The best events for the week ahead

Cotton Fest 2019: Riky Rick  Pictures: supplied
Cotton Fest 2019: Riky Rick Pictures: supplied

You should have some reason to celebrate, payday is one thing but we are also at the beginning of the month of love. Phumlani S Langa lists some spots for you to check out in the gig guide like no other.



Cotton Fest 2019

The Station, Newtown

February 2, from 11am

R150 at

Riky Rick’s inaugural one-day festival promises to merge established and upcoming local talent on one platform, while offering a high-energy space to experience both music and fashion. Expect 80 unique acts divided over two stages, with tickets limited to 5 000 people.


African Dinner

Once In Joburg, Joburg hotel, 90 De Korte Street

January 27, 7pm

R150 at

How does a dinner with good people and Nigerian cuisine sound? Pretty damn good. Bring along your friends for a relaxed evening to share experience and meet new people.


Aunty Merle The Musical

Joburg Theatre

Until March 3

R145 to R290 at

Veteran of the stage and microphone, Marc Lottering will again unleash one of his most popular characters, Aunty Merle.


Mr Body Beautiful

The Rand Club

February 2 and 3

R150 at

I’ve never heard of this but there will be 20 dudes in Joburg walking around the Rand Club in underwear and speedos looking as buff as possible. So ... you could go see them compete if you like.




Poetic Thursdays

Soweto Theatre

January 31, 8pm

R30 to R50 at

One of Joburg’s leading poetry platforms.

The line-up features author, performer and publisher Flow Wellington; poet, actor, choreographer and director Mpapa Simo Majola;and jazz group Jazziology.


Big Boss Avenue 20nicethings 2019 party

Mpitso Street, Orlando West

January 27, from 12pm

R50 entrance

Soweto is the one part of town that seems to show love to artists from the community. This party is no different, so pull up for a jam.


MoJunklife & Fulu Bday Shandis

Diphaleng Sports Pub

February 2, from 2pm

Free entrance, R100 to bring in a coolerbox and R50 to bring in spirits

This party clique is celebrating its birthday with, yup, you guessed it, a party. The line-up is huge so come and get your thrills. It will be collecting donations and sanitary towels are welcome.




Happy Sundays III: Bottomless Bubbly, Ice Cream and all that Jazz

Moonshot Café

January 27, from 11am

R100 to R200 at

Kids under three get in free and for those old enough, bottomless bubbles are included in the cover price as well as some scrumptious artisanal ice cream. Add a little jazz and you should have a great time.


The Ignored Flow

The SA State Theatre

Until February 7

R80 at

This dance piece is built on the story of a 15-year-old girl who must deal with puberty and the various changes and challenges that can come with it.


Karaoke at Platteland


January 31, 8pm

Free entrance

Do a few vocal warm-ups before you step to the mic. Make sure the song you pick is within your range, yeah? It’s all fun and games but this pastime can be hard on the ears of bystanders.




DURBAN Mating Birds Vol 2

The KZNSA Gallery

Until 10 February

Free entry

Gallery hours: Tue to Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 4pm, Sun 10am to 3pm

Curated by art star Gabi Ngcobo with Sumayya Menezes and Zinhle Khumalo, Mating Birds Vol 2 engages art and written documents dealing with the effects of colonial and apartheid laws on South African contemporary sexual relationships. The exhibition features works by such heavyweights as Billie Zangewa, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Lady Skollie, Sabelo Mlangeni, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Tracey Rose and Trevor Makhoba.

Butlers Comedy Night

Butlers Restaurant

February 1, 8.30pm

R100 to R120 at

Catch US comic Mona Aburmishan on tour. Cape Town’s Dalin Oliver willprovide backup, with Long John from Zimbabwe with Durban’s very own Neil Green.


Zando Cape Town 10s –­ Dodgeball Team

Hamiltons Rugby Club

February 1 and 2, 7.30am

R700 at

Only in Cape Town. Sign your team up and play some dodgeball.

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