KingKong and The Only Whisky Show - things to do this week

Weekend vibes - and we’re sure you’re looking to kick back and relax, catch a laugh or maybe warm up with a little whisky. Phumlani S Langa has you sorted with a gig guide like no other.

Johannesburg

Christmas in July

Join The Westcliff for a traditional Christmas cuisine for the whole family to enjoy, while looking out over the Joburg skyline. You can book for a morning or afternoon brunch or dinner. Don’t take the kids or you will have to explain what Father Christmas is doing out and about in July ... then you’ll have to buy presents. Be smart.

Where: Four Seasons The Westcliff

When: 23 July

Cost: R595 at fourseasonsevents.co.za

Food-and-Wine Pairing Evening with Lanzerac Wine Estate 

The good peeps at Hemingway’s are doing the most. This is one of those places where the most food-and-wine pairing goes down. Get a four-course dinner and wine from Lanzerac wine estate. If you’re trying to push this dating life, then pick up the game I’m putting down.

Where: Hemingway’s Restaurant and Wine Cellar, Leriba Hotel, Centurion

When: 28 July

Cost: R375 per person, reserve by phoning 012 660 3300 

An Evening With ... Herbie Tsoaeli

Having spent more than two decades making music, celebrated jazz artist Herbie Tsoaeli enters centre stage with his long-awaited debut album, African Time. Come check out the live performance. Word is, he got that fire.

Where: Soweto Theatre

When: 29 July

Cost: R150 at webtickets.co.za

The Only Whisky Show

These homies came to the office with two bottles of what they referred to as whisky. That potion was not whisky, they lied to us. It was art, an elixir of enjoyment. These wizards of whisky then told us that there would be lots more at their event and that it would truly be an experience. We said: “See you there.”

Where: The Tin Factory, Sandton

When: 27 - 28 July 

Cost: R450 at theonlywhiskyshow.com

Cape Town 

Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration 

Prepare for a mussel-and-wine feast! Each ticket includes 1kg of fresh mussels, a souvenir wine glass, wine tastings and live entertainment … what could be better?

Where: Den Anker, V&A Waterfront

When: 29 July

Cost: R260 at webtickets.co.za

King Kong

This is one of the biggest deals on this year’s theatre calendar. You know about heavyweight boxer Ezekiel “King Kong” Dlamini from Soweto? King Kong was a landmark 1965 local musical about his life, which played to over 250 000 people before transferring to London’s West End. It is the musical that launched the international career of Miriam Makeba.

Where: The Fugard Theatre

When: 25 July - 2 September 

Cost: R130 to R280 at computicket.com

EGE VS Electronic + Gaming Expo

Cosplay, table-top games, tournaments, gadgets, a three-day gaming LAN, and much more ... this is Cape Town’s largest electronic and gaming expo in the e-Sports environment.

Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre

When: 28 - 30 July

Cost: R100 to R220 at computicket.com


DURBAN

Up Close and Personal with Dawn Thandeka King

You may recognise her from SABC1’s Uzalo. She’s out here pushing music on the side, because, you know, the SABC is struggling with the dough. Show her some love and get at me, I’d like to know how this was. She’ll be joined on stage by talented, award-winning comedian Nonto R. 

Where: The Jazzy Rainbow, Morningside

When: 28 July

Cost: R150 entrance

Pretoria

Kinsmen

These guys are on some other. You haven’t heard music like this before. On the real, if you need to unwind or work some things out, get yourself a ticket and let these Pretoria natives soothe your pain with their musical meditation ... bra, I can’t even call it, just go there.

Where: U – The Space, 146 Minnaar Street

When: 27 July

Cost: R50 entrance

Supporters’ Saturdays

Wear any sporting supporter’s jersey and receive a free Castle or Hansa quart with your first drinks order. If you don’t mess with either of these, then, like, what’s your problem? Homies will even have a DJ to keep your ears warm while you’re chilling or hitting the pool and foosball tables.

Where: The O-Bar, Pretoria CBD

When: 29 July

Cost: Free entrance

MAHIKENG

Urban Family Market

Bring the whole family and come and enjoy a market day in Mmabana Picnic Park. Mokgabo Herbal and Vermiculture will be there to sell natural products such as carob-flavoured moringa shakes as well as organic vegetables such as arugula. 

Where: Mmabana Picnic Park

When: 29 July

Cost: Free entrance

LIMPOPO

Limpopo Annual Rise and Shine Gospel Festival

For all my Polokwane gospel heads, come join Limpopo’s first gospel festival. This will be a day of praise and worship with South Africa’s favourite talent on stage. 

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