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Being Prettier Than Matt, Or Playing (Any) More Americana

By BRUCE DENNILL Prettier Than Matt is a two-vocal, ukelele and guitar, folk and Americana-playing duo based in Columbia, South Carolina. Jessica Skinner, fan of Dolly Parton and other iconic country singers, and Jeff Pitts, Metallica and Bon Jovi enthusiast, share the singing, and ...

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X Marks The Spot, Or For King And Country

By BRUCE DENNILL   American playwright Jeff Stetson wrote his play The Meeting, about an imagined 1965 meeting between American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, in 1984. It was first performed in 1987 and has remained popular ever since, with ...

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Words To Stall By, Or Stuck On Scrutiny

By BRUCE DENNILL   Book Marks / Directed by Allan Kolski Horwitz / AFDA Red Roof Theatre, Milpark, Johannesburg   This intimate four-character play is billed as a tragi-comedy, but as it weaves its convoluted way to its conclusion, it leans more towards the former than the ...

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Deep Blue Something, Or To Boldly Indigo Where No Man Has Gone Before

By BRUCE DENNILL   Blue Man Group / Directed by Marcus Miller / Teatro, Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg   There’s that old line: “If a tree fell in a forest and killed a mime, would anybody care?”, which is funny because the original joke had to do with the ...

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A Wolf By Any Other Name, Or Compositions For The Kids

By PETER ALKEMA   Family Concert: Pieter and the Horrible Hyena / Conducted by Richard Cock / Linder Auditorium, Parktown, Johannesburg   The penultimate concert of this year’s Johannesburg International Mozart Festival was a folksy, Sunday morning delight for the whole family. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ...

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Being Prettier Than Matt, Or Playing (Any) More Americana0

Being Prettier Than Matt, Or Playing (Any) More Americana

By BRUCE DENNILL Prettier Than Matt is a two-vocal, ukelele and guitar, folk and Americana-playing duo based in Columbia, South Carolina. Jessica Skinner, fan of Dolly Parton and other iconic country singers, and Jeff Pitts, Metallica and ...

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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: The Last Horseman by David Gilman0

Extract: The Last Horseman by David Gilman

CHAPTER ONE   It was a foul night to hang a man. The rain swept across the Irish Sea, throwing itself against the grey stone walls of Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison. Behind its unyielding façade two prison guards stood ...

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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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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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