Diary of Events 25 September until 1 October

2009-09-25 00:00


The Celebrate Durban Arts Bus is a free hop-on, hop-off city bus service which allows arts lovers to visit the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood; Durban University of Technology Art Gallery (Steve Biko campus); Durban Art Gallery; the BAT Centre; the African Art Centre and Artisan Gallery; artSPACE durban; and the Kizo Art Gallery - will run on September 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, leaving from the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood at 9 am and returning to the gallery mid-afternoon. Bus entry is free but seats are limited so booking is advisable with Domy Cortes at 031 208 9430 or 073 719 0444.

More than 40 community and SMME crafters will be showcasing their work at the Heritage Art Festival’s Retail Art Development Programme (RAD) at Gateway’s Expo Explore Court from September 25-27. Visit them from 9 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Entrance is free. Inquiries: Njabulo Mtshali at 031 566 4324.

The Blue Catepillar Gallery at Butterflies for Africa is exhibiting works by Frans Claerhout. All the work on show is unique in that it was included in an exhibition in Chicago in the mid-1980s and has only recently returned to South Africa. Inquiries: Jeni Cramer at 033 387 1356.

The NPC Focus on Concrete Future photographic exhibition can be viewed at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood from Tuesday, September 29 to Friday, October 2. Admission is free.

Grace College on the Hilton College Road is hosting an art exhibition from October 8-10. There is a cheese and wine evening on Friday, October 9 at 6 pm – RSVP to Delene Dewing at 033 343 2177. GRACE COLLEGE ART EXHIBITION

Thursday 8 October 17h00 – 20h00

Friday 9 October 09h00 – 18h00 (High School Art Students (Gr 10-12) are invited to join us for a tour that day)

Saturday 10 October 09h00-13h00

Art will be on sale and Art Stock, Visit our Tea Garden


Maritzburg Philatelic Society meets at the St Matthews Parish Hall, Hayfields (corner Olsen Road and Hesketh Drive) at 7.30 pm on Monday, September 28. Visitors welcome, stamp collectors at all levels. Always interesting talks, exhibits, advice on care of collections, buying and selling, and swapping between members. Inquiries: 033 343 4803. Next meeting on October 26.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Darvill on Sunday, October 4 at 6 am. Inquiries: Gordon Bennett at 033 386 5555.

The Live Poets Society will be hosting a gathering of poets on Wednesday, October 7 at 5.30 pm at Point Yacht Club, Victoria Embankment, Durban.

All poets and lovers of poetry are welcome. Admission is free.

Safe parking available. Inquiries: Danny Naicker at 083 282 0865 or via email at dnaicker@metsond.co.za.

The South African Writers' Circle meets at 11 am at the Main Westville Library (behind the Civic Centre) on October 10. Admission is R5 (members) and R15 (non-members). Each person present will have two minutes to read out their already prepared work. Please bring a favourite book, and after the bring and share lunch those present will be given time to read a short passage. Inquiries: Merilyn Tomkins at 031 564 7660.

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.


Midlands Arts and Crafts Society is hosting Creative Thursdays untutored felt-making on October 1, 8, 15 and 29 from 9 am to noon). Admission R35 per session. Phone 033 386 6500 to book.

Wild Knitting classes take place at Midlands Arts and Craft Society on October 3 and 17 from 9 am to 12 noon. Admission R35 per morning (including tea/coffee) or R150 for the month. For further details phone 033 386 6500. Macs Craft Shop has yarns (many hand-dyed and hand-spun) and some knitting needles and crochet hooks available.

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society is hosting a course titled Playing With Clay on October 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 2.30-5 pm. Wesley Flanagan (senior fine art student at UKZN (ceramics and print-making) will be teaching an ongoing class on how to make fist sized (or larger) objects that can be hand built, coiled, slabbed into river stones, seed pods, beetles or any other decorative objects. She will also cover finishes - rough, burnished, etc – and once the works have been fired, other finishes will be introduced, like smoke firing, oxide finish, etc. Admission R250 (students/scholars) or R295 for four sessions, or R75 and R85 per session. Phone 033 386 6500 to book.

Midlands Arts and Crafts Society will be hosting Making Marks with Sue Physick on October 8 and 22 from 9 am to 12 noon. If you have some drawing/art making experience, there is an opportunity to join and stretch your way of working. Admission R175 (MACS members) and R200 (non- members) for two sessions. Phone 033 386 6500 to book.

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.

Sewing class. Learn to sew beautiful clothes using a fast sewing system. No pinning or tacking! Call Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967 after hours.

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.


KZN’s budding dance masters will once again be lining up for a shot at fame when the second edition of Footsteps to Fortune kicks off at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World on October 10 at 10 am. The event features a range of dance styles from pantsula to contemporary, modern, acrobatic, hip hop, pop and classical. Aspiring young dance stars 16 years and older are welcome to enter. The winner will be announced at the gala event on December 16 and stands the chance to win R20 000 worth of cash and prizes. Auditions will take place in Amanzimtoti on October 11 at Lords and Legends Sports Centre in Riverside Road; in KwaMashu on October 17 at the Elangeni FET College at F5 Malandela Road; in Pinetown on October 18 at Ashley Sports Club at 10 Russell Street; in Umlazi on October 34 at the Umlazi Mega City at 50 Mangosuthu Highway and at Durban High School, St Thomas Road, on November 7. Contestants may perform in groups, but all dancers will be judged individually. Entrants need to prepare one audition piece not longer than two minutes, bring their own music on a CD and all styles of dancing are welcome. Inquiries: 031 312 1281.

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). Learn Bruce Lee’s style of 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.


The Old Prison is hosting an Prison History Evening today at the Chapel at Project Gateway/The Old Prison from 5.30-8 pm. The event includes presentations on King Dinizulu, a visual presentation about The Old Prison, entertainment and video Clips. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Red Eye: Ready?, a multi-media arts event, takes place at the Durban Art Gallery tonight at 7.30 pm. It includes performances by Manuvah to Land, 340ml, Gazelle, the Iscathimiya group Usuthu, who will collaborate with dj Mixin Vixen and electronic band Seake, StepAfrika and local dance show Phansi Phezulu. The live events will happen in and around the exhibitions currently on view at the Durban Art Gallery which include Past/Present by Andrew Verster and Rising Up Together, photographs by Gille de Vlieg. Tickets R40 at door.

The Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure Show takes place from today until Sunday at the showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg and offers something for everyone. The competitive Floral Art division affords displays of the highest order and includes talks and demonstrations for visitors. The Parks Hall is a dedicated ‘green’ display portraying unbelievable talent. Inquiries: 033 345 6274.

The Gay & Lesbian Network is celebrating Heritage month with the Mr & Ms Gay PMB Midlands pageant tomorrow at Winston Churchill Theatre, 2 Lenister Road, Scottsville. The pageant theme is “Celebrating Heritage and Culture” and the programme includes a variety of cultural performances - poetry by Buhle Sindane, Indian dance by Tainted Pink drag artists from Durban, and African dance by Thespian Club drama group from Gay & Lesbian Network. The PMB Midlands pageant, which gets underway at 6.30 pm, is a qualifier for the Mr & Ms Gay KZN pageant, which takes place on December 5 as part of the Pink Mynah festival from November 28 to December 5. Tickets are R50, which includes after party at Murmur. For tickets and enquiries please contact Comfort or Anthony at 033 342 6165 or anthonyw@telkomsa.net

Stables Wine Estate in Nottingham Road hosts a spring vine budding festival from 12.30 pm tomorrow. It’s a festival of food and wine aimed at the whole family. Children are entertained while adults enjoy sampling good wine and fine food. Bookings essential - contact Wynand on 033 266 6781 or 033 266 6781.

Car lovers and speed freaks are in for a treat when the Porsche Club of KZN unleash German engineering at its best with an array of Porsche beauties at their Autorcross event at Sibaya Casino on Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Admission is free.

Thirty students doing their third-year of study in Fashion and Textiles at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) will showcase their design skill and talent at fashion shows at 7 pm on September 30 and October 1 and 2 at the Sports Centre, Steve Biko Campus, Mansfield Road, Durban.

Leading international psychic medium, Sharataz Rai, will be “crossing over” at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom at 7.30 pm tomorrow and 3 pm Sunday. Tickets R150 from Computicket at 083 915 8000.

WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is celebrating 30 years of EnviroKids at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, Howick, on Friday, October 2 from 9 am to 4 pm. Free entrance to Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve and all the activities. Bring your family and friends (activities will include trails in Umgeni Valley, paper making, snake shows, games, water testing and more). Please bring walking shoes, hat, suncream, food and snacks for the day.

The Msunduzi Diwali Festival, hosted by the Midlands Hindu Society, takes place at the Protea Grounds, Northdale, Pietermaritzburg, on October 2. Inquiries: Nithia Pillay 033 3913089.

The Mountain Rise Methodist Church is holding a Bible-Thon (reading the Bible) for 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm on Saturday, October 3. Anyone wishing to participate can contact 033 387 8046 (office hours) or 084 591 8370.

The India Fashion Festival, an international Indian shopping extravaganza catering for young and old, takes place at The Zone at Suncoast in Durban until October 4. Around 80 exhibitors from Mumbai, Kashmir and New Delhi will be selling everything from saris to punjabis, costume jewellery, leatherware and cooking utensils, Indian artwork, home decor and skin care products. And a designated food arena will cater for the needs of hungry shoppers. The entertainment line-up includes a host of music, dance, comedy, bhangra and nagara items. Tickets are R15 each. Toddlers enter free. For more information contact Shirin Bayat on 031 208 0404 or 083 786 1431.

The 2009 Nando's Durban Comedy Festival at the Izulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, from October 6 to 11, features leading comedians from all corners of the world, including Ahmed Ahmed, Kitty Flanagan, Simon Clayton, Trevor Noah and Kibuuka. Tickets R80 to R130 from Computicket 083 915 8000.

Maritzburg College old boys and parents are hosting a dinner at Battlefields Country Lodge, Dundee, on October 9. Please join your school representatives for a fun evening. Inquiries: Mark Hansmeyer at 083 57 87816, Colin Talbot at 082 8809 006 or Peter Johnson at 082 554 5293.

Baynesfield is inviting visitors to enjoy the historic garden around Baynes House on October 10 and 11 and October 18 and 19 from 9.30 am to 4 pm. Admission is free but donations are requested for the Joseph Baynes Salvation Army Children’s Home. Special attractions on October 11 include vintage tractors and engines, woodcrafters demonstrating antique woodworking tools, plants and vegetables for sale. Ladies are encouraged to wear spring hats. Inquiries: Eleanor Schofield at 033 251 0001 during office hours

* The second annual St John’s D.S.G. Bundu Bash, powered by Stihl, will be hosted at the Baynesfield Estate on Sunday October 11, 2009. This exciting multi-discipline event includes a technical section and an easier course with shorter distances for the less experienced. For the youngsters (U10 only) the Bundu Buddies is an easy, enjoyable off-road adventure and "The Amble", is a 5 km scenic walk for the parents, grandparents and nature lovers. For further information contact George on 082 774 7530 or register at www.roag.co.za.

The uMngeni SPCA in Howick is teaming up with Pietermaritzburg and Mooi River SPCAs to offer petowners the chance to walk with their dogs at Midmar Dam, outside Howick. Choose from an easy 1.5 km stroll or a 2.5 km route. For those who don’t wish to walk there will be entertainment, exciting doggy demonstrations, stalls, food to suit every taste, and the chance to relax in the country with family and friends on the banks of Midmar Dam. Admission is R25 per vehicle to KZN Wildlife and R10 for the SPCA event. Children under six years free. Registration will be on the day, but to give the SPCA an idea of numbers for planning and catering purposes, email adrienne.o@mweb.co.za or telephone Adrienne on 033 330 6267 or 083 636 0891.


The annual general meeting of the KZNSA takes place at the gallery at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, at 7 pm on September 30. Brenton Maart will give a visual presentation on his visit to the Venice Biennale 2009.


Victoria Memorial Home is 105 years old this year and to celebrate it is holding a fete and flowers through the home on October 3 from 9 am to 2 pm. Stalls will be selling white elephant, new books, plants and produce and a variety of delicious foods. Other attractions include a tombola, tea garden with a selection of cakes, lots of raffles and lucky draws. Car guards will be on duty. A R5 entry gets your name into a draw for half a sheep.


The Alzheimer’s support group meets on October 2 at 10 am at Riverside Old Age Home, 450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607 or Jane at 033 3864477 or 082 940 0225.

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.


Run/Walk for Life holds sessions at Cowan House on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 pm – telephone Jane on 033 344 1813 or 082 809 4862 and at Scottsville Primary on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Saturdays at 6 am – telephone Allan on 033 396 6174 or 084 582 4005.

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


The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Morning Market takes place tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Stalls will be selling books, records, CDs and DVDs, good quality used clothing and linen, white elephant and plants. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

The Alex Upmarket takes place at Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, on Sunday. Inquiries 033 396 2807.

The Pietermaritzburg Flea Market is being held at the Freedom Square on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm. Traders who wish to sell clothing, food, artworks and general items may contact 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. Flowers, fresh veggies and fruit, eggs, plants, seedlings and lots more. Inquires: Mike at 082 886 0687.

The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning from 7-11 am. Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers as well as breads, cheese, pork, nougat, brownies, nuts and lots more delicious goods. The market is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Contact Andrea 082 820 8986.

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

There is a farmers' 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.


Meditation/Mindfulness classes will continue in Lincoln Meade on Sundays at 9 am. Phone Dianne on 082 457 0849 or 033 396 2147.

A meditation course, titled Learning to Meditate, takes place on September 27 from 9 am to 12 noon at 10 Taylor Road, Scottsville. Learn three practical meditations to relax mind and body. All welcome. Admission is R75 including refreshments. To book and for more information phone 033 346 0403 or email: kathleen.kathdo@gmail.com


Music fans can look forward to the Gospel at the Park concert tomorrow at Alexandra Park to celebrate South African Heritage Month. The concert starts at noon and finishes at about 9 pm. Featured artists include: Mvuselelo Buthelezi, Neli and Malusi, and Khombi “Dee” Mthanti. Tickets from Computicket and at the gate. People can bring their braai stands and refreshments and have a picnic while listening to the music.

The will be a Dress 2 Kill Party at 7 pm tomorrow at the Bat & Ball, 1 Market Street, Howick. Performers include Big 3, Dreamz, Vibe Mastazz, Muntu Wabantu, Da Poets, Botsotso, Sane and Sne, as well as DJs Sgoody, Sakhile, Man Q and Energy. Admission is free. Inquiries: Philani at 074 747 6767.

The White Mountain Folk Festival runs until Sunday at White Mountain Lodge near Giant’s Castle. On offer is a four-day programme of laid-back acoustic music, as well as a wide choice of outdoor leisure activities, arts and crafts, a beer market and assorted food stalls. Tickets from Computicket. Inquiries: Pedro at 082 892 6176.

Monday At St Clements Coffee Shop presents Ripe Banana, a medley of music and rhyme by James Parker and friends at St Clements Coffee Shop, Musgrave Road, Durban on Monday, September 28 at 7 pm. To book a table telephone Steven at 031 202 2511.


Benvie Garden in the Karkloof will be open to the public until October 4. Planted by John Geekie in the 1880s, this park-like garden, 35km from Howick on the Karkloof Road, is 30 hectares of stately trees including exotic varieties, flowing lawns and avenues of rhododendrons and azaleas, including unusual mollis and scented varieties. Admission R20. Inquiries: Jenny and John Thompson at 033 502 9090 or 082 443 3805.


Valleys Tennis club, opposite Grey’s Hospital in Town Bush Road, Pietermaritzburg, welcomes strong and medium social players to join them tomorrow and September 24 at 2 pm for social tennis. Inquiries Allan Morris at 033 347 1049.


Friends of Natal Museum monthly talk: Mary Perry on her experiences teaching English in China. Mary Perry & Ted Garner’s new book “Adonis and Bignose in China” will also be on sale. In this book they relate their experiences teaching and travelling China. Entrance to the talk is free, 26 September at 10h45. Refreshments will be served.

A highlight of this year's Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure show will be a talk by indigenous gardening expert, Geoff Nichols. And to celebrate the new collaboration between the KZN Inland branch of the Botanical Society of SA and the Pietermaritzburg Demonstration Garden, he will give an illustrated talk outlining the 'how to' of gardening wild and for wildlife at 10 am on September 26 in Hall 4 of the RAS Show Grounds. Admission is the normal entry fee for the Garden & Leisure show (the talk is free). There is a discount for members of the Botanical Society of SA that enter the Show before 10 am on 26 September with their membership cards (pay R20 in stead of R35 for adults). After the talk Nichols will head up the BotSoc/Demo Garden team of well-known gardeners and local 'plant people' (such as David Johnson and Nancy Gardiner) to participate in Ready, Steady, Plant at 11.30 am. Contact Christina Curry for more details on 082 062 2939.

The Dominican Conference Centre at 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville will be hosting a lecture by well-known theologian, speaker and writer, James Alison, titled How Learning Changes The Church - A Gay Catholic Perspective on October 9 at 7.15 pm. Admission R20.


One of the most delightful shows to have played in Durban this year, Happiness Through the Mist, is at the Catalina Theatre until Sunday. This mini-musical depicts the colourful life of the historic Umkhumbane district, Durban’s equivalent of Johannesburg’s legendary Sophia Town and Cape Town’s former District Six, in the 1950s. Showtimes: 8 pm today, 2 pm and 8 pm tomorrow, and 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets R50 from 031 305 6889.

St Philomena’s in Sydenham, Durban, is hosting a fundraising theatre evening at St Philomena's, in 92 Rippon Road, at 6 pm on October 30. Guests will be able to watch the drama, Frank, which was recently performed at the Catalina Theatre. It tells the story of a family wedding, which brings the Ogle family together and the proverbial chickens home to roost. Each member of the family has a secret and an agenda. Through their interaction and flashbacks, a pattern of family secrecy and betrayal is exposed. Seating is limited and patrons are advised to book seats in advance. Tickets are R60. Telephone 031 208 4187 or send an email to Jacqui Osz at pro@stphils.org.za


Take part in a vision board/treasure map workshop to create abundance in every area of your life. Call Idoni at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967 after hours.

During the September school holidays (September 28-30) Jutta Faulds and Clare Smith will be offering a workshop in feltmaking at MACS House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 am to 2 pm. The workshop will cover the basic principles involved in making felt, doing it the easy, as well as the hard, way. Admission is R220 (scholars, pensioners and MACS members), R325 (others), which will include a basic starter kit of raw materials. Phone 033 386 6500 to book. Please state your “status” (scholar etc) to help with planning.

Ceramics Southern Africa is having a one day workship with Ann Marais on October 3 at Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill from 10 am to 4 pm. Bring your own lunch. Admission R180 for members, R230 for non-members, R150 for pensioners and R100 for students. Telephone Lucille Schiess on 031 765 1994 to book your place.

Durban musicians are invited into a free and informative music business workshop hosted at the Bat Centre’s Mission Control room on October 3 from 12-3 pm. The musicians and industry personnel will be engaged on the following topics; recording your music, distribution and selling your music and performing your music. For more information you contact 031 332 0451 or info@sounds031.com

Building a better relationship with your partner - a workshop for women – takes place on October 20 and 21 from 8 am to 12 noon in Hilton. For more information phone 033 330 7973 or 072 365 5875.

* Submit your events to ESTELLE SINKINS via email at arts@witness.co.za or by fax on 033 355 1142 by Wednesday 12 noon.

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