Music

Estelle in Cape Town

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"Tell the promoter we need more seats, We just sold out all the floor seats!" As 2010 comes in so do "the hottest in the world right now". For the not-so football frantic, one of the wonderfluff consequences of being a designated Fifa 2010 host city, is the splendour that we're expecting to pour in. And while I may be including the European men that our slick city will be swelling with, I am, more importantly, referring to the celebrities that the event will bring. For those familiar with the phrase "American Boy" (and that should really be everyone who speaks english and lives above ground), Friday the 11th of June brings the lady that famed the phrase to Cape Town! Estelle, famous for                  

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                  

Art Scene

Fifa Fever at iArt Gallery

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For those of you who were at Friday night's big draw, you are well-versed in that sky-high, tangible hum that has hit the city since. Big banners screaming "Cape Town is Ready" and soccer themed street art, that seemed like cheesy overkill last week, have somehow become resonating illustrations of the South African cultural climate this week. In the spirit of Fifa Fever, iArt Gallery has collaborated with South African publishing powerhouse - David Krut - to bring an inspired exhibition of the Official Art Posters for 2010.  The artist line-up includes big names like William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas, doing their part for the love of the game. This exhibition is only on for another two days (until the                  

About Cape Town

Cape Town Christmas Lights

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Yay! I admit to being one of those - the giddy and delighted who wait like long-distance lovers, for the onset of the silly season. For those of you who missed the memo, this Sunday, the 29th November, Cape Town saw in Santa season with starry eyes and bright lights. With the flick of a switch, the citybowl got a make-over, in Adderley Street's 42nd annual "switching on" festival. The Cape Town-spirit carnivale is a wondrous local love anticipated by even the supposedly Scrooge-like. "Enlightened" by 2010, this year's display includes soccer-themed twinklings, and once again Capetonians are able to amble (or drive) along, and admire the kaleidoscopic glow, over Adderly each night.