The way in which we listen to classical music has certainly changed. A lot. Today, there is absolutely no reason not to ‘attend’ a performance by world-class musicians, in the most prestigious of concert halls, the world over. And no, you need not be an international jetsetter or a world-class performer yourself in order to achieve this.More
Everything was on par, in tip-top shape, and as if no effort was spared, from the carefully selected programme for the evening and the engaged and committed playing of the orchestra, to conductor Arjan Tien’s perfect déshabille and shiny black shoes, the latter only visible as he enthusiastically swayed back and forth on the podium in feverish reverie.More
Evans’ comedy is light hearted and drifts from the hypocrisies of the local scooter industry, through the joyful discovery of Afrikaans reality TV, to his time spent in a wheelchair as a ‘lonely bearded hipster’ listening to folk music and making cupcakes flavoured with the salt of his own tears.More
With a houseful of dusty bits of junk and mismatched furniture and a wardrobe that includes my old school skirt (yup – still going strong after nearly two decades) I am not necessarily the best person to judge what is groovy and cool and This Season’s Must-Buy. But believe me – if you weren’t at the Design Indaba last week, you should have been.More
Taking the scenic route to Camps Bay is not always the quickest way to get there but it sure does set the tone for a spectacular evening of beach-side partying at St Yves Beach Club…More
We started with a handmade Pizza Focaccia con Rosmarino e Sale. This we paired with Prosciutto con Gelato di Grana Padano– small cones of Parma ham wrapped with a filling of marscapone and parmesan cheese. It was a delicious taste sensation and I would highly recommend visiting just to taste it.More
Watching Graeme work the guitars in the solos was particularly inspiring, and over all it was a pleasure watching a little band play such a large and varied repertoire from some of the most influential rock bands.More
One would have thought it would be difficult to empathize with an SS officer responsible for gross crimes against humanity. But Cairns is irresistibly charming as a dry and somewhat clumsy ex-theatre-critic-turned-Nazi-cleric. Equipped with his signature wit and physical comedic ability Cairns creates a character who soulfully reflects on his existence as an “evil, evil German” as he tries to save the life of his love interest, a captive stage actress, by convincing his superiors that “sie weiss alles” (she knows everything).More
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.More
With so many impressions to digest, it is hard to pick out highlights, but standing out not just for its size, but also for its scintillating colour pallette is El Marinero, a mixed media painting on canvas by Christiaan Conradie. It shows an elderly man with distinct features and big, masculine hands. The face and the hands are separated by what seems like scribble or doodling until closer examination reveals fascinating detail.More
Away with dreary winter! Hooray for the advent of spring and its dynamic of rejuvenation and relaxation – perfectly encapsulated by the annual Franschhoek Uncorked wine festival. Thanks to some superb planning by the festival organisers, all of the participating wine farms were indicated with bright red signs, with Noble Hill Wine Estate as #1 and Boekenhoutskloof as #19. Any planning by visitors is of course subject to spontaneity, as it is all too easy in any individual vineyard to bump into friends, or to get distracted by a particularly appealing wine, or simply to get caught up with the atmosphere and lose track of time. We did what we could of course, but there was no way we were going to manage all 19 farms!More
On the plate it looks like seared beef fillet sliced carpaccio style, topped with a heavily sesame-oil-infused concoction of soy sauce, fresh ginger, black and white sesame seeds, and green onion. In the mouth it is an unparalleled party of flavours: an explosion of umami, tender in texture and tangy in taste.More
Angela Kilian as Norma Desmond is phenomenal, with a brittle sensuality that oozes pain, desperation and madness. Her powerful voice is beautiful yet razor sharp, and her every gesture commands the stage in a way that makes it poignantly clear why Norma Desmond was such a great star of the silent moviesMore
Her eyes glistened with passion and the purity of her voice, spoken and sung, sent an awed hush across the audience, adding even more to the sacred scenes in the Abbey. In closing Act One with ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, the crucifix around her neck caught the light in the most unintentional of ways, and danced about reflecting the spellbound expressions of the entire Opera House audience.More
Glasshouse has created a grooming emporium with overtones of a gentlemen’s club. Hot cappuccinos, cold beers and refined whisky can be enjoyed whilst watching the rugby – as a therapist skillfully attends to your toes.
The décor successfully reflects the ethos behind Glasshouse: masculine, comfortable, contemporary and suitably slick, yet not intimidating.
And this is exactly why Tuning the Vine is the perfect kind of wine festival for philistines. A new festival on the annual Cape Town calendar, it has a distinct agenda: to remove the perceived snobbery and make wine tasting, wine drinking, and wine making fun and accessible. It does it well.More
Award-winning playwright, Louis Viljoen, has constructed a high-brow psycho drama with harrowing insights that will make you despise the human condition. The sophistication continues throughout the play in the opposition between the idea of something and the reality of it, between what something is on the surface and what it is beneath, between the past and the present. The play is a brilliant confrontation with the darkness of our psych.More
Special mention has to be made of the conductor and musical director of the Philharmonia Choir, Richard Haigh, whose evident passion for this masterpiece could be sensed by all, and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, which included an organ as well as a harpsichord player, creating a true baroque atmosphere.More
Once again Artmode proved an excitement for the senses. Sounds rang out from a very energetic drum circle in the foyer, tastebuds watered at the gourmet burgers and other edible treats, the strong scent of spray paint wafted through the exhibition space, and all the while visitors gazed about them at the score of artists, young and old, absorbed in their work.More
The atmosphere was less vibey than expected, due mostly to the lack of live or even piped music. Instead the ears were filled with the disembodied murmurs and munches of fellow binge eaters.
Even less entertaining was the fact that certain “street food” cost as much as R 80. Admittedly, the food was tailored more for the gourmet than the gormless, but expectations were quickly dashed of getting more than one meal to taste and still having change for the bus fare home.
Few things sound better than drinks, dinner and a movie under the stars; Galileo has the perfect summer activity here. My only major criticism is the movie selection. There’s a glut of romance, and several cheesy blockbusters. The cult classics and art house movies are appealing, but the line-up needs more variety – some science fiction, horror, crime thrillers, and good dramas, That said, the movie is only one part of a quintessentially chilled night out. Even the dreadful Cocktail (1988, starring Tom Cruise) was good for a laugh when paired with the utter pleasure of relaxing in the glorious outdoors on a gorgeously warm evening with a glass of wine and great food. Give me a first-class movie and I could do this all summer.More