From Shabaka Hutchings collaborating with the Kyle Shepherd Trio to group art exhibitions, we round up this week's hot-ticket events.
And Club, 39 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Johannesburg:
Toy Toy features resident DJs – Grant VR, Craig Placid, Dogstarr and Fabio, January 8, 10pm. Tickets are R50 at Nutickets or R70 at the door.
Inner City Outer Space features deep house and techno by Barcelona DJ Shall Ocin, January 9, 10pm. Tickets are R100 from Nutickets or R150 at the door.
Kitchener’s Carvery Bar, 71 Juta Street, Johannesburg:
Perlair (Switzerland), Rob Hannah, Warren Bokwe and Data Takashi play, January 8 at 7pm.
Tulbagh Summer Concerts, Church Street, Cape Town:
Rock musicians Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke share a bill, January 9 at 3pm. Tickets are between R125 and R150 from Computicket.
Shimmy Beach Club, 12 South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town:
Goldfish’s Submerged Sundays features German DJ Stimming, January 10, 3pm. Tickets are R100, or R250 for VIP. For information, email i[email protected] or call 021?200?7778.
Straight No Chaser, 79 Buitekant Street, Cape Town:
Kyle Shepherd Trio plays with Shabaka Hutchings, January 7 and 8 at 7pm and 8.30pm. Tickets are R80 for one set and R140 for both.
Pretoria-based garage-rockers Move-Overs are by Reunion’s KilKil, January 9 at 9pm. Tickets are R80.
Pianist and composer Vagelis Stefanopoulos performs with drummer Kevin Gibson and bassist Charles Lazaar, January 13, 8pm. Tickets are R80 for one set and R140 for both.
Whatiftheworld, 1 Argyle Street, Cape Town:
Foreign Bodies is a group exhibition of new work by Sanell Aggenbach, Julia Rosa Clark, Pierre Fouché, Dan Halter, Mohau Modisakeng, Athi-Patra Ruga, Rowan Smith and Moffat Takadiwa. Until January 23.
Are We Good Enough features portraiture by Lakin Ogunbanwo. Until January 23.
Imbizo Gallery, Shop 7a, Lifestyle Centre, Ballito:
Wayward Dreams, an exhibition featuring Marke Meyer, Elizabeth Balcomb, Carl Roberts, Gerhard van Eck, Terri Broll, Hannetjie de Clercq and Isaac Sithole. Until February 16.
AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town:
Cape Town Salon: The AVA pays tribute to more than 20 years of Rose Korber’s Salon exhibitions. Until January 23.
KwaZulu-Natal Society of the Arts, 166 Bulwer Road, Durban:
Buzzart 15, a selection of collectable art from Arts for Humanity with work available in a silent auction. Artists include Sue Williamson, Diane Victor, Mduduzi Xakaza and Joseph Madisa. Until January 17.
The Joburg Theatre, corner Loveday & Rissik streets, Johannesburg:
Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic! is a tribute show to British rock band Queen. The production recreates the band’s 1986 world tour concert of the same name. Audiences can look forward to the band’s greatest hits. The show stars Giles Taylor as legendary musician Freddie Mercury. Taylor has worked with artists such as Gabrielle, The Moody Blues and Dennis Waterman. January 14 to February 7. Tickets cost from R120 to R350 from joburgtheatre.com
The Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg:
As part of the Market Theatre’s 40th anniversary, the theatre is staging the play, Egoli, which aims to highlight the theatre’s role in sharing social commentary on stage. Egoli was written by 23-year-old Matsemela Manaka and is directed by Phala Ookeditse Phala. The play addresses capitalism and apartheid by telling the stories of migrant workers and their experiences in the City of Gold. The cast includes Hamilton Dlamini, Lebogang Masimola, Katlego Letsholonyane, Alfred Mohapi, Billy Langa, Faith Busika and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana. January 13 to 31. Tickets available at Computicket for R90 to R180.
The Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch, Cape Town:
Platform 9 – To Park Station stars actors Maurice Paige and Theodore Jantjies and is directed by Christo Davids. It’s performed in Afrikaans and English and it follows the lives of two friends, Theo, a chef, and Mau, an aspiring rapper, who embark on a train journey to Jo’burg’s Park Station from Cape Town to work at an event. The friends meet other interesting characters on the train and face several obstacles. Until January 16, 7.30pm. Tickets cost R110.
Fugard Bioscope, Caledon Street, Cape Town:
Academy award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes to the stage in Hamlet, one of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedies. He stars as the lead, alongside Sian Brooke as Ophelia, Jim Norton as Polonius and Ciarán Hinds as Claudius. This stage production was directed by Lyndsey Turner and was first staged at the Barbican Theatre in London in 2015, where it was recorded for the National Theatre Live broadcast. The production runs for three hours and 20 minutes. January 10, 11am and 4pm. Tickets cost R100.
Bioscope Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg:
The Bioscope is screening some of the best films that came out in 2015 such as Shield and Spear, Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, and Decolonising Wits. January 8 to 14. Tickets cost R45 to R120.
The Labia, 68 Orange Street, Cape Town:
The comedy-drama Joy, which has been nominated for two Golden Globes, stars Hollywood A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro, Bradley Cooper and Edgar Ramirez. The film is loosely based on the story of Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire. She was a divorced mother with three children in the early 1990s when she invented the Miracle Mop and became an overnight success. January 8 to 14.
The Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch, Cape Town:
Stuart Taylor teams up with fellow comedians Mel Jones and Oscar Petersen in his latest comedy offering, Stuart Taylor’s 2015 in Review. The three reflect on matters ranging from load-shedding to politicians. The show is directed by Brent Palmer, with additional material written by comedians Martin Evans and Yaaseen Barnes. Until January 9. Tickets cost R100 to R200.
Teatro at Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg:
The Imperial Ice Stars are back with a classic tale of Swan Lake that features new effects, costumes and choreography from artistic director Tony Mercer. The production was known for its contemporary ice dance that has since been partnered with “skating manoeuvres”. The cast of Imperial Ice Stars has performed for audiences in 15 countries. Until January 10. Tickets cost from R100 to R400 from Computicket.