Did you know? Before Karen Zoid became famous, she used to busk for petrol money to go on holiday with her friends. Head out Swellendam side for a weekend of fantastic music, comedy and Breede River fun at Up The Creek music festival. Awesome acts such as Bed on Bricks, Boo!, aKing, Jack Parow, Flash Republic, Karen Zoid, Elvis Blue, Taxi Violence and Dan Patlansky will be there, plus awesome prizes are up for grabs at the ‘Anything that Floats’ race. Only 2 000 tickets for the festival are available. www.ticketbreak.co.za
Did you know? Faithless lead singer Maxi Jazz owns a Subaru Impreza P1, a Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000, a Ford Sierra Cosworth and a Marcos LM500 R. You may not have a garage full of impressive cars but you can rev yourself up for red-hot thrills on the dancefloor when Faithless perform in town for one night only (Grand West). Or catch them in Jozi on 5 February at Gallagher Convention Centre. Tickets from R260 at Computicket.
Did you know? Your ‘funny bone’ is actually a nerve that runs down the inside of your elbow and lets your brain know about feelings in your fourth and fifth fingers. Let one of the Mother City’s most popular comedians tickle your funny bone with his new show, Marc Lottering: Not in 3D (Baxter Theatre), featuring his latest stand-up material and his alter egos, Auntie Merle and Smiley. Tickets from R70 at Computicket.
Did you know? An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories – more than walking or biking. If you’re looking for thrills, Grabouw Country Club is the place to be as athletes battle it out for the title of Duesouth Xterra SA champion and the chance to qualify for the final in Hawaii. Individuals and teams take on a 1.5km swim, 25km mountain-bike race and 10km trail run. There’s also a shorter Xterra Lite course for newbies. www.stillwatersports.com
Did you know? A ton of grapes makes about 720 bottles of wine. Dig in and experience the magic of winemaking at the Robertson Hands-on Harvest festival, where you can pick your own grapes, stomp them and find out how to turn the mush into wine. There’s also breakfast boat trips, wine tasting on horseback, spa vinotherapy and more. www.handsonharvest.com
Did you know? Salsa is Spanish for sauce, which is derived from the Latin word meaning salty. If you’re
keen to cook up a spicy night out, head to Stellenbosch and be entertained by the sexy rhythms of
Grupo Tren Latino (Oude Libertas Amphitheatre), whose members hail from South America and Africa. Tickets from R30 at Computicket. Other shows include the modern ballet Romeo’s Kiss (14–19th) and Schubert in Afrikaans (25 & 26th) www.oudelibertas.co.za
Did you know? Claire Danes wore a wig throughout the 1996 Romeo + Juliet film and also had a special aquatic wig for her underwater scenes. Pack a picnic basket and settle down for song, dance and romance at a dramatic, outdoor staging of Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet (Lourensford Estate Orchard Amphitheatre, Somerset West). Tickets R80 at Computicket.
25 & 26 February
Did you know? The wreck of the Titanic has the oldest wine cellar in the world and despite the depth and wreckage, the bottles are still intact. Head out to the Constantia Fresh Festival (Constantia Wine Valley) for food-and-wine pairings, fine dining at The Greenhouse and comparative tastings of South African and international sauvignon-blanc blends. www.constantiafresh.com
3–19 FebruaryDid you know? A shrew only lives for 16 months. While that may be true, the Taming of the Shrew was written in the 1590s and is still being performed today, specifically this month at Maynardville – with an Italian circus theme! Dip into congenial drunk Christopher Sly’s play-within-a-dream filled with disguises, mistaken identities and a topsy-turvy world of jugglers, clowns and true love. Tickets from R100 at Computicket.
*Taken from my article published in the khuluma magazine