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Lifting the Artscape curtain is to be hurled into 18th century Europe. Royalty and wealth spill over the edges of the stage with reds and golds and exuberant costumes – intricately fitted corsets, enormous bulging skirts and powdered wigs on men’s heads.

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Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea have become so popular that the Mount Nelson has now responded to requests for an Evening Tea. It’s scheduled from 6pm to 8:30pm, but because it’s at the end of the day, guests have a chance to linger long after. The Evening Tea puts greater emphasis on savoury snacks, but still offers a substantial dessert, and is priced at R 295 per person.

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As a psychologist and professor of trauma, forgiveness and reconciliation, Gobodo-Madikizela started her journey into De Kock’s mind after she noticed him at the Truth and Reconciliation Committee hearings. Following the honest confessions of his crimes he requested private time with the families of the victims of these crimes, so that he could personally ask their forgiveness. A Human Being Died That Night – written by Nicolas Wright – is based partly on Gobodo-Madikizela’s book by the same title, and partly on transcripts of over 40 hours of her interviews with De Kock and his hearings at the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.

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From beginning to end the energy is high, in a blistering exultation of spinning, darting, falling, jumping, zooming and any other action you can think of, but also in the quieter moments, where there is a sense of the same crackling energy wound tightly in, to subtly dramatic effect.

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“I couldn’t help but wonder if Steyn is a painter herself. The nuance of her gestures seem remarkably practiced, as if these movements have long been committed to muscle memory.”

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One of the most exciting elements of this annual submersion in dance is the opportunity to see new trends emerging. Interestingly there was a distinct – though subtle – eastern influence evident throughout the evening. Is dance in South Africa experiencing an eastern revival? I look forward to finding out in the year to come.

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The general atmosphere was bright and breezy. We were greeted by happy staff at every farm and never struggled to get a glass of something, find a bathroom or get an answer to a question, however naive.

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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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