NIROX | WORDS 21-22 OCTOBER 2017

NIROX WORDS

Situated on 15 hectares of landscaped gardens and waterways within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, NIROX Sculpture Park is renowned for its magnificent views, picturesque scenery, and overall tranquil locale. In recent years, it’s also earned a superior reputation for holding exhibitions and festivals of eminent worth, relating to all areas of contemporary art.

This weekend, NIROX presents its newest festival: NIROX |WORDS, the title being “Why The World…”, which invites artists and audience to finish the question as they may … why the world is the mess that it is … the challenge and the joy … why is it at all?

I posed a few questions to Batya Bricker, the festival’s Books Programme Coordinator, to get some background and understanding as to what exactly this festival is all about:

Q: So, obviously, my first question (actually more like 3 questions) is why WORDS now? After so many years of NIROX art, photography, music and sculpture? Where did the idea come from? What was the initial vision and has this materialised (so far) as was hoped? Where did the theme ‘Why the World …’ come from?

A: (I combined these questions because its part of one answer.)

Our world is in chaos. Can we do things differently to change this trajectory? Are there alternative ways to dissecting problems, and finding new solutions? Can words help us think differently? Create a new reality? Engage differently? The idea behind NIROX|WORDS is an exploration of how words can change the world – or not. All the art, music, poetry and book discussions explore this idea in different ways.

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Q: How long has it taken from formulating the idea, to bring this to life?

A: About a year

Q: Did you have to approach all of the participants or did the word get out and did some of them start contacting you, saying that they want to be part of this?

A: A little of both. The idea that we need to approach our world in a different way is gaining traction across all walks of life and all over the globe. Whilst we approached some authors and artists, there were many who jumped at the opportunity to contribute to this conversation through their craft. This idea resonates with the zeitgeist.

Q: Where to from here?

A: We hope to make WORDS an annual weekend event attracting both local and international talent across all art forms.

 

And so, there you have it in a nutshell. To really get to grips with NIROX|WORDS though, you’ll have to just attend the festival this weekend and take in all the wonderful delights that the programme has to offer. There are a diverse range of talks, performances and films; an entire childrens’ section and of course various places to feed your body as well as your mind!

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Just one of the children’s sessions on the NIROX | WORDS programme

 The programme starts at 10h00 on both Saturday and Sunday.

There are several ticketing options, so for a full list of these, to make your booking and get details of the festival programme, and everything else about NIROX (including how to get there), go to http://niroxwords.com/

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Come and Nosh at Nussbaums!

10413350_271248809666001_4060469510783246122_nSo as a Joburg foodie blogger who gets absolutely no opportunity to attend or blog about Kosher food – a little-known niche in Joburg’s wider foodie/blogging community, but something that I live and breathe every single day – I was pretty excited to see that local butchery, Nussbaums had invited two friends of mine, well-known foodies, Jozi Food Whore and The Food Musketeer to sample their excellent deli fare!!

I immediately contacted Nussbaums myself and asked if they actually knew that there were real, live kosher foodie bloggers (okay, at least one … me) living in their midst, and did they want to invite me over too!?!  Which led to me and the Other Half (OH) having Sunday lunch at Nussbaums today!!

For those who don’t know, Nussbaums Butchery was actually established way back in 1936. I remember when many kosher establishments had their shops set up in Doornfontein, and this was one of them. We didn’t visit the area often though, as my mom opted for phoning in her orders which would then get delivered! Moving ahead a few decades, and Nussbaums is now a bright, modern space in the heart of Glenhazel. Think small-scale Golders Green with the big mommy-cars, the problematic parking, the Friday shopping frenzy, and you’re pretty much describing what to me is … home!

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Where the magic happens!

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The guys are gathered around the grill!

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Nussbaums deck – the place to be for Sunday lunch in the sun!

OH and I arrive in the midst of Sunday lunchtime on a beautiful, hot sunny day; one of the first we’ve had at the start of our Joburg summer. It seems like everyone is making the most of being outside. We’re greeted by the very friendly Dale, who is behind the incredible publicity that Nussbaums is now recieving on social media. Being that I’m no stranger to the shop, I’m quite thrilled to get the opportunity to take pictures (without looking like too much of a weirdo), and get behind the counter too!!

The range of products is impressive, and the stock levels are currently high, due to the expectation of increased buying in the coming week or so. It’s Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year – in less than 2 weeks, and everyone is anticipating the usual eating frenzy that accompanies holiday-time in most cultures. It’s a time of family, friends, get-togethers, and large meals … and a time when we give thanks for what we have, and offer up our prayers of hope for the coming year.

As Nussbaums say “We know meat”, and they certainly take that seriously! Their menu offering is based on the popular New York Deli style. We were presented with 3 of their most popular items: a Hawaiian burger, an Argentinian steak roll, and the piece de resistance, their Hot Beef on Rye!! Oh … My … Goodness!!! This is good, old-fashioned, deli food at its absolute best with no stinting on anything at all. Do your jaw exercises beforehand so you can get your mouth around the huge, generous portions! The smash burgers (because of the method used in ‘smashing’ a ball of mince down to give it its burger form) are really popular and the grill is constantly on the go, doing a steady business in takeaways.

 

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The juiciest Hawaiian Burger (that’s pineapple, not cheese!!!)

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The jam-packed New York Beef on Rye

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The Delectable Argentinian Steak Roll – you HAVE to try it!

The large staff contingent moves around both the store and outside service area like a well-oiled machine. They’re all extremely efficient, and ever so friendly, and above all, they know their stuff!

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Basically Nussbaums is doing a sterling job in keeping up with current trends both in food and on social media. Why shouldn’t our local kosher establishments be marketing themselves in the same way that other stores and restaurants do, especially when they know that what they’re offering is of equal, often better quality? It’s all about being competitive, and knowing how to participate in the playing field, and Nussbaums knows exactly what they need to do to keep themselves relevant and current. Well done and good for them!

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OH trying to get his mouth around the generous Burger!!

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The Hot Chips are perfection!

Go and visit! They’re at 53 Ridge Road, Glenhazel, and get yourself a smash burger or a beef on rye while you’re there! They’re open from 7:00 am – 20:00 pm Monday to Thursday; 6:00 am – 15:30pm on Fridays and 8.30 – 14:00 on Sundays. They’re closed on Saturdays for Shabbat (the Sabbath). Check which days they’ll be closed during the upcoming Jewish Holiday Season.

You can call them on 011 485-2303, or you can visit their comprehensive website at www.koshermeat.co.za where you can also order online and have your order delivered to you!

You don’t have to keep kosher to eat kosher … you don’t even have to be Jewish!

 

CINEMA NOUVEAU HOSTS THE 5TH TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL

All screenings will be free to the public, courtesy of Ster-Kinekor.

Turkish Film Festival 2017

Continuing in its efforts to bring the best of foreign language films to local audiences, Cinema Nouveau will host the 5th Turkish Film Festival from 29 September-22 October 2017 at the Cinema Nouveau theatres in Cape Town (V&A Waterfront, from 29 September – 1 October), in Pretoria (Brooklyn Mall, from 6-8 October), in Johannesburg (Rosebank Mall, from 13-15 October) and in Durban (Gateway Mall, from 20-22 October).

The Turkish Film Festival is made possible with the valuable support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Tourism of Turkey, in collaboration with Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau. Globally well-known companies Turkish Airlines, Defy, CISCO and Radisson Blu (Sandton) are also sponsoring the festival.

The selection of films at the Festival are in line with Cinema Nouveau’s unique service offering. The festival is a great opportunity for South Africans to experience the Turkish tradition and culture more closely through the best examples of contemporary Turkish cinema. Cinema Nouveau is the best cinema in which to have a full-on customer experience and appreciation of the film and arts.

Film and arts lovers can look forward to a selection of five fantastic films:

My Mother's WoundThe showcase movie of the festival is My Mother’s Wound. This ambitious drama is directed by Ozan Aciktan and draws attention to the remnants of the Bosnian war. A gripping tale of family, love and identity, My Mother’s Wound follows Salih as he searches for a trail of hope amongst war-torn lives. Upon turning eighteen, Salih leaves the orphanage to find his lost family and begins working in a Serbian farm. Suddenly, at the most unexpected moment he has found a home. Will he ever be able to let go of the ghosts of his past and be happy in this new life? As tension escalates disquieting secrets surface.

 

Unique Life, a comedy film from Çağan Irmak, one of Turkey’s most beloved and popular filmmakers, tells the story of Nadide, who is searching for happiness after the death of her husband. Now over 50, Nadide once chose marriage over college and a career and struggled to keep her family together. After losing her husband, Nadide reads an article in the paper and decides to enrol in college. There she finds herself in a journey setting sail to a new start at life with a group of young students and a mysterious captain.

Inspired by the novel of acclaimed writer Cengiz Aytmatov, The Girl with the Red Scarf is a classic and endlessly watchable love story that never dates. It is said, in fact, that the French poet Aragon described The Girl with the Red Scarf as “the world’s greatest love story”. What is love? What makes a lover? What makes a spouse? What makes a father? And which is harder: to go back or not to go back?

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Eyvah Eyvah 2 is a comedy, and the second instalment of the Eyvah Eyvah Trilogy. Hüseyin is a young clarinetist living with his grandparents in a village in Turkey’s Thracian region. Two things are of great importance in Hüseyin’s life: his clarinet and his fiancée. In the first film Hüseyin was forced to go to Istanbul and leave behind his beloved village in order to search for his real father, teaming up with an eccentric nightclub singer, called Firuzan. After finding his father, Hüseyin tries to reach his fiancé, who moves to a small village in the Turkish countryside.

Husband Factor, is the story of Efsun (30) seeking true love and a romantic relationship rather than a husband (sounds like a wise woman to me!). She is the black sheep of her peers and the women of her family who are programmed for marriage. She is seeking love but doesn’t know what most girls know; how to strike an attitude, or how to manipulate a man (in other words, she’s too genuine and people have no clue how to handle that!). Hence, she has not had a single steady relationship to date. The good news is that she has her family to fall back on. Her family members are all dedicated to initiating Efsun into the intricacies of womanhood and ensuring that she gets hitched into the “happily ever after”. Efsun surrenders herself into the capable hands of these women.

Although all screenings will be free to public, tickets still need to be booked and can be collected at the participating cinema box-offices one hour prior to each show. For more information, and booking details, visit the Cinema Nouveau website at www.cinemanouveau.co.za.

Ster Kinekor brings you a Stephen King Double-Bill this September!

Ster Kinekor are bringing Stephen King fans TWO much anticipated movies from their favourite writer in September, and they promise not to disappoint!

THE DARK TOWER – Release date: 8 September

The Dark TowerThe Dark Tower, the epic story from Stephen King, one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen. And ladies, if you’re despairing at the thought of having to sit through yet another movie that sounds like ‘man-fodder’, this one stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black!! So really, it already ticks all the boxes!

The Dark Tower is an ambitious mixture of action, adventure and fantasy, telling the story of the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. Tom Taylor stars as Jake Chambers, a New York boy who becomes Roland’s apprentice.

For many of his stalwart fans, The Dark Tower is arguably King’s greatest, standout achievement. Despite being renowned for writing mainly horror stories, this fits more into the genre of action fantasy, possibly attracting a wider audience

Watch The Dark Tower trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwfqXTebIY

The film’s run time is 91 minutes

IT – Release Date – 15 September

Who remembers IT? (Am I giving away my age?) This book was responsible for an entireIt generation’s clown phobia (which they possibly passed on to their children)!

This one is not for the faint-hearted but promises to be a feast for the senses of all horror movie buffs. Based on Stephen King’s famed novel of the same name, the film is set in the town of Derry (where King set quite a few of his novels – so possibly a place to avoid if you’re not into the whole horror thing!), where the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind just bloody remains. The film is intended to be the first instalment in a planned duology.

In a place known as “The Barrens”, a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. The kids bond over their determination to kill it. The horror and terror can truly be appreciated on the big screen as the kids walk through a scary tunnel and peer through the sewers where IT lives. Even if you wanted to look away when the horror unfolds, you won’t be able to take your eyes of the screen.

Jaeden Lieberher and Bill Skarsgård star as Bill Denbrough, and Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, respectively, with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Finn Wolfhard in supporting roles.

The film’s time is 135 minutes  … if you ask me, that is a VERY long time, and a LOT of horror … but that’s just my opinion. If you can’t wait for the 15th, you can watch the trailer here – do so at your own risk (I must be honest, I just don’t have the nerves!!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0WCgAxDaX8&feature=youtu.be

MARVEL’S INHUMANS IN-IMAX!

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Marvel comics never seem to lose their popularity, so fans are going to love this new release, and I’m positive that the hype surrounding the unique manner in which it’s being done will add to the already much-talked about addition to the brand.

Marvel’s Inhumans  is the newest television series exploring the never-before-told epic journey of Black Bolt and the Royal Family.  This is the very first time it’s been brought to life in this unique way: a version of the first two episodes, shot entirely with IMAX® cameras, premieres exclusively in IMAX® at Ster-Kinekor IMAX® theatres from 1 September before then premiering on M-Net channel 101 on 30 September where it will run for eight episodes.

Taking such a cinematic and immersive approach to a television series has never been done to this degree, with Marvel’s Inhumans director Roel Reinè using IMAX® cameras to take full advantage of the scale and scope of the IMAX canvas. In IMAX theatres, Marvel’s Inhumans will be presented in its entirety in an expanded IMAX 1.9:1 aspect ratio – offering moviegoers 26% more of the image than normal – for a truly immersive experience.

The IMAX release of Marvel’s Inhumans has been designed and customised to take full advantage of The IMAX Experience, with crystal-clear images, powerful digital audio and customized theatre geometry.

About Marvel’s Inhumans:

Marvel’s Inhumans is ABC’s third Marvel TV series, which follows Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter.  The plot follows the Inhuman Royal Family’s escape to Hawaii after a military coup, where they are greeted with a surprisingly lush world and surprising interactions with the humanity around them. Now they must find a way to reunite with each other and return to their home before their way of life is destroyed forever.

The series stars:

Anson Mount as Black Bolt– The enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city

Serinda Swan as Medusa – Queen of the Inhumans (Black Bolt’s wife) — a fiercely resilient warrior who has the ability to move and control her hair the way most people use their hands and fingers.

Iwan Rheon as Maximus – the clever, charming Inhuman with a fierce devotion to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King. But he also has an intense desire to steal his brother’s crown for himself.

Ken Leung as Karnak – Cousin and close advisor to Black Bolt, with an ability to see the fault in all things – people, plans, structures, everything. He’s often seen as the royal family’s planner and philosopher.

Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon – Cousin of Black Bolt, member of the Royal family, and leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp makes him a force to be reckoned with. Gorgon would rather fight than talk to solve his problems.

Isabelle Cornish as Crystal – Medusa’s sister, Crystal, is the youngest member of the Royal family, with the ability to control the four elements of fire, earth, water and air. Impetuous and independent, but also deeply devoted to her family.

Mike Moh as Triton – Black Bolt’s cousin, he’s calm under pressure and supremely athletic, with a fish-like ability to live underwater.

Sonya Balmores as Auran – Head of the Royal Guards on Attilan, a capable and no-nonsense woman, who is fiercely loyal to the King of Attilan.

Ellen Woglom as Louise – A smart, intense, and focused woman. Her job at a private aerospace company is her life, second only to her passion for all things space and lunar.

Lockjaw as himself – Crystal’s 2,000 lb canine (yes, a dog!) companion with the ability to teleport. (I sometimes wish my dogs could do this – although I doubt Yorkies could manage it!)

Marvel’s Inhumans is executive produced by Scott Buck (“Dexter,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) with Buck serving as showrunner.

Roel Reinè (“The Delivery,” “Black Sails”) directed the first two episodes.

This series is a Marvel and IMAX project and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.

Watch the trailer of Inhumans here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sYF1SXcWqQ

Enjoy the IMAX release of Marvel’s Inhumans only at Ster-Kinekor’s seven IMAX® theatres across the country, situated at Eastgate in Johannesburg, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, Mall of Africa in Midrand, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and CapeGate in Cape Town.

For booking information visit www.sterkinekor.com or the Ster-Kinekor app. Follow us on Twitter at @sterkinekor and on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor. To secure your tickets, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Ster-Kinekor Club and Discovery members receive discounts among other benefits.

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD – SCORES A HIT FOR ME!

The-Hitmans-Bodyguard-2017-movie-posterThis is one of those movies that audiences are going to love, and critics are going to slate!

Who are you going to listen to … the critics who are rating it at 2 to 3 stars out of 5 (or possibly less), or the audiences who sent it straight to the top of the box office charts in its opening weekend? Exactly!!

To give you some background, if you don’t already know it, this is what’s it’s all about:

The world’s top protection agent, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) inexplicably botched a high profile job and fell from grace. 2 years later, he’s asked by Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung), who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend, to guard the life of his sworn enemy, Darius Kinkaid (Samuel L. Jackson) one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The reluctant, but relentless bodyguard and happy-go-lucky assassin are thrown together for a roller-coaster 24 hours. They need to get from England to The Hague, but encounter every possible obstacle en route: high-speed car chases, bizarre boat escapades and the numerous (seemingly endless) henchmen of a cold-blooded Eastern European dictator (a chilling Gary Oldman) who is out for blood – he’s not really concerned whose!

Action fans will love it, and let’s face it, they aren’t going to care about low ratings. It has a stellar cast, lots of stuff gets blown up, the banter between the main protagonists is witty and sharp, and for the girls who’ve schlepped along to see Ryan Reynolds there’s even a bit of a warm and mushy love angle too! Generally it’s just loads of fun and makes for an enjoyable night out. If you’re looking for a movie where you don’t need to think, and where you can just sit back and watch it all unfold on the screen, then this is really perfect.

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Thanks to Ster-Kinekor for treating us to a great preview night at Eastgate Prestige: complimentary bottles of Hunter’s Edge, amusing large, bouncer type men at the door (no really, a fabulous, cheeky touch), and hamper giveaways very cleverly executed.  It really was a thoroughly enjoyable night out!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard gets 4 glittery stars from me!

Cinema Nouveau Top 10 – Week Ending August 14 2017

This is what your Top 10 looks like at Cinema Nouveau this week!

My Cousin RachelTopping the list is newly released ‘My Cousin Rachel’ (starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin). Based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1950’s novel, it tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the spell of her beguiling charms (I like the sound of this one!). Taking #2 and #3 place is also newly released titles ‘Viceroy’s House’ and ‘Krotoa’ (which dropped from last week’s number 1 spot). The #4 and #5 places spots respectively are, ‘Paris Can Wait’ and ‘Below her Mouth’.

1. My Cousin Rachel

2. Viceroy House

3. Krotoa

4. Paris Can Wait

5. Below her Mouth

6. Churchill

7. Gifted

8. This Beautiful Fantastic

9. Brimstone

10. Things to come

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