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A picture guide to the art galaxy

YES, well, we all know that art no longer speaks for itself; that truly fully (shoo wow) relevant art is communicable primarily in terms...

Films for buffs

LAST year provided a movie minefield of choices. But ultimately, the cinema side of the fest was less of a success than expected. Carsten...

A wild party

Someone said she knew some people who looked like normal human beings throughout the year, but turned into "fashion plates and wild party animals"...

Flood of talent at the lake

This year's Jazz on the Lake concert looks to be the biggest ever, reports Peter Makurube.

Jazz in all its permutations

Struan Douglas samples jazz laced with scratches and strains of avant-garde funk alongside the predictable standards and retrospectives.

Water, water everywhere …

Alex Dodd explores the similarities between Dark Continent and Lars von Trier's Element of Crime.

Lost on the way

Meaning remains just beyond reach in the works of visiting artist Jenö Gindl, writes Lauren Shantall.

All that glitters

Contemporary goldsmiths elevate their craft to an enticing art. Lauren Shantall reviews Low Lustre - High Art.

Return to the Dark Continent

The mad emperor of South Africa's avant garde, Chris Pretorius, now lives in the United States, but he's back in Grahamstown with Dark Continent, writes Matthew Krouse.

A go-go dancer’s revenge

'Dead men can't rape' is the premise of <i>A Gun for Jennifer</i>. Lauren Shantall wonders if it's really that simple

The good, the bad and the cheesy

This year's festival proudly boasts six of the worst films ever made. Pass the popcorn, says Lauren Shantall.

Milestone for the new South Africa

Mandla Langa and Hugh Masekela collaborate on a high-profile musical which premieres at Grahamstown. John Matshikiza reports.

Rock away the artvark blues

The Martell Blues Rock festival offers punters a cross-section of our hottest bands in convenient packages. Dave Chislett reports.

The write stuff

On the fringe, Wordfest offers a forum for lovers of language in all its myriad forms. Catherine Knox dips in.

The return of William Kentridge

Brenda Atkinson talks to South Africa's most effortlessly famous artist about his latest opus.

Get yoiking with Saari

World music's latest folk music craze makes it to Grahamstown. Peter Makarube reports.

A novel that finds adversity in Triomf

Author Marlene van Niekerk takes Shaun de Waal on a tour of Triomf, the 'white' suburb built on the ruins of Sophiatown and the setting for her searing novel of the same name.

Wandering lost among the cyber art galleries

Cyberspace rookie Hazel Friedman, art critic of the Mail&Guardian, is introduced to art on the World Wide Web ... and decides that there's nothing to beat the real thing.