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A weird but true story

A weird but true story

“Aunty H! What is an exhibition?” No sooner has one tiny mouth asked me this question, another asks and then, not to be left out, the littlest mouth also asks me. “Aunty H! What is an exhibition?” I’m at Sci-Bono in Newtown with one of my oldest friends, her daughter...
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On: Loyiso Gola

On: Loyiso Gola

Loyiso Gola reclines in his chair and places his Nike-clad feet on the chesterfield ottoman. He’s relaxed. And he should be. He’s a comedian who has travelled the world and put in enough work during the year, to earn a chance at putting his feet up in the last few...
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On: Vhils

On: Vhils

Portuguese street artist Vhils speaks to Helen Herimbi about graffiti, globalisation and giving nature credit I can't take my eyes off his nails. Short with dissimilar black arches. Vhils is a man who works with his hands. For a few days, at Hennessy’s invite, the Portuguese street artist who creates...
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On: Pearl Thusi

On: Pearl Thusi

Ahead of the release of her new film, Pearl Thusi takes Helen Herimbi along for a ride A long number fills up the top of my cellphone screen. The words “New York (NY)” appear below the number and above the words “Would like to FaceTime…” When I answer, a fresh-faced...
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On: Tjovitjo

On: Tjovitjo

SABC 1’s Tjovito is the disruptor of the drama genre we’ve been waiting for, writes Helen Herimbi As I drive out of a tar road and onto a mixture of gravel and broken bottles and potholes, I spot a man on his knees on a patch of grass. He is...
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On: Nina Hastie

The feline’s eyes greet me before she does. They’re grey and cute and on a pair of socks. Nina Hastie (pictured) opens the gate of the office where we’re meeting and it feels like I’m walking into a job interview. The comedian who will perform in the 67 Minutes Of...
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On: Tumi Morake

On: Tumi Morake

With the staging of the Kings and Queens of Comedy: Africa show, Tumi Morake spoke to Helen Herimbi about bromance, biology and being of service. What is the female equivalent of bromance? Tumi Morake purses her lips and looks up at the sky. Then she smiles and says: “Women have...
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On: Rob van Vuuren

Rob van Vuuren has a whatwhat. But so do you. And Australia. And France. Not a je ne sais quoi. A whatwhat. I know what you’re thinking: everyone has a what? According to the multi-award-winning comedian and actor, every culture and creed has a whatwhat – that thing that you can’t really put into words...
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On: Stuart Taylor

Becoming a husband is not like figuring out how to ride a bicycle. At least not according to comedian Stuart Taylor, who brings his one-man show, The Learner Husband, to the National Arts Festival this month and the Baxter Theatre in the first week of next month. He first performed...
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