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COMEDY

Mystic Twisters

iZulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino: 13 -15 May 2016...read more

Sivani Chinappan, Shona Johnson and Maeshni Naicker, three of Durban’s funniest performers, star in Mystic Twisters. This riotous new comedy by multi-award winning writer/director Clinton Marius is set to take the stage by storm when it premieres at Sibaya Casino’s iZulu Theatre from 13 to 15 May 2016.

Trying to make ends meet, three sisters - Kantha, Kogie and Sushi - fumble and stumble their way through the ups and downs of the mysterious art of clairvoyance. They dig themselves in deeper and deeper with each prediction….

Be sure to catch Mystic Twisters during its premiere season at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre. Performances on 13 and 14 May are at 19h30, with a 15h00 Sunday matinee on 15 May. Tickets at R120 are available through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, or online at www.computicket.com
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Aaron McIlroy’s ‘Comedy Masterclass’

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 19 May to 5 June...read more

Stand by for a fresh new laugh-a-line theatre experience from South Africa’s ‘Master of Mirth! Set to premiere at UKZN’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban from 19 May to 5 June 2016, Comedy Masterclass is the latest offering from Aaron McIlroy, the artist that brought you Abbamaniacs, The Loser, and most recently The Ranga.

Join McIlroy as he delves into the science that underpins the world’s oldest coping mechanism, a Sense of Humour. Co-written by McIlroy and Patrick Kenny, and directed by Kenny, Comedy Masterclass is a surreal, comedic roller-coaster ride into the world of laughter, where the rules are subjective and what one person finds funny another may cringe at!

Produced by MacBob Productions, Comedy Masterclass plays from 19 May to 5 June, with performances at 7.30pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and at 6pm on Sundays. Tickets are R120-R145 (early bird incentive R120 until 30 April). For block booking discounts, call Ailsa Windsor on 0832502690 or email ailswyn@mweb.co.za. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000.
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INTERNATIONAL COMEDY

Vir Das in comedy ‘Battle Of DaSexes’

Teatro, Montecasino: 27, 28 & 29 May
The Playhouse, Opera Theatre: 4 & 5 June
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Acclaimed stand-up comedian-turned-big-screen actor and Bollywood Star, Vir Das, brings the international smash-hit comedy, Battle of DaSexes, to South Africa for a two weekend run: in Johannesburg’s Montecasino on 27, 28 & 29 May and then Durban’s Playhouse on 4 & 5 June.

Vir Das, who is equally comfortable working on TV, film, theatre and live-comedy, says “Battle of DaSexes is an insightful, fun and laugh-out-loud comedy-drama all about the eternal battle between Men and Women. It is a battle not with arms and gun powder but with bellies and eyeliner!”

Battle of DaSexes is written, directed and performed by Vir Das and produced by global theatre production house: AGP World. The show opens with Comic, TV and Film Actor Kavi Shastri performing a 15 minute act on the evolution of Men and Women from single cell organisms to early homo-sapiens.

Age Restriction: PG 14 +

Playhouse Opera Theatre:
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 June
Time: Saturday 8 PM, Sunday 3 PM
Ticket prices: R 185.00 – R 485.00
Tickets available from: www.computicket.com
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SUPPER THEATRE

My Travelling Bag by Gcina Mhlophe

Rhumbelow Durban: Sunday 15 May at 2 and 6.30pm...read more

“From a very young age I got to travel all over my home province, KZN. From my hometown Hammarsdale to Pt. Shepstone, to Dundee, to Nongoma, it all seemed like such faraway places. I thought I was the most widely young person ever. It felt great!

“But nothing can top the joy of sharing the stories of my people on world stages, the magical universality of these stories, proving once and for all that people are more alike than different. In my travelling bag there are all the 33 years of international travelling. But they can only be told and shared, one bowl at a time,”

Book at Computicket or phone or email Roland for bookings.
Email : roland@stansell.za.net / Cell 082 499 8636
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Chloe Clark & The Band in - Put a Swing on It

Rhumbelow Pmb: Sunday 15 May at 2 and 6.30pm
Rhumbelow Durban: Friday 20 – Sunday 22 May
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Come along to the Rhumbelow Theatre in May and you will be in for a musical treat. Joining forces are Durbans favourite and finest Jazz Cats; the gorgeous vocal talents of songbird Chloe Clark, alongside the legendary Burton Naidoo on piano, dynamic drummer Sidney Rash and the incredible Ildo Nandje on the double bass. There is also a delicious horn section as well as a few other exciting musical surprizes.

Book at Computicket or phone or email Roland for bookings.
Email : roland@stansell.za.net / Cell 082 499 8636
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THEATRE IN EDUCATION

Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre presents
Gcina Mhlophe’s Snake with Seven Heads

Primary Schools – KZN: still on!...read more

Throughout the month of April, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre will be touring an education programme to primary schools in Durban and its surrounding areas in KwaZulu Natal. The performance, based on famed Durban author Gcina Mhlophe’s African classic Snake with Seven Heads, is a captivating experience for young viewers. The story is about young people, love and hope, and is made possible through funds from the National Lotteries Commission. The work has a duration of 50 minutes and is highly interactive, with opportunity for active participation by the learners that will see some of them form part of the performance. As part of the educational programme, learners are also required to engage in the themes and lessons in the story through an interactive discussion. Bookings are available weekdays from 4 – 22 April at fee of R10 per learner. For bookings please contact our studio on 031 307 6685 or email admin@siwelasonke.com. For more information about the company find us on Facebook: Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, follow us on Twitter: @SiwelaSonke, subscribe to us on YouTube: Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre or visit our website www.siwelasonke.com.
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Lucky Strike Hits the Road!

From 25 April through to...read more

Gisele Turner’s international award winning play Lucky Strike is set to go on a short tour of township schools in the last week of April. The play, which was runner up in the 2011 Trinity College of London’s International Playwriting Competition, had its first staging at DUT as part of the first DUT Children’s Festival inaugurated by Debbie Lutge and was subsequently chosen as a set work in the Pelican Reader Grade 7 English Reader here in South Africa.

The play, for children aged between 6 and 11 years of age, is entitled Lucky Strike and looks at a day in the life of a boy who lives on the outskirts of Inanda Township. He is cared for by his teenager half-sister who heads up the household since the death of their mother and absence of their father.

The Lucky Strike tour will take place from 25 April through to 3 May and schools in the Inner west region including Clermont, Dassenhoek, Kwasanti, Oaklands and Tshelimnyama townships. Any schools interested in hosting Lucky Strike after the tour can contact Mlu Ngidi on 073 399 1929
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MUSIC

Zakifo Muzik Festival, Durban

Durban Natal Command site: 27 / 28 May
Early Bird Weekend pass: R200 – book now!...
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The second annual Zakifo Musik Festival, Durban – features one of the most eclectic, multi-genre music line-ups ever gathered together in one festival programme – boasting some of the finest music-makers from France, Reunion, Mozambique, USA, Mali, Ghana, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa - comes to Durban at the site of the old Natal Command opposite Battery Beach, for two days only, on 27 and 28 May, 2016.

Tickets available at Webticket: www.webtickets.co.za (Include the direct link). For more information, and for the detailed programme, visit www.zakifo.com; or email zakifomusicfestival@gmail.com or ph 031 332 0119. Zakifo Muzik Festival, Durban is active across social media platforms – for regular updates, follow / like the festival on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zakifo-Muzik-Festival/1424193651227518?fref=ts
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KZN Philharmonic’s Mother’s Day Concert in Durban Botanic Gardens this Sunday

Durban Botanic Gardens: Sun 15 May
Early Bird Weekend pass: R200 – book now!...
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Treat Mums to a glorious concert this Sunday afternoon! It’s never too late to show you care – the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert planned for last Sunday 8 May, in the company of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in the Durban Botanic Gardens was postponed for one week due to a wet weekend and will take place this Sunday 15 May at 14h00.

The programme for this Sunday remains the same: Old Mutual Music at the Lake proudly presents the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra featuring celebrity muso Arno Carstens and special guest Chloe Clark. The KZN Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Lykele Temmingh will accompany Arno and Chloe, and will also play some highlights its forthcoming season, including Shostakovich’s spectacular Festive Overture and a short movement from Beethoven’s 8th Symphony.

Tickets: Adults: presold R140.00 / on-the-day R160.00. Children 8 - 12 years R60.00 / under 8 free. Tickets are available online at www.webtickets.co.za, or at the Information Office at the Gardens. Gates open at 13h00 for presold ticket holders, and at 13h30 for on-the-day sales. The concert starts at 14h00. Children are welcome to enjoy some fun & games at Kidzone. A variety of food and soft refreshments will be available to purchase. Picnic blankets, camp chairs, cooler boxes are allowed.
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KZN Philharmonic Winter Symphony Series

Concert One: Durban City Hall: 19 May at 7.30pm
Early Bird Weekend pass: R200 – book now!...
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Daniel Boico conducts the KZN Phil and the Durban Symphonic Choir in the first concert of the six week Winter Symphony Series in a glorious programme which includes Haydn’s The Creation; Mozart Ave Verum Corpus; Mozart Piano Concert no 23 and Berlioz Symphony Fantastique. Soloist is Melvyn Tan on piano

Single tickets are available from www.computicket.com, 0861 915 8000, or from Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters. Subscribers can save up to 30%

The final rehearsals for the Summer Symphony Season concerts are open to the public and provide a glimpse into the preparation for a symphony concert. Join us each Symphony Season Thursday at 10am in the Durban City Hall. Entrance for adults is R30, which includes a cup of tea and just R10 for scholars. The final rehearsal is the perfect opportunity to introduce scholars to symphony concerts and also provides great outings for community groups and retirement homes. Please contact the KZN Philharmonic bookings office to enquire about special rates and to make arrangements for groups. Contact bookings@kznphil.org.za or call us on 031 369 9438. Please note that there are no open rehearsals for operatic programmes.
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KZN Young Performers Concert

Playhouse Drama: Sat 21 May
Early Bird Weekend pass: R200 – book now!...
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The annual KZN Young Performers concert will take place on Saturday 21 May at 7pm at the Drama Theatre in the Playhouse.

The concert provides a phenomenal opportunity of showcasing the most promising young KZN orchestral performers who will be accompanied by the sublime KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Naum Rousine.

Tickets are now on sale at Computicket. Visit www.computicket.com, call 0861 915 8000 or purchase your tickets at any Checkers, Shoprite or CheckersHyper stores.
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Maskandi Folk Fusion with Qadasi and Maqhinga

Reviving the powerful sounds of Maskandi Music
Seaman's Corner, Hammarsdale: Sat 28 May...
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KZN music lovers have two opportunities to catch Maskandi folk duo David Jenkins, AKA Qadasi, and Maqhinga Radebe: on Wednesday 4 May at Distillery031 Still Sessions, and with a full band at Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale on Saturday 28 May.

The Still Sessions is a monthly music and dining experience brought to you by Distillery031 and iSupport Music Business. Distillery031 is Durban’s first craft distillery and home to an intimate cocktail bar and dining area. The performance at Seaman's Corner is supported by Concerts SA and the eThekwini Municipality and brought to you by iSupport Music Business. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative that aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.

Saturday 28 May
Qadasi with full band featuring Maqhinga
Seaman's Corner, Hammarsdale Mpumalanga, Unit 3
Doors: 18.00pm
Tickets: R30
Tickets at the door
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Band on the Sand: South Jersey Pom-Poms

Point Yacht Club NSRI Fundraiser - Point Yacht Club Beach Site: Saturday 21 May...read more

For one night only, enjoy a fun evening at this year’s Band on the Sand featuring the fabulous South Jersey Pom-Poms on Saturday 21 May at the exquisite setting of the Point Yacht Club Beach Site, with all the proceeds raised going to the NSRI Durban Station 5.

Concert-goers can enjoy the sultry sounds of Durban’s own, the South Jersey Pom-Poms, sitting under the stars, with the sound of the ocean lapping up onto the beach. The whimsical band offers a wry and original performance. Their eclectic compositions include Café house tunes in French, Italian and German and blend jazz and blues elements with Eastern European and American folk music.

The Pom-Poms are Be Henwood on vocals and piano accordion, Jochen Zeller on guitar and vocals, Sean Stewart on bass, and Grant Emmerich on percussion. They are joined as always by the unstoppable violinist extraordinaire, Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby, who will be fiddling up his normal brew of magic.

Tickets are R160 for adults, ticket price includes a meal and a drink and R80 for kids under 12, ticket price includes a hotdog and a drink. Tickets need to be purchased ahead of time, no door sales on the evening.
Concert starts at 5:00pm.
Please note: No Chinese Lanterns.
For more info contact Amanda at the Point Yacht Club on 031 301 4787 or the Point Watersports Club or Durban Undersea Club on 031 368 1199.
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DANCE

Burn The Floor

Block booking deals available for the world’s toughest dance show
Sibaya Casino, Durban: 8 – 19 June...
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Burn The Floor, the show that revolutionised the image of dance, returns to South Africa for the fourth time: performing in the Opera Theatre of The South African State Theatre in Pretoria from April 27 to May 15; the Baxter Theatre at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from May 19 to June 5; and the iZulu Theatre at the Sibaya Casino in Durban from June 8 to 19.

Burn The Floor has the reputation of being the world’s toughest dance show and the dancers are handpicked to embrace a new Latin American feel. The international cast of dance champions now includes the sensational South Africans, Johannes Radebe and Kylee Brown.

Tickets for the South African tour in 2016 are now on sale at Computicket. Visit www.computicket.com, call 0861 915 8000 or purchase your tickets at any Checkers, Shoprite or CheckersHyper stores. For block bookings and group discounts for the Durban run, contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: editor.goingplacessa@gmail.com, or 083 250 2690
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MEDITATION

Meditate for Peace in Africa Month

May 2016...read more

I Meditate Africa – a project of Art of Living – is inspiring volunteers across Africa to arrange a 10 minute peace meditation to celebrate Africa Month - any place any time from 1-27 May 2016. Involve your Institute, School, College, Company, Police Station, Community groups, Local Radio station, Family and Friends

Click here to find the 10 minute meditation, a step by step guideline on how to participate and log your efforts:
http://www.artofliving.org/za-en/i-meditate-africa-2016

Join in a Live Global Peace Meditation for Africa, led by Humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sat 28th May 2016. Click here to join in: http://webcast.artofliving.org
https://www.facebook.com/SriSriRaviShankar/?fref=ts

Join over 20 African countries in a global Peace Initiative for Africa
Building Inner safety and security is the first step in addressing outer peace!
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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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