Delicate/ Tendency/ Response: The Bag Factory and Kalashnikovv Gallery have joined forces to present a solo show by DuduBloom More. Using thread, paper, wool, perspex and ink the artist explores how delicate we can be when faced with the task of dealing with trauma. “Whether you have or have not healed from them or received help for them, traumas need to be delicately handled”, says Bloom in the gallery’s press release. Details: The exhibition runs until February 22 at Kalashnikovv Gallery, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. For more information, visit kalashnikovv.co.za or call 0731248183.
Study Song of Chicotte: Winner of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist award for visual arts, Blessing Ngobeni, uses painting, sculpture, video, audio and performance installations to highlight and question the corrupt habits that tend to develop among the powerful in South Africa. Details: The show takes place until February 15 at Everard Read, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. For more information visit everard-read.co.za or call 0117884805.
Saigon Suzy’s single’s party: Spend Valentine’s Day with friends and friendly strangers for a real-life alternative to the virtual speed-dating world of Tinder with the help of cocktails, canapés and karaoke. All patrons will be asked to have a Polaroid picture of themselves taken on arrival. If a patron sees a Polaroid of someone they like, they’re asked to write their contact details in the envelope that accompanies the Polaroid. Details: The party takes place on February 14 at Saigon Suzy, 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg. Tickets cost R200 and can be purchased from howler.co.za. For more information, call 0113276596.
Kathak Mahotsav 2020: With its origins tracing back to north India, Kathak is a means of storytelling through dance and improvisation. Hosted by Shrimati Shika Harrypaul’s Darpan dance studio, this festival brings established and emerging practitioners of kathak together to connect, share their skills and showcase the artform to a wider audience. Details: The show takes place on February 16 at the Joburg Theatre, corner Simmonds Street and Stiemens Road, Braamfontein. Tickets cost R180 and can be purchased from webtickets.co.za. For more information, visit joburgtheatre.com or call 0118776800.
Zolani Mahola: Spend your weekend listening to singer, actress, and Freshlyground lead Zolani Mahola as she brings patrons a one-night-only live performance of original music. Details: The performance will take place on February 15 at The Jagger Lounge, 74 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town. Tickets cost R200 and can be purchased from webtickets.co.za. For more information, visit thejaggerlounge.com.
Parasite: Director Bong Joon-ho’s hauntingly remarkable film, Parasite, recently won four Oscar statuettes after being nominated for six. The Labia Theatre is hosting a screening for those who have yet to watch the film, a coruscating take on capitalism. Details: The screenings take place until February 29 at the Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Tickets cost R60 and can be purchased from webtickets.co.za. For more information, visit thelabia.co.za or call 0214245927.
Wonderboom hike: Shake off the romance overload of Valentine’s Day or escape the city with a morning hike inside the lush Wonderboom Nature Reserve. Details: The hike takes place on February 15 at the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, Pretoria. Tickets, which include a braai after the hike, cost R200. To purchase tickets or for more information contact the host, Mongezi Sereisho, by calling 0685452912 or sending a WhatsApp message to 0729510302.