#FOMOFridays

#FOMOFridays

We’re on the halfway mark of this month and autumn is starting to settle in. Whenever I mention this people get so annoyed for some reason. I do not have power over nature! Seasons are seasons are seasons. Freshen up that wardrobe and remember all you need is a light jacket. 😉

Friday, 8 March:

 

3rd time running the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival started last night at the Joburg Theatre at it looks like a full on show. Over 60 local and international comedy acts with some top faves like Kagiso Lediga, Desmond Dube and Rob Van Vuuren. Tonight in particular Loyiso Gola kicks off the show. [Fri-Sat, 15-16 Mar 7PM R150-R300]

POP Art in Maboneng keeps the great shows coming with Salaam Stories, an award-winning and international performed play which dives into history and memory during the Cape Slave trade. It only runs for 3 days so be sure to catch this one. [Fri-Sun, 15-17 Mar 8PM R120]

Just next door to POP Art, The Bioscope Cinema premieres the Official South African Cannes Selection film, The Harvesters/Die Stropers tonight. [Fri-Thurs, 15-21 Mar 8PM]

One event I’m sure will be thought-provoking and honest is Goldendean’s book launch at Be Bold, Come Gold. Goldendean is a genderqueer media artist who went viral some years back with their #FUCKWHITEPEOPLE performance and their book Plan B: A Gathering of Strangers (Or) This Is Not Working is out and will be accompanied with dialogue and a golden party in Brixton tonight. [Fri, 15 Mar 7PM-11PM]

Fourways Farmers Market has a Friday Edition which sounds like a great post work chill-out for peeps in the area. The Sunday edition still stands but this one is an evening version with beer specials, food and live performance. [Fri, 15 Mar 3:30PM-10:30PM]

Saturday, 9 March:

 

It’s gonna be H-O-T this weekend so the outdoors are kind of a must. A little out of the city is Nirox Sculpture Park which is a beautiful quiet park with scattered art sculptures all over the place. They have back to back events tomorrow and Sunday; Theatre in the Park with a performance from NSA students of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream with music by Urban Village on Saturday. [Sat, 16 Mar 11AM-6PM R200/R250]

More performance tomorrow at Market Theatre with a bright and colourful story driven dance show from a Flemish choreographer called Rule of Three at one theatre and Market Theatre Workshop student Open Day showcase at The Mannie Mannin Theatre. [Sat, 16 Mar 12PM-3PM and 8PM-9:30PM]

There are probably a ton of parties going down tomorrow – I just can’t find ’em! Lol. But to mention some interesting ones – Random Films Studio Party at Keleletla! Library and Everything is Temporary at KCB. One cute and quaint art vibes and one with some top DJs bringing not just your regular vibes. [Sat, 16 Mar 8PM-3AM]

Sunday, 10 March:

 

The Sunday event at Nirox is the Poetry & Jazz Concert which is the postponed Valentines Day event with MINI and KayaFM. The lineup is pretty great with Itai Hakim, The Brother Moves On, Msaki and Mandi Vundla among others. [Sun, 17 Mar 10AM-6PM R330 online]

We House Sundays x Kid Fonque is in JHB on Sunday at the iconic Constitutional Hill. As the name suggests it’s a day of the best of house music with a UK based guest star DJ. [Sun, 17 Mar 2PM-10:30PM R150 online]

A monthly fave is back at Neighbourgoods. Sunday Edition brings fresh DJs, a small market and good eats. It’s no Neighbourgoods Market – it’s like the cooler and familiar cousin. [Sun, 17 Mar 1PM R50]

Newtone Sunday is bringing the groove with Third Place Newtown’s resident DJs. I live so close to this venue and it just keeps bringing such great events and nothing beats a Sunday chill in the city. [Sun, 17 Mar 3PM-12AM R50]

For a bit of learning, Pick Me Up Poetry is hosting a free Creative Writing and Live Performance Workshop for anyone who is interested in growing their craft and possibly learning new skills. First time I’ve come across this but I’m certainly keeping an eye for more of them. [Sun, 17 Mar 11AM-3PM]

As always follow @FOMOFridaysJHB on Instagram for live story updates on these events, great venues and more. If any event sparks interest be sure to click through the links to get more info and any ticket info.

Have a goodie!!

xo,

ALN.

 

 

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Hey Friday!!! Hey March!!! Happy New Day, Happy New Month. For whatever reason this past week has been a trip! Some planet out there is doing the most and taking everyone for a g-damn spin! Anywho… with a new month there is soooo much going on in Jozi. I’ve tried my best to consolidate a good mix of what to do.

Friday, 1 March:

The Bioscope Cinema stays bringing the films that you didn’t know you wanted to see. Besides the quite intense and emotional Oscars Nominated Shorts I saw last week, I also saw This Is Congo and was introduced to a whole other understanding of the political and social state of the mineral rich country. Today they bring back Everything Must Fall a local film looking at the #FeesMustFall movement that started from a protest against the cost of education and became even more politically and socially charged than ever anticipated. Check it out from today until Thursday. [1-7 Mar, R50]

Untitled Basement doesn’t look like it’s slowing down with hosting amazing local acts – and we’re here for it. Last night was jazz from Bokani Dyer’s next week is Urban Village, but most importantly tonight they host my fave electronic slash dance slash experimental wowness, Nonku Phiri. So there! [1 Mar, 8PM R120]

I’ve never heard of this film fest before – but now I do! The Rapid Lion International Film Festival starts today at The Market Theatre. This particular fest run until the 10th and brings the best of African, African Diaspora and BRICS produced films all in one place. Have a close look at the schedule and lockdown the titles that speak to you. [1 – 10 March, Opening night 630PM R30 – R45]

For a bit of a flashback party night, KCB and Jazzuelle host their monthly dance and electronica party called Dark Disco tonight from 8 at Kitcheners. [1 Mar, 8PM R50]

Saturday, 2 March:

On it’s 6th running year and first edition for 2019, The Soweto Arts & Craft Fair will be held at Soweto Theatre this Saturday. Live music, local artists and fresh emerging creative talent, unique shopping and fun areas for children. Samthing Soweto, SORRY and Ginger Nkosi to perform throughout the day. [2 Mar, 12AM-7PM R20]

Urban Backpackers has a great daytime POPUP party happening at the Urban Zulu Rooftop on Anderson Street in the CBD. I went to the December Edition and it was tons of fun with really great DJs and dope views of the city. [2 Mar, 3-10PM R60/R80]

The Bioscope is bringing back it’s popular Late Night Arcade tomorrow night at The Birdhouse rooftop venue. And yes… it’s a whole night of new-school and old-school gaming on all sorts of cool arcades. Expect some VR gaming and an outdoor cinema. [2 Mar, 5-12PM R100]

Simphiwe Dana fans will be happy to know (if you don’t already of course) that she will be at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City for her Annual Congregation concert tomorrow. 15 years since her debut this show should be quite something. [2 Mar, 8-11PM R250]

Sunday, 3 March:

First Sundays is very much a thing in Joburg. Depending on what vibe you’re looking for you have many options to choose from. Lebo’s Backpackers hosts it’s First Sundays in the form of the Locrate Market in Soweto. Free Entry to their open park with live performances, food, art and clothing stalls as you’d expect at a daytime market. [3 Mar, 11AM-6PM] 

From South to East, Victoria Yards has it’s Open Studio First Sundays where all artisans, food stores, gin distillery and local artists will open their spaces to the public. The local community will also have their fresh produce on sale as part of the community upliftment project at the yards. [3 Mar, 10AM-3PM]

Melville has their own First Sundays throughout the whole suburb where all the restaurants, stores, cocktail and wine bars stay open extra late. Food and drinks specials and even performances will be the order of the day bringing Sunday-Funday energy to the streets. [3 Mar, 12am-12pm]

Koolin In The City is one of my favourite day into night Sunday parties always with the best of local talent and upcoming hip hop talent and household DJs. This time around they have traded in the rooftop in the CBD to the historic Cosmopolitan in Maboneng. This edition sees Stogie T as the main act with many others to hit the stage. I’m really excited to see how this new venue lends itself to KITC. [3 Mar, 2-11PM R100]

I know it’s a lot, but we are slowly creeping out of Summer into Autumn so go out and enjoy the city. Be sure to follow @FOMOFridaysJHB on Instagram for live story updates on events.

xo,

ALN.

 

 

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Hello!!! Happy Friday! 🙂 A whole 5 months later! There are a ton of reasons I took a pause from the blog, but this isn’t the post to go into that. I’m still keeping #FOMOFridays and will try my damnedest to make it a real thing. This time around I’m ditching the “Watching” and “Listening” sections (You can follow my instastories for that if you like). Peeps seemed to be more interested in the “Doing” and gig guide part of these posts so that’s all I’m gonna focus on from now on.

I’ve started an accompanying Instagram (@fomofridaysjhb) page which will link back to here for more info. Lord knows people ain’t got time for reading through blogposts these days – so Insta’s instant gratification of pics may or may not lead you lot back here for ticket links and detail on where, how and when. Starting small for today but I’ll be sourcing events I’d personally go to from Facebook events pages and various newsletters I follow. Enjoy! Have a dope weekend! Also shout out to the new kid in Club 30 – Siya ❤

 

 

With this ridiculous weather (supes grateful rain gods – but ohemgee!). The Bioscope has some goodies starting this weekend if you’re looking to get out but also be cosy. The 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animation and Live Action) screenings start tomorrow and run until early March. Also – Black Coffee produced coming of age film Matwetwe is on it’s last day tonight at the Bioscope. [Sat, 16 Feb – Sat, 2 Mar]

To observe Black History Month, The Market Theatre and the U.S. Embassy brings the South African version of Nina Simone Four Women. It premiered last week and will run until the 24th. I’ve only heard really good things about it and must go see it.

In the spirit of Valentines and what not there is a different kind of romance to be had at the Millennial Love Affair taking place at Tennis Club tonight. A celebration of love – it’s traumas and it’s glory in a safe inclusive space. [Fri, 15 Feb]

 

 

Naked Soul Sessions will host Neo-Soul singer Mpho Sebina at Untitled Basement on Saturday night. I honestly didn’t know much of her music until I looked her up on SoundCloud and YouTube. SOLD! Amazing. My homegirl Lungi a.k.a. BrownPepperAnn will be on the decks to get the party started. [Sat, 16 Feb]

As the poster suggests – Make Me Feel is a full technicolor experience of fun beats with some of my KCB faves. A groove is definitely in the heart at the Khona! [Sat, 16 Feb]

The year of the Pig is upon us (well to the Chinese) but if you’re like me and love you some Chinese New Year Celebrations. There are a few happening in Johannesburg. Cyrildene being the first tomorrow. Think street parades, open restaurants and just a full on jam. I’ve only ever been twice, but as a sucker for culture it’s worth a visit – even if just for lunch. Next week the Chinatown in the CBD will be having their celebrations too. [Sat, 16 Feb]

Sunday Edition is back for it’s second edition this year. Last month was an absolute blast and if you squint you can see me doing the get-down in this months promo poster. I love a good Sunday party. It’s  huge trap – but the best people always come out. [Sun, 17 Feb]

 

 

 

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