Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hallow’een … a party for Satan?

Every so often controversial things pop up on someone’s Facebook wall. The subject of Hallow’een is one which has recently popped up on the wall of a Christian friend. She opposes its celebration in all its forms. Some of her … Continue reading

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JPO in fabulous Benjamin Britten Concert and the weeks ahead for classical music lovers

I really like 20th century music and Benjamin Britten is one of the more accessible 20th century classical composers. While he is best known for his operatic and choral works I found his Violin Concerto No 1, Op 15 to … Continue reading

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Ever wish you could travel more? I do …

The one thing I do wish is that I could travel more, both locally and internationally, so when I got to meet the lovely, exotic, Jen Su, tv and radio presenter, at DSTV Travel Channel functions, I was fascinated by … Continue reading

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Luxury Uncovered with Jenny Powell

Jenny Powell is of South African stock, her parents emigrating from District Six to England where Jenny currently lives and work just two years before her birth. A dancer and performer, she is one of Brittain’s most sought after presenters. … Continue reading

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Don’t say there’s nothing to do in Johannesburg (23-31 October 2013)

There’s always plenty to do in Johannesburg, especially if one has money for tickets and transport. This is the Halloween Week/end and horror themes are abundant. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra is performing on Wednesday 23 October and Thursday 24 October … Continue reading

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Little known Rossini work is Joburg’s only staged opera in 2013

Last year I went to see Reakopana’s first operatic production, Candide, at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. I really enjoyed it. Thus is was I was delighted to be invited to Reakopana’s 2013 production of Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro … Continue reading

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From Russia with Love (from the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra)

So James Bond movies are fifty years old this year. That’s most of my actual life and longer than my movie attending days. The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra celebrated this event with a magnificent concert at the Mandela, Johannesburg Theatre Complex … Continue reading

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Controversial Filmmaker wins Standard Bank Young Artist Award

Free-spirited filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka has been named by the National Arts Festival as the winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Film. Born in the Karoo and raised in East London, Qubeka’s films have screened in … Continue reading

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2014 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance critiques the traditional

The National Arts Festival’s 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance, 30 year old Nicola Elliott, is inspired by aesthetics, and by the bizarre experiences that come with being human and living in South African society. As a choreographer-director, performer, … Continue reading

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Kyle Shepherd makes musical magic

Capetonian pianist, saxophonist, composer and band leader – Kyle Shepherd – has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. Shepherd’s family is quite musical, so he has been around classical and … Continue reading

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