28 Aug 2012



Big up Big Concerts

Seems like Big Concerts listened to the multitude of prayers and have added Grammy Award-winning rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers to their recent list of international headliners to visit South Africa. RHCP will be performing in Joburg and Cape Town in February 2013; tickets go on sale this Wednesday(JHB) and Thursday (CT). Next up Foo Fighters perhaps, here's holding thumbs.

In other music news Justin Williams reviews Haezer's new EP track by track, the MK Music Video Project 2012 top 12 are announced, and the lineup announced for the folky White Mountain Festival.

On the culinary side of things we are pleased to welcome Nina Timm, editor of blog My Easy Cooking as one of our new Food & Wine contributors; Nina will be sharing a weekly favourite recipe, first up is her Fruity Chicken Casserole. In other foodie news, I review the recently opened Reserve Brasserie.

In travel news Brian Berkman found out what Singita's CEO; Mark Witney loves about the bush, and reviews the Tsogo Sun's Southern Sun Waterfront hotel.

Eugene Yiga and Debbie Hathway both give the low down on what's happening on the local stage. JM Coetzee's adaption of Waiting For The Barbarians and award-winning Cabaret are both highly recommended by Yiga, while Hathway is impressed by the international stars at Cape Town City Ballet's Raymonda.

New competitions this week include two tickets to White Mountain Festival, Wrestlerish, The Plastics and Matthew Mole at Mercury, and the chance to win one of five KFC Idols hampers.

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Elegant dining at Reserve Brasserie
[Ruth Cooper] Lavish elegance tinged with timeless trendiness and topped with a kiss of romance is what the newly opened Reserve Brasserie, as part of upmarket club The Reserve in Adderley Street, is all about. I was lucky enough to experience this exclusive luxury at both the launch and as a customer for a sit-down meal for two recently. Read more >>

Comforting casseroles
[Nina Timm] It is the time of year when mornings are slightly chilled and evenings are darker and colder and it is definitely time to think of soups, stews and steaming puddings. It is without a doubt my favourite time of the year and I love waking up when it is still dark and I can watch the sun rise from my office window. Read more >>


[10 Things I love...] About the bush
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] Contributing Editor Brian Berkman spoke to Mark Witney, Singita's CEO, about the lure of the bush... the silence, the smells, the rhythms of the bush... and much, much more. Read more >>

Rock-star welcome boosts four-star into deluxe stay
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] With 546 keys, Tsogo Sun's Southern Sun Waterfront hotel is the biggest hotel under one roof in Africa. Read more >>


Go underground with Zama Zama
[Daniel Dercksen] Zama Zama is a refreshing new South African film that breaks away from worn-out conventions and tired clichés, and goes underground. Not underground as in the Warho sense, but really deep underground into the underbelly of illegal miners, where men are imprisoned by greed and poverty, and their hope for survival is fuelled by resolute rebellion. Read more >>

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
[Daniel Dercksen] If you have ever wondered what will be on your wish list when there are only 21 days left before the world is destroyed by an asteroid, friendship trumps all desires in the delightfully refreshing Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Read more >>


"The Wrong Kid Died" track by track
[Justin Williams] Haezer's latest EP, "The Wrong Kid Died", is a giant step forward for the South African electronic music scene. Having been released on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label, this will definitely start making overseas listeners appreciate more what our local artists are doing and take them to a global stage. I had the opportunity to listen to the new EP and here's what's inside: Read more >>

It's official, Red Hot Chili Peppers are coming to SA
Big Concerts today, 27 August 2012, confirmed that multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform live for the first time ever in South Africa. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, 2 February 2013 at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, and then Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at Cape Town Stadium. Read more >>


International ballet stars add sparkle to Raymonda
[Debbie Hathway] Cape Town City Ballet's revival of Raymonda, last danced to Norman Furber's choreography by the former CAPAB Ballet Company in 1996, provides balletomanes with another opportunity to see international stars on the Artscape stage this year. Read more >>

Come to the Cabaret!
[Eugene Yiga] After KickstArt's production of Cabaret premiered in Durban last August, it went on to win 11 Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. And after its highly praised Johannesburg run came to an end earlier this month, the classic musical is finally showing at Cape Town's newly renovated Theatre on the Bay. My verdict? It's the best show I've seen all year. Read more >>

Still Waiting For The Barbarians
[Eugene Yiga] JM Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003, has authored 13 works of fiction. A favourite ever since its publication in 1980 is Waiting For The Barbarians, a new adaptation of which is now showing at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Read more >>

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