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The iconic singer-songwriter has been hailed as a sage and mystic, and his final album, produced by his son Adam and released three weeks before his death at the age of 82, is a sombre and spiritual masterpiece. A must for lovers of poetry and acoustic styles. Key track ‘Travelling light’ Get it For the memory
Work of art Explore the extraordinary at the Cape Town Art Fair, an annual showcase for sensational SA talent as well as creative achievers from across Africa. It’s a great source of inspiration, discovery and delight as well as a buzzing social scene, so put on something eye-catching and head to the CTICC from 17-19 February. For info, visit capetownartfair.co.za. Masterpiece With great range of exhibitors and splendid collectibles on display, the annual Cape Town SAADA Expo is a great way to enjoy historic art and design. Plus, there is a chance of winning a two-night stay at Tintswalo Atlantic boutique hotel. On from 17-19 February at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. For info, visit saada.co.za. Side-splitting fun After a stunning 947 performances of Defending the Caveman, comedian Alan Committie is taking a fresh look at relationships in the hilarious Love Factually. The show is sure to have you laughing (and wincing with recognition) as it explores everything from online dating to kids. On from 1 February-12 March at the Pieter Toerien Main Theatre, Montecasino. Book via computicket.com.
Men in blue Known for their wild creativity and inventiveness, the international performance art company The Blue Man Group have delighted audiences from New York to Berlin, and now they’re bringing their unique showmanship to SA from 7 February-5 March at Montecasino’s Teatro Theatre. Don’t miss this blend of comedy and theatrics. Book via computicket.com.
Ever since its inception in 1951, the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon has attracted masses of competitors and spectators alike as Africa’s biggest canoeing event. This year promises between 1 600 and 2 000 paddlers, plus loads of fun for the crowds who cheer on the pros as they battle their way down the umsindusi River in Pietermaritzburg. It all happens from 16-18 February. For info, visit dusi.co.za.
Expect edgy industrial details and a casual ambience at this vibrant hangout filled with young professionals. You’re in for a small a la carte menu, with delicious offerings like grilled fennel and Parmesan salad with lemon herb vinaigrette (R55) and grilled yellowtail with muhammara, chickpeas, kale chips and minted yoghurt (R155). For excellent service and a fabulous time in a cool setting, grab your galpals and head to The Mess. Sharing is the name of the game, so order for the table and dig into tuna ceviche (R89), aubergine melanzane (R80) and yoghurt and thyme flatbread (R18) with pickled Goat’s cheese and nut dukkha (R29) or confit duck rillette and pickled beetroot (R45).