25 Sep 2012



Making merry, SA style

Happy Tuesday and welcome back from the long weekend. Hope a good Heritage Day was had by all! In line with celebrating our heritage we bring you a proudly patriotic lifestyle newsletter this week.

On the eating, drinking and making merry side of things, Justin Williams has a tankyard thumping time at the recent Bierfest in Cape Town, and both the winners of the Diners Club Winelist Awards, and the nominees of the Eat Out DStv Restaurant Awards are announced.

In travel news, Brian Berkman finds out what managing director of Cruises International, George Argyropolous loves about the cruise life, and enjoys the views at the Drakensberg Sun situated in World Heritage Wilderness site, The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park.

Keeping things proudly SA, Daniel Derksen reviews the Afrikaans film Die Wonderwerker which showcases top South African creative talent, and Sindy Peters reports back on Greenpop's second birthday bash which celebrated its recent Trees for Zambia project with a docci and some feel good performances by SA artists at the Assembly.

In theatre news, Eugene Yiga reviews the voyeuristic play Other People's Lives, and recommends Cape Town Opera's adaptation of Porgy and Bess.

We have some super ticket and hamper giveaways this week; two tickets for Rocking the Daisies and In the City, both featuring Bloc Party, as well as an Example hamper, are all up for grabs.

Happy winning!

Ruth Cooper, production manager (@biz_lounge)

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Western Cape restaurants are tops in Diners Club Winelist Awards
An array of Western Cape restaurants were among those recognised at the 2012 Diners Club Winelist Awards held earlier this week. Thirty restaurants were given a Diamond Award, 36 were awarded Platinum Awards, 25 were given Gold and two Silver. Read more >>

Bitteschön Bierfest!
[Justin Williams] What's better than sitting in a German beer hall and sipping authentic Bavarian ales to the sounds of a traditional oompah band? Well not much really, but this year's Cape Town Bierfest sparked our imaginations about what the experience could be like. Read more >>


Kid brother 370Z is no mama's boy
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The Nissan 370Z is often referred to as the Nissan GT-R's baby brother, not because it is a little mommy's boy car but because it has a dark side just like its bigger brother, the tar-shredding Nissan GTR super sports car. Read more >>


Yes, you can have The Last Word
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] It is no longer true that our best hospitality deals are offered only to tour operators. The Last Word, a collection of exquisite boutique hotels, is aiming its current September and October special offers at locals. Read more >>

Book your place in the Sun
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] Snow-capped mountain peaks in winter or lush, rolling green lawns and azure skies in summer - it is true that the Drakensberg sounds like the location for one of those glossy Stuyvesant adverts which is one of the reasons for its enduring popularity. Read more >>

[10 Things I Love About...] Cruising
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] Contributing Travel Editor Brian Berkman had a chat to George Argyropolous, managing director of Cruises International, which is South Africa's largest cruise operator, and represents nine cruise lines including six-star Crystal and Seabourn cruise lines. Read more >>


Die Wonderwerker
[Daniel Dercksen] Die Wonderwerker is a masterful Afrikaans film that speaks in any language. It is a sumptuous showcase of South African filmmaking and storytelling at its Oscar-worthy best; a culmination of the top (and astounding) talents that the country has to offer: the vision and passion of director and storymaker Katinka Heyns; the insight and astuteness of storyteller Chris Barnard; the exceptional craftsmanship of cinematographer Koos Roets; the stirring music of composer Ben Ludik; the precision of editor Ronelle Loots; and the cream of South African performers. Read more >>

Resident Evil: Retribution
[Daniel Dercksen] Virtual reality becomes explosive virtual fiction in Resident Evil: Retribution, a visceral ballet of action, sound, image and visual effects. This is extreme entertainment at its best, exploring the art of 3D cinema where every frame is masterfully and skilfully crafted by writer and director Paul WS Anderson, an extraordinary visionary who sets the imagination on fire. Read more >>


The Drums play SA
Indie band The Drums will be playing in South Africa on 16 November in Joburg and 17 November, 2012, in Cape Town, as part of the adidas Originals Live Performance Series. Read more >>

Greenpop turns two, Makhulu seeks crowdfunding
[Sindy Peters] Greenpop, one of the pioneers of the treevolution in South Africa and abroad, celebrated its second birthday this month at Assembly in Cape Town. There was no birthday cake and candles, but a collage of funky moves and beats to suit any party animal. Festivities also included a screening of the Trees for Zambia doccie and a slideshow of memories that had many a volunteer, who'd participated in the project, welling up with nostalgia. Read more >>


A new take on Porgy and Bess
[Eugene Yiga] The Cape Town Opera's 2009 adaptation of Porgy and Bess was a hit in the UK; so much so that the company recently went back for another highly praised run, which culminated in sold-out West End shows. If you'd like to experience why the overseas audiences couldn't get enough, it will be performed at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town for only three nights. Read more >>

Looking into Other People's Lives
[Eugene Yiga] It's happened to a lot of us. We live in large apartment blocks and can't help but wonder about neighbours, many of whom could be total strangers for years on end. Who are they? And what's going on behind closed doors? Read more >>

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