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‘Exodus’ is the first narrative Hip Hop dance work I’ve seen that maintains the energy and streetwise “cool” synonymous with hip hop while at the same time being gut-wrenchingly moving. The choreography is outstanding, drawing you inexorably into agony and grief before pushing you into the energy of revolution, so much so that the audience was cheering and eventually on its feet before the piece had even ended.

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It’s a lot like a drive-in, minus the cars. It delivers a night-picnic experience with a good film to watch, where you can actually feel the summer breeze brush against your cheeks and might even have to stuff a serviette at the top of your can of Coke, just in case a six-legged creature decides to take a dive in it. But that all forms part of the tranquil outdoor experience.

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Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) is without a doubt one of the most vibrant and exciting parties to be found on Cape Town’s social calendar. It’s outrageous over-the-top fun and it commemorated its twentieth anniversary this year at Cape Town Stadium. An event draped in glitter, tinsel, music and gorgeous costumes, MCQP began as a costume party to celebrate 1994’s new constitution and has since blossomed into an iconic social event, not only for the LGBT community, but for those who support LGBT rights.

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You have probably heard of singer, actor and dancer Jimmie Earl Perry. Dig a little deeper and you find that Perry has worked with the likes of Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, and Leonard Bernstein and many others. But how many of us knew that this charismatic, American born artist is now a professor atStellenboschUniversity’s Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management.

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Habit To were not going to be overshadowed by the headline act, The Arrows. With some killer electric guitar tunes and a cover of Guns ‘n’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ they got everybody rocking properly with a rough rock ‘n’ roll attitude that kicked ass. I was surprised that no instruments were purposefully demolished. 



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Unique and rife with contradictions, Schrire’s style can almost be described as hopeful sadness; juxtaposing melancholy against the exclamation of joyous moments in life and time.

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This body of work gives a fascinating take on the South African art world. Artists who may only have been names now become faces and distinct characters, and not only is it intriguing to see who is included but also where they have been painted.

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Beyond the enormous wooden barrels and the walls lined with old wine-making tools sat a beautifully embellished harp, looking for all the world like something out of Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Jeremy’s versatility is astounding, more than earning him the nickname of a ‘one-man folk band’. Multi-talented and surprisingly hilarious, Jeremy adds loop after loop, pun intended, using various instruments while joking about consuming a litre of honey as a cure for his voiceless awakening that morning.

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Revelry, mirth and sport are at the very forefront of this 2013 incarnation of Shakespeare’s capering, captivating and often irreverent comedy. Fred Abrahamse could be mistaken for an artful and mischievous Puck as he weaves an enchanting theatrical spectacle that beguiles the senses and bewitches one’s vision.

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“An instant classic which is as culturally relevant to South Africa as it is to the world. It’s so rare to get the first shot at seeing something this good and with so much promise; do anything you can to get a ticket.”

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“Enchanted Cirque kicks off Cape Town’s ever exciting and colourful spring show line-up and gives new meaning to the phrase ‘hottest ticket in town’.”

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Scrape might be a one woman show but it is far from being a one woman production. The efforts of all the role players are delicately layered together to form a multidimensional piece.

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Based on the children’s TV show from the 1970s, Bangalory’s Back is a collection of tales on a brightly coloured set perfect for busy little minds. Janice Honeyman is back on stage as the storyteller and plays many of the characters. Zoleka Helesi and Marty Kintu are brilliant in their portrayals of a range of people – from bullies to gentle marimba players to children lost in the city.

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For collectors, it is the most convenient way of seeing such a vast array of talent in one place and for anyone interested in art it is quite simply a superb exhibition.

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From the very beginning, Salt dances along the border between reality and a beautifully portrayed dreamscape. Set in a psychiatric ward in which the shadows come to life, this is a tender glimpse into an innocent and carefree life confronting a new world with wide eyes.

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No doubt you remember the episode of Hart to Hart when Mrs H gets kidnapped by the baddie. Held in a room with a glass wall, she uses her large diamond ring to cut her way through the glass to freedom. It is surely the perfect example (note to husband) of just how useful diamonds can be in day to day living. [Read more…]

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The name for some may conjure up a rough, tough, smoke­filled, meat­-orientated eatery. But from the decor to the wine, Charcoal Dining is a relaxing place: a quiet, as­ yet­ unknown restaurant perfect for a date night or an evening out.

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What resulted was a market fair which proudly nourishes a sense of wholesome, frolicking, lighthearted entrepreneurship. And its success is reflected in the well-known names that gained their first foothold here. Before Kauai became an icon of healthy organic food, for example, it consisted of two brothers with a box of gourmet sandwiches and a single smoothie-maker touting their wares at the Obs Holistic Fair.

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“Be open for electronic music, a new European music,” declared Michael Wertmueller, the drummer of Swiss experimental/avant-rock duo Hadron, before they ripped the Mahogany Room’s sensitive eardrums apart with an out of the ordinary stir-up of aggressive techno and something like a teenage-angst-infused metal genre sans screamo vocals.

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“The end result is not only an immaculately staged piece of theatre, but also a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy.”

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This show almost certainly intends to subvert the tropes of the traditional romcom and be combative and raucously offensive in an interesting and provocative way. What is the dark secret behind this duo’s latest salacious venture? Beneath all the rampant swearing, graphic sex talk and in-your-face scatological humor, Porno 88 is – gasp! – deeply moving and entertaining.

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“The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra opened their winter symphony season with a bang, thanks to some outstanding playing under the baton of Bernhard Gueller.”

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