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The Afro Galactic Dream Factory

Rained out during Infecting the City, the Afro Galactic Dream Factory will now take place at Hiddingh Hall on Tuesday 26 March at 8.30pm.

The Afro Galactic Dream Factory is an afro-techno audio-visual symphony, a mash-up of musical genres and artistic disciplines thrown into the void of outer space, the place of our future paradise regained, remixed, re-dreamed and relaunched.

Featuring an eclectic group of artists and musicians brought together by director and producer, Catherine Henegan, the Afro Galactic Dream Factory is performed by Jimmy Rage, Mr Sakitumi & the Grrrl, Masello Motana, Bliksemstraal, Lee Thomson, Ross McDonald, Bongani Magatyana and The Mafrica Mbube Singers.

This event will take place at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, at 8.30pm on Tuesday 26 March. Entrance is free and no booking is required. For more information, please contact 021 418 3336 or 021 480 7156.

Spring Awakenings at Art in the Forest

Spring Awakenings, a new multimedia group exhibition in the gallery at Art in the Forest is open to the public until 31 October. This is not just any Spring, it is Spring in South Africa 2011. It is Spring in the greatest economic recession since the 1930’s. And the perspectives are very different. The unease is palpable.

Derric van Rensburg ‘Spring Fields’

The works of a wide selection of contemporary artists are featured, each presenting a point of view along the infinite continuum of human experience. While the threads of regeneration, beauty, metamorphosis and the cycles of life underlie the whole, there are sinister underpinnings in certain instances.

Hanging next to top botanical artist Vicki Thomas’s Protea are two works by recent Michaelis graduate, David Brits – underneath his flowers lurk another layer of the countries recent history in the shape of a military helicopter and young soldiers. Helen Vaughan’s birds are crows while Gavin Collins’s are pigeons.

Dianne Heesom-Green’s arresting ceramic work called “Metamorphosis I, II and III” is at the centre of the exhibition underwriting the dualities of the exhibition.

Dianne Heesom-Greene ‘Metamorphosis’

Theo Paul Vorster enchants the eye with his original lino cuts, his tactile rendering of different materials such as wood and porcelain is masterful and his homage to Ingrid Jonker is both evocative and moving.

Theo Paul Voster ‘Lino Cut’

Apart from the magnificent floral works of the Keiskamma Art Project the only two paintings of flowers are the work of botanical artists. The extraordinary precision of observation required for botanical painting in order for it to constitute an accurate record of a particular species, holds within itself the faint outline of possible extinction.

While human undertakings are not always compatible with the flourishing of the natural world, the exhibition presents works of art in many different media all of them portraying beauty, metamorphosis, pleasure and the celebration of life in all its diversity.

Spring Awakenings is conceived of as a plea for consciousness. With all profits from sales of the exhibition to benefit the Light From Africa Foundation and its work to support vulnerable children in South Africa, there has never been a better reason to shop! Visit the exhibition at Art in the Forest, Cecilia Forest, Constantia Nek from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Whilst there, enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee, peruse the functioning ceramic art studio, shop at the boutique upstairs or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley below.

More more info visit www.lightfromafrica.com or join www.facebook.com/lightfromafrica


Keep a look out for pasted art, coming to a street near you. Khayelitsha got pasted today and the city centre will get the same treatment on Monday and Tuesday this coming week. We love this project that aims to get art out of galleries and into the streets where it can be interacted with and enjoyed by the community!

Paste. is curated by Shani Judes of SJ ARTISTS and Between 10and5 .

For this project, 15 local artists were selected to design, illustrate or photograph work inspired by the theme: Khayelitsha Culture. The work has since been converted into large scale wheat pastes and will be pasted around Khayelitsha and the inner city of Cape Town over the next few days!

See if you can spot one!

To raise funds for this project and for future projects – final images will be on sale on the Between10&5 website.

Artists involved:

Simon Berndt – One Horse Town
Cassandra Leigh
Lauren Fowler
Wesley Van Eeden
Jonx Pillemer
Russel Goodman ELLO – Love And Hate Studio Swain Hoogervorst &Paul Ward
Miné Jonker & Clinton Campbell from Studio Muti
Black Koki – Love And Hate Studio
Julia Merrett
Chris Slabber
Claire Homewood
Fuzzy Slippers
Donna Solovei
Yuma Yoshimura (TOKYO)
Linsey Levendall

Toffie Food Festival: 3 & 4 September

A first for Cape Town, the Toffie Food Festival and Conference plays host to specialist foodie speakers from around the world and invites Capetonians to sample, smell, taste and be inspired!

This two day long event (3 & 4 September) will be held at the Cape Town City Hall and includes tastings, workshops, food exhibitions, a food market, cookbook shop and quite unusually…a pinata exhibition!

As part of the conference, there will be talks by both local and international food celebrities and specialists including Julie Powell; whose book and blog inspired the movie ‘Julie and Julia’.

You can find out more and book your tickets here:

Dance International

The Cape Town City Ballet will present a triple bill, ‘Dance International’‘ at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town from 22 — 30 October, 2011.

This triple bill features two international works and a piece by acclaimed South African choreographer, Adele Bank.

Solitaire was first seen in 1956, danced by the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in London. The ballet was described by the choreographer, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, as ‘a kind of game for one’, in which a girl tries repeatedly to join in the activities of her friends, but always finds herself alone. Danced to the music of British composer, Sir Malcolm Arnold, this ballet will be taught and staged by the Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance, Lynn Wallis.
Adele Blank’s creation, Mad Dogs, is danced in the contemporary style and uses an eclectic range of music and subject in its string of fascinating vignettes, reflecting real-life situations.
Graduation Ball, the third work on the programme, was created in 1940 by the Russian choreographer, David Lichine, for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Using music by Johan Strauss II arranged by Antal Duráti, the ballet is set in a Viennese boarding school, where the young girls put on a ball with the cadets of the city’s military academy. Liane Lurie, former ballerina and Ballet Mistress of the PACT Ballet Company, will teach and direct this work.
This is a diverse programme, taking the audience from the delightfully wistful Solitaire to critically acclaimed local choreographer, Adele Blank’s contemporary genius ending with the quirky and charming classic, Graduation ball.
Book at computicket or Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 Tickets R100-R150

Patsy Toh Piano Recital: Wednesday 31 August

Chinese born Patsy Toh will be performing on Wednesday 31 August at 20:00 in Hiddingh Hall as part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Music in the City concert series.

Toh was born in China, but lived in England from an early age. She was educated at Westonbirt School for girls in Gloucestershire where she won an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.

After graduation, she entered the class of Yvonne Lefebure at the Paris Conservatoire and was awarded her premier Prix in 1961. She participated in Alfred Cortot’s master class and gave performances for Jeunesse Musicale. Under Ibbs and  Tillett management, she performed in many music clubs in England and also in France, Denmark and the Far East.

In 1967 she formed a trio which won a prize in the BBC chamber music competition. In 1970 she went to the United States for two years. During this period, she worked with Aube Tzerko and was class pianist for Dorothy Delay, Cleveland Quartet and Sydney Harth at Aspen Summer school for several years.

After returning to London in 1973, she participated in the classes of Bruno Guirana and Pierre Fournier at Prussia Cove and Aldeburgh. In 1975 Iris Dyer a piano  professor at Junior RAM passed away and the vacant post was offered to Toh. In 1989, she also took a post at Purcell School, a specialised music school for  talented children and in 1994 she became part of the keyboard staff at  senior RAM and was awarded an ARAM and  subsequently a FRAM for her services to music.

She retired from Senior RAM in the summer of 2009 but continues  to develop young talent at Junior RAM and Purcell school. Her students have won  scholarships, competitions in the UK and overseas. Toh has also given master classes at Yehudi Menuhin School, Chetham’s summer school, Trinity Laban Conservatoire (Trinity College of Music) and music colleges and universities in Taiwan, Singapore, HongKong, Beijing and Shanghai. She currently lives in London and is married to the pianist Fou Ts’ong.

Toh will be performing Haydn’s Sonate in A flat major Hob XV1:46 and Variations in F minor, as well as Chopin’s Prelude in C sharp minor op.45 and 24 Preludes op.28. The event is free and no booking is necessary.

For more information on any of the events, phone the GIPCA office on 021 480 7156 or email fin-gipca@uct.ac.za.

Stop-Frame Animation Workshops: 2 – 9 September

As part of this year’s Out The Box Festival, UNIMA South Africa will be hosting five workshops exploring the art of stop-motion animation and puppetry in film.

More detailed information on each workshop can be found at www.outtheboxfestival.com

To apply contact admin@unimasouthafrica.org

Stop-Frame Animation Workshop (Moving Hands)
In this workshop, you will make a short film using a combination of techniques, such as claymation (plasticine), pixilation or puppetry.
Ages: 14-18
Friday 2 September: 14h30 – 17h30;  Saturday 3 September: 09h30 – 13h30;  Sunday 4 September: 09h30 – 13h30;  Monday 5 September: 14h30 – 17h30
Cost: R350 for the full course
The ABC’s of animation and storytelling (Jeremy Puren)
This is a physical and engaging workshop where you will capture your movements and moving objects to create a short film.
Ages: 7 – 13
Friday 2 September: 14h00 – 17h30;  Saturday 3 September: 09h30 – 13h00;  Sunday 4 September: 09h30 – 13h00;  Monday 5 September: 14h00 – 17h30
Cost: R200 per day
Hand-drawn animation Workshop (Nina Torr)
This workshop will cover the basics and materials needed to create a simple hand-drawn animation on paper following the techniques pioneered in traditional cel animation.
Ages: 16+
Duration: 2 hrs
When: Tuesday 6 September 14h00-16h00 or Friday 9 September 10h00-12h00
Cost: R200
Problem-solving in stop-motion animation (Nina Torr)
This course will explore devices and techniques that make the animation process simpler and more functional – includes optimizing your puppets and creating DIY camera equipment.
Ages:  16+
Duration: 2 hrs
When: Wednesday 7 September 10h00-12h00; Thursday 8 September 14h00-16h00
Cost: R200
Basic Armature Construction on a budget! (Marinda Botha)
This workshop gives an introduction to general armature construction and provides an example of one method of construction, keeping your budget in mind.
Ages: 16+
Duration: 1 hr 30 minutes
When: Tuesday 6 September 10h00-11h30; Wednesday 7 September: 14h00-15h30; Thursday 8 September 10h00-11h30; Friday 9 September 14h00-15h30
Cost: R200

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Some Like it Vrot: New musical comedy by David Kramer

Comedian Marc Lottering and songwriter David Kramer have joined forces once again to bring a brand new musical comedy to the stage at the Baxter Theatre in October.  Some Like it Vrot is written and directed by Kramer and will star Lottering and Christo Davids in the lead roles of Smiley and Fuad, characters created by Lottering in his stand up routines.

Kramer, one of the most successful creators of original musical theatre in South Africa has had a longtime association with comedian Marc Lottering. Although David is most often associated with writing musical theatre, he has also enjoyed great success  directing comedy. Three of Marc’s solo shows, From the Cape Flats with Love, Hallelujah & Big Stakes & Slap Chips were directed by Kramer and Three Wise Men &  its sequel, Three Wiser Men starring Marc Lottering, Riad Moosa and Nik Rabinowitz were all directed by David as well.

Lottering, famous for his stand-up comedy, and having performed in several pantomimes in Johannesburg, has always dreamed of singing and dancing in a musical of his own. Kramer has now taken one of Lottering’s most loveable characters, Smiley the taxi gaartjie and written a musical comedy tailored to the talents of the versatile Lottering. Christo Davids, well-known for his role in SABC’s 7de Laan, recently won  a Kanna Award  for his performance in the drama My naam is Ellen Pakkies, which  enjoyed a sold out season at the Baxter in April.  He now shares the stage with Marc for the first time, playing Smiley’s brother Fuad.

Some Like it Vrot is set in contemporary Cape Town and moves  between Wynberg and Woodstock, Grassy Park and the Waterfront. It features  Mercia Meintjies, a police detective played by Larissa Hughes, Tammy the  night club singer played by Jill Middelkop, and Big Bucks the notorious crime boss played by Abduragman Adams. Alistair Izobel who started his stage career as one of the original Broetjies in the Kramer Petersen musical District Six and went on to perform the role of Bingo in Kat and the Kings on Broadway in 1999, also features in this musical comedy.

In Some Like it Vrot, Smiley (Marc) and Fuad (Christo) become entangled in a life threatening situation and have to run for their lives. They turn to Inspector Meintjies to help them escape their predicament.  She comes up with a novel and outrageous solution. They are reluctant to go along with her plan, but  have no choice. It might just save their lives.

Some Like it Vrot has been designed by Saul Radomsky who was responsible for the set design for Kat and the Kings on the West End & Broadway, as well as the 2003 production of District Six at the Baxter Theatre. Fahiem Bardien will be responsible for lighting design.

The Show opens on 21 October with performances from Mondays to Fridays at 8pm and on Saturdays at 5pm and 8.30pm. Booking is now open and tickets cost from R90 to R150 via Computicket or 0839158000. There is a special preview weekend on 21 and 22 October when tickets will cost R100 throughout.