2 Oct 2012



Ready the popcorn

Dim the lights and ready the popcorn, October promises to be a cinema-packed month in Cape Town and Joburg with two film fests currently doing the rounds. The shnit International shortfilmfestival alights in Cape Town from 3-7 October with the promise of showcasing the best of the best in world class short films. Then later this month the blood and gore-packed Horrorfest returns to the Cape for the 8th time and Joburg for the first time.

In music news, Sindy Peters interviews two very diverse artists, Chloƫ Agnew from Celtic Woman, and finds out more about Mr Cat & the Jackal's latest music video Where's my shoes.

On the theatrical side of things, Eugene Yiga recommends current productions, Siv Ngesi's Race Card, and the music and theatre-packed FNB Variété Festival.

Brian Berkman experiences the holy trinity of hospitality and travel experience at ZuluWaters, and Nina Timm shares her latest recipe just in time for springtime, Halva ice cream.

Have a great week further, and if you're rocking them daisies, we'll see you there!

Ruth Cooper, production manager (@biz_lounge)

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Halva ice cream in three glorious flavours
[Nina Timm] Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! A refrain I remember from my childhood, but literally the case for the past two days that have shocked us into summer mode far too quickly. I said to someone just last week, that I am definitely not souped or stewed out yet, so if I had a say in the matter summer could be delayed for just a while longer. Read more >>


ZuluWaters - a force to be reckoned with
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] There are game reserves aplenty vying for that moneyed six-star market that demands bespoke experiences and don't mind paying for them. Only a handful gets providing the holy trinity of experiences - superb hospitality, absolute privacy, and breath-taking environment right. Read more >>


Horrorfest 2012: Still scary as hell
[Johann M. Smith] Let me open up with a question that's a kind of joke: What's worse, a person addicted to horror or porn flicks? Bizarre how both instantly paint an undesirable stereotype hooked on entertainment we've all secretly indulged. Now think why. You have? Wonderful. Now that we've all had time to reflect and laugh at our choices of recreation, it's easier for me to ask you without any immediate satanic associations: Keen to nurture your love of horror? Read more >>

shnit International shortfilmfestival 2012: 10 years, 10 cities
[Daniel Dercksen] Make sure to take leave from 3 to 7 October if you are in Cape Town because you will be nothing but shnitting! It is an experience unlike anything you can imagine and guarantees to have your mind exploding. The shnit International shortfilmfestival 2012 is set to captivate audiences this year with a Grande Bouffe of short films garnished with bright magenta. Read more >>

[Daniel Dercksen] In its new visceral incarnation, Dredd explodes in a spectacular bloodbath of hard-core violence and raw action. Based on John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip, which was created in 1977 for 2000AD, Dredd is brought to life by the endlessly inventive mind of screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later and Sunshine) and visionary director Pete Travis (Vantage Point). Read more >>


Mr Cat & the Jackal take a different route with Where's my shoes
[Sindy Peters] We're all quite familiar with the highly conceptual music video output from Mr Cat & the Jackal. With their latest offering, Where's my Shoes, they've produced something a lot different. We chatted to the band to find out where their heads were at. Read more >>

Chris Brown in three-city tour of SA
Singer, songwriter, actor, rapper, dancer, and recording artist Chris Brown will be bringing his Carpe Diem world tour to South Africa this year. He will be playing at the Coca Cola Dome, Joburg on 15 December, then the Outer Fields, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 17 December and two concerts at the Grand West Arena, Cape Town on 19 and 20 December, 2012. Read more >>

Feast your eyes and ears on Celtic Woman
[Sindy Peters] South African Celtic Woman fans, the long wait is finally over - the group has arrived in SA and is ready to entertain you! With shows in Jozi on 28 and 29 September, and in Cape Town on 2 October, we had a chit chat with youngest member of the group, Chloƫ Agnew. Read more >>



Variété is the spice of life!
[Eugene Yiga] Cape Town's city centre is set to host the inaugural FNB Variété Festival from 6 to 20 October. The project uses unconventional theatre venues across the city and boasts a selection of top local and international acts, including Marc Lottering as few have ever seen him before. Read more >>

Playing the Race Card
[Eugene Yiga] After a sell-out season at Grahamstown's National Arts Festival, comedian Siv Ngesi kicks off the Race Card national tour at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. This brand new one-man show is inspired by The Racist's Guide To The People Of South Africa, a bestseller that's been described as a politically incorrect, thoroughly unscientific, and exceptionally funny satirical guidebook that identifies and makes light-hearted fun of all South Africans. Read more >>

Grape Expectations - just 26% of Brits think boxed wine is inferior to bottled
LONDON, UK: Previously a no-go for the nation's wine buffs, latest research from Mintel finds that screw tops, boxes and pouches are being seen as increasingly credible options among Britain's wine users. Read more >>

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