Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ma Diva Magic

Try saying the name with the same inflection as “Madiba Magic”.  That’s what it is meant to sound like. This little, and short, variety show is produced, but apparently not directed, by Jean-Pierre Murray-Kline.  It needs direction.  The stars, Irit … Continue reading

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World Water Day 2016 – 22 March

All photographs taken in the Kruger National Park by Raymond Phillips and used with his permission.

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UCT Summer School teaches art as students burn it.

Even as students at UCT are burning artworks in protest of UCTs failure to feed, clothe, house and educate them free of charge, UCT’s Irma Stern Museum is hosting a programme at the gallery named in honour of Irma Stern … Continue reading

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Ceri Dupree

Men have been dressing as women ever since men and women started dressing differently.  Classical Chinese theatre featured drag artists, as did ancient Roman theatre.  Shakespeare had to make do with male female impersonators (and that’s apparently where “drag” was … Continue reading

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The 5th Wave

I didn’t really like the movie, baced on a novel, The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey. The science fiction thriller was directed by J Blakeson and stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Liev Schreiber and others.  The acting is good, … Continue reading

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A budget Valentine’s weekend

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us.  Romance is called for.  Not all of us have the money to spend lavishly on Valentine’s Day when nearly everything is more expensive than usual. Here are a few things one can do which … Continue reading

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Lessons from Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2 is silly fun stuff. Directed by Ben Stiller and starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, this spoof on the fashion world has been slated by the American critics.  Ok, the plot is thin, but there are some wonderful … Continue reading

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Remember, directed by Atom Egoyan, is a 2015 movie starring Christopher Plummer. It is also a play on words, a movie about both a man with Alzheimers and a man with a past in Auschwitz. On one level I was … Continue reading

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A Thrilling Musical fortnight

What a busy fortnight music lovers in Gauteng have had.  Classical, jazz and rock genres have all had exciting events.  Rodriguez was brought out by Big Concerts. The Auto and General Theatre on the Square held its wildly popular Annual … Continue reading

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Mozart’s Magic is in the air

One of the more unusual offerings of the annual Johannesburg International Mozart Festival is the live accompaniment of a silent movie by Paul Hanmer, pianist, and one of his jazz colleagues, this year Marcus Wyatt on sax.  Paul Hanmer was … Continue reading

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