What’s on ... in Mzansi

2010-07-22 10:28


Art seminar

Johannesburg-based Artspace Gallery and consultancy Art Source SA

will be hosting a seminar on professional practice for visual artists who want

to learn how to effectively manage and direct their careers. Oliewenhuis Art

Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein, on August 5 and 6. To book call

Ronel de Jager 011 880 8802 or email Artspace@wol.co.za


Fragments, remnants & relics, an exhibition by

Erica Schoeman, is on at Association of Arts until August 4. Objects of her

works are broken and lost day-to-day utensils and articles which in the hands of

the artist are resurrected to acquire a new life and worth. Call 012 346 3100 or

visit www.artsassociationpta.co.za

Arts festival

The 10th annual Krekvars Student Arts Festival is on until July 31.

The performances will take place in the Masker, Lier and Chapel theatres, and

the films will be shown at the Studio in the Drama Building at the Hatfield

Campus of the University of Pretoria. Tickets can be purchased at the venue 45

minutes before the show begins. Call 012 420 3974.

Port Elizabeth

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The open Love this Place Exhibition is a chance for artists to

express what makes living in Eastern Cape special. There is no restriction on

the type of work – it can be in any media – except that it must be no bigger

than 90cmx60cmx60cm and each artist can only submit two pieces. This exhibition

runs at the Community Arts Centre in Bird Street for three weeks from August 24

to September 17 on a buy-it-and-take-it basis. Works have to be delivered on

August 17 and 18. To find out more call 041 585 3641.

Fine art

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is hosting a series of

exhibitions including Pleased to Meet You! and Know Your City. The former

features works from the museum’s permanent collection as well as works by

contemporary African artists. The exhibition engages with issues such as

identity, HIV and Aids as well as post-colonialism too and runs until September

12. Call 041 506 2000.

Cape Town

Art for charity

This is the AVA’s annual call to artists to help raise funds for

the ArtReach Fund. This year’s theme is Mini Me and the gallery is asking

artists to donate minature works. Your artwork must be no bigger than 15x10cm,

but you are free to work as miniature as you like. The work can be in any

medium. All works will be sold at a set price with all proceeds going towards

the AVA ArtReach Fund. All submissions can be sent via email to

kirsty.ava@iafrica.com. All entries must be submitted by August 16 and works

delivered by August 19.


Theatre lovers and Samuel Beckett fans are in for a rare treat when

Waiting for Godot comes to the Fugard Theatre with Sir Ian McKellen starring as

Estragon. Also on stage are Roger Rees, Matthew Kelly and Brendan O’Hea. This

Sean Mathias’ directed production has been touring the world for two years and

finally comes to Cape Town from July 31 to August 14. Call the theatre on

021 461 4570.


StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social

integration and upliftment of street children, is hosting a fundraising dinner

with Spanish music by talented classical guitarist James Grace. Grace, who is

currently head of Classical Guitar Studies at University of Cape Town, will be

performing at Harvey’s, Winchester Mansions, on Friday July 30 where punters can

also get dinner with a Spanish twist. Call 021 434 2351 to book.

Musical theatre

An African Dream featuring 3 Tons of Fun – Michelle Thomas, Bulelwa

Cosa and Nontokozo Sithembile Mfuphi – comes to On Broadway in Cape Town until

July 30. This trio of larger-than-life ladies pay tribute to the talents of

Brenda Fassie, Judith Sephuma and Mango Groove. To book call 021 424 1194,

dinner is included.


The Mechanicals present their 2010 repertory season comprising four

plays in three threatres over two months, all performed by one company of

players. This year’s four plays are Mephisto by Ariane Mnouchkine, Cosi by Louis

Nowra, Highway Crossing or A Tale of a Golden Fish by Jaan Tatte and Endgame by

Samuel Beckett. The Little, Intimate and Arena Theatres in Gardens will host The

Mechanicals until August 29. Call 021 480 7129 to book. See 7 this weekend for a

review of Cosi.

Johannesburg and Cape Town


Michael Jackson may no longer be with us but his music always will

be, and Thriller Live celebrates his and the Jackson 5’s tremendous contribution

to the music lexicon. The show features hits from Thriller to Beat It to Billie

Jean and from Man in the Mirror to Bad. So dig out that sequinned glove, pop on

your trilby and hit the high notes. Thriller comes to the Teatro at Montecasino

from August 10 to September 5. It then moves to Cape Town’s Grandwest Casino

from September 9 to 12. Book at Computicket.



Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels, one of South Africa’s best-loved

live Afro Pop acts, will be performing at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City

Casino for one night only on Saturday, July 31. Tickets cost R85 each. Bookings

at Computicket or at the Lyric Box Office on 011 248 5000. Visit

www.goldreefcity.co.za for more information.

Dance party

The Garden of Eden parties have fast become the must-attend Sunday

event for most of Joburg’s jet set. Set in the plush lounge, Zouk in Sandton,

the parties always attract the young and beautiful crowd ready to usher in the

new week with some good house and hip hop music courtesy of DJs Franky, Lulo

Cafe, Naves, Fanatic, Hudson, Lenor and Mlamza. This Sunday, there’s an extra

surprise of international dancehall king, Sean Paul, who will be at the party to

hobnob with the locals. Doors open at 6.30pm. The dress code is casual but no

shorts and caps and certainly no under-21s.


Athol Fugard’s classic drama, Hello and Goodbye, starring husband

and wife team, Dorothy Anne Gould and Michael Maxwell, comes to the Market

Theatre 45 years after it was first performed. Set in the kitchen of a railway

house in Port Elizabeth in 1963, a brother and sister who have not seen each

other for years, unpack boxes and suitcases in search of an elusive inheritance

and in so doing unpack the memories and truths of their empty and damaged lives.

Hello and Goodbye, directed by Mark Graham, runs at the Market Theatre Complex’s

Barney Simon Theatre until August 22. Call 011 832 1641 to book.


Parker’s Comedy & Jive at Montecasino is bringing some of South

Africa’s top local comics and a star international comedian to the stage. On

July 29 John Newton joins Nqoba Ngoba and Alain D Woolf and Tony King closes the

festival on July 30 and 31. Call 011 511 0081 or visit



The Timekeepers comes to the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square until

July 25 fresh from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Written by Dan

Clancy, this Israeli production is about an outrageously camp German homosexual

who befriends an elderly conservative Jewish man in the Sachsenhausen

concentration camp. Call 011 883 8606.

See review on citypress.co.za/entertainment


The Thompson Gallery in Melville is hosting an exhibition by Elaine

Hirschowitz entitled Interpret. Hirschowitz has studied both art and psychology

and her work is a way to find beauty and healing in despair. It encourages the

viewer to explore their subconscious ways of reading meaning. Call

011 482 2039.


Tim Plewman teams up with Joe Parker for Grin and Bare It’s a romp

set in South Africa during the World Cup. This laugh-a-minute comedy will

tantalise, tease and titillate audiences across all languages and cultures. Grin

and Bare It is at the Mardi Gras Theatre at Carnival City until August 28. Book

at Computicket.


The PACE 2010 exhibition takes place at the Gauteng Craft and

Design Centre (CDC) located on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton until 31 July.

Challenging hackneyed “curio” stereotypes, PACE 2010 sees “craft” blurring with

fashion and decor, taking its rightful place on the global design stage.

Highlights include Ronel Jordaan’s new felt chair, Kpando Pottery’s earthy forms

from Ghana, Moonlight & Magic’s abstracted paper-mâché Dolos sculptures from

Cape Town and Malian master dyer Aboubakar Fofana, who has created a unique

indigo masterpiece in Mali. Call 011 011 4100.


Afrikaans music star, Kurt Darren, is set to take the stage again

at Gold Reef City Casino’s The Lyric Theatre for an exclusive show on August 28.

Call the Lyric Box Office on 011 248 5000. Visit www.goldreefcity.co.za for



Jonathan Roxmouth teams up with Louis Zurnamer for Hats Off! This

musical revue revisits the madcap musical antics of British comedy duo Michael

Flanders and Donald Swann. With nothing but a baby grand piano to egg them on,

the pair perform some downright silly songs. This Alan Swerdlow directed show is

on at the Studio Theatre at Montecasino until August 1. Book at Computicket. See

7 in this week’s City Press for a review of the show.


Pieter-Dirk Uys and South Africa’s most famous white woman, Evita

Bezuidenhout, are to present Desperate First Ladies at the Lyric Theatre at Gold

Reef City Casino in August in celebration of Women’s Day. The shows take place

on August 6, 7 and 8. Call 011 248 5000 to book.



Sunghursh, a spectacular dance drama featuring a cast of more than

40 dancers, is at the Opera theatre until August 11. Directed by Smeetha

Maharaj, Sunghursh celebrates the history of South Africa’s Indian community. It

combines narration, dance, music, and backdrops featuring projections of

historic slides, as it takes the audience on a journey from the distant shores

of India to Durban Bay. Call the Playhouse on 031 369 9540.


The Mystery of Irma Vep is on at the Heritage Theatre until Sunday.

Set in an isolated manor house on the Yorkshire moors it features a tortured

Egyptologist, his delicate young wife, a deformed groundsman, a sinister

housekeeper, an Egyptian tomb robber, a mummy and a vampire. Oh, and a likeable

werewolf! Two actors, Michael Gritten and Steven Stead, play all of the play’s

eight characters in a hilarious quick-change marathon. Call 031 765 4197 to


» See 7 in this weekend’s City

Press newspaper for reviews of some of the best theatre shows across the


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