With its white-washed houses and ubiquitous blue shutters, Paternoster fancies itself part of the Greek Isles. Don't hold this against this charming West Coast seaside village as it punches way about its weight in the restaurants worth eating at and interesting shops at which to spend your money stakes.
By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 16 Nov 2012 09:00
Afrikaans electro rap band Bittereinder have announced the release of their second album, "Die Dinkdansmasjien", in November 2012. It will feature a host of new collaborators and is layered lyrical depth laced over hard, stirring, beautiful beats.
15 Nov 2012 12:26
Comedian Martin Evans, recently seen on Comedy Central and the South African edition of Come Dine With Me, gets up close and personal in FBPK. If you want to know why his new one-man show won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival (or what FBPK stands for in the first place), it's now on at Cape Town's Kalk Bay Theatre.
By Eugene Yiga 15 Nov 2012 12:14
Cinema-goers are in for a super-special treat this weekend with an exclusive screening of two magnificent must-see stage productions that were filmed live: The Metropolitan Opera's sumptuous production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and The National Theatre's outstanding The Last of The Hausmans.
By Daniel Dercksen 15 Nov 2012 11:41
Brother-and-sister Pretorian artists Louis and Magdalene Minnaar, who comprise Minaar, which writes dance-inspired operatic ballads, have today released their first EP, "Volcano", which can be downloaded for free.
15 Nov 2012 10:19
It all started with a magic kit at the age of five. Because Gilan Gork's parents owned an educational toy centre and supported his passion by bringing home enormous magic sets from international toy fairs, it wasn't long before he began performing at charity events and professional gigs. Now, after a lifetime mastering his craft, Beyond the Mind demonstrates his ability to read minds, bend spoons, and a whole lot more.
By Eugene Yiga 14 Nov 2012 11:37
The first official inauguration of Table Mountain as one of the New7Wonders of Nature will take place on Saturday 1 December 2012 on Tafelberg Road, at the foot of the mountain. A public inauguration will take place during the City of Cape Town's free concert taking place at the Grand Parade on Sunday 2 December.
14 Nov 2012 07:06
Synergy Live 2012 is back on Saturday, 1 December, 2012, at Riversands Farm, Fourways, Joburg with a line-up featuring The Prodigy as the headline act.
13 Nov 2012 11:12
Sanlam and LitNet have just launched the second Sing 'it lyrics-writing competition, in which South Africans aged 18 years and older, and who have a passion for song writing, are invited to submit their lyrics.
13 Nov 2012 10:36
The fourth annual Cape Town Carnival is to be held on Saturday, 16 March, 2013, at the Fan Walk, Somerset Road, Green Point, and will feature colourful costumes, fun, vibrancy, dance, floats and music. The Stadium Forecourt hosts band performances and stalls in the afternoon and then the Carnival parade kicks off at 7pm, culminating in an after-party.
13 Nov 2012 10:20
ETA Hoffmann, whose stories inspired ballets like The Nutcracker and Coppélia, has been described a 19th-century Tim Burton. If you'd like to understand why, a new staging of Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann is coming to Cape Town's Artscape Theatre.
By Eugene Yiga 13 Nov 2012 09:32
I don't know about you, but a lot of my friends are getting engaged and married these days. I guess that means I'm in for a lot of weddings over the next several years. But even attending a classmate's Jewish/Catholic wedding in Colombia two years ago couldn't prepare me for the crazy experiences in Special Thanks To Guests From Afar.
By Eugene Yiga 12 Nov 2012 10:22
We recently sat down with Joburger and proud ambassador of SA music Josie Field during her Cape Town tour. Self-managed musician, festival organiser and all-round lovely lady, Josie Field shared her experiences - good, bad and ugly - on her musical journey so far.
By Ruth Cooper 12 Nov 2012 09:30
Good old plantation (colonial) architecture, good old plantation hospitality. Sugar Beach is the ultimate resort to relax... Where a couple of days feels like a week - and you could be excused for not falling down if you saw Rhett Butler lugging Scarlet past you up the stairs and telling her 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn - you're coming upstairs to check out my new luggage. And that's an end to it!'
By Rod Baker 12 Nov 2012 05:09
Be super creative this weekend and escape into film, theatre and exciting home entertainment! There are some great films now showing. It is magical films like The Odd Life of Timothy Green that remind us why we go to the movies. If there is one film that is going to change the way that you see filmmaking, visual storytelling and the human condition, in the same way Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life did, it's Cloud Atlas, an epic sci-fi drama, that is every bit as much of a head trip.
By Daniel Dercksen 9 Nov 2012 10:47
UCT Medical School celebrates its 100th anniversary with Keeping You in Stitches, a stand-up comedy show hosted by doctor-turned-comedian Riaad Moosa and featuring Conrad Koch, Kurt Schoonraad, Stuart Taylor, and other Cape Town performers.
By Eugene Yiga 9 Nov 2012 09:34
One of my first hotel visits as a travel writer a long while ago was to The Marine in Hermanus. Even then, it was the premier place to stay. I tried to find my review of that first visit to refresh my memory of our experience but I couldn't. However...
By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 9 Nov 2012 05:27
Nederburg cellar master, Razvan Macici, crowned the 2012 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year earlier this month (November 3), says winning the coveted title marks one of the most significant achievements in his career.
8 Nov 2012 12:05
The Cape Consort returns to the Fugard Theatre to continue the Monteverdi Project. Entitled Heart/Attack, the latest instalment explores the metaphor of love as a kind of warfare and depicts actual battle scenes with the inevitable fatalities and ensuing lamentations.
By Eugene Yiga 8 Nov 2012 10:08
When you start a band, age plays a huge a factor - especially in the world of metal. Basically, unless you're old-school like Ozzy or Maiden, don't plan on doing it for too long. Don't you ever forget, your oh-so-serious hard core band comes with the same cultural expiration date as an emo-haircut circa 2006.
By Johann M. Smith 8 Nov 2012 09:20
Entries are open for the 2013 MTN South African Music Awards (SAMA) and close on 30 November 2012. The awards will be handed out at Sun City on 10-11 May 10 2013, part of which will be broadcast live on television.
8 Nov 2012 07:12
Cricket star Herschelle Gibbs has backed a "naive" reality-show contestant and wannabe teacher who was lambasted for her drunken on-air antics and "ignorant" comments.
7 Nov 2012 16:12
"Pyramid", The Plastics' second studio album, includes both that familiar upbeat indie sound that Plastic fans have come to love as well as a fresh new direction in sound: darker, trippier, sexier and fairly psychedelically retro. Slip on those dancing shoes, consume something mind expanding and enjoy.
By Ruth Cooper 7 Nov 2012 10:24
Influenced by the sounds of America's Deep South, Jet Black Camaro have released their first eponymous album, which is available for online download for one week.
7 Nov 2012 10:03
Road safety in South Africa is the responsibility of each and every road user. This is the view of I, whose Southern African transport fleet travelled 460 million kilometres last year. The transport and logistics giant added its weight to curbing road fatalities and collisions by launching the I-Pledge road safety initiative in November 2011.
7 Nov 2012 09:44
The fashion and style director of Vanity Fair magazine, Michael Roberts, was bemused by the prevalence of evening wear he saw on the catwalk at Fashion Week Africa last week.
7 Nov 2012 08:16
Brazilian maid Regina Tchelly is about to take the world's biggest food fair by storm: the food waste champion will rustle up her trademark dish, risotto with watermelon rind, a natural viagra.
The City of Cape Town has put an extensive public transport plan in place to transport concert-goers to and from the Linkin Park concert at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 7 November, 2012. Gates will open at 4pm on the day, with the main performance scheduled from 9pm to 11pm.
6 Nov 2012 11:22
An awesome whisky, costing an astronomical R230,000-a-bottle graced my palate at a special luncheon at the Sandton Sun. The pricey Balvenie 50 is available at the Whisky Live Festival 2012.
6 Nov 2012 10:14
As the battle for the soul of the organic food sector continues to rage across the world, South Africans have not been spared from the conflicting data and inflamed exchanges that have underpinned the debate.
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