I saw a lot of movies in October, including Labyrinth of Lies, Florence Foster Jenkins, Shepherds and Butchers, Andre Rieu’s 2016 Maastrict Concert and Bolshoi Ballet’s The Bright Stream at Cinema Nouveau. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hands of Stone, the new Jack Reacher movie, Trolls, and The Girl on the Train were also October movies.
I saw Joburg Ballet’s Cinderella at Joburg Theatre. I saw three different casts, one of them on World Ballet Day (4 October 2016). The Johannesburg Youth Ballet’s 40th birthday saw a fantastic programme of three ballets, one of which was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on the Mandela stage at the Joburg Theatre.
Cheers to Sarajevo at Auto and General Theatre on the Square in Sandton. A beautiful, but harrowing account of the war there. Also at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square in Sandton is the magnificent Suddenly the Storm (you can still catch this there for a few more weeks). I caught Mo Magic’s last performance at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre Complex, and Joys of Sharing with Wouter Kellerman, Simphiwe Dana and Vuyani Dance Theatre, directed and danced by Gregory Maqoma.
Andreas Loven Quartet at The Orbit and Konstantin Scherbakov at a Johannesburg Musical Society Concert at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown. Ian von Memerty’s Keyboard Killers at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre. One JPO/KZN Philharmonic Orchestra concert was held at the Linder. Fantastic.
One of the highlights of the month was the RMB WineX at the Sandton Convention Centre. The other huge event of the month was the ACT Impact and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This is one of the highlights of the year, nevermind the month. Always a very special even at The Maslow Hotel. The Maslow Hotel also played host to the announcement of the Miss South Africa 2017 hopefuls. I did a fair bit of eating out, but at all my usual haunts and franchise places.
All in all a busy month, which is to be expected at this time of the year.