It’s a long weekend. When did that sneak up on us? Never fear, the V8s may be gone, but our cup still overfloweth with events in Adelaide this weekend: WOMADelaide, theatre, dance, ass, art and races. Take your pick.
1. A Life:MT
Jordan Shanks, he of Friendlyjordies acid-burn-YouTube-satire renown is in town. Just in time to excoriate Nick Xenophon’s own video stardom. Expect more of the same in his latest ode to Malcolm Turnbull. Whatever your political bent, this show is almost guaranteed to promote some hot discourse – which is just what he wants. Only one show left, so get in quick.
Wednesday 7 March, 7:30pm. Top of the Ark at Arkaba Hotel, 150 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton. Tickets from $37
2. SA’s Trailblazing Women at West Terrace Cemetery
Discover the stories behind some of our state’s trailblazing women and their inspiring achievements this Saturday, with a special guided tour through West Terrace Cemetery. As a celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March), the 1.5 hour guided tour, From Housewives to Heroines, is suitable for all ages to enjoy. Three women to be explored on the tour will be Augusta Zadow, Mary Colton and Emily Clark (pictured).
Saturday 10 March, 10.30am to 12pm. West Terrace Cemetery. Child $6.86, Adults $12.64
3. Adrian Feint Exhibition
Calling all book lovers. Or perhaps, to be precise, all bookplate lovers. Carrick Hill has been gifted with more than 80 gorgeous bookplates by Australian artist Adrian Feint. Carrick Hills original owners Sir Edward and Ursula Hayward were patrons of the artist, who went on to design pieces for the British Royal family. Discover this fascinating side story of modern Australian art.
Wednesday 7 March to 30 June, 10am to 4pm. Wednesday – Sunday. Carrick Hill, 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield. From $12
It’s time to crack out your happy pants. WOMADelaide is back for another year of sights, sounds, faces and fun. The festival is a four-day extravaganza of music from across the globe, with cruisy days of conversation followed by nights dancing under leafy Botanic Park trees. With over eight stages welcoming some of the world’s finest musicians, dancers and artists alongside big thinkers, foodie friends, creators and designers. Highlights this year include Anoushka Shankar (Friday), Baker Boy (Saturday), The Avalanches (Sunday), TAO Dance Theatre (Monday). Must-sees include the Planet Talks Program, Artists in Conversation and visiting the Global Village and KidZone with the little tackers.
WOMADelaide, 9 to 12 March, Botanic Park, city. Tickets from $148/adult night pass, under 12’s FREE accompanied by a ticketed adult
5. AFL in the Port
If the footy comes before festivals, then this is one’s for you. Kick off the long weekend watching local rivals Port Adelaide and Adelaide Crows start the 2018 JLT Community Series pre-season competition. Fans are invited to whack on their team colours and join in the pre-match street fair with activities for little fans in the kid’s zone and plenty of food and drinks on offer.
Saturday 10 March, 12pm to 8pm. Alberton Oval, 25 King St, Alberton. FREE for 2018 PAFC Members, tickets from $5 for non-members
6. Dawn of JustAss: A DC Comics Burlesque Tribute
A super nerdy burlesque treat awaits you in the west end this weekend. Local South Australian collective the JustAss League are back with another cracking Fringe show. Comics, heroes, caped crusaders and vile villains combine to serve some sexy justice, on stage. Batman has been a very bad man. The show has seen rave reviews and promises sass, a little bit of class and plenty of ass.
Club Gotham: Villains of Vaudeville, Friday 9 March, 10pm. Tickets from $27
Dawn of JustAss: A DC Comics Burlesque Tribute, Saturday 10 March, 10pm. Tickets from $27. Both at Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, cnr North Terrace and Morphett Street, city.
7. Penong Races
A long weekend road trip to the races? Giddy up. Penong is a tiny town across the Nullarbor Plain and they’re holding their annual races this weekend. The cup is perfect for race day regulars with betting, catering and bar facilities, along with a chance to frock up for Fashions on the Field. Kidlets can take in the races or enjoy R.I.C.E Kids Entertainment and local music from Ill Starred Captain after the final race.
Saturday 10 March, 11am until late. Eyre Highway, Penong. Tickets from $5 and under 16’s FREE
8. In the Club
The State Theatre Company presents Australian awarded playwright Patricia Cornelius’ new work, drawing her fierce attention to women’s accounts of sexual violence in the dark world of AFL. In the Club brings poetry, anger and heartbreak to the stage in a gripping, hyper-physical production directed by Geordie Brookman. This is best for an adults-only evening leaving kiddies under 16 at home.
23 February to 18 March (part of Adelaide Festival), Odeon Theatre, Norwood. Tickets from $66 plus booking fees
9. Ata Kak Live at Chateau
Join Ghanaian dance-rap persona Ata Kak as he grooves into the Fringe long weekend at the Chateau. The gig is part of a national tour performing his mid-nineties cult classic Obaa Sima – think African dance vibes that take on a global influence, this quirky album is sure to get your feet moving. The all-day garden party at Roxie’s will have tasty morsels from Sunny’s Pizza, setting the afternoon off as a slice of paradise. Tunes will be pumping with an eclectic mix of DJs. Jam-pack your last long weekend hurrah with pizza and live music before grooving back into the working week.
Monday 12 March, 1pm until late. Chateau Apollo, 74 Frome St, City. Tickets start at $10
Plan Ahead: G.H. Mumm Masterclass
Get ready for a midweek glass of bubbly to cure the weekday woes. Enjoy a guided tasting with brand ambassador Kaitlyn Tremblay taking you through an exclusive selection of one of the world’s most popular Champagne brands.
Wednesday 14 March, 7:30pm, 37-39 Oaklands Rd, Somerton Park. Tickets $65 including a take home bottle of Mumm NV
Plan Ahead: Phil Hoffman Travel – European River Cruising
If you’re in need of a holiday, then pop to Adelaide Oval on Tuesday 13 March to discover the world of luxury cruising with Phil Hoffman Travel.
Tuesday 13 March and Thursday 22 March, 2pm and 6pm sessions. Ian McLachlan Room, Adelaide Oval. FREE