Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
We were listening to VH1 tonight and Chris Isaacs came on in the background … and my soul transcended to almost 20 years ago when my boy Tim asked me if I liked the song…. What a wicked game… (We met at work and were seated opposite each other. I had a clock radio on my desk and the song had come on). Music really has the power to take you to visit all kinds of places, if you like to travel or not.
At the opening night of #MixTape at @TheatreOnSquare we took a trip down memory lane… No overnight bag packed for the journey.
It tells the story of how friendship transcends all barriers, regrets about what we feel, but never own… and the music that took us there.
@TheatreOnSquare has really had the best productions to choose from the past few months… telling Alison Botha’s story to Bash that reminded you of how dark a soul can be to celebrating friendship, acceptance and music…. Taking you on a very touching nostalgic trip, from your youth, to the moment you got out your car before the show and the radio turned off.
I was absolutely amazed at how the audience felt drawn in… singing along and tapping feet… to tear stained cheeks when the lights came on.
I sat next to @RichSimmondsZA and my BFF, @WilhelmNiekerk and all three of us was in tears. For a moment, even I felt I wasn’t the only sentimental fool.
If you have ever made or received a mix tape, lost or gained a friend, loved without words.. or had music pick you up and drop you in a song, you will LOVE #MixTape. I strongly encourage you to book at once. It is beautiful. Kind. A PLAY in soft focus.
Music was my first love. That was my boy Tim’s favourite song btw. He has been dead 15 years and sometimes he still sits with me in comfortable silence.
… and here I go again on my own.
I wish you enough,
Caxton Editors Reveal Summer Trends 2015
Johannesburg, 7th October 2014: The editors of Caxton Magazines’, “Big 3” titles, Bona, Rooi Rose and Woman & Home have released their list of “What to Wear this Summer” to coincide with their bi-annual Trends editions.
“From a fashion perspective, Pop Art Prints ‘a la Andy Warhol’ are much on trend at the moment, says Bona Editor, Linda Mali. “We also see a lot of Navajo- and Tribal-inspired prints hitting the runway and making their way into stores across South Africa.”
“Neutrals are also very big this Summer as well as soft shades of pink, mint green and lemon,” continues Mali. “Formal and casual work are also great to create an edgy look by taking items typically associated with corporate wear and clashing them with street wear.”
Continuing with the theme of colour, cobalt is the break out colour of the season according to Rooi Rose editor, Martie Pansegrouw. “Cobalt is just as wearable as navy, but is a lot more vibrant than that trusty old standard. It can be worn head-to-toe or mixed with black, white or other bright colours.”
“1960’s-inspired pastels are also making a real come-back this year, with shimmering fabrics that can be accessorised with jewellery and retro-touches. Florals too are big this season and have also inspired a number of fragrances available on the market,” continues Pansegrouw.
When it comes to Beauty Trends, Woman & Home editor, Frith Thomas believes nudes, naturals and unapologetic bare-faced beauty is how women want to be seen over the warmer months.
“With the exception of graphic eyeliners, Twiggy-lashes and tangerine lips, the overall trend is to use less make-up to expose ones natural beauty,” says Thomas.
“The hair trends this season are deep-side parting, low-pony tails, messy braids and that slept-in-look, which despite its name will takes some effort to get just right,” laughs Thomas.
For more Summer 2015 trends, pick up a copy of the October issues of Bona, Rooi Rose’ andWoman & Home now.
Caxton Magazines has grown over the last 25 years by doing things differently. From small beginnings, they are now one of the largest publication houses in South Africa.
Bona magazine is South Africa’s biggest monthly magazine, covering a diverse editorial scope and read by people in all stages of life and is available in four languages reaching three million people.
Rooi Rose is the glossy monthly magazine for the Afrikaans woman who is a modern traditionalist.
Woman & Home is the premiere magazine for the fashion and beauty conscious woman with a “brand new attitude” to life.
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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
My sister, Mary-Ann has a friend that is visiting Gauteng from PMB this week, and needed some ideas on how to keep their kids entertained. Thought I would share my current top three kid friendly places to visit!
One of our favourite activities is jumping on the @JoburgRedBus. (Personally, I think every city should have a red bus!) You can hop on, and hop off starting at Gold Reef City or Gautrain Park Station. Along the red route there are awesome stops to entertain the kids like Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (get off at stop #9) as well as the theme park at Gold Reef City (stop #6) and Carlton Centre (stop #3) the tallest building in Africa. Besides the thrill of riding on an open air bus, you will enjoy the wind in your hair, and you truly would have experienced the core of Joburg. Do remember sunscreen!
The National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg is a must. Currently on stage is the Under The Baobab Tree. A production that had us on our feet dancing, laughing and me… crying. LOL (I’m a sentimental fool.) We loved every second and so will you and your kids! The show has been so successful that it is back for a second run.. that is saying huge amounts in terms of Children’s Theatre!! You can contact @ on 011 484 1584/5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Pretoria Zoo is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The 85-hectare Zoo houses 3117 specimens of 209 mammal species, 1358 specimens of 202 bird species, 3871 specimens of 190 fish species, 388 specimens of 4 invertebrate species, 309 specimens of 93 reptile species, and 44 specimens of 7 amphibian species. Clearly there are lots to see, and which kids doesn’t love animals? Saturday, 11 October 2014 is African Penguin Awareness Day. The NZG will be hosting a number of fun-filled activities to draw your attention to the conservation of the African penguin.
I wish you enough time to do all three!
“I no longer want to think except with the body”
Have you ever wondered what it means to be older? How you would get society to value you when you are at your wisest, most integrated and most courageous? How you would begin to do your best work in the world when you turn 60?
Attempting to find answers to these questions isTossie van Tonder aka Nobonke, a critically acclaimed and respected South African pioneer and mentor in dance theatre and performance, with her Deepening seminar: Act –Your – Agetaking place in Johannesburg, from October 24 to 26 at the Dance Space, Newtown.
The seminar will be holistically integrative with conversation, movement experience and realisations; will give a sense of your emergent resourcefulness and open up a world that is not regulated by language yet will help you mediate your environment in so many more ways.
Van Tonder explains some of the embodied results that can be expected after attending this seminar: “When we pay attention to our body and movement, we open ourselves to a communication that incorporates our intuitive knowing with our rational mind. We begin to make sense of what our instincts, our senses and our heart is telling us. We find ourselves in a territory and consciousness where the invisible becomes tangible, where the inner becomes the visible landscape outside of us and where the nature of our own nature comes to life in a form that resonates with, and speaks directly to our soul. In this seminar, by developing our capacity to listen to our bodies while in movement, we will experience different types of consciousness, as well as archetypal and creative forces as part of our character.”
Act-Your-Age at a time when everything in your life begins to make sense – take charge of your own life. No experience necessary, only curiosity … and a lack of innocence.
Join Van Tonder in creating an explorative and safe environment in which you can experience your subtle perceptions of the elder you are and have the space and permission to enter the mystery of this archetype and love it!
She adds, “Your innermost nature does not turn back, but strides forth in wisdom, dignity and character. The extraordinary riches of images of you is essential to the foundation of the force of character in the later years. Your body, even if coming apart, intimately knows what it is doing.”
All those who desire a deepening of this vastly important role of elder-hood, as depth of significance is often all that is needed to make this evolution blossom, are welcome on this journey.
The Act-Your-Age seminar, facilitated by Van Tonder, will run at the Dance Space, Newtown Johannesburg from October 24 – 26.
Dates and times:
October 24: 18h00 – 21h00
October 25: 14h00 – 18h00
October 26: 0 9h30 – 17h00
The fee is R900 per person and is strictly for 45+agers only. Please note: admission to the seminar will require signing up and payment in full before the commencement date.
To sign up and for further information please contact Tossie van Tonder (Nobonke) atNobonke@mweb.co.za or 083 254 4669.
Act-Your-Age – We should fund what nourishes older years: companionship, freedom, all the arts, nature, silence, service, simplicity and safety. Old age must have its gods. – James Hillman
About Tossie van Tonder
Tossie Van Tonder aka Nobonke, born in 1955, is a critically acclaimed and respected South African pioneer and mentor in dance theatre and performance. As dancer she spans philosophy, science and art and as a clinical psychologist, gender scholar and eco-philosopher she delves into identity formation and ecological issues with deep-rooted value-dissecting excursions.
“…dance at the edge of dance…”
My African Heart, is Van Tonder’s first book. An intensely personal and poetic South African story, it is told as an intimate conversation between mother and unborn child and depicts the inner world of the best of being South African, inclusive of a relational depth at the end of the Age of Apartheid.
“A jewel in South African literature.”
As dancer-storyteller Van Tonder also explores the challenges of our time through profound creativity and innovation. Parenthood, ecological thought, leadership, life skills and elderhood are some of the themes that her work addresses in groups with organisations, public groups, of youth and adults.
“The experience you crafted for us was masterful.”
About Dance Forum
Dance Forum (an Association incorporated under Section 21, Registration Number: 2003/01/3598/08), was established in 2003 specifically to manage various developmental aspects of the professional and non-professional contemporary dance industry in South Africa, the main project being Dance Umbrella. The focus of Dance Umbrella is to provide cohesion between existing contemporary dance initiatives and to enhance opportunities for skills transfer, vocational training and the development of a culture of excellence within the industry regionally, nationally and internationally. It focuses on both development and production of new contemporary dance work on all levels to enable them to create, perform, diversify their creativity and professional skill and earn a sustainable living from being performing arts professionals.
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The heroes in the half shells are back! Cowabunga dude!
With school holidays upon us, Ster-Kinekor is giving you the chance to catch specialpre-release screenings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at all Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide. Be among the first movie-goers in the country to catch this film on the big screen on Saturday, 11 October and Sunday, 12 October.
Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, producer Michael Bay (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) bring the one-of-a-kind heroes in a half-shell back – as a new generation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles emerges from the sewers of New York. They return in a fresh incarnation that fuses the Turtle’s gritty, underground roots with the feisty sense of merriment that turned them into the world’s most lovable action idols . . . bringing them cowabunga-ing into a live-action adventure!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Synopsis:
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as sinister Shredder has seized control of New York City’s police and politicians, leaving his ruthless Foot Clan to spread chaos in the streets.
With no prospects for salvation in sight, mutant crime-fighters Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo leap into action. They put up a fierce fight, too, though in order to truly defeat Shredder, the heroes in a half shell will need the help of courageous reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her quick witted cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) as well. With their help, Shredder’s plan will quickly unravel, and this once-great city will rise again.
The film stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson and Minae Noji.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance of seeing these four green heroes, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, in all their turtle power during the school holidays on 11 and 12 October!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles release nationwide on 17 October and carries a 7-9 PGV classification and the running time is 1hrs, 41mins.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCjsWpM9zFU
For more information about show times, and to book your tickets for these pre-release screenings, visit: http://www.sterkinekor.com. Avoid the queues by booking online, by calling Ticketline on 0861-MOVIES (668 437) or you can book at the box office. You can also secure your seats by downloading the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry smart phone, to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.
About Ster-Kinekor Theatres
Ster-Kinekor Theatres is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Primedia Group and is the largest movie exhibitor on the African continent. To most South Africans, the word ‘movies’ is synonymous with the name ‘Ster-Kinekor’. The company operates 56 commercial cinema complexes in South Africa, with five international sites based in Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cinema chain’s sites house more than 440 large-scale screens, over 64 000 seats and the largest 3D footprint featuring more than 100 state-of-the-art 3D screens across the country.
As the industry leader, Ster-Kinekor has pioneered cinema concepts such as Cinema Nouveau, one of the world’s largest dedicated art-house multiplex circuits, and the luxurious Cine Prestige theatres, the first ‘business class’ cinema experience in South Africa, at five key sites: The Zone@Rosebank, Sandton City, Cradlestone Mall and The Grove Mall in Gauteng, and Gateway in KZN. It boasts the only cinema on the continent that is fitted with the advanced Dolby Atmos sound system (at Gateway in Durban); and has headed the return of The IMAX® Experience, with the opening of IMAX® Theatres at Gateway in 2013 and at The Grove Mall in Pretoria East in June 2014. As one of South Africa’s most loved brands, it is Ster-Kinekor’s ongoing mission to become synonymous with the unrivalled magic of the cinema experience, by providing “Great Moments at Their Greatest”.
During 2013, the company embarked in a massive roll-out project to convert and equip every cinema with the very latest in digital projection and sound technology. The result of this upgrade is that every cinema now boasts state-of-the-art cinema technology that encompasses 2K and 4K digital projection and 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems. The award-winning SK App, which is downloadable on all smart phone operating systems, is interactive, user-friendly and feature-rich, and recently recorded its 1.3-millionth download. The new-look SK Club loyalty programme rewards members with redeemable points when they swipe their card when buying movie tickets or catering. Combined with industry leading loyalty programmes from Edcon (Edgars Club) and Discovery Vitality, these give Ster-Kinekor a strong consumer value proposition and competitive advantage.
As the market leader, Ster-Kinekor aims to pioneer/spearhead the advancement of cinema across both South Africa and the rest of Africa, to ensure that consumers continue to experience movies as they were made to be seen – on the big screen.
For more information, visit: www.sterkinekor.com
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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
Have you ever made a tape for someone else? Usually to share how you feeling as music speaks when we cannot? Or have you ever made a tape to listen to in the car on a long drive?
That nostalgic feeling in your heart and small smile on your face, is exactly what is celebrated in this production. I sincerely hope you make the time to see it … and remember where you were when this song was playing. :)
Mix Tape: a compilation of favourite pieces of music, typically by many different artists, recorded on to tape or another medium by an individual.
Where were you when that song was playing?
starring MORTIMER WILLIAMS, VANESSA FROST, and KRISTY SUTTNER accompanied a three piece band.
Directed by TERRI ELLA
MIX TAPE is a heart-warming musical comedy about three unlikely friends and the mix tapes that inspired young love, jealousy, angst and embarrassing hairstyles.
Taking you back to when headbands were cool, Alanis was a rebel, and mix tapes defined a generation – we meet Marvin (Mortimer Williams), Vix (Vanessa Frost) and Katie (Kristy Suttner). The year is 2014, Vix is on her way to Cathcart, Marvin and Katie are on their way too. They’ve been best friends “for-like-ever” but they haven’t seen each other since 1997…that’s like 17 years. Expect lots of laughs as these friends remember the magical moments of their youth.
About the cast:
Mortimer Williams is a versatile performer. His theatrical highlights include African Footprint, Grease – The Stadium Spectacular, Dreamgirls and Honk. He also has an impressive TV resume, best known for his role in Erfsondes.
Vanessa Frost is a dynamic actress best known for originating the role of Cavewoman in her internationally acclaimed hit show Defending the Cavewoman. Some of her other notable credits include 100% Sex Therapy, The Ex-Files and The Cheap Show.
Kristy Suttner has had a colourful, creative and sometimes crazy career since graduating from AFDA in Live Performance. She is a singer, actress, director and writer whose career highlights include heading up her own corporate entertainment business, co-creating and directing “Is Ja!” which toured SA, and performing in Fiddler on the Roof at the Joburg Theatre.
Terri Ella (Director) has a background in television as a director of documentaries, branded content and music videos. Mix Tape is her first theatrical project.
For a fabulous, funny musical evening with a difference, tickets can be booked by calling Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901. You can also book online via Strictly Tickets:www.strictlytickets.com or contact the theatre’s box office on 011 883 8606.
Tickets are R140 and there are special discounts for students, seniors and group booking arrangement can be made.
Enquire about the HARD ROCK CAFÉ dinner/show special on the Nelson Mandela Square to get into the swing of things!
Running from the 30th of September 2014 to 19th of October 2014.
I wish you enough,