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“Participating artists have been challenged to deliver work that uses the written word to find meaning in our daily lives. The results – mostly photography, text and mono-print – depict and analyse the reality that as human beings, we live our lives following rules of conduct, both spoken and unspoken.”

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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 movies

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As the final truckload of baby trees arrived for planting, everyone swarmed around to grab their share before the light disappeared. “There are just too many people and not enough trees!” someone yelled – words that have surely never been uttered in such a lovely, positive context.

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There’s always that edge to live comedy, that build up of hilarity at the outrageousness of the person on stage, shot through with a fine-tuned nervousness that their laser-like comedy beam might pick you out next. Sure enough, the host for the Vodacom Funny Festival – the highly energetic, award-winning South African comedian Alan Committie – wasted no time.

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Transforming a renowned but dusty old classic into a flavourful, relevant and gripping production without detracting from the original is a risky undertaking, and Abrahamse’s success in this regard is that much more powerful as a result.

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“Wine tasting stations were set beneath log structures, and charming seating areas were made up of logs, boles, checked table cloths and buckets of freshly picked apples.”

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When Ismail Mahomed wrote Cheaper than Roses twenty years ago, he had only one person in mind to carry the one-woman performance: the vivacious actress and writer, Lizz Meiring. For a variety of reasons, it has taken Cheaper than Roses several years to come to the stage, but under the direction of well-known actor Zane Meas, Meiring has finally brought Mahomed’s prose to life. And it has certainly been worth the wait.

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I always thought only old people liked opera. Yet there are certain opera pieces that are universally adored: ‘Nessum Dorma’ thanks to the 1990 World Cup, The Toreador Song from Carmen is sung – with other words – in the school playground, ‘O Sole Mio’ became the jingle for a famous ice cream advert, and there are plenty more that have transcribed themselves into the public consciousness.

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This show definitely won’t lighten the load that money places on you, but it will lift the emotional burden associated with cash, even if just for a while. Ultimately, it will change your perspective on those little coins, notes and cards in your wallet. I’ll put my money on that.

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It’s the perfect place to find trinkets and gadgets and little works of art. But mostly it’s a place to find fabulous food. Located in what could be called the armpit of Hout Bay harbour, the Bay Harbour Market is a shining beacon of trendy weekend living. Other than the expensive tarps covering the side, the building from the outside could easily be mistaken for an old fish factory.

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Stereotypes exist in every culture so let’s just get over them and enjoy the rollercoaster of jollies. As it happens though, Rings of Fire has more to offer and if you know your general knowledge, music and politics then be prepared to laugh non-stop.

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His latest offering, Dark Imaginings, was a very well-planned and thought out show, with every little detail under his masterful control. With a non-stop narration throughout, Lightbody taught some psychological advertising techniques and demonstrated the effects of colour on a few hand-picked volunteers.

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Every single person there had an old blues cat inside them, dying to get out and strum a banjo. It may have been because everyone was getting more and more lubricated as the time went by, but Kleinmond sure got festive.

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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.

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Daneel is accompanied by a booze-guzzling keyboard-playing Lion (Roelof Colyn). Colyn’s musical talents stretch far, with past involvement as conductor/musical director/arranger and more (Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray, Fiela’s Child). This time, as accompanist, backing vocals and resident Lion, he balances out van der Walt’s dramatic voice and presence beautifully. Together they weave the audience in and out of tales of Gerry the Giraffe, a lonely whale, odes to slow driving and a favourite murder ballad.

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The Pink Flamingo cinema has established itself as a regular feature on the weekly Cape Town scene. A small open air rooftop venue, it plays popular classics such as Dances With Wolves and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Inzolo Spa is small but perfectly formed, with unique touches that create a special and restful experience, which lingers long after the aroma of wild honey fades away.

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A true stage star, friendly and open. His trademark deep voice is like drinking hot chocolate on a cold day. Apt, really, as the sun sank behind the Durbanville Hills and the temperature dipped further.

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“The entirety of both lake scenes in which Bosenberg appears are stunning, aided by the aesthetic purity of 24 dancers in white romantic tutus floating across the stage like smoke.”

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“This is storytelling at its best, drawing the audience in with an easy humour and an unassuming charisma, yet grasping the nettle of profound questions.”

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The performance of Evita last night cemented for me the fact that the Theatre on the Bay is Cape Town’s best theatre. The Artscape is the flagship, the Baxter is a joy but frankly when it pulls out the stops, the tiny Theatre on the Bay can beat either of them hands down.

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Balding repeatedly uses the words, “spontaneous”, “fresh” and “real” when referring to his work. Although the scenarios may be posed or appear like film stills, he doesn’t want his work to feel staged. He wants us to feel we have stumbled upon these moments without the subject’s knowledge – hence the voyeuristic feel to his work.

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Despite being utterly besieged by Cape Town’s infamous wind over the weekend, everybody was still more than keen to get in on the action at Hamilton’s Rugby Club for the second annual Cape Town Festival of Beer.

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There are no gripes about whose band is bigger or better or whatever, it is more about a sense of community and the feeling that we’re all in this together and it’s not easy so let’s just have a good time and rock out.

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An acoustic performance to a small audience tests true musicality in its purest form. And likewise, as an audience member, you too have to focus all your attention on the music. Thus all other distractions were set aside and Zebra & Giraffe ‘stripped down’ won me over in a couple of (heart)beats.

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Although there was no supporting band it didn’t take the crowd long to warm up, but ‘Smoke on the Water’ was clearly one of the happier moments of the all-sorts-of-ages crowd who showed appreciation for Glenn Hughes’ rendition of the guitar hit with a due rock out.

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I hesitate to refer to Afrikaburn as a festival. Or as a party. Sure, it encompasses both those things, but it is so much more than that. It is part social experiment, part hedonistic playground.

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