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Despite a somewhat amateurish air, the film is well narrated, fast-paced and to-the-point with some great visuals from award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner; a decent watch if you don’t have a lot of time but want to see something educational. Information comes thick and fast but the parts that stick certainly leave an impression.

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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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When it comes to cocktails I am more of an aficionado than a mixer, but I can make one really good one: a Cosmopolitan. Made famous by the series Sex and the City, a Cosmopolitan is a favourite amongst the pink drink dandies. But as I found, Amarula and clear liquids do not mix too well. Unabashed, I set out to find a new cocktail.

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In Janice Honeyman’s Director’s Note in the programme she uses a lot of exclamation marks. Doodsnikke is! that! good!

Doodsnikke is a dramatic adaptation of Sam Shepard‘s Buried Child which won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979. This South African version – the story of a dysfunctional Northern Cape farming family and their heartbreaking secret – is sure to win some prizes of its own.

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Whilst educating his audience on cooking processes and ingredients, he cracked jokes and told stories, laughing at his sister’s attempts to make mayonnaise “from eggs kept in the fridge – imagine!” (cue: laughter from audience while everyone makes a mental note: Remove Eggs from Fridge when Home) and he advocated the use of using your fingers to taste… hygiene be damned, we’re in the country now. He made the process of cooking – daunting to so many – look fun, easy and seamless. And it was, of course, so much better than watching a TV chef, not least because it was all real time with no outtakes. And then of course there were the smells…

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In a refreshingly neo-classical style, the choreography accentuates the rippling effects of the upper body unfolding into extreme back extensions. The dance vocabulary as a whole stresses the importance of line, as the pictures created by the five couples are multi-dimensional.

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What distinguishes Kamers from many other markets is the beautifully styled stalls. Even if the products are not to one’s taste, the way they are lit and displayed is imaginative and innovative, greatly adding to the pleasures of browsing.

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The smash hit musical by Willy Russell, which was the third longest running play on London’s West End, has made its triumphant debut in Cape Town. For the first time ever, Willy Russell has allowed an adaptation of the original story, moving it from a setting in Liverpool to one in Cape Town, thanks to some masterful persuasion from renowned South African director David Kramer.

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The rugby theme is just the patch of grass from which a much bigger debate is kicked off. Each of the 24 actors on stage represents a different voice of the South African psyche. In particular, the voice of the South African male. And in this group, the focus is on the white Afrikaner male. This is a demographic that once had the most powerful voice in South Africa. With the fall of apartheid – many would argue – Afrikaner men were emasculated. Much of Balbesit revolves around the lost and faded voice of the Afrikaner man and questions where he stands today.

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There were bubbles. There was smoke. There was snow and fireworks. Disney on Ice commemorates 100 years of magic in one ice escapade. This was a trip down memory lane with your favourite childhood characters.

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‘Rock star’ and ‘cellist’ are not normally heard uttered in the same breath. Except, that is, in the case of the phenomenally talented (and easy on the eye) Zuill Bailey.

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This mesmerizing and inspiring performance proves the possibilities between able and disabled bodies to narrow the gap and form an integrated community. Unmute leaves the audience visually in awe and emotionally vulnerable.

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It is a fun, light-hearted production, which celebrates the shallowness in each one of us while recognizing the basic faults which make us human.

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There were some obscure questions, some questions to which we knew the answers but for the life of us couldn’t remember, and some really easy ones that had us all gabbling in whispers. But at the end of the night you realise it’s not really about whether you get all the questions right, it’s about the fun you have trying to answer them.

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Up The Creek isn’t just about its river (okay 99.01%). It also throws together diverse artists for some killer collaborations. Al Bairre and a few of the guys from Nomadic Orchestra performed a bouncy mashup of ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and Beyonce’s ‘Halo’. Bandolero can only be described as a dynamic musical extravaganza

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The range and depth of her visionary spectrum is quite astonishing. In nightmarishly illustrative essays on the industrial components of the mining industry, she summons up the deadly beauty of smelters, capacitors and convertors using hand-made pastels derived from metal wastes.

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As the sun went down, so did the dreamy optimism. Modest Mouse – the most anticipated act of the night – changed the mood with their feisty, this-is-how-it-is confidence.

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All you had to do was to follow the clusters of people all walking in the same direction – not towards the main entrance, but off to the side down what initially reminded me of the kind of dark, deserted alleys where people become victims.

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This year marked a decade of Rocking the Daisies, and with 22 000 fans present, its maturing might was certainly felt. Featuring nine stages and a line-up of international headliners, Cape Town’s best-known festival drew in the crowds.

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“Families, couples, friends and singles all milled about, lost in an electric score of warm laughter, cheerful chatter and crisp beats whirling out from the DJ setup on the main stage.”

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This year’s Suidoosterfees (South Easter Festival) remembers the District 6 evictions that started 50 years ago. Africa Arts chose Puccini’s La Bohème to illustrate the artistic and warmhearted spirit that existed in this vibrant area where creative people of various races and creeds could mingle and share ideas and laughs.

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A day out in the beautiful Franschhoek valley with gourmet food, a DJ, a cool spot in the garden and a glass of bubbly to top it all off equals the best Valentine’s date ever. If Valentine’s Day were bottled, it would probably be rosé. A rosé MCC, to be exact.

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Literally translated as ‘my nakedness’, Ubuze Bam is a theatrical interpretation of the life events of four ex-inmates, all of whom have spent 10 years or more behind bars. Theatre Arts Admin Collective has joined arms with the programme Young in Prison to create this searingly honest piece in which the performers – Lazola, Eric, Ntsika and Bongani – have spent just over a month rehearsing under the direction of Thando Doni. Prior to this performance, the young men had never acted, let alone witnessed a theatre production.

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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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“The Game: Redemption leaves the audience with something resembling a choose-your-own-adventure. The driving force is the personality of the characters, and this rides on a basic story line… but no script.”

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