- See urban house DJs collaborating on stage in celebration of Martell Cognac’s first pop-up cognac bar in South Africa. Music producer and DJ Oskido and jazz legend Hugh Masekela kicked off the series of shows on October 16 with their collaboration. This weekend’s line-up includes Heavy K, Just Mo, Infinite Boys and Sisonke. The entertainment programme runs on Fridays and Saturdays until November 21. WHEN October 23–24. WHERE Martell 1715 Bar, Sandton Eye (below the Radisson Blu Gautrain hotel). TIME 9pm–2am. COST R100. INFO Visit 1715.co.za
- Keleketla! library is hosting a weekend rooftop kitchen that features chef Noji Gaylard, who runs the Phaka mobile kitchen, and food writer Matthew Burbidge. Together they have created a fusion menu of traditional local dishes inspired by the Mai Mai traditional medicine market, and other dishes from all around the world. The Saturday afternoon menu includes a wood-fired braai, and the Sunday afternoon late family brunch features homemade ragu and magwinya. WHEN October 24–25. WHERE King Kong, 6 Verwey Street, Troyeville. TIME Midday–5pm. COST R150 a head. INFO To buy tickets visit facebook.com/keleketla
- The Russian Film Week kicks off in South Africa this weekend with a film programme that aims to “strengthen bilateral relations in the field of culture and cinematography between Russia and South Africa”. Some of the films on the schedule include Battle for Sevastopol, directed by Sergey Mokritsky (2015), The Territory (2014), directed by Aleksandr Melnik, and Battalion, directed by Dmitriy Meskhiev (2014). WHEN October 23–25. WHERE Cinema Complex, Montecasino, Fourways. INFO Visit russianembassy.org.za
- Up-and-coming comedian Simmi Areff will perform his first one-man show, Stay at Home Son, about a young Muslim boy’s experiences and observations of his community. Areff has performed at shows nationwide – sharing the stage with big acts such as Riaad Moosa, John Vlismas, Trevor Noah and Eugene Khoza. He has also appeared on Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola and Comedy Central’s Live at Parker’s. WHEN October 27-31. WHERE The Loft at the Playhouse Company, 29 Anton Lembede Street, Durban. TIME 8pm. COST R120. TICKETS from Computicket. INFO Visit simmiareff.com
- The annual Paarl Festival showcases talent from Drakenstein in the Western Cape. The festival features music and art that aims at boosting social cohesion. The music line-up includes award-winning band Beatenberg, Thembi K, DJ Questa and the Thandile Mandela traditional music group. WHEN October 24. WHERE Faure Stadium, Faure Street. TIME Midday. COST R100. TICKETS from Computicket and at the gate. INFO Call Khaya on 072 076 4918.
- The Reflektor Tapes is the latest film to be screened at the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. The film, directed by Kahlil Joseph, winner of the 2013 Sundance grand jury prize for short films, looks at the making of Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire’s Grammy award-nominated album Reflektor. It shows the band’s creative process and their performances in Jamaica, Montreal, Los Angeles and London. It also features interviews with band members. WHEN October 25. WHERE The Fugard Theatre, District 6. TIME 11am. COST R100. INFO Visit thefugard.com