Thursday, December 2, 2010

what to do in Cape Town this December


Did you know? Apples are more efficient than caffeine at waking you up in the morning. Burn off some energy with the whole family at the Jolly Jester Adventure Rumble (Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West). All entrants are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and wear fancy dress – there will be prizes for the best-dressed teams – and can choose between the Bush Kids adventure trail, the mountain-bike adventure race and an obstacle course. 021-789-0188, entry R20pp.

6 & 7 December

Did you know? Mozart was five years old when he composed his first work. See other ‘old-school’ music legends The Beach Boys in their endless summer tour as they go surfin’ SA with their good vibrations at GrandWest. Expect all their good-time hits from the 60s and their passionate love songs from the 70s. Also catch the dudes in Durban at the ICC (4th) and the Sun City Superbowl (10th & 11th). Tickets from R220 at Computicket,

7–31 December

Did you know? Birds can learn music while they are
still in the egg. For a uniquely Cape-flavoured show of great, toe-tapping music by homegrown talents, book to see David Kramer’s latest musical production, Breyani (Baxter Theatre). Expect folk songs complemented by banjos, mandolins, accordions guitars, saxophones and more. Tickets from R95.

11 December

Did you know? Marilyn Monroe is said to have once taken a bath in champagne. Summer is a splendid time to indulge in bubbles. Head out to Tulbagh for Summer Elegance at the House of Krone, a celebration of the estate’s 300th birthday and its M├ęthode Cap Classique sparkling wines. There will also be vintage cars, a couture fashion show and foodie treats – think sushi, oysters, olives and nougat. Tickets R120.

17 December

Did you know? The first CD pressed was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA. American music stars Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer (our fave Castle Lite guys) will be rocking the party at GrandWest in Cape Town. They will be joined by German Eurodance group Snap! (think Rhythm is a Dancer…). Or see them at Carnival City in Jozi (15th and 16th) and the ICC Arena in Durbs (19th). All together now: ‘Ice, Ice Baby…’ Tickets from R200 at Computicket.

16–19 December

Did you know? You burn more calories sleeping than watching TV. Switch it off and head out instead to Kirstenbosch for traditional carols by candlelight, accompanied by the Cape Town Concert Brass and Cape Town Male Voice Choir. Tickets R50/adults, R30/kids at Pick n Pay stores or the gate. Also playing the summer sunset concerts this month are Mango Groove (5th), Freshlyground (12th) and Johnny Clegg (31st).

18 December

Did you know? When Madonna was 15 years old she was grounded for the whole summer for sneaking out to see David Bowie in concert. It’s worth sneaking out to the Sonic Summer concert, featuring Jax Panik, Locnville, Die Antwoord and Goldfish at Backsberg Wine Estate. Also catch them in Durban at The Wave House (15th) and at Emmerentia Dam in Jozi (18th). Tickets from R150. www.sonicsummer.coza

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