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June 08, 2012

My top three weekend picks in Cape Town

Catch the last performances of The Brothers Size at The Baxter Theatre this weekend.

While the onset of winter this past week has made many of us head for the duvet and television remote, the weekend is here and it’s time to head out and have a little fun.

Cape Town knows how to warm up in winter and, with an array of events to choose from this weekend, June 8 to 10, I’m sure I’ll see many of you donning your glad rags and getting out and about.

Roxette concert

In collaboration with Jacaranda 94.2, East Coast Radio and M-Net, Roxette will rock the crowds at Grand Arena, Grand West, on Friday June 8 with a mix of pop and ballads.

The Swedish duo, made up of Marie Fredricksson and Per Gessle, made a name for themselves during the 80s with hits such as She’s Got the Look, Listen to your Heart and It Must Have Been Love, from the Pretty Woman soundtrack.

Tickets start at R320 and the show starts promptly at 20h00. For more information and to book tickets, visit Computicket.

The Brothers Size

This drama is set in the Bayou of Louisiana and centres on the relationship between the Size brothers, Oshoosi and Ogun.

Hardworking big brother Ogun, played by Elijah Joshua Reese, tries to guide his younger sibling, Oshoosi, played by Rodrick Covington. Oshoosi has recently been released from prison and has no direction.

Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the story develops further when one of Oshoosi’s former inmates arrives and threatens the bond between the two brothers.

Poetry, music, dance and West African mythology are intertwined to form a powerful and thought-provoking tale.

Catch the last two performances of The Brothers Size at the Baxter Theatre (Flipside) this Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9.

To book tickets and for more information, contact Computicket.

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

The 14th annual Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is ideal for anyone who loves a good documentary film.

Running until Sunday June 24, the two-week film festival features a line-up of 29 international and 22 South African films, plus an Al Jazeera showcase – more than enough to sink your film-loving brain into.

This weekend you can catch the world premieres of The African Cypher, Breathe Again, Can’t Just Fold your Arms, Cocaine, Suicide and The Meaning of Life, and On the Edge at The Fugard Theatre and Cape Town Nu Metro V&A.

Tickets start at R40 at participating movie houses. For a complete programme and details of the films, show times and venues, visit Encounters.

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