First Thursdays CT

A guide to First Thursdays & other things to see and do: CT | 1–8 March 2016

This week it’s First Thursdays and we’re excited to be watching dance, viewing fine art, listening to talks from emerging literary voices and creating our own artworks. We’re cajoling in the streets with friends, having dinner and soaking up the diversity of creative happenings at First Thursdays as well as  attending the opening of Wilderness at Salon 91 by Cathy Layyzell,  indulging in locally flavoured food at the Good Company Farmers Market and listening to some live indie/folk music at Alma Café. 

Stop 1: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St

In the mood to add to your collection of new South African fiction? Writer, editor, poet and publisher Nick Mulgrew is debuting his collection of award-winning stories, Stations. He’s going to be in conversation with Masande Ntshanga so head to down to the Book Lounge for free wine, snacks and to hear him chat about colonial purgatories, tourist traps and libraries for the blind. See Facebook for more. Event opens at 5.30pm; discussion begins at 6pm.

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Stop 2: STEVENSON, 106 Sir Lowry Road

“In my defence, I decided early on that to be a productive, prolific and non-suicidal artist, I needed to always follow my own whims and impulses”, says contemporary artists and musician, Zander Blom, of his work. His sixth solo exhibition with STEVENSON showcases new paintings and drawings. To read his full manifesto click here

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Stop 3: Mitico Restaurant, 71 Kloof Street

Itching to be part of a good cause? Always thought you had artistic talent but were too shy to unleash your inner creativity? Take part in Paint ‘n Sip. R220 gets you a pizza or pasta or salad, glass of wine, a canvas and brushes. This week’s featured artist is Hanna Yason, who’s going to be taking you through the process of recreating a featured painting by Van Gogh. For details click here

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Stop 4: Youngblood Africa, 70-72 Bree Street

When’s the last time you watched contemporary dance (3am in the dark corners of a club doesn’t count)? Darkroom Contemporary and choreographer, Louise Coetzer, has teamed up with Aviwe November, Kristy Brown, Teagen Leigh de Marigny and Vuyo Mahashe to present the dance show, We, the Transposed.  Being multidisciplinary in nature, they’ve incorporated Mischa Mathy’s sound installation, which draws on experiences of city dwelling in Joburg. Visit here for more.

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Other things to see and do: 

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Galileo Open Air Cinema’s screening of Footloose

Desiring a little romance or a change of scenery from the smaller HD screen of your TV or laptop? Take a trip to Bloemendal Wine Estate to see the original Footloose with Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. If you’re too lazy or busy to prepare anything beforehand then then you buy something from the local food vendors who supply nachos, paella, pizza, candy floss, coffee, beer, wine, cool drinks and sweets. Visit here for more.

Tickets: R79 – R149 // Gates open 6.00pm, the film is sunset dependent starting  between 7.45pm and 8.00pm

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Wednesday 2 March 2016 

Cathy Layyzell solo show at Salon 91

Head to Salon 91 and view Cathy Layyzell’s abstracted landscapes which explore the concept of wilderness and what humans try to escape from when seeking refuge in nature. Be it the biblical wilderness of our urban lives, to see the “face of God”, to be free and unencumbered, she offers no answers but prompts us to think about city life. For details click here

91 Kloof Street // 4.30 pm

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 Friday 4 March 2016 

The Simon van Gend Band at Alma Café

This self-proclaimed “introspective indie/folk/rock” band consists of Simon van Gend on acoustic guitar, Eric Michot on bass and Ross Campbell on drums. They’ve been described as a “unique blend of folksie foot-tapping red wine fireside poetry”. They’ve got 5 original albums under their belt and have already toured Germany and the US east coast. If you’re an folk music lover be sure to catch them live. Click here for more. 

20 Alma Road, Rosebank // 7.00pm

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Saturday 5 March 2016 

The Good Company Farmers Market at the Company Gardens

Need to satisfy your inner foodie? The Good Farmers Market sells locally produced lifestyle products and has scrumptious breakfasts and lunches. There’s live music and it’s dog and kid friendly. Sit back, relax and enjoy a weekend picnic in Cape Town’s oldest gardens. 

Queen Victoria Street // 9.00am

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Martin Osner, Lee Osner, Sandy Mclea at the Martin Osner Gallery

The Cape Quarter isn’t just a place to wine, dine and buy your groceries. Visit the Martin Osner Gallery and view the illusional pinhole renditions by Samantha Lee Osner, 3D hand assembled photo-montages by Sandy Mclea and Martin Osner’s ten year photography project. All three artists’s fine art photography explore themes of urbanity and the aftermath of human presence in rural settings. Go to Facebook for more. 

Cape Quarter Piazza, Corner of Waterkant and Dixon St // 10am 

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Monday 7 March 2016

A group exhibition at ECLECTICA Design & Art 

What does it mean to create art in a contemporary society and how does make work that is successfully aesthetic?It’s the final day to catch ECLECTICA’s spring/summer exhibition, Aesthetically Vogue,  which explores these questions and is inspired by how aesthetics can still remain relevant without the influence of trends. The collection of work speaks to the timelessness of creativity, notions of value and beauty. Visit here for more. 

179 Buitengracht Street // 9.30am

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Between 10 and 5