Bronze by Dave Tomlinson at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery.
Bronze by Dave Tomlinson at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery.

Keep yourselves amused this week

By Frank Chemaly Time of article published Jan 30, 2021

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Fresh produce available to the Golden Hours Market

Markets

Golden Hours Market: (tomorrow) This relaxed family market at the Golden Hours School opens from 10am to 2pm with all Covid-19 protocols in place and strict social distancing. Call Lyn on 083 262 3693.

Concerts and Shows

Music Revival: Pianist Christopher Duigan online, livestreaming on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6pm. Duigan has performed more than 80 concerts over lockdown since March. Free, but donations are welcome. Email [email protected] or WhatsApp 083 417 4473. View at the Music Revival website www.musicrevival.co.za, or on www.youtube.com/c/ChristopherDuigan

Luthuli Museum: Catch Durban-based jazz pianist, producer and electronic musician Zibusiso Makhathini in AfriCanva, a collective effort between visual arts and music. Makhathini worked with Sphephelo Mnguni, a well-known visual artist from Durban. Makhathini’s band is accompanied by Dalisu Ndlazi on bass, Riley G on drums, Senzo Ngcobo on trombone and Thabo Sikhakhane on trumpet. From February 2. Tickets are R30. See https://nationalartsfestival.co.za/

Art

KZNSA Gallery: Features the exhibition Complacency-20, the Durban University of Technology graduation show. The exhibition looks at the Covid-19 pandemic and its path of mayhem, sorrow and a deep-seated sense of uncertainty about the future and how the art world had to confront the painful realisation of being regarded as “not essential”. Viewing by appointment only.

Elizabeth Gordon Gallery: Exhibition of wildlife bronzes from one of South Africa’s most renowned sculptors, Dave Tomlinson, whose pieces are found in collections around the world. Catch Tomlinson’s real love, which is birds sculpted in bronze. Call 031 303 8133.

The Gallery, Ballito: A new art collective offers KZN artists and creatives a space to exhibit in. Local artist Jane Digby, who organised the pop up art gallery and exhibition space over Christmas, has a second exhibition under way.

White Storks at Umgeni Bird Park

Outdoors

Amblers Hiking Club: (tomorrow) At 2pm, hike Highstakes. Take Cato Ridge exit (53), turn left and follow Highstakes 4x4 track and store signs. Downhill splendour on the new clear trail, then tea and famous chocolate cake afterwards, or early dinner. R40 hike fee includes the tea and chocolate cake. Call David on 072 615 0559.

Umgeni Bird Park: The park is open every day from 9am to 3pm, with all Covid-19 protocols in place and a limit of 250 guests. The free-flight bird show is currently suspended, but the park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush, tropical landscaping which houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa. Adults R64, Children under 12 R42 and pensioners R36. Call 031 322 5750

Reptile curator Wade Kilian with Henry the Nile crocodile.

Education

Crocworld: Tune into Facebook Live videos every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. Crocworld’s bird curator, Ryne Ferguson, will stream on Tuesdays showcasing some of the centre’s latest additions – two recently hatched Marabou Storks. The Raptor Wing has also welcomed Booted Eagles, Eurasian Eagle Owls, Harris Hawks and Jackal Buzzards. Every Thursday at 11am, reptile curator Wade Kilian will give audiences insight into creatures such as “Laggie”, a female, white-throated monitor lizard. Tune in via the Crocworld Conservation Centre Facebook page. Call 039 976 1103.

Dante Alighieri: One of the most rewarding things you can do during lockdown is learn a new language: Choose between more than 15 languages, including Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian, with native speakers. From beginners to advanced. The society offers online certification, flexible scheduling and personalised lessons as well as IEB and Cambridge preparation and assessment. Call 073 852 2482

The MyFrenchFilmFestival runs until February 15 online.

Film

Alliance Française de Durban: The MyFrenchFilmFestival features 10 films organised around themes that reflect the diversity and vitality of French-language cinema. The online festival runs until February 15. This is the 11th edition of the festival, which has presented over 250 films, with 54 million views across more than 200 territories in the world. The programme includes: Adolescentes by Sébastien Lifshitz, Camille by Boris Lojkine, Enormous by Sophie Letourneur, Felicita by Bruno Merle, Working Girls by Frédéric Fonteyne and Anne Paulicevich, Heroes Don’t Die by Aude Léa Rapin, Josep by Aurel, Just Kids by Christophe Blanc, You Deserve a Lover by Hafsia Herzi and Burning Ghost by Stéphane Batut. Three feature films are presented out of competition: Kuessipan by Myriam Verreault, Madame by Stéphane Riethauser and Orpheus by Jean Cocteau. See myfrenchfilmfestival.com

Alliance Française de Durban: February’s Cine Club features African documentaries with four powerful films from Niger, Congo and South Africa. On February 3 at 5.30pm, catch Zulu Return by Gugulethu okaMaseleku, which features one of the pioneers of the hip hop movement, Afrika Bambaataa, and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Zulu Return is a story about Universal Zulu Nation in New York and other parts of America, the director’s struggles to accept herself as a Zulu woman, and coming to Africa. The director will present during the screening of her film.

Books

The Denis Hurley Centre Street Lit Project: Vendors are selling a wide variety of best-sellers, new novels, vintage fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, children’s literature, Christian books and more – many of them out of print and no longer available. Vendor sites: Kagiso is in Durban Botanic Gardens, Vusi is at Berea Centre, Dawid is at KZNSA Gallery, Bongwa and David are in the centre of town, Mxolisi is outside the Denis Hurley Centre and at the Emmanuel Cathedral on Sundays, Richard and Khanyi are at Hyper by the Sea on weekends. Vendors also visit the vicinity of the Workshop and St Paul's church.

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