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They touch upon the rituals of rugby including an entertaining take on the institution of the South African braai, complete with the women preparing a potato salad that nobody eats. “Everybody eats my potato salad,” piped up a woman from the audience and thus “potato salad” was immediately worked into the show as the get out of jail free card if they wanted to change the direction or pace of the comedy.

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From the moment this album kicks off with its title track it feels like you’ve been transported back to a time circa 1960 where that raw rock ‘n’ roll sound was more rebellious even than the first miniskirt. Into The Primitive is bursting with energy, catchy riffs and mesmerizing melodies and each of the 13 tracks will have you wanting to wildly shake some part of your body.

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From the first note to the last, this was a fun, inspiring, engaging and quite simply brilliant concert. The members of Harmonic Brass evidently enjoy their time on stage, proving that it is possible to be serious about one’s art while still having fun.

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GrandWest’s Grand Arena was set up for a different kind of rock show on Sunday night. No railings to keep the Golden Circle from the General Standing. Instead, the area usually reserved for pushing and shoving was packed with sensibly lined up chairs. This is the standard setup for older bands whose audience, it can be presumed, are less likely to enjoy the jostling favoured by younger crowds.

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Hatched expresses deeply personal and challenging identity issues of culture, tradition and a woman’s evolving sexuality. Visually alluring to watch, Hatched opens with the sight of Nyamza wearing only a long skirt covered in wooden clothes pegs.

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When the show concluded I walked into the evening with an aimless daze – almost tearful, though it was hard to say exactly why. In my opinion the aim of effective art has been achieved here. It is simply to move, transport, and challenge its viewer.

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A lone man, dressed in a wrinkled shirt and dress pants, stands on an empty stage. Durban­-born Ryan Dittmann dances between characters; starting as the dim, partially deaf barman then switching to the desperate cougar assistant manager before transforming into the hyper-­efficient ninja/waiter Lovemore. With 10 main characters, six side characters, a number of live chickens and a frog, the audience could be forgiven for confusing the personalities.

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Through the use of creative staging, unique and evocative devices to maintain suspense, and masterful manipulation of tempo, Silent Voice is already a grand feat of pure theatrical engineering. Add to this a gripping, unnerving and unpredictable plot, and it is overwhelming.

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Nature’s ever-existing sublimity and beauty may well provide ready assembled artworks, but the photographer is doing a lot more than just snapping a tribute to these natural masterpieces. The captions on each photograph reveal an eye-widening glimpse into a photographer’s lifestyle of trekking through scourging terrains, thwarted by fire and ice. It’s a beautiful amalgamation of man and the elements.

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Then, to heartfelt applause, Sir James Galway made his long-awaited appearance with his iconic golden flute. Mozart’s Flute Concerto served as a wonderful vehicle to showcase the brilliance of this gifted flautist, who is internationally regarded as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire. Mozart’s delightfully playful melodies, which are – typically for the Austrian composer – interwoven with musical humour, visibly enchanted the audience, many of whom could be seen shaking their heads with disbelief.

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Ranging from shadowy abstract ink, watercolour and bleach drawings to vague, almost blurred images of faces kept in mostly one colour, the paintings provide an interesting glance into what Raaff describes as “the internal landscape of the subconscious”. Each painting warrants a steady gaze, time to allow one’s thoughts to subside, and to appreciate the image on the intuitive level that is unique to every individual.

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Stalls offered solar heating and ozone systems, vinyl wall-art, paintings, jewellery, beds, walls, floors, kitchen and household appliances, security systems, homeware, cookware, sweet and savoury edibles, even a few kitchen sinks.

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Mannini Mokhutho’s seSotho poetry was a soulfully delivered lament for her politically troubled home of Lesotho. Grace Newton told us a short story about a vision she couldn’t unsee. Jared Musiker and Sipho Malunga’s Ballet Must Fall delighted the audience with ballet vignettes and individual monologues delving into the anxieties of being a black ballerina and the legitimacy of ballet as a career. Donna Cormack-Thomson and Dylan Owen gave a witty and entertaining skit with a feminist theme, and the show was finished with relish by Proboscis Prophecies, a band that’s soon due to give a full show at Alexander Bar.

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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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It’s easy to be struck by the splendour of the reconstructions on which the exhibition is based. But it also imparts a mouthwatering sense of discovery, as experienced by archaeologist Howard Carter – the first pair of eyes to see the tomb in over 3000 years. Holding a lit candle to a small incision in the tomb, he was asked, “Can you see anything?”
“Yes” He answered, “Wonderful things.”

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South African audiences are in for a treat. After a two-year hiatus, the Imperial Ice Stars have returned to South Africa to present Swan Lake on Ice. In case you haven’t heard of the Ice Stars, they’re a group of world-class skaters who adapt much-loved ballets for a portable ice rink that fits on a theatre stage. For the last decade they have been performing internationally to great acclaim.

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“By looking back, Orpheus may have failed to bring his beloved back to life, but Cape Town Opera’s forward-looking Orfeo managed to create a novel and current theatrical experience with a 400 year old soul.”

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“This premiere collaboration provides terrific innovation in its unique rendition of traditional circus legacy. Indeed, it is an evolved and spectacular show with all the razzmatazz trimmings of a bygone era.”

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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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“Wait is the type of energetic, impassioned musical production suited to a more stupendous setting than a Fringe stage can offer; one on which its subject can be expounded rather than merely imagined.”

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“Perhaps because it deals with these mysteries, or perhaps because it’s just so damn hilarious, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change continues its global runaway success in Camps Bay this season – a mature 20 years since it was written.”

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“Ginja checks all the boxes for a great night out, watching the city lights come up as you enjoy a delectable meal. Though it has to be said, its enviable view of Table Mountain makes it a great spot for any time of day”

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OK – I confess, we do get winter in Cape Town. In the last couple of weeks it must have rained at least twice and the temperature at night has plunged to as low as three degrees. But even the weather succumbs to Cape Town’s laid back attitude. As I write this, I am sitting in the sun under our lemon tree, thermal vest long since discarded. [Read more…]

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“Sandra Prinsloo plays Martins, bringing to her character a naiveté of life with a passion for the one thing that filled her with joy: her art.”

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“The followspot soulful six are back at it, and this time they are riffing on the heart strings of everyone who loves a classic. Taking you through an alchemical medley of the songs that stood the test of time.”

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Last week Nathi Comedy hosted several names in a fantastic line-up. Peter Sserwanga was the first act and an MC of sorts for the evening. He started the event by reminding everyone that “we love making people laugh, it is our calling,” and all the comedians took to the stage with gusto and enthusiasm

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Amos is the real-deal; she doesn’t need smoke, mirrors, fireworks and dance troupes to enthral. Instead, she weaves her own magic spell and ensnares you with her voice. Clearly consumed by and in her music, watching Amos live is to peek through the curtains and catch just a fleeting glimpse into her magical, whimsical, busy mind before she slips away back into her own world much like the Selkie in her eponymous track stealing back to the sea.

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