Green Room: rock ‘n’ roll city, art of drones, inhabitants of greenhouses

The Roadrunner years

Post-punk and pub rock fans can take a trip down memory lane next month at a live concert photo exhibition from Eric Algra, the lead photographer at the Adelaide-based music magazine. Roadrunner – opens at the Ian and Pamela Wall Gallery at Her Majesty’s Theater.

The Roadrunner years: 1978-1983 will feature black and white footage of acts such as The Clash, Madness, Simple Minds, Stray Cats, Talking Heads, Psychedelic Furs, No Fixed Address, INXS, Cold Chisel, The Angels, Divinyls and Midnight Oil, all captured during performances in Adelaide pubs, clubs and other venues between 1978 and 1983.

Roadrunner The magazine was started by editor Donald Robertson at Norwood in 1978 and has survived for five years thanks to what he describes on his website as “the combination of a group of enthusiastic (and usually unpaid) contributors. , a creative and understanding production team, a sympathetic printer, the support of key figures in the music industry and – perhaps most important of all – a small but dedicated readership ”.

The exhibition, which opens on December 17, will also include Roadrunner magazines, original and ephemeral products.

First Nations drone art and musicians to light up Fringe

A collaboration between a series of First Nations artists and Celestial drone art specialists will be a centerpiece of Fringe next year.

SONG FROM THE SKY, whose makers promise to combine cutting edge technology with ancient songs and stories, will take place at the Adelaide Showgrounds for 31 nights from February 18 to March 20.

The performance will feature hundreds of drones flying in formation over a 60m wide screen projection, accompanied by sound and light effects, poetry, classical songs and newly commissioned music by indigenous musicians. in the sky and on the ground.

Narrated by acclaimed songwriter Archie Roach, the show – presented by the Fringe Gluttony Hall – will feature a soundtrack of songs by Roach, Kev Carmody, Electric Fields, Iwiri Choir and Nancy Bates. The performance will also feature storytellers Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner and Jack Buckskin, poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, dance group Dusty Feet Mob and visual art by Zaachariaha Fielding of Electric Fields.

“As light drones dance over interwoven stories, powerful voices will lift the consciousness even of those who have gathered for this experience,” explains SONG FROM THE SKY soundtrack supervisor Nancy Bates. Tickets went on sale on the Fringe website today.

Creativity greenhouse

Craig Jackson, Sally Hardy, Dylan Coleman, Mentor Ruth Estelle and Aimee Knight (back row), with Mercury CX CEO Karena Slanenka and Adelaide City Mayor Sandy Verschoor.

The first four recipients have been announced for the Mercury CX Emerging Hothouse program which offers two emerging screenwriters, a producer and a film programmer / projectionist a 12-week residency.

Hothouse Residences are offered by the Mercury in partnership with the City of Adelaide as part of its Cultural Strategic Partnerships program, giving participating creatives the opportunity to focus on specific projects in a supportive environment surrounded by resources and mentors.

The first residents selected are novelist, First Nations scholar and social justice activist Dylan Coleman, who is working on a script adaptation of his black & write award-winning manuscript novel! writing scholarship; playwright and children’s author Sally Hardy, who is working on an adaptation of her play Night light; emerging cinematographer and producer Craig Jackson, who is developing a fact-based television series and producing a short film; and film critic Aimee Knight, who will assume the programming and screening residency.

Knight, who programmed this month’s Adelaide Cinematheque film series on “Difficult Women,” says her residency will help her gain a practical understanding of the big-screen distribution process: marketing and promotion. I particularly want to spend time in the sacred projection booth, where the chemistry of the exhibition occurs.

Windmill unveils the 2022 season

A new take on Cinderella’s story starring drag artists Fez Faanana and Thomas Fonua as half-sisters will be a highlight of the 2022 Windmill Theater season which launches this month.

Rella, described as a high octane musical that will open at Dunstan Playhouse next May, reinvents classic history and will be directed by Sasha Zahra (Amphibious). It is written by Tracey Rigney, with original music by Duncan Campbell and Carla Lippis, who also plays the title role.

Windmill – which turns 20e anniversary in 2022 – will also tour several shows nationwide next year (including documentary theater work Creation Creation), undertake an SA tour with the family comedy Hiccups, and launches its first television series, Beep and death, on the ABC. Full season details are online.

New company to support Country Arts

Country Arts SA will launch a new philanthropic organization this month to support its work in support of artists and communities in regional South Australia.

The inaugural president of the Country Arts Foundation is Rod Jones, an estate and trust partner in Piper Alderman’s private client services, who is joined by fellow directors Kate Facy, Sonya Hender, Petria Ladgrove, Michael Luchich, Robin Matters, Paula Murray and Anthony Peluso.

It will officially launch on November 30 with a The Lab in Light Square event featuring conversations between Sonya Feldhoff of ABC Radio Adelaide and artists Juanella McKenzie (Port Augusta) and Sera Waters (Adelaide).

“Country Arts SA exists to help artists and communities across the region of South Australia thrive by engaging in the arts in their daily lives,” said Anthony Peluso, Managing Director of Country Arts SA. “The work of the foundation will ensure that all South Australians in the region can continue to connect with art, especially our First Nations peoples, young people and those who are isolated, as well as those for whom the arts and culture is an integral part of their life. , for many years to come. “

The link of diversity

The instrumental trio San Ureshi will perform as part of the Interplay Performance Series.

Eight musicians and bands who have been part of Nexus Arts’ Interplay program will present a three-week performance series starting this Friday, crossing styles such as traditional Japanese, Colombian funk, pop and classic Iranian.

Interplay is a one-year artistic development program for culturally and linguistically diverse contemporary musicians, and Nexus Arts Artistic Director Emily Tulloch says the 2021 program highlights the diversity of the local contemporary music scene.

“Having worked with all of the artists over the past 12 months, it has been a joy to watch them grow and mature as artists and industry professionals,” she says. “They are truly amazing artists. They simultaneously learned to navigate the industry while honing their craft, and it has not been an easy task over the past 12 months that we have had as an industry and as a company.

The series opens on November 19 with performances by singer-songwriter Gene Phoa and instrumental trio San Ureshi, with further performances scheduled for November 26 and December 3 and 10 featuring artists such as the Japanese shamisen master Noriko Tadano, the Iranian-born Santur player Maryam Rahmani and the Colombian. the musical project of artist Juan David Londono, Greco Reptil, which combines rock, funk and electronic rhythms. See the full program here.

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