TRIBUTE: Michael Jackson  History II, starring Kenny Wizz, starts on Thursday at The Mandela Theatre.


Joburg Theatre Complex, cnr Loveday and Hoofd sts: 011 877 6854: all bookings at 0861 670 670 or see

The Mandela Theatre:

Michael Jackson – History II, starring Kenny Wizz. Thursday to February 10.

People’s Theatre: 011 403 1563/2340:

For reduced prices on tickets join the People’s Theatre Kids Club. Call Andrew or Lorraine at 011 403 1563/2340 or see

Barnyard Theatre Boksburg, East Rand Mall, cnr Rietfontein Rd and Bentel Ave, 011 823 6933:

Those Were the Days. A musical trip through the Sixties. Ends February 17. January specials: Thursday to Saturday at R125, Sunday R85. Book as above.

Barnyard Theatre Rivonia, Rivonia Crossing 2, cnr Witkoppen and Rivonia Roads (entrance in Achter Rd): 011 234 2033:

Icons of the 80s. Music legends from the 1980s. Ends March 3. January specials: Thursday to Saturday at R150, Sunday R95. Book as above.

Bassline Jazz Club, 10 Henry Nxumalo St, Newtown Music Centre, 011 838 9145:

The Hendrix of the Sahara – Vieux Farka Touré – with Bongeziwe Mabandla. A partnership between Alliance Française and Bassline. Friday at 8pm. R90 through

Montecasino, cnr William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Rd, Fourways: 011 511 1818.

Pieter Toerien Theatre:

Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights SA Tour, starring Liza Pulman. Comedy cabaret. Ends January 27. R100 to R250 at Computicket.

Studio Theatre: 011 511 1818:

Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist. Tomorrow to Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5.15pm and 8.15pm, Sunday at 3.15pm. R100 at Computicket.

Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Joburg, 011 832 1641:

The Market Theatre is running readings at the Main Theatre on the last Thursday of every month. An opportunity for playwrights to have their plays heard, with an opportunity for feedback. For info or to apply for a slot, e-mail Craig Higginson: [email protected]

Mies Julie – Restoration of Body and Soil, directed by Yael Farber. Thursday to January 24. R140 for dinner package, at Computicket.

Barney Simon Theatre:

The Island, written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, directed by Kani and starring Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana. Tomorrow to March 24, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8.15pm and Sundays at 3.15pm. Tuesday performances R75 or R150.

National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown, 011 484 1584/5, enquiries: [email protected]

Saturday workshops start January 26 and run until March 16. Call as above if your child/children will be joining in the new year.

Story Time at the National Children’s Theatre. Fiona Budd will tell stories to the little ones aged four to seven on Saturdays between 9am and 10am in the new story room at the theatre. Starts on February 2 and runs until the end of the government school term. Free, but donations welcome. Book your child’s place as above.

Carnival City Casino, Heidleberg Rd, Brakpan, 011 898 7575/7000:

Odeon Showbar;

Divas in Drag every Thursday at 8pm. R75 at the door.

Sports Bar:

Jazz Monate. Sunday. 3pm. R100 with meal, payable at the door.

Show Bar, Carnival City:

What Happens in Vegas Happens at Carnival City. A tribute to Las Vegas extravaganzas. 8pm Friday and Saturday. R50 at the door.

Mark Banks and friends every Wednesday until January 30. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm. R80.

Gold Reef City Casino, Data Crescent, Ormonde, 011 248 5168/5000:

Globe Theatre:

El Cantante. Cito (from Wonderboom) with a programme of Spanish favourites. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Joined by guitarist Martin Schofield. R120, students and pensioners R100, at Computicket.

Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, 011 928 1297/1213:

Laduma Family Fun Park in Centre Court:

Santa’s Playground. The exciting theme park will stay open for this month and next, Fridays to Sundays. Inflatable and funfair and rides. R120 includes beverage, hotdog and voucher for the rides.

Old Mutual Theatre on the Square, Fifth St, Sandton, 011 883 8606 and for bookings 083 377 4969 or Strictly Tickets:

Jazz and Blues Weekend. January 25 to 27. Friday evening features The Red Hand Blues Band. Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon feature Denise Jannah and Wolf Martini with pianist John Fresk and special guests. R175 for all performances.

Energia, with the Bonegio Spanish Dance Company. January 29 to February 2, Tuesday to Friday at 8.15pm, Saturday 5pm and 8.30pm.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Miriam Makeba between Jeppe and President sts, Newtown, 011 639 8448:

Reacting to Chemistry (science and education), for families and high school pupils, showing how modern chemistry promotes cleaner, more efficient and innovative solutions. Ends May.

Victory Theatre, 105 Louis Botha Avenue, Houghton Estate, 011 728 9603:

Umoja – the spirit of togetherness. 8pm. R112 to R336 at Computicket.

Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrew’s Rd, Parktown, Joburg:

Viennese Ball by SA Mzansi Ballet and the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. January 19. Book at Computicket.

Sharpeville Community Hall:

Sharp*ville, from tragedy to triumph. A township tale by playwright, director and actor Gamakhulu Diniso. Ends January 26. For more contact call Sydney Dhlamini at [email protected]

Mphatlalatsane Theatre, Sebokeng:

Sharp*ville, from tragedy to triumph. A township tale by playwright, director and actor Gamakhulu Diniso. January 28 to February 9. For more info contact Sydney Dhlamini [email protected]

EC/NATfestival – Fringe Applications open for 2013 NAF.

Applications are open for the Fringe at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe: e-mail [email protected], call 046 603 1103 or fax 086 233 2119.

Also find and submit forms via artists. The deadline for registration is Friday.


South African State Theatre, 320 Pretorius St: 012 392 4000:


Sunday Morning Concert. New year celebration on January 27 at 11am. Patrons are requested to dress up with bowties and/or hats. BTE VO1SS artists. R90, R65 for pensioners. Parking R13. Each Sunday Morning Concert will have a theme, to inspire patrons to become part of the concert. A prize will be given to the best-dressed couple.

Brooklyn Theatre, cnr 13th and Thomas Edison sts, Menlo Park,

012 460 6033:

Verdi Gala 2013, celebrating Guiseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday with a week of operas on BluRay DVD on the big screen followed by three Salon Music concerts with South African opera stars and Salon Ensemble:

Big screen: tomorrow at 8pm: La Traviata from La Scala.

Friday at 8pm: La Forza Del Destino, with conductor Zubin Mehta;

Sunday at 3pm: Il Trovatore with Royal Opera House;

January 23 at 8pm: Un Ballo in Maschera, with Teatro Real (Madrid);

January 25: Aida at La Scala with conductor Zeffirelli.

Concerts: Verdi Gala Concert featuring Antoinette Olivie (soprano), Jo-Nette LeKay (soprano), Teresa de Wit (mezzo), Herman Theron (tenor), Derick Ellis (tenor) and Douwe Bijkersma (baritone). January 27 at 3pm, January 30 and February 1 at 8pm. R130 to R180 at Computicket.

Accordion classes by Sergio Zampolli. Call Sergio at 083 302 3113.

Pierneef Theatre, cnr Pierneef and Mogg aves, Villieria: 012 329 0709:

Rooikoos se Zips het Baie Byt. Comical sketches by Abraham H de Vries with Dirk Vermeulen. January 23. 7pm.

Andre Swiegers. January 25. 7pm.

Rooiwynliefde. Helena Hettema with songs from her new cd – songs by Piaf, Brel and Marianne Faithful. Guest artist Jan Hettema. Saturday, January 26. 7pm.

Denise Jannah and Wolf Martini, from Netherlands, with a night of jazz, and guest Kim Thjuita, a guitarist from Rwanda. January 28. 7pm. Tickets at the door.

l Computicket: 083 915 8000 or

l or 082 553 5903/1.

• For inclusion in Boardwalk e-mail details to [email protected], subject boardwalk, by Thursday afternoon.