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Hot Water has been a jigsaw since 2006. It didn’t start out as a normal band with 5 dudes jamming and sweating in a dingy room.

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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 duet of Grant van Ster and Louisa Talbot includes a move similar to an action movie stunt when the female dancer comes running full pelt and throws herself at van Ster who catches her with nonchalant ease while seated on a bench. We were left stunned and enthralled.

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And the symbolism goes deeper: The misbalance and vulnerability of Mr Lotz is immediately evident in his clothing – nothing but a pair of white jocks and one sock (which he uses on his hand to channel a voice in his head), while the code-switching between English and Afrikaans reflects the changing state of a schizophrenic mind.

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On a minimalist set, Uys takes the audience through a side-splitting yet thought-provoking tour of our turbulent timeline. He agilely somersaults through the spectrum of the aged architects of Apartheid with satire that exceeds mere stereotype.

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Despite the grim weather, Cape Town band John Wizards kindled the crowd with a perplexing yet stimulating fusion of Maskandi, mbaqanga, Shangaan electro, 1980s funk, Afro-jazz, reggae and myriad other genres that my parochial mind could not decipher. Rooted in African music yet uninhibitedly eclectic, John Wizards morphs from one genre to the next, even in a single song, resulting in a surreal, Picasso-style composition.

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As far as I’m concerned, the concert could have ended after three songs, and I would have been satisfied that I had gotten my money’s worth. It’s one thing to see a live band which – great as it may be – rattles off the CD versions of their songs and then departs the stage. This was something different altogether.

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There is an obvious chemistry between Mohr and her band but there lacked a synergy between song changes and “stage shakeups”. After almost every song the people on stage were rearranged.

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“And yet, throughout the play, there is comedy that will have you laughing right up until the point when you’re suddenly choking back sadness…”

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I was pleasantly surprised by the preservation of the original script, as I expected the African approach to drown out De Wet’s magical realism. The Africanisms, however, were not overpowering, and instead transported the performance to a more relatable, contemporary South African context.

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…but the treffer of their set was ‘Shit Happens’ a spontaneous song to keep the crowd entertained while a guitar was fixed.

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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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As Forrest Gump’s mother said, “Life is like a box of chocolates” – you never know what you are going to get next. The same might be said of the Cape Town Philharmonic’s Winter Symphony Season in which the deliciously rich truffles have been interspersed with the occasional lemon cream. After the genius and precision of the previous week’s performance, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s winter of discontent concluded with another mild performance in the City Hall this past Thursday.

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The Nederburg Concert Series gives a platform to South African classical musicians of international calibre, and on the programme this particular afternoon were three students recently selected to be part of the Unisa Music Foundation’s Gifted Young Musicians Development Programme.

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“Trash Cabaret at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville was exactly what it promised to be and more. It was quite literally a “Carnival of Dreams”, as its byline fittingly claimed. “

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On the outskirts of Shippensburg in Pennsylvania is a small factory that makes plastic bibs expressly for Oktoberfest celebrants. There’s a choice of these accesorio para fiestas (as the label refers to them): a life-size top part of lederhosen or a life-size cleavage bursting from a frilly blouse and dirndl. Needless to say, the female versions were the first to run out last night at the inaugural Newlands Brewery Oktoberfest.

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In his former role as a maths and history teacher, Oliver reveals he was full of stern reprimands. As a comedian he brings out the lighter side of some dark school musings.

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“Director Fred Abrahamse sticks to some conventions – males play female characters, and the original style and tone is retained – while managing to wrap the play in a blanket of originality.”

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Following hot on the heels of the massively successful Phantom of the Opera, Pieter Toerien has brought the Russian Imperial Ice Stars back to the Artscape. Adding the suffix “on Ice” to any production makes it seem more impressive, much like having Ryan Gosling on a movie poster.

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Those who have gone through ‘The Big Change’ will find a lot of truths in the play. I can say this with certainty as the ladies around me could not stop laughing, clapping, and fanning themselves with a pamphlet. As for the rest of us… it is a horror story.

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Jou Ma Se Comedy Club has now taken Cape Town comedy by the balls. As the only dedicated comedy venue in Cape Town, it was no surprise to see, on opening night, some industry heavyweights out in full support of the venture. Soli Philander, Riaad Moosa (currently back in SA for the local premiere of the upcoming Mandela biopic), Siv Ngesi of the Race Card fame, Mel Jones, Stuart Taylor, Carl Weber and many more rubbed shoulders with an enthusiastic crowd.

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Rock the River was no exception. Hell, I only stayed for one night and I still feel like death. The location for the mayhem was Westcoast Ostrich farm where there was not an ostrich in sight. Dim as they are renowned to be, even these birds saw the wisdom in moving to a neighbouring farm before the hordes of inebriated partygoers invaded their space.

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There was already quite a long queue of people, but the expo absorbed us all effortlessly and it didn’t feel crowded until lunchtime and by then we’d seen and tasted everything to our hearts’ content.

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A golden thread of references to old Python sketches runs throughout the evening, which is thick with dramatic wordplay, cross-dressing as old ladies (and a sexy one in a too-tight dress), plenty of double entrendes and competitively bizarre gaits.

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The latest trends were introduced and summer really started with an abundance of bright, tropical colours – Leigh-Anne invoking the sensation of summer with visions of summer fruit, because “nothing says summer like colour”. Brightening things up even more were the stunning neons, particularly when the models walked on in vividly patterned dresses. The key to pulling off neons this summer is a careful balance of combining colours without overdoing it.

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There’s something about music performed outdoors – the senses respond to the fresh air, the sun on the skin, the smell of the grass / the sea / the trees. And Dunes is a small venue just a stone’s throw from the beach, giving it an instant laid-back hippy vibe which I love.

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“I am concerned about your health. It seems to be getting better.” Such are the withering comments delivered by an apparently heartless Kemp, who has travelled halfway across the country to be with his dying aunt, Grace only to tell her, “I didn’t know you were still alive!” Kemp impatiently awaits his aunt’s death until it eventually it dawns on him that he might be staying at his aunt’s bedside for longer than expected.

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Rabinowitz’s comedy is particularly admirable for being so current. I recognised a story that I had sniggered at in the Daily Maverick just a couple of days before and I felt an immediate bond that he, like me, had found it so funny, even though for some reason no one had laughed when I told it.

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It was a show of stellar performances and talented artists. Not only was the music contagious and the atmosphere pulsating with energy and excitement, but the bands were humble and inclusive of their fans.

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