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Something Hapsburg On The Way To The Linder, Or The Wiener Takes It All

By BRUCE DENNILL   Viennese New Year’s Concert / Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cock / Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg   Now an annual fixture on Johannesburg’s classical music scene, the Viennese New Year’s Concert, timed for three weeks into the year to allow audiences time to ...

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Laager Mentality, Or In, Out, In, Out, What’s It All About?

BY BRUCE DENNILL   When Swallows Cry / Directed by Lesedi Job / Laager Theatre, Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg   Migration is perhaps the international political buzzword (buzz-kill?) of the moment, though its nuances are generally hammered into oblivion by nationalist pedagogy and a simplistic “us versus ...

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Amused Bouche: Windmill On Main, Kyalami, Johannesburg

BY BRUCE DENNILL   Carte: A large menu with a generous choice of dishes with an Italian bent, but often tweaked to include whatever fresh produce is on offer in the farm stall element of the property. Smart: The venue is all about rustic charm and ...

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold, Or Hey Jude, You’re Making It Worse

BY BRUCE DENNILL   Blonde Poison / Directed by Janna Ramos-Violante / Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Sandton, Johannesburg   This moving one-hander by Gail Louw stars Fiona Ramsay as Stella Goldschlag, a septuagenarian German Jew who, while awaiting the arrival of a journalist interested ...

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Trying To Make Things Write, Or Why Can Couldn’t

BY BRUCE DENNILL   The House Of Truth / Directed by Vanessa Cooke / Barney Simon Theatre, Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg   The Market Theatre hosted a play, Crepuscule, about Drum magazine journalist and short story writer Can Themba, in 2015. The writer’s influence is such that, ...

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CIUT 89.5FM's Nicole Hamilton Interviews Me: 11 January 20170

CIUT 89.5FM’s Nicole Hamilton Interviews Me: 11 January 2017

Thanks to Nicole Hamilton, host of the Career Buzz show on CIUT 89.5FM in Toronto, for this interview about my music and other work. For more information about the radio station, go to www.ciut.fm. To listen to ...

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Seen And Heard: The Best Of 20160

Seen And Heard: The Best Of 2016

By BRUCE DENNILL   The below music, literature, film, TV and theatre may not have been created or originally released during 2016, but it was only at some point during this year that I was able to see ...

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Extract From Bone Meal For Roses By Miranda Sherry0

Extract From Bone Meal For Roses By Miranda Sherry

PART ONE: MOUSE-BABY AND THE METAL-HAIRED MAN   CHAPTER ONE   According to what she’s gathered from watching television, Poppy is a person. She’s got two arms, two legs and the right number of things on her face, all arranged ...

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Ratings

  • 1 – Never Darken This Portal Again
  • 2 – Very Nearly Offensively Bad
  • 3 – Nobody Thought This Through
  • 4 – Poor
  • 5 – Not Bad, But Ok
  • 6 – Good
  • 7 – Very Good
  • 8 – One Of The Best This Year
  • 9 – I Was Moved; I May Have Cried
  • 10 – Pretty Much Perfect
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Restless In Reykjavik, Or Searching For A Hemingway Moment And Finding The Travel Channel0

Restless In Reykjavik, Or Searching For A Hemingway Moment And Finding The Travel Channel

By BEN WRIGHT “Yes, there are a lot of tourists in Iceland now, perhaps too many,” said Silvia, in perfect English and with no irony. Her daughters, who spoke English too, as well as Icelandic and Zulu, ...

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Amused Bouche: Windmill On Main, Kyalami, Johannesburg0

Amused Bouche: Windmill On Main, Kyalami, Johannesburg

BY BRUCE DENNILL   Carte: A large menu with a generous choice of dishes with an Italian bent, but often tweaked to include whatever fresh produce is on offer in the farm stall element of the property. Smart: The ...

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Art Therapy, Or Of Kids And Colour0

Art Therapy, Or Of Kids And Colour

Art therapy takes place when individuals are encouraged to express themselves through art as part of a healing process from emotional trauma. For children who experience violence or domestic abuse, drawing or painting provides a way to say what they cannot say with words. For the

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Sweeping All Before It, Or Get Thee Hither, Pumpkin0

Sweeping All Before It, Or Get Thee Hither, Pumpkin

  A dazzling night, a glittering ball, something wonderful is sure to happen when the ultimate fairytale – Joburg Ballet’s production of Cinderella – returns to

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Johaar Mosaval wins ACT Lifetime Achievement Award0

Johaar Mosaval wins ACT Lifetime Achievement Award

At their annual Awards late last year, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) honoured one of South Africa’s most accomplished dancers for his exceptional talent and

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