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Paul Weinberg, curator and contributing photographer, has lived in Muizenberg for the past seven years during which time he walked his camera and his dog around the area in an attempt to explore and understand his surroundings. His neighbourhood snapshots reveal the eye of a documentary photographer. The scene of black church worshippers on the beach in ‘Church Service, Sunrise Circle’ also contains the small figure of a lone, older white man, observing them. Is he merely an innocent onlooker? Is he inspired by the service or does he judge it?

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The progression of the play is magnified by the production team’s witty design, in which multiplying uncertainties are represented by phrases scribbled on a white canvas. A semi-circle of table lamps strategically positioned around Alexander Bar’s intimate stage alludes to the solitary state Mr Lotz revels in.

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Find out what ‘artisanal food’ entails from people who are passionate about making and sourcing it on the beautiful Franschhoek Artisan Food Route. It’s all about enjoying the beauty of food in its simplicity, while learning about the ethics, hard work and attention to detail that goes into the creation of natural, top-quality cuisine.

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I may have been coaxed out of hibernation with the promise of a meal, but I also feel enriched having been on this tour. Many Capetonians miss out on the wealth of hidden treasures their city has to offer.

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A group of young girls, glittering in a sea of pink and white ballet paraphernalia, pressed themselves up against the glass wall of the studio to better see the dancers as Li guided them through a barre and centre, occasionally interjecting with phrases such as “don’t be stingy with the fondu” or “extend and 6 and 7 and pas de bourrée.”

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The interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 was a huge disappointment. The first movement opened with the orchestra only managing to produce a thin and listless sound. All passion and drama – the very pulse of this enigmatic work – was absent, and by the third movement the orchestra had completely flat-lined. This is not what this piano concerto should sound like.

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Bitchy Bingo is fun to play but only the brave and extremely competitive have any desire to win the bragging rights and a hamper made up of craft beer and sparkly paraphernalia. Winning means going up on stage with Lady Le Roux and only she leaves that stage looking cool.

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The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is an acclaimed series of novels by Scottish writer Alexander McCall Smith, who collaborated on the script for the musical. The spirited and cunning Precious Ramotswe, the only female detective in Botswana, forgoes violence and forensics when solving cases and relies instead on wit and instinct. The series has been adapted for radio and television, and now it makes its stage debut as a musical directed by theatre impresario Nicholas Ellenbogen.

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So it was that the Lumber Games gave accountants, IT technicians and estate agents the opportunity to tap into their primal need to cut though tree stumps while the proud and no doubt lustful womenfolk cheered them on from the sidelines. But the games weren’t limited to building the male ego, and after cheering their menfolk the ladies also went into the ring to saw through stuff.

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Stella, Blanche and Stanley are flawed, fragile and fumbling. The play reveals their vulnerabilities, tragic mistakes and doomed dreams, and the devastating consequences that follow when one chooses to ride ‘a streetcar named desire.’

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I’m an ardent fan and have attended many of their gigs, but never in a setting like this. I was curious to see how a notoriously wild act like Fokofpolisiekar would play out in the tranquil surroundings of Kirstenbosch. But due to their electrified presence and remarkable showmanship, you can place the band in any context and the result will be fantastic.

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Anywhere that plays The Pointer Sister’s Jump, at a volume that makes you want to get up and dance, gets 10 points from me immediately. And Café Manhattan is one of those places that starts with 10 points, before you even open the menu.

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With all the wines coming from the Western Cape region, festivals like these bring good wine from the estate cellar to the city, reaching new and emerging markets that all too clearly are ready to embrace the wine-drinking culture.

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The viewer is treated to a finely crafted, delicate explosion of paint revealing a masterful relationship between the fragile, serene stillness of the model’s gaze and the wild sweeps of colour. Instead of obscuring the finely drawn form, the chaotic layer of abstraction enhances it.

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The pain of loss is explored in a brave, sincere, and emotional way. Two exquisite portraits – ‘Dead Dog’ and ‘Dead Dog Too’ are instantly eye-catching in their simplicity, honesty and their black-and-white starkness.

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The show boasts a striking set design by KMH Architects, beautiful costumes by Dicky Longhurst, and subtle lighting by Nicholas Michaletos. Together with the sumptuous sound of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Hoskins, the result is a lavish production, giving Spartacus the potential to be something truly epic.

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I am always overwhelmed by the magic of theatre. Luyanda Somkhene and Solomon Mashiane have created a simple, well structured, softly lit setting in which the world of Fruit takes place.

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The Alexander Bar has done a great thing in giving a platform to both established and upcoming talent in South Africa. It has been the venue for many a great show but – almost inevitably – some do not quite hit the mark.

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“The Fall is not only a fresh in-your-face piece of theatre, it is a command for attention and a plea for support.”

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Cape Town is cooking and my otherwise pale and blotchy legs are now complemented by orange streaks of fake tan. In this regard, I remain resolutely British. True Capetonians blossom in the summer. Endless lithe and perfectly bronzed bodies roam about, relaxed and laughing. Even their hair remains shiny and tangle-free whereas mine sticks out in small frizzy clumps where I’ve repeatedly got it caught in my sunglasses. [Read more…]

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When someone says opera, you might think of corsetted ladies hitting high notes, epic romances played out over multiple hours, Shakespearian plotlines that end in death or disaster. You might not think of surrealistic landscapes, Dadaesque vocals or absurdist scenarios. Having left the Artscape theatre with my mind twisted and released by the utter weirdness that is Postcard From Morocco, I feel like we’ve been given a glimpse of the psychotic side of opera.

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Solomon and Marion is the story of two broken people, each haunted by their past. Marion is a white English woman in her 60s living on her own in a farmhouse.

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