L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2015

Kenilworth Racecourse is the place to be on Saturday 10 January 2015. That’s when the 154th edition of the popular L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will take place. Some of the country’s finest thoroughbreds will compete for the prize money as thousands of visitors enjoy a day at the races.

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Style is big at the event and all guests are asked to comply with the elegant blue and white dress code. For the ladies – dress smartly and wear a hat or fascinator. For the guys – wear jackets and ties, cravats or a smart, open neck shirt and trousers. No jeans, shorts, open shoes, sleeveless shirts etc. Why not have a bash at the L’Ormarins Best Dressed and Best Hat competition? Check out www.lqp.co.za for more information.

After the races, the Style Lounge Village Entertainment Marquee is where it all happens as DJ Lora and the Italian Princess Scilla DJ entertain the crowds until 23h00. There’ll be food and drinks on sale at the event and parking will be available at Kenilworth Racecourse and at the Wynberg Sports Club.

Tickets are available from Computicket, with prices ranging from R300 upwards. There are a number of ticket options available for the Chef’s Table, Stud Club and Style Lounge. Enjoy!

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Café Chic

Tucked away on Breda Street, Gardens in Cape Town you’ll find this beauty – Café Chic. We began our evening in the intimate cigar room, welcomed with spicy cocktails and smiles. We were then ushered into a (chic) dining room, with white floors and walls. It’s the perfect balance between luxurious and romantic – in fact, casual glamour describes it perfectly!

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So who’s behind this masterpiece? Michelin-starred Chef Conrad Gallagher and his wife, Candice, recently renovated Café Chic, which is the perfect place for business lunch, romantic dinner for two or just a late night cocktail. Conrad has cooked for Bono, Bill Clinton, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani, Colin Farrell… (the list goes on), he’s released four award-winning cookbooks and you’ll probably have seen him on the popular cooking show Head Chef. His lovely wife, Candice, is a gracious host and has developed a superb cocktail and wine programme.

‘Market modern cafe is about high-end food served in a very casual, funky, energetic environment. In my opinion, fine dining served up in stuffy environs is dead,’ says Conrad, who defines his menu as ‘21 of my favorite dishes… a best of, if you like, which keeps on evolving.’ And that’s exactly what it is.

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Each course was beautifully prepared and expertly paired with delicious wines. First up we had the most delicious pea soup cappuccino with a scallop – that was a winner. Next up we tasted tuna tartare with a quail egg and harissa. Dish of the night had to be the duck breast with butternut mousseline, green apple and walnut. The duck was tender and the crisp apple was refreshing. The evening ended on a sweet note with the most delicious gooey chocolate fondant…

If you’re looking for a night of wining and dining, book a spot today.

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Cafe Chic by Conrad Gallagher, 7 Breda Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 16h30 to 22h30 (a three-course pre-theatre menu is available from 16h30 to 18h30); Bar and lounge: Thursday to Saturday, 16h30 to 02h00; the ‘Friday Lunch Club’ is held from 12h00 to 15h00.

Reservations required for both restaurant and lounge – email: info@cafechicsa.com or call 021 465 7218. Private valet parking available too.

Contributed by Mandy Freeman.

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The Art of the Brick LEGO exhibit – V&A Waterfront: 12 December 2014 – 28 February 2015

ExpoRSA will be bringing the world-renowned LEGO® art exhibit, The Art of The Brick, to Cape Town this month. LEGO® fans can experience the massively popular exhibition at the brand new Watershed Exhibition Centre at the V&A Waterfront, from 12 December 2014 to 28 February 2015. It’s the first internationally acclaimed exhibition to take place in this exciting new space.

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The exhibit will feature up to seventy art sculptures on display, created from more than a million LEGO® bricks by US artist, Nathan Sawaya. Highlights include his most famous work to date, Yellow, as well as other sculptures such as the T-Rex skeleton constructed from over 80,000 LEGO® bricks and measuring over six metres in length. Visitors will also have the opportunity of seeing some of the world’s most famous artworks recreated with LEGO® such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Venus de Milo.

Nathan says ‘This country is one of the most amazing places I have been to on my
travels and I am thrilled to be coming back and bringing The Art of the Brick to South Africa. Art and LEGO® transcend culture and language and speak to adult and kids’ curiosity and creative aspirations. I hope that visitors will draw inspiration and experiment with a variety of art forms.’

Millions of visitors have already experienced the exhibition in the USA, Australia and Asia, with CNN naming The Art of the Brick as one of the world’s 10 must-see exhibitions.

The kids will be fully entertained, with sponsors Ster-Kinekor Entertainment organising a PlayStation gaming area featuring the upcoming release, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and a LEGO® building zone. There will also be an exciting LEGO® build competition, powered by Google Chrome, for schools, university students and adults to enter their finest LEGO® designs for the duration of the exhibit.

The JAG Foundation is also on board, giving children in poorer communities the opportunity to play and learn with LEGO®, to visit the exhibition themselves and to take part in the JAGBullyProof campaign.

Tickets are available from Computicket, with prices ranging from R95 each for kids and R140 each for adults. There’s no charge for children under the age of two.

Visit www.theartofthebricksa.co.za for more information. After Cape Town, the exhibit will move to the Archive Building in Rosebank, Johannesburg from 13 May to 12 August 2015.

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Party with GoodLuck, Beatenberg and more – City Hall: 12 December 2014

The first Christmas in the Dark Powerwise Piece Party takes place at Cape Town’s City Hall on Friday 12 December 2014. Brought to you by integrated concept and music experiential agency, 3 Blind Mice, in collaboration with Cape Town’s number one pizza brand, Butler’s Pizza, and South African electro-swing and dance group, GoodLuck, the event is set to rock the Mother City and it’s all for a good cause.

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R25 of every ticket sold will be donated to two worthwhile charities – the Little Fighters Cancer Trust who offer support to children with cancer and their families, and No Danger Diaries, a Cape-based social enterprise committed to making a difference while completing fun tasks such as abseiling in superhero outfits to try cheer up sick kids.

Goodluck, Beatenberg, The Kiffness and James Copeland will be supplying the live music and Butler’s Pizza will feed party-goers with their delicious pizzas baked in on-site gas ovens. Butler’s Pizza will also donate a quarter pizza to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust for every ticket sold.

Tickets are available from WebTickets for R150 each (includes a R100 Butler’s Pizza voucher). Doors open at 09h00 and the party ends at 02h00. There’ll be plenty of parking available at the Grand Parade.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/998433183505994/. Don’t forget to bring a children’s toy – just something extra for the kids this Christmas.

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Ram Slam T20 Final – Newlands: 12 December 2014

The Nashua Cape Cobras will face either the Highveld Lions or Knights in the final of this year’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge. The big game will take place at Newlands Cricket Ground on Friday 12 December 2014 at 18h00. UPDATE: The Cape Cobras will face the Knights in the final, after the Knights convincingly beat the Highveld Lions in the qualifier.

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It’s been an exciting season so far. The West Indian superstars certainly made a huge impact, teaming up with new and established local players. Levi, Puttick and Ramela have led the way upfront for the Cape Cobras, with Kieron Pollard adding some star quality later in the innings. Dane Paterson, George Linde and Ferisco Adams have made a name for themselves as well during the course of the competition.

Tickets for the final are available from TicketPros, with prices as follows:

  • Scholars: R40 – R60 each
  • Pensioners: R40 – R60 each
  • Adults: R60 – R80 each

Gates open at 16h30 and it promises to be a bumper evening of cricket, with exciting prize give-aways adding to the fun. Fans should look out for the Glam Cam – if a fan gets spotted wearing red by the SuperSport cameras, they can win great prizes from Samsung.

Let’s hope that the team can bring the silverware to the Cape and keep it here!

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See War Horse at the Artscape: 5 December 2014 – 4 January 2015

The award-winning UK stage production War Horse debuts at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town this week. Brought to you by Pieter Toerien And Rand Merchant Bank, the show will run from 5 December 2014 to 4 January 2015.

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The powerful drama is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and is filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company has come on board to bring breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on stage. With the horses’ flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables, the sheer mechanics of it all are something to behold.

Here’s the story in a nutshell: “Joey is a young horse who has come to love his owner Albert. At the outbreak of World War I, Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. His rider Captain Nicholls is killed while riding Joey. The horse is soon caught up in the war; watching death, disease and fate, taking him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no-man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist in the British Army, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find the horse and take him home to Devon.”

Tickets are available from Computicket, with prices ranging from R100 to R450 each. The show is 2 1/2 hours long with an interval.

Already seen by nearly 5 million people worldwide and with multiple Tony Awards, War Horse is a global theatre phenomenon. Don’t miss out!

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Klap The Gym Boet!

My friend Phill Black – who I used to share the stage with in a rock band not so long ago – released his debut solo comedy music video this week. It’s called ‘Klap The Gym Boet!’ and it’s a cracker! Complete with loads of funny moments, hot ladies and a guest appearance by Blitzbokke captain Kyle Brown, the video is worth the watch. You’ll have that catchy chorus stuck in your head for the next week!

Check out more of Phill Black’s antics at http://www.iamphillblack.com/klap-it-boet.html

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KFM KDay 2015 – See you at Newlands!

The popular 94.5 KFM KDay music event is back in 2015 and it promises to be as exciting as ever. The concert which showcases some of SA’s best musical talent will be held at a new venue – the iconic Newlands Cricket Ground – on Saturday 28 February 2015. There are a number of ticket options available, including golden circle, reserved seating and grass seating.

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The 2015 line-up includes:

  • Prime Circle
  • Beatenberg
  • Mi Casa
  • Goodluck
  • Elvis Blue
  • Lloyd Cele
  • Jimmy Nevis
  • Matthew Mole
  • DJ Kent

Update: Cape Town based rock band Reburn added to the line-up.

Listen out for additions to the line-up. Tickets are available from TicketPros, with prices ranging from R240 to R350 each for adults and R100 to R350 each for kids.

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I’m keen to see how Newlands Cricket Ground delivers as a music venue. If I can remember correctly it’s been a good few years since a concert was last held there. One major benefit that I can think of is that it’s right on the main Southern Suburbs railway line, so travelling by train to the event is the way to go I reckon.

KFM Program Manager, Stephen Werner, says, “Newlands Cricket Stadium is the perfect location for this annual event. KDay is the Western Cape’s biggest one day music festival, featuring a line-up of the country’s hottest music acts on one stage.” He continues, “Attendance to the event has grown exponentially over the past few years and with twenty thousand fans expected to attend next year we want to ensure everyone has a great experience. Newlands is a tried and tested location geared towards this kind of crowd capacity.”

MTN is back on board partnering with KFM to bring you KDay 2015, following on the massive success of the 2014 event. Don’t miss out – it’s going to be awesome!

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Nedbank Greenbacks Shop Card

I received some interesting news from Nedbank today. An optional new Nedbank Greenbacks Shop card will be available to members of the Greenbacks loyalty programme. At first glance, it looks like a welcome benefit to the programme which previously limited you to spending your Greenbacks on a small selection of products and services at selected shops.

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From the information available, it looks as though Greenbacks earned will automatically be loaded onto the Nedbank Greenbacks Shop card. You can then shop online or at any store worldwide that accepts American Express®. You can also use the card for purchasing fuel and drawing cash. Another nice feature is that you’ll be able to track your Greenbacks balance/Rand value on the card at any Nedbank ATM.

This certainly sounds like a more convenient way of using Greenbacks, so I’ll be keen to see how it works. Note the little disclaimer on requesting the card… ‘Due to the SA Post Office strike there might be a delay in the arrival of your card’. Hopefully that won’t cause too many delays!

Is it just me or are the banks trying to up their game with regards to their loyalty programmes? I’m certainly not complaining as it’s nice to get something in return!

For more information on the Nedbank Greenbacks Shop card, call 0860 555 111 or visit your nearest Nedbank branch.

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Cape Town International Kite Festival: 1 & 2 November 2014

Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg is the place to be for kite enthusiasts on 1 and 2 November 2014. That’s when the 20th edition of the Cape Town International Kite Festival is taking place with the theme of ‘Beyond the Blue’. The annual festival raises much needed funds for the Cape Mental Health organisation, which provides invaluable support and services to people struggling with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.

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With over 20,000 visitors, the family-friendly event is a great chance to get everyone involved in a fun outdoor activity. You can bring your own kite, buy one at the festival or join in one of the kite-making workshops. The event will also see some of the top kite professionals from around the country taking part.

Expect loads of live entertainment, food stalls, a market and competitions for the kids over the two days. Tickets cost R30 each for adults and R10 each for kids under 12 years old. You can buy tickets at http://www.capementalhealth.co.za/kite/event.asp. Gates open at 10h00 and close at 18h00 on the two festival days. There will be parking available but consider travelling by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations) to the event to avoid the traffic congestion.

For more information, visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest.

Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in
poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been
active for over 100 years and continues to work towards a society where people with
intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to
education, training, work and social opportunities. For more information call (021) 447 9040, email info@cmh.org.za or visit www.capementalhealth.co.za.

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