Jump for joy

Jazz at the Grahamstown festival might have been a pedestrian affair, but Gwen Ansell predicts, the Joy of Jazz festival will be anything but.

Essex everyman

He's a working-class hero, a caring single father, a bestselling author ... Oh, and he's charming too. Is Tony Parsons for real? Libby Brooks finds out.

Africa on the stage

<b>Review:</b> African Theatre: Playwrights AND Politics edited by Martin Banham, James Gibbs and Femi Osofisan (James Currey/Indiana University Press/Witwatersrand University Press), by Rob Amato.

Filmmakers address pressing issues

More than 70 representatives of the South African film industry attended a seminar by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in Johannesburg last week to iron out problems plaguing the trade, reports Andrew Worsdale.

Ways of escape

<b>Review:</b> <i>The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay</i> by Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate) By Lexy Bloom.

Bonita Alice on her own turf

In her new exhibition the sculptor takes a journey in plastic back to her own roots, writes Kathryn Smith.

The stuff of dreams

From homemade meals to Chinese fare, the phrase food for the soul has taken on a literal meaning in the Cape Town suburb of Observatory, writes Sean O'Connor.

Performing to a new tune

<B>Stereophonics: Just Enough Education to Perform</b>

Music for the mediocre masses

If music weren't important, none of this would matter. A Travis album wouldn't be something to tie yourself up into knots over, pondering such vital questions as, what do we want from our pop stars? Attitude, glamour, volatile druggies whom we watch from afar, fascinated, appalled, enraptured? No thanks.

Oppikoppi still spot on

Six stages operated most of the day and night to accommodate bands and musicians from many genres — rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, folk, blues, punk, breakbeat, jungle and drum'n'bass, to name a few, writes Riaan Wolmarans.

Laying the skeletons to rest

Tricky has moved on from dark paranoia to wised-up positivity, writes Dave Simpson.

Days of thunder

By comparison with that other recent historical (melo)drama <i>Thirteen Days</i> is scrupulously accurate and commendably intelligent, conveying very well the almost claustrophobic urgency of the situation, writes Shaun de Waal.

Bringing Zen to the Zulus

Promising Eastern and African culture combining in a mix of art, fashion and lifestyle, <i>ZuluSushi</i> has a short run at the new Millennium II gallery, writes Kathryn Smith

With many voices

Chris Dunton speaks with Sello Duiker about his second novel, <i>The Quiet Violence of Dreams</i>.

Doctor of a dying culture

Sello Galane has been credited with breathing new life into a form of traditional Pedi music, writes Noko Mashilo.

Dispatches from Alibia

Ken Barris reviews <i>The Restless Supermarket</i> by Ivan Vladislavi´c (David Philip).

Being Bridget Jones

Renée Zellweger has done the unthinkable — shown her cellulite on screen. Libby Brooks meets the star of Bridget Jones's Diary.

An act of will

Nigerian Helon Habila has just won the Caine Prize for a short story. As he tells Jason Cowley, he wrote it by candlelight.