From a “post-apocalyptic” dance party to aperitivo hour and The Pot, reboiled – here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos will be checking out this month.
Celebrate the end of the world
Climate Century is an unmissable new art festival running over three weeks in Port Adelaide. The Vitalstatistix event five years in the making features live art, dance, installations and talks about our future (or more specifically, the impending threat of climate change). But it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a stratospheric science experiment that changes the colour of the sky, a “playful and provocative” theatrical work aboard a boat on the Port River, and a walking tour through the upcoming apocalypse. See? Good, wholesome fun. The festival will wrap with a free “post-apocalyptic” dance party featuring music from Bad Jelly DJs, Lonelyspeck and Winter Witches. Leave the stockpile of cans at home.
Aperitivo “hour” at Hellbound
Order an aperitivo, get a free snack. It sounds like a good time, right? From Monday November 5, Rundle Street basement bar Hellbound will run a daily aperitivo “hour” from 4pm to 6pm. Order a champagne, vermouth, sherry or spritz and get a free bite-size portion of a dish from the first-class bar menu. You might get a teaser of whipped tahini with date butter and dukkah; sardines with red capsicum, pomegranate and smoked almonds; or anchovies with almond tarator (sauce) and pickled capsicum. Not a bad way to clock off.
A crop of new eateries has opened south of the city. Head to Unley for breezy new cafe Gather & Graze, and a “new-age deli” and coffee shop by the Whistle & Flute crew. The latter is serving some seriously good-looking sandwiches with big, punchy flavours and portion sizes to match. Think egg, mortadella and Swiss cheese (their take on the egg and bacon roll), and a stack up of Italian deli meats with artichoke, olives, provolone and spicy tomato sugo. There are also changes at longstanding neighbourhood restaurant The Pot, which is now under the command of Shobosho’s Adam Liston. And there’s more to come. Keep an eye on Goodwood Road for a vegan Vietnamese diner opening this month (more details on Broadsheet tomorrow).
Get into line(s)
Lines is the politically provocative debut from Adelaide’s new theatre company, Theatre Republic. The fast-moving play examines army culture and the roots of toxic masculinity with a “dream-like intensity”, director Corey McMahon told our writer last month. “On the outside they’re all playing this role: the invincible man. But the audience gets access into their fears, their vulnerabilities, why they’re acting the way they’re acting.” It’s on at the Bakehouse Theatre until November 10.
The Gods of Strangers
It’s a good month for theatre, with State Theatre’s latest, The Gods of Strangers, opening on November 14. Written by local playwright Elena Carapetis, it’s inspired by the real-life stories of South Australia’s Italian, Greek and Cypriot migrants (including Carapetis’s own family) and billed as “a family drama of epic proportions”. It’s performed in three languages, too. Bring nonna.
Bowerbird is back
Get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop (and support local makers at the same time) at Bowerbird market. Find locally designed and lovingly handmade goods by Autark, Clay by Khoa, Dog Boy Knives, Julie White, Ensemble and a bunch more, all packed into the Wayville Pavilion. But gift giving is a marathon not a sprint. Stay alert with fuel from Honki Tonki, Sit Lo and Booknook & Bean, or enjoy a tipple from the crew at Antipodes Gin.
A Fleurieu Festival
Gather the crew. Porchland is one of Adelaide’s favourite music events and for its fourth innings it’s scored a couple of international headliners. US folk acts Kevin Morby (ex- Woods, the Babies) and Waxahatchee (the solo project of singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield) will front an otherwise local line-up that includes Greta Stanley, Angie McMahon and Adelaide’s Delia Obst. The Fleurieu festival is in seriously stunning surrounds. Held at The Range, just outside of Kuitpo Forest, it has the feeling of a regional music festival without the flight or eight-hour drive. Win win.