This winter the southeaster will be blowing the hottest comedians SA has to offer ‘down south’. Chase away the winter blues with smoking comedy acts each month at Noordhoek’s Café Roux. With familiar faces and budding new talent on stage there will be something to laugh about for everyone. There will be sessions on the first Wednesday of every winter month, starting on Wednesday, 1 June when Stuart Taylor will host and Rob Van Vuuren will be the headline act, supported by KG Mokgadi and Devin Gray. Find out more about the venue.
Trek to the National Botanical Gardens for a day of local micro-manufactured brews and exciting new music. More than 30 micro-brewers from all over the country will be taking part. The organisers want you to know they've sorted out last year's problems with getting into the venue. Check the website for more information.
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is an action-packed ice spectacular featuring four Disney stories and many of the beloved characters from The Little Mermaid, Cars and Toy Story 3. Also skating along will be Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and the stars of Frozen. The show is on at Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, from 24 June to 3 July and at Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town, from 6 to 10 July. Find out more and book at Computicket.
‘Grahamstown’ has become one of the country’s finest stages for jazz talent. Anchored in long-standing connections with international arts councils, the festival boxes way above its ticket prices in terms of the line-up. From obscure Swiss quartets to beefy Scandinavian big bands, the performances range from easily hummable tunes to mind-warpingly intricate experimentation. It also showcases the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz winner, and for the 2016 line-up that would be Siya Makuzeni. She plays trombone, composes, riffs free-form with the best, and has a deep understanding of African traditions – and she sings like an angel. More info and bookings
Time to open that folder of verse and share it with the world. International and local poets, published or not, can now submit applications to take part in this wordfest. The audience is mostly English and Afrikaans at the moment, but poetry in any of the official languages are welcome. Describe your presentation in about 50 words, include a short title and make sure you're material runs between 30 and 40 minutes. Send it by e-mail or post to PO Box 361, McGregor 6708. The closing date was 30 April, but if you didn't make the cut, there are open mics at the event where you can do your thing.
Once a year the Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards in the Klein Karoo are open for fun with music, food and wine. This year the organisers, Red Hot Events, have lined up blues rocker Albert Frost, Majozi, the Nomadic Orchestra, the gypsy jazz outfit Manouche and several exciting newcomers for your entertainment. Nine bands will play from Friday evening at 19:00 until Sunday morning at 11:00. Tickets include access to camping facilities and a Klein Karoo lunch on the Saturday. There will be a tasting market with cheese, olives, freshly baked goods, biltong and more. Find out more and book tickets for a great family weekend away.