A swanky new uptown pop-up
The Union Bar in Illovo opened its doors to the public on Thursday evening as hip young professionals came to explore the new “pozi” and blow off some steam after a long day at work.
The venue has a spacious and sophisticated interior, accommodating its guests easily. The ambient music was set just right for easy conversation in a club-like setting.
Celebs who came to check out the new watering hole included TV personality, model and blogger Kim Jayde, Yfm’s Melo Maoka, urban crooner Tresor, fashion and social blogger Melody Molale, TV host Chris Jaftha, singer Moonchild Sanelly and DJ Doowap.
The Union Bar started out in Melrose Arch in October 2012. This latest take on the classy pop-up venue showcases its brand maturity. Trendsetters, go there. I’m not sure what’s more offensive … the nonsense Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, or the noisy “influencers” invited to the movie screening.
The film, which opens in South African cinemas this Friday (June 30), hasn’t received favourable reviews but has done well regardless, bringing in $27 million (R349 million) since opening on June 16.
It landed at number three on the box office charts in a pretty competitive weekend that included Cars 3 and Wonder Woman.
Demetrius Shipp junior, who has a startling resemblance to Tupac, does fairly well but the film didn’t deserve to make it to the big screen, to which I had a difficult time paying attention as it competed with influencers’ cellphone lights, their childish giggles at not particularly shocking nude scenes (just a woman wearing a T-string) and people getting up to chat with friends not seated with them. This has happened at two Ster-Kinekor screenings. Unless I am missing something, as a journalist who knows most influential people in this city I found myself recognising only three people out of more than 100 guests of “influencers”. My understanding is that to make the grade you need to be known and have actual people to influence. I think it’s time hosts relook their “influencer” guest lists and assess how truly influential they are.
– Rhodé Marshall
IT GALZ The ever chic Melody Molale and fashionista Kim Jayde