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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.

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