Five things to do in Mzansi

2011-03-14 07:11

There is no excuse to stay home and watch bad reality TV this week.

» The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s (JPO’s) concerts on March 16 and 17 will feature a special “curtain-raiser” by the JPO Academy Orchestra.

At 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday, just before the start of the JPO’s final symphony concerts for the season at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown, the Academy Orchestra will perform the first movement from Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony.

Thereafter, the JPO will continue with its scheduled programme under the baton of principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller – performing the Prelude, Liebestod and Nachtesang from Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde, as well as Mahler’s Symphony No 4 in G major, featuring soprano Kelebogile Boikanyo.

To book, call 011-789-2733.

» At Cape Town’s Kalk Bay Theatre, Love at First Fight, a fun roller-coaster ride through the trials, tribulations and titillations of relationships, runs from March 23 to April 9.

Described by Cue as “a must-see”, the show is written and performed by the dynamic husband-and-wife team of Vanessa Harris and Ash Searle, and presented by their company, award-winning Follow Spot Productions.

Love at First Fight sees them display their immeasurable talents as they sing, dance, (mis)communicate and negotiate about how to make love work.

To book, call 073-220-5430.

» The semi-finals and finals of the national Hip-Hop Dance Championships Dance to Las Vegas 2011 kick off on March 18 and 19 at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena in Brakpan.

The contest, in it’s fifth year, is open to all entrants aged seven and upwards and category finalists will go on to represent South Africa at the World Hip-Hop Dance Championship to be held Las Vegas, US, in July.

The audience can expect to be entertained by a series of solo and team dance routines.

The contest starts at 10am each day and tickets are available from Computicket at a cost of R80 to R130.

For further information, visit

» At the Montecasino Theatre Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita still rules supreme until April 10.

The bonsai version of the West End musical took a clutch of awards at the Naledi Theatre Awards, including Best Actress for Angela Killian, who sings the role of Eva Peron.

If you haven’t yet seen this innovative version of the musical, don’t miss out. Call 011-511-1818.

» Folk singer Jeremy Taylor is taking a trip down Memory Lane. Those who wish to join the man who made drive-in songs famous – okay, one drive-in song – will find him at Foxwood House in Houghton on March 26 and 27 and April 2 and 3.

Ag Daddy Pleez – 50 Years On’s playlist includes the Ag Pleez Daddy of the title as well as Lift Girl’s Lament, Ballad of the Southern Suburbs and We’re From the Northern Side of Town.

To book, call 011-486-0935.

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