The Weekend Guide

Hot topics: An elderly Indian woman is reincarnated as a white gangster in 'The Chilli Boy'.

Hot topics: An elderly Indian woman is reincarnated as a white gangster in 'The Chilli Boy'.

The Chilli Boy: 

Written by Geraldine Naidoo, this stage play humorously tells the story of an elderly Indian woman reincarnated as a white gangster. The Chilli Boy tackles issues such as cultural identity, race and masculinity. Details: The performance takes place until April 28 at the Pop Art Centre, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R120 to R140 per person. For more information visit their website.

Oh My God — A Shampoonaiza Christian Comedy Special: 

To end off the Easter week, Thapelo “Tips” Seemise (also known as Shampoonaiza) is hosting a one-man comedy special that focuses on Christians and their faith.
Details: The show takes place on April 26 at 7.30pm at the South African State Theatre, 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Tickets cost R250 to R300 and can be purchased from Webtickets. For more information visit their website.

On the Mines: David Goldblatt: 

This exhibition showcases the late David Goldblatt’s photographic series On the Mines as a complete set for the first time. Curated by Karel Nel, the series documents communities and landscapes associated with gold mines in the 1960s and 1970s, together with his friend Nadine Gordimer’s written responses to the work. Details: The exhibition takes place until August 11 at the Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town. Entry costs R140. For more information visit their website.

Gentlemen, I Just Don’t Belong Here: 

Carla Busuttil presents a series of drawings and oil paintings, made during the three-year lead-up to Brexit, to illustrate her interest in people in power. The exhibition’s title is taken from Ursula le Guin, who in 1987 declined to write a blurb for an anthology that featured no women authors. Busuttil likens this to the journey of women who are in power. Details: The exhibition takes place until May 9 at the Goodman Gallery, 176 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. Entry is free. For more information visit their website

Have You Seen Zandile? 

Written by Gcina Mhlophe, this stage play gives the audience a view into the complexities of raising a child during the apartheid regime by telling the story of a prodigal mother’s attempt to reclaim her daughter, Zandile. Details: The play runs until April 27. Starting time is 6.30pm. The venue is the Hexagon Theatre, 10 Golf Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets cost R70 to R100. For more information visit their website.

Politricks — The Game of Skate: 

Bring the family out to watch skaters battle it out by showing off their moves, such as kickflips, nollies, ollies and board flips. Details: The skate-off takes place on April 27 from 9am to 6pm at the Thrashers Skate Park, 241 Serene Street, Garsfontein, Pretoria. Tickets cost R20 to R50 and can be purchased at the entrance. For more information, visit their website

Sophiatown: 

This musical tells the story of two black journalists who obtain permission to house a white Jewish woman despite apartheid legislation forbidding it. Using original songs from the period in which the play is based, Sophiatown does an excellent job of transporting its audience back to the era of Kofifi. Details: The musical will be showcased from April 26 to May 5 at the Joburg Theatre, corner Simmonds Street & Stiemens Road, Braamfontein. Tickets cost R70 to R150 and can be purchased from Webtickets. To purchase tickets visit their website.

Damage: 

The enormous contributions photographers made in documenting everyday life during apartheid became a reference for resistance. This exhibition showcases rare water-damaged negatives from the 1980s by Gideon Mendel, which the photographer found in storage. Details: The exhibition is on until June 30 at the Apartheid Museum, corner Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Roads, Ormonde. Entry is free. For more information visit their website.

Isisekelo: 


Humankind’s relationship with the universe is explored in Jabulani Dhlamini’s exhibition ‘Isisekelo’


Jabulani Dhlamini unpacks mankind’s relationship with space, identity and history through a series of photographs taken across the continent in his fourth exhibition with the gallery. Details: The exhibition takes place until May 11 at the Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg. Entry is free. For more information visit their website.

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