This week is not only the first time the Blue Man Group will be performing in SA, but it is also Bob Marley’s birthday. Phuti Mathobela sorts out your social schedule
Metro FM Awards Voting Party
- Taliban Pub Ga-Rankuwa 2
- February 10, 6pm
- R50 at the door
Celebrate Vetkuk vs Mahoota’s Metro FM nomination in the Best Kwaito category for their hit single So Hamba Ngo 7. R50 not only gets you through the door but two free ciders.
A Story of South African Art
- Pretoria Art Museum
- Gallery open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
- R5 to R22 at the door
This selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Pretoria Art Museum briefly reviews South African art. It includes works by early 20th-century painters, the Resistance artists of the 1980s and artists of the 21st century. Several artworks in this exhibition have never been displayed before.
The King’s Singers South African Tour
- Unisa’s ZK Matthews Great Hall
- February 9, 7.30pm
- R295 to R695 at computicket.com
Twenty years after their last appearance, this two-time Grammy-winning sextet is back in the country to deliver a royal entertainment experience to South African music lovers. Be sure to catch this world-renowned group. They’ll be in Potchefstroom, Joburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
In The City Pop-Up Singles Valentine’s Party
- The Hide-Out Bar, 302 Fox St, Maboneng
- February 11, from 6pm
- R175 at email@example.com
Join this fun half-indoor, half-outdoor singles Valentine’s bash. Think live music, beers by the quart, edgy cocktails and celebrating being single in the coolest way possible while meeting amazing new people at the same time.
Blue Man Group
- Teatro at Montecasino, Fourways
February 7, 8pm
R370 to R595 at computicket.com
This international entertainment phenomenon is bringing its wildly popular, award-winning production to South Africa for the first time as part of a new world tour. The Blue Man Group, best known and recognised for its trio of bald and blue performers, is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. They’ll showcase favourites as well as brand-new content.
Soweto Tech Talk & Nail Bootcamp
- Exquisite Nailz, Orlando West (close to Ubuntu Kraal)
- February 11, 9.30am
This is one for all nail fanatics who want to learn a thing or two about the nail game. Whether you’re already a nail technician or want to become one, this is your opportunity. Hosted by Mpumi, the greatest nail fan with more than 10 years experience in the nail industry, you’re sure to learn more than you bargained for. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Bill of Rights Saturday Workshop
- Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Road, Johannesburg
- February 11, 8am
- Free event
Educators, this is for you. Human rights are the rights and freedoms that everybody has from the moment of birth, simply because they are human beings. They are not privileges which need to be won and they apply equally to everybody. Constitution Hill, in partnership with the Gauteng department of education, conducts Bill of Rights workshops on Saturday mornings, with the aim of educating and promoting constitutional matters to non-fee-paying schools.
- Wednesday, 8pm
- Teatro at Montecasino
- Tickets R200 to R500 at computicket.com
This cracking new production of Annie, the world’s favourite family musical, features an all-star South African cast. With its award-winning score, this stunning musical includes the unforgettable songs It’s a Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow.
Runs until November 27
Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair
- Thursday to Sunday
- Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre
- Tickets R90 to R300 at webtickets.co.za
This annual four-day event aims to bring together the best in artisanal produce and craftsmanship. Come and discover new and coveted local brands, and sample some of the best food and wine the country has to offer. The VIP opening night on Thursday starts at 6pm, while the fair opens on Friday at 12pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 10am.
Levi’s Pioneer Nation
- Friday to Sunday, 9am
- Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
- Tickets R50 to R80 at webtickets.co.za
This two-day festival will inspire, connect and empower a new generation of entrepreneurs. Hear 40 diverse young entrepreneurs share their stories on two stages, and choose between eight business-building workshops, speed mentoring and sofa sessions.
Hatfield Plaza International Food Market
- Friday to Sunday
- Hatfield Plaza Shopping Centre, Pretoria
- Free entrance
Come and enjoy a festival of tastes from around the world, with authentic national dishes, snacks and treats. There will be live bands and a chill area at the Clicks court. Starts on Friday at 2pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 9am.
Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2017
- Cape Town City Hall
- February 10 to 12, from 5pm
- R500 at ctemf.nutickets.co.za
The CTEMF is internationally recognised for being one of the most relevant and forward-thinking events on Africa’s music festival calendar, where international pioneers and innovators share the stage with the bright lights of the South African scene. The line-up this year includes Âme, Coldcut, Dave Clarke, Heidi, Jazzuelle, Jullian Gomes, Kid Fonque and Zaki Ibrahim.
St Valentine’s Market 2017
- Cavendish Square, Claremont
- February 7, from 9am
- Free event
The finest locally handmade décor, jewellery, gifts and tasty treats. Find something special for your special someone.
- Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
- February 6, 7pm
- R90 at email@example.com
An updated version of The Vagina Monologues. The award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humour and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. All proceeds to go to Rape Crisis, MOSIAC & Saartjie Baartman. The world-famous writer and activist used her dynamic and powerful play The Vagina Monologues, among other works, to start her grass roots campaign V-Day. Bringing awareness to world issues pertaining to women, their most intimate truths, and, specifically for this V-Day, their vagina’s. The monologues lead to a celebration of women although, at times, bringing up painful moments.
2016 All Star Ice Hockey Exhibition Showcase
- Monday, 6.30pm
- GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
- Entrance is R30 to R40
Come check out some of the top players in the country, along with international imports. The evening starts off with a skills competition, where two teams compete in events such as Fastest Skater, Puck Relay Competition, Goalie Shooting and the Breakaway Competition, where players try to out-skill the goaltenders in a one-on-one shoot-out.
Artscape Theatre Centre
Tickets R80 at computicket.com
The acclaimed isiXhosa novel by Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi has been adapted by director Thando Doni into a play. Performed in isiXhosa, the story is set in the time of the historical King Hintsa kaKhawuta, and revolves around twins Wele and Babini as they fight over their deceased father’s estate.
Runs until October 22.
Oyster and Champagne Festival
Saturday and Sunday, 12pm
- Hillcrest Quarry, Hillcrest Wine Estate
- Tickets R120 at computicket.com
The Oyster and Champagne Festival is back. It was conceptualised in 2007 and previously hosted at Bloemendal Wine Estate, and has proven to be one of Cape Town’s premier festivals. The ticket price includes an engraved champagne glass and five tasting tickets. The dress code is white and gold.
Swazi Gospel Night
- Saturday, 6pm
- Emnotweni Area, Nelspruit
- Tickets R300 at all Sneakers Edition stores
Mpumalanga, brace yourselves for the Swazi Gospel Night with Nothando “Khulula Ugcobo” Hlophe and many more. Come and mingle with well-known personalities at the famous Emnotweni Arena and enjoy an evening of praise and worship.
Engen Pitch & Polish 2016
- Saturday, 8am to 5pm
- Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth
- Free entrance
This national workshop and competition programme features a fun-filled learning environment where you can get expert guidance on how to pitch your business idea effectively. Registration opens at 8am and the event starts
Kings & Queens of Comedy
- Durban ICC, 45 Bram Fischer Road
- February 11, 8pm
- R185 to R325 at computicket.com
The biggest comedians from all over South Africa hit the stage, including Marc Lottering, Tumi Morake, Loyiso Gola, Celeste Ntuli, Leeanda Reddy, Krijay Govender, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Joey Rasdien, Tol Ass Mo, Khanyisa Bunu and Rory Petzer.
Bob Marley Earthday Tribute Reggae Music Festival and RastaFair
Ushaka, Wahooz On The Promenade, Durban
- February 5, 10am
- R20 at the door
The eighth annual Bob Marley Earthday reggae music festival and rastafair pays homage to Robert Nesta Marley on this special earth day. Dress code of the day: Rainbow. All people are welcome to celebrate this day.
Old Mutual Music at the Lake
Durban Botanic Gardens
Tickets R60 to R130 at webtickets.co.za
Catch Goodluck, Pascal & Pearce and Rubber Duc at this edition of the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series. Kids are welcome to enjoy some fun and games at the kid zone, and there will be a variety of food and soft refreshments to purchase. Bring your picnic blankets, camping chairs and cooler boxes.
Nicky Chovuchovu: A spring in his step
- Thursday Gallery open 8am to 4pm
- Woza Moya Gallery
- Free entrance
This exhibition by Zimbabwean painter Nicky Chovuchovu features fresh colours, and lively township scenes bursting with energy and pure colour. A new development in Chovuchovu’s style is the use of drawing marks and the palette knife. He sees himself as a voice of the voiceless because his work tells stories from his own surroundings.
Runs until November 30
Mellou’s Spring Fashion Show
- Tuesday, 9am
- BBM Café, Tiffany’s Shopping Centre
- Tickets R150 at Mellou
Get your girls together for a morning of fun, fashion and a delicious breakfast. Clothing store Mellou will be showcasing its fabulous spring/summer collections. You can also expect secret prizes and goodies on the day. This is a great way to fill your closet with fun new fashion for the warmer months.