Works from Absa’s collection go on show

Opening on Thursday 17th November (along with Robyn Penn at Arts on Main) is Land, Now and Then, an exhibition based on selected artworks from the Absa collection which explores ways in which landscape(s) across South Africa have been historically used, portrayed, read and/or understood.     

Where: 161 Absa Towers North, Absa Art Gallery

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Had a great meal at The Leopard, Andrea Burgener’s new restaurant in Parkhurst

Andrea Burgener, who owned and ran Superbonbon in Auckland Park and then Deluxe at 44 Stanley, has opened The Leopard on 4th Ave Parkhurst, so adding to the choice of upmarket pavement restaurants in this eating-out destination.  Her quirky style and superb food make The Leopard a ‘must-visit’. I went there for lunch last week and as always, Andrea’s menu offers unusual fare and when the dishes arrive they are as delicious and subtle as the mouth-watering descriptions suggest.  We had a roasted beetroot, chickpea, and feta salad with a sweet mustard vinaigrette – visually sensual with the chick peas soaking up the pink of the beetroot, and a superb Caesar salad with a hint of chilli.   Breakfast fare includes dishes like Pistachio-rolled labneh with star-anise poached pears , pannekoek with klipdrift cherries and cream, and basil mushrooms on toast.  Decor is typically Andrea, with great swathes of  coloured cloth for napkins, hanging lights of different styles, and kids stickers in rectangular shapes on the walls.   It’s bright, fresh, airy and the food is to die for. Breakfast is served from 10 to 5 and lunch from 12 to 3. Closed on Sundays and as yet no licence (so bring your own) and no credit  cards (there’s an ATM next door).  Really worth a visit. For more on The Leopard see  http://www.timeslive.co.za/food/2011/10/31/andrea-burgener-re-enters-the-food-fray-with-the-leopard-in-parkhurst 

For those not familiar with Joburg and the Parks region, Parkhurst is the next suburb to the south of Craighall Park and Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse is a 5 minute drive from 4th Ave Parkhurst.

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The 5th Season of the New York Met operas live in HD has started at Cinema Nouveau in Johannesburg

The New York Met Opera  live in HD is  back for the 5th season and showing at Cinema Nouveau in the Rosebank Mall (under 10 minutes from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse).
Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko and directed by David McVicar started showing on 4 Nov. Although the notification indicates that screenings are for one week only, this production is on for a further week at Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank. Check Cinema Nouveau’s website for screening times as they are on at odd times during the week.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni opens on 18 Nov and a week later (25th Nov) will see the screening of  Siegfried , the third of Wagner’s four operas that constitute Der Ring
Philip Glass’ Satyagraha shows from 9th Dec with Rodelinda composed by Handel  from 23 Dec.  Faust by Gounod starts on  6th Jan.  From 10th Feb the world premiere production of  The Enchanted Island will be screened. Devised & written by Jeremy Sams, it draws on the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century and includes  arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and other Baroque composers.   On 2 March the screening for Wagner’s Götterdämmerung startts.   From 16th March Verdi’s Ernani (which returns to the Met for the first time since 1985) will be screened.  Massonet’s Manon will be screened from 27 April and the season ends with Verdi’s La Traviata starting on the 4th May 

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