Jazz: Singer Kurt Elling and his jazz trio perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Elling is considered the standout male jazz vocalist of our times by US critics, acclaimed for the way he redefines the boundaries between jazz singing and the spoken word. In the past decade Elling has released seven albums for the Blue Note label; his most recent, on the Concord label, is Nightmoves. Adelaide Festival Theatre, tonight. Bookings: 131 246. Film: Under the banner Visual Music, the Australian Cinematheque presents a program of rare and unusual films, including those with extraordinary title sequences and special effects by Saul Bass, who worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese. North by Northwest and Psycho are showing tomorrow. Later programs include the works of Mary Ellen Bute, who developed electronic art and animations in the 1930s ( May 2). Queensland Art Gallery’s Gallery of Modern Art. Inquiries: ( 07) 3840 7303.
Visual art: Lisa Anderson’s Midnight Ice exhibition includes evocative photographs and drawings made during six weeks above the Arctic Circle as artist in residence on a Russian icebreaker for the international Polar Arts Program. Her luminous works represent the ethereal quality and effect of light on the water and landscapes, textures and materials of the High Arctic, including the beautiful, perpetually changing ice structures lit during the 24- hour daylight of the polar summer. David Rex- Livingston gallery, until May 11. Inquiries: ( 02) 9357 5988.
Visual art: Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye spans a decade of this conceptual artist’s interdisciplinary work, including photography, neon lighting, printmaking and installation. Andrew has created a powerful body of work that challenges dominant points of view regarding Australia’s indigenous people and issues of identity. He comments on global and regional perspectives on race, politics, celebrity and capitalism. This exhibition is about the unfolding or recovery of a lost history, a lost identity and a lost language. John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, until May 30.
Theatre: Malthouse Theatre and Bell Shakespeare present the premiere season of Shakespeare’s Venus & Adonis, which carries a warning to all seducers. Venus, the goddess of love, lures beautiful Adonis into her embrace, but her advances are rejected. The time shifts to 2008 and our Venus is caged within the paper- thin walls of an anonymous hotel room. Is she a goddess or is this a game of make- believe? Directed by Marion Potts, with Melissa Madden Gray and Susan Prior. CUB Malthouse, until May 4. Bookings: ( 03) 9685 5111.
Frozen art: Lisa Anderson’s Floating Ice # 1