30 Oct 2012



International rush

A rush of international acts with South Africa on their tour list have recently been announced; ballady pop star Daniel Bedingfield is to grace SA stages in November and December, SA's adopted American Rodriguez shall be performing in Cape Town and Joburg next year February, and hot off the press is the announcement of 80s pop-rock hair band Bon Jovi to tour in May 2013. Bedingfield will also welcome in the start of the ever popular 2012/2013 Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.

In cinema news, things take a creepy turn just in time for Halloween. Daniel Derksen reviews two spine-tingling films, Paranormal Activity 4, and The Possession.

Eugene Yiga enjoys the engaging and award-winning theatre production Red, and reviews the musically inspired comedy Another Friggin' Tribute Show.

Motoring editor Henri Geyser reviews the new sassy and streamlined VW Beetle, and introduces the new Geely EC7, while our travel contributor Brian Berkman enjoys a stay at the gracious family-run hotel Kurland.

New competitions this week include the chance to win two tickets to the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash at the Nasrec Centre in Joburg this Saturday.

Happy Halloween for tomorrow, beware the beasties!

Ruth Cooper, production manager (@biz_lounge)

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SA Car of the Year finalists
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists has announced the 12 finalists in the running for this year's coveted title of SA Car of the Year. Read more >>

VW Beetle is a Speedy Gonzalez
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The clever white coats at VW have performed a miracle - they have waved their magic wands to turn the rather foppish "New" Beetle, which has never taken off in the local market since being launched here in 2001, into a real driver's car that goes like a pocket rocket and even vaguely resembles an older Porsche 911. Read more >>


Call to vote for the Sports Star of the Year for 2012
South Africans are called on to vote by SMS for their favourite athlete in the South African Sports Awards. Nominees are: Vernon Philander, Natalie du Toit, Chad le Clos, Hashim Amla, Oscar Pistorius, Siyabonga Nomvete, and Caster Semenya. Read more >>


SAA resumes flights to US
Following the Hurricane Sandy in the US which resulted in some flights being cancelled, South African Airways (SAA) has resumed its operations on its Johannesburg to Washington DC (via Dakar) route. Read more >>

Travel chaos looms as US storm cancels flights
NEW YORK, US: A day of transatlantic travel chaos loomed on Sunday as airlines cancelled thousands of flights to and from airports up and down the US East Coast ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Read more >>

The green oasis... Kurland
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] Forget what you think you know about Kurland. You might also be totally wrong. Sure, they are well known as the original home of polo but I had no idea I would find such a warmhearted and elegant property. Read more >>


Fear at its most extreme
[Daniel Dercksen] When a film is called The Possession and it begins with an ominous soundtrack and a warning that "the following is based on true events", suspending disbelief is optional. If the titles reveal that it is produced by horror maestro Sam Raimi, who changed the face of horror with The Evil Dead, and made by Ghost House Pictures, you are pretty much unnerved before paranormal events arise. Read more >>

Gear up for Fear
[Daniel Dercksen] It's that time of year when pumpkins turn into phantoms and what better way to warm up for the Halloween season than with some captivating entertainment? With the release of the excellent Paranormal Activity 4, which is now showing, and fearful The Possession opening on Friday, you will be on the edge of your seat and able to celebrate Halloween wholeheartedly. Read more >>


Bon Jovi to play Cape Town and Joburg in May, 2013
Bon Jovi is to commence a world tour in 2013, entitled "Bon Jovi Because We Can - The Tour", which will take in gigs in Cape Town and Joburg in May. The tour will feature new songs from the new album "What About Now", due out in Spring 2013, as well as his well-known hits. Read more >>

Rodriguez to perform in SA
Big Concerts is excited to announce that the legendary Rodriguez will return to South Africa this summer for live shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The two performances are scheduled on Friday 15th February at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City Johannesburg and Wednesday 20th February at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town. The tour will be produced by Big Concerts, and presented by Talk Radio 702, 567 CapeTalk and M-Net. Tickets and tour details are available from www.bigconcerts.co.za. Read more >>

Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts line-up for 2012/13
Visitors to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden have enjoyed lazy summer Sunday afternoons listening to the best in local and international music over a number of years. The 2012/2013 season of Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts promises to be a year of memorable musicians, not least because it is a celebration of 21 years of concerts and the Centenary of the Garden. Read more >>


Seeing Red
[Eugene Yiga] John Logan (screenwriter of Oscar-winning Gladiator, The Aviator, and Hugo, as well as co-writer of Skyfall) makes his way back to writing for the stage in Red. The play won six Tony Awards in 2010 (including Best New Play) and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play in 2012. A local staging, produced by the team behind the award-winning Cabaret, is now showing in Cape Town for a limited run. Read more >>

Not just Another Friggin' Tribute Show
[Eugene Yiga] What's the difference between a trance party and a rave? And how did the Springbok Nude Girls really get their name? In case you were wondering, these and other musical questions are answered in Another Friggin' Tribute Show, comedian Pierre Malherbe's non-musical tribute to one of his greatest loves. Read more >>

Catch "De-Lovely" Cole Porter classics at Artscape
[Debbie Hathway] Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) ticks a lot of boxes with its upcoming production of Night & Day. Set to open at Artscape Theatre on October 26, it delights dance fans with entertaining choreography by Robin Van Wyk, Mervyn Williams, Kirsten Isenberg, Paul Johnson and Nigel Lucas. Read more >>

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