Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel, is starring in a remake of A Star Is Born and is still churning out superb music. Produced by Mark Ronson, Joanne is the star’s fifth album and features her characteristic strong vocals and lyrics, plus a great country sound. Key track ‘Million reasons’ Get it Because it’s Gaga One of SA’S bestselling and admired crime writers shows off her award-winning style in a plot that races between a Stellenbosch murder and a kidnapping in Soweto. At the centre of it all, Inspector Albertus Beeslaar is reluctantly drawn into an investigation that reveals the dark underbelly of the Cape Winelands. This is the second of Karin Brynard’s novels to be translated into English from Afrikaans, and we can’t wait for the third. When Lucy Hutton’s publishing house merges with a rival group, she is forced to spend every day in a tiny chrome office with her co-worker, nemesis and master of mind games Joshua Templeman. Despite his good looks and charm, Lucy finds Joshua repulsive and cold. But will a perfectly innocent elevator ride turn her hate into love, or will Lucy lose the biggest game of all? A lighthearted and sultry romcom. It’s 1939 and Will and his sister are evacuated to a farm in Cornwall to live out their childhood protected from the ravages of war. But when Will and the farmer’s daughter Maggie fall in love, the consequences are more severe than either could have imagined. Prepare to shed some tears.
Mumm’s the word The Sun Met, celebrated with GH Mumm is set to be a fabulously fashionable horse-racing affair, with a raft of A-list attendees, plenty of photo opportunities and an atmosphere as sparkling as the champagne. So make sure you’re at Kenilworth Racecourse on 28 January. For info, visit sunmet.co.za.
Place your bets For great horse racing, socialising and style, don your finest blue and white ensemble and head for the L’ormarins Queen’s Plate. From 6-7 January at Kenilworth Racecourse. Tickets start at R350 from computicket.com.
WIN One of five pairs of tickets to the L’ormarins Queen’s Plate worth R600! World of wonder How about a three-day New Year’s extravaganza at one of the Seven Wonders of the World? That’s what’s on offer at the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival from 29-31 December. With a choice of party options and acts like LCNVL, Sketchy Bongo, The Kiffness and Goodluck, it’s sure to be brilliant. Tickets start at R927 and are available at webtickets.co.za.
Join the revolution The theme for 2016’s Revolution New Year’s Eve Festival is unity, so join Joburg’s underground dance music community to share an epic open-air celebration. At Hornbill Lodge, Magaliesburg, from 31 December-2 January. For info, visit facebook.com/revolutionnye.
Enchanting botanical gardens make Makaranga a must for young and old. Pack your own basket with goodies from the restaurant deli, or select one of their off-the-shelf hampers, like the Breakfast Basket (R290 per couple) which is packed with bacon, scrambled eggs, tomato and rocket wraps, fruit salad, muffins, tea or coffee and fruit juice.
YOUR YEAR AHEAD
If you’re a Capricorn, like actress Nina Dobrev (9 January 1989), you’re ambitious, practical and disciplined, and this promises to be a successful year for your career, finances and love life, so stop taking life so seriously! You may have recently gone through a breakup, in which case fresh starts are promised and there is a good chance of a hot romance at work. If you’re partnered up, you’re in for good times together, especially around March. Your cycle may be problematic, so see your doctor, but outside of that, it’s going to be a healthy year for you.
Say yes to change There may be an opportunity for you to expand your money, and you’ll be feeling particularly driven and passionate at work. There also could be changes in your career – get ready to say yes! You may find a new relationship through work or, if you’re in a relationship, your partner will get involved in your career. Get set for lots of sexual energy in your love life this month and express yourself in the bedroom, especially around 20-21 January. Your only health warning is your hands: take care of them!
YOUR MONTH AHEAD