From a tangled web in the art gallery, to brunch on the beach and a “yum cha disco” – here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos will be checking out this month.
The Melrose Wing in the Art Gallery of South Australia is covered in blood-red thread. More than 180 kilometres of string has appeared in the form of an intricate web creeping across the gallery’s walls and ceiling. The Insta-ready installation is by renowned Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota and is currently showing as part of a retrospective of her 30-year career. It’s a serious coup for the city; see it before it’s gone.
Double down on your art fill and take a short walk west along North Terrace to ACE Open, where you can still catch the exhibition-of-the-moment, Songs for a Room, by Adelaide ceramicist (and former Mambo designer) Gerry Wedd. Friends (and strangers) have been raving about this show, which features more than 1000 handmade tiles in an immersive four-walled installation. And you can take a piece of it home. Each tile is available to purchase, with 50 per cent of proceeds bring donated to Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons. More here.
Movies more your thing? Bridge the gap at Samstag’s latest exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, which features striking portraiture from 100 years of, you guessed it, Australian cinema. There will also be a new work by celebrated filmmakers Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes, The Tracker and Bad Boy Bubby) – a cinematic installation in “five dimensions”. The exhibition opens on September 14 as part of the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival. More on the rest of the fest in October.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are sorted this month. I’ll be sampling the best new cafe, restaurant and bar openings in the city. And there are plenty to tick off: Caffiend Coffee Company, Stag Public House (and soon, Charlick’s), Cry Baby, Sho, Malt & Juniper, Ban Ban, Shibui and the CBD’s newest addition, Herringbone. There’s also a crop of new suburban residents including Pan & Vine, Q Viet, My Grandma Ben and West. Sneak a first look of the latter here.
Speaking of My Grandma Ben, owner-chef Jessie Spiby launches the first of her regular workshops this month. Learn how to pickle and ferment like a pro – your new skill will be a lifesaver when you overdo it at the market again. If you still need convincing, you’ll get a glass of wine and some fermented snacks to enjoy on the night. Tickets are available here.
Another new addition to the city is the revamped Chinatown Plaza. To celebrate its re-opening and the start of spring, the freshened-up food court is hosting a Yum Cha Cherry Blossom Disco, which does what it says on the tin. DJs Troy J Been and Driller will soundtrack an evening of dinner, drinks and dance. Tickets include two spring-themed cocktails and three dishes of your choice. Yum…
With the weather finally heating up, it’s prime time to pay another visit to SeaSalt, Simon Kardachi’s contemporary fish and chipper beneath Melt Henley. The team has just launched a weekend brunch menu – but don’t expect your standard smashed avo. Here you’ll get Coffin Bay Pacific oysters; Ortiz anchovy soldiers; and a tsukune-like fish meatball in soft white bread plus a comforting bowl of sardine “bolognaise” with spaetzle (German egg noodles) topped with pecorino cheese and a fried egg. Bring the crew and throw in some breakfast cocktails, then spill on to the sand a literal stone’s throw away.
There’s also been a change at Roxie’s, the greenery-laden beer garden between the Crown and Anchor and Chateau Apollo. Now presiding over the kitchen and its woodfire oven is Central Market favourite Comida Catering Co. I’ll be rolling in for patatas bravas, flame-grilled chorizo, Spanish-style pizzas and that paella. Then likely rolling out. Go on a Wednesday and add on $3 schooners.
Support Adelaide’s underground music scene at three-day DIY festival Half Strange. Some of our best, including silky smooth Lonelyspeck, dreamy expat Summer Flake and rollicking supergroup David Blumberg and the Maraby Band, will sprawl across stages in Raj House and Hotel Metro
I’ll also be giving the new EP from Tkay Maidza a spin. We caught up with the 21-year-old singer-rapper in her old stomping ground of West Lakes last week between her international tours, high-profile collaborations and Nike campaigns. Get along to the record launch at Fat Controller this weekend.
The rest of the month will be spent dog-earing the programs of Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Fashion Festival and OzAsia to bring you more picks for a jam-packed October.