20 Mar 2012



Let us count the ways

We bring you a music packed Lifestyle newsletter this week. Both Jana van Heerden and Dylan Klichowicz enjoy the new one-day format RAMfest in Cape Town. Sindy Peters reports on KONGO's new music video Escape, which sees Cape Town as the preferred destination come doomsday, and Terry Levin finds a common musical thread amongst various speakers at Design Indaba 2012 in "There ain't no grave".

We get your taste buds salivating in anticipation with the announcement of the chefs and restaurants taking part in this year's Taste of Cape Town, and your heart racing with motoring editor Henrie Geyser's review of BMW's new 3 Series which launched in South Africa this week.

Travel editor Brain Berkman feels the love and launches a new series of articles all with the common theme of "10 Things I Love About..."; the first article waxes amorous on the unearthing of new destinations.

We also bring you a gallery of some of the beautiful designs seen at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show this year. And, speaking of things fashionable, we have tickets to give away to the Traffic Clothing Winter Collection Fashion Show at The Loop Nightclub this Friday, as well as tickets to this Sunday's Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert featuring the legendary Hugh Masekela. #WINNING!

Happy Tuesday and happy Human Rights Day for tomorrow!

Ruth Cooper, production manager

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Top restaurants and chefs at the Taste of Cape Town
Fourteen of Cape Town's finest chefs will be showcasing their signature dishes at this year's Taste of Cape Town at the Green Point Cricket Oval from 19 to 22 April, 2012. The public can sample the best that the city has to offer, and engage in a variety of complementary events. Read more >>


Three steps closer to motoring heaven
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] BMW has taken another stride closer to premium sedan heaven with its new 3 Series launched in South Africa this week. The outgoing model was already the best driver car in its class but the latest version is an even more pleasing mix of Levi and Hugo Boss. Read more >>

Elantra is SA Car of the Year
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The classy Korean sedan, the Hyundai Elantra, has won the prestigious title of South African Car of the Year. The winner was announced last night at a gala banquet attended by the who's who of the local motoring industry. The Kia Picanto 1.2 EX scored the second most points and the VW Jetta 1.4 TSI got the third most votes. Read more >>


[10 Things I Love About]... Unearthing new destinations
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] Mention the name Lew Rood to anyone in the know in tourism and hospitality and they will coo adoringly. I have not yet met another who has such a warmly affectionate following. As he reinvents himself as a specialist hospitality consultant, after retiring from Singita where his marketing and sales skills catapulted the brand to market leader in bespoke safari, I thought it fitting that he should kick off a new BizTravel feature: 10 Things I Love About... Read more >>


Traffic Clothing shows winter collection
Traffic Clothing will be previewing winter's trends at its Winter Collection Fashion Show to be held at The Loop Nightclub on 23 March, 2012. Key trends include: precious metal, Native American, leather, charmed, and colour blocking. Read more >>


Fast paced thrills in Contraband
[Daniel Dercksen] There's nothing more satisfying that watching a well-made and thoroughly engrossing crime thriller. With all the CSIs, NCISs, Law and Orders and a plethora of other crime series on the home-entertainment front - and a spate of blood-soaked action-thrillers on the big screen, it is stimulating to reboot and discover a fresh and clear-cut film. Read more >>


A bite-sized RAMfest
[Jana van Heerden] The biggest news on the festival calendar is usually the announcement of the international acts for RAMfest. This year the change of set-up was the hot topic. The news that the three-day festival had been slashed down to a single day was greeted with abject horror in Cape Town, where it had always been a three-day event, although Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth were thrilled to be invited to the party alongside Durban and Joburg. Then the announcement of the United Nations of international line-ups brought the focus right back to the music. Read more >>

[Design Indaba 2012] There ain't no grave
[Terry Levin] Presenting at the closing session of the first day of Design Indaba 2012, Chris Milk, an accomplished music video producer, and Aaron Koblin, who has the enviable job description as head of the data arts team at Google Creative Lab, spoke about their collaboration in reinventing the music video using new digital thinking. [video] Read more >>

Blind Tiger Sessions with Arno Carstens
[Farah Barry] "To be able to play - and to play these weird instruments - that's what music is all about." Pithy or not, Arno Carstens knows his music. And, as it happens, he also knows his art. His series of Blind Tiger Sessions - a small part of the larger exhibition Arno Plus - has him jamming with others in the upper room of the Lovell Gallery in Woodstock. Read more >>


Memorable ballads in Coward & Cole
[Michael Britton] It was with a measure of trepidation that I went to Coward & Cole, the new show at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Not a Noël Coward fan, I was concerned that the show might consist of Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold, taking it in turns to play, maybe each one playing the songs of one composer. I have heard Godfrey Johnson perform Coward's music and, on the strength of that show, thought that Coward was overrated. Read more >>

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show 2012


Traffic officials to be out in full force this Easter
Traffic officials will be out in full force across the country to ensure that the high accident rate normally associated with the Easter long Weekend is minimised. Read more >>

Gauteng residents urged to get e-tags
Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane has urged the province's residents to register for the e-tolling system, which will be implemented on April 30. Read more >>

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