Monthly Archives: January 2014

Fifty Shades of Bambi

I love Pieter-Dirk Uys. I enjoy Evita Bezuidenhout. I like Ouma Ossewania. I LOVE Bambi Kellerman, Evita Bezuidenhout’s younger sister. Bambi is scandalous woman – a stripper, a sex worker and “grande horizontal” who, according to her publicist graduated from … Continue reading

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First 2014 season for Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The first of four symphony seasons have been announced for 2014. It is a five week season unless one futher concert is to be announced later. Funding is already in place for most of the seasons this year so there … Continue reading

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The Viennese New Year Concert Johannesburg 2014

The Viennese New Year Concert is now a brand, much like the Last Night of the Proms, somewhat removed in its franchised form from its illustrious original. These Viennese New Year Concerts pop up everywhere – including at the Johannesburg … Continue reading

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Going Gooding

I expected to enjoy Going Gooding. It is a one man (Malcolm Gooding) play about the world of radio in the sixties and seventies when I was growing up. What I did not expect was how MUCH I was going … Continue reading

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Expectant

Theatrical work which won a Standard Bank Ovation Award is usually well worth seeing, thus it was a surprise to me that I did not enjoy Expectant when I saw it at The Market Theatre recently. It is a one … Continue reading

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Four South African movies coming up soon (January/February 2014)

South African movies get a bad rap, sometimes deservedly. However we have a thriving movie industry which is producing some very entertaining movies. The four movies below are ones that I have previewed recently, and which are at least worth … Continue reading

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Montego Bay, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton

I have never understood why tourists would want to visit the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton when there must be at least ten thousand more interesting, more authentically South African places, to visit in Johannesburg. There are certainly more convenient … Continue reading

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Ocean Basket, Montecasino

The Ocean Basket is one of the restaurant chains where I eat regularly. It offers excellent quality at very good prices. On my birthday a friend and I headed out to Montecasino for dinner and a show. We chose The … Continue reading

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JB Rivers, Hyde Park: A luke warm dining experience

I find myself at the Hyde Park Shopping Centre from time to time, probably about once a month or so, with a hour or two to kill over lunch time or dinner time. When this happens, I sometimes choose to … Continue reading

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The Book Thief (Movie Review)

Title: The Book Thief Director: Brian Percival Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse Year: 2013 Genre: Drama Country of Origin: American Language: English, German (very little German, no subtitles) Age Restriction: 10–12PG V Note: Based on the book “The … Continue reading

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