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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Exhibition by English artist Angie Wilson

Angie Wilson, a South African by birth,  is showing her recent body of work from 1st to 3rd  December at a venue in Craighall Park Johannesburg.  Now London based,  Wilson exhibits her work here and in South Africa and has shown at The Mall Galleries, The Affordable Art Fair,  the The Brighton Art Fair as well many English galleries.  Her work is in several international collections. Painting in acrylic and using a bright palette,  her subject matter reflects her extensive travels to locations like India , the Mediterranean and the south of France.   Her paintings with their bright washes of hue and structured stylizations of form are figurative:  landscapes, still lives and human figures. Easy on the eye and energetically decorative, they speak of a gentle, sun-drenched colourful world. 

The exhibition takes place at 6 Grafton Ave Craighall Park (opposite Giles restaurant at Ailsa Craig B&B) with the preview on Thursday 1st December at 6pm. Viewings 11-4 on Friday 2nd Dec and 10-4 on Saturday 3rd .

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One of the most extraordinary draughts(wo)men in South Africa: Diane Victor

Drawing with candle smoke


At ABSA KKNK in Oudtshoorn, Victor chose a butchery as one of her exhibition spaces where she exhibited smoke drawings of animal heads

I saw some of Diane Victor’s latest smoke drawings at the Joburg Art Fair  in September.  Well-known for her extraordinary drawing technique, these were just amazing. Imagine drawing using the smoke from a candle. She has to work fast and complete the image all in one sitting.  So I am really looking forward to Diane’s major show in 2 parts at the University of Johannesburg.  Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust opens on 16th November at 6.30 for 7 pm.  The first part of the exhibition will focus on her smoke drawings on glass and paper while the sec0nd part explores the potential of book ash as a drawing material.

Exhibition Programme
Wednesday 16 November at 18:30 for 19:00 – Exhibition Opening  The guest speaker for the opening event is Bronwyn Law-Viljoen.
Saturday, 19 November 2011 at 11:00 – Artist’s Walkabout  Diane Victor will be available for the morning, providing insight into the method and thought process involved in her work. A short film by photographer Paul Mills documenting the recent work of the artist will also be shown.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012 at 09:00 – Gallery Reopens  The second part of the exhibition is unveiled.                                             Saturday, 21 January 2012 at 11:00 – Book Launch  This will be the official launch of the second publication on Diane Victor to be produced by David Krut Publishing. Following this, there will be an informal discussion panel with Diane Victor.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 18:00 – Closing Ceremony Diane Victor will be present to sign books

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