#FOMOFridays

#FOMOFridays

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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#FOMOFridays

Thank God it’s Fri-i-i-daaaay! Uhh! And thank God it’s sunny again! Goodnesss! So… starting the instagram page really was the best move for this series of the blog. It now has it’s own life and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. The direct interaction with interested peeps is so great and it feels like it has a place and feels so right for me. Thanks for the love and comments on the page. Upwards and onwards!

 

 

There are some new clubs in town!! Sadly they don’t have dark sultry lighting or dance floors, but they certainly have what we all need – food and laughter! Melville Comedy Club opened on 7th Street just over a month ago and just from their line-up I think they will bring a whole lot of fun. 50% off for legit students. How nice? The other club is Glory‘s weekly Ramen Club which is an intimate 3 course meal in a beautiful house setting. Bookings are essential, but I hear it’s so worth it. [Fri, 22 Feb 7pm]

Friday is full of great music events. Depending on what you’re into each one I’ve listed have completely different vibes by great artists. Diamond Thug and Bye Beneco are bringing dream pop, electronica and the visual stage performance they are known for to Snatch32 in Parkhurst tonight.  [Fri, 22 Feb 8pm]

My personal faves, Urban Village will be performing for the first time this year at Breezeblock, Brixton. These guys stays touring and bring such a fresh sound to traditional folk with Zulu sounds and Xhosa electric funk (which I honestly didn’t know was a thing but makes total sense). Not to be missed! [Fri, 22 Feb 7pm]

For a more mellow laid back sitch Artivist in Braamfontein hosts a weekly vinyl session, Mixtape Fridays, with various top DJs on Fridays from 6pm. Great for after work drinks and nibbles. [Fri, 22 Feb 6pm – late]

 

 

Get Saturday morning to a historic start with a walkabout tour at the Standard Bank Gallery in town. Today sees the launch of A Black Aesthetic exhibition which will go on for 2 months and open to all. This exhibition is said to be the largest collection of Black South African Artists since the dawn of our democracy. Amazing really. I’ll defs go see this and give you peak on the FOMOCam instagram stories. [Sat, 23 Feb 11am – 12pm]

If you don’t know the Feel Good Series you best know about it today! The mother of all Feel Goods is going down tomorrow at Victoria Yards. The first UMI Fest sees a line-up curated by fans of the party through votes on Instagram. What I love about this is that it’s not saturated with well-known, mostly male artists and DJs like you tend to see at most of these type of things. Expect to hear experiential sounds from great DJs, kwaito nostalgia from Darkie Fiction, afro-futuristic beats from rising star Muzi and Melo B’s sweet voice over slick lyrics. I’m obvs gonna be there – come say hi! [Sat, 23 Feb 3pm]

Joburg’s first Chinatown on 11 Commissioner Street will host their Chinese New Year in celebration of the Year of the Pig. The streets will be full of lights, displays of colour and huge fireworks from 9pm. 1Fox Junction and surrounding stores and restaurants will be open and sharing in the festivities. [Sat, 22 Feb 4pm – 11pm]

Haven’t found much happening on Sunday… yet! I will upload onto the FOMOFridaysJHB page as the weekend goes, be sure to follow and keep in touch. DM’s are always welcome if you need more info.

If you are not worn out from everything happening this weekend maybe a nice hike up and around Melville Koppies will be up your alley before brunch or lunch on Sunday. Starting from Marks Park Sports club this monthly hike is great for meeting new people and breaking a sweat while taking in the magnificent views and nature. [Sun, 23 Feb 8:0am]

Have a fab, fearless Friday and a bright and sunny weekend.

xo,

ALN.

 

 

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Inclusive Safe Spaces.

Ok… granted that’s not an actual ball category, it is however a very important topic for discussion. Probably more important for the folk who are sick and tired of being victimised in violent, rapey and femmephobic spaces. Lord knows this isn’t of much importance to cis folk who fit the so-called everyday norm of the gender binary or those who show acceptable levels of masculinity that afford them the privilege to move through such spaces with more ease.

Femme bodies have always been and continue to be targets of assault and violence by hateful energies that are fuelled by fear, self-hatred and a hunger for exerting an ignorant power this society has taught them they are entitled to. That’s just the thing with this kind of negative power – it feeds on those who have been identified as weak and unworthy. Trust and believe that femme energy is none of these lesser words the majority relentlessly associates with it. It is in fact the more positive power. This is something I’ve learned from my own experience.

To nurture this seemingly unpopular power a handful of femme, queer and trans identifying peeps in Jozi have gone ahead and created their own inclusive and safe spaces. Spaces where self-expression is encouraged. Where vulnerability, creativity and femininity is praised and tolerance of nonsense from the negative power is very low if any at all.

I still remember buying a tight white lace top and stashing it in the back of my cupboard for months before I eventually got the courage to wear it at my first Cunty Power last year. The courage wasn’t because I was wearing a lace top. The courage was deciding to present and express myself the way that I’d always wanted to. It was a understandably tough for me. Especially the moment we had to leave the safety of the space I was in to go to Great Dane. It was ‘Same Sex Saturdays’ but I had never dressed like that publicly, at least not outside of a costume party. As fierce as I looked, I couldn’t help but shrink and feel some type of way because of the space I was in. Which mind you was mostly gay men, but femmephobia is no joke. Some of it was my own internalised stuff for sure but the night took an magical turn to where this girl walked up to me, took my hand and told me how beautiful I looked. She then put on a red beaded bangle on my wrist and went on her way. That act of love and connection did something to me. I’ve never looked back since that day.

Embracing my femme energy and loving the versatility of wearing whatever I want regardless of what the store clerk or gendered shop signage says is the very reason I choose spaces that deliberately and explicitly protect people like me. Anyone who knows me will know that I religiously go to Pussy Party at KCB in Braam. The message of PP is very clear – protect, uplift, nurture and love of femme and queer bodies. Anything against that is refused. It is undoubtedly my second home where I get to dance my queer ass off until the early weekday morning with zero fear or apprehension. Maybe a teensy bit of fear of a violent hangover the following day, but that ain’t never hurt nobody.

Just a month back a spectacular event was born in Joburg called Vogue Nights. Ever since I watched ‘Paris Is Burning‘ (available on SA Netflix 😉 ) only a just few years back actually, I’ve been obsessed with ball culture, voguing, metamorphosis and the notion that you can choose your family. Vogue Nights surely gave me that hope and promise that sizoba grand. The voguing beasts from V.I.N.T.A.G.E Crew turned it out on the floor battling MrAllOfIt and other gorgeous divas dressed in beautiful silks, fishnets, shiny gowns and colourful hair. I myself played it down a little because I had a dinner in Rosebank before and wasn’t about to put myself in any kind of a situation with Uber drivers or bigoted patrons of Doppio. That of course is my own struggle and another reason I live for these events that tell me it’s OK to be you, to be extra and to do the most. I did however put my choppy black wig, called Yolanda, in my pocket which later came out to play downtown with all my other femme, butch, queer and trans brothers and sisters.

The M.I.A. concert, KOP JHB, Afropunk and other iconic events I’ve been to in the past year have been shameless at promoting and supporting the LGBT+ community and putting strict disclaimers that do not tolerate any sort of ill treatment of any human, period. Many will try and play ignorant or make excuses for the toxic spaces that turn a blind eye to what they know is true. Some will demand to be educated on this matter instead of taking their own initiative to learn from global standards institutions such as the Afropunks have set in their governing principles.

What I really do hope for is that the many and the some will do better in striving for inclusiveness and safety for the folk that attend their parties, events, homes, restaurants and bars. It’s time we connected on the real things and allow one another to have fun without compromising any bodies (femme or otherwise). It’s hella idealistic hope for sure, but It’s hope nonetheless. We’re pretty much nothing without it.

xo,

ALN.

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The Whole ‘Victoria Yards’

I don’t know what my obsession is with choosing my blog post titles from movie titles but it just keeps happening. I really miss my days of being a movie buff. So two Sunday mornings ago I got sent a flyer by a friend for this ‘Open Studio Vibes’ sitch that was happening at some place called Victoria Yards. I’d never been to this place let alone heard of it, but I knew I had to go. As a liker of things I will always try out new things at least four times. Victoria Yards just needed one time to hook me.

It’s situated in Lorentzville towards the east of Johannesburg. Approaching it you can instantly see it’s been redone, repainted and re-energised. I don’t really know what the space was used for before but it seems like the developers (who apparently developed 44 Stanley) wanted to keep it as raw and not overly worked as possible. You can tell by the presence of a lot of exposed brick, minimal painting and rusted iron on the roofing.

The title of ‘Open Studio Vibes’ was just that. The yards are split into a number of studios used by visual artists like Blessing Ngobeni, Dario Manjate (who does magical things with magazine cuttings), controversial painter Ayanda Mabulu and artisanal artists like Tshepo The Jeanmaker and Hélène, an interesting jeweler who has moved here from France. More studios are available for anyone wanting to rent the space to work, create, sell and even teach.

Surrounding the grounds are vegetable and orchid gardens planted as part of an agricultural project to promote job creation as well as generate some income for them. Speaking to the creative who manages the space who ended up giving us a cute little tour of the space, she stressed how working with the community around the newly developed space is very important to what they want to achieve.

Soon they will be having their own farmers market where locals can sell their own produce to customers who come in from all over the city. More so the artists and artisans who own studios are obliged to provide skills development and apprenticeship to empower individuals of the community who will then also share this knowledge to others.

I have no doubt that this space will thrive and become something great. It offers a variety of well-made creations from its residents, a small brewery should you become a bit thirsty and peckish and eventually open event spaces which could be used as galleries, private parties and as a function hall.

I’ll be sure to let you know when they have something again, keep your eye on the #FOMOFridays post. Otherwise pop in and check it out for yourself it’s gonna be a total thing.

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