Indulge in Vibrant events in Johannesburg with Johannesburg Vacation Offers
Soccer fans can support ‘Orlando Pirates’ or ‘Bidvest Wits’ in the ABSA Premiership League match on Wednesday 15th April at the Bidvest Stadium in Yale Road, Braampark with kick-off at 19h30 and tickets only R40.
Wednesday 15th April has ‘The Jackals Night Trail Run Series’ taking place in Honeydew for runners not into long distance running who can enter in the 4km or 8km race with scenic beauty at the ‘Jackal Creek Golf Estate’. The race starts at 20h00 and cost is R50 to R75 per person.
Do the kids a favour by giving their imagination a boost and take them to the ‘Peoples Theatre’ for a show to remember with ‘The Jungle Book Kids’ on until 27th April. A children’s classic, the show is directed by ‘Keith Smith’ and ‘Jill Girard’ who secured rights to this show ensuring a more than wonderful night of not only ‘Disney’s’ magic but the unforgettable songs that go with it. Tickets are R75 to R110.
Who can resist a night of hilarious laughter with ‘Pieter Dirk Uys! You can find him at the ‘Montecasino Theatre and Studio’ in ‘An Audience with Pieter-Dirk EISH’ until 17th April with all of fifteen boxes on stage that hold either a character, a comedy, a laugh or a drama. Times are Monday to Friday at 20h00, Saturdays at 17h00 and 20h00 with tickets going for a worthwhile R100 to R170 per person.
‘Parker’s Comedy:Vittoria Leonardi’ is on Friday 17th April at the ‘Silverstar Casino’ with ‘Vittorio Leonardi’, ‘Gareth Woods’, ‘Mel Miller’, and ‘Pravesh Mungaldave’. Starting at 20h00 and costing R120 for two people.
Soul, Jazz and Food:
‘Winnie’s Soul & Jazz Restaurant’ in Wendywood affords soul and jazz lovers the crème of the crop of South African artists including a menu with a fantastic variety of mouth-watering, extremely difficult choices at excellent prices!
Indulge your taste buds in, amongst others, a starter of grilled calamari with garlic mayonnaise or marinated sliced beef fillet with rocket, capers and Parmesan shavings. If you like it hot, try the Peri-Peri chicken livers or go for a delicious oven roasted beetroot and chicken salad in an orange sesame dressing. ‘Easy Meals’ some of which consist of chicken wings, rump strips, BBQ prawns, ‘Pasta Bolognese’ or ‘Pasta Jazz’ with creamed salmon fresh herbs or the ‘Pasta Blues’ with chicken strips and herbs. From the grill selected cuts are grain fed and matured ‘Karan Beef’ served with vegetables in season, a choice of sauces and a side dish or spoil yourself with a rack of lamb, lamb shank, duck breast or oxtail with many more!
Music to feed your soul at ‘Winnie’s Soul & Jazz Restaurant’ has on Thursday 16th April ‘The Africa Mkhize Quartet’ with none other than ‘Afrika Mkhize’ who in 2012 won the ‘Standard Bank Young Artist Award’ for Jazz. Starting on the piano at the tender age of six, at 15 he was at the ‘National School of the Arts’ to further his classical music, later attending the ‘Pretoria Technikon’ to take his interest in jazz, composition and arranging to the next level. He has worked as a producer and performed with many well known artists including the late ‘Miriam Makeba’. Rated as one of the most versatile pianists covering everything from jazz, African harmonies to hip-hop, alongside him are ‘Siphiwe Shiburu’ on drums, ‘Ariel Zamonsky’ on bass and ‘Nhlanhla Mahlangu’ on saxophone. Starting at 19h00, tickets are well worth it at R60 per person.
On Thursday 23rd April, allow the superb sounds of ‘Lucas Senyatso’ to filter through your veins! Besides achieving a Grade 4 in Music Theory through the ‘London Trinity College’ in 1990 by invitation, he joined local band ‘Shine’, replacing his former teacher and remaining with them for seven years. Noticed by ‘Hugh Masekela’ he was asked to join his band full time which brought about an American and European tour and the start of much bigger things. In 2006 his debut album ‘All of Me’ received two nominations for the SAMA’s with his single ‘Baby You’ hitting number one on ‘Kaya FM’s’ top 30. 2007 had him touring and recording with Keiko Matsui (MOYO project) in Japan. Today, still writing and producing he conducts private music lessons in his spare time. Definitely not to be missed his show starts at 20h00 with tickets at R80.
Appreciate the talented ‘Tshepo Fela’s’ passion for African jazz on Friday 24th April at 19h00 with tickets going for R80.
‘JobieClark’ (Ntando Sithole-Clarke) an ex ‘Rhodes University’ jazz vocalist who besides his music and being a vocal coach has opened his own school ‘JobeClarke Music’. Fans can take in his sounds on 25th April at 19h00 with tickets costing R60.
Proudly South African:
South Africans can be more than just proud of ‘Tertius Venter’, a humble man with an enormous heart! Giving up his private practice after 16 years as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he embarked on full-time mission work carrying out free surgeries to the poorest of people in Africa and around the world.
In March, as one of ‘Operation Smile’s’ established plastic surgeons Dr Venter completed a local cycle tour that started in Pretoria and ended in Cape Town. The objective was to raise awareness on the plight of the poor, get people involved and enlighten the public about organisations like ‘Mercy Ships International’, ‘PAACS’ and ‘Operation Smile’ and their endeavours in reducing the needs of the poor. Still raising further awareness, Dr Venter is now in the United States to fulfil his second cycle tour, some 8000 kilometres where he’ll be giving talks at hospitals, schools, Rotary Clubs, church groups and businesses along the way.
A non-profit organisation, ‘Operation Smile’ is based in Virginia in the USA. Founded in 1982 by William Magee (a Christian plastic surgeon) and wife Kathleen, the organisation provides repair surgery for cleft lips and palate repairs and to date, over 200,000 adults and children in over sixty countries, have benefited from ‘Operation Smile’.