Would you look at that? Half the year, give or take a couple of days, has gone up its own trumpet. When the New Year’s Day rumpus settled down on January 2, I kind of figured that 2019 would go all slow-like – as slow as a 90s-era dialup router prone to an array of interruptions. It was not to be; I flew by like the once great Concorde and I’m not all too sure what to make of it. I wish I understood relativity far better than I do. That way I’d probably be able to console myself as time steadily ticks away. It’s also not as if things transpire that fast in life.
What the swift passing of the sand, positively, mind you, managed to do is to finally bring an end to Game of Thrones. It was some weeks ago when I moaned about both the pacing and the writing of the final season. It panned out like I thought it would. Now we sit with an uninterested, crippled stoner at the helm of six feeble kingdoms – Daenerys, for eight long seasons, claimed that she would break the wheel only for said wheel to now form part of a kingly tricycle to be pushed around by a chump sworn to celibacy. Good riddance.
What do we watch now, I ask you? Survivor? I’m not sure if that particular franchise’s formula has outwitted, outplayed and outlasted the general public’s interest. I’m still somewhat partial to the survival frenzy – it makes for good television and it allows you to imagine yourself handling a particular scenario far better than one of the actual players did. Audience participation? Check. Maybe our programming schedules are way too saturated. I personally scroll for a minute or so before I realise what a commitment to entertainment I need to make. I’ll stick to reruns, thank you.
Nevertheless, let’s check out what this weekend has in store for us.
- Music Legends Evenings
Cost: R350, call 011 482 5791
Here’s something to do during the week, music lovers! Join us in paying tribute to and celebrating our musical icons at our intimate storyteller evenings on the first Wednesday of every month at Calexico at 44 Stanley. These monthly events will feature the very best artists from our beautiful South Africa. Each month the a set menu will be chosen by the artist and the evenings will be filmed so there will be a strict no noise policy during the interview portions of the evening. Often we don’t know the back story of where our favourite musicians came from and what it took to get them to where they are today. These unique sessions will shed light on their journey and they will perform their favourite songs as well as their hits. The first episode features the amazingly talented Cindy Alter. She fronted the incredibly successful band Clout selling over 13 million albums worldwide. Still rocking with her band as well as enjoying a successful solo singer songwriter career 42 years later, Cindy spends the evening with us telling us her phenomenal story. To be a part of this special celebration, book your table now to avoid disappointment at Calexico Rock ‘n Roll Bar & Grill. One of the best live music venues in Jhb!
– courtesy of Calexico
- The LEGO Robotics Expo 2019, 25-26 May
Cost: Free, visit Pop’s Toys for other details
Some products have pure staying power. I suspect that LEGO’s versatility will see it remain a major player in the toy industry for some time to come – I’ve seen scores of LEGO-themed event pop up lately. This weekend we’ll head off once more to Pop’s Toys at Northmead Square in Benoni for another themed event. The store has become quite the player in the exhibition arena which I feel is a clever tactic; it’s beyond a mere walk-in-and-pay kind of a store. Throughout Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to bear witness to the marvellous contraptions that some people can come up with using only LEGO’s Robotics range. Ordinary members of the public will be able to see how their gizmos stack up to those developed and build by seasoned mechanical engineers. Naturally the whole family is welcome and, with it being payday and whatnot, I’m sure that you’ll be able to get your own Robotics adventure firmly underway.
- Trevor Gumbi Midlife Crisis, 24 May 2019
Cost: R99, available through Quicket
It may be a Friday, but it does happen that the end of the workweek turns into a bit of a mess. Nobody wants to go to bed all glum now, do they? Well, laughter, as ‘they’ so verily say can remedy pretty much anything. If you feel the need to get your weekend off to a chuckling start, then I suggest you head on over to the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice at Melrose Arch this evening. There Trevor Gumbi, like so many astute comedians do, will turn life’s hardships into a side-splitting couple of hours and he’ll maybe give you something to reflect on, too. Here he’ll cover divorce and how to get back into the dating game after you’ve reached a certain age. He’ll also navigate you through a divorce’s other ramifications, like who gets to keep what friend. This show is not to be missed.
- Prawn Festival At The Weekend Market, 25 May
I say free, but them delicious little critters aren’t – at least you’d not have to wave your credit card at the turnstiles. I do however suspect that a great bargain or five will be available for you to exploit. The mere mention of a crustacean should already get many a lover of seafood all riled up. The ocean really did all the marketing needed for this festival that will be held in Ridgeway, Johannesburg. The all-star here will naturally be Portuguese-style prawns, but an array of other cooking styles involving the guest of honour will be available to nibble on, too. The festival also presents entertainment catered to the entire family. Your little one can look forward to a water park, go karting and a kid’s themed world. For those a little older, there will be a beer garden and cocktails lounge available and an on-site flea market will have all the magpies preoccupied.
- The Harvest Festival 2019, 25-26 May
Cost: R150, available through Computicket
We head off to Centurion for our final entry in our weekend schedule. I must warn up front that this will almost exclusively cater for those who have indeed already turned 18 – there is a lot of wine involved. The Leriba Hotel & Spa invites anyone who fancies themselves a good glass of vino, whether you’re a seasoned connoisseurs or one that simply enjoys a glass of wine with a good meal. Truth be told, I think pretty much anybody is a wine drinking expert if they are partial to it. Nevertheless, around 100 wine farms will showcase a variety of their products through the running of the two-day festival. Naturally, as any good wine festival should do, you’ll be able to pair your selection with various foodstuffs and, obviously, some cheese. Your attendance is advantageous beyond this point alone, too because you’ll be able to buy wine at cellar door prices. For more information, visit Leriba’s website.