The Weekend Guide
Iqra by Thania Petersen: The Arabic word Iqra means “to read”. The artist urges the viewer to learn to read because if we do not do so we will remain the victims of religious dogma.
Details: The exhibition takes place at Whatiftheworld Gallery, 16 Buiten Street, Cape Town.
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Labour of Many Ibrahim Mahama: Curated by Owen Martin, in this exhibition the Ghanaian artist’s practice, involving installation and architectural intervention, is used to question how the continent takes part in importing and exporting commodities and labour. Details: The exhibition takes place until August 18 at the Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town. Entry costs R140. To book a tour or get more information click here.
Melville Boozy Culinary Tour: Eat and drink your way through the streets of Melville in Johannesburg while the tour guide, Gilda, introduces you to its history and business owners. Details: The tour will take place on February 23, starting at Shop 4C, 2nd Avenue. Tickets cost R630 and can be purchased here. For more information contact Eenblond Tours at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 082 472 6414 or check out the website.
Samthing Soweto: The talented singer-songwriter, a former member of The Soil and the voice behind Akanamali, will take to stage to this weekend. Details: The tribute will take place on February 22 and 23 at the Joburg Theatre, corner of Simmonds Street and Stiemens Road, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R120 and can be purchased here. Click here for more information.
A Black Aesthetic: A View of South African Artists (1970-1990): Curated by Same Mdluli, this exhibition draws from the art collection held by the University of Fort Hare and is being presented outside of the Eastern Cape for the first time since 1992. It takes a critical look at artists who were neglected in the past in order to place their artistic expression within the historical narrative. Details: The exhibition takes place until April 18 at Standard Bank Art Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets, Johannesburg. Visit their website for more information.
Push & Pull by Themba Shibase: This exhibition is a combination of new and existing paintings by Themba Shibase. The artist explores themes such as power, masculinity, sexual entitlement and power by engaging with the idea of African patriarchy. Details: The exhibition takes place until March 19 at the KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Durban. For more information visit their website.
Siyanqoba Mthethwa: This KwaZulu-Natal-born pianist will be recording his own compositions with jazz and gospel elements. During this performance he will be accompanied by Prince Bulo on bass, Sbu Zondi on drums and two vocalists. Details: The performance is on February 23 at the Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban. Tickets cost R50 to R70. For more information, or to get tickets, email email@example.com
Tamia live in South Africa: The R&B songstress has recently released a new album titled Passion like Fire, which was quickly followed with requests for a South African tour. Tamia is due to perform three shows in South Africa, with her line-up including our own Lady Zamar. Details: The Durban concert takes place on February 24 at the Durban Botanic Gardens, 9A John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road, Greyville. Tickets cost R395 to R495 and can be purchased here. For more information visit their website.
I Mean Bizniss by Skhumba Hlophe: This is the comedian’s fourth annual one-man show where he will use his growing strides to prove that he means business. Details: The show is on February 23 at Suncoast Casino, Durban. Tickets cost R185 to R285 and can be bought from Computicket. For more information visit suncoastcasino.co.za
Gin & Tonic Festival: Gin fanatics can expect a taste of local and international brands at the Old Biscuit Mill. Details: The fest will take place on February 24 at the Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. Tickets cost R120 to R160 and can be purchased here. For more information visit their website.