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Five Fingers for Marseilles: Directed by Michael Matthews, this highly anticipated South African western tells the story of the Five Fingers gang that fights against police brutality in Marseilles, a town in the Eastern Cape. One of the members, Tau, kills two police officers and is sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment. When he gets out, he reforms the gang after receiving word of a new threat. Details: The film opens nationwide on April 6 and will be screened at The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg, from April 6 to 12. Tickets range from R50 to R98; book at thebioscope.co.za
Red Bull Music Festival: After hosting the Culture Clash and Weekender events, Red Bull returns to Johannesburg for a new music festival. Over six days, there will be performances, club nights, lectures and workshops. The line-up includes 340ml, DJs Tira and Oskido, Distruction Boyz, Langa Mavuso, Egyptian Lover and Moozlie. Details: The festival is on until April 8 at various locations in the city. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Red Bull Facebook page or tickets.redbull.com
Skin Diver: The brainchild of Cape Town-based filmmaker and photographer Katya Abedian, this short film is centred on the idea that we create our own realities and should not be ashamed of the narratives we choose to endorse or oppose. Inspired by the Baha’i faith, the film follows two friends who aren’t worried whether others understand their journey. Details: A screening will be held at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town on April 6, at 7pm, with a discussion afterwards. Tickets are R50 at quicket.co.za. A Jo’burg screening will be at The Bioscope on June 20.
In Perpetuum: Artist Beth Diane Armstrong explores different expressions of density and looseness in relation to scale, structure, material, space and process. She applies the term “in perpetuum” to negotiating an relentless pull between the desire to be overwhelmed and subsumed by a sculpture and the drive to resolve and contain the idiosyncratic challenges posed by it. The exhibition presents her work as a continuously self-generating system driven by the interplay between density and looseness. Details: Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, from April 8 to May 20. Visit tatham.org.za