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.

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