We are two weeks into the festive season and we have no plans of slowing down. Join in on the fun by watching The Cat in the Hat with the kids or enjoy a night out with Thandiswa Mazwai in Pretoria. Phumlani S Langa has a festive itinerary that’ll take your Dezemba up a notch.
LIVE AFRO SOUL
Mzansi Fela Music Concert –Thandiswa Mazwai
The SA State Theatre
December 13, 8pm
R200 to R450 at webtickets.co.za
Bongo Maffin’s supreme hitter, and empress of Afro-soul and jazz will be doing a one-night-only show. Her sets are not something you just rock up for, so prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for a night of music engulfed in visceral emotion.
The Lion King Live in Concert
Sun Arena, Time Square
December 10 to 12
R150 to R595 at computicket.com
Hopefully the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will give Disney’s live action attempt some much-needed spice. They will do all the songs from the motion picture.
ICE RINK THEATRE
Menlyn Park Presents Frozen II Ice Rink
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
Until December 24
R80 at webtickets.co.za
Helmets, skates and single-use socks are included in the cover charge. The 30 minute sessions happen throughout the day and, trust me, time flies at this place.
Tony King, Mark Mdluli, Tshepo Mogale, Dave Levinsohn
Parker’s Comedy and Jive
December 12 to 14
R120 at parkerscomedy.com
Parker’s has been giving us a decent line-up of comics lately, and this week it’s offering three nights of side-splitting fun.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
National Children’s Theatre
Until December 22
R80 to R100 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sally and her brother, Conrad, are dying of boredom on a rainy day when a whimsical cat wearing a striped hat pays them a visit.
Fairway Happy Hour
Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort
Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm
Email email@example.com for more information
Grab some tapas or try out a snack-styled braai. Gin, beer, ciders and all house wines by the glass will be sold at half price. Enjoy the live music on offer while you eat, drink and be as merry as that old guy in the red boiler suit.
Vegas Night: South vs East
December 8, 8pm
Free event Go to facebook.com/events to book
Get ready for a Vegas-themed evening with resident deejays on the decks. Make sure you reserve a spot.
Soweto Family Picnic Hangout
Karabo Gwala Park, Dube Village
December 14, 11am
R60 to R120 entrance. Includes a meal, ice-cream and bags of colour powder
This family-focused event has more than eight performers ready to add to the ambience. Expect a vast spread of things for the whole family to get up to, everything from a five-a-side tournament to a PlayStation zone, a hookah lounge, water slides, food stalls and other entertainment.
Scrubdub Farmers Market December Edition
Scrubdub Car Wash and Shisa Nyama
December 8, 11am
R10 to R20 entrance. Visit Facebook for more information
The kids can revel in some arcade games, a jumping castle and the joyous pastime of face painting. For the adults, along with an unrivalled vibe, the stalls on offer are perfect for a spot of holiday shopping.
Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner – Gabrielle Goliath
Iziko SA National Gallery
Until April 27
R5 to R30 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visual artist Gabrielle Goliath will be exhibiting her award-winning work for you to take in.
Maftown 90s Celebration
December 14, 3pm
R30 entrance. Visit Facebook for more information
Setlopo Finest DJs has been hosting this party on the second weekend of December since 2013. This time the hot Maftown outfit is looking to show just how much better they’ve become at hosting this shindig.
The 11th Annual Buyel’ekhaya Festival
Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium
This marks quite the milestone for this festival and they plan to mark the occasion with a line up worthy of such a celebration. Sho Madsjozi, Zonke, Busiswa, Kwesta, Heavy K, Yanga, Kabza de Best and so many more. I’m trying to figure out how they aren’t charging more for this.
December 14, 7pm
R80 entrance. Visit Facebook for more information
All my reggaeheads, light it up at the fourth anniversary of the Summer Splash. Party with a purpose, as the organisers are looking to heal the rifts caused by xenophobia through the therapeutic sounds of reggae and dancehall.