Food lovers and connoisseurs are set for a serious dose of inspiration in the build-up to the much-anticipated Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, as Eat Out launches its first-ever full day conference, to be held on Saturday 24 November at The Westin Cape Town. The Eat Out DStv Food Network conference aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing in the South African food community and will be of value to chefs, restaurateurs, journalists, critics and anyone who is passionate about food. Eat Out editor, judge and speaker at the conference Abigail Donnelly says: “We hope that the conference will build relationships, encourage networking and, above all, inspire local chefs. With the line-up of chefs sharing their inspiration and work, the day’s talks can’t help but be thought-provoking.” Headlining the conference is Massimo Bottura, chef and owner of Osteria Francescana, the world’s 5th best restaurant according to the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list. The recipient of three Michelin stars, Bottura is probably the most influential of the new wave of Italian chefs, and his avant-garde approach to cooking is bound to captivate conference attendees. Says Bottura: “I jumped at the opportunity to come to South Africa. Not only have I heard so many interesting things about it culturally, but as of late, gastronomically too. I have also had the good fortune to meet two incredible chefs working there today – Margot Janse and Luke Dale-Roberts. They have very different kitchens and diverse approaches to gastronomy, which leads me to believe that South Africa has a lot to offer. “Moreover, I have recently read that South Africa is campaigning to get rid of excess sugar, salt and cholesterol; put emphasis on healthy and affordable food; register local products which are exclusive to South Africa; and create even more fairtrade and organic options for consumers and diners. This is just remarkable. Very similar to what we chefs in Italy . . .
ROCKING OUR CITY AT GRANDWEST Cape Town performers to shine in the spotlight Date Saturday 24 November 2012 Time 20h00 Venue Grand Arena, GrandWest Tickets From R150 to R220 Booking Computicket GrandWest CSI’s entertaining variety show Rocking Our City will be staged at the GrandWest Grand Arena on Saturday 24 November. In addition to headline artists Danny K and Loyiso Bala the line up will include popular Capetonian performers to give the show a colourful local flavour. Keeping it all together during the show will be the irrepressible duo of Soli Philander and comedian Kurt Schoonraad, who need no introduction. The Cape Town contingent includes our own incredible opera singer James Bhemgee, who first shot to fame as the SA’s Got Talent 2010 winner. From singing in the streets, where he worked as a street sweeper, Bhemgee has recently released his debut CD, Vincero. Another favourite Capetonian performer who was given a spotlight in the SA’s Got Talent contest is Mady Abrahams, who was the runner up to James Bhemgee. From her rousing rendition of Whitney Houston’s One Moment In Time Mady’s vocal range has taken her as far afield as the Arab states and she has just released her debut album It’s all about you. And no celebration of Cape Town’s musical talent would be complete without the legendary Mr Zayn Adams who celebrates his 50th Musical Anniversary this year and is considered by many to be one of SA’s finest singers ever. Also sharing the stage will be versatile pianist Camillo Lombard who regularly performs with many of South Africa’s leading artists and musicians when he is not teaching aspiring musicians. Also on the bill is Jeremy Olivier, a Jazz graduate of UCT, who performs throughout South Africa and abroad as a vocalist and guitarist. His recent career highlights include singing backing vocals for George Benson and playing guitar for the Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins. For this and much more, don’t miss . . .
UK based Daniel Bedingfield, who has previously charted at #1 in South Africa, will be opening the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert series on 25 November at Kirstenbosch. Daniel Bedingfield's pop wizardry earned him a BRIT Award, six U.K. Top 10 singles and 4 million in album sales from 2001 to 2004. The songwriter who rocketed to the top of the pop world with Gotta Get Thru This is back in a huge way. His new material moves adroitly between dance-floor bangers and R&B-spiked rock, freak-funk and chilling piano ballads, effects-heavy electro and sunny island reggae. “There are a million ways of self-expression, and I can’t hold to one style," he says. "There isn’t one sound in my head, there are thousands." After leaving his record company and with it the concept that there was only one way to do things in this business, he struck out on his own. Mounting a campaign through PledgeMusic he reconnected with his still-ardent fans and fostered a spate of new releases — each seemingly springing from a different creative impulse. Ambitious, bold, brazen even, his new EP Stop The Traffik - Secret Fear, Daniel is taking a distinctly different approach from his former pop-loving, uber-calculated chart topping debut . He is venturing into brave new territory carving out his claim as the wild and diverse wide-eyed crooner he has always been. The proceeds from this release in part benefit Bedingfield’s global charity Stop The Traffik, an organization that fights to prevent human slavery and works to prosecute the traffickers. The son of New Zealand philanthropists who relocated to London to work in the areas affected by the Brixton riots, Bedingfield and his two talented sisters, Natasha and Nikola Rachelle (The Golden Phoenix), were reared in a musical household surrounded by the diverse sounds of the time — the Police, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan — as well as the reggae embraced by his family’s many . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 7 November 2012 Eastgate shopping centre’s signature annual Look of Fashion event, which takes place on 16th November this year, will feature LOCNVILLE, SA’s much-loved duo who in the last few years have not only achieved #1 Platinum Status success for their debut album ‘Sun in my pocket’, but also won the SAMA Award for Best Newcomer and Biggest Selling Album, MK Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ as well as winning the Heat Magazine ‘Hot 100’. Their second studio album ‘Running To Midnight’ was uniquely released with a 100 day countdown, involving 294000 plus fans in the process from start to finish. It includes the radio hit ‘Stars Above You’. The Eastgate Look of Fashion 2012 final event, featuring all twelve selected finalists, will take place at Eastgate shopping centre. This year’s show is choreographed and produced by fashion extraordinaire Juanita Daniel and will feature further performances by sensational new performers Benedikt Sebastian and ChianoSky, who have both launched their debut albums countrywide this year respectively titled ‘Jy Weet Ek Weet’ (produced by industry stalwart Gabi Le Roux) and ‘Hungry’. The event will be hosted by Pabi Moloi, well-known radio DJ at Highveld 94.7 and previous host on All Access. The Eastgate Look of Fashion competition received hundreds of entries for participation this year. Entrants 18 years of age and not older than 25 after 1 November this year could enter. Thirty semi-finalists were selected to attend a screening at which twelve finalists were selected. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the Look of Fashion title. Celebrities that have entered in previous years include Claudia Henkel, Shashi Naidoo , Rosette Mogomotsi and previous runner-up, Celeste Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA Teen in last year’s competition. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact the Customer Service . . .
Iziko South African National Gallery, 29 November 2012 until 09 January 2013 The Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2012 has been awarded to Mikhael Subotzky. Entitled Retinal Shift, the exhibition will centre on a four-channel film installation which has been produced specifically for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Further photographic, video and installation works will complete the exhibition. The exhibition presenting an entirely new body of work will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 29 November 2012. Retinal Shift investigates the practice and mechanics of looking – in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices and Subotzky’s own history as an artist. The works in the show draw on archival portraits from the last century, found surveillance footage, and Subotzky’s own photographs from various series’ that are re-contextualized here. The opening work on the show is a self-portrait that Subotzky made with the assistance of an optometrist. High-resolution images of his left and right retinas are placed side by side. “I was fascinated by this encounter. At the moment that my retinas, my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images,” he said. Retinal Shift extends this motif of looking while not seeing - exploring it through Grahamstown’s history, our contemporary surveillance society, and the artist’s personal attempts to see. The exhibition began its year-long tour at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in June 2012 and will travel to various major centres around South Africa before ending its run in August 2013. ENDS About the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards The Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival to acknowledge emerging, relatively young South African artists who have displayed an outstanding talent in their artistic endeavours. These prestigious awards are presented annually . . .
5FM Sports presenter Sias du Plessis has pledged his support to The Unlimited Child and will take on The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon in February next year to raise funds and awareness for the organisation. Sias and his new paddling partner Ryan Thompson will take to the water in their K2 as part of The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch in aid of The Unlimited Child, which provides educational toys, caregiver training and support to enable underprivileged crèches to give children the stimulation they need to achieve their full potential in life. The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch is an online bidding system, which allows paddlers the opportunity to bid for a position in an earlier starting batch each day with all bids being donated to charity. A daily head start offers a huge competitive advantage as the paddlers will be out on the water earlier to beat the midday sun and will also avoid the congestion as more batches set off from the starting line. A record amount of R368 020 was raised this year for The Unlimited Dusi’s official charities, namely The Unlimited Child, the SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust). Bidding for 2013 Charity Batch starting positions open on Saturday, 1 December 2012. According to Sias, affectionately dubbed Ginger by morning show host Gareth Cliff, his 2012 maiden Dusi was an unforgettable adrenaline rush and he is looking forward to getting out on the water again – especially as he will be raising much needed funds and awareness for such a worthy cause. “Although I have not had much time on the water since The Unlimited Dusi 2012, I’m very excited about taking part again and will use the next couple of months to prepare. Being out on the water is quite a challenge, but worth the effort to be part of one of the biggest canoe marathons in the world,” said Sias. Du Plessis is kicking off his fundraising campaign this week with a Comedy Night @ The Studio at Primi Rosebank. Sias partners up with local comedians Dillan . . .
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the Festival. The Festival will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 400 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. “As always, we’re looking forward to programming an exciting selection of productions. Artists who want to be part of the 2013 Fringe have until 18 January to get their forms in to us, and we’re on hand before then to help with any questions they may have,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said. Applications for the 2013 Fringe at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown opened on Monday, 29 October 2012. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by email – email@example.com, or telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists. The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. More Info: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Single malt Scotch whisky is becoming increasingly popular all over the world and local whisky lovers can savour some of the world’s top selling single malt whiskies at the 2012 FNB Whisky Live Festival in Durban (1-2 November) and Johannesburg (7-9 November). Whisky is a complex and versatile spirit that offers a unique tasting experience. The true character of a good whisky comes through after some time, so it is important not to drink it too quickly and savour the variety of aromas and flavours. When asked what in his opinion makes a great single malt whisky, Glen Grant Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm said: “Quite simply: Scotland. A superior single malt whisky is the result of the land on which the whisky is produced and takes its ingredients from. A combination of highland spring water, yeast and malted barley, all from Scottish fields, and matured in an oak cask are the unique elements that create a seductively smooth taste, rich, fruity tones and a golden hue. Glen Grant is a perfect example of this.” The following tasting guidelines will help novice whisky drinkers to enjoy a memorable whisky experience: Start by appreciating the colour of the liquid in the glass as each single malt whisky has a unique colour developed during the time it is matured and stored in oak casks. Delicately nose (smell) the whisky by placing your nose a few inches away from the glass. Keeping your mouth slightly open will help you to better discern and 'taste' the different aromas. Tilt and turn the glass to allow the whisky to coat the glass. This increases the surface area, permitting greater evaporation and thus enhancing the aroma. Observe the consistency as it sticks to the sides of your glass, which is called legs. Two things cause legs: alcoholic strength and natural viscosity. Sticky, full-bodies whiskies will have longer legs that take more time to slide back to the whisky, while lighter whiskies have less prominent legs. Take a sip. Take just enough to . . .
GIPCA’s ground-breaking Live Art Festival will take place in various venues around Cape Town from 30 November to 4 December 2012, and promises a plethora of provocative and memorable experiences for audience members. The Live Art Festival, presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts and subtitled ‘Make-up your Mind’, seeks to be a space for interrogation and exploration of contemporary art forms. Embodying themes of presence, identity and gender, the inaugural Festival comprises 30 artists who emerge from a wide range of fields and often collapsing disciplinary boundaries. This sprawling series of events will take place in various venues, including the Cape Town City Hall, UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, roadside pavements, a farm and an empty swimming pool. ‘But is it art?’ must be the mantra of our time - both an earnest question and a cliché that inspires irritation and impatience. Conflicting ideas about how we perceive and not just what we perceive, the collapse of established systems based on prejudice, and postcolonial subjectivities; have all contributed to a healthy and robust bewilderment around contemporary art, particularly that emerging from South Africa. Translate that into performance or live art, and the risks are greater, the innovation sharper, the boundaries barely discernible and the befuddlement bordering on vertigo. Now more than ever before, the point of view of the individual spectator is most important in their encounter with fresh work that sits on an edge. Uncles and Angels, a headline performance by live art diva Nelisiwe Xaba and experimental filmmaker Mocke J van Veuren, typifies the essential interdisciplinary nature of the Festival. When featured at Dance Umbrella this year, the work was described on Artslink.co.za as “uncomfortable... but done with intelligent intent, wry humour, a superb partnership and brilliant technology”, heralding what will “surely become a signature work in years to come”. The . . .
Visitors to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden have enjoyed lazy summer Sunday afternoons listening to the best in local and international music over a number of years. The 2012/2013 season of Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts promises to be a year of memorable musicians, not least because it is a celebration of 21 years of concerts and the Centenary of the Garden. World renowned, the concerts are on most tourists’ agenda as an opportunity to see a Garden that offers a taste of the Cape’s floral heritage in all its beauty; to soak up an atmosphere of congeniality and enjoy world-class music under the shadow of Table Mountain. This coming season launching on Sunday November 25, 2012 through until April 7, 2013 brings with it music that transcends all ages and genres. This Sunday afternoon tradition is one of the experiences that make Cape Town so unique – the chance to experience the best artists performing in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Says Frank Brooks, Sponsorship Manager for sponsor Old Mutual: “This season marks the fifth year we have been a part of this iconic Cape Town event. We are immensely proud that the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts have become a staple on the local and international tourism calendar, and that we as a brand can help these artists do great things on such a prestigious stage”. For the popular groups, and the exciting new performers in the country, it is a mark of achievement to have been on the Kirstenbosch stage - and to be invited back. This year’s line up welcomes back old favourites: Mango Groove, Zebra and Giraffe, Prime Circle, Arno Carstens, The Parlotones, Jimmy Dludlu, Freshlyground, Goldfish and Natasha Meister and introduces some hot new acts that will thrill their audiences. Opening the season on November 25 is international star and UK based Daniel Bedingfield. His pop wizardry is renowned, award winning and seriously funky. Having previously charted #1 in South Africa expect to hear some new material . . .