Diary of Events 12-18 March

2010-03-12 00:00


Simmi Dullay will give a walkabout on her current exhibition, Exile and Cultural Intersections at the DUT Art Gallery, above the library on the Steve Biko Campus in Durban on March 16 at 2.30 pm. The exhibition runs until March 18. Admission is free. For more information phone 031 373 2207.

The library at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is open on Tuesdays from 1-4 pm for research. Booking is essential. Telephone Thulani Makhaye or Kobie Venter on 033 392 2801.


The shelves at Msunduzi Hospice Association's second-hand bookstore are bursting with gems ranging from adventure and romance to information and education. There is also an exciting range of Africana and highly collectable books for sale in our bookshop. The bookshop is open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: 033 344 1560.


BirdLife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) will be hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday at 7 am. Inquiries: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

The Hilton Garden Club meets on March 16 at 9.30 am for 10 am. There will be a bird talk by Mark Brown in the garden of Jill Munn, 4 Seeking Drive, Hilton Gardens (opposite Grace College on the Hilton College Road, turn right, then second left into Seeking Drive). All welcome.

The March meeting of the Decorative Arts Society takes place in the Heritage Hall, St John's United Church, 244 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg on March 16 at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. The development of the 18th Century English country house and garden is the subject of the illustrated talk which will be given by NADFAS lecturer, Edward Saunders.

Admission is R20 for members, R40 for non-members which includes light refreshments. Off street parking available. Inquiries: Gill Gaylard at 033 330 7011.

Birds of a Feather, a ladies networking and socialising group, meets on March 16 at Just Lavender, 6 Gough Road, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 am to 11 am. Anita de Waal, the only health kinesiologist in SA, speaks on Overall Health - The Natural Way and Truus de Waal, an art teacher, speaks on Discovering Who You Are Through Art. Admission R60. Booking is essential. Kindly RSVP by March 13 to Geeta at 071 202 4140 or geeta@bofnetworx.co.za

The Pietermaritzburg Business Network’s March meeting takes place at 4 pm on March 18 at Aintree Lodge in Grange Road, Scottsville. Successful speaker, trainer and author, Charlotte Kemp, will share her experiences in a talk titled, I’m not afraid of the ‘F’ word - 50 lessons learned on the way to business failure. Attendance is free, on a first come, first served basis, and is limited to the first 200 companies to confirm participation. Twenty businesses will have an opportunity to introduce their companies, products and services, although all are welcome to bring promotional material. Telephone Carmen via cteal@sai.co.za or by fax on 086 659 4885 for more information or to make a booking.

BirdLife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) will be hosting a day outing to Mbona Estate, Karkloof, on March 21. Telephone the leader, Eve Hughes, at 033 330 2723 for meeting place and time. Bring chairs and refreshments.

Howick Birding Group will host a morning outing to the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve on March 24. Meet at the reserve at 7 am. There is an entrance fee payable for non-WESSA members. Bring tea. Leader: Eve Hughes at 033 330 2723.

The Embroiderer's Guild Of South Africa meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Allan Wilson Shellhole, Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg at 1.30 pm for 2 pm. All embroiderers are very welcome, whether experienced or a beginner. Inquiries: Lynda at 033 343 4454.

The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana welcomes visitors to open meetings on the first Thursday of every month from 7 am to 8 am at the Royal Natal Yacht Club, Esplanade, Durban. Breakfast is available. Admission R50. Inquiries: Alistair Abell at 031 303 6359.

The Pietermaritzburg Underwater Club meets Thursday evenings at its Clubhouse in Kershaw Park (next to the tennis club). Come and learn more about spear fishing, scuba diving, underwater hockey etc. Meet at the clubhouse at 5.30 pm every Thursday or join us after practice (7 pm). Cash bar and braai fires available. Inquiries: Caz 082 859 3026 or Noeline 082 445 6441.

The Pietermaritzburg Croquet Club welcomes visitors and new members on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2 pm. The venue is in Alexandra Park, near the Oval, and the club provides equipment. Inquiries: Tim at 033 344 3368 or Richard at 033 396 6204.

The Pietermaritzburg Budgerigar Club meets at 2.30 pm on the third Saturday of every month at members’ homes. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. Inquiries: Bruce Acutt at 082 809 2573 or Lionel Sydenham at 083 405 0359.

Pietermaritzburg City Chess Club meet at the Moth Hall in Grosvenor Street every Tuesday at 2 pm. All welcome irrespective of the standard of play. Inquiries Percy Stirk at 033 396 4589.

The Pietermaritzburg Canary and Cage Bird Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the Bird Hall, Royal Showgrounds. Visitors and new members welcome. Enquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.


Beginners as well as experienced artists are invited to attend drawing and painting classes by former Durban University of Technology lecturer, Fransie Pretorius, in Westville. Students will explore a variety of approaches to drawing and become familiar with the use of line, form, texture and composition. The classes are held at 22 Portman Road, Dawncliffe, on Saturday afternoons between 2 pm and 5 pm and on Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 noon. Inquiries: 031 266 6422 or e-mail: fransiep@telkomsa.net

Join up with fun new art classes, held at a home-based studio in Scottsville. Groups are small, informal and friendly, and tuition is offered by an experienced art teacher\lecturer. Good for beginners and great for improvers. A general art course is held on weekday mornings and offers a basic introduction to sketching, charcoal, pastels and watercolours. There is also a design careers portfolio programme onweekday afternoons, which can assist matric art students; and a Saturday morning ‘leisure artists’ workshop. Inquiries: Denise Essom at 033 345 2116 or 072 117 0017 or e-mail dessom@xsinet.co.za

Tatham Art Gallery holds youth art classes at the Old Presbyterian Church on Fridays from 2.30-4.30 pm. Inquiries: Thulani Makhaye on 033 392 2801.

Painting lessons on canvas, fabric, ceramic and wood for beginners or existing painters. No artistic ability required. Call Truus at Creative Image on 033 342 4959 or 082 445 7051.

Enjoy painting (oils, acrylics or watercolours) or drawing (pastels, charcoal or pencil shading) - classes for beginner or experienced adult art students. Creative art lessons for pupils and Grades 9 to 11 art subject candidates. Inquiries to Val Maggs at 033 342 1638.

Fashion sewing for beginners. Learn to sew beautiful clothes using techniques that are fast and easy. Courses are held at the Gateway School of Fashion at Project Gateway. Other exciting courses are also available. For more details call Idoni Forder on 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.


Dancers from the Lisa Jennings School of Dance will perform Sleeping Beauty at the Hexagon Theatre, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, tonight at 7?pm and tomorrow at 2.30?pm and 7?pm. Book at the Hexagon Theatre at 033?260?5537.

Dance-Life Studio is hosting a new ballroom and Latin American beginners dance class starting in March in central Pietermaritzburg. The cost is R320 per couple, per month. Telephone Dee at 082 561 0081 to book. The studio also hosts beginners line dancing for those without partners.


Keith Fey will give an illustrated talk, titled Life and adventures in the last wilderness, tonight at 7 pm at the Besant Theatre, Cordwalles Preparatory School. A donation from the proceeds will go the Botanical Gardens. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Admission is R60 (scholars R30). To book telephone Jacqs Smart on 079 883 9725 or 079 723 6200. Booking is essential.

The South African Writers' Circle is holding its annual awards luncheon tomorrow at the Durban Country Club at 11 am. Admission is R85 per person, excluding drinks. Dress code: dress up as your favourite literary character. Prize for the winning costume.

The seventh NH Farm Dams Bass Competition will be held tomorrow. Fish in 15 privately owned, stocked, dams in the beautiful New Hanover district. Prizes for first and junior per dam. See www.newhanover.co.za or phone Jurgen 082 785 8166 for more details.

Durban Church of Christ is hosting Renaissance, a women’s afternoon tea, at Cygnet Nursery and Junior School in Queen Elizabeth Drive, Westville, tomorrow between 2 pm and 5 pm. Special guests include clinical psychologist, Rani Samuel, women’s mentor, Ingrid Roberts, and women’s ministry leader, Lisa Comrie. Dress is smart casual and tickets are R70. Inquiries: 031 266 9265.

Baynesfield is hosting a Vintage Hobbies Fair on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Attractions include: model trains, cars, machinery, aeroplanes, a collection of pellet guns, Genealogical Society displays, a craft market and a good selection of food for sale, vintage tractors and machinery, woodcrafters and tours through Baynes House. Tickets are R20 (R10 pensioners, free for scholars). Telephone Eleanor at 033 251 0001 during office hours for more details.

The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, Pietermaritzburg will host it’s seventh annual quilt display from March 16-25. Usually this involves the work of local quilters, but in 2010 the African Pizzazz travelling quilt exhibition will be featured. The museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: 033 394 6835.

The Decorex Durban and KSA Kitchen & Bathroom Faire 2010 takes place from March 19 to 22 at the ICC in Durban. This year’s show offers inspired design and décor solutions, the latest in home trends, beautiful kitchens and bathrooms and fantastic prizes. Show times: 10 am to 8 pm on March 19, 20 and 21 and 10 am to 6 pm on March 22.Tickets: R35 on March 19or R45 adults (R35 pensioners, R5 children under 12) from March 20-22. Visit www.decorex.co.za for more information and to book online.

Silver Heights Secondary School is hosting a 30th anniversary dinner and dance on March 20 at the FNB Terrace at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R60 from the school. Phone Mr JK Naidu at 033 391 4524 or 084 508 6082.

David Johnson will give a talk, titled Machu Picchu: Ancient Ruins of Peru, at the Igede Theatre, Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, on March 27 at 10.45 am. Tickets R10.

The Durban Catholic Players Guild, in association with the Knights of Da Gama, will present The Way of the Cross, at 3 pm on March 28 at Greyville Racecourse. The production chronicles Jesus Christ’s journey with the cross. Admission is free and secure parking is available. Patrons are invited to bring along a picnic basket to enjoy lunch before the show, which will have sheltered seating. For more information phone 083 286 2155.

The 25th Annual Diakonia Council of Churches’ early morning Easter Good Friday Service will be held on Friday, April 2 at the Durban Exhibition Centre. It will start from 5:15am and will have an environmental theme. The guest preacher is Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, and he will deliver the sermon based on the pertinent environmental theme: Creation: Crucified by Greed reflecting on how our greed continues to crucify all of creation. Diakonia has flagged the church’s response to critical environmental issues as one of their primary areas of focus. Meditative singing will commence at 5.15 am at the Durban Exhibition Centre, where the first part of the service will take place at 6.15 am. Thereafter the congregation will proceed through the streets of Durban in reflective silent witness. The service will conclude at approximately 8.15 am on the steps of the City Hall with a flowered cross. Limited parking and street parking will be available at the DEC with additional off street parking around the City Hall. Transport back to the DEC from the City Hall will be arranged for the elderly and the infirm. Entry to the Good Friday service is free. Inquiries: 031 310 3500.

The Stables Wine Estate in Nottingham Road holds its annual Grape Crushing Festival on April 17 from 12.30 pm. In classic French tradition the grapes are foot-stomped after careful cleaning, and the juice is then used to make the season’s wine. There will also be pony rides and face painting for the children, and plenty of food on sale. Tickets R95. Bookings essential. Inquiries: Wynand at 033 2666781 or info@stableswine.co.za


The Antiques and Collectables Fair takes place at Pietermaritzburg’s Liberty Midlands Mall, outside Edgars, today and tomorrow.

Union Park Primary School is holding a market day in the school grounds at 66 Union Place, Northdale, on March 19 from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm. Inquiries: 033 391 4552.


Early bird classes in meditation and Tao Yin will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Body Dynamics, 1 Alan Paton (Durban) Road, Pietermaritzburg. At 7.30 am there is a meditation (the breathe) class, followed at 8.30 am by Baqua/meditation or Tao Yin. On Wedneday and Thursday evenings there is Baqua/meditation at 5.15 pm and Chen Style Taiji Form at 6.15 pm. A Chen Style Taiji Form class also takes place on Friday at 6 pm. To book telephone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

The Art of Living Foundation is hosting Sudarshan Kriya and Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Veda Temple, Nohar Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: 033 391 1714.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World hosts free yoga sessions in the Suncoast ampitheatre on Thursdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Inquiries: VO2 Max gym at 031 201 8585.

Yoga at Kloof on Wednesdays at 9 am. Other classes at Westville, Hillcrest, Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Kath at 082 540 1122.

Yoga classes take place at Oakleigh Avenue, Wembley on Thursdays at 8 am. Inquiries: Kath at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

Hatha yoga classes with meditation and chanting get underway on a peaceful farm in the Camperdown area in February. Inquiries: Bev at 082 857 2774.

Join Group Hypno-Therapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm if you want to stop smoking, lose weight, have any fears or phobias, or want to join self-improvement classes. Inquiries: 082 046 7515.

The Lin Li School of Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi classes take place every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30 pm at The McDowall Centre, Girls High School, Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Paul Dorrian on 033 386 2916 or 082 573 0557.

Wing Chun Kung Fu, self defence and Eskrima (stick fighting). Classes for men and women every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 pm at Eddels Sports and Social Club, Dartnell Road, Mountain Rise. Inquiries: Sifu Gus Hornby on 083 638 0801 or Shaun on 076 648 6168.

Yoga classes for strength and flexibility in Scottsville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm. Telephone Jenny on 033 386 3323.

Yoga classes take place in Hilton on Mondays at 5.30 pm. Phone Moira on 072 800 5294 or 033 343 4014 (a/h).

Chi Kung is a fun exercise to keep you healthy. Classes take place at Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am and cost R20. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5.30 pm (Jane: 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862) and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am (Allan: 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005).

Overweight? Join a class and learn about proper eating habits. No pills, shakes or potions – just proper eating. Classes in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg city centre and Scottsville. Inquiries: Shona at 082 397 1406 or 033 391 3606.


Wartburg holds a Farmers’ Market from 7 am to 9 am on the first Saturday of every month.

The food market – a proudly homegrown KZN initiative for passionate foodies – takes place at The Hellenic Community Centre, 6 High Grove, Umgeni Park, Durban North on March 27 from 8 am to 2 pm. Stalls sell everything from organic produce to flowers. Admission is free and there is plenty of secure parking. Inquiries: Karen at 083 777 5633 or Emma at 083 707 0531, send an email to info@thefoodmarket.co.za or log on to www.thefoodmarket.co.za

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is at Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: Ian on 072 864 1626.

A craft market takes place opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Pietermaritzburg Farmer's Market is held every Saturday morning from 6-10 am at Alexandra Park, behind the Harry Gwala Stadium. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Inquiries: Andrea 082 820 8986.

Hilton Farmers’ and craft market every Saturday, from 7-11 am. Inquiries: Candice at 079 509 5222.

Farmer’s market at the Lion's River Stock Sale Yard every Saturday from 8.30-11 am. Inquiries: Brian at 033 330 8050. Proceeds from breakfasts support local charities.

Essenwood Craft Market takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at Essenwood Park in Durban.


The PMB Amateur Music Society Choir meets every Tuesday at 7 pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 88 Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Stret. All welcome. Phone Mary at 033 456 0449 or Ruth at 033 347 5464.

Love and Loss - A performance by Bronwen Forbay (soprano), Dr Randall Umstead (tenor) from Baylor University (USA) and Christopher Duigan (piano) takes place at Howard College Theatre, UKZN Durban, at 7.30 pm today. They will perform opera scenes by Mozart and Donizetti, as well as the Petrarch sonnets and O quand je dors by Liszt. Tickets R60 (R30 concessions). To book contact Mandy at 031 260 3353 or wilkenm@ukzn.ac.za.

The Dhananjayans, who are considered living legends in the history of dance, will be the stars of Sadhana at the Izulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom today and tomorrow. Featured artists include: Dr Anitha Shanmughanathan, Vanathy Raghuram, Arun Gopinath, KP Ramesh Babu, Kesevan Manickam and Seelan Pillay. Tickets range from R100 to R150 and can be bought from Computicket.

Richard Cock and soloists, Nicholas Nicolaides and Veramarie Meyer, and a small orchestra from Johannesburg, are the stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends in Love is a Many Splendid Thing at Howick High School on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are R60 and R80 and can be bought every Monday between 11 am and 11.30 am at the school. Inquiries: Mary Carlisle at 083 284 8798.

The Ensemble Cum Gaudio will perform an hour-long classical music concert in the Durban Lutheran Church, Renshaw Road (off Franks Road, Umbilo) on Sunday at 4 pm. The programme features the Mozart Oboe Quartet, the Crusell Clarinet Quartet, as well as pieces by Ravel and Debussy for strings, oboe and clarinet. Musicians in the Ensemble Cum Gaudio are: Jitske Brien (violin), Annamaria D’Andrea (viola), Marguerite Spies (cello), Margrit Deppe (oboe) and Justin Carter (clarinet). The concert is in aid of the Organ Fund of the Lutheran Church. Entrance is free and donations towards the repairs of the organ would be much appreciated. Inquiries: 074 414 0068.

The Durban Military Band will give a performance of drill work and music in the car park area in front of Howard College, March 15 between 12.15 pm and 1 pm. Admission is free.

Maritzburg Musicians Club is hosting a performance by three times SAMA award-winning acoustic guitar maestro, Tony Cox, as part of the Tony Cox South African Tour 2010, at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg at 7.30 pm on March 16. Tickets are R85.

Legendary drummer and percussionist Barry van Zyl (Johnny Clegg) with Gareth Gale (Farryl Purkiss, Nibs van der Spuy) and special guests will perform at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on March 17 from 5.30 pm. Tickets R20 (R10 students).

Horny Goats Gigs at Swissland Cheese, on the R103 between Lidgetton and Balgowan, will host a performance by the Pixie Bennett Bennet Band and Tuff Gong on March 21 from 12.30 pm. Tickets R50 (R25 junior school kids). Boerewors rolls and Notties beer available.

Cheese shop open. Bring along a picnic, family and friends and enjoy good music, in peaceful surroundings. Inquiries: Fran at 082 418 3440 or Ailsalee at 071 318 5206.

Prince Bulo, UKZN Masters student, performs original jazz compositions and arrangements for tenor saxophone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass and drums at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at UKZN Durban on March 24 at 5.30 pm. Tickets R20 (R10 students).

Gustavo Romero, A Mexican-American concert pianist, will be performing a selection of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the Howard College Theatre at UKZN Durvan on March 30 at 7.30 pm. This is a continuation of his 2008 and 2009 tours to South Africa where he launched his three-year cycle of all the Beethoven sonatas in seven recitals in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Tickets are R60 and R30 (concessions). For bookings phone Mandy on 031 260 3353.

Johnny Clegg, one of SA’s most celebrated musicians, will be performing his ‘Bigger and Better’ concert at Pietermaritzburg’s Woodburn Rugby Stadium on April 17. Tickets range from R190 (standing) to R300 (golden circle) and can be bought at all SPAR stores across Pietermaritzburg and the midlands.


Cycling with Himalayan Hounds along the Highest Roads in the World is the title of an illustrated talk by Bridget Ringdahl. It details her recent 2500km bicycle trip through the high Himalayas of North India. The talk takes place at St Annes Diocesan College auditorium in Hilton on March 26 at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. Entry is by suggested donation of R20 and funds raised with go to Funda Nenja.


Hilton College Theatre is hosting one performance of Tokoloshe Come Again!, the follow-up to Neon Anthems’ popular Tokoloshe Come and Go! Tonight at 7.30 pm. The show, which combines the talents of Jacobus van Heerden and Liam Magner, follows the life of Moses, the little orphan boy, as he struggles to gain recognition in the world. It’s guranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. Tickets are R70 and can be booked at 033 383 0126 or via email at tickets@hiltoncollege.com

Howick High School presents the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, in the school hall at 7 pm on March 12. Tickets are R30 each from the front office of the school. Telephone 033 330 2858.

Boolulu Uncle, starring popular comedian, Senzo, will have its premier in the New Market Room at the Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow at 8pm. The play tells the story of Senzo, a black boy who grows up in an Indian home, and during the course of the show Senzo will bring 26 different characters to life. Tickets are R80 and can be bought at the guest relations desk. Please note – the show is not suitable for under 16s. For more information telephone 033 395 8136 or 033 395 8137.

Enjoy an evening of music, drama and dance with a South African theme when you buy tickets for the variety show, Viva Afrika!, which will take place at NCF Church, 498 Alexandra Road, Bisley on March 16 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm. Tickets are R10 and can be booked with Jackie at 079 517 5641 or bought on the door. Proceeds from the event will go to Rape Crisis.

The musical, Chicago, will be staged at The Theatre – St Anne’s College from March 16 to 18 at 7 pm. With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb, this is one of the world’s classic musicals – and its story of crime and passion, will be brought to life by a cast of talented young performers. The St Anne’s production promises stunning musical and dance numbers, infused with glitz and jazzy rhythms, and a healthy dose of comedy. And, an eight piece live band, led by professional jazz musician Jeff Judge, will back up the action. Tickets are R50 (R30 concessions) and can be booked at 033 343 3300.

The Wykeham Collegiate, in association with Maritzburg College, are presenting the play, The Miracle Worker, at 7 pm from March 16 to 19 at Wykeham Collegiate Theatre. Written by William Gibson, the play, which is directed by Antony Lovell of The Wykeham Collegiate, tells the story of Anne Sullivan, the teacher who brought language and compassion into blind and deaf Helen Keller’s dark, silent world. Gibson believed that this powerful true story exemplified the American dream. Tickets for the show are R35 and can be booked at senior reception at The Wykeham Collegiate at 033 342 0752.

The Russell High Choir is hosting, Last Choir Flying, an event packed full of song and dance on March 17 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm. Champion Irish Dancers, Samantha and Melissa Wood, who have just returned from the world championships in Killarney, Ireland, Scottish pipers, ballroom dancers, drummers from Cordwalles and the choir itself are set to perform on the night. Tickets are R80 for adults and R20 for under 12s. Bring your own picnic supper, drinks and glasses. To book your seats call Ronèl Wood at 033 342 2338 or send an email to ronel@ovation.co.za Alternatively, book your seats with the school. Part of the proceeds will go to the Russell Choir Fund.

The Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzbuirg hosts the 99 % Comedy Show at 8 pm on March 21. The stand up comedy show features Felix Hlope, Sthe Khumalo, Celeste Ntuli, Sifiso Nene and Arnotte Payne. Tickets are available from the guest relations desk.

Azalea Rotary Club’s Magical Music Supper Theatre takes place in the Alan Paton Memorial Hall at Maritzburg College on March 25 at 7 pm. Performers include pianist, Christopher Duigan, soprano, Bronwen Forbay, the PMB Midlands Youth Choir and the Maritzburg College musicians and singers. The final treat for the evening comes in the form of Brutal Tunes, the award-winning cabaret, starring Lisa Bobbert and Maritzburg College old boy, Anthony Stonier, accompanied by international concert pianist, Andrew Warburton. Tickets for the show are R180, which includes a three course dinner, and can be bought from Dulce at Parklane Spar, Maritzburg College at 033 342 9376 or at Publicity Association Midlands Mall at 033 342 4512. Booking is essential. A cash bar will be available.


Project Gateway/The Old Prison at 4 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, hosts Wednesday Open Tours every Wednesday at 11 am. Tickets are R20 for the hour-long tour. To book contact the tourism office at 033 845 0400.


The Botanical Artists Association (BAASA KZN) will be holding workshops and functions to help lovers of art and nature to learn more about plants and how to represent them in works of art. The workshops, which will be held at the Durban Botanic Gardens, include a hands-on lecture by Martin Clements on endangered indigenous plants on March 16 at 9 am in the Discovery Room, which will be followed on March 20 with plant specimens and a drawing session. Over the Easter weekend the well-known botanical illustrator, Vickey Thomas from Cape Town, will be offering a workshop on botanical illustration. For more information, telehone Fransie Pretorius at 031 266 6422 or email her at fransiep@telkomsa.net. Alternatively email Jean Powell at terencep@saol.com or phone her at 031 266 3082.

Join Christina Auerbach and experience the healing and unifying power of sound and chant on March 20 between 9 am and 5 pm at Tattwamassi Healing Centre, Peacevale, near Hillcrest. In this day workshop you will explore the nature of sound, learn how to tone and how to use sound to balance the subtle energies of the body, experience the beneficial effect of chant and song, and learn how to refine listening skills. Admission is R350. Booking essential. Telephone Christina at christina@rainman.co.za or 084 584 5689. Please bring mat, blanket, cushion and lunch. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

* Submit your events to Estelle Sinkins via e-mail at arts@witness.co.za or by fax at 033 355 1122 by noon on Wednesday.

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