For those unfamiliar with the Cafe Series, it's an experience a bit like stepping into an alternate musical universe. One where you're surrounded by perhaps no more than 30 or 40 strangers, crammed together in relatively small, but beautiful cafes; with the smells of delicious food filling the air, and with a few talented folk standing up in front of everyone to bare their soul and their instrumental abilities. We think it's a bit like being nestled in the warm bosom of a cosy room while simultaneously being wrapped up in a blanket of the sweetest tunes.
Sugar Smack - a local production company - have put together a sweet video for vintage fashion haven, Push Pin Boutique.
With the beautiful backing track (suitably nostalgic, with beautiful swing vibes), the video captures the essence of the store. There's tea cups, immaculate outfits (we're lusting after the dresses in the video. Divine.) and pretty abstract shots, the short film leaves you wanting to prance through the markets decked out and resplendent in all your vintage glory.
Check out the video here:
Even with Fringe bidding adieu for another year (just quietly, we're still exhausted but so inspired after the stellar four-week run of amazing shows), there are so many incredible events taking hold of Adelaide. One such event is 'The Tunnels', described as a "visual art and performance experience".
The Tunnels will feature two weeks of, "visual art, installations, moving images, body painting, musical performances, sculpture, jewellery, etc." A collaboration between local production collective, ArtSake Productions and Fascination Street, a self-described "urban place-making" collective of designers, artists and architecture grads, The Tunnels is set to be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Local muso, Kaurna Cronin (clip above - put together by the ridiculously talented Nick Lawrence), will be playing the opening night, with each week of the event having a different theme. Week one will focus on Oxygen/Humility and, rather aptly we think, week two will be Beneath/Roots.
On each of the Friday nights of the two-week run, between 6-9pm, The Tunnels will be open for everyone to explore the different rooms. They'll be open during the day as a gallery with all of the visual art wonderment on display.
Running the event on a "shoestring budget", the group need the kind help of the general public to make the event as spectacular as possible. They've already raised some of what they need, but if you want to help out
Stay tuned for Issue Five of Dear Eleanor (out next month!) where we'll have a bit of an interview with the lovely folks behind The Tunnels.
Where: The Tunnels, underneath the Medina Grand hotel, Victoria Square, Adelaide (enter via the entrance at the Treasury courtyard)
When: 19 April to 2 May 2013
Who: emerging South Australian artists under the age of 30
More info here: http://thetunnels.wordpress.com/
As the Adelaide Fringe frenzy came to a close, join ZTV as they get the most out of the last day at 'The Depot' and enjoy all the tastes and treats from 'Fork on the Road' and 'Damn the Man' markets. Catch up with the winner of Ten's 'MasterChef All Stars' Callum Hann, Simon Bryant from ABC's 'Cook and the Chef', The creator of 'The Depot', 'Fork on the Road, 'Damn the Man' 'Burger Theory' and a whole swag of other's!
WOMADelaide is well and truly known for its international acts, a lot from remote corners of the globe. But amongst the influx of international talent are some local acts representing Adelaide on the local, world music stage. South Australia's very own Heather Frahn will be making us proud, bringing her eclectic mix of musical styles to the four-day event, along her with her seven-piece band The Moonlight Tide.
Dear Eleanor chatted to the singer-songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist about musical idols, beat boxing and the importance of creating music with a moral voice.
Heather Frahn and The Moonlight Tide will be performing on the Moreton Bay Stage on Saturday 9 March from 1-2pm.
To jump or not to jump. That is the question facing Grace in local playwright Chloe Eckert's Fringe offering 'Sage'.
After bagging the State Theatre Company's Young Playwright Award last year at just 19, Chloe's show is an abstract exploration of what it means to be normal through a conversation between protagonists Grace and Charlie. The show is a melting pot of emotions, with drama and black comedy melded together in what Chloe describes as "Waiting for Godot meets Fight Club".
We chatted to the talented lady (also a playwright for the Senior Ensemble of the Urban Myth Theatre Company) about the play, overactive imaginations and breathing life into the stories in your head.
Words and photos by Elle Dawson-Scott - http://www.elledsphotography.com/
Words can be a little bit scary. Some artists prefer to let images do the talking, whilst others wear their heart on their sleeve, putting their thoughts out there for the world. One such artist is Adelaide’s Jessie Royans, the lovely soul behind the exhibition “Birds Nests for Hair”.
In her first solo exhibition, she covered almost every inch of wall space (and some table space too!) at Suzie Wong’s Room in Hindmarsh. The stairwell was peppered with tiny canvases, the walls covered in photos and paintings, and hidden on tables were an array of potplants (each pot lovingly painted and complete with a floral friend). It was close to sell-out, and an amazing achievement for a first solo-show!
Not shying away from either elation or heartache, Jessie’s artworks are rich with colour, pattern, and words of love and loss. With subject matter ranging from little ball-of-feathers birds (“…All a little skew-wiff, a little bit forlorn, and definitely less than perfect. Like all of us”) crazy-haired girls, and intricate swirling outlines, her works are dotted with carefully chosen sentiments. Whether they are love-notes; laments to love lost, or words of encouragement, Jessie has a way of incorporating mood into every piece.
It's hard to imagine how the amazing One Small Room in Croydon could get any better. Well, the answer can be found in the perfectly apt Ebenezer Place.
The multi-talented (and we imagine skillful multi-tasker), Rebekah Cichero (who is also one of the founders of Bowerbird Bazaar - impressive, we know!), has opened the doors on a pop-up shop to bring some retro, vintage and design delights to the city streets. There's everything from one-off pieces of vintage furniture, handmade jewellery, cards and everything in
We stopped by for the opening night and were treated to a feast for the eyes, and the taste buds (Red Door Bakery provided some very tasty treats indeed). We fell in love with almost everything we stumbled across as we meandered around. And, despite being a pretty small space, Rebekah has really maximised what's there. It feels so much bigger than it should and there is so much to look at and discover. We had to leave before we were piled high with parcels and what would undoubtedly be an empty wallet.
Up We Pop
20 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide
Tuesday to Sunday for the next month or so.
Wednesday nights on TV used to be dominated by the ABC with their litany of great shows like Spicks and Specks, Summer Heights High, Laid and The Librarians. Well, a group of local comedians and actors are trying to carve their own spot on the Wednesday night bill on local community network, Channel 44.
The show 'A Laughing Matter' is a six-part sketch comedy series with a huge cast of performers (including screen students and musicians). Local comedian, Marcus Doherty, produced the series and says the show is a first in SA comedy television, with something for everyone in the wide diversity of sketches.
The series kicked off last night on Channel 44 and airs every Wednesday at 9.30pm until 13 February. If you're panicking because you can't catch it on Wednesdays - there'll be repeats on Sundays at 10.30pm.
Click here for more information on the series.
We've seen some brilliant submissions to the great instagram challenge since it first started so it's time to mix things up a bit to keep everyone interested. As of next week the weekly challenges will be heading away from the blog and over to facebook where we can showcase just what talented people we have in our city. We'll be creating facebook albums that will contain images by four 'winners' of each week's challenge which will now be based around a specific theme. At the end of four weeks we will then select one winner from each of the previous four weeks challenges. This means we will have an ultimate winner from each week and four 'champions' for the month.
Our 'champions' from each themed challenge will be announced and featured on facebook and on the dear eleanor blog at the end of each month.
See below for the weekly theme's beginning 14 January 2012.