A Guide to First Thursdays Cape Town | 5 November 2015

It’s First Thursdays! Today we’re eating at Junior and taking a stroll from Kloof Nek to Loop and then Church Street. We can’t wait for the work day to end so we can check out Matty Roodt’s sculptures at SMITH, Lizza Littlewort’s new series of paintings and virtual reality demos at the Pepper Club. Here are our top picks for the evening.

Stop 1: Christopher Moller Gallery | 7 Kloofnek 

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Jack Roux’s new body of work, SATARA focuses on capturing the dramatic landscapes in and around the Soutpansberg and Limpopo Valley. Bold colours, brash brushstrokes and sharp contrasts are some of the defining characteristics that subvert our perceptions of traditional landscape paintings. Click here for more info. 

Stop 2:  Junior | 12 Kloof Nek

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Grab a bit to eat at the new fast-food outlet on the block, who playfully promise that they’re “definitely not gourmet”. Tasty all-American classics like burgers, fries and donuts are what you’ll find in the fantastically designed space, all decked out in red, white and blue. Follow Junior on Instagram.

Stop 3: Eclectica Design & Art | 179 Buitengracht


Aesthetically Vogue, a “spring/summer exhibition” at Eclectica Design & Art, is informed by the idea that aesthetics can remain relevant over the passing of time. Works by Marna Hattingh, Matthew Hindley, Ronald Muchatuta and more have been selected to illustrate the way in which a work can be successfully aesthetic – finding value in the way it looks, over and above context. Visit the event page for more.

Stop 4: Friends of Design | 186 Bree

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If you’re a compulsive doodler or just love drawing then the Friends of Design Doodle Session is the perfect place to visit. There’s music, wine and all drawing equipment and paper will be supplied. From graffiti to sketches and cartooning, there’s no limit. And if you’re feeling adventurous you might decide to ditch the markers and paint a watercolor or two of your own. Everything you need to know is here.

Stop 5: The EYE | Corner Loop and Burg

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To conclude blind awareness month, The EYE Gallery will be hosting a group photography show, Eye Candy, as well as a screening of Elmi Badenhorst’s ‘A film I made that you would never see’. All proceeds from artworks sold will be donated to the Blind and Eyecare Institute for Kids. Click here for more info.

Stop 6: Cinema Club | Corner Pepper and Loop

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Tonight at the Pepper Club’s Odeon Cinema, issue #4 of the Cinema Club on First Thursdays is happening and this time, they’re going virtual. The guest curator is Ingrid Kopp (Tribeca Film Institute) and SenseVirtual will be hosting live Virtual Reality demos outside. Drinks, popcorn and even tickets are free on a first come, first served basis. For the rest of the details, check the event page.

Stop 7: Alliance Française du Cap | 155 Loop 

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This ceramic exhibition by John Bauers is inspired by Japanese netsuke (small adornments worn on kimonos) and explores the all too familiar theme of love without being cliched. John’s ceramic techniques combine photographic and x-ray processes with porcelain that’s fired at extremely hot temperatures. Find the details here.

Stop 8: 99 Loop Gallery | 99 Loop 

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The uncomfortably beautiful paintings of Lizza Littlewort embody images that take issue. Frame by frame, her oil-covered boards stage an irreverent counter-narrative to the dominant, conservative (art) historical canon that is upheld in present-day SA. Her solo exhibition We Live In The Past opened yesterday, check the event page for more.

Stop 9: Olive Green Cat | 76 Church

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Many people wear jewelry without thinking about the craftsmanship that goes into creating shiny metal accessories to embellish outfits and personalities. If you’ve never seen a jewelry workshop then visit Olive Green Cat tonight. Their shop also has an exquisite range of bold and chunky to more detailed and delicate pieces. Click here to see their pretty things.

Stop 10: The Sew Mew Fun Studio | 66 Church

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No sewing experience? No problem. You’re invited to a sew-along event from 6 – 9pm at The Sew Mew Much Fun Studio. For R150 you’ll learn how to make your own apron from start to finish – materials and refreshments included. Details here.

Stop 11: Smith Studio | 56 Church

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The delicate balance between natural science such as weather, botany and biology is contrasted with Matty Roodt’s knowledge of technology and computers in her solo show, Loop. The exhibition is comprised of sculptures as well as drawings and installation work, all of which speak to Matty’s ability to draw the viewer in through her curious combination of materials. Find out more.

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