What's On: February 12 - 18

Mac McKenzie at The Bo (Jacques Nelles)

Mac McKenzie at The Bo (Jacques Nelles)

  • Free Swing Dance Class, Blah Blah Bar, 84 Kloof Street, Cape Town, Saturday February 13, 9pm. A free, fun lesson in jiving, presented by the Boogie Back Dance Company, with a live swing band, The Swanky Doodles, DJ Fred Spider (VoomVoom/France) and BamBeano. (R40 early bird, R60 from Quicket, R80 at the door.)
  • Raunch and Romance, Buzz 9, 79 3rd Avenue, Melville, Jo’burg, Saturday February 13, 8pm; Sunday February 14, 7pm.
    Vintage Cheek’s Valentine Burlesque Affair presents this risqué entertainment on Valentine’s weekend for the third consecutive year (R150 presale from quicket.co.za).
  • Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke, Hope Music Festival, De Rust Estate, N2, Grabouw, February 13, sundown (R280); on the Movies Under the Stars programme, later the same night, is Moulin Rouge (R100).
  • Amandla Freedom Ensemble, The Orbit, Braamfontein, Jo’burg, Friday February 12, 8.30pm. Pre-tour album launch of Mandla Mlangeni’s powerful group. Visit theorbit.co.za (R120).
  • Fire Thursdays (Ragga Night), The Bassline, Newtown, Johannesburg, Thursday February 18, 9pm. Featuring Admiral and Jah Seed, The African Storm Sound System Crew “and a few musical surprises” (R100).
  • The Mac McKenzie Orchestra, The Bohemian, 167 Perth Road, Westdene, Jo’burg, Sunday February 14, 5.30pm. McKenzie’s acclaimed orchestra will play his symphony, Finale Number One, at this relaxed venue.


  • Ayana V Jackson, Gallery Momo, Cape Town, until March 14. A selection of new and older works by Jackson, who lives and works between New York, Paris and Johannesburg. Her work uses reportage, performance and studio portraiture to explore “the role of the camera in constructing identity”. Gallery Momo in Johannesburg hosts Roger Ballen’s show The House Project, photographs that work with “the metaphor of the mind as a house”. Visit gallerymomo.com


  • A Raisin in the Sun, John Kani Theatre, the Market Theatre, until February 28. Author Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, directed by James Ngcobo, tells the story of the daily struggles of a family living on Chicago’s South Side. It “deals with how people change with each generation” but finds that “the questions posed a couple of decades ago are still unanswered today”. It stars Khulu Skenjana, Trena Bolden Fields and Lesedi Job. Tickets from Computicket (083?915?8000). On Wednesdays and Thursdays, dinner and show packages are available for R140.


  • Intersect, Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, February 12, 5.30pm-10.15pm and February 13, 9am-1.30pm. A conference combining talks, performances, panels and a film screening (Khalo Matabane’s documentary Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me) to create awareness about issues such as racism, sexual identity and social class. Vanguard magazine founder and editor Panashe Chigumadzi will speak and there will be a performance by dancer and choreographer Sibonakaliso Ndaba. Entrance is free. For more information, call 021?650?7156 or visit gipca.uct.ac.za

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