It’s a new month and your pocket should be feeling a little healthier. Phumlani S Langa has selected a few fresh events that should be fun and not too strenuous on the wallet.
The Market Theatre
February 8 to March 3
R90 to R150 at webtickets.co.za
This is a story that is still playing out on the very real stage that is our government. A tale of corruption and the abuse of power by those we place at the helm.
The Colour of Wine
Skoobs Theatre of Books, Montecasino
February 7, 6pm
Free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Head to Skoobs for a lively discussion on The Colour of Wine, a book that isn’t just another tome about picturesque Cape vineyards. Instead, it tells the remarkable story of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy through the personal journeys of black winemakers.
“Our history through the story of wine. Exquisite. Entertaining,” Azania Mosaka called it. Attending the discussion will be winemaker Ntsiki Biyela, chief executive of Vinpro Foundation Unathi Mantshongo, and international wine judge and writer Michael Fridjhon, as well as the book’s editor, Harriet Perlman.
Kitchener’s, 71 Juta Street
February 9, 1pm
Throw it back at the kitchen. Resident deejays will give you a taste of days past and the sounds of the 90s.
OUTDOOR MUSIC AND COMEDY
February 3, 10am
R150 at plankton.mobi
Nina Hastie will be at this event. There’ll also be other things going on, including deejays and what-not. But Nina Hastie will be over there, so...
Fresh Sundays ft DJ Fresh
Altitude Champagne Garden
February 9, 12pm
The Big Dawg is taking up a month-long residency at this swanky venue.
Valentine’s Picnic and Movie Under the Stars
Idlewild Country Estate, Irene
February 9, 6pm
R600 at idlewildce.co.za
It is the month for a little loving. I hope you aren’t one of those people who waits for February to show your person some love. If you’re like me, you’re an everyday lover, then this is just a month to keep doing what we do. A picnic and movie under the stars is mad romantic, so pull up. Their basket for two is filled with biltong, spring rolls, chicken wraps, doughnuts, wine and more – just pack a picnic blanket.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates
FNB Stadium, Nasrec
February 9, 3.30pm
R70 to R150 at computicket.com
Derby day has arrived. Get your colours on and hopefully there will be a goal fest in store for these cross-town rivals.
The LoCrate Market Fifth Birthday Celebration
Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers
February 3, 11am
This legendary market turns five years old this year and it plans on celebrating in a big way. Expect good food, a timeless vibe and a few surprises.
Stylist Sunday Presents Ladies on Fleek
Roadhouse Pub and Grill, Dobsonville
February 3, 12pm
R50 to R80 entrance
A young message from the organisers of this event: “We do it for our ladies this February. We do it for our mothers, sisters and our wives.”
I personally couldn’t think of a better reason to party hard.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
February 3, 5.30pm
R150 to R190 at webtickets.co.za
Without a doubt, this is one of the most worthwhile bands in it right now. Catch these ferocious vocalists doing what they’re best at.
February 5 to March 2
R100 at webtickets.co.za
South African theatre giants Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa reprise their original roles, which they created four decades ago, in one of the most brilliant classics, Woza Albert! This internationally acclaimed play, directed by Christopher John, is set to make local theatre history with this revival.
KZN Vegan Market
Golden Hours Family Market
February 9, 10am
A culinary celebration of all things animal-free. Go and see what compassion looks and tastes like.
My French Film Festival
Alliance Française de Durban, Morningside
February 6, 6pm
Free entrance. View the full programme at myfrenchfilmfestival.com/en/
This festival brings you free films from France, with more than 28 foreign films for you to view online and four to be screened at the Morningside-based institution.Refreshments will be available.