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But the highlight of the evening was without a doubt guest speak Stafford Masie. Best known as the former CEO of Google Africa, this successful technology futurist shared some inspirational thoughts and insights as well as a number of entertaining and enlightening anecdotes from his life and the world of business, technology and human ecosystems

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The artist has always expressed an inherently feminine approach to her subject matter in the past, from her ghostly sketches of dancers to the hazy ephemera of softly out of focus domestic scenes.

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“The show captivates from start to finish, but a notable highlight is the Oscar Pistorius scene – a classic trampling of the fine line between humour and utter insensitivity.”

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Mimi dying in the bohemian surroundings of an artist’s flat in Paris can easily be translated to the tragic death of a young South African in the poor surroundings of a township and in the company of her friends.

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Just 12 canvases hang in the Christopher Moller gallery. Large, impelling portraits throbbing with colour and life. In keeping with the international shows by the same artist, this one also sold out. On opening night. In thirty minutes. Online and in print, Salgado’s work shows its brilliance. But to see it ‘in the flesh’ is to recognise that his work is truly sublime.

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Prettiness and sadness lie side by side, with a distinct dark and surreal undercurrent. The eponymous pout is occasionally made into a smile but it is a thin line, black and stitched up. The girl’s eyes well with tears, which often overspill. Skeletons, skulls and cobwebs are common motifs. Ditto rainbows and clouds and large coloured rain drops. These are about daydreams, after all,

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But men are useful for some things, and not only was Searle good eye-candy but he used his dancing background to add a new dimension into the play. His choreography was colourful and contemporary. The Toothbrush Tango performed with Harris was my highlight of the play.

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It is a fun, light-hearted production, which celebrates the shallowness in each one of us while recognizing the basic faults which make us human.

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Turn a corner inCape Town’s bohemian suburb of Observatory (‘Obz’ to the locals) and you’re likely to find anything. At the popular Obz Café, which also houses a small stage, we found more bang for our buck in terms of hocus-pocus and hilarious humour than magic beans could ever deliver.

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Head-bands, neon colours, glitter and sequins, legwarmers, bad hairdos, denim jackets and smooth attitude… laugh if you will but the 80s was a great decade when some classic music anthems were crafted.

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Violet Online is Sex and the City for real people. The tales are honest and openhearted. And it’s very close to home. In the style of individual blog posts, 14 sketches relate Violet’s close encounters of the sometimes-sexy kind. One takes us to the penthouse suite of the Crystal Towers hotel in Century City – a location and first-date failure that sent ripples of giggles through the audience. Others tell of her daring foray into a full Brazilian wax and what she truly thinks of the Tim Noakes diet.

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One song in, and the man already had a call-and-response going with the audience, only to warn us that we had exactly one more song in which to remain seated, before he expected us on our feet and dancing. It didn’t take much encouragement, and by song number three, the seats were forgotten, and the crowd throbbed, waved, twisted and jived, to the satisfaction of the performers.

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Elsabe Daneel taps into her wealth of experience as one of the country’s most diverse entertainers as she takes on her most challenging role to date. The stoic Rika’s matter-of-fact recounting of her rape ordeal is both graphic and yet touching. Her composure and self-assurance extend to more than just her outwardly middle-class sophistication, and as she rationalises other tragic chapters in her life, we begin to suspect she is silently crusading against any form of sympathy from her spectators.

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Any “horror comedy rock musical” starring Alan Committie is going to be rather heavier on the comedy than on the horror, not least when one of his co-stars – a man-eating plant named ‘Audrey II’ – is a giant spongy puppet.

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For an hour and a half, we were transported back in time, steered by nostalgia. Although it was somewhat jarring to see the man in my childhood bedroom posters so much older and greyer, his rich, soulful falsetto and vocal range have not been weathered by time. Brian McKnight not only hit every note in his impressive range, he thrashed it.

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Liesl Stolz really performed, putting her all into the music so that every note came alive. Her gorgeous sequinned lashes and pert form were very bird-like, and the quality and energy of her playing were a treat, allowing music lovers to sink into the music with eyes closed. Stoltz is a musician who should be performing full time for large international audiences, she is that addictive. ‘The Black Bird’ (Messiaen) in particular gave free rein to our imagination and allowed piano and flute to engage in an airy dance.

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South African band Gangs of Ballet is getting its name out overseas. Before the launch next week of its second album at Cape Town’s The Assembly, WhatsoninCapeTown talked exclusively with Gangs of Ballet’s Hardus de Beer on the rising international success of this Durban-based band.

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The fusion of South African urban music of marabi, kwela, mbube, pop… Whether you are a toddler crawling on all fours a moustache-rocking hipster or a silver-haired grandmother, the festivity of music brought everyone to their feet by the second song – quite a feat at the notoriously laid back Kirstenbosch concert lawn.

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Not for a moment did she or the band cease to be anything less than mesmerizing. This was sheer talent and harmony, perfectly housed in the Mahogany Room which provided a small yet intense space for a very happy audience.

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The audience readily related to the modern themes and the veil that hides Shakespeare in the realm of highbrow art was well and truly torn down.

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The play examines the painful twins of vengeance and sacrifice, and explores how a young man can be driven to kill in order to avenge his sister’s rape.

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The glamour is inescapable from the moment of arrival. Vodka cocktails and seafood canapés circulate, and upon taking in the flashing cameras, fashionistas, high spirits and even higher heels, it’s hard to resist strutting your runway strut around the venue.

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Tony Blair is a war criminal, Justin Bieber an amoeba and when shagging his four wives, Jacob Zuma keeps out of trouble. Oh yes, and Herschelle Gibbs is a d**s. The ladies of Fascinating Aïda are not afraid to speak their minds.

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Dludlu thrilled fans with a mix of old time favourites including ‘Point of View’ and ‘Mdantsane’. He paid tribute to Miriam Makeba by playing funky renditions of ‘Pata Pata’ and ‘Meadowlands’.

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