Movember 2013 Diary

Movember is fondly named after the moustache growing charity event in aid of mens health awareness. It is also the month signaling that the end of the year is in sight – hearts are lighter, we all breathe easier and the world is just a much better place.



V&A Market on The Wharf
Nobel Square, between the Two Oceans Aquarium and the V&A Hotel, Cape Town 
The V&A Market on the Wharf is quickly entrenching its position as Cape Town’s ultimate gastronomic destination. An array of artisanal foods, on-site demo kitchens and a kids entertainment area are just a few of its laurels. The market is open all day Wednesday to Sunday.  

Neighbourhood Goods Market
The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm, this is the hotspot for locavores. Expect over 100 specialty traders including local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs and micro enterprises – not to forget the designers. Get there early for parking! 

Neighbourhood Goods Market
73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am to 3pm, this is the younger cousin of the Cape Town mother event. Not quite as big and epic, but steadily growing alongside the exciting Maboneng Precinct. 

I Heart Market
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban,
On the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm, Durban’s design and food artisans share their wares at this funky market. 

City Bowl Food Market
14 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 
Every Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, this food and wine market offers easy access to fresh produce and tasty fare. Thursdays in particular have become quite a social affair and Saturdays sometimes also have a fashion component. 

Photo and Film Expo
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
Until 3 November is the 5th annual photographic expo, which is said to be the biggest yet. With all your favourite photographic brands under one roof, it is largest expo of its kind in Africa. There are about 100 workshops over the four-day period and is a fantastic opportunity for photographers young and old to network and learn. 

The Discomfort Zone
World Art, 54 Church Street, Cape Town 
Until 15 November Karien de Villers shows paintings nad drawings that explore the values and moral ambiguities of suburbia.

Decipher and Cubicle
artSPACE Durban, 3 Millar Road, Durban, South Africa, 031 312 0793
Until 16 November, see the Decipher painting exhibition of work by Deidre Maree, Suraya Tewary and Grace Kotze. There is also a multi-media group show by the Navigators of Vega School of Brand Leadership, Cubicle, which seeks to creatively challenge our perceptions of work. 

GoetheOnMain, 245 Main Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg
Until 17 November, artist Alexander Opper’s exhibition seeks to provoke a radical rethinking of existing discourses and clichés associated with Johannesburg’s preoccupation with ‘security’ and ‘defence’. 

The Shoestring Collective
Gardens Centre, Mill St, Cape Town,
Until 30 November, the Shoestring Collective is a South African designer goods shop that will be stocked and run by 16 local designers who all make different products including fashion, accessories, homeware and more. Each designer has curated their own space within the shop, including Lauren FowlerOh Dear MeganDark HorseSera Holland and others. 

But Men Do Not See It
Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets, Johannesburg, 011 631 4467
Until 7 December, kinetic sculptor Justin Fiske shows his extraordinary installations that use only wood, metal, string and pebbles but invoke astounding wonder.

Lovely Creatures
Culture urban+contemporary Gallery, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Until 14 December, Lovely Creatures is a collaborative exhibition by Anja Venter, Mariette Bergh and Shirley Fintz.

A Glimpse: Dress and Fashion in Africa
Mogalakwena Craft Art Gallery, 3 Church Street, between Adderly Street and St George’s Mall, Cape Town
Until 19 December 2013, this exhibition showcases African dress and fashion influenced by history, and art inspired by dress and fashion. It provides an overview of the variety, fusion and combination of styles as well as clothing traditions of the continent. A series of hand-embroidered self-portraits by Mogalakwena craft artists in their favourite “diaparo” are on display, as well as a collection of Vlisco fabrics – read more about Vlisco fabrics here.

Bands on the Banks
Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, 021 809 1100,
Until 29 December, spend long lazy Sunday afternoons on the banks of the Eerste River listening to some fantastic local bands from 2pm. Entrance is free. 

Saturday 2 November 2013

Gallery 88, Main Road, Paarl, 021 863 3552
Until 16 November, artist Johannes du Plessis, who has been exhibiting locally and abroad since 1982, will showcase his latest exhibition.

Threads of Africa
Kim Sacks Gallery, 153 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 011 447 5804
Until 17 November, the members of Threads of Africa project will show their vessels and bracelets woven in copper, silver and brass, alongside ceramics by Ian Garrett and Christina Bryer, and photography by Rauri Alcock.

Killing the Goose
Lizamore & Associates (previously Artspace), 1 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, 011 880 8802
Until 27 November, artist Mandy Coppes-Martin shows her environmental art, which finds form in a variety of unusual organic mediums and includes the technique of “drawing” with raw silk. 

Sunday 3 November 2013

Ceramics SA Western Cape Regional Exhibition
The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Constantia
Until 16 November, celebrate South African ceramics through a regional exhibition hosted by Ceramics Southern Africa Western Cape. A range of thrown, hand built, expressive, sculptural, funky and classical ceramic artists will be represented in a juried exhibition of three categories, namely Ceramics for Use, Ceramics for Expression and New Signatures for first time exhibitors.

Capital Urban Market
Moyo, Fountains Nature Reserve, Pretoria
Capital Urban Market is a new Pretoria inner-city market forming part of the Cool Capital 2014 citizen-driven initiative to revitalise and restore the inner-city, and give local designers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase and expand their brand. Read more here

The Rooftop, 3 Desmond Street, Kramerville
From 10am to 4pm on the first Sunday of every month, Collective is a collaboration of local and international design, jewellery, vintage collections, ceramics, fabric, furniture, accessories and all beautful things. Read our interview with founder Catherine Corry here.

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Kamers Vol Geskenke
Webersburg Estate, Boland
Until 10 November, indulge in this annual market filled with the choicest local handmade goodies. “We’re not into the perfectly made or the mass produced – it’s about high end true craft, slightly imperfect, timeless and originally designed… that special something that is only found at the show.” Read more here.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

People Make Places
6 Spin Street, Cape Town
Until 16 November, this exhibition presents a journey through the Cape Town Partnership’s work in rejuvenating the city centre. New additions to their scope of work will also be showcased including the extended geographical mandate (now including the Table Bay precinct, which stretches from Camps Bay to the Foreshore, the east city to Observatory, Salt River to Langa – with links across the Cape Town metropole) will be reflected in the story, as will the arrival of its new community paper, Molo.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands Cape Town, 086 122 5598
What better way to embrace the barmy summer evenings than with a picnic at an open air cinema? Tonight Meryl Streep plays fashion fatale in The Devil Wears Prada at 7.45pm.

Thursday 7 November 2013

Night of 1 000 Drawings
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Newtown, Johannesburg
Doors to the extremely popular mass art exhibition for charity will open at 6pm, giving supporters two hours to get a sticker onto their coveted A5 masterpiece, each one selling for only R100 (stampede warning). The exhibition will be followed by a party including four bands and numerous DJs, as well as a live Doodle Battle.

First Thursdays
Central Cape Town,
Kickstarting every month with a bang is First Thursdays, when various galleries, shops and eateries in central Cape Town open their doors until 9pm and the city becomes a museum like no other. 

Familia Obscura
Brundyn+, ORO Africa Building (first floor), 170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, 8001
Until 28 November, artist Sanell Aggenbach will present her 12th solo exhibition, comprising new paintings, monotype prints and a bronze sculpture. Drawing on photographic references from Aggenbach’s past and family, the exhibition marks an investigation into the schism between reality and representation, particularly within the context of private histories and narratives.

Visions of The Fringe
Selections Warehouse, Wembly Square, Gardens, Cape Town
Until 8 November, the University of Cape Town third-year architecture students will be exhibiting their ideas for developing Cape Town’s East City district, also known as “The Fringe”.

Friday 8 November 2013

Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Avenue, Sandton, 011 447 3868
Until Sunday 10 November, the annual FoodWineDesign Fair, presented by Sanlam Investments, will show some 100 exhibitors from across the country who cook, harvest and create artisanal works of wonder. Read more here.

The White Tiger and Other Stories
Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
Until 30 November, Lucinda Mudge has developed a ceramic technique that is uniquely her own by self-mixing stains and glazes, and adding motifs and inscriptions that challenge the medium’s stereotypes. In her second solo exhibition she shows a series of 22 hand-coiled vases – a traditional technique that after three firings results in a visually and texturally rich surface. The theme is based on the interaction between the worlds of the “haves and the have nots”. 

Activating the City Public Talk
Museum of African Design (MOAD), 281 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, 011 592 0517
NIROX Foundation artist-in-residency Tanja Deman and architect Lorenzo Nassimbeni will share the conceptual discourse of observing the city through a lens of visual art and architecture. Starts at 5:30pm for 6pm.

Saturday 9 November 2013

Activating the City Workshop
Museum of African Design (MOAD), 281 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, 011 592 0517
From 10am to 5pm NIROX Foundation artist-in-residency Tanja Deman and architect Lorenzo Nassimbeni share the conceptual discourse of observing the city through a lens of visual art and architecture, allowing new ways of seeing and looking to emerge. The medium of discovery in this workshop will be photographic collage.

Sunday 10 November 2013

GoetheOnMain, 245 Main Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, 011 442 3232
Until 17 November, artist Alexander Opper’s exhibition seeks to provoke a radical rethinking of existing discourses and clichés associated with Johannesburg’s preoccupation with ‘security’ and ‘defence’. On Sunday 10 November, at 12pm for 12:30pm, the artist will lead a walkabout of the exhibition.

Now Museum / Now You Don’t
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, 072 350 4326
Until 1 December, Maaike Bakker sets out to address the perceived instability of the ephemeral and the intangible aspects inherent in many cross-disciplinary contemporary artworks. The exhibition serves as a form of ironic evaluation of art conservation practices and curatorial approaches. Opening at 12pm.

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Forget about the goohexx: send in the du_plicann
34fineArt, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 082 534 1500
Until 7 December, Asha Zero’s solo exhibition shows his work as deceptive as it is honest. At first glance it bears the appearance of paper collage, but on closer inspection it reveals careful and considered surface juxtapositions entirely executed in acrylic paint. The opening is at 6.34pm.

The Skeletons of Dreams
Slee Gallery, 101 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, 021 887 3385
Until 18 November, jeweller Carine Terreblanche shows her wood-carved and wax-formed designs derived drawings, which question the fragile, constructed gap between jewellery, sculpture, fine arts and craft. 

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Intermixed with my realities and feelings
Salon91, 91 Kloof Street , Gardens, Cape Town, 021 424 6930
Until 30 November, Nelson Makamo’s solo exhibition will show his fascinations with the dynamic city of Johannesburg and portraiture in a wide variety of mediums. 

Live Performers Meeting XIV
City Hall, Cape Town
Until 16 November, the Live Performers Meeting unites hundreds of live video performers, visual artists and VJs from around the globe for four days of audiovisual performances, workshops, panel discussions and product showcases presented by new media professionals and thinkers at the forefront of live video art and digital media. Most excitingly, they will be video mapping the facade of City Hall – a must-see spectacle!

Thursday 14 November 2013

Plascon Auditorium, 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town, 086 020 4060

The final Trendtalk of the year takes place at 3.30pm. Read more here.

Written in the Stars (III)
CIRCA Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Road, Rosebank, 011 788 4805  
Until 21 December, Berco Wilsenach shows part of a larger body of sculptural works, a series of glass panels shimmering in mid-air. 

Native Nostalgia
Museum of African Design, 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng Precinct,
Until 9 February, the museum presents its first full-length exhibition, which is an exploration of nostalgia in five African countries namely Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Benin and South Africa.

Friday 15 November 2013

AfrikaBurn Grant Application deadline
Tankwa Town
Dream up a grand creative project and submit your grant applications for the next AfrikaBurn, from 28 April to 4 May, by 23:59 tonight! See VISI’s photos from the 2013 event here.

Design Indaba Emerging Creatives deadline
Launch your career at the event that put Cape Town on the world design map by applying to be part of the Design Indaba Expo Emerging Creatives Programme.

Mystery venue, Cape Town,
SecretEATS brings together adventurous food lovers and talented chefs in surprising, unexpected and amazing venues for dinner throughout South Africa. Tonight they’re taking “you on an overseas taste trip you don’t need to pack anything for”. 

Festive food pairing
Avondale, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl, 021 863 1976
Until 15 January, Avondale’s annual food and wine pairing this year entails a collaboration with renowned chef Reuben Riffel. With “avant garde” as the theme, expect the experimental, innovative and artistic. The cost is R150 per person and by booking only. .

Frozen Chicken Train Wreck book launch
Clarke’s Bookshop, 199 Long Street, Cape Town, 021 423 5739
At 6pm Laurence Hamburger will launch his collection of macabre, bewildering and hilarious tabloid newspaper posters. He will be in conversation with Sean O’Toole. 

Cavendish Square, Claremont, Cape Town
Temporary pop-up shop stocking a collection of locally designed goods. Expect to find designers such as Feat Sock Co, Paper-Tales, Zana, Famke, Lauren Fowler, Bow Peep, A Ring To It, Adam & Eve, Lo, Naturals Beauty, Smith, Love Lolla, Anomali and more.

Saturday 16 November 2013

Movie night at Spier
Spier Hotel Lawns, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, 021 809 1100,
At 8pm enjoy a movie-themed picnic while watching one of the greatest food and wine movies of all time – Like Water for Chocolate. For R300, your basket will include some of the sensational meals eaten in the film and a bottle of Spier wine.

Monday 18 November 2013

The (In)formal City
GIfA, 77 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Starting at 6.30pm, this exhibition about the “(In)formality in and between Berlin and Johannesburg” focuses on challenging the often overly simplistic understandings of the terms formality and informality. The film Jeppe on a Friday (2013, 87 min) will also be shown and the film’s codirector, Arya Lalloo, will be present. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Rooke & Van Wyk, Unit 21 Frost Street Lofts, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg, 083 680 4461
An exhibition by photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo from Nigeria opens the new Rooke & Van Wyk premises at 6pm. Lakin’s striking visual vocabulary challenges preconceived ideas of portraiture. RSVP here.

Thursday 21 November 2013

Various venues, Cape Town, 021 480 7156
Until 24 November LAND comprises performances, visual art installations, public lectures and panels about land, territory, ownership and art, presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) at various spaces including the Prestwich Memorial, City Hall, Grand Parade and Castle of Good Hope.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema
Waterfront, The Croquet Lawn above the Ulundi Parking Garage (accessible from Dock Road), 086 122 5598
What better way to embrace the barmy summer evenings than with a picnic at an open air cinema? Tonight Audrey Hepburn flits her eyelids through Breakfast At Tiffany’s at 7.45pm.

Shandukani architectural tour
Shadenet parking lot off Klein Street, Hillbrow, 011 403 0954
From 3pm to 4.30pm, GIFA will present an architectural tour of the Shandukani building. Completed by heritage practitioners Henry Paine and Partners, the building is a GIFA Award 2013 finalist because of its strong heritage, conservation and sustainability concepts. Spaces are limited so book your seat here.

Dark Room Drawings
Orms, 62 Roeland Street, Cape Town
Orms presents Dark Room Drawings, a creative evening featuring illustration, photography, music and entertainment from 6pm to 9pm.

Friday 22 November 2013

National Portrait Award exhibition
Stephan Welz & Co, Alphen Estate, Constantia, 021 469 1572
Until 20 December, and again from 3 to 10 January, the top 40 selected artworks from the Sanlam Private Investments competition, including the prize-winning nude portrait, will be on show for public viewing. Read more here.

Sunday 24 November 2013

Winemakers Lunch
Kaapzicht, M23 Bottelary Road off the R304, Stellenbosch, 021 886 8275
Indulge in a lazy Sunday treat with the last of this year’s Bottelary Hills Pop-up Winemakers Lunch made by veteran chef and master saucier Etienne Bonthuys and pared with a stellar collection of wines unique to the area. The four-course meal includes a glass of wine per course and, along with a wine tasting, costs R275 per person. It starts at noon.

Monday 25 November 2013

Isobel Sippel
Slee Gallery, 101 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, 021 887 3385
Until 28 November pop-up shop stocking pillows, quilts and silk scarves from 10am to 6pm daily.

Tuesday 26 November 2013

The Galileo Open Air Cinema
The Quarry, Hillcrest Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road (M13), Durbanville, 086 122 5598
What better way to embrace the barmy summer evenings than with a picnic at an open air cinema? Showing at 7.45pm tonight is the evergreen musical Grease.

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Market Photo Workshop, 2 President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 011 834 1444
The publication Transition explores the relationship between photography and land in South Africa through the work of leading photographers from SA and France. The launch will entail a panel discussion moderated by Patricia Hayes, professor of history at the University of the Western Cape, and starts at 6pm.

The Future White Women of Azania
Whatiftheworld Gallery, 1 Argyle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 802 3111 
Until 8 February, artist Athi-Patra Ruga shows his latest exhibition that confronts the myths of post-apartheid with a “farsighted distance where their wounds can be contemplated outside of the usual personalised grief and subjective defensiveness.” The opening is at 6pm. Read more about Athi here.

Thursday 28 November 2013

Mystery venue, Cape Town,
SecretEATS brings together adventurous food lovers and talented chefs in surprising, unexpected and amazing venues for dinner throughout South Africa. Tonight they promise to jumpstart the holiday season with a modern twist on tradition. 

Casamento exhibition and sale
Woodstock Foundry, 170 Albert Road, Woodstock, 021 448 6183
Starting at 6pm, for one week only, Casamento will showcase their latest works. While you’re there why not invest in one of their new heirloom pieces on sale. 

A Sculptural Premise
Stevenson, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 462 1500
Until 11 January, this group exhibition seeks to explore the perceptions surrounding three-dimensional reality through contemplations of volume and form. Participating artists include Lerato Shadi, Steven Cohen, Jane Alexander, Wim Botha, Robin Rhode and Lebohang Kganye. The opening is at 6pm.

Design Indaba FilmFest
Factory Cafe, Colombo Coffee, 369 Magwaza Maphalala Road (Gale Street), Durban, 031 205 3283
Until 30 November at 7pm each night kickstart your tastebuds and brain with superior coffee and the inspiring movies that comprise the Design Indaba Filmfest. First up tonight is Gary Hustwit’s Urbanized

Candle Light Shopping
Fourth Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, 084 514 2884
From 6pm till late immerse yourself in a glamorous mix of couture, interior design and dining orientated towards the festive season.

Friday 29 November 2013

Nothing Else Comes Close
The Alexander Theatre, Braamfontein, 011 403 0413
To celebrate the launch of the new Nokia Lumia 1020, eight young South African photographers were given the opportunity to use the device to interpret the phrase: “Nothing Else Comes Close”. Their work, together with behind-the-scenes footage, will be a part of a group exhibition that opens at 6pm.  

Saturday 30 November 2013

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival
Participating restaurants and wineries, Franschhoek Wine Valley
Until 1 December, don those glamorous sunhats and go a-sipping and a-sampling at the annual Franschhoek bubbly event. Keep in mind that this year’s theme is black and white, with an emphasis on spots and stripes and who knows, maybe you might be awarded the best-dressed couple prize. Tickets are R200 per person and a limited number of tickets are available so visit to secure yours..

Cellar Dwellers at HQ
HQ restaurant, 100 Shortmarket Street, Heritage Square, Cape Town, 021 424 6373
Join Diemersdal Wine Estate and Headquarters (HQ) for an evening devoted to some of the best things in life: red wine and steak! Phone to book a seat at R250 for a sumptuous three-course meal.

Save the date…

Sunday 1 December
Tree of Life
Johannesburg Zoo, Parkview

Collective 12.0: The Chrismukkah Edition
3 Desmond Street, Kramerville, Johannesburg

Tuesday 3 December to Sunday 8 December
Kamers Vol Geskenke
Open Window @Sax, Southdowns, Irene
After a record-breaking show in Stellenbosch, Kamers is bringing its curated show of jewellery, food, ceramics, soft furnishings, decor, garden gear, clothing, accessories and all things pretty to Gauteng, just in time for the gifting season. 

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