WHAT’S HAPPENING in KZN?
Nishalin Pillay and Jack Mantis at Caversham Mill
MARITZBURG-BORN percussionist Nishalin Pillay, and Jack Mantis (pictured) from Cape Town, will be performing at The Mill Sessions at the Caversham Mill Restaurant in the KZN Midlands on January 24. Tickets are R100 each, excluding dinner which can be bought from the restaurant’s à la carte menu. Doors open at 6 pm. To book tickets, phone 033 234 4524 or e-mail caver[email protected]
Josie Matabola in Hammarsdale
VOCALIST Josie Matabola will be performing at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale, with her band on January 28. Matabola performs original and inspirational songs in Tswana and Zulu as well as covers some of her favourite artists. Her band includes Sanele Phakathi on keyboards, Dalisu Ndlazi on bass guitar and Sbu Zondi on drums. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are available at the door for R30.
Pams choir practice
The Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) starts its first choir practice for 2019 tomorrow under the baton of newly-appointed choral director Botes Gresse. Gresse is also principal and music director of the Drakondale Girls Choir School. Pams choir practices are from 7 pm to 9 pm every Tuesday at the Dutch Reformed Church, 89 Morcom Road, Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg. New singers are most welcome. Inquiries: Mary Bizley: 082 683 1441 or [email protected] centiment.co.za
FESTIVALS Fresha Festival in Durban
THE Fresha Festival of free fun family al fresco theatre will be staged on Durban’s North Beach from January 18 to 20. All the shows are free. The festival starts at 5 pm on January 18 in the late afternoon. The festival proper starts on January 19 at 7 am with a free yoga class. This will be followed by a free, open dance class led by last year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance, Musa Hlatshwayo and his group of dancers. Saturday’s dance will be DanceXercise while on Sunday there will be a Zumba class. From 9 am there will be a selection of workshops on street theatre, parkour and recycled art. The first show starts at 1 pm on January 19 with by Doung Jahangeer. On both the Saturday and Sunday, the days will end with sundowner music concerts on the Bay of Plenty lawns. Inquiries: www.freshafestival.co.za or like the Fresha Festival Facebook page or follow the festi[email protected]shafest on Twitter.
THEATRE ‘Bloopers’ at the Hexagon Theatre
AARON McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert return to the Hexagon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus with their show
on February 2 and 3. These legends of self-deprecation, boldly go where no intelligent person should, as they rugby tackle subjects like: cultural appropriation, land fills, land grabs, hand grabs, cannabis oil and the ridiculous things we humans get up to … all to a rocking musical back beat! Shows are at 7.30 pm on Saturday, February 2 and 3 pm on Sunday, February 3. Tickets are R135 at www.webtickets.co.za and fans are encouraged to book early. Inquiries: email [email protected]
‘Our Favourite Swings’ at the Rhumbelow
DURBAN’S Platform Jazz will present the show
at the Rhumbelow Theatre at 42 Cunningham Road, Umbilo. The musicians will be teaming up with actor and singer Bryan Hiles to bring a programme of swing favourites, as well as Latin numbers, showtunes and original compositions. Showtimes are 8 pm on January 18, 2 pm and 8 pm on January 19 and 2 pm on January 20. Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners) at Computicket. Take picnic baskets but no drinks.
VISUAL ART Charmaine Eastment, Butterflies for Africa
BUTTERFLIES for Africa’s Blue Caterpillar Gallery in Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg, is showcasing new work by Charmaine Eastment until the end of January. Known for her wonderful KZN Midlands and North and South Coast scenes, she uses mainly oils to create her work, although she has begun exploring the medium of acrylics. Phone 033 387 1356 for more details.
COMEDY Dingalings at the Golden Horse
HENRY Ramkissoon and Koobeshen Naidoo, also known as the Dingalings, will be performing their latest comedy show, on January 26. Tickets are R130 per person at Computicket or from www.goldenhorse.co.za
Doors open at 5 pm for the first performance and 8 pm for the second show. No under 16s.
Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.