What's On This Weekend: Johannesburg and Cape Town

Tired of doing the same-old thing every weekend? We are too. That’s why we've put together 10 things to do this weekend in Johannesburg and Cape Town to mix it up a little. From art exhibitions, musicals, markets and more, you won’t be stuck in a rut this weekend.

10 Things To Do in Johannesburg

1. West Side Story

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, this smash-hit classic musical is set in New York’s Upper West Side in the mid-1950s. After a sold-out Cape Town season it heads to Johannesburg with impressive sets, and an all-South African cast accompanied by a full philharmonic orchestra. Not suitable for children under 12.

Venue: Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Blvd, Braamfontein
Tickets: R190–R370
Book: here

2. Fourways Farmers Market

A chilled Sunday lunch spot in a rustic setting which feels like it's in the countryside, but is actually just a few streets from the brash Montecasino casino complex. Far from the city hustle, the market serves some outstanding food, to eat now or later, and we recommend you arrive hungry as there's lots you will want to try. Live folk bands and a child-friendly environment further add to the relaxed and easy-going vibe.

Times: Every Sun from 09:00–14:00.
Venue: Fourways Farmer's Market Earth Outdoor Living Nursery, Cnr William Nicol Dr and Montecasino Blvd, Fourways

3. Woza Albert

One of the most celebrated examples of South African anti-apartheid satirical theatre, Woza Albert! imagines the second coming of Jesus Christ, with the messiah returning to the world in 1980s South Africa. The tale is told from the point of view of various black South Africans, including a vendor, barber and a domestic worker, all of whom are played by the two veteran actors Bheki Mkhwane (best known for his role in the TV show Isibaya) and Hamilton Dhlamini (from the sitcom Mzee wa Two Six). Arriving on a South African Airways flight, Jesus is initially welcomed but soon falls foul of the cruel apartheid state who persecute, torture and imprison him, causing him to perform various miracles so as to escape.

Date: Feb 8 2017 - Feb 22 2017
Venue: Soweto Theatre, Cnr Bolani Rd and Koma St, Jabulani, Soweto
Tickets: R70
Book: here

4. Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

This is the original outdoor market, in existence for 40 years and still offering a superb range of organic goods and products in a relaxed environment. From arts and crafts and health and wellness products to preservative-free and colourant-free home-baked goods, plus authentic Panama hats, there's plenty of dream catchers and hammocks, and not a hipster in sight.

Visitors to Joburg who are staying in Sandton can take advantage of a free shuttle service operated by the Joburg Squirrel which picks up at all the major Sandton hotels and ferries guests to the Liliesleaf museum in Rivonia and the Bryanston Organic Market. The bus leaves from Sandton at 09:00, 10:00 and 13:00 every Thursday and Sunday stopping at the different central Sandton hotels before making its way to Liliesleaf and then the market. Return trips to Sandton (via Liliesleaf) leave the market at 12:15 and 15:00.

Times: Open Thursday, Saturday and Public Holidays from 09:00-15:00.
Venue: Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, 40 Culross Rd, Bryanston

5. Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream

What started out as Paul Ballen's hobby in 2009 in his parent’s Saxonwold kitchen is now Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream with two scooping stores in Joburg, one in the The Zone @ Rosebank and a second next to the Gautrain station in Sandton. 

Paul draws inspiration from everywhere. Flavour of the moment (at our house anyway) is birthday cake ice-cream, with a cookie dough taste redolent of parties you loved as a kid. Not to forget other delights such as roasted banana and peppermint crisp tart, an authentic flavour of South Africa.

Times: Open 09:00–21:00, Friday, Sat 09:00–22:00, and Sunday 10:00–22:00.
Venue: The Zone Mall, 117 Oxford Service, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

6. Neighbourgoods Market

Transplanted from its native Cape Town into an urban city block, Neighbourgoods now attracts up to 4000 people to the city over the course of the day. The market has a great selection of pricey food and drinks, with queues for the ever popular paella stand and Balkan burgers, along with frozen mojitos and craft beer. The happening crowd takes over the terrace, with the top floor offering a great city view and live bands plus designer clothing, vintage treasures, leatherware and household goods.

Times: Every Sat from 09:00-15:00.
Venue: Neighbourgoods Market, 73 Juta St, Braamfontein.

7. 35 Years: A Lizamore Perspective
This month the gallery celebrates 35 years of director and curator Teresa Lizamore’s contribution to the South African art industry with this unique retrospective. The exhibition includes works by a selection of artists promoted by Lizamore during the past 35 years as well as a special installation or works from Lizamore’s private collection.

Times: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 10:00-15:00. Closed Mon, Sun.
Dates: Feb 2 2017 - Feb 25 2017
Venue: Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood

8. Fox Market Shed

Located within the 1 Fox Precinct, a cluster of cleverly converted historic warehouses in the heart of Joburg's old mining district, the 1 Fox Market Shed is a weekly market that offers up an array of exciting street food and unique local crafts and clothing, plus live music and lots of space for kids to run around.

Times: Fri 12:00–17:00, Saturday , Sunday and Public Holidays 10:00–16:00, last Fri of the month 12:00–22:00.
Venue: 1 Fox Market Shed, 1Fox Precinct, 14 Alexander St (entrances on Fox St and Main St), Ferreirasdorp, City Centre

9. Milk Bar

Named after Abu's Milk Bar in downtown Addis Ababa, Milk Bar is a quirky African-retro styled café, that now has three locations in Joburg: one on Pritchard Street in downtown Joburg, one in the Kramerville design district in Sandton and now this one in Rosebank's impressive Trumpet building, part of the exciting Keyes Art Mile development.

The cafe opens right out onto Keyes Avenue, a quiet tree lined street in central Rosebank, making it an ideal spot to pick up a coffee on the go, or alternatively park up at one of the pavement tables and watch the morning traffic walk by. The menu features basic cafe fare given a local twist - try the breakfast bunny chow filled with meat and eggs and there's also a selection of African beers available. Live music performances on Thursdays.

Times: 06:30 – 18:00 Thursday, Friday 06:30–23:00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 08:00–16:00.
Venue: 21 Keyes Ave, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

10. Knead

Tucked away in the back of the exclusive Michelangelo's Towers Mall and just a hop, skip and a short ride up the lift from the towers entrance opposite the convention centre (get out at the second floor) this good-looking artisan bakery is a little off the usual path beaten by visitors to the city's biggest shopping destination. The look is classic, modern simplicity - all blonde wood, shiny white tiles, kettle lamps and a pop of colour from some gold mosaic. Plus a long wall of windows with a view to the street to remind you that you are in fact in the middle of Africa's business hub and not just another food court. 

Whatever fine things you could think to make from a simple dough (banting devotees look away now) can be found on the dizzyingly long menu - sandwiches, pies, quiche, pastries, gourmet burgers, thin and crispy pizzas or a simple soup and a crusty roll. For the gluten averse there are also low-carb and gluten-free options, as well as a decent selection of salads. Breakfast is served all day, whilst if you want a sneaky craft beer on your lunch break there is a great selection of popular brands to choose from.

Times: Open Mon 07:00-16:00, Tue - Sat 07:00-21:00, Sun 07:30–17:00.
Venue:  Michelangelo Towers, Maude St, Sandton , Sandton  

Source: In Your Pocket

10 Things To Do This Weekend in Cape Town

1. Cape Town Art Fair
From the 17th – 19th of February 2017, the 5th edition of Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, CTAF 2017 will include the foremost galleries from South Africa, the African continent, and abroad.

Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by the top galleries on the African continent. Thanks to its diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty, Cape Town is a compelling destination for both art world professionals and collectors alike.

Cape Town Art Fair’s curated programme will be guided by the newly appointed Fair Curator Tumelo Mosaka. Also new is the introduction of the Unframed section, which will exhibit large-scale, museum-quality sculptures and new media installations. Once again, Tomorrows/Today will present solo presentations by some of the most exciting emerging artists from Africa and the diaspora. The programme will also include the Cultural Platforms section, showcasing art institutions and non-profit organisations, as well as curated walkabouts and talks by art professionals.

Tickets: www.capetownartfair.co.za/book-tickets/

2. Cape Town City Ballet: Romeo & Juliet

The ageless story of Romeo and Juliet resounds in the new choreography of Robin van Wyk, created especially for this venue.

Told in timeless classical style, this romantic ballet, danced to the familiar music of Prokofiev, will transport the viewer into a realm of family dispute with a tragic, but uplifting conclusion. 

Date: 22 January 2017 - 26 February 2017
Venue: Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Duration: 2 hour 15 mins (inclusive of interval)
Tickets: http://www.artscape.co.za/show/romeo-juliet/1356/

3. Inner City Sounds

The Westin Hotel Cape Town, situated in the Foreshore, is launching INNER CITY SOUNDS at Louis B’s Bar and Outside Terrace to enable Capetonians working in the CBD to unwind on Friday afternoons with friends and colleagues – whilst waiting for the gridlocked traffic to pass.
Toast the start of the weekend whilst listening to the laid back tunes of local musicians Alvin Dyers, Sammy Hartman, Jeremy Olivier, and Amy Campbell who each create their own style of musical magic on the sax, piano and bass. Order a selection of tapas that can be washed down with an ice cold craft beer sourced from local breweries, or take your pick from off our summer inspired cocktail menu made up of ingredients that give the tried and tested options an interesting twist.
If the positive vibes are still flowing when the music ends Louis B’s cocktail lounge and terrace at The Westin invites you to stay on into the evening.
General info:

Times: 16h30 until 19h30
Date: Fridays throughout summer
Venue: Louis B’s Bar and Outside Terrace, The Westin Hotel
4. Muratie Harvest Festival

The festival, which takes place under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate, is a celebratory family event featuring good food, fine wine, great company, live music and lots of fun stomping the newly harvested grapes. For skilled mountain bikers, the day will start early with Dr Rijk Melck doing a “Doctors Ward Round” guiding a Mountain Bike Tour at 07h00 for 07h30.

For the rest of the festival-goers the day will begin at 11h30. On arrival, after a welcoming drink, visitors are bound to want to join in the fun and laughter “stomping” grapes, and taste Muratie’s well-loved wines, either at leisure in the tasting room, or perhaps attend the private tasting by winemaker Hattingh de Villiers at 12h00. Tractor Rides through the vineyards will take place at set times. Thereafter a long lazy alfresco lunch will follow accompanied by Muratie wines. The harvest lunch, prepared by Muratie’s Farm Kitchen, will include gourmet burgers, salmon sandwiches, samoosas, spring rolls and cheese platters. Then relax and savour a memorable afternoon of live music performed by the popular Kitchen Jammin Blues Band.

Date: 18 February Saturday 18thFebruary 2017 from 11h30
Venue: Muratie Estate, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R75.00 per person
Reservations: contact Jean-Mari Reyneke at Muratie on 021 865 2330/2336 or taste@muratie.co.za

5. Nederburg’s 'Harvest at Dusk' Festival
Nederburg in Paarl is back with its annual ‘Harvest at Dusk’ festival. Set to entertain young and old, it offers an ideal opportunity for the whole family to satisfy their curiosity and learn from viticulturist Bennie Liebenberg how the 2017 wine grape harvest has been progressing. The event host will however be none other than Annetjie Hopkins, who has been with Nederburg for more than 30 years!
Start with a glass of Nederburg’s refreshing Cuvée Brut on arrival, with a surprise snack. You will then be shown a selection of different grape varieties and given the chance to taste of the fresh grape must before it becomes wine. As the sun sets, get your hands dirty by picking some fully ripened grapes in the vineyards. Then join in the fun of stomping grapes and fully immerse yourself in this traditional way of making wine.
When the hard work is done, relax with live music by Cape Town-based ensemble, Ottoman Slap, as you spoil yourself with a bountiful harvest feast prepared by chef Edmore Ruzoza of The Red Table restaurant. The three-course meal will not disappoint, with family-style table platters, laden with delicious mezze to whet your appetite; farm-fresh salads and vegetables, slow-roasted lamb shoulder, crispy rolled pork belly as well as delicious tagliatelle with herb-roasted vegetables as main course; and assorted mini sweet treats for dessert.
Date: 18 February
Venue: Nederburg, Paarl
Time: 16:00 for 16:30 till late
Tickets: R370 per person, R220 per child aged 6 to 12. Free for those aged 6 and under.
Reservations: call The Red Table on 021 877 5155 or send an e-mail to theredtable@nederburg.co.za. Booking is essential 

6. La Tête

La Tête restaurant, on Bree St, Cape Town, has been listed by CNN as one of the hottest new restaurants in the world for 2017. CNN rounded up the top new restaurants openings around the world in places as far flung as Switzerland, New York, Japan, Los Angeles, Mexico and New Zealand, and cited La Tête as one of the “best new restaurants for 2017.”

“From the Caribbean to New Zealand, global gourmets will be digging out their airline schedules to get to these must-try tables. Whether manned by established chefs with household names or the up-and-comers hoping to rival them, one thing the fervent foodie can count on is that the world's newest restaurants are serving up surprises.”

Opening Hours: Lunch - Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 2:30pm / Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 11pm
Venue : 17 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8001.
Booking: 021 418 1299

7. International Public Art Festival

A series of public art exhibitions, workshops, street food, music and entertainment organized by Baz Art. The festival, which starts at the Black Pool Football Club, is designed to position Cape Town as a global hub in the art world, to showcase the work of South African artists, and to uplift communities and make neighborhoods more beautiful, happier, safer and more inspiring places to live. Live painting and guided tour from 13 to 19 February.

The festival features 25 local and international artists including Mak1one, Falko, Seth1, AuRet, Chocolate sauce, Ubutu B-Boys, Free Spirits, Julia Mary Grey, Joykil, Sleight, Jonnykoel, Skiet, Momo, Mars, Paris Sketch Culture, Rayaan Cassiem, Skubalisto and many more.

Time: 2pm | Guided Tour 12pm to 6.30pm
Venue: 9 Shelley Rd, Observatory, Cape Town
Tickets: General entry free | Guided Tour R100

8. Woodstock Art Night

Coordinated by Thursdays Projects and in partnership with Art Week Cape Town, Woodstock Art Night is an after-hours cultural programme that offers up a creative blend of art, performances and activities.

Attendees are encouraged to explore on foot and visit some of Cape Town’s top contemporary art galleries. Participating galleries include Goodman Gallery, blank projects, Stevenson, SA Print Gallery, Southern Guild, Red Room Gallery, SMAC and Greatmore Studios. Spaces include Corner Store and Woodstock Cycleworks.

Date: 17 February 2017
Venue: Woodstock, Cape Town
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Tickets: Free

9. Open Air Cinema Galileo

Experience the magic of outdoor movies at Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville (Tuesdays), Kirstenbosch Gardens in Newlands (Wednesdays), the V&A Waterfront in town (Thursdays) and rotating venues in Cape Town (Fridays) as well as alternate Saturday shows in the Cape Winelands. New this season is Family Sundays that takes place on school holiday Sundays at Kelvin Grove Club and consist of a magical kiddies play area with jumping castles, face painting and games. 

Local food vendors selling delicious & fresh specialities add a market-feel to the evening so there is lots of socialising and mingling before the movie. Backrests and blankets are available for rent, a roaming photo booth adds a touch of fun.

Venue: Thursday: Valkyrie - V&A Waterfront; Friday: Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Fedisa Rooftop; Saturday: He's Just Not That Into You - Allee Bleue Wine Estate Franschhoek
Date and Time: Doors open at 6pm weekdays, 5pm Saturdays and 4pm Sundays, and movies start at sunset.
Tickets: http://thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets/

10. Om Revolution Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor yoga classes in a deliberately accessible, welcoming, accepting and affordable set up, between October and April each year.

Designed to be suitable for beginners and advanced yogis alike, the outdoor sessions take place in 3 locations: Century City Park Field, Company’s Garden and Clifton Beach. Also available are affordable yoga classes at different locations in the CBD.

Time: Saturday 9am Company’s Garden, Sunday 6.30pm Clifton Beach
Venue: Century City Park Field, Park Lane, Century City | Company’s Garden, Queen Victoria St, Clifton Beach
Cost: One class R50, Century City & Cape Town membership R1800, full season membership R2500