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Buddy Holly

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 23 July – 7 August...read more

This July, Durban audiences can enjoy the story of pioneering rock legend, Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 23 July – 7 August

Catalina UnLtd, continuing in the great tradition, presents the smash-hit musical, Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story. This production, under the capable direction of Themi Venturas, brings together a top professional team. The show is filled with toe tapping hits including Buddy Holly classics like That’ll be the day, Everyday, Oh Boy! Maybe Baby, Peggy Sue, Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace, Ritchie Valens’ smash hit La Bamba and Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode. Audiences can expect a rocking and rollicking fun show that tells the story of an amazing music industry legend whose life was tragically cut short.

Bookings are through Computicket with discounted performances at 02.30pm and 07.00pm Sat 23 and 2.30pm Sun 24 July at R70. General public performances at R120 are from 26 July – 7 August at 07.00pm. Schools performances (R50 per learner) are at 02.30pm on 29 July and 2 & 4 August. Booking for schools can be done through the company, email info@catalinatheatre.com for more information.
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THEATRE

Lenny

Playhouse Drama Theatre: 21 - 31 July...read more

A powerful new play commemorating the life of former political activist Lenny Naidu is to be staged in the Playhouse Drama theatre this month. Written and narrated by Jayshree Parasuramen and starring Rahul Brijnath, Lenny tells a moving human story about a man who gave his life for to the struggle for freedom of the people of South Africa. Directed by Themi Venturas, the production’s world premiere season takes place in the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban from 21 to 31 July 2016.

“Whilst Lenny is a story based in the history and facts of the ANC stalwart Lenny Naidu who was killed during the latter years of apartheid by the Third Force based at Vlakplaas, the story is also universal. It is about families who are torn apart by history unfolding, and those that are left behind. It is about chance, but most of all it is about one human’s propensity for brutality on another - the sort of brutality that was inflicted by the apartheid era, or the holocaust, or the Russian pogroms, or the killing fields of Cambodia,” said Jayshree Parasuramen

Show times in the Playhouse Drama are as follows: 21 July at 7.30pm (opening); 22 July at 7.30pm; 23 July at 3pm and 7.30pm; 27 and 28 July at 11am (schools performances); 30 July at 3pm and 7.30pm; with a final performance on Sunday 31 July at 3pm. Tickets are R120 for the public performances of Lenny. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com. Alternatively call the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 or 369 9596 (office hours). Tickets for the school performances are R30 per learner. To secure school bookings, call 072 926 0692 or 083 610 9931 or 031 826 5585 (o/h).
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Sweetie Darling

Playhouse Loft Theatre: 19 - 24 July...read more

Copy Dog in association with The Playhouse Company proudly presents Sweetie Darling, a new one-man stage comedy by multiple award-winning playwright-director Clinton Marius (Lollipop Lane, The Fantastical Flea Circus, B!*ch Stole My Doek). Starring the popular Durban actor, Bongani Mbatha, Sweetie Darling will play in The Loft Theatre from 19 to 24 July 2016.

Sweetie Darling is a romantic comedy about a young man who goes all out to prove himself. While he sets up a picnic in the park for his sweetheart, he recounts the ups and downs of his journey to happiness. As he finds himself, and love, he also finds his path to spiritual growth.

Performances of Sweetie Darling in the Loft Theatre will be at 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, 19 to 23 July, and at 2.30pm on Sunday 24 July. Tickets are R50 (Tuesday and Wednesday performances) and R85 (Friday to Sunday). Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or at www.computicket.com. Bookings can also be made via the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 (office hours).
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Waiting for Nelson

Courtyard Theatre: Sat 23 July at 6pm...read more

“Sometimes, life isn’t simply black and white.”

East London born and Johannesburg based actor, writer and director Mbasa Tsetsana will be bringing his award winning production, Waiting for Nelson, to the DUT’s Department of Drama and Production Studies to the Courtyard theatre at Saturday 23 July at 7pm.

This professional staging will be doubled billed with a student version of Waiting for Nelson under the direction of DUT directing student Sphephelo Dlamini. Audiences will have the rare opportunity to see two versions of the same production performed one after the other with an interval in-between. The second version will be followed by a Q&A with writer, directors and cast.

For more information contact the Departmental Secretary, Lebohang Sibisi on 031 373 2194 / lebohangs@dut.ac.za. Tickets are R30 at the door, students R20.
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Defending the Caveman

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 6 – 17 Sept...read more

Early Bird tickets for Tim Plewman’s

There are early bird specials for tickets to Tim Plewman’s fabulous one man show: Defending the Caveman – with 20% off the ticket price throughout July

Tim Plewman, by public demand, once again dons the Caveman’s skins and steps onto stage to add to his record breaking slew of sold out performances of the longest-running and most successful solo comedy in South African theatre history. The Broadway production still holds the record of the longest running non- musical solo comedy of all time. What more can be said about this wonderful show that so humorously exposes the hunter and gatherer in us all and has played to over a million people? Tickets through Computicket, with 20% off the ticket price throughout July.
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In My Own Voice

Playhouse Opera: 21 – 24 July...read more

In My Own Voice, a courageous new musical by Musa Njoko chronicling her challenges of living with and surviving HIV Aids for 22 years, is to be staged in the Playhouse Opera theatre in Durban. Presented by Musa Njoko Music and Entertainment in association with the Playhouse Company, and supported by Ethekwini Municipality, the production runs from 21 – 24 July.

Veteran AIDS Activist Musa Njoko who in 1994 was one of the first people to consciously and publicly disclose her HIV status, has crafted an original musical theatre production which chronicles her astonishing life. In her production, In My Own Voice, she shares her triumphs and challenging personal journey as one of the country’s earliest AIDS activists.

Show times for In My Own Voice in the Playhouse Opera Theatre are at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, 21 and 22 July, at 3pm and 7pm on Saturday 23 July, with a final matinee performance on Sunday 24 July at 3pm. Tickets are R120 per person (R60 pensioners and students). Booking is through Computicket outlets at branches of Shoprite Checkers, or telephonically on 0861 915 8000, or online at www.computicket.com. Alternatively, bookings can be made by calling the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 or 031-369 9596 (office hours).
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SUPPER THEATRE / MUSICAL REVUES

Clive Scott in Warts and All

Rhumbelow Durban: 22, 23, 24 July...read more

Clive Scott has always made people laugh, whether it was as Ted Dixon (aka “Hey Stupid!”) in The Villagers and Isidingo or in his various roles in “Oh George”, “Life Begins at 40”, “The John Ross Story” and “River Horse Lake”. You just have to look at him…

Now, this beloved South African veteran of stage and screen has gathered all his experience, wisdom, funniness and poignancy to bring you a one-man show encompassing all of it. Clive Scott stars in his autobiographical one man show, Warts and All, An iconic tribute to some of South Africa’s best loved theatre moments, you had better bring the tissues – for the tears of laughter that are sure to roll.

Friday 22 – Sun 24 July. R 140-00 a ticket; Bring food picnic baskets; Discounts R 120-00 a ticket. Pensioners & Block Bookings 8 or more; Bar Available; Book at Computicket or Phone or email Roland for bookings Cell 082 499 8636 / email roland@stansell.za.net / events.durbantheatre.com.
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Magical Mayhem

Rhumbelow Durban: 29, 30, 31 July...read more

The South African Magical Society (S.A.M.S.) hosts its annual showcase highlighting the best of Durban’s magical talent. The show, titled Magical Mayhem has many brand new facets for patrons to enjoy. The show’s producer, Ricki Gray, already no stranger to Durban audiences, explains that the family friendly show is designed to attract audiences that have enjoyed previous shows hosted by S.A.M.S. as well as attract new audiences. “There are many new surprises in store,” explains Ricki. “For example, this year Roland Stansell, long-time member of the magical society, is hosting the show as Grand Panto Dame, Miss Direction.”

The show will feature both amateur and professional magicians and will include a variety of magical acts, from illusions to cards and from mentalism to comedy. By popular demand, once again, magicians will not only be performing on stage, but at the tables. This style of magic, called close-up or intimate magic will allow audiences to experience magic like never before; up close and personal.

R 140-00 a ticket; Pensioners and Block Bookings (8 or more) R 120-00; Children (under 13) R 70-00 Bring food picnic baskets; Burgers & Chips etc on Sale; Bar Available; Book at Computicket or Phone or email Roland for bookings Cell 082 499 8636 / email roland@stansell.za.net / events.durbantheatre.com.
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The Way We Were

Rhumbelow Pmb: Sunday 31 July
Rhumbelow Durban: Fri 5 – Sunday 7 Aug
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Cat Simoni does Barbra Streisand her way!

Musicals, movies, anecdotes and unforgettable songs. Cat's astoundingly pure, true voice is just perfect for the timelessly beautiful Barbra standards, from The Way We Were to Woman in Love.

Featuring sensational music of some of the world's greatest songwriters, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Sondheim, Bernstein, Rogers & Hart and Lerner & Lowe. Quite simply nobody does Barbra better. Just look at these comments: "...so extremely talented you should be up there on Broadway in the big lights!...You are the very best! You are stunning!...Wonderful show! Music, voice, script, look - all so beautiful...breath-taking, awesome, fantastic! Not in many. many years have I seen such a talent...thank you so much for a stunning night in the theatre."

R 140-00 a ticket; Pensioners and Block Bookings (8 or more) R 120-00; Children (under 13) R 70-00

R 140-00 a ticket; Pensioners and Block Bookings (8 or more) R 120-00; Children (under 13) R 70-00 Bring food picnic baskets; Burgers & Chips etc on Sale; Bar Available; Book at Computicket or Phone or email Roland for bookings Cell 082 499 8636 / email roland@stansell.za.net / events.durbantheatre.com.
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MUSIC

Kloof Musical Pops

St Agnes Church Hall, Kloof: Friday, 29 July...read more

On Friday, 29 July, at St Agnes Auditorium in Kloof , the Rotary club of Kloof will present the Kloof Musical Pops. The first half of the programme will feature The KZN Youth Orchestra conducted by Lyk Temmingh performing symphonic greats such as Handel's La Rejouissance, Brahms' Hungarian Dance no 5, The Radetsky March, and some popular tunes such as Sway, Can't Take my eyes off you and New York New York.

The second half of the programme will get your hands clapping and toes tapping as Platform Jazz puts a swing on the evening and presents big band greats such as Mack the Knife, What a wonderful world and In the Mood . Led by Cathy “Hotlips” Peacock, the band will also feature Melvin Peters, Bruce Baker, Duncan Wooldridge, Kirsten Sayers, Andreas Kappen, Jeff Judge and Shelley McLean.

The evening will start at 6.30pm and will be set up in supper theatre style for patrons to bring picnics and drinks. Ticket prices are R150 and R130 for pensioners and students. Booking is through Computicket. Proceeds of the evening will go to the 110 year old Kloof Rest Home which is in urgent need of repair.
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VISUAL ART

There Are Places I Remember

DAG: now open..read more

Exhibition art projects 2016 and 2017 between the sister cities Bremen/Germany and Durban/South Africa

Working with the subject of art and memory, 11 visual artists from Bremen focus on places in Bremen, each of which –apart from the tourist attractions in the city– has a special meaning for the corresponding artist. The involved artists had previously taken part in various ways in the Culture-Exchange project The Designing of the Concordia Tunnel 2012 realized between the two cities. The artists’ work on the theme by utilizing various media: painting, photography, printing, installation, collage and video. The results are on currently on an exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery.
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Through Positive Eyes

Durban Art Gallery: from 17 July...read more

Award-winning photographer Gideon Mendel and UCLA professor David Gere have, for the last 10 years, been building Through Positive Eyes, a participatory photography project in which people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) share their stories in the form of photos, video, and narrative.

The project has now culminated in a multi-faceted Through Positive Eyes exhibition, to be shown throughout the southern African region, the European Union, and the United States, beginning in July 2016 and continuing through 2020.

The exhibition in its current form has been curated by David Gere (Los Angeles), Stan Pressner (New York) and Carol Brown (Durban).
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Artivist

Durban Art Gallery: from 17 July...read more

Complementing Through Positive Eyes, there will be additional artworks on display at DAG: artists include artists Daniel Goldstein (San Francisco) whose sculptural Medicine Man is an iconic image and will be included with mandala-like presentations of photographs. Gordon Mundie (London) has created a “bag of shame” and an interactive stigma installation using UV light and invisible ink and New Delhi-based curator Parthiv Shah’s contribution is a beautiful series of hand-made books displayed as artworks. The team of artivists have chosen favorite images from the project and included other works giving these images their own individualistic spin. The exhibition culminates in a gallery transformed into a small theater, in which a sophisticated sound-and-light show, designed by New York theatrical designer Stan Pressner, is enacted, entiled “Banishing Stigma.”

The exhibition in its current form has been curated by David Gere (Los Angeles), Stan Pressner (New York) and Carol Brown (Durban).
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The Butterfly Project

Denis Hurley Centre: for Aids2016...read more

The Butterfly Project is a project initiative of the US Consulate Durban, the Denis Hurley Centre and the office of the Premier, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), aimed at getting KZNs teenagers involved in AIDS2016 to envision an AIDS free generation.

100 young people a day, over six days, have created butterflies out of recyled plastic in workshops at the Denis Hurley Centre in the heart of Durban working towards a huge public art installation which is now on display at the DHC over AIDS2016 before being dismantled and elements sent for display at participating communities. Alongside the butterfly-making workshops, DramAidE and facilitators affirmed the health education message that behavioural change is necessary to work towards an AIDS free generation.

For more info, contact Seth Pyoos on tel: 031 301 2240 or seth@denishurleycentre.org.
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South African Voices:
Towards a Museum of HIV Memory and Learning

KwaMuhle Museum: now open...read more

South African Voices: Towards a Museum of HIV Memory and Learning is a collection of artefacts, artistic, historic and photographic items that pay tribute to those who suffered and succumbed, and those who live with HIV every day in South Africa.

South African Voices is a partnership project between eThekwini Municipality, Avacarehealth and info4africa. It will be situated at KwaMuhle Local History Museum, on Bram Fischer Road. This is adjacent to the AIDS2016 Conference parking.

“Created as a legacy project of AIDS2016, South African Voices documents a critical and defining chapter in our collective history in South Africa. It offers all people space to celebrate the achievements and reflect on the journey we have taken from the dark days of denialism and calls to "Break the Silence" at AIDS2000, to having the largest HIV treatment programme in the world,” says project director, info4africa’s Debbie Heustice.
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COMMUNITY

Get Involved: IBV Children’s VIP Day

Durban Exhibition Centre: 13 August...read more

The seventh annual Children’s VIP Day hosted by the International Bank Vaults at the Durban Exhibition Centre on Saturday 13 August. The special day invites over 3,000 less privileged children from Durban and surrounds to the DEC where they will be treated to a day of interactive fun, treats, games and pampering in the company of sports stars and entertainment celebrities as part of IBV, through their IBV Humanities Division.

The organisers are encouraging businesses of all sizes to get involved, donate! If it is stock or even your time, there are 3,000 children that will truly appreciate it! A little will sincerely go a long way! They are setting up book and stationary drop off stations so members of the public can donate their learning materials, books etc. The two venues will be IBV International Vaults at Gateway and at the Pavilion Hotel near North Beach.

To get involved, contact Shivani Gosai on 031 566 3984 / shivani@ibvglobal.com. For more info: Visit www.ibvinternationalvaults.com. Or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tToRlHdYW9s
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ART & CRAFT

Request for material to make art

Umcebo Design is making various large art-works and needs recycled materials. They are looking for:...read more

1. Empty 2l ice cream containers.
2. Old / dud CD's.
3. Any leftover wire (any thickness).
4. Second hand cutters, players (any wirework tool).
5. Broken costume jewellery.

If you have any to donate – please contact Robin Opperman or Ujala Sewpersad. Their studio is in Glenwood, opposite the KZNSA Gallery – they would love it if you could pop them by the studio - they are 171 Bulwer Road.

Robin Opperman. Director - Umcebo Design - www.umcebodesign.co.za / Cell: 083 793 3408 / Email: robin@umcebodesign.co.za / Facebook: Umcebo Design | Umcebo Trust.
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MARKETS and FAIRS

Essenwood Craft Market

Essenwood park: Every Sat: 9am – 2pm ...read more

Essenwood Craft Market - one of the region’s pioneer arts, craft, fashion, gifts, food and collectables markets – is gearing itself up for the summer specials by offering visitors a comprehensive selection of wonderful gift ideas and a cosy place to enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning al-fresco brunch. “We want to ensure that the market’s focus is firmly family-friendly,” considers the market’s Cyan Brown, “We are situated in a park environment with a functioning play area which is perfect for children to run around. To complement this, we have free pony rides, and feature weekly child-focused activities – be it fire-engine rides; fair-ground attractions; face-painting and children’s games,” she said.

The stalls will be gearing-up to cater for non-commercial, affordable, gift options: books; music; jewellery; decor items; clothing; accessories; plants; fresh flowers; health and beauty products; edible treats; original artwork; crafted goods and children’s wear and accessories. The market offers more than a hundred different specialist stalls.

Tel: 031 208 1264
Fax: 086 615 5734
Cell: 082 460 0625 / 082 558 6611
email info@essenwoodmarket.com.
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SOCIAL JUSTICE

Thursdays In Black:

Supporting a world without rape and violence - Diakonia Council of Churches – every Thursday
Women and men are encouraged to wear black every Thursday to raise awareness around issues of gender justice, violence against women and children, and corrective rape...read more

This campaign, which was launched in South Africa by the Diakonia Council of Churches during the 16 Days of Activism Campaign at the end of 2008, is an ongoing drive to raise awareness and encourage people to work towards a world without rape and violence against women and children. The World Health Organisation's statistics in 2009 indicated that every 15 seconds a woman is raped in South Africa. We say this is unacceptable.

For more info, contact Diakonia Council of Churches: 031 310 3500. Visit Diakonia's website www.diakonia.org.za or like their facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/tibatdiakonia
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"Publicity Matters supports Thursday in Black - wear black every Thursday to raise awareness around issues of gender justice, violence against women and children, and corrective rape."