Festivals

Vodacom Funny Festival

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Alrighty! For those of us intending to frame today's Bafana game with our pretty little lashes, optimism may be our best weapon. There's big hope that the boys will bring it home against France tonight!  In the incident that tomorrow is a merry affair, the sweet city of Cape Town will be all smiles. If not, however, we may need a little massaging of the funny bone, as our humour takes a downturn and the bitter refuse to frequent French delis for a while. EITHER WAY! We propose you keep spirits up, or get them up, with the Vodacom Funny Festival. The Vodacom Funny Fest has become Cape Town's well-loved Winter warmth and showcases laugh-a-minute locals Alan Committie, Riaad Moosa, Ndumiso Lindi, Al                  

About Cape Town

Fan Parks and Fan Fare

Day two of the incessant vuvuzelas ringing in the air and it still gets me all tingly:) For those of you without tickets as we spin into the 2010 Soccer World Cup, cruise into (although it's more liikely a bob and weave procedure) Cape Town's  fan fare! Fan parks are found at: Bellville Velodrome, Phillipi Stadium and Athlone Stadium, while the four smaller, community viewing sites are at Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Nomzamo and Maynardville. For the festivities of the fan mile and the near-stadium electricity, hit Cape Town's official Fifa fan park - Grand Parade. At a capacity of 25, 000, Grand Parade is going to be bursting with "Ayoooooobaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" every match day from 11h00                  

Eating Out

Sushi and Chinese please!

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It's Friday! And given that we're on the precipice of a weekend, this post should come as divine enlightenment... On a very merry excursion to all sorts of central city venues for debauchery, jollity and merriment, we found ourselves quite under the weather/influence on the taxi trip home. Doing the route back to le loov-leh 17 on Loader (Cape Town's chic bed and breakfast in De Waterkant), the heavens opened and revealed a luminous red sign, on Seapoint Main Road, reading - "Xiang Yuan". With the excitement of teenage girls at the mall, we begged the cab driver to pull over and poured in to Xiang Yuan. Now my love of  the place may seem ridiculously evangelical but, given that the time was almost                  

Music

Deep Purple in Cape Town

For those of you who tingle, when someone hums Smoke On The Water, Christmas comes early this year. The Guinness' Book of World Records' loudest band, English hard-rockers, Deep Purple, are coming to Cape Town.  For those lesser-informed in the ways of these heavy metal pioneers, Deep Purple are listed 22nd on VH1's list of Greatest Hard Rock artists, and it's time to get an education. On June 1st, Deep Purple will be headlining the Masters of Rock concert at the GrandWest Arena. Other acts include Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, and tickets can be bought through Computicket, in the reasonable range of R297 - R476p/p. Time to get old school rock 'n roll! And for those venturing out like the good                  

Eating Out

The Kitchen

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Recently roaming Woodstock, the mothercity and I rekindled our dwindling love affair... in The Kitchen. Last week, bleary-eyed from the sleep-sapping delicacies of a night become day, I begrudgingly bore my frustration, with the wind, out on the pavement of Sir Lowry Road. With the maniacal twitch of the rampantly hungry, I tore down the tramp-stamped sidewalks with the flavour of curse words in my mouth and was ready to go Jackie Chan on the next opportunist to approach. Then, chim-chimney-cher-oo, her lady Cape Town struck me by surprise again. PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUSSEL WASSERFALL   Nose took the lead, and I found myself seated inside of the treatery/eatery that is The Kitchen. The Kitchen is a Karen Dudley project that                  

Festivals

Grahamstown National Arts Festival

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"The time has come!" the Walrus said...   The National Arts Festival is, once again, almost upon us.  20th of June until the 4th of July - set the dates aside. Time to rethink youth-reclaiming road-trips, places to stop by on the garden route, and the essential first-aid kit: K.Y./masquerade masques/bandages/backseat readings and booze. "To talk of many things!" Grahamstown is where things inevitably get messy. With an economy founded entirely on the student-town's love of liquoring it up, things get fairly festive during festival time. But when physical theater is sidewalk decor, The National Arts Festival experience is as culturally enriching as it as sleep-draining and                  

Interesting People

DJ Rene the Frenchman

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While us over at 17onLoader (De Waterkant's premium bed and breakfast) often review back alleys and bustling venues, we don't usually take a look at the lingerers in the limelight. But recently we found ourselves beers-ing with the Frenchman that keeps HQ frantic on Fridays... DJ Rene (the Frenchman - as he is referred to) is the towering, infectiously jovial energy of a man pleased with the way his life's turned out. His bombastically beautiful grey hair bounces as he animatedly gesticulates with a wide, trusty smile. Despite having lived in South Africa for seventeen years, Rene still has the two unmistakable traits of a Frenchman - the accent, and the kind of effortless charm that could hypnotize a girl right into                  

Night Life

Twankey Bar at the Taj

Last week, us at 17 on Loader swanked our way into the grand opening of the Twankey Bar, at Cape Town's Taj Hotel. On the corner of Wale and Adderley, we were greeted by pearly whites, bubbles and a roomful of, what I call, the blackberry-ers. Twankey is swanky - a white marble bar, dark wood finishes and leather booths, kit the two floors out for Film Noir's femme fatales and cigar-smoking detectives. As those that are best, the menu is beautiful in it's brevity. While they don't do much, they sure did good by us. The selection of ten cocktails speaks mostly of the classics - margharitas, caipirinhas,  mojitos and an absolute vixen of a cosmo. The means of feeding is finger food, but we're hardly                  

Night Life

Balkanology

ballistic at Balkanology

Fortune tellers and flying carpets are the fan fare of Balkanology, 26th April 2010. Again the magic of Gypsy/Balkan music is made manifest in the carnivale festivities of a massive, manic party - A one night only affair. Here today, gone tomorrow - as the caravan children do.  Balkanology - the deliciously devilish circus spectacular - will lay love loose on the new Cape Town venue of spectaculars - whispered as a replacement to the infamous Madame Zingara's -  the wonderhouse that is Vaudeville. Think magicians, balkan bass and bare-bellied beauties, with the wonderment of dream and hallucination. The insatiable line-up lists tempos from Toby2shoes, Maoriginal, Hopa Banda and the Nomadic Orchestra. Tickets                  

Festivals

SA cheese festival

SA Cheese festival 2010

Next weekend, the South African Cheese festival returns to us in all it's stinky goodness! In truth, I'm still not convinced that Cheese festival is a and adequate name. While I dare not blaspheme against the quality and variety of cheeses at the SA Cheese festival, the name shneakily hides the incredible array of other appetizers and palate-pamperers on show.  In the sanctuary of Simondium, somewhere between Paarl and Franschhoek, the SA Cheese festival returns to Bien Donné farm from the 24th until the 27th of April. The Cooking Pot is the cheese festival's cookery corner. By now a renowned space for innovative cheese use (no, really), The Cooking Pot is great place for gourmet gurus and closet chefs to