24 Jul 2012



Living on the Edge

Fancy a decent sized serving of edge? From Dark Nights Rising to homosexual awakenings, to the announcement of rap/rock band Linkin Park to perform in SA for the first time - gives this Tuesday newsletter a fairly hardcore feel.

In movie news, Daniel Dercksen reviews male stripper movie Magic Mike as well as the gothic-thriller The Woman in Black while Charles Siboto ruminates on what it would take to become a Batman character in the South African context.

On the theatrical side of things, provocative play The Bus deals with sexual identity while Mike van Graan's production Just Business displays some dark comedy.

Keeping on theme, Duan Wanty "Finds His Edge" at the launch of denim brand, Wrangler in Joburg.

On a less edgy note contributing travel editor Brain Berkman lives the serene life at the Anantara's Dhigu Resort in the Maldives and motoring editor Henrie Geyser reviews the classy but somewhat bland MG6 GT.

Two tickets to the Decorex Joburg are up for grabs this week. #Winning!

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Spit-roasting for SA poultry farmers
[Kevin Lovell] Nobel Prize-winning economist and philosopher Amartya Sen once observed that "there is no such thing as an apolitical food problem". Read more >>


Chinese MG won't ruffle any feathers
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The MG badge is back in South Africa again and this time its Chinese owners are keeping their fingers crossed that it might be a case of third time lucky for this once iconic British sports car brand. Read more >>



Creating the story, telling the story
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] With social media we have all become storytellers. One of Anantara Resorts' differentiators is their focus on giving guests experiences that become stories as well as enabling their telling. Having high-speed free Wi-Fi all over the Island is just one way they achieve this but also by choreographing wow moments that become the fulcrum around which tales of the journey are told. Read more >>


Win tickets to Decorex Joburg
It's almost time for Decorex Joburg and Bizlounge is giving away 10 double tickets to lucky readers who can't wait to see the very latest in décor and design. Enter here to win a set of two tickets to Decorex Joburg worth R150. Read more >>


Wrangler launches in SA with the "Find Your Edge" campaign
[Duan Wanty] It's back! One of the three biggest denim brands in the world, Wrangler, had its launch last night in Jozi's CBD. A star-studded event - beautiful venue, people, and, yes, you guessed it - hot denim. Read more >>


Not so Magic Mike
[Daniel Dercksen] Abuse and exploitation of women - greediness, envy and selfishness - drug and alcohol abuse - the emasculation of men. If this is what you are looking for in entertainment, then Magic Mike will definitely satisfy your demand and deliver what it promises. Read more >>

We're Batman
[Charles Siboto] So our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man's currently doing his web-slinging thing on the big screen; new actor in the form of Andrew Garfield, Mary Jane's been put on the shelf in favour of a new love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), he's donning a cool new suit. The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) causes havoc as the new villain and basically everything is shiny new. Total reboot. Read more >>

Remember The Woman In Black
[Daniel Dercksen] Arousing the horror that lurks within a gothic mystery is a terrifying experience and proves that graphic dramatic action or blood and gore are no substitute for real fear. Read more >>


Linkin Park to play Cape Town and Joburg in November
American rock band Linkin Park will perform two stadium shows on 7 November at Cape Town Stadium and 10 November, 2012, at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Joburg. Tickets go on public sale for Joburg on 26 July and for Cape Town on 27 July at Computicket. Read more >>

Top 10 selected for Converse Presents: Get Out of the Garage
Converse Presents: Get Out of the Garage has attracted entries from 138 acts covering diverse music offerings from punk rock to deep house. Judges Zulu Boy, Jon Savage and Garrick Williams have narrowed them down to an official Top 10. Read more >>

John Legend to play one-off Joburg show
John Legend is to return to South Africa for an exclusive and intimate show to celebrate Woman's Day on 10 August, 2012. He will play at the Sandton Convention City and will be supported by SA songstress / Idols judge Unathi Msengana and multiple SAMA winners MiCasa. Read more >>


Catch The Bus
[Daniel Dercksen] If there is one thing that The Bus brings across, it is that theatre audiences have lost the ability to really listen. It is a charming play in which words paint the bigger picture without overblown special effects or spectacular contextual overload. Read more >>

Going out of Just Business
[Eugene Yiga] After the success of playwright Mike van Graan's Hostile Takeover, which was runner-up in the 2005 PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing, comes Just Business. And after this reworked and renamed version enjoyed a successful world premiere at the recent National Arts Festival, where it won a Standard Bank Ovation Award for excellence on the 2012 National Arts Fringe, it is now showing in Cape Town for a limited run. Read more >>

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