BY BILLY SUTER
ENTERTAINMENT on offer in Durban this weekend includes a salute to Frank Sinatra – titled Sinatra… Quite Frankly – which is to be staged at the Umbilo branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.
Performances are scheduled for 8pm on Friday and Saturday (January 25 and 26) and 2pm on Sunday (January 27).
The show stars Anthony Stonier and pays tribute to all the great hits associated with Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards). Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.
These are also the ticket prices and contact numbers for Burns Night, an evening of Scottish music and poetry, to be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (January 25 and 26) and 2pm on Sunday (January 27).
Featuring Miriam Erasmus, Frank Graham and The Durban Regiment Pipe Band, the event is a celebration of the life, music and poetry of Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems.
A reminder that Durban’s KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood opened its year this week with a women-led exhibition, Mating Birds Vol 2, which is said to engage with art and documents dealing head-on with the effects of colonial and apartheid laws in South African contemporary sexual relationships
Scheduled to run at the park-side gallery until February 10, the exhibition is curated by Gabi Ngcobo with Sumayya Menezes and Zinhle Khumalo.
“Mating Birds Vol 2 is a curatorial essay that takes the late Lewis Nkosi’s novel, Mating Birds, as a starting point. The novel is used to visualise the troublesome histories associated with the Immorality Acts of the parliament of colonial and apartheid South Africa,” says a spokesman.
“The effects of these acts are presented through the staging of an exhibition as an essay that draws on original artwork as well as reference material from art, literature, philosophy, legal documents, letters, newspaper clippings and exhibition catalogues, among other sources.
The exhibition features artists Billie Zangewa, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Lady Skollie, Sabelo Mlangeni, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Tracey Rose and Trevor Makhoba.
Gallery entry is free and all are welcome.
Looking ahead… a treat is in store next week with guitarist James Grace, one of South Africa’s leading concert artists, lined up as the headliner on Wednesday, January 30, at the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event, held in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.
In recent years, James has appeared with the Cape Philharmonic, the KwaZulu- Natal Philharmonic, the Johannesburg Festival, the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the Free State Symphony in concerti by Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Giuliani and Vivaldi.
He studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a Foundation Scholar with Carlos Bonell. Upon graduating he became the first guitarist in the history of the college to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award presented to the most outstanding student.
James has recently released his sixth solo album, Chilled, under his own record label, Stringwise Records. His previous two releases, Sevilla – Music of Spain II and Café Latino, both topped the Classic Fm Top 20 South African Charts and earned James SAMA nominations for Best Popular Classical Album and Best Instrumental Album respectively.
He will perform from 9pm on January 30, following an 8pm performance by Brian Bedingfield (of Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters), who will showcase his new solo project, called Finger Trouble, with some help from friends old and new.
Brian will interlace his performance with stories about life, the universe and songwriting.
Performing from 7.30pm will be Byron Love, who was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg. He started out on the local pub circuit after completing his compulsory “national service” and has been gigging ever since, with stints in Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Ballito and the South Coast.
Byron performs covers and also writes his own material. His first album, The Byron Love Consortium – Free Rebel, was released in 2013.
Opening the MiTH programme on January 30 will be Sivan Cruywagen, a Grade 12 student at GHS in Pietermaritzburg, who has been singing since she was eight.
Her genre is classic soul, with covers from London Grammar, Adele, James Arthur, Lana Del Ray and others.
MiTH a semi-open mic music club whose doors open at 6pm and the music flows from 7pm. Admission is R40 at the door.
Take along your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. Ca;; Charles Websyer at 082 331 7271 if you require directions or more information.