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Scrape might be a one woman show but it is far from being a one woman production. The efforts of all the role players are delicately layered together to form a multidimensional piece.

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Based on the children’s TV show from the 1970s, Bangalory’s Back is a collection of tales on a brightly coloured set perfect for busy little minds. Janice Honeyman is back on stage as the storyteller and plays many of the characters. Zoleka Helesi and Marty Kintu are brilliant in their portrayals of a range of people – from bullies to gentle marimba players to children lost in the city.

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For collectors, it is the most convenient way of seeing such a vast array of talent in one place and for anyone interested in art it is quite simply a superb exhibition.

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From the very beginning, Salt dances along the border between reality and a beautifully portrayed dreamscape. Set in a psychiatric ward in which the shadows come to life, this is a tender glimpse into an innocent and carefree life confronting a new world with wide eyes.

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No doubt you remember the episode of Hart to Hart when Mrs H gets kidnapped by the baddie. Held in a room with a glass wall, she uses her large diamond ring to cut her way through the glass to freedom. It is surely the perfect example (note to husband) of just how useful diamonds can be in day to day living. [Read more…]

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The name for some may conjure up a rough, tough, smoke-filled, meat--orientated eatery. But from the decor to the wine, Charcoal Dining is a relaxing place: a quiet, as- yet- unknown restaurant perfect for a date night or an evening out.

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What resulted was a market fair which proudly nourishes a sense of wholesome, frolicking, lighthearted entrepreneurship. And its success is reflected in the well-known names that gained their first foothold here. Before Kauai became an icon of healthy organic food, for example, it consisted of two brothers with a box of gourmet sandwiches and a single smoothie-maker touting their wares at the Obs Holistic Fair.

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“Be open for electronic music, a new European music,” declared Michael Wertmueller, the drummer of Swiss experimental/avant-rock duo Hadron, before they ripped the Mahogany Room’s sensitive eardrums apart with an out of the ordinary stir-up of aggressive techno and something like a teenage-angst-infused metal genre sans screamo vocals.

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“The end result is not only an immaculately staged piece of theatre, but also a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy.”

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This show almost certainly intends to subvert the tropes of the traditional romcom and be combative and raucously offensive in an interesting and provocative way. What is the dark secret behind this duo’s latest salacious venture? Beneath all the rampant swearing, graphic sex talk and in-your-face scatological humor, Porno 88 is – gasp! – deeply moving and entertaining.

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“The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra opened their winter symphony season with a bang, thanks to some outstanding playing under the baton of Bernhard Gueller.”

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The afternoon’s headliners, Hot Water, are either visionaries or mad men. They did the pantsula – complete with the rolled up trouser legs – on the same stage as the sakkie-sakkie! The crowd, which had been mellowed by Wrestlerish, jumped up and attempted both of those dances so I guess it’s the former: they are visionaries.

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Hipsters in tight, primary coloured trousers were everywhere, but in between the unkempt beards and round, thick-rimmed glasses were people of all colours and creeds, as young as 15 and old as 55, all gathered to see a cult, Brooklyn-based indie rock band in a strange hall in Wynberg opposite the municipal electricity department.

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But the highlight of the evening was without a doubt guest speak Stafford Masie. Best known as the former CEO of Google Africa, this successful technology futurist shared some inspirational thoughts and insights as well as a number of entertaining and enlightening anecdotes from his life and the world of business, technology and human ecosystems

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The artist has always expressed an inherently feminine approach to her subject matter in the past, from her ghostly sketches of dancers to the hazy ephemera of softly out of focus domestic scenes.

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“The show captivates from start to finish, but a notable highlight is the Oscar Pistorius scene – a classic trampling of the fine line between humour and utter insensitivity.”

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Mimi dying in the bohemian surroundings of an artist’s flat in Paris can easily be translated to the tragic death of a young South African in the poor surroundings of a township and in the company of her friends.

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Just 12 canvases hang in the Christopher Moller gallery. Large, impelling portraits throbbing with colour and life. In keeping with the international shows by the same artist, this one also sold out. On opening night. In thirty minutes. Online and in print, Salgado’s work shows its brilliance. But to see it ‘in the flesh’ is to recognise that his work is truly sublime.

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Prettiness and sadness lie side by side, with a distinct dark and surreal undercurrent. The eponymous pout is occasionally made into a smile but it is a thin line, black and stitched up. The girl’s eyes well with tears, which often overspill. Skeletons, skulls and cobwebs are common motifs. Ditto rainbows and clouds and large coloured rain drops. These are about daydreams, after all,

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But men are useful for some things, and not only was Searle good eye-candy but he used his dancing background to add a new dimension into the play. His choreography was colourful and contemporary. The Toothbrush Tango performed with Harris was my highlight of the play.

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It is a fun, light-hearted production, which celebrates the shallowness in each one of us while recognizing the basic faults which make us human.

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Turn a corner inCape Town’s bohemian suburb of Observatory (‘Obz’ to the locals) and you’re likely to find anything. At the popular Obz Café, which also houses a small stage, we found more bang for our buck in terms of hocus-pocus and hilarious humour than magic beans could ever deliver.

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Head-bands, neon colours, glitter and sequins, legwarmers, bad hairdos, denim jackets and smooth attitude… laugh if you will but the 80s was a great decade when some classic music anthems were crafted.

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Violet Online is Sex and the City for real people. The tales are honest and openhearted. And it’s very close to home. In the style of individual blog posts, 14 sketches relate Violet’s close encounters of the sometimes-sexy kind. One takes us to the penthouse suite of the Crystal Towers hotel in Century City – a location and first-date failure that sent ripples of giggles through the audience. Others tell of her daring foray into a full Brazilian wax and what she truly thinks of the Tim Noakes diet.

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One song in, and the man already had a call-and-response going with the audience, only to warn us that we had exactly one more song in which to remain seated, before he expected us on our feet and dancing. It didn’t take much encouragement, and by song number three, the seats were forgotten, and the crowd throbbed, waved, twisted and jived, to the satisfaction of the performers.

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