Newsletter 27 April – 3 May Two public holidays (today’s Freedom Day, commemorating South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 and May Day on Sunday), serve as the backdrop to events with a political and social theme: The Observatory Film Festival screens a good dozen local and international movies from Wednesday until Saturday in various locations across the suburb that relate to democracy, empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit. Check www.obsarts.org.za for venues and times. On Sunday, Michael Moore’s “Capitalism” will be shown at the Holistic Lifestyle Fair in the Observatory Recreation Centre (083 332 9785). Also on Sunday President Jacob Zuma makes a guest appearance at COSATU’s Mayday rally in Athlone Stadium. On Friday (29 April) from 6pm the First Khayelitsha Festival features popular local DJ Black Coffee at the Malibongwe (“Let’s Praise Him”) Tavern at Lookout Hill (safe parking promised). The concept is to have fun, food and dance and yet keep it safe. As organiser Jeffrey explains, the theme of “Don’t Drink and Walk” is to raise awareness about the danger of walking home under the influence of alcohol. The local taxi industry supports the initiative. For more info, call 083 550 5655. For those who don’t mind leaving the city behind for a few days, AfrikaBurn’s art festival in the Tankwa Karoo beckons your participation. Built on the concept of “radical self-expression and selfreliance in a non-commercial environment” (except the price of the ticket plus petrol money to get yourself 3 hours out of town), Afrikaburn is all about bringing your creativity to life. For inspiration look at your tent, car, body, or your friends… More at www.afrikaburn.com. Closer to home is Houtstok Fees in the D’Aria Estate of Durbanville on Friday and Saturday (all day). Two days of Afrikaans partying with Emo Adams, Wynand & Cheree, Armand Hofmeyr, Pieter Koen, Manie Jackson, Andriette Norman, Andries Vermeulen amongst others. Vir meer inligting kontak 021 200 1818 of op 082 972 8673. After more than 7000 consecutive nights of live Jazz (as stated in the Guinness Book of World Records), the V&A Waterfront’s Green Dolphin is about to close it’s doors for good. To pay the legendary jazz club a last homage, catch some tunes on Wednesday with Dave Ledbetter, Thursday with the Nonfundo Xaluva Quartet, and on Friday night with Brazilian-Latin band Mas que Nada. For the final curtain call (and your very own inclusion in Book of Record fame) come for Saturday’s impromptu Jazz by some of the greats that performed here. 021 421 7471.
Fame is vain, as we all know, but for those who want to share something truly world-recordish on their facebook wall, here is another option: in Edgemead on Wednesday from 12 noon sharp, you may join the attempt to elevate none other than the Edgemead Bowling Club to (probably short-lived) immortality by bowling more heavy balls across the lawn within one hour than any other club has ever done before in world history. Don’t forget to bring your flat soled takkies. 021 558 4209. The Cape’s sport aficionados will also keep an eye out for two big events this weekend. The Stormers face the Sharks in a big clash of the Super 15, their second last match on home soil before flying to New Zealand and Australia in their playoff bid. (Newlands Rugby Stadium, Saturday 7.10pm). In Athlone on Friday Ajax Cape Town hopes to score against Amazulu in their soccer match in Athlone (8pm). Social-political messages are part of Vusi Mahlasela’s repertoire when he gets on stage along vocal a’capella group D-seven on Friday (29 April) and Saturday (30 April) at 8pm in the Fugard Theatre, while top Indian Bollywood maestro Anup Jalota, who has recorded no less than 150 albums in his life time, sings about love mostly at the Baxter Theatre (Friday 8pm) with a repertoire of Bhajan and Ghazal songs. 1. Enjoy your week, Your 021 team (www.021cape.com)