This January, Cape Town has taken it upon itself to warrant unprecedented Instagram sunsets and illicit numerous gripes from locals due to incessant heatwaves. While hot weather isn’t the best conversation filler, these warm evenings are perfect opportunities to attend outdoor cinemas, have a drink with friends before watching a show or listening to live music. Here’s what’s up in the Mother City this week.
Monday 18 till Friday 29 January: UCT Summer School
This is for the dilettante, professional, old, young, and anyone else who enjoys listening to people share specialised knowledge on miscellaneous topics. From ‘The Language of Jazz’ to ‘Irma Stern and Lippy Lipshitz’, UCT Summer School is offering once-off lectures and four day courses for the sheer pleasure of expanding your grey matter. Plus, you don’t need any formal qualification to attend. Visit their website here.
Tuesday 19 till Saturday 23 January: ‘Astonish’ at Alexander Bar
If you’re a fan of magic and comedy then let Mawonga Gayiya entertain you with his hit one man show, ‘Astonish’ at Alexander Bar. Cue Newspaper compared him to Trevor Noah and commended his style of approachable humour. Needless to say, the show sold out at the National Arts Festival last year. Book tickets here.
Thursday 21 January: ‘The Boers at the end of the World’ at the Galileo Open Air Cinema
Richard Finn Gregory’s fascinating documentary about a community of Afrikaners residing in Argentina is being screened outdoors. Discover why this community left, what their daily lives entail and what they think about current day South Africa. Find out more on FB.
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Thursday 21 January: ‘Bank or Economy’ by Meschac Gaba at Stevenson
For his first solo show in three years, Meschac Gaba is presenting three new works. Using found objects with symbolic value like semi-precious stones and bank notes, he creates an environment that alters our perceptions of value found in conventional systems of cultural and economic exchange, and thus challenges us to think about the ideological systems we reside in. Visit FB for more.
Thursday 21 January: Meleko Mokgosi’s ‘Comrades’ at Stevenson
How do post-colonial nations articulate democracy and how does this shape and continue to mold their psyche? These questions are central to Meleko Mokgosi’s first solo exhibition in Southern Africa in over a decade. Through figurative and text-based paintings, his large-scale works explore Southern Africa liberation movements and their links to communism. Click here for more.
Saturday 23 January: Waterfront and Zeitz MOCAA Tour
The V&A Waterfront has over 24 million visitors a year making it the biggest tourist attraction in Africa and yet, for many, it’s considered more a commercial venture than historical landmark. This tour begins in with author, Suzie Joubert, taking participants to lesser known places at the Waterfront to share insights into South African history and harbour stories and ends with Mark Coetzee, the chief curator of Zeitz MOCAA, giving a talk on how the art museum came to be the largest in Africa. To book your place click here.
Saturday 23 January: Brydon Bolton Trio at Straight No Chaser
In the mood for some jazz? Catch Brydon Bolton, Frank Mallows and Simon Annett’s jazz free-styling. This bassist, vibraphonist and drummer trio have a knack for reinventing chamber music scapes and exploring the tensions between composition and improvisation. To find out who else is playing at Straight no chaser this week, click here.