To tell the truth, the play El Blanco is a heap of nonsense. There’s a plot, of sorts, some singing, of more uncertain sorts, a very large hat and very tight trousers, and square-mouthed James Cairns spinning a yarn of his crazy days in Mexico. And bravo, amigo, because it’s one hell of a funny show. By LESLEY STONES.
Are we about to be sucked into a black hole? Can we start packing our bags to live on another planet? (Tempting.) If it’s not a planet and it’s not a star, what is it? Are we going to send humans to Mars by 2030? Knowledge of astronomy, like most sciences, is increasing exponentially, and it can be hard to keep up. MARELISE VAN DER MERWE asked astronomer Dr Anja Schroeder for a tour.
Amabookabooka returns with a fresh podcast, packed with exciting elements. Each week we interview an author and administer our world-famous Sound Effects Rorschach Test. We also read stories from the winners of All About Writing’s super short story competition, and quiz Mervyn Sloman, the much-loved owner of the much-loved Book Lounge. By JONATHAN ANCER.
The local interpretation of Peter Weiss’ groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning modernist play – as topical today as it was in 1963 when it was first written – is a thrilling and disturbing spectacle of the grotesque in which an accomplished cast succeed in bleeding the script into a modern and violent post-911 socio-political reality filled with uncertainty and horror. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Jade Klein has represented South Africa before in her chosen discipline, and hopes to win Protea colours again this year to compete internationally. She trains for 25 hours a week. In contrast to her country’s other sportspeople, however, her workouts happen in front of a computer, wearing a headset. REBECCA DAVIS delves into the world of competitive mind sports.
The stereotype has climate change activists pegged as tree-huggers, so it may come as a surprise to see a string of admirals, generals and military veterans tackling the issue as a threat to global security. Yet Age of Consequences, a new documentary opening at the Annual SA Eco Film Festival in March, has them doing just that. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Sick and tired of bad news? That makes 53-million of us. If you take your eyes off the chaos for a moment, though, you may find yourself worrying about a cabinet reshuffle of a different kind – rearranging your life and possessions in a more sustainable way. Because, according to the line-up at this year’s Annual SA Eco Film Festival, there is hope, if we start making some quite manageable changes. By DAILY MAVERICK STAFF REPORTER.