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Theatre The House of Truth The Barney Si­mon at The Mar­ket theatre

Jan­uary 10 to 29, 8.15pm and 3.15pm R65 to R140 at webtick­ets.co.za The Mar­ket theatre’s 2017 sea­son opens with a trib­ute to one of the coun­try’s most cel­e­brated writ­ers, Can Themba. This bio­play, writ­ten by Siphiwo Ma­hala and di­rected by Vanessa Cooke, pre­miered to rave re­views in Gra­ham­stown last year. Sello Maake Ka-Ncube por­trays Themba in a per­for­mance laced with wit, hu­mour and irony. PRE­TO­RIA

Eat out Craft Beer and Burger Tast­ing Casa Toscana Lodge, Pre­to­ria

Jan­uary 13, from 6.30pm R250 at the door Cel­e­brate the sec­ond week of 2017 by head­ing to Pre­to­ria for a hip foodie event on Fri­day evening. Casa Toscana Lodge is the ideal venue for you to kick back and tickle your taste buds with a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing lo­cal craft beers and match­ing burger slid­ers. Singer, song­writer and ac­tor Philip Mool­man will pro­vide the evening’s en­ter­tain­ment. CAPE TOWN

Dance

Cape Town City Bal­let – Romeo & Juliet May­nardville Open-Air Theatre, May­nardville Park, Piers Rd, Wyn­berg Jan­uary 22 to Fe­bru­ary 26, 8.15pm R140 to R160 at com­puticket.com The time­less Shake­spearean story – whose fa­mous score by Rus­sian com­poser Sergei Prokofiev is still one of the most loved in the clas­si­cal mu­sic canon – gets an in­ter­est­ing new chore­o­graphic adap­ta­tion by Cape Town City Bal­let’s Robin van Wyk. While the core story re­mains the same, Van Wyk rein­tro­duces the char­ac­ter of Ben­vo­lio, friend of Romeo, as well as Romeo’s first love, Ros­aline.

Kirsten­bosch Sum­mer Sunset Con­certs, Kirsten­bosch Gar­dens

Jan­uary 8 to April 2, from 5pm R90 to R190 at webtick­ets.co.za En­joy sunny af­ter­noons pic­nick­ing on the slopes of Ta­ble Moun­tain while savour­ing the best mu­sic South Africa has to of­fer. Spend this Sun­day re­lax­ing to the neo-soul sounds of Zonke Dikana. DUR­BAN Fresh pro­duce

The Morn­ing Trade Mar­ket The Sta­tion Drive Precinct, off Um­geni Road

Jan­uary 8, 8am to 1pm Free en­trance En­joy break­fast, lunch or freshly ground cof­fee with friends at this vibey weekly mar­ket, lo­cated in Dur­ban’s arty dis­trict. Farm-fresh pro­duce, su­perb baked goods, ar­ti­sanal ice cream and con­fec­tionery are on of­fer.

PHOTO: KWESI ABBENSETTS

The good news is that the hol­i­day spirit hasn’t faded just yet. picks the best events across the coun­try to kick off your 2017

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