A Seat at the Ta­ble

Glamour (South Africa) - - Guide - By Sa­muel Bjork by Ni­cholas Sparks by Zadie Smith

Eight years in the mak­ing, A Seat at the Ta­ble is Solange’s first Bill­board 200 num­ber one al­bum. Fea­tur­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions from Lil Wayne, The-dream and Kelela, the al­bum has a psy­che­delic soul, funk and con­tem­po­rary R&B sound that touches on is­sues of em­pow­er­ment, iden­tity and grief. Key track ‘Rise’ Get it For its hon­esty This en­gross­ing thriller re­volves around the mur­der of a teenage or­phan whose corpse is found ar­ranged on a bed of feath­ers. Now de­tec­tives Mia Kruger and Hol­ger Munch must work with speed and in­sight to de­code clues, like a video of the vic­tim be­ing held in a cage, to stop the killer from strik­ing again. Ex­cel­lently writ­ten and con­structed, this book will leave you breath­less. The best­selling au­thor of The Note­book can be re­lied on to tug at emo­tions when it comes to the ter­ri­tory that has be­come his stock in trade: love in all its forms. The cen­tral char­ac­ter, Rus­sell Green, is left to par­ent his six-year-old daugh­ter af­ter his wife leaves him. From the ten­der­ness between lovers to the bond from par­ent to child, Two by Two ex­plores the ways of the heart and the price we’re pre­pared to pay to follow it. Am­bi­tion, race and se­crets are favourite themes with Zadie Smith and in this taut novel, she uses dance to ex­plore iden­tity, start­ing with a fate­ful bal­let class where two girls be­come friends. The ac­tion af­ter that spans the UK, Africa, Paris and New York, with a rich cast of char­ac­ters, from sex tourists to a mixe­drace gay cou­ple. A pow­er­ful and beau­ti­ful read.

Run­ning man Are you ready to rock and… run? Then make your way to The Mu­sic Run by Old Mu­tual, a 5km race that’s taken place in over 15 cities world­wide and has been dubbed “The world’s loud­est run­ning course”. Work your way across five mu­sic-themed zones as over 120 speak­ers pump out killer tunes. And don’t miss the af­ter-party at River­sands Farm Vil­lage on 4 Fe­bru­ary. Tick­ets are R220 via tick­et­pros.co.za.

Head for the hills Es­cape the ur­ban hus­tle and bus­tle for the invit­ing at­mos­phere and sen­sa­tional sur­round­ings of the Botha’s Hill Ar­ti­sanal Arts & Crafts Mar­ket. Held every Sun­day, it fea­tures delicious food, fun fash­ion and hand­crafted decor finds. At the cor­ner of Old Main Road and Rob Roy Cres­cent, Botha’s Hill. En­trance is free. For info, visit both­ashill­mar­ket.co.za.

Vin­tage vibe Get ready for a trea­sure hunt of note at the Umh­langa Antiques and Col­lecta­bles Fair. Whether your pas­sion is crys­tal and sil­ver­ware or cos­tume jew­ellery, you’re sure to find masses of temp­ta­tion! On 19 Fe­bru­ary at the Umh­langa Cen­tre. En­try is free; for info, call 031 562 8420.

Trendy decor com­bines with surf­boards, bikes and cloth­ing, and a Us-in­flu­enced menu at this place in­spired by to­day’s cof­fee cul­ture. We liked the con­densed milk pork tacos (R56) with a side of tater tots and Sriracha mayo (R30), and don’t for­get to visit their brew bar for an Are­o­press cof­fee (R28).

Maira Kout­soudakis, Vicky Crease and Pn­ina Fen­ster all in Gavin Ra­jah, Didi Mo­gashoa in Mar­i­anne Fassler and Olive Hamil­ton Rus­sell in Tory Burch.

Ke­filwe Mabote in Qui­te­ria & Ge­orge. Nicky van der Walt in Frank Be­spoke and LeeAnne Lieben­berg in War­rick Gau­tier.

Ta­mara Dey in David Tlale. Amanda du-pont in Anel Botha.

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