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.

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.

Milestone for the new South Africa

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

Rocking at sea level

SA's ROCK CITY: Alexander Sudheim investigates why Durban is the source of a plethora of new local rock bands.

Air and Fire

Shaun de Waal listens to the music of Ismaël Lo, about to tour SA, and that of his compatriot, Baaba Maal

Strangers in G-strings

Downtown Johannesburg and the makeshift studio on the third floor of the Carlton Hotel teems with squirming bodies. I am still getting used to...

Design Of The Week

These considerately crafted little numbers come from Waldeck Studios --- a 3-D design company founded by artist Ian Waldeck. The company designs and crafts...

My heart touches your heart

Once quite long ago, in a land not so far away, there lived a young woman called Gcina Mhlophe.

Notes from a heist-meister

<B>CINEMA:</B><B>USUAL SUSPECTS</B> Bryan Singer, director of Usual Suspects, has been hailed as the new Tarantino. Jonathan Romney speaks to him.

Hugh returns to his roots

<B>MUSIC:</B> Hugh Masekela and the search for authentic jazz<br> Reviewed by Meshack Mabogoane.

Keeping cool about the corpse

<B>CINEMA: </B>Shallow Graves