Magical jazz on offer in the Midlands and Pinetown

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TWO sensational South African musicians – Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata – will be gracing the stages of Caversham Mill Restaurant in the KZN Midlands and the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown this weekend. Continue reading


Explore Maritzburg’s historic buildings at the Tatham Art Gallery

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Photograph by Ian Carbutt taken in 2015 of J Coney & Son, Corner of Chapel (Peter Kerchhoff) and Pietermaritz streets, Pietermaritzburg.

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Pen and ink drawing of the same building made by Carola Brotherton in 1967.

RESIDENTS of Pietermaritzburg are getting the chance to explore the many historic buildings in the city in the new exhibition, Building History: Drawings and prints of historic Pietermaritzburg buildings by Carola Brotherton, which opens in the Schreiner Gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street at 10.30 am for 11 am on Sunday, February 7. The opening speaker will be gallery director, Brendan Bell. Continue reading

Think Theatre’s acclaimed production of Othello marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

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Nhlakanipho Manqele (Othello), Clinton Small (Iago) and Darren King (Brabantio) in a scene from Othello. Photo: Val Adamson

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare and I am delighted that schools still consider it worth learning the Bard’s work.

Part of that ongoing appeal is being able to see Shakespeare performed live and if your child’s school has not yet booked to see Think Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of the tragedy Othello in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng then I urge you to get them to do so.

It will bring the Bard’s work to vivid life and is the perfect salute to the British playwright, who died on 23 April 1616. Continue reading

Groove to the music of the 70s at the Hexagon


Remember the Seventies? The period of great changes in the music scene, when icons were made, horizons were stretched and musicians broke out of their boxes and went where their dreams (and substances) took them!

Yes. Then revel in a bit of nostalgia when the Hexagon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg hosts This is the Seventies in the Hexagon Dive on January 29, 30 and 31 and February 4, 5 and 6. Continue reading