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The Cape Town Holocaust Centre will hold a ceremony to mark the United Nations International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on Thursday 28 January. The event will also be an opportunity to officially open the Centre’s newly refurbished permanent exhibition. The evening will include a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a

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Pieter Toerien Productions and KickstArt presents Sweeney Todd at Theatre on the Bay from 19 February to 9 April 2016. This musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, features one of the greatest musical theatre scores ever written. Cameron Mackintosh has called Sondheim "possibly the greatest lyricist ever". It tells the outlandish tale of

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The promise of the new and the shackles of the old test a Zimbabwean woman’s resolve, writes Katlego Mkhwanazi. SWEET MEDICINE by Panashe Chigumadzi (Jacana) Panashe Chigumadzi’s book is set in 2008 during the worst of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis. ‘Educating a girl too much was asking for trouble, asking her to become a prostitute.” Those are the words

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An influential comedic revolution is happening in South Africa. Its comics operate in an increasingly complex, high-risk and conflict-intense society, writes Lyn Snodgrass. Last year was a tumultuous one for South Africa and the country faces an uncertain 2016. This prevailing mood does not bode well for South African society. But there are undercurrents that suggest

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Adagio for a Hacked Life, at the Baxter this February, explores how the individual is sacrificed at the altar of global economic growth. Adagio for a Hacked Life is the third and final instalment in the highly acclaimed Growth trilogy - a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and Scenkonst Sörmland (Sweden) The series highlights the impact of the global

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The Mail & Guardian's round up this week's hot-ticket events in Cape Town. MUSIC Straight No Chaser, 79 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town 8001. January 23: Brydon Bolton Trio (including Frank Mallows on vibraphone and Simon Annett on drums), 8.30pm. Tickets are R80 a set and R140 for both. INFO: fb The Assembly, 61 Harrington Street, Cape Town 8001. January 28: The

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The film Suffragette, recalling the history of the movement reminds us there are still places where women cannot vote, writes Katlego Mkhwanazi. December 2015 will go down in history as a monumental moment for Saudi Arabia, which, for the first time, allowed women to cast votes in municipal elections. The country’s King Abdullah had announced in 2011 that women would

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‘Candy Man’ is the title of the Derek Drake exhibition opening at The Cape Gallery on Sunday 31 January. 'Candy Man’ embodies Derek Drake‘s lifelong quest for a more equitable society; accepting of cultural diversity, humane and peaceful. Figures contained within the matrix of his large canvasses are, in a sense, cyphers. Much as in Mondrian’s ‘Broadway

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A new book, Lion Songs,  probes the life and times of Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe’s hailed chimurenga music pioneer, writes Kwanele Sosibo. Lion Songs (Duke University Press), Banning Eyre’s biography of Zimbabwean musical innovator Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo, is an intensely detailed and lucid work. Eyre, a guitar-playing journalist, is also the author of Griot Time:

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"Please join us for a glass of wine on Thursday the 28th of January at 6:30pm for the opening of  Night + Day by Aldo Balding", reads the invite from Christopher Moller Gallery. This will be the artist’s third annual solo exhibition in South Africa, proudly hosted by the Christopher Moller Gallery. Aldo Balding was born and raised in the United Kingdom and

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