Thursday, November 11, 2010

November events

24 November
Did you know? The ‘decimal system’ was developed in 100BC in India. But who cares about decimals when they can be surrounded by decibels, watching the music composer behind Slumdog Millionaire, AR Rahman, on his Jai Ho! World Tour (Grand West). The Bollywood superstar is here to commemorate the 150-year celebration of the first Indian settlers in SA. Tickets from R240 at Computicket. Also see him in Durban at the Moses Mahbida Stadium (26th) and the Sun City Superbowl (20th).

13–30 November
Did you know? Mick Jagger wanted the role of Rooster Hannigan for the 1982 film Annie, which ended up going to Tim Curry. Meet despicable Miss Hannigan, millionaire Daddy Warbucks and a redheaded orphan who steals everyone’s heart, as the characters take to the stage in the Tony Award-winning musical Annie (Artscape). You can bet your bottom dollar on this show. Tickets from R115 at Computicket.

30 November
Did you know? Fergie’s parents are both devout Roman Catholic school teachers. For other funky chicks, catch Vanessa Harris, Lucy Holgate and Shannyn Fourie at On Broadway in the hilarious comedy–cabaret show, Big Girls Don’t Cry. It’s the story of three sassy girls – jobless and desperate, who sing and dance their way through the recession and their problems, from boys to bank accounts. R90 at Computicket. Show ends 4 December.

20 & 21 November
Did you know? Dozens of spacecraft have been sent to Mars by the Soviet Union, the USA, Europe, and Japan to study the planet’s surface, climate, and geology at a transport cost of about R2 683 278/kg. It will cost a lot less to see international music sensation, 30 Seconds to Mars (Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic), who have sold over 3.5-million albums worldwide. They hit the Mother City for two shows at GrandWest. Also see them in Jozi for one night only at the Coca-Cola Dome on 19 November. Tickets from R215.

19–21 November
Did you know? A dog’s sense of smell is more than 100 000 times stronger than that of a human’s. Enter an animal wonderland at the World of Dogs and Cats and Pet Expo (Good Hope Centre) and check out beautiful creatures surrounded by Christmas-themed attractions. See the latest in pet toys and treats, fashion accessories and grooming products. Tickets from R30 at Computicket.

26-28 November
Did you know? Termites chew faster when there is heavy metal playing? Expect a whole lot of dancing, jamming, swimming, picnicing, camping, wine tasting and just generally 72hours of summer fun at the Synergy Live Music Festival (Boschendal wine estate). Expect to see the likes of Van Coke Kartel, aKING, Flash Republic, Prime Circle, Feeder, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Plush. Tickets from R150 at, for more info visit:

27 November
Did you know? Table Mountain has over 1 500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom. For a fun family day out filled with awesome guitar riffs, cool okes and smoking-hot women, head to The Table Mountain Blues Summit (Bloemendal wine estate, Durbanville) – a celebration of the best of SA’s blues music, featuring the likes of the Blues Broers, Boulevard Blues, Gerald Clarke, Albert Frost and Dan Patlansky, plus some international guests. There will be plenty of food, drinks and wine tasting too. Tickets R180 at Computicket.

Albert Frost (The Blues Broers) says:

The Table Mountain Blues Summit is a great festival because it showcases all of SA’s blues acts in one place. I’ve performed there a few times and people have such a jol – it’s a really great vibe.
The crowd is a total mix of people – I’ve seen entire families, kids and everything. But generally, it’s a bit of an older crowd. It’s surprising how many blues lovers there are out there.
Blues is such a cool style of music because it leaves a lot for improvisation and it’s a very emotional, so you can feed off that. It always makes people feel better when they hear the blues.
Three things I recommend people bring to the festival are sunscreen, extra money to buy some CDs, and Essentiale.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

David and the Dokter

David West/Dokter and Misses

113 Long Street, Cape Town CBD

A haven for quirky furniture and classic designer wear

In the midst of Long Street’s trendy boutique stores is the two-month-old David West/Dokter And Misses designer shop, showcasing the best of quirky Dokter And Misses furniture and accessories complemented by David West’s latest 50’s inspired summer collection: ‘How to Find True Love and Happiness in the Present Day’. Co-owner, Elmi Badenhorst has been with the David West brand from the beginning and describes his latest collection as ‘more feminine and wearable, summery and playful’ in comparison to his previous work.

Elmi Badenhorst (shop co-owner) previously worked as a stylist and in film production and set design before deciding that she wanted to branch out.

‘David and I met 10 years ago when he asked me to model for him, so I did and I fell in love with what he does. When David decided to re-launch himself after working for Truworths for two years – which was the most difficult time of my life because I had nothing to wear – I said to him, let’s get together and make it work. So we opened the first shop last year November, called Weekend Special in Woodstock, which is where we do the launches of new the collections. However the store is only open on a Saturday, which is a bit of a joke, and we had been looking to open a shop in town that operates daily. I’ve also always liked Dokter and Misses, who are based in Johannesburg and while we were looking, they were also wanting to open a store in Cape Town – so we thought, why not join forces?’

The store itself has a beautiful Victorian-style glass shop front with a small interior and a very unique Masonite and chip foam fitting room. Scattered around the store are chairs, stools, tables, shelves, lamps and mirrors all by Dokter and Misses. Guests are welcome to take a seat and people watch or relax while their partners try on the clothing. There are four clothing rails, equally dedicated to women’s and men’s wear – all David West designs. Accessories such as belts and pendants as well as office stationary items by Dokter And Misses can also be found.

‘We designed all the shop fittings and Dokter and Misses ended up making them for us. Clients that like our work, also like their work, and I think the brands work well together. We are also learning a lot from each other,’ explained Elmi. 021-801-4733

This article was featured in the Khuluma magazine

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