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“They weaved seamlessly through high octane indie rock songs, power ballads and heartfelt acoustic tunes – making for a fully rounded, world-class show that would give any equivalent a run for its money.”

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Mirkovic’s enthusiasm for instructing yoga outdoors comes across easily, and she often suggested that while in the pose, we feel the sun on our skin and breathe in the fresh scent of the sea. Add to this the sound of the waves and the children playing nearby, and outdoor yoga becomes an experience which delights the senses. She is quite right when she notes, “There is nothing quite like the feeling of that orange glow on your skin as you say goodbye to your week.”

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The talent of these rockers – together now for 12 years – has been finely polished and their songs were slickly delivered, with old favourites such as the ballad ‘She Always Gets What She Wants’ being particularly well received.

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But the vibe was broken for me. It was nearly 1am and I was embarrassed, squashed, and tired of waiting for the headline DJs. If they’d been playing I might have stayed but now my bed was calling me.

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Considering that Stellenbosch-born Zoe Beyers has performed with some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians from a very young age, it was no surprise that her performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor was effortlessly breathtaking.

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The sultry sounds of jazz could be heard echoing in the passageways all night, adding to the festive atmosphere and keeping heads nodding and hips swinging. But for all the trumpets and saxophones, there was also plenty of contemporary music on the menu, giving the event a real music festival vibe.

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If ever there was an eatery that embodies today’s young and hip Capetonian, the Woodlands Eatery comes pretty close. Between the lure of the urban boho-chic décor and the creative, affordable menu, it’s the kind of place you don’t tell your friends about in the hopes of keeping it – selfishly but quite understandably – to yourself.

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The standout dancer in this performance was Henk Opperman whose performance was quirky yet charismatic with a touch of technical genius. Choreography by Michelle Reid was theatrical and oddly brilliant.

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On the last day of June, flocks of jocks and hordes of ‘alternative’ preppy girls made their fashionable way to The Assembly, to indulge in all things trashy and Parow. With ± 400 people dying to hear ‘Cooler as Ekke’, the crowd was in a frenzy as soon as Jack Parow took to the stage.

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Nixon is certainly no stranger to South African audiences and has received many prestigious national and international awards. He is currently head of keyboard studies at King’s College School, Wimbledon (UK) as well as being a member of the King’s Piano Trio, a founding member of the London Song Circle and above all a delightful entertainer and stage personality.

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This adaptation of the novel does justice to the book’s aesthetic, presenting the audience with an imaginary and undefined time and place, employing an evocative surrealism that strikes the perfect balance between alienation and sensory indulgence.

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The title of his new show implies a political bias but in fact Gola focuses mainly on personal stories, injecting political references in unexpected ways. The manner in which beetroot spreads its colour to everything else on the plate, for example, is likened – of all things – to Julius Malema

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The feeling that ultimately takes over is one of amazement and wonder. To think that it takes 1500 hours to prepare a specimen and that each specimen was once a living human being is mind-blowing.

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The stars of the show are in fact the large drawings of Indigenous Trees. As many others of his works, these appear to be full of southern Africa references. Previously overtly political, now more poetic and natural, these images of indigenous trees are especially enduring and endearing. Kentridge uses his characteristic black Indian ink to draw over the tiny black typeface of old technical, adding meaning, or not, to the form. Each drawing, well over a metre wide, Kentridge has put together as a puzzle – first painting single pages and then piecing them together. There are seven in the series, and despite their hefty price tags of over R 1 million each, these will no doubt be snapped up by collectors.

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Their most recent event, 2nd Wave, catered to every gamer’s desires. Over pizzas, more than 80 gamers, writers, developers and lecturers discussed forthcoming attractions, with Xbox ambassador, Glenn Alexander welcoming and thanking all guests and sponsors.

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Bullets over Bishop Lavis. You don’t have to be from Cape Town or ‘the Flats’ to recognise the association between Bishop Lavis and gangsterism. But there’s always more to any story and that’s what Bullets over Bishop Lavis is about… the story behind the life-changing moment. The moment captured in the flicker of a single gunshot.

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Nonetheless as the show progressed, Howlett’s supple soprano sashayed through arias and eased effortlessly through Debussy, Mozart and Puccini. Her range and skill and her easy, pleasant interpretation of the music was aurally opulent.

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They touch upon the rituals of rugby including an entertaining take on the institution of the South African braai, complete with the women preparing a potato salad that nobody eats. “Everybody eats my potato salad,” piped up a woman from the audience and thus “potato salad” was immediately worked into the show as the get out of jail free card if they wanted to change the direction or pace of the comedy.

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From the moment this album kicks off with its title track it feels like you’ve been transported back to a time circa 1960 where that raw rock ‘n’ roll sound was more rebellious even than the first miniskirt. Into The Primitive is bursting with energy, catchy riffs and mesmerizing melodies and each of the 13 tracks will have you wanting to wildly shake some part of your body.

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From the first note to the last, this was a fun, inspiring, engaging and quite simply brilliant concert. The members of Harmonic Brass evidently enjoy their time on stage, proving that it is possible to be serious about one’s art while still having fun.

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GrandWest’s Grand Arena was set up for a different kind of rock show on Sunday night. No railings to keep the Golden Circle from the General Standing. Instead, the area usually reserved for pushing and shoving was packed with sensibly lined up chairs. This is the standard setup for older bands whose audience, it can be presumed, are less likely to enjoy the jostling favoured by younger crowds.

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