Did you know? Elizabeth Taylor was sent to ballet lessons at the age of three. The Artscape will once again play host to SA’s premier ballet event, the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, with a panel of international judges such as Eduard Greyling and the President of the World Dance Alliance, Hae Shik Kim as well as the star competitors themselves. Tickets from R65 at Computicket. More info at www.ctibc.com
Did you know? It takes about 20 seconds for a red-blood cell to circle the entire body. For other things Straight from the Heart, like hearing the Summer of ’69 in the middle of winter, don’t miss Canada’s biggest-selling artist, Bryan Adams (GrandWest Arena). He’ll also be in Durban (16 July, ICC Arena) and Jo’burg (18 July, Coca-Cola Dome). Tickets from R220 at Computicket.
Did you know? Hypnosis comes from the Greek word meaning sleep. Watch André the Hilarious Hypnotist put your friends to ‘sleep’ at the Theatre on the Bay, and expect to see them speak moon language or act like a sprinkler systems. Tickets R100, call 021-438-3301 or www.theatreonthebay.co.za
23 & 24 July
Did you know? A chameleon can rotate and its eyes separately, giving it a full 360˚ view around its body. See Chris Chameleon and other musos and artists at the Breedekloof Soetes & Soup
Weekend. Then sip on hearty homemade country soups and award-winning red wines, ports and sweet muscadels. Tickets R150, call 021-790-9911 or www.breedekloof.com
30 & 31 July
Did you know? There are only four words in the English language that end in ‘dous’: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. Fans of the written word will flock to the Cape Town Book Fair (Cape Town ICC), to be opened by Desmond Tutu. Other guests include bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. Tickets R60 (kids under 13 free). It’s on until 2 August. www.capetownbookfair.com