Monthly Archives: February 2013

fACTORy: Funny, Flamboyant, Fabulous

Nataniel is a boy from the Platteland. The ‘boy next door’. One gets the impression from his television work, his adverts, his books and even his shows that he is as down to earth as one’s own grandmother. However in … Continue reading

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First 2013 season for JPO begins … with no guarantees there will be a second

So, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra first season for 2013 started last night with the announcement that we were benefiting from the last arts sponsorship which Anglo American will be making due to ‘economic conditions’. One hopes that they will soon … Continue reading

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Pravin Gordhan puts South Africa first

My earliest memory of “The Budget Speech” dates back nearly half a century. It involves my parents either listening to the radio or reading the newspaper. Their main concern seemed to be “the sin taxes”. I was in a convent … Continue reading

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Homophobic, racist and generally biased Minister should be fired once and for all

Lulu Xingwana, Minister for Women, Children and Disabled People, is involved in yet another hate speech controversy. It really is time that she was both fired for her refusal to comply with the requirements of the South African Constitution and … Continue reading

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Calling all Community Dance Troupes

If you have a dance troupe and would like to showcase your choreography skills on a free stage, now is your opportunity. The Dance Umbrella is calling for Stepping Stones entries for its 2013 festival at various venues in Johannesburg … Continue reading

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Fully committed is fully engaging

Fully Committed is one of those one-man showpieces for comedic actors. It has an incredibly demanding script making use of lots of characters and an hectic pace which requires spot on timing to milk the humour. Pieter Bosch Botha, directed … Continue reading

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Naledi Theatre Awards entering second decade with high hopes …

So … the Naledi Awards are ten years old. Dawn Lindberg, CEO of the Naledi Theatre Awards, has achieved a miracle in keeping them alive for that long, and now, together with a theatre angel, Carolyn Steyn, she has found … Continue reading

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Beautiful Creatures (Movie review)

Movie Title: Beautiful Creatures Director: Richard LaGravenese Starring: Jeremy Irons, Alice Englert, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum Genre: Magic fantasy/Romance for young adults Opens: 22 February 2013 Rating: 6/10 Based on books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl this is a … Continue reading

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Rainforests and the Circle of Life (Manav Gupta Visual Artist)

The exhibition, Rainforests and the Circle of Life, hosted by the High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Virendra Gupta, is a travelling trilogy of paintings, installations, films and performance by the eminent Indian artist Mr Manav Gupta. Manav Gupta, trained in … Continue reading

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Aria! Opera for Everyone with Stefan Louw and Hanli Stapela

I remember exactly when I first heard Stéfan Louw sing. It was at the Promusica Theatre back in the late nineties. Since then I have heard Louw sing several times, each time with the same, and greater, vocal beauty. I … Continue reading

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