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Book Reviews: Isis Trapped, Or Rival Miracles

By BRUCE DENNILL & DRIES BRUNT   Jesus’ Miracles, illustrated by Daniel Fernandez        6.5 Fighting Isis by Tim Locks                                                  ...

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Dance Review: Snow White The Ballet – Fairytale Refreshed, Or Grimmly Satisfying

By BRUCE DENNILL   Snow White: The Ballet / Joburg Ballet / Artistic Director: Iain Macdonald / The Mandela, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   Joburg Ballet’s latest production is an original one. Though the story of Snow White (originally a Brothers Grimm folktale, though most contemporary interpretations ...

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Theatre Review: Couplet, Or Plenty Of Rhyme Needs A Little More Rhythm

By BRUCE DENNILL   Couplet / Directed by Steven Feinstein / Theatre On The Square, Sandton, Johannesburg   The name of this complex new play refers to just one of the mechanisms used in its creation – the use of rhyming couplets in the dialogue and soliloquies. ...

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Interview: Shana Dewey – Dewey-Eyed Splendour, Or S’No Reason To Doubt

By BRUCE DENNILL   Joburg Ballet soloist Shana Dewey started with the company, then the South African Ballet Theatre, when she joined company’s Junior Academy as a 13-year-old. That allowed for the odd appearance in a peripheral role in one of their productions. It’s been ...

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Theatre Review: Jervis Pennington – An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life, Or Stories, Songs & Street Smarts

By BRUCE DENNILL   Jervis Pennington: An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life / Studio, Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg   A clean-cut pop star in his twenties, Jervis Pennington is now in his early sixties and steps onto stage looking like he’s been wearing the same clothes for ...

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Interview: Shana Dewey – Dewey-Eyed Splendour, Or S’No Reason To Doubt0

Interview: Shana Dewey – Dewey-Eyed Splendour, Or S’No Reason To Doubt

By BRUCE DENNILL   Joburg Ballet soloist Shana Dewey started with the company, then the South African Ballet Theatre, when she joined company’s Junior Academy as a 13-year-old. That allowed for the odd appearance in a peripheral role ...

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Opinion: Good, Better, Blogger0

Opinion: Good, Better, Blogger

By BRUCE DENNILL   Blogger. It’s a term that’s almost spat out, like a condition you might catch if you discuss it for too long. As media platforms go, blogs are often classed somewhere between penis enlargement flyers pasted ...

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Film: King Of Imagination, Or Towering Creativity0

Film: King Of Imagination, Or Towering Creativity

In a career spanning 50 years and over 80 books, Stephen King has amassed a towering reputation as one of our greatest storytellers. The author of innumerable bestsellers, he has been honoured by the President of the ...

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  • 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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Newcomers: UNESCO World Heritage Sites0

Newcomers: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Unesco’s World Heritage Committee recently inscribed eight new sites on their List: one transnational site (in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), and others in Canada, Chad, China, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Sudan. The newly inscribed natural sites are: Hubei Shennongjia (China)—Located in Hubei ...

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Review: Dewar’s 120

Review: Dewar’s 12

By STEFAN VOS   I initially toyed with the idea of doing this review as a sip-by-sip commentary, the enjoyment of a bottle of Scotch whisky (sticklers note: no ‘e’) in real time. As I envisioned how this ...

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Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age0

Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has been working feverishly up to the forthcoming celebration of the centenary of the famous Sir Edwin Lutyens building, the grand custom-built housing for the original Foundation Collection at JAG. JAG’s dedicated staff, led by chief curator Antoinette Murdoch, has pulled out

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Of Pages And Promise, Or From Ripping To Reading0

Of Pages And Promise, Or From Ripping To Reading

By BRUCE DENNILL   Broken Monsters Charity Art Show / Nando’s Central Kitchen, Lorentzville, Johannesburg   It’s a simple, heartfelt formula, mixing fame, literature, talent and fine art to

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Returning Reptiles, Or Jy Wouw Mos0

Returning Reptiles, Or Jy Wouw Mos

A previously unseen sculpture of two lizards by Dutch sculptor Anton van Wouw (below) surfaced for auction at Russell Kaplan Auctioneers in Johannesburg earlier this

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