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*The Cape Town J&B Met at the Kenilworth Racecourse

The haute couture equestrian event of the year is ‘Made for the Mix’ in 2015.

Horse racing is as much a part of summer as are visits to the beach and poolside cocktails, and what better way to experience this sizzling season than at one of South Africa’s most celebrated outdoor social, fashion and sporting events of the year. That’s right, the J&B Met will, for the 38th time, merge equestrian prowess with high fashion at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on Saturday, 31 January 2015.
This year’s theme, ‘Made for the Mix’, celebrates the unique result that comes from mixing contrasting elements and encourages the well-heeled to shake things up on the fashion front with multiple styles of sophisticated and glamorous garb. After all, while tradition and equestrian pageantry may constitute the core of the historical horse race, the J&B Met is just as much about ground-breaking haute couture that challenges conventions and celebrates bold attitudes. Or, more simply, it’s about decadence, debauchery and ‘who’ you’re wearing.

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*The Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition in Cape Town

Don’t miss the world-renowned expo at the V&A Waterfront that transforms a common kids’ toy into contemporary art.

While Lego building bricks have delighted little kiddies for decades, come the end of 2014, these much-loved construction toys will be captivating South African adults too thanks to The Art of the Brick exhibition. This phenomenal display, which is the work of acclaimed New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya, graces Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront from Friday, 12 December 2014 until Saturday, 28 February 2015 with 76 colourful, large-scale figures and portraits made entirely from tiny Lego pieces.

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Please note: the Fugard Theatre’s scheduled performances will not be affected by load-shedding
The Fugard Theatre looks forward to welcoming you to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and the raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalise the crowd and to entice them to leave their troubles outside. But as the life of pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through the dangerous times and help them to navigate through the rise of the loathsome ideology of Nazism?
“There was a Cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world … and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep …”
Cabaret, directed by Matthew Wild with Musical Supervision by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot, is John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-Winning Musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
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*David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa

Orpheus in Africa tells the little known story of the American impresario Orpheus McAdoo and his African-American Virginia Jubilee Singers, who visited South Africa in the 1890’s. Their tour began in Scotland where Orpheus met Lady Loch – the wife of the British Governor of the Cape  – who invited them to Cape Town.  It was here some 125 years ago that the Jubilee Singers became an unlikely overnight sensation.

With South African star tenor Aubrey Poo (Muvhango, Scandal, The Wild, Rent, Dreamgirls) in the lead role, David Kramer’s new young company will recreate the unique vocal style of that period, singing many of the well known jubilee spirituals, such as – “Roll Jordan Roll”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, “The Gospel Train” and “Down By The Riverside” as well as a number of new works Kramer has specially composed. Orpheus’s fiancé, Mattie Allen, will be played by Lynelle Kenned (Blood Brothers, Showboat, Poskantoor).

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*Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Sip, swirl and sample fine food and fare from the picturesque valley and charming Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch from Friday, 24 January to Sunday, 2 February 2014. Since the successful move from July to January in 2013, the revitalised festival offers serious vino lovers an extended summer programme that not only showcases the region’s extraordinary viticulture and culinary prowess, but that also allows guests to take in the historic architecture and stunning natural scenery of the area.
Activities include a wine expo, sporting events, concerts, wine and food pairings and more.


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*Salon91 Presents: Solo Exhibition by Sarah Pratt

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Sarah Pratt presents a body of work that is inspired by the life and death of her dog, Laptop.

The death of a loyal companion invokes feelings of pain, isolation and nostalgia.
The process of remembering seems to root us in another time and place, a timeless, intangible realm.
Intrigued by ‘The Wood Between the Worlds’ in C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, the artist’s work also alludes to her imagined existence of a strange, green in-between place where her deceased dog now resides.

Using pen, ink, gouache, collage, gold leaf and paper cutting techniques, she focuses on producing a series of works that are an exploration of life, death, memory and place.

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Exhibition Opening:
21 January – 14 February 2015

Wednesday 21 January
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

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The Cape Gallery

Paula Vize, Peter van Straten and B. Ernest Manfunny
11 January (16:30) – 31 January
at The Cape Gallery, Church Street, Cape Town CBD

The Cape Gallery seeks to present the works of three very perceptive artists; three very divergent points of view.  The content of their work is familiar; the interpretation may or may not be overt or obvious – paintings and watercolours become, in the process, objects of subjective contemplation.
Paula Vize is an award-winning artist with an established reputation for her contemporary portrayal of traditional rural subjects. Her paintings are held in private collections across the British Isles as well as Cape Town and Dubai. Paula’s work has been included in permanent exhibitions with Stockbridge Gallery and House of Bruar, Perthshire. She has also exhibited with The Cape Gallery and Bell Fine Art, Winchester, UK.

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*Laughter is definitely the best medicine


Top comedian Marc Lottering will be bringing his hit show This is Captain Lottering Speaking back to the Mother City for consecutive runs at two of Cape Town’s most iconic performance venues, Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay and the Baxter Concert Hall in Rondebosch, between November 2014 and January 2015.

Marc Lottering is one of South Africa’s top award winning comedians. He has been in the funny business for 16 years, and continues to play to packed houses wherever he performs.


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Cinderella at The Artscape

Be enthralled by the Cape Town City Ballet’s offering of this classic fairy tale challender
Watch the prestigious Cape Town City Ballet Company under the guidance of prolific choreographer Veronica Paeper bring to life the beloved fairy tale Cinderella at the Artscape Theatre from Friday, 19 December to Sunday, 11 January 2015.
Based on the French tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault and later published by the famed Brothers Grimm, this charming story has stood the test of time. It begins with Cinderella’s selfish stepmother and two pesky stepsisters (who happen to be unattractive both inside and out) making her do the worst chores and wear rags while they steal her clothes and ridicule her.

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Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day

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Celebrate the summer sun with a family-friendly day of horse racing fun at Kenilworth Racecourse

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Horse racing in Cape Town is synonymous with summer, and what better way to enjoy the glorious sun in the Mother City than with a day at the Kenilworth Racecourse. Luckily, the Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day gallops onto Cape Town’s festive season schedule with an afternoon of entertainment fit for the whole clan on Saturday, 20 December 2014. Largely regarded as the most prestigious three-year-old thoroughbred event on the calendar, the challenge also makes a point of pairing fine horses with family-friendly activities. This year’s meet will have a ‘Colour Rush’ theme, and attendees are encouraged to don their most colourful gear for a day of charity fundraising, Christmas-themed fun and so much more

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