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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Arts Events List

I thought I would publish this to show what is going on in Zimbabwe - lots more are advertised every week as well!
AEL as @ 12 July 2010

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Forthcoming events over the next two weeks

Fuller details and later events below. Events are in Harare unless stated otherwise.



• M&M's Gotta Shop Mall @ Reps Theatre (15–18, 22–23 July)

• Curtain Call 2010 @ Bulawayo Theatre (22–24 July)


• Christessa and Friends @ Alliance Française (15 July)

• Winter Season of Concerts (Madrigals evening) @ Chisipite Senior School (15 July)

• Magic to the Beat @ 7 Arts (16 & 17 July)

• Book Café & Mannenberg (to 17 July)

• Clint & Co. @ Twin Rivers School (22–24 July)

• An Evening of Music, Speech and Drama @ Arundel School (27 July)

Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]

• Lunchtime Talk: Shostakovich and Stalin (15 July)

• The Barchester Chronicles (15, 22 & 29 July)

• Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto (16 July)

• Lunchtime Talk: Chopin (22 July)

• Beethoven: Fidelio (30 July)


• Small Works @ Gallery Delta (July)

• Verandah Gallery Charity Art Exhibition (25 July)

• Live 'n' Direct @ National Gallery, Harare (July)

• Art in the Park Exhibition, Bulawayo (31 July)


• Patricia Glyn (author: Footing with Sir Richard's Ghost) @ Celebration Centre (16 July)



• Family Fun Day @ Gateway Primary School (24 July)

• Farmers Market and Book Fair @ Doon Estate (31 July)



• Association of Complementary Health Practitioners (13 July)

• BirdLife Zimbabwe (BLZ) Mashonaland (15, 17, 18, 25 July)

• Tree Society (18, 24 July)





International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF): Harare: 19–27 November; Bulawayo: 2–4 December



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M&M's Gotta Shop Mall @ Reps Theatre (15–18, 22–23 July)

Presented by Mitzi and Mel Carruthers as their annual dance spectacular.

A colourful and vibrant show, with two programmes, the first from Thursday, 15 July to Sunday, 18 July, the second from Thursday, 22 July to Sunday, 25 July.

Reps Theatre. Booking open at The Spotlight. All tickets $10.


Curtain Call 2010 @ Bulawayo Theatre (22–24 July)

Bulawayo Ballet Society proudly presents Curtain Call 2010

Local Studios in conjunction with June Cloete Dancers and Mathius Julius.

At the Bulawayo Theatre, 22-24 July. Performances 7pm (Sat Matinee 2pm). Tickets $5.00




Christessa and Friends @ Alliance Française (15 July)

This event is a presentation of some of Zimbabwe's up and coming musical talent, performing a selection of original music presented in an intimate setting to the accompaniment of acoustic guitars, and features Christessa (runner-up in the Harare's Got Talent competition), Alan, Joe and Patrick.

Christessa and Friends, 15 July at Alliance Française, Herbert Chitepo Avenue, Harare. 6.30 for 7pm.

Tickets: $5, available at Alliance Française; Appliance Warehouse, Sam Levy's Village; or contact Christie on (0712) 212963.


Winter Season of Concerts @ Chisipite Senior School (15 July – August)

Chisipite Senior School with Di Wright present their Winter Season of Concerts in the Chapel, all starting at 6.00 pm and lasting approximately an hour. These concerts feature the individual students who did well at the Eisteddfod this year and entrance is free except for the Madrigal Evening but donations at the end would be appreciated. The musicians are going on tour to South Africa in July.

• 15 July - Madrigals Evening featuring the Madrigal Cup winners, Elizabethan dancing, instrumental groups, Shakespearean drama, mulled wine and tasty morsels. Tickets at the door or school office.

• 22 July - Wind Players Evening, Flute Competitions and the Chisipite Jazz Band.

• 3 August - Annual SPCA Benefit Presentation by the Junior Choir which will be Jonahman Jazz. Singing and drama.

For more information, contact Di Wright


Magic to the Beat @ 7 Arts (16 & 17 July)

SA's favourite comedy magician & the amazing vocal talent of Morgan the Beat Boxer.

Venue: 7Arts; Time: 6.30pm for 7.00 pm

Tickets: Prices from $15.

Book at Sound Event Management, Tel: 307087 - 706638 or 0712-601107


Book Café & Mannenberg (to 17 July)

Fife Avenue Shopping Mall (upstairs above OK), cnr. Fife Ave. / 6th Street, Harare

Tel 253239, 0912 394 394; 0913 669 777; e-mail: , Website:


TUE 13, 8pm – EDITH WeUTONGA - afro traditional with some classic oldies and brand new originals!

WED 14, 5.30-7pm, THE DEBATE: 'How has the World Cup benefited Africa?'

WED 14, 8pm, AFRICAN DESTINY – Music Crossroads finalists, back from their European tour with their debut album "Introducing African Destiny"

THU 15, 5.30-7pm, ARTISTS' VOICES DISCUSSION – 'The Artists Charter' - Is the charter a true representation of artists' voices? – FREE, all welcome

THU 15, 8pm, ALEXIO & SHADES OF BLACK, winning the hearts of Zimbabweans with hits from his latest afro pop album 'Kana'

FRI 16, 5.30pm, MACINTOSH – Mbira: by 'The Peacemaker' (Bocapa 2008 winner)

FRI 16, 8pm, MAWUNGIRA ENHARIRA – one of Zimbabwe's leading mbira groups, deeply traditional but always versatile!

SAT 17, 2-5pm, EDITH WeUTONGA - afro traditional with some classic oldies and brand new originals!

SAT 17, 5.30-7pm, PFUMOJENA & MNANDI – great tunes from emerging artists on the scene, including the increasingly popular 'Ndoda Mai Vangu…'

SAT 17, 8pm, SUBWAY- Old school, new school, soul, jazz, RnB party! Featuring Lindsay Yon and Zeena Beins (vo), with Joe Vas ( sax/guitar), Nigel Wyngard ( keyb/guitar), Brennan Wyngard (bass) and Justin Soutter (drums) – Come out and party! @ The Book Café! (Transit Crew moved to The Mannenberg)


WED 14, 6.30pm, Free Film Screening, Details to follow. FREE, All Welcome!

WED 14, 9pm, MIC-INITY, Lovaz Rock Reggae!

THU 15, 9pm, , KUDZAI SEVENZO with PABLO & FRIENDS – a great jazz mix with music from past and present, far and wide.

FRI 16, 9pm, HOT LIVE MUSIC! Details to follow

SAT 17, 9pm, TRANSIT CREW – Reggae for the Soul: BIG TINGS ah gwaan! 30 Years on the reggae road and still going strong.

THE ARTS FACTORY @ The Book Café – Books and CDs of Zimbabwean artists.

All proceeds from sales go direct to artists/publishers. Opens Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-1pm.


Clint & Co. @ Twin Rivers School (22–24 July)

Clint is back! Performing a tribute to CCR 22 July, and the Best of Clint & Co. 23 & 24 July.

Venue: Twin Rivers School; Time: 7.00 pm

Tickets: Prices $20

Book at Sound Event Management, Tel: 307087 - 706638 or 0712-601107


An Evening of Music, Speech and Drama @ Arundel School (27 July)

"Voices of Africa" – Arundel's award winning Cultural Choir, who performed to public acclaim at HIFA, open a programme that includes our award-winners from the recent NIAA Speech and Drama festival. The Junior Choir will perform a medley from "CATS", along with talented acrobatic dancer Katelyn Mostert and members of the Chapel Choir.

Kewada Hall, Arundel School, Tuesday, 27 July at 7.00 pm.

Entry free. Mulled wine will be on sale at the interval.


Celebs: Jeanette Micklem @ HIS (1 August)

Celebrity Subscription Concerts fourth subscription concert (Celebs members have free entry)

Celebrity Subscription Concerts invites you to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann (1810–1856) with a programme of his passionate and romantic masterpieces played by Jeanette Micklem

On Sunday, 1 August at 4 pm at the Harare International School Theatre. Entrance at the end of Rivonia Drive, off Moorgate, Mount Pleasant.


Kreisleriana, Opus 16

Kinderszenen, Opus 15

Fantasy in C minor, Opus 17

Tickets for non-members now available at the Spotlight and at the hall on the day from 3.15 pm at US$10 each, pensioners half price.


Chitungwiza Harmony Singers @ National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe (7 August)

You are invited to a concert with the Chitungwiza Harmony Singers, "the most sought-after harmonious a capella group", on 7 August at the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, starting at 6.00pm.

The songs will be a capella African songs and classical with piano accompaniment, conducted by Israel Dzangare.

Tickets will be $5 for adults and $1 for children.

Funds raised will go towards Chitungwiza Harmony Singers forthcoming trip to South Africa. The choir is invited to participate in the choral competition to be held in Polokwane on 5 September. The singers have already participated in this competition in the past and many times they were the winners. This year because of the economic situation in Zimbabwe those who used to help the group can not do it any more and the choir is searching for pecuniary aid.

For more information call 0912 331804, 0912 683329, 0912 817543 or e-mail


Performing Arts Bulawayo [PAB] and the Academy [Bulawayo]

Lunchtime Talk: Shostakovich and Stalin (15 July)

Thursday 15 July at 1.10 p.m. in Room 25, Zimbabwe Academy of Music

Michael Bullivant looks at the impact Stalin had on the music of Shostakovich.

The Barchester Chronicles (15, 22 & 29 July)

Thursdays 15, 22 & 29 July at 7.00 p.m. in the Robert Sibson Hall

The BBC adaptation of the first two of Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire novels, The Warden and Barchester Towers, stars Donald Pleasance, Nigel Hawthorne, Alan Rickman, Susan Hampshire and Geraldine McEwan.

"The community of Barchester is shaken from its cosy complacency when a newspaper's crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires. Overnight the Rev.Septimus Harding becomes a pawn in the battle between his younger daughter's beau, John Bold, and his older daughter's husband, Archdeacon Grantly. Little do they realise that worse is yet to come when a regime change delivers Barchester into the hands of a most unholy trinity: the weak-willed Bishop Proudie, his domineering wife and the insufferable Rev.Obadiah Slope."

Admission: $7.00 / R60.00 the series; $3.00 / R25.00 each evening [free to Red Carpet members only]

Cimarosa: Il Matrimonio Segreto (16 July)

Friday 16 July at 6.30 p.m. in the Robert Sibson Hall [with supper interval]

Partly based on the 1766 English comedy The Clandestine Marriage by David Garrick and George Colman, Il Matrimonio Segreto was a widely popular comic opera in its day. Indeed, it is probably the only opera in history to have been encored in its entirety at its first performance. It was so enjoyed by the Emperor Joseph II that he ordered dinner for the cast to be followed by a repeat performance. Cimarosa is often seen as the link between Mozart and Rossini and one writer has remarked that "the joys are similar to those of Mozart, and some of the ensembles in particular, not least the Act I finale, relate directly to Figaro."

The story concerns Geronimo, a wealthy man who is trying to arrange aristocratic marriages for his two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. However, his plans do not run smoothly since Carolina is already secretly married to Paolino, Geronimo's young secretary, and further complications develop thick and fast. "The greatest compliment for this production, both musically and visually, is that its nearly three hours was too short" [Neue Zürcher Zeitung].

Admission: $3.00 / R25.00 [free to Red Carpet members and subscribers]

Lunchtime Talk: Chopin (22 July)

Thursday 22 July at 1.10 p.m. in Room 25, Zimbabwe Academy of Music

Peter Rollason will introduce a choice of lesser-known music by Chopin.

Beethoven: Fidelio (30 July)

Friday 30 July at 6.30 p.m. in the Robert Sibson Hall [with supper interval]

Beethoven's only opera will be shown in a production from the Glyndebourne Festival which received a four-star top recommendation from the Penguin Guide: "It is good to have as consummate an actress as Elisabeth Söderström as Leonore in this vintage Glyndebourne account of Fidelio, recorded in 1979. Bernard Haitink conducts a powerful performance with Kurt Appelgren a superb Rocco, Elizabeth Gale a sweet Marzelline and Anton de Ridder an unstrained Florestan... John Bury's sets for Peter Hall's production vividly capture the atmosphere of the Napoleonic period. A clear first choice on DVD."

Admission: $3.00 / R25.00 [free to Red Carpet members and subscribers]




Small Works @ Gallery Delta (July)

An exhibition of small paintings and sculptures by Arthur Azevedo, Justin Gope, James Jali, Helen Lieros, Admire Kamudzengerere, Kufa Makwavarara, Luis Meque, Richard Mudariki, Munyaradzi Mugorosa, Fungai Mwale, Kate Raath, Greg Shaw, Cosmas Shiridzinomwa, Freddy Tauro, Richard Witikani, Ljiljana Vlacic, Portia Zvavahera.

Exhibition duration until end July.

Gallery Delta, 'Robert Paul's Old House,' 110 Livingstone Avenue/Ninth Street, Greenwood Park, Harare

Telephone/Fax: 792135; ; .


Verandah Gallery Charity Art Exhibition (25 July)

Sunday, 25 July, 10am to 4pm, at 16 Woodholme Rd, Emerald Hill, Harare

This very popular annual charity art exhibition will feature the works of over 50 of Zimbabwe's highly talented artists. 25% commission from all sold paintings goes to the Emerald Hill Children's Home and the Emerald Hill School for the Deaf. As always, the Detema Jazz Band will be there to entertain you; there will be a Wine Bar and the Vabatsiri Soroptimist Club will provide refreshments throughout the day. The Verandah Gallery 2011 calendar, "Trading in Africa", will be launched and you will have the opportunity to purchase some of the original paintings used in the calendar.

It's a great day out even if you don't buy a painting! Entrance: adults US$2 and children under 12yrs free.

For further information contact: .


Live 'n' Direct @ National Gallery, Harare (July)

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has for the last six months worked tirelessly towards the launch of the 2010 flagship show Live 'n' Direct which is designed to inspire the artists to produce their best work. The artists have been challenged to reflect deeply and produce cutting edge work that speaks on being proudly Zimbabwean within the global context. The show will run throughout the duration of the 2010 World Cup and will certainly tell the Zimbabwean story with pride and excellence to all the visitors that may care to engage. Foremost though, the show is an engagement with ourselves and the Gallery hopes to inspire the group of high flying local business people that it has already approached to begin their own private collections from the Live 'n' Direct offering.


Art in the Park Exhibition, Bulawayo (31 July)

Art in Bulawayo. Saturday, 31 July. Art in the Park Exhibition. Hillside Dams Conservancy, off Banff Road, Hillside. Time 10am to 5pm.

If you would like to participate please book your place early as places are limited to first come. Bookings are required by 30 June and no later. All money raised from the stall space will go towards the new security fence around the Hillside Dams Conservancy. Help us secure this important venue for the benefit of all Bulawayo residents and visitors.

For more information please contact us on or call Mirriam on 242490.





Patricia Glyn (author: Footing with Sir Richard's Ghost) @ Celebration Centre (16 July)

Please support us raising funds for Meryl Harrison and the Veterinarians for Animal Welfare of Zimbabwe.

Patricia Glyn a well known South African journalist and adventurer is giving an illustrated presentation on her walk, accompanied by her faithful indigenous African dog, following her ancestor's footprints, from Durban, via Botswana, to Victoria Falls.

See .

A night not to be missed as it is a truly spell-binding. Patricia recommends no children under 13 years.

Date: 16 July ; Time: 1900

Place: Celebration Centre on Borrowdale Road, next to Dandaro retirement village.

Entry: US$ 10 per person. Pay at the door on the night.

Please note at the function Patricia will be selling her book about the walk at a cost of $30


• Derek and Beverly Joubert, famous wildlife filmmakers say - Patricia is a story-teller to rival van der Post and David Rattray in her genre.

• Ian Player, Conservationist and Founder of Wilderness Leadership School says - I have heard talks all over the world and this is by far the best I have ever heard.

• Dot Field, Chief Commissioner Vodacom Group says - Patricia's presentation is humorous, thought-provoking, educational and enlightening which is delivered in the most captivating manner.

Please diarise now and we will see you on 16 July.







Family Fun Day @ Gateway Primary School (24 July)

24 July, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Cultures of the World

Gateway Primary School is once again hosting our Family Fun Day to raise funds for the school and this year it is going to be bigger than ever!

The day will be jam packed with non stop entertainment, our 'Round the World in 80 minutes' games arcade will run throughout the day with FANTASTIC prizes to be won. Other entertainment includes an air show with microlights and skydivers, a vintage car drive by, the police dog display, acrobats and magicians, fashion show and fancy dress parade (dress to theme, prizes for the best dressed), Snake world, birds, foofy slide, water dunks, jumping castles, pony rides, live music from high school Jazz and Marimba bands and much much more!

There will be a wide variety of stalls for parents to browse through while the children are being kept busy with games!! (A limited number of stalls are still available to book please contact Rachel on 0912881292 or Mandy on 0921300068).

NB - The school is responsible for catering on the day and exhibitors will not be permitted to sell food and drinks.

So come and join us for a day of non stop FUN!!!


Farmers Market and Book Fair @ Doon Estate (31 July)

Come and enjoy wide variety of products from local suppliers and the fantastic feast of books both local and imported.

Saturday, 31 July, 9am to 1pm. Doon Estate, Harrow Road, Msasa.

For more info, e-mail Emma on .







Association of Complementary Health Practitioners (13 July)

Our monthly gathering on Tuesday, 13 July will be addressed by Mr Roger Castelin, who will discuss YOGA AND SPIRITUALITY. The evening begins at 6.30 pm for 7 pm, and we will be at Highlands Sports Club. Roger has found YOGA to be a wonderful way to relax and find inner peace, and combined with several Yoga exercises, he now practises daily, and life is easier and kinder to him, in spite of the stresses of everyday life here. Join us a learn a little about this.

We enjoy a Bring and Share Supper after the talk, and everyone who attends is asked to contribute a plate of something tasty to the meal. The bar will be open for drinks, and this is a pleasant and congenial time, when one can meet the speaker and share his explanations. We do request a small entry fee, to help cover the cost of hiring the hall, and the gratuities for the kitchen staff. Everyone is welcome, and membership is open to all who are interested in holistic living.

For any queries, please phone Lorna Robinson on 744410.


BirdLife Zimbabwe (BLZ) Mashonaland (15, 17, 18, 25 July)

We have a bird walk almost every weekend – the walk itself lasts 2–3 hours and thereafter the combined bird list is called while refreshments are being enjoyed. We also have a monthly evening presentation on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30 for 6:00 p.m. The venue is the Avondale Sports Club on Brighton Road, between 2nd Street Extension and Upper East Road. There is a bar and eats. There is a security guard to look after the vehicles.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend any of the events.

Unless there is a gate charge by the responsible authorities at some venues (e.g. Haka), there are no other charges associated with a birding outing or evening presentation however at some venues a tip would be appreciated if there is a guard looking after the vehicles. At each outing, there is a leader who will identify the birds being seen for the benefit of the group. There is nothing to stop experienced birders from "doing their own thing" at any of the venues as long as they assemble afterwards at the designated meeting point to participate in the bird count. At most venues, for the bird count, participants will usually have their own chair, refreshments and eats - a social atmosphere prevails!

For more information, contact a committee member, try:

Tony Alegria: 0912 438 697, 490375 Home. Email: .

Ken Dixon: 0912 324 301. 793063 Home. Email: .

Web site:

Listed below are the events for the next two weeks.

Thursday, 15 July – 5.30 p.m. for 6.00 p.m. Bird Ringing Programme Talk

The venue is the Avondale Sports Club on Brighton Road between Sam Nujoma Street Extension and Upper East Road. There is a cash bar and a security guard. Dave Dalziel will talk about 'Interesting aspects of the 2010 BLZ Ringing Programme'. This will be followed by a session of 'Questions you always wanted to ask but never dared to' – so bring along some fun topics.

Saturday, 17 July 7.00 a.m. Mukuvisi Woodland

Meet in the main car park by the offices. This is a chance to see a different aspect of the Woodlands.

Sunday, 18 July 7.00 a.m. Monavale Vlei

Meet on the BS Leon side of Fenella Drive to see a variety of birds – will the vlei have been burnt this year or been protected from wandering people? Depending on the status of the vlei the species vary, so brave the chill and see what's there.

Sunday, 25 July 7.00 a.m. Christon Bank Nature Reserve

This attractive venue borders on the Mazowe River and interesting birds that have been seen there include Grey Tit-flycatcher (Fan-tailed), Red-backed Mannikin, Striped Pipit, Mocking Cliff-chat and Brown Snake-eagle. Meet at the CABS head office, Northend Road.


Tree Society (18, 24 July)

Sunday, 18 July : Visit to Raintree, Umwinsidale

This month for our outing we have a new venue, "Raintree". This is situated along the Umwinsidale river and we hope to see some interesting riverine species of tree. We will meet at 9.30 a.m. Please bring a chair, water and a packed lunch. There will be an entrance fee of US$5 per person.

Directions: Take the Enterprise Road towards Shamva until you get to a garage on the right called ZX Fuels. Travel 3.1 km and you will see a log sign on your right "RAINTREE", which is 600m down the road. See you there. New members welcomed.

Saturday, 24 July: Greystone Park Nature Reserve

We intend to reinstate on a regular basis the 4th Saturday afternoon walks. These are usually at places within Harare and we look at herbaceous plants and weeds and aliens as much as indigenous trees. This month we will be visiting Greystone Park Nature Reserve.

Directions: To get there from the Borrowdale Road, turn right into Harare Drive and continue 4 km, then turn left into Gaydon Road. After the Municipal offices on the hill and on the down slope, turn right into Halford Road, and the reserve is about 200 metres down the road. We will meet at 2.30 p.m. New Members welcomed.

For more information, contact M. Rowe




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