[Eugene Yiga] Cape Town's Long Street has earned a reputation as one of the city's favourite party spots, what with all its restaurants, bars, and clubs. Many local residents and international visitors make this place their home late into the night and early into the morning. But do you really know who they are?
[Daniel Dercksen] If there is one film that everyone will be talking about, it's Danish-born director Niels Arden Oplev's entrancing and not-to-be-missed Dead Man Down. Oplev stunned the world with his adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and with Dead Man Down, his craft as a filmmaker and vision as a storyteller are irrefutable.
[Daniel Dercksen] Stoker is a deliciously dark and twisted shocker that will hit you like a ton of bricks. No, it's not a film about the infamous vampire king, but the killer in this nerve-wracking psychological thriller is as charming and malevolent as the Lord of Fangs, an opportunist who preys on the innocent.
[Eugene Yiga] "Miss Molière's The Miser," wrote a reviewer in The Star, "and you are sacrificing the South African production of the year. Any year." Part satire and part farce, the adapted 17th-century classic, which won four Naledi Theatre Awards following its premiere at Johannesburg's Market Theatre last October, is now showing in Cape Town.
[Ruth Cooper] All good stories should include a worthwhile journey and a journey to the arid semi-desert, mood-swinging Karoo is no stroll on the promenade. It takes preparation; it takes perseverance and, most of all, a high level of concentration.
[Charles Siboto] 1 May was Worker's Day and that's all well and good. What's more important is that it was also Iron Man 3 day and because there was no work to go to (thanks Worker's Day, you're awesome) we got to enjoy Tony Stark's new adventure all day long! Okay, I'm lying; we got to enjoy it for the 130 minutes we would have on any other day.
[Eugene Yiga] A man and a woman sit opposite each other in the detached intimacy of a train compartment. He is a famous author; she is an ardent admirer of his work. Will they eventually break the silence and speak to each other?
[Brandon Williams] Voted world's best club and best global club, Space Ibiza, in association with Samsung Galaxy and G n' G Productions finally graced South African shores on 26 April, after endless weeks of anticipation.
[Eugene Yiga] KickstArt, the award-winning theatre company that brought us Cabaret and Red, is dishing up something new in Don't Dress for Dinner. Described as a farce about double adultery and gourmet cooking, this hilarious production will leave you begging for seconds!
[Sindy Peters] Van Coke Kartel end the opening set, the crowd is getting restless in anticipation of the encore performance from Metallica that's taken seven years. The lights drop and every Metallicat in the Belville Velodrome lose their shit - Metallica launch into their set with a blast of speed metal dedicated to their "insane" fans - Hit the Lights.
[Ruth Cooper] It's been seven years since Metallica first head banged into South Africa, headlining for the now-defunct My Coke Fest, and it's most probably been seven years too long for their die-hard fans. We were lucky enough to attend round one at the Belville Velodrome on Wednesday night, 24 April 2013, and were even luckier to meet and interview bassist Robert Trujillo a mere hour before their performance.
[Sindy Peters] It's been seven years since Metallica first head banged into South Africa, headlining for the now-defunct My Coke Fest, and it's most probably been seven years too long for their die-hard fans. We were lucky enough to attend round one at the Belville Velodrome on Wednesday night, 24 April 2013, and were even luckier to meet and interview bassist Robert Trujillo a mere hour before their performance.
[Ruth Cooper] The fun-loving five of Joburg indie pop band Shortstraw, most well-known for nurturing deep man-love for Keanu Reeves, have just released their second album; Goodmorning, Sunshine for (almost) free download. We chat to singer/ guitarist Alastair Thomas ahead of their nationwide tour about said album, opening for The Kooks and an intense dislike for emoticons ;)
[Daniel Dercksen] When a person comes into our lives it can drastically change our world, and in award-winning English playwright Alan Bennett's sensational new play People, the Tsunami effect of strangers invading our personal space is amplified with riotous and startling consequences.
[Ruth Cooper] Just as sought after as a magical golden ticket to the Willy Wonka Factory so were those elusive #5GumExperience tickets. With three successful 5 Gum party activations on their CV, indie on the menu, a top-secret venue and award-winning British band The Kooks as headliner it was no wonder that the procurement of those free tickets made many a fan a little "Kooky".
[Eugene Yiga] Ahoy, mateys! Are you ready for a tale of high jinks on the high seas? An adventure filled with poachers, pirates, a submarine, a spaceship, and a whale? Then I suggest you get down to the University of Cape Town's Little Theatre and get ready to Get Kraken.
[Debbie Hathway] "Stunned". "Bereft". "Perspective". These are some of the reactions to the tragic news of Carolyn Holden's untimely demise that most stand out for me.
[Daniel Dercksen] There are seven good reasons to indulge in the deliciously wicked and insanely wacky Seven Psychopaths. You will shamelessly fall hopelessly in love with the feral characters that vividly burst to life in Academy Award-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh's invigorating and highly entertaining crime-comedy.
[Eugene Yiga] So much to do, so little time: it's become a mantra for the modern world. No wonder many have taken to writing lists to keep track of it all. But are we making space for what really matters while going about our busyness?
[Daniel Dercksen] There's a new buffed-up Champ on the block and, in its new incarnation, its devilish and infectious spontaneity offers entertainment with a punch! The three frisky bears have now found a new home at the Fugard Theatre and, even if you have seen it during the Artscape Spring Season last year, this is one furry encounter you simply cannot miss.