What's On in Gauteng - October 27 to November 4Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: The pantomime is opening, Dirty Dancing is on the go, top comedians are in town and there’s a feast for art lovers too.
The long-awaited pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk launches in the Joburg Theatre on Friday and we’re promised all the splendour and spectacle we have come to expect from this annual event. Tobie Cronje is back with an evil glint in his eye, Desmond Dube is dancing in drag as Dame Dudu Dludlu and the charming young lovers are sure to be star-crossed.
At the Teatro at Montecasino Dirty Dancing is getting underway. It opened yesterday and promises you “The Time of Your Life”, with plenty of sexy, erotic dancing and a strong storyline. The complex is rocking, as Kat and the Kings is stoking it up in Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre as well.
Comedian Kevin Perkins, better known as South Africa's "Indian" superhero, Michael Naicker, is shooting from hip at the Lyric Theatre tonight. Next weekend king of satire Loyiso Gola is at the Lyric with his latest show, Professional Black.
The Jozi Book Fair is on at Museum Africa this weekend with discussions and conversations about writing and writers.
Then there are three exhibitions on the go that art lovers will not want to miss.
If you love horses, call at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery in Broadacres for Caballos (Horses) by award -winning Panamanian artist Eduardo, who captures the power and energy of the horse in bursts of colour. This is the first of many exchanges between South Africa and the Latin Americas.
Art meshes with history at the Standard Bank Gallery in the Art of Banking: Celebrating through Collections exhibition. Here art works are used to illustrate historical highlights, ranging from the discovery of gold to the birth of democracy. As the works are drawn from the Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection, comprising over 1 000 works by 250 artists, there is plenty of choice.
The Johannesburg Art Gallery is also delving into its archives, this time to highlight the French Connections – works by French artists including Delacroix, Manet, Millet, Boudin, Michel, Courbet, Picasso, Rodin, Monet and others. It opens tomorrow and runs until March next year.
From Thursday to Sunday it’s Vuyani Week at the Dance Factory, when the Vuyani Dance Theatre resurrects some of their timeless works, such as Beautiful Us and Southern Comfort.
The poignant one-man show Sunday Morning comes to an end at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square this weekend, to be replaced from Tuesday by London Live, a cabaret show that tips the top hat to Her Majesty’s crown jewels - Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, The Eurythmics, The Beatles, Queen, Adele and many more. It stars Kieran Rennie and Ashleigh Harvey.
There are more musical tributes in the new Barnyard show, Surfs Up - the Ultimate Beach Party at Barnyard Boksburg with the music of The Beach Boys, Katy Perry, Grease, UB40 and Mango Groove. The circus-style show Big Top Rock is at Rivonia, a musical trip around the world at Cresta and hits of the 80s at Parkview in Pretoria.
At the Globe at Gold Reef City, you can still catch the singing, dancing, cooking show Chef, Rattle & Roll this week.
The Market Theatre sounds a more serious note, with three shows – From the Mouths of Babes, telling the stories of three Jewish women, the Swedish production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie and Moliere’s classic drama, The Miser.
Tomorrow morning BTE VO1SS are presenting their last Sunday morning concert of the year at the SA State Theatre in Pretoria, highlighting the Magic of the Musicals.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za