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27 Dec 2011

CONRAD KOCH presents PUPPET ASYLUM - Baxter Golden Arrow Studio

South Africa’s top ventriloquist, Conrad Koch, teams up with multi-award winning director Heinrich Reisenhofer to bring his highly acclaimed new one-man comedy show, Puppet Asylum to Cape Town. Using post-modern puppets that include the notorious political analyst, Chester Missing, this highly acclaimed extravaganza of world class comedy and cool puppetry effects runs for a season at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 10 to 28 January 2012. Performances are at 20.15 Tuesday to Saturday.

Set in a special ‘loony bin’, Conrad has one last chance to get his crazy puppets released but only if he can get them to behave in front of a test audience. The problem is that his main puppet, Chester Missing of LNN fame, who is also Conrad’s outspoken BEE business partner, no longer wants to be a ventriloquists’ puppet; his ambition instead is to go solo and host his own TV talk show. Hilary, the ostrich, who despises playing second fiddle to Chester, is a ‘has-been’ alcoholic show-girl, desperate to make her own star come-back, and Ronnie, the cute but savage green monster, cannot control his impulses in front of people despite Conrad’s best efforts to teach him manners and curb his behaviour. The result is a spectacular and hilarious journey of verbal insanity that pushes the boundaries of ventriloquism and comedy.

Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most ‘in demand’ comedy talents and winner of the Speakers Inc Entertainer of the Year Award for 2010. He combines hilarious comedy with world class puppetry and has done so for over fifteen years to local and international acclaim. He has been featured on television throughout the world and is a frequent guest at some of South Africa’s biggest comedy events: The Smirnoff Comedy Festival, the Vodacom Comedy Festival, King Size Comedy, The 94,7 Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, SA London Comedy Festival, 46664 It’s no Joke and more.

Conrad started out at the College of Magic in Lansdowne, and in the early days honed his craft around the comedy clubs of Cape Town. He studied social anthropology and psychology at UCT and completed his masters, cum laude, at WITS. He is a practicing Corporate Anthropologist with extensive experience implementing culture change programmes for large organisations that include FNB, Goldfields, Sun International, SEA, and more. By continually conversing and making fun of issues facing everyday South Africans, he soon became intrigued by the inner workings of the human culture and is recognised as the world’s only Anthropological Ventriloquist - a label he wears proudly.

Puppet Asylum is produced by Podium ...The Comedy Merchants.

Tickets on Tuesdays cost R50, Wednesday and Thursday R80, Friday and Saturday R90. Book through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, call 0861 915 8000, on line or at the Baxter 021 685 7880.

Discounts are available for Students, senior citizens and block bookings of 10 or more R60 (Wednesday and Thursday), R70 (Friday and Saturday). Duration of the show is 65 minutes. PG 13L For charity and corporate bookings contact Sharon Ward 021 680 3962 sharon.ward{@} or Carmen Kearns 021 680 3993 carmen.kearns{@}

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27 December 2011

17 Dec 2011


Saturday 31st December 2011 featuring

Nederburg Wine Farm in Paarl is graciously hosting a spectacular New Year’s Eve outdoor concert with music by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), conducted by Richard Cock featuring celebrated songbird Judith Sephuma and international tenor Edmondo Rahme. It’s a concert for the entire family and a fund raiser for the CPO.

Bring your own picnic basket, blanket, folding chairs and glasses. No drinks allowed. Nederburg wine, bubbly, soft drinks and coffee will be on sale. Remember to bring something warm. Gates open at 19.30 and the concert starts at 21:30.

Tchaikovsky’s boisterous and exciting 1812 Overture will lead the audience into 2012.

Tickets cost R150 for adults, R75 for teenagers and free for children under six. Book at Computicket, Shoprite Checkers outlets, call 0861 915 8000 or book online

In the event of rain, the concert will be held the following day, Sunday 1 January at 19.00. Gates open at 17.30.

For more information please contact Ursula Badminton on 021 410-9809 or Luvuyo Kakaza 021 410 9966 at the CPO.

How to get there … Follow the N1 from Cape Town, pass the Paarl/Main, Cecilia and the Wellington/Jan van Riebeeck Drive exits. Take the Worcester/Sonstraal Road exit (R101), which is just before the toll gates at the Huguenot Tunnel. Turn left onto Sontraal road and continue for 4,5 km. The entrance to Nederburg Wines is on your left.

posted 17 December 2011

09 Dec 2011

ROSE KORBER's 20th ART SALON, Camps Bay, Cape Town

16 December 2011 to 31 January 2012
Rose Korber Art, 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

'The past two decades have seen an enormous shift in South African art, with our local artworks becoming more internationalised and our artists taking their rightful place on a world stage,' says noted independent Cape Town art dealer and consultant, Rose Korber. Celebrating her 20th annual Art Salon, Rose - herself an icon in the art industry - will be exhibiting works by many of these artists from 16 December 2011 to 31 January 2012.

The venue for the 20th Art Salon will be Rose Korber Art at 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town. Gallery hours are 10 am to 6 pm including weekends and public holidays. (Open also on Christmas and the New Year).

For more information contact Rose Korber or Valerie Botha on 021 438 9152, 083 261 1173 or 082 781 6144
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Among the renowned artists exhibiting on the Art Salon and who are regular participants on international biennales, art fairs and 'blockbuster' shows on five continents are William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Sam Nhlengethwa, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Claudette Schreuders.

Other notable names that have become increasingly well-known both locally and abroad exhibiting are: Simon Stone, Robert Slingsby, Richard Smith, David Koloane, Robert Hodgins, Paul du Toit, Paul Blomkamp, JP Meyer, Deborah Bell, Diane Victor, Sanell Aggenbach, Kate Gottgens, Pamela Stretton, Penelope Stutterheime, Wendy Anziska, Kim Lieberman and Cynthia Villet. Prominent classical artists, John Kramer and Erik Laubscher - whose paintings are emblematic of the South African environment and landscape - will also be well represented on the show. New painters to watch out for are Georgia Lane and Liane Dutilleux.

Since its inception in 1992, the Art Salon has been a major annual event in Cape Town, bringing together - under one roof - a large showcase of quality artworks in various media and styles that give a comprehensive overview of the current state of South African art. : paintings, mixed media works, original limited-edition prints, photography, ceramics, sculpture and contemporary Shangaan beadwork.

Andrew Lamprecht noted academic and curator, who has his pulse very firmly on the contemporary and the newer artists, will be collaborating once again with Rose Korber this year.

The photographers on show are Stephen Inggs, whose iconic landscapes and object-based images are internationally recognised, Jurgen Schadeberg - known internationally for his depictions of black life in South Africa, since the 1950s and Jenny Altschuler already known in her field of figurative photography.

Sculptors of note include Kevin Brand, Willie Bester, Jaco Sieberhagen, Naomi Press and Anthony Lane.

The Art Salon has also become known for its exceptional annual selection of prize-winning, South African ceramists and this year is no exception. Among the leading ceramic artists exhibiting are Ian Garrett, Louise Gelderblom, Hennie Meyer, Clementina van der Walt, Carolyn Heydenrych, Wiebke von Bismarck, Ralph Johnson, Helen Vaughan, Rae Goosens, Melanie Hillebrand, Sarah Walters, Patsy Groll, Yvonne Martin and Laura du Toit. A special feature this year will also be a large selection of works by members of the renowned Ardmore Studio Ceramics in Natal, while two exciting new names to look out for are in Natal, while two exciting new names to look out for are prizewinners, Hylett Engelbrecht and Alessandro Pappada.

Commenting on another important aspect of the South African art scene, which has changed dramatically over the last few years, Korber adds: 'The recognition given to younger, groundbreaking artists has changed with talented art school graduates being snapped up by curators and major galleries almost before they graduate. This has led to a newer, fresher, more accessible terrain of art and ever-more visitors to our galleries and art museums to see the wonderful fruits of South Africa's creativity and a number of these young artists are to be included on this year’s Salon. Andrew Lamprecht, noted academic and curator, who has his pulse very firmly on the contemporary and the newer artists will be collaborating once again with Rose Korber.

Posted 9 December 2011

05 Dec 2011




Sunday 11TH. December at 7-30pm - Ticket price R100-00
Booking - Cliff Wallis 021-761-2726 or 076-401 0008

Price includes snacks and after concert drinks + lucky ticket draws for
Champagne, T-shirts & DVDS.


published: 5 December 2011

Cape Town Folk 'n Acoustic Music Festival, 10 Dec 2011

18 Top South African artists: Ard Matthews, Steve Newman, Farryl Purkiss, Rory Eliot, Brian Finch, Guy Buttery, Christine Weir and Julie Blundell, Janie Bay, Gavin Minter, Louise Day, Tombstone Pete, Andrew James and Steady Tiger, John Ellis, Diesel Vanilla, Machineri, Gary Thomas, Natasha Meister, Jack Mantis.

Cape Town Folk 'n Acoustic Music Festival
Saturday 10 December 2011, 19:00 at CTICC, Cape Town

Real Wired Music, the creators of Vintage Sundays and the Cape Town for Haiti Concert, brings you another extraordinary live music experience. Together with Sedgwick’s Old Brown Sherry and Marshall Music, the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival will bring together 18 top South African artists of this genre in a sophisticated, concert-style setting. The line up sees a mix of great acoustic guitarists like Steve Newman, Gary Thomas and Guy Buttery with singer/songwriter stalwarts like Farryl Purkiss, Rory Eliot, Ard Matthews and Brian Finch. The look and feel of the festival will be in the style of a 70s Folk concert –all artists will perform solo or duo sets completely acoustically. Performances will be stripped down to the essence of the songs – guitar and voice.

Add to all this some blues sounds from Natasha Meister, Andrew James and Machineri, and some folk/pop by Janie Bay and Louise Day, and the evening is set to be an experience of the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of some of South Africa’s best songwriters and musicians.

The festival will consist of three sets with two half-hour breaks in between. There will be a cash bar and food stalls in the CTICC foyer.

Tickets are R180-00 on or R200-00 at the door. The first 300 seats booked will receive a gift bag courtesy of Sedgwick’s Old Brown Sherry.

R5 of every ticket sold will be donated to the SPCA, Western Cape.

The Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival would also like to contribute to a feel-good holiday season for all. We will have toy bins set up in the foyer for you to bring your donation of a fluffy toy. The toys will be delivered to the children at Baby Watoto Cape Town, as well as two other local children’s homes before Christmas.

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"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

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