Fest
South of Adelaide, Kuitpo will host the Ukulele Death Fest this weekend, celebrating the novelty instrument and its Australian players and bands. Bring the family and get involved in their workshops and jam sessions, and let the kids enjoy the play and games area. With picnic hampers from Brown and Co Catering available, relax and be wowed by the difference styles of the quirky instrument. Got a ukulele? Bring it. If not, you can pick one up at the event.
Sunday 22 April, 11am to 7pm. Brookman Road, Kuitpo. Tickets $70/adult, kids FREE
9. Death Over Dinner – The Last Word…
It would be a grave mistake to miss this. Brought to you by the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, this dinner is an opportunity to have all those much-needed-but-sorely-avoided conversation about the all things death, from legal matters to funeral plans. Enjoy music over dinner and drinks, and end the evening with an interactive Night Tour of West Terrace Cemetery, South Australia’s oldest working cemetry. Take a spin of the ‘Wheel of Misfortune’ and get those cogs turning about all the tricky questions. You can even ask our experts for advice on the extra tricky ones.
Friday 20 April, 6pm to 10pm, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide CBD. Tickets $55
Plan Ahead: Adelaide Thunderbirds Netball Clinic
Is your youngster is an netballer in the making? This opportunity will help them to shoot like Cat Tuivaiti, defend like Kate Shimmin and run the court like Hannah Petty and Kaitlyn Bryce. Your little one will learn new skills, play scratch matches and take a tour of Priceline Stadium. Choose from three available clinics for kids aged 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years or 11 to 16 years.
Monday 23 April to Thursday 26 April, clinic times vary. Priceline Stadium, Railway Terrace, Mile End. From $45
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