May 19, 2022
What's On

What’s On: Chardonnay May, Oz Comic-Con and new art

Drink in the regions this weekend with Chardonnay May and the Clare Valley SCA Gourmet Week, or indulge your inner nerd at Oz Comic-Con.

Take a sip

Celebrate chardonnay this May in the Adelaide Hills. From May 20 to 29, cellar doors across the Hills will be highlighting their favourite chardonnay wines with a range of tasting experiences for Chardonnay May. Over the nine days, wine lovers can immerse themselves in all things chardonnay from vertical tasting to indulgent long lunches, and even a let-your-hair-down Chardy Party.

Classical celebration

Enjoy a weekend of fine food, wine and music on May 21 and May 22 with the Coriole Music Festival. Held at the Coriole Vineyards in McLaren Vale, the event encompasses two days of beautiful chamber music, with meals and wine included. Each of the weekend’s exquisite concerts will be followed by a decadent meal in the Coriole courtyard, where performers and audience members can mingle.

Make a statement

Opening at the BMGART Gallery on Friday, May 20 is an exhibition of natural lifeform sculptures by Peter Syndicas and dark digital prints by Rod Taylor. For years, Peter has collected twigs from locations around the world and then replicated their forms on a magnified scale in bronze, stainless steel and stone. The exhibition will run until Saturday, June 11 and artworks on display are available for purchase through BMGART.

Beautiful Baroque

As part of the Adelaide Baroque 2022 season, the Adelaide Baroque Academy in conjunction with the Elder Conservatorium will be performing Forces of Nature: A French Encounter in Elder Hall on Saturday, May 21. The concert will conjure the power of the seas, the sun and the elements depicted in the theatrical splendour of the French Baroque of Paris and Versailles. Forces of Nature: A French Encounter will feature the premiere of Padma Newsome’s new work, The French Violin, inspired by an antique violin from France that survived the 2020 Australian bushfires. There will be a regional repeat performance on Sunday, May 22 at the St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Strathalbyn.

Heroes and villains

Polish your boots and charge your lightsabers because Oz Comic-Con is returning to Adelaide on May 21 and 22 at the Wayville Showgrounds. Oz Comic-Con will be presenting its “Homegrown” edition, focusing on local talent, exhibitors and artists. Australian Esports League has joined Oz Comic-Con this year to introduce the gaming zone, offering opportunities for keen gamers to battle it out against their friends and members of the community. This will join staple events including Cosplay Central, Artist Alley and Tabletop Gaming alongside two stages and a line-up of guests from film and television who will be engaging in a range of photo and autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

Forming observations

Lee Salomone’s first solo exhibition in Adelaide in six years is currently on display at the Praxis Artspace in Bowden. When Observations Become Form draws upon what journalist Stan Grant refers to as the three founding realities that comprise Australia: First Nation People, the British tradition, and the richness of migration. A fourth subject matter evolved during the exploration of the works: the Australian landscape. The Praxis Artspace is open from Wednesday to Saturday and the exhibition will run until Friday, May 27.

For more of what’s on around South Australia this month, pick up the May issue of SALIFE, which is on sale now.

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