Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ashoka Restaurant

Ashoka Restaurant, named for one of India’s most successful and benevolent rulers, has opened in the Times Square Casino, Menlyn Main, Pretoria. I was present at a recent media dinner launch. The decor is attractive and modern and there is … Continue reading

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I am so jealous of all the people at the National Arts Festival this year. Today I wish I were hearing Pendo Masote in concert. Pendo Masote is a young violinist who is making waves in classical music circles. He … Continue reading

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Betrayal, brave theatre

At a time when the arts are even more stretched than usual, Daphne Kuhn, owner of The Auto & General Theatre on the Square and independent and unsubsidised producer, sometimes takes on a project of artistic merit, but somewhat dubious … Continue reading

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I’m sorry I’m missing Nil today

Gavin Krastin is a talented and challenging performance artist.  I am sorry I will not be at the National Arts Festival to see his new work, Nil. Part show-and-tell and part actionism, Nil is loosely inspired by “The 12 Labours … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Mr Toad

As a small child I didn’t enjoy books with anthropomorphised animals. Beatrix Potter series and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows left me unmoved. In fact, when I berated my father for not introducing me to Beatrix Potter he … Continue reading

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Masilo’s Gutsy Giselle

Giselle is best known as a pretty, classical ballet from the Romantic era, to pretty music by the little known Adolphe Adam.  If that’s what you want, do NOT go out to see Dada Masilo’s Giselle. You won’t find any … Continue reading

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Satyagraha House tea

The Satyagraha House in Pine Road, Orchards, Johannesburg, is the home in which Mahatma Gandhi lived from 1908 to 1909 with his friend, German architect, Herman Kallenbach.  The original two rondawel homestead was known as “The Kraal”. The venue is … Continue reading

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Asanka, Rivonia Junction

Asanka is a Ghanaian word meaning “grinding pot”, much like a large, wide rimmed, pestle and mortar, and the asanka is used all over West Africa to  blend and create  wholesome meals from the freshest ingredients. Asanka is also the … Continue reading

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A Passage to Bollywood

A Passage to Bollywood, an Indian musical, is showing at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre.  It is eighty minutes long and it is a narrative dance work.     Choreographed and directed by Bollywood superstar, Ashley Lobo, the work is … Continue reading

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Baobabs, a book review

A fascinating book filled with specialist information made palatable for non-botanists.  Lots of illustrations and bright clear photographs make this a beautiful book.  I got caught up in the book and spent a happy afternoon with it. The book starts … Continue reading

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