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30 May 2012

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Moody Blues. What a milestone. “When we started out my hair was brown, my teeth were white and this meant peace,” said Graeme Edge holding his fingers in the iconic ‘V’. “Now… my hair is white, my teeth are brown and this ‘V’ means Viagra!” Cue mad hippy-loving laughter echoing through the arena. “But it’s all still rock ‘n’ roll baby!”

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3 June 2012

In the first movement the juxtaposition of the playful piano and the grave cries of the cello were beautifully interpreted by the duo. Grobler then played the delicate harmonies of the second movement with the utmost tenderness and sympathy.

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13 to 30 June 2012

It’s beyond me how Roxmouth remembers where everything is. With no obvious pattern he opens the drawers at random to reveal the even more random props within. The only constant element in the show is Roxmouth’s voice.

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23 to 30 June 2012

The chase scenes are hilarious, and the songs plentiful and catchy, while the choreography is charmingly simple. I lost some of the lyrics to the songs – a shame, since the tunes are on a loop in my head – but they were enjoyable nonetheless with leaping rhymes such as ‘porridge’ and ‘Norwich’. There was even a rather elegant orchestral version of the Porridge song.

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10 to 21 July 2012

With touches of high comedy balanced with the stark realities of abuse and sidelining, OfficeBLOCK portrays an utterly recognisable scenario. The fact that the people on stage are deaf is utterly irrelevant to the story or to the means of telling it, and yet the fluidity of their movement as a team, their to-the-millisecond timings of cues and reactions is all the more impressive. This is not mime, this is dance.

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2 February 2013

The J&B Met is a riot of colour, status and fashion. While many people attend this annual event for the horse racing, it has also become a regular calendar date to showcase individuality and style.

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27 February 2013 to 9 March 2013

Heavy Metal remains a challenging exhibition. Exploratory design propels the commonplace into the realms of the conceptually complex. At its best, the work at the Foundry is a salient reminder of the astonishing qualities that saturate both raw materials and elements of utility. Unfortunately, the venue’s avant-garde lay-out masochistically camouflages some of the most consummate work on display.

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6 to 13 April 2013

Summer hues still lend their lustre to the city centre as the curtain is raised at Cape Town’s premier Opera House. It is doubtful that Verdi, born in 1813, foresaw a postcolonial world or believed that his dazzling opera would be performed in remote southern climes but the Artscape’s Otello is a breathtaking production that does full justice to the Italian composer’s bicentenary.

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30 December 2013 to 1 January 1970

One of my favourite restaurants in the Cape is Harbour House, Kalk Bay. I eat there about twice a week on tours. It is consistently good and people just simply love it there. Part of the magic is the fact that they have a great location in Kalk Bay – they are in the harbour next to the community fishing boats and boast floor to ceiling views of the ocean and the peninsula.

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2 June 2014 to 1 January 1970

Much like a well-made paella, Sotano features many distinctive elements which – if handled correctly – work together as a cohesive and spectacular whole. And Chef Russell Jalil’s Spanish Paella (R 140) is a case in point. It’s hearty without being overdone.

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20 April 2019

In a masterclass of partner work and seamless transitions, the literal leaps of faith are testament to the trust between the dancers. The duet between Botha and van Ster is particularly interesting as a study of contrasts, not just in the physical difference between the two dancers but in the way it aligns the serious contemplative energy of Botha alongside van Ster’s playfulness, resulting in a duet of sharp manipulation that gets caught up in sweeping, spiralling lifts.

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20 April 2019

The restaurant spans various levels, including a lower level for those unable to climb the numerous flights of stairs. Decorated in warm hues of reds and gold it displays exquisite treasures from across the African continent. Everything down to the crockery is rich with texture.

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20 April 2019

Set in 17th century Spain, the play follows the tale of young Cardenio, his love for the fair Luscinda and his turbulent friendship with the Duke’s son, Fernando. Combine these elements and the result is a Shakespearian inevitability, namely that “the course of true love never did run smooth”.

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20 April 2019

The constant mood changes throughout the production serve to emphasise the rollercoaster lives we lead, in which successes, failures and setbacks are all integral parts of the journey. By the end the dancers are shown to have mastered their fears and are at peace with themselves.

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20 April 2019 to 1 January 1970

The forum disclosed the challenges and pressures that art faces in South Africa both from government and the commercial sphere. I was left wondering whether it really matters how far artists go. Is the creative sector able to independently and legitimately critique socioeconomic context? In what way can seditious art realistically impact material circumstances?

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20 April 2019

There was earth-trembling bass, there was smoke, there was fire, the lights of the mothership did exactly as they promised and beamed the crowd up to a higher plain of music. This is what they came for, this is why members of the media stood shivering for hours. They had come for Skrillex.

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20 April 2019

There is no such thing as personal space at an electro party. Once you enter the dance pit you cease to exist. You merge with the other closely-packed bodies; your movements controlled by the puppet master behind the decks.

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20 April 2019

The normally sleepy little seaside hamlet of Kleinmond came alive for the third annual Big Blues Music Festival this last weekend. Impressively for this small event – fast becoming a fixture on the local music festival circuit – at least 20 well-known bands and artists performed of which about half are best known as rock musicians.

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20 April 2019

With Goldfish’s hypnotic, groovy tunes and the screaming approval of the fans still ringing in my ears on the way home, I felt I had just come out of a major stadium concert – the same electrifying vibe, the same adoring fans, though in a far more beautiful setting.

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20 April 2019

A vortex of colour and sound surrounded the 10 000-strong crowd at the Holi One Festival on the Grand Parade on Saturday. Originally a Hindu festival, Holi celebrates spring and fertile land.

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20 April 2019

Watching the acrobats create human pyramids while skipping ropes, or bouncing off trampolines onto narrow ledges is both breathtaking and utterly nerve-wracking. Awe and fascination for their bravery and skill is tempered by relief when each act concludes without a death or at the least a blood-soaked mangling.

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20 April 2019

Great Expectations is only one of a triumvirate of exhibitions currently running at the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Woodstock. Whilst Schreuders’s special expertise is sculpture, Andrew Putter and Ian Grose work with photography and painting respectively.

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“What I’ve heard from the Camerata Tinta Barocca has been utterly thrilling. They have surely managed to breath new life into old favourites. By abandoning the baggage of tradition, they have achieved freshness by going back to the source.”

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