As the cold rolls in on Joburg, it’s time to dig out your favourite jacket and head into town for yet another fantastic host of events for this month’s First Thursdays. The first week of May sees a stellar jazz offering in the form of En Fuego – The Orbit’s Afro Cuban Salsa Band, ‘The Year of The Bicycle’ at The Market Theatre, a WAM walkabout, and Girls! Girls! Girls!
Stop 1: Newtown Junction Mall, Miriam Makeba and President Streets, Newtown.
Start off the night on a more pensive note with a book reading and discussion of I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life + Style and Politics of Brenda Fassie by author and prominent South African music journalist Bongani Madondo. The event marks the first of a series of Newtown Junction Literary Evenings and will see the author in conversation with some of the book’s contributors as well as those who knew Ma’Brrr best. More info here.
Stop 2: Kalashnikov Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein.
After that, stop off at Kalashnikov Gallery where they’ll be hosting an exhibition of new works by visual artist Jana Hamman. Stop by to see a series of digital prints as well as video and installation elements. The exhibition will also include a a collection of sculptures produced by Kalashnikovv Gallery itself. More info on Facebook.
Stop 3: The Orbit, 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein.
After all that art, why not end off the evening with a drink and some live jazz? Inspired by the sounds of New York style Latino music, En Fuego is an international ensemble of passionate and skilled jazz cats who have performed with the likes of James Brown, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, the Afro-Cuban Allstars and many more. R120 gets you a night of guaranteed free-flowing jazz out of the heart of one of Johannesburg’s premiere jazz joints. More info here.
Stop 4: The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret McIngana St, Newtown.
And if music’s not your thing, round off the evening with some theatre. Joanna Evans’ Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award winning ‘The Year of the Bicycle’ is making its Johannesburg premiere at the Market Theatre this Thursday. Starring Amy Louise Wilson and Aphiwe Livi, the piece follows two estranged childhood friends who, after each suffering a concussion, meet years later and piece together their memories. Book your tickets ahead of time at Computicket and find out more on Facebook.
Other things to see and do this week
Saturday 7 May
WAM Talkabout: Into the light with Marcus Neustetter
Marcus Neustetter is a Joburg based artist, cultural activist and producer. His work involves a multi-disciplinary approach from conventional drawings to permanent and temporary site specific installations, mobile and virtual interventions and socially engaged projects. With his recent exhibition Into the Light opening at the Wits Art Museum last week, the artist will now be leading a Saturday afternoon ‘talkabout’ giving insight into his works. More info on Facebook.
The Winter Sculpture Fair 2016
If you’re passionate about art, food, and wine, the 2016 Winter Sculpture Fair offers the perfect day out in the country to spend with family and friends. Artlogic’s Winter Sculpture Fair sees Franschhoek’s top chefs and winemakers returning to Nirox on 7 and 8 May 2016. More info on Facebook.