We took a meander down Loop Street, anticipating a dreary lunch in some streetside shop, with a Coca-Cola sponsored sign. Luckily for us, good karma and the will of the gods places in front of Open Art. Nosey parkers as we are, we wandered up the stairs (and what may as well have been along the yellow-brick road) to have a peek. What a fantasmagorical place. Firstly, the gallery. It is so so rare that I like that much modern art in one place. In addition, my attending lunch-mate and I, NEVER agree on art. So that fact that we were both standing there smitten at the sight and smell of oils and enamels, is really quite something. The gallery has that "we tidied up the garage" feel to it. Nothing pretentious, nothing clinical.
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
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
The discotheque series, presented at Assembly, has done nothing to disappoint. Tonight they bring us two of South Africa's most deliciously high-rising, local acts - Playdoe and P.H.Fat. Both dreamteams have exploded onto the South African music scene by pioneering their amalgam genres. Playdoe's name says it - a malleable genre, a fluid sound and a playful live act that is almost evangelical about, "it's that beat". Playdoe consists of Sibot - the genius that brought you Max Normal, Constructus, Closet Snare, Knights of the Round and Real Estate Agents - while Spoek supplies the god-step and the man purse. They've toured Europe and played with the calibre of Anti Pop Consortium, DJ Krush, DJ
In the heart of the Riebeek Valley, this weekend, comes Origin trance fest. The setting: river, rolling lawns, dance and trippy decor. Strictly an over 18 festival, reviews I've heard of previous Origins have involved words, "unadulterated (or maybe not) mayhem" and "way way sick". While not particularly articulate, I think these drive home the message: ineffable awesomenessity. (I know it's not a word, but let's go with it). Festival activities will include swimming, swaying, camping, drinking, dancing, perusing craft and pausing for nourishment at the food market. While trance isn't my particular field of expertise, I know enough to know that this one gets rave (literally) reviews.
In full swing of the summer season everyone is embracing the AL fresco (and lustfully absorbing the memory for the months of winter that will come before we know it). Every year, Oude Libertas brings an array of artists to soothe those lazing in the sun. Situated on the slopes, Oude Libertas' amphitheatre captures a postcard view of the Stellenbosch mountain range. This year, Oude Libertas again presents a "picnics welcome" line-up of diverse South African acts, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and The Black Tie ensemble. If you want to sink into the warmth of the Cape mountains, this is the way: wicker baskets, wine and "whine" ;)
What sounds more deliciously cultured than picnics and Shakespeare in the park? In a tradition that has truly stood the test of time, Antony and Cleopatra is Maynardville's 55th annual open-air Shakespeare. This drama of lust and politics is considered one of Shakespeare's most provocative and indulgent works and, despite their contextual grandeur, Shakespeare sensitively reduces them to flawed, mortal lovers of wanting contradiction. Written at the height of his literary capacity, this epic incites some of Shakespeare's most sensual poetry. With excellent reviews and a starry-eyed, award-winning cast - (Tinarie van Wyk Loots (Cleopatra), André Weideman (Antony), Caesar (Andrew Laubscher), Eros (Clyde
This weekend brings a repeat performance of the infamous SIX - Southern Ink Exposure - returning to the Motherland. Big name body artists Paul Booth, Bob Tyrrell and Hailin Fu will be making guest appearances. Not to mention living ink legends Manuela Grey, Simon White, and more. Click Tyler Murphyhere for the full line-up. SIX promises a season of collaborative artgasms, with exhibitions. live performances and a series of the sickest parties: Friday Jan. 22 – Lady Luck Party @ MercuryLive Featuring: The Ragdolls + Jack Parow + Throatball + DJs Saturday Jan. 23 – Man’s Ruin Party @ the Assembly Featuring: Damn Right + The Mochines + Them Tornados + Rudimentals + DJs Party tickets are purchased at
In the spirit of all things bright, tight and keen to come right, Assembly (Harrington Street) presents Sunny in the Shade: Day Glo! This will 2010's first Discotheque party at Assembly, and a massive disco dance it shall be. Sponsored by Malibu, DC shoes, Nixon ,Von Zipper and Vida E Caffe`, it promises to be a banger. The venue is going to be echoing luminous glows and black lights, so the dressed appropriately neon pay R50, while the fail-faces and cop-outs pay R70. (I'm not a huge fan of those who don't dress up - can you tell?). Neon tights, neon lights, neon love - that's what we're anticipating. The line-up includes Nick Supply, with his fresh, addictive, bouncy-fidget house; our electro love