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Blowing in from the north

A two-day talk shop will celebrate the linguistic links between the Netherlands and her former colonies, writes Jane Rosenthal.

Mind over maths

<b>Movie of the week:</b> Skilfully and without mercy, <i>A Beautiful Mind</i> coerces one into feeling good, writes Shaun de Waal.

Something fishy about these Trout

Sons of Trout: <i>Odd Times</i>

A separate development

REVIEW: Heaven Forbid by Christopher Hope (Macmillan). Heaven Forbid represents a deepening of Hope's vision of apartheid South Africa, writes John Higgins.

Cohen and Elu swan off

Artist Steven Cohen and partner Elu are known for their grotesque performances that confront everything from coprophilia to religious identity, write Robyn Sassen and Matthew Krouse.

Cape Town sees the light

The Month of Photography is set to transform the city's bars and galleries, writes Nicholas Dawes.

Into the blue again

<b>Thriller of the week:</b> I found <i>The Deep End</i> a seriously provocative movie, one that left me with a persistent sense of unease, despite (or emphasised by) the beauty of its images, writes Shaun de Waal.

God of small things

With a fastidiousness, meticulousness and precision utterly at odds with the age of disposability and mass-production, Michael Croeser creates visual testaments to a value all but forgotten by many contemporary artists: obsession, writes Alexander Sudheim.

Power of the written word

Various literary and book-related events are lined up for readers and book-lovers around the country over the coming months, writes Shaun de Waal.

Spiritual music for the needy

Salif Keita is an African who evidently loves Africa, writes Paul Tilsley.

Hypnotic homeboy rock

Four Ounce Freedom: <i>Hypnotism</i>

New media showcase

Cape Town's Michaelis campus, now home to a purpose-built venue dedicated to new media art, is hosting a selection of video works by some of Southern Africa's brightest new artists, writes Paul Edmunds.

Where there’s a Will, there’s a movie star

Floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, actor Will Smith on Sunday said he did not have any plans to play former president Nelson Mandela in any future movies, writes Nivashni Nair.

Despot at large

<b>REVIEW:</b> <i>Robert Mugabe: Power, Plunder and Tyranny in Zimbabwe</i> by Martin Meredith (Jonathan Ball).

Glove story

Director Michael Mann tells Xan Brooks about getting into the ring with a legend.

Give war a chance


Sailing into darkness


Digging for the truth

In South Africa to promote her new novel, author Gillian Slovo speaks to Shaun de Waal.