A fantastical trip through puberty, a celebration of sustainable fashion, the city’s hit new wine bar, and the confronting Aussie film that’s essential viewing – here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos will be checking out this month.
Relive your puberty blues at Windmill Theatre’s remount of its critically acclaimed stage-show Girl Asleep. The brilliantly absurd coming-of-age story – which illustrates the awkwardness and angst of adolescence through a filter of kitsch ’70s Australiana – has been adapted into an award-winning film. But this month you can see where it all began. “I think the play is kind of crazier,” writer and actor Matthew Whittet told our writer last week. “There are some bigger, weirder leaps of imagination that you can’t quite do the same on film.” Read more here.
Meanwhile, a new player makes its stage debut this week; ambitious theatre collective Rumpus launches its inaugural season on Thursday September 12 with XXX Neon Sign – a one-man show performed naked at the piano.
I haven’t been up to the long-deserted top levels of the Myer Centre since they were the inexplicable setting of ’90s amusement park Dazzeland (honestly though, who okayed that rollercoaster?). But this month I’ll be there for the Slow Fashion Festival runway on September 27. The premier celebration of ethical fashion – run by Anny Duff (Good Studios), Emily Sheahan (The Commons Studio & Exchange) and Natalie Ivanov (Re-Swim) – will feature sustainable, designer vintage and pre-loved garments. I’ll have my eye on new garb by Ansdorf, Veja, Autark, BB Shoemaker, Suk Workwear, Good Studios and Re-swim, and vintage collections from Commons, Claire Inc and A Flat Shop.
Facebook, Instagram and all the other apps clogging your phone might offer rapid-fire connectedness but they can also make us feel kinda’ awful and lonely. Adelaide’s Lisa Nguyen (Enough Studio) and Lisa Tan (Yoga & Co Adl) recognise this, and together they’ve launched a new event series – The Good Project – to make us feel, well, good. The first installment, on this Sunday, is a workshop hosted by clinical psychologist Dr Michelle Lim that’s all about human connection. The interactive session will offer tips for establishing and maintaining relationships, plus a delicious brunch from the crew at My Grandma Ben, hot drinks, and a goodie bag to take home.
Also this Sunday, Adelaide’s most impressive green homes will throw open their doors for Sustainable House Day 2019. The annual and national event offers a rare look inside exceptional (usually private) homes designed with healthy, environmental and low-cost living in mind. Locals can peruse a petite house and studio in Crafers West; a timber-clad box in Aldgate; SA’s first 10-star home in Woodforde (currently still under construction); and Australia's first Zero Carbon Home in Campbelltown. Talk to the owners and get inspired – or a case of home envy.
Later this month, Melbourne’s most irreverent brewery Moon Dog is coming to NOLA for a weekend of beers and doggos. On September 21 and 22 you’ll be able to taste a brand new Moon Dog x NOLA collab – a single-hop black ale named after NOLA co-owner Josh Talbot’s dog, Lottie. There’ll also be 25 Moon Dog beers on tap, including one-offs such as a tequila-barrel-aged smoky stout and a wheat ale inspired by banh mi. Soak up the brews with hotdogs, fried chicken, po’boys, tater tots and more. The two-day party will raise funds for SAHARA (formerly SA Dog Rescue) and pups are welcome, naturally.
If natural wine’s more your speed, run, don’t walk to the city’s best new bar, Leigh Street Wine Room. The cosy drinking den opened last week and it’s hitting it on all marks. If you happen to overdo it on the wines, replenish the next day with charcoal chook and yiros-style wraps (choose from spit-grilled char siu chicken or lamb doner kebab, sliced and stuffed into flatbreads) at the Shobosho crew’s new chicken shop, Joybird.
I’ll also be booking a ticket to see new Aussie film The Nightingale. Our writer called it “harrowing but essential viewing” and its stirred controversy among some critics. But its director Jennifer Kent (who wrote and directed The Babadook) thinks it’s important to confront unpleasant truths. “If people aren’t horrified and disturbed and shocked by this film, I haven’t done my job,” she told Broadsheet. “This is a war film. It’s a true film. It’s part of our history. And it’s still relevant today.”