For school kids and some lucky adults a long weekend awaits. Here’s our choice of things to do in the Southern Suburbs between now and Wednesday. MOST IMPORTANTLY – Don’t miss the public participation session about the planned MyCiTi bus route through Wynberg.
THEATRE and comedy
- Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof, Baxter. The critically acclaimed sold out hit of the National Arts Festival 2014, with an unrivalled performance by Andrew Buckland. Friday, Saturday. Run ends on Saturday
- Tats Nkonzo – The Clever Black, Baxter. Fresh from winning first place at the Montreux International Comedy Festival in November 2014, Tats Nkonzo brings his new one-man show to a Baxter theatre near you. Produced by Nik Rabinowitz, The Clever Black is Nkonzo’s third and most daring one-man standup comedy show yet. Nkonzo pulls apart every “cultural myth” that South Africans hold dear with hilarious effect. Everything from ancestors to animal rights – no notion is safe. Starts on Monday 15 June
- Cat Sings Ella, Rosebank Theatre. The Story of Ella Fitzgerald, as told by London’s Jazz Cat! A stage and a Steinway is all Cat Simoni needs to tell the astonishing life story of Ella Fitzgerald. Songs include Lady Be Good, Them There Eyes, Cry Me A River, Summertime, Manhattan, Misty, How High The Moon, Accentuate the Positive, Love for Sale, A Foggy Day, and many more. Friday, Saturday. Run ends on Saturday.
- Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay. Over 100 stalls providing a social, shopping and eating experience, all with an SA flavour. Friday night, Saturday, Sunday
- Nick Turner, Alma Café, Rosebank. Nick Turner returns with an absolutely all-star cast of musicians. All three his band members – Schalk, Ronan and Jonny – can be considered among the best in the country at their respective instruments.
- Chilled Market, The Range, Tokai. Lots of good food and drinks, as well as entertainment for kids. Until 9.30 pm.
- Tokai Forest Market, Chrysalis Estate, Tokai. Visit Cape Town’s favourite outdoor market where you will find delicious food, arts and crafts, kiddies’ activities and a wonderful place to relax for a few hours.
- Earth Fair Market, Tokai. Fresh produce indoor market including craft bear, toe-tapping music and a kiddies’ corner.
- Jolly Carp Organic Market, Retreat. Don’t miss the yummy lamb curry, butter chicken and breyani at this market – not to mention special curry paste with all the ingredients to make two pots of curry.
- Rondebosch Village Market, Rondebosch Library. It’s a small market but the quality is outstanding: get there early before all the beautiful organic produce, bakes, jams and cheese are sold out!
- Rondebosch Craft Market, Rondebosch Park. Craft stalls galore, and a decent selection of instant eats like pancakes.
- Gerber and Schoeman Matinee, Baxter. Ben Schoeman, one of South Africa’s foremost pianists, has made a name for himself internationally performing regularly in halls such as London’s Barbican and Wigmore Series. With his duo partner, cellist Anzel Gerber who is also one of South Africa’s best, he won the IBLS Grand Prize International Music Competition in Italy. Recently the duo made its debut appearance in New York’s Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim.
- Piet Botha and Jake Gunn, Alma Café, Rosebank. Piet Botha has been on the road in various guises since the 70’s in bands like Jackhammer and The Lyzrd Kings and has toured SA more than anyone else. He plays a mix of his favourite songs by other people, his own great numbers and also calls on Jake to lead his tunes. Do not miss out on a true SA legend!
- Albert Frost, Alma Café, Rosebank. Albert is known as SA’s prince of the blues. He’s played just about every stage in SA as well as open for the Rolling Stones! His shows at Alma are a fascinating look at the blues.
- Heart Market at Organic at Heart, Constantia Road, Plumstead. Organic produce, natural products and handmade crafts.
- Lions Craft Market, Hout Bay. Check out African curios, pottery, wire crafts, ostrich eggs, wooden sculptures, second-hand book stores and even pony rides. Food stalls include a Malay kitchen.
- Tokai Forest Sunday Market Come and spend the morning in the forest and let go of all the weeks stress.
- Antiques and Collectables Market, Alphen Community Centre Hall, Constantia. A variety of items will be on sale and refreshments are available.
- Public participation meeting, Alphen Hall, Constantia about the new MyCiTi bus route through Plumstead and Wynberg. It is important to attend because the road may controversially result in a “Second Main Road” through residential Wynberg. If you can’t make this meeting, there is another one on Wednesday 17 June at Church on Main.
- Barleycorn, Villagers Rugby Club, Claremont. The Barleycorn club was founded all the way back in 1975 when a group of musicians found it agreeable to meet regularly, learn from one another and drink lots and lots of beer. The lineup on Monday includes Craig Green, Declan McKay, Nick Le Mesurier and K-Ray and the Bird.
- Sip & Sample, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands.. This week the regular Monday night winte tasting at the hotel focuses on the wines of Org de Rac in the Swartland, an organic winery at Piketberg.
No events in the Southern Suburbs, but there are a few Youth Day events elsewhere in the Western Cape:
- Africa Rise, an entrepreneurial event in the Paarl
- Kiddies’ fashion show in the Paarl
- Circus extravaganza at Spier
- Bafana Bafana vs Angola at Cape Town Stadium
- Trail run at Delvera
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