13 Nov 2012



Summer season kick off

Linkin Park recently kicked off the first rush of international "Big Concerts" destined to head to South Africa this and next year. If their performance was anything to go by (bar the tragic accident in Cape Town), we should be in for a great musical summer season. Check our gallery from the Cape Town leg. In other music news, Johann Smith reviews the maturing Straatligkinders' fourth album, and I, The Plastics' second psychedelic effort, as well as interview soulful musician Josie Field during her Cape Town tour.

Henrie Geyser takes a spin in the surprisingly sexy Toyota 86, while both Rod Baker and Brian Berkman live the lavish life at respective hotels Sugar Beach in Mauritius, and The Marine in Hermanus.

Our number one theatre fundi Eugene Yiga recommends tickling your funny bone courtesy of Riaad Moosa with his latest show Keeping You in Stitches, and reviews the twisted love complications seen in Nicholas Spagnoletti's play, Special Thanks To Guests From Afar.

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Toyota 86 is made for driving pleasure
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Say Toyota and words such as solid, reliable, good value spring to mind, not sexy and desirable - but that has all changed with the arrival of the Toyota 86, the prettiest, affordable two-seater hard top sports car to arrive in this country for a long, long time. Read more >>


The Marine - where you can have a whale of a time
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] One of my first hotel visits as a travel writer a long while ago was to The Marine in Hermanus. Even then, it was the premier place to stay. I tried to find my review of that first visit to refresh my memory of our experience but I couldn't. However... Read more >>

Sugar Beach... where time stands still
[Rod Baker] Good old plantation (colonial) architecture, good old plantation hospitality. Sugar Beach is the ultimate resort to relax... Where a couple of days feels like a week - and you could be excused for not falling down if you saw Rhett Butler lugging Scarlet past you up the stairs and telling her 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn - you're coming upstairs to check out my new luggage. And that's an end to it!' Read more >>


Living the music - interview with Josie Field
[Ruth Cooper] We recently sat down with Joburger and proud ambassador of SA music Josie Field during her Cape Town tour. Self-managed musician, festival organiser and all-round lovely lady, Josie Field shared her experiences - good, bad and ugly - on her musical journey so far. Read more >>

The Cape Consort is back
[Eugene Yiga] The Cape Consort returns to the Fugard Theatre to continue the Monteverdi Project. Entitled Heart/Attack, the latest instalment explores the metaphor of love as a kind of warfare and depicts actual battle scenes with the inevitable fatalities and ensuing lamentations. Read more >>

Straatligkinders fourth album: Growing pains or a coming of age?
[Johann M. Smith] When you start a band, age plays a huge a factor - especially in the world of metal. Basically, unless you're old-school like Ozzy or Maiden, don't plan on doing it for too long. Don't you ever forget, your oh-so-serious hard core band comes with the same cultural expiration date as an emo-haircut circa 2006. Read more >>

"Pyramid" track by track
[Ruth Cooper] "Pyramid", The Plastics' second studio album, includes both that familiar upbeat indie sound that Plastic fans have come to love as well as a fresh new direction in sound: darker, trippier, sexier and fairly psychedelically retro. Slip on those dancing shoes, consume something mind expanding and enjoy. Read more >>


Telling the Tales of Hoffmann
[Eugene Yiga] ETA Hoffmann, whose stories inspired ballets like The Nutcracker and Coppélia, has been described a 19th-century Tim Burton. If you'd like to understand why, a new staging of Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann is coming to Cape Town's Artscape Theatre. Read more >>

A Special Thanks To Guests From Afar
[Eugene Yiga] I don't know about you, but a lot of my friends are getting engaged and married these days. I guess that means I'm in for a lot of weddings over the next several years. But even attending a classmate's Jewish/Catholic wedding in Colombia two years ago couldn't prepare me for the crazy experiences in Special Thanks To Guests From Afar. Read more >>

Keeping You in Stitches
[Eugene Yiga] UCT Medical School celebrates its 100th anniversary with Keeping You in Stitches, a stand-up comedy show hosted by doctor-turned-comedian Riaad Moosa and featuring Conrad Koch, Kurt Schoonraad, Stuart Taylor, and other Cape Town performers. Read more >>

Swiss pastry chefs bake their way into record book
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: A legion of Swiss pastry chefs on Sunday baked their way into the Guinness Book of World Records with a 1,221.6m chocolate Napoleon, the ATS news agency reported. Read more >>

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