Diary of Events 7-13 May

2010-05-07 00:00


SABC 1’s smash hit show So You Think You Can Dance is back and is you think you have what it takes to be crowned SA’s best dancer, make sure you get to the KZN auditions at the Bat Centre in Durban tomorrow from 7 am. Contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and need to choreograph a short routine and bring their own music and their ID book. No branded clothing to be worn. Registration opens at 7 am and is on a first come, first served basis. Registration closes at 2 pm every day. The winner of the competition will receive prizes to the value of R250 000.


The 1860 Legacy Foundation will be holding a consultative meeting on May 12 at 6 pm in the Heather Regional Hall, Heather Road, Northdale. A meeting was held in early 2009 with various roleplayers in Pietermaritzburg to discuss proposals to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the arrival of Indians to South Africa. A working committee under the leadership of Yusuf Bhamjee was mandated to drive the process forward. The aim of this meeting is to give residents an update and to plot a way forward. Two delegates per organisation can attend. RSVP with Dr. Raj Govender via email at raj@kzndac.gov.za or phone 033 345 3171 or 083 307 8979.

The International Police Association (KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Region) will be holding its annual meeting at Club Phumula, Alexandra Road Police Station complex, Pietermaritzburg, on May 21 at 6 pm for 6.30 pm. All members are requested to attend. Inquiries: G Botha at 083 638 8043.


Howick Arts Society is hosting free, structured art classes in the Howick Library on Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm. Bring along your own materials. Inquiries: Anna at 084 573 1784.

The Vansa/Pansa Arts Savvy programme presents Going Global at the art gallery at the Durban University of Technology, Mansfield Road, Durban, tomorrow from 2 pm to 5 pm. Three key Durban cultural stakeholders – Brenton Maart from the KZNSA Gallery, Nicky du Plessis from Arterial Network and Jan Willem Jordaan from Art for Humanity - report back on major international arts events which they have attended recently. Entry is free and all are welcome for all paid-up Vansa and Pansa members. Inquiries: Domy Cortes at 031 208 9430 or 073 719 0444.

The Tibet Society of South Africa is hosting the visit of six Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Rizong monastery in Ladakh during May. They will be be constructing sand mandalas for world peace and compassion and to highlight the work of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who turns 75 this year, at the KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road, Glenwood, until May 9. Inquiries: Elizabeth at 031 701 4307 after hours.

An exhibition of paintings by Argentinian artist, Bartolome Vaccarezza can be viewed at Aladdin's-de-Light Restaurant, Studio and Gallery, 2 Robin Road, Nottingham Road, until May 10 between 10 am and 4 pm. Inquiries: 033 266 6460.

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.



Exclusive Books in the Midlands Mall will be hosting local gardening expert, writer and photographer Nancy Gardiner at a book signing on tomorrow from 10 am until noon. Gardiner will be signing two of her books, Reason for Roses and The Ultimate Gardiner.

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.



Combined Mens Fellowship meets at New Hope Church, Newholmes Way (Hillview grounds), Pietermaritzburg tomorrow at 2 pm. Inquiries: Danny at 084 559 5576.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a a Cape Parrot counting day on May 8. Inquiries: Professor Colleen Downs at 033 260 5127/04 (w), 033 396 2011 (h), 082 920 2026 or via email at: downs@ukzn.ac.za

Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society holds its autumn show at the Allan Wilson Shellhole tomorrow from 1 pm to 4 pm and on Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is free, donations to Moths Charities welcomed. Inquiries: Bob Duckworth at 033 396 1796.

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park at 7 am on May 9. Inquiries: Mike Spain at 033 347 2797.

Birds of a Feather (BOF) ladies networking and socialising group will be hosting their May meeting on May 18 at Flavour Cafe, Eden Gardens (old Dunrobin Nursery), off Townbush Road, 3 Warwrick Avenue, Pietermaritzburg, from 9 am to 11 am. Debbie Veenstra will be talking on Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude. Admission R80, including breakfast. Booking is essential. RSVP by May 13 with Geeta at 082 761 4837 or geeta@bofnetworx.co.za

Birdlife KZN Midlands (Pietermaritzburg) is hosting an evening meeting at Ezemvelo Headquarters in Queen Elizabeth Park at 7 pm on May 13. Ben and Shannon Hoffman from the African Raptor Sanctuary will give a presentation on their work with raptors.

The Pietermaritzburg Business Network holds its next meeting at the Botanic Hotel, 2 Morcom Road, Prestbury, on May 20 from 4 pm to 7 pm. The guest speaker, Uraisha Naidoo-Haswell will give a talk, titled Brand or not to brand in a recession? Admission is free. Tea, coffee and snacks provided. Cash bar. RSVP to cteal@sai.co.za by May 17. Inquiries: Hilary Teal at 071 512 7530.

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. Inquires: S. Philipson at 033 346 1726 or 083 632 2551.



Entertain and enrich children during the June/July school holidays. Pottery classes held that include traditional smoke firings. Phone Lynette for more information at 031 266 0543 or via email at morrishale@yebo.co.za

Dressmaking course - learn how to get a professional finish using a fast sewing system. No pinning and tacking. Beginners course also available. Phone Idoni Forder at 084 486 1849 or 033 344 3967.

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.


Body-Rock Dance Studio celebrates its fifth birthday with a show at Hilton College Theatre tonight at 7 pm. The 20 authentic and diverse dance items have been choreographed by a team of four instructors and are performed by guys and girls of all ages. The Dance Crew, which is touring Vancouver, Canada later this year, will also be performing. If you don't like hip hop, this show is sure to change your mind. Tickets R45.


Singers, Marion Loudon, Karen van Pletzen, Lyle Buxton, Lauren Laing and Melanie Roberts will be performing with the Debbie Mari Band at The Sunflower Fund's Charity Ball, in Association with International Bank Vaults, tonight at Durban's Elangeni Hotel. The event has a Nat King Cole Unforgettable' theme. Tickets are R600 each or R6000 for a table of ten and all proceeds go towards building the South African Bone Marrow Registry. To book contact Stephanie Berry on 078 207 9041 or email steph@sunflowerfund.org.za

The BotSoc Demo Garden is hosting its quarterly meeting at Val Lea Vista Indigenous Nursery tomorrow at 10 am. No entrance fee, all welcome. Allison Young will be speaking on Savannah Gardening (gardening on the dry side of town). Please bring own chairs. Inquiries: Celma at 084 721 8899.

This year’s Indaba tourism trade show, at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban from tomorrow until May 11, will include a dynamic new feature spotlighting KwaZulu-Natal. The Experience KZN wine and dine stand will feature demonstrations by both KZN-based chefs and visiting international chefs, including Chris Kolo and Lamile Ngidi of Zimbali Lodge, Fanie Sebapo and Dickson Nyamushwa of Barra Lodge in Mozambique, Futhi Ngomane of Zen Africa Chef Academy, Brendan Newport of Bean Bag Bohemia, and The Stables Wine Estate City Cellar executive chef Janine Kahn. For more information go to www.stableswine.co.za

Well-known entertainer, Colin Penn, will be providing the music at Baynesfield on Sunday. Penn started tickling the ivories in the early sixties and in 2009 he chalked up a century of shows. He usually pays tribute to stars from his heyday like Ole Blue Eyes, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, and recently had a bumper Sha-Na-Na show. In addition to Penn’s performances, there will be a craft market, fresh veggies and dairy products, plants and food for sale. The Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club will have their engines and tractors working, the steam engine will be grinding maize and the woodcrafters will demonstrate the use of their antique wood crafting tools. Tickets are R20 (R10 pensioners and free for scholars). Inquiries: Eleanor at 033 2510001 or email curator.jbe@mwebbiz.co.za

The NCF Church is hosting its second annual Sparkle 2010 Ladies Conference and would like to extend an invitation to all the women of Pietermaritzburg to join them at the NCF Church, 498 Alexandra Road ext, Bisley from May 13 to 15. This multi-media feast will feature an international guest and an opportunity to meet women from all walks of our city, province and South Africa. Admission is R150. To register log on to www.ncfchurch.org.za/sparkle or visit the church office Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm.

A wine festival in support of Msunduzi Hospice will be held on May 13 at 6.30 pm at the Parklane Undercover Parking. Tickets at R100 per person, includes complimentary glass and food tastings, will be available from Parklane Spar (telephone 033 342 3487 or email parklane@parklane.co.za). Entertainment will be provided by Christopher Duigan. All proceeds to Msunduzi Hospice.

Meander Fine Wines presents the second annual Wine and Food Evening at the Lions River Club on May 14 at 6.30 pm. Over 60 wines to taste. Tickets R60. Inquiries: Julia at 073 141 4844 or email Julia@juliarees.co.za

The Gay and Lesbian Network, together with Gender DynamiX, will be hosting an informal dialogue engaging transgender issues at the Bessie Head Library auditorium in Pietermaritzburg on May 1 from 10 am. The main focus of the event will be on sharing transgender experiences using digital stories from the DVD, Transformations. In addition, the book Trans, which captures transgender life stories from South Africa, will be on sale. Exclusive Books from the Midlands Mall will be handling the sale of the book which costs R169. RSVP by May 12 with Ponie Ngcobo at 033 342 6165 or visit the offices at 185 Burger Street Pietermaritzburg.

The UKZN's College of Law and Management Studies is hosting a Management Studies Alumni reunion dinner at 6 pm on May 14 at the MH Joosub Hall, Westville Campus, UKZN. The speaker is Dr Bobby Godsell on the topic South Africa's Road to Becoming a Developed Country. Admission is R150. RSVP to Vino Krishna at 031 260 7197.

South African Writers’ Circle monthly meeting takes place at 11 am on May 15 May in the Main Westville Library (behind the Civic Centre). The speaker is Judge Chris Nicholson, a recipient of the Edgar Brookes Human Rights Award and the St. Michaels Award from Michaelhouse School for outstanding work in the Human Rights Field. He will be talking about Sewsunker ‘Papwa’ Sewgolum, a self taught South African golfer of Indian origin who made history when he beat Gary Player at the Durban Country Club during apartheid. Admission is R5 for members and R15 for non-members. Please bring a plate of eats

The solid-gold World Cup Trophy, the most coveted prize in world sport, will be on show at the Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World in Durban on May 15. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the people of eThekwini to see the trophy up close and participate in a number of World Cup related activities organised by Coca-Cola, the sponsors of the 2010 World Cup Trophy Tour. Inquiries: Suncoast marketing at 031 328 000.

The 4th Bell’s Fort Nottingham Highland and Traditional Games takes place on May 15 at the Fort Nottingham Fields in Nottingham Road. Attractions include tossing the caber (45kgs), carrying the weight (72kgs), shot put (26kgs), tug o’ war, a kilted mile – a race up a steep hill - and a special strong-man competition. This year the SANDF is sending five regiments to participate. Another four teams including a local farmers team and the eLan Rugby Legends (who hold the open trophy) will compete in the games. There will also be performances by Kwazulu-Natal Pipe Bands, a choir supported by the uMngeni Municipality, an Irish Dance competition, gumboot dancing, traditional Scottish Dancing, Border Collie herding and a horse and carriage display. There is a good range of food and a beer tent plus Bell’s whisky will be holding whisky tasting during the day. Children are well catered for with some fun arts and crafts to participate in, and there’s Jungle Gym, a Jumping Castle, and loads of treat stalls. Tickets R40 (R20 scholars) at the gate. Inquiries: Brendan Grealy 083 227 2376.

The Golden Horse Casino Sprint, Pietermaritzburg’s Big Day at the Races, takes place on May 29. Take a Bet! Feel the Power! Love the Fashion! Hospitality marquees, picnic sites and entertainment for the kids. For bookings and more information phone Val Baxter or Fay Stuart at 033 345 3405.





The Alzheimers Support Group meets at 10 am today at Riverside Park Home, 450 Bulwer Street, Pietermaritzburg. Inquiries: Lorna at 033 396 6607 or Jane at 033 386 4477.

Diabetes South Africa’s open meeting will take place on May 12 at 7.30 pm in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Dryden Road, Hayfields. The speaker is dietician Fran Steart on "How to read food labels correctly for healthy eating". Inquiries: 033 346 0934.


Run walk for life Nottingham Road runs morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Clifton Prep School at 8 am from the Top Field behind the pavilion. Once every six to eight weeks they do a fun run on a members farm which is followed by breakfast. Inquiries: 082 374 1023 or email: runwalk4life@bundunet.com

Valleys Tennis club is hosting an open tournament for reasonably strong social tennis players on May 29 at their courts opposite Greys Hospital. Entry fee is R100 per player. Each entrant will receive a goodie bag, teas, lunch, a whole day of strong social tennis and entry into the lucky draw for numerous prizes. Match format is a round robin and will be mixed doubles. Singles are invited to participate and will be allocated a partner. The tournament starts at 9.30 am for 10 am. Entry forms can be collected at Jacksons Sports. Inquiries: Celma at 084 721 8899 or 033 3472919 (a/h) or email Immelman@webmail.co.za

Health exercises suitable for all ages and fitness levels at Body Dynamics every Thursday and Friday: 7.30 am - The Breathe/Meditation; 8.30 am - Baqua (the elements) or Tao Yin (yoga); 5 pm – Baqua (the elements); 6 pm - Taiji (38 step form and applications). Wear loose comfortable shoes and clothing. To book phone Pamela at 073 754 2062.

Yoga classes take place at Kloof, Westville, Hillcrest, Camperdown and Pietermaritzburg. Phone Kath for more infomation at 031 785 1441 or 082 540 1122.

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 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. 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 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.


Buddhist monk Kelsang Phuntsog will be in Howick on Sunday to present a meditation course entitled 'Learn to Meditate – meditations for relaxation' at Umgeni Valley from 9.45 am to 12.30 pm. He is the resident teacher of the Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Hillcrest, and teaches weekly meditation classes in Pietermaritzburg. His practical experience and down-to-earth presentation of meditation make it very easy for everyone to understand and put into practice. On this course Kelsang Phuntsog will teach practical meditation techniques that help to relax both our mind and body. This relaxation of our mind through meditation practice will directly help us to cope with daily life, and become a more confident, happy and joyful person. The course costs R65. To make a booking or for more information phone 031 765 2162, or email: meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com

Learn to meditate on Monday evenings from 6.45 pm to 8 pm, at 60 Oakleigh Ave, Wembley. Meditation helps you to relax and develop your own sense of inner peace and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, and the classes are easy to understand and practice. Cost R25 donation to Maitreya Centre including refreshments. Inquiries: 033 345 7501 or email : meditateinhillcrest@gmail.com


uShaka Marine World are pulling all the stops out to make moms feel special this Mother’s Day. All moms accompanied by a paying child get into uShaka Marine World’s Sea World free on Sunday and have the chance to enjoy beauty treatments courtesy of Mangwanani Spa; a Douglas Green wine tasting; and receive lovely gifts courtesy of Clinique. There will also be an interactive kiddie area where they can make special mothers day cards for mom. Inquiries: 031 328 8000.

Why don’t you spoil your mom to a wonderful day out at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary on Sunday? Entry is free for mums, if they are accompanied by kids. This will get her a magical raptor flying display and the chance to look at magnificent raptors in their enclosures. Mums can also enjoy a bite to eat in the coffee shop and watch the vulture feeding at midday. Shows at 10.30 am and 3 pm. To reach the sanctuary take exit 65 off the N3 highway (Old Lion Park Road). Drive about 4km and and the sanctuary is on the right hand side. Inquiries: 031 785 2981 or 082 925 3023.


A Night on Broadway, featuring music from musicals like Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables and Grease, is being staged by Phoenix Events and Entertainment in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall tonight at 7.30 pm. The concert will feature the talents of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and acclaimed singers Shelley Mclean and Lana English. Tickets range from R80 to R150 and bookings can be made at the Dulce Café at Parklane SuperSpar at 033 342 3487 or through Computicket.

Christopher Duigan will launch the second instalment of his celebration of Frederic Chopin's piano music, Celebrating Chopin Vol.2, at two concerts at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, at 7.30 pm tonight and 3.30 pm on Sunday. Included in this new selection is the ‘Military’ Polonaise in A major, Etudes including the ‘Black Key’, Mazurka in F op 7, Funeral March, Nocturne in C-sharp minor and the Barcarolle. Tickets are R80. To book phone 033 342 3051 or email booking@musicrevival.co.za

St John’s D.S.G. will be hosting picnic proms from 11 am on Sunday. Performers include Caledonian pipers, saxophonist Chris Jensen, pupils from St Charles and Maritzburg College, the KZN Youth Wind Band and St Johns DSG Wind Band and Marimbas. In addition there will be a Grade 8 market day, a blood donor clinic and delicious food for sale – bring your picnic blanket.

Jazz Revisited, featuring Hugo Misselhorn (piano), Jeremy Grimsdell (drums) and Mike Hemmings (bass), will be performing at the Strelitzia Room Restaurant at the Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. Booking for lunch is essential. Tickets R120 from 033 344 2207.

Russian pianist, Katya Apekisheva, will perform in the Memorial Hall at Hilton College at 7.30 pm on May 11. Apekisheva is in demand internationally as both soloist and chamber musician. Her most recent performances include concertos with Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborations with Jan Latham-Koenig, Paul Watkins, Jason Lai and Emmanuel Siffert. For her recital in Hilton she will play four Lyric Pieces by Grieg, Tchaikovsky’s seldomly performed Theme and Variations, Op.19 No.6, Chopin’s beloved Nocturne No.18 in E major, Op.62 No.2 and well-known Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor,Op.31. To end the programme she will perform the monumental Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, a work that counts amongst the most technically demanding works in all piano literature. Tickets are R75 from 033 383 0126.

Music Revival presents Café Europa, an innovative music combination of accordion with piano at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, at 7.30 pm on May 12. Stanislav Angeulov, the leader of the Cape Town Tango Ensemble, who visited locally three years ago, returns for the concert with Christopher Duigan. The programme includes music from the Latin world, café favourites from Italy and France and a popular tango selection. Tickets are R100. To book phone 033 342 3051 or email booking@musicrevival.co.za

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.






Part dark fairy tale, part exploration of a psychotic state, Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker can be seen at the Hexagon Studio Theatre, UKZN Pietermaritzburg, tonight. The Skriker, written in 1994, follows the growing involvement of two young women, Josie and Lily, with The Skriker - a shapeshifter and death portent - who preys on their desperation, changing shape and character at every encounter. Tickets are R40 (R20 concessions) from 033 260 5537.

The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s wonderful madcap comedy about mistaken identity, will be presented at the Annual Shakespeare Festival at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban’s Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre from May 11 – 16, in association with the Centenary Celebrations for the College of Humanities. The Comedy of Errors tells the story about two sets of twins who were separated at birth. When their paths overlap, a series of glorious complications, mistaken identities and general chaos ensues which leads to conflict, love and arrest with accusations of infidelity, madness and criminal activity. See it at 6.30 pm nightly. Tickets R30 (R15 concessions and block bookings over 10). To book phone Claudette Wagner at 031 260 3133 or email wagnerc1@ukzn.ac.za.


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.



Move with life – write with life is the title of a writing workshop presented by Heidi de Villiers and Ronel Wood at Hilton Library in Hilton Avenue, tomorrow at 8.30 am for 9 am. Admission is R150 which includes refreshments and a finger lunch. To book phone Heidi de Villiers at 033 3461443 or email heidi.devilliers@vodamail.co.za or call Ronèl Wood at 033 3422338 or email ronel@ovation.co.za Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Facilitated by a psychologist, the workshop, Enhancing Your Important Relationships, will boost your ability to understand significant others as well as deal with conflict in fresh and creative ways. It takes place on May 29 and June 5 from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm at a venue in Hilton. Inquiries: Alistair at 033 330 7973 or 072 365 5875.

* 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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