17 Jul 2012



Stage and Screen

Hello there and welcome to another Tuesday slice of culture. This week we bring you reviews of the latest productions heating up the stage and screen.

Daniel Dercksen reviews the highly anticipated Spiderman of amazingness and is happy to find out the new version lives up to its name. He also gives his thoughts on thought provoking German film Vincent Wants to Sea.

Dercksen also checks out the highly lauded and sassy dance sensation Burn the Floor which is igniting South African stages for the second time. In other theatre news, Johann Smith is impressed by OfficeBLOCK the FTH:K production which features both deaf and hearing performers and Daphne Cooper is moved by poignant one man show Sunday Morning.

Resident motoring editor Henrie Geyser reviews the competitive Hyundai i30 hatchback while contributing travel editor Brian Berkman chats to luxury travel & hospitality PR specialist Janie van der Spuy about the 10 things she loves about what she does.

Tickets for EFC 15 at the Carnival City Big Top Arena in Joburg and Larks national album tour are both up for grabs in our win section.

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Taj Cape Town hosts Expressions and Footsteps to Freedom
The Taj Cape Town is hosting a monthly themed gastronomic showcase titled Expressions, where local food and wine lovers can enjoy a unique experience tasting hand-picked wines from various selected regions paired with custom fare. Read more >>


Hyundai hunting down the Europeans
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] South African Car of the Year title-holder Hyundai continues to strengthen its grip on the local car market with a continuous flow of good-looking, well-equipped and extremely competitively priced vehicles - so it comes as no surprise that its newly unwrapped i30 hatchback is also bang on target and breathing right down the necks of the European carmakers. Read more >>



SAA voted best airline in Africa - again!
South African Airways (SAA) has been voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row. "SKYTRAX (a global aviation research organisation) has again confirmed that SAA, with our excellent service and very convenient connections to 26 African destinations via our Johannesburg hub, ranks with the best in the world," said SAA chief executive officer Siza Mzimela yesterday. Read more >>

[10 Things I Love About...] Being airborne
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] Contributing editor Brian Berkman asked Janie van der Spuy about the 10 things she loves about keeping her head in the clouds, literally, the places she has visited and the experiences she's had. Read more >>


Art exhibition kicks off France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013
[Duan Wanty] A celebration of art at the Standard Bank Gallery, 20th Century Masters: The Human Figure, is the start of many projects for The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013. The aim of the project is to improve understanding between the two countries and to celebrate and strengthen ties between France and South Africa. Read more >>


Vincent Wants To Sea
[Daniel Dercksen] If ever you felt misunderstood or alone, or not sure of where you fit into the scheme of things, the German film Vincent Wants To Sea will rejuvenate your belief in life and friendship. If life's a journey then Vincent Wants To Sea is a great way to map out an adventure that begins with a dubious meeting between strangers that leads to a life-changing and unique exploration of differences that separate and ties that bind. Read more >>

The webman's origins
[Daniel Dercksen] We all want to be Peter Parker. Yes, it would it be super to be the iconic "Spidey"; wear a vibrant and striking superhero outfit, shoot webs, scale skyscrapers, swing from here to eternity and save the world, but there's more to Peter Parker than just being The Amazing Spider-Man. Read more >>

Ballet on the big screen
[Eugene Yiga] What's the greatest ballet of all time? A tough question, no doubt. Fortunately for Cape Town residents, there's no need to choose just one. That's because The Fugard Bioscope's World Opera and Ballet Season will be screening over a dozen performances over the next 12 months. Read more >>


Bloc Party are headline act at Joburg's In The City
Having recently been announced as headline act for Rocking The Daisies, Bloc Party will be fulfilling the same role at In The City, the debut of Joburg's new concert on Friday, 5 October, 2012 at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg. Read more >>


One man Sunday Morning
[Daphne Cooper] Sunday Morning is a gentle, funny, poignant, intimate play that is given enchantment and tenderness in the hands of James Cunningham, who performs this one-man show. Read more >>

The nine-to-five drag
[Johann M. Smith] Oh, Mondays! The restart of commerce culture's tyrannical conformity cycle: a nine-to-five, strike-the-clock drag that supposedly improves your life more than it ruins it. Better start seeking the beauty in the invisible, or become a chain-smoking heartless bastard. Read more >>

Burn the Floor combusts
[Daniel Dercksen] There has never been anything like this on stage in Cape Town, ever! Burn The Floor not only sent temperatures shooting through the roof at its opening in Cape Town last night, but also had Capetonians almost spontaneously combusting with two overpowering standing ovations, following raucous cheering and energetic response during the performance. Read more >>

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