Monthly Archives: November 2013

Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure (Movie)

We live in a wonderful age! Technology allows us to visit great visual art exhibitions which distance (and finances) forbid. This technology is brought to us by the EXHIBITION ON SCREEN series, and the movie entitled Vermeer and Music: The … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Johannesburg, 2013

I am not American.  My understanding of Thanksgiving as a holiday is that it is a harvest festival.  It is a commemoration of the early American settlers’ survival, thanks to the native Americans, until their crops came in. I have … Continue reading

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Johnny Clegg – A South African Cultural Icon

I am old, but Johnny Clegg is (slightly) older. His jokes about Voltaren hit home with a ring of truth as he brought his tremendous energy and wealth of knowledge about dance anthropology to the Teatro stage in November 2013. … Continue reading

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (the movie)

Title: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Director: Justin Chadwick Year: 2013 Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris Country of Origin: South Africa Genre: History/Biography/Drama Rating: 10/10 The long-awaited Anant Singh movie has finally premiered in South Africa, but only after international … Continue reading

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And so my personal Christmas season starts …

The church season of Christmas only starts on Christmas Eve and continues for twelve days.  The commercial season of Christmas starts in October and builds to a frenzy on 24 December.  The secular season of Christmas, marked by Christmas parties … Continue reading

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Young and Beautiful (French movie)

Title: Young & Beautiful (Jeune & Jolie) Director: Francois Ozon Year: 2013 Starring: Marine Vacth with Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Pailhas and Frederic Pierrot Country of Origin: France Genre: Drama Rating: 8/10 This is a movie about a teenager, Isabelle, who … Continue reading

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Rainbow Scars

It doesn’t matter who you are – you can blame your mother for your problems … and similarly, it doesn’t matter what you do as a mother – your children will be able to blame you for their problems. This … Continue reading

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Theatrical holiday fare for children this year end (2013)

Aladdin is the annual Janice Honeyman pantomime at the Joburg Theatre while The Sleeping Beauty on Ice will enchant families at The Teatro at Montecasino. Both of these productions run past Christmas into the dreaded week between Christmas and New … Continue reading

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A Murder Mystery with a double ending

Andrew Simpson has brought his play To Kill a Koeksister to Joburg Theatre. This is a murder mystery making use of audience participation. It is not as slick as it could be but it is nevertheless fun. The ending should … Continue reading

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Jerome to the power of two

The Johannesburg Musical Society year ended with the Percy Baneskik Memorial Concert 2013 by Jerome Pernoo (cello) and Jerome Ducros (piano). Jerome Pernoo is well known and much admired in South Africa ever since he won the UNISA Internation String … Continue reading

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