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The Road Through The Grove

In the late 1950s, the 1960s and into the 1970s, Louis Botha Avenue – the road through the Grove – throbbed with life. Lined with shops and eateries, and alive with music and romance, it was the backdrop to a melting-pot of working-class people, many of them with roots in Europe, who had made their homes in Orange Grove and the surrounding suburbs.

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SOUND ON SCREEN

Music Film Festival

 

7 – 13 November

[ Labia Theatre, Cape Town ]

 

www.flamedrop.com/sos

 

 

 

The enthralling 2014 edition of the SOUND ON SCREEN MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL kicks off as our 10th South African HORRORFEST wraps, overlapping at 8:30pm on Friday 7 November.

Expect music and motion pictures to meet in the most spectacular and diverse fashion, with an exciting range of music-linked documentaries, concert films and tour movies you’re unlikely to see in any South African cinema – From Pop, Classical and Irish Folk, to Rock, Industrial, Metal and Southern African subjects, incl. specific bands, groups and artists (like Björk and Ministry, a look at the power of music’s healing quality, age old traditions, competition, a fly on the wall tour across America, musical genius, Rock-linked comic books, Metal in Botswana and more.

(Full line-up and screening times below)

 

Linked with SAE and WildFire Tattoos & Body Piercing (Canal Walk) – expect tattoo & piercing voucher prizes!

 

7-13 November at the Labia Theatre (68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town)

Tickets: R40

On-line booking: https://www.quicket.co.za/organisers/572-sound-on-screen-music-film-festival or call: 021 424 5927

Official site: www.flamedrop.com/sos

Like: www.facebook.com/SoundOnScreenFilmFest

 

 

MOVIE LINE-UP:

 

BJöRK Biophilia Live

Part of the global cinema release of Björk’s awe-inspiring and innovative new concert film.

“A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment . . . Heavenly constellations billow across dark sections of screen above the stage, sometimes engulfing Björk like she is some kind of gargantuan space goddess. . .  there are some gorgeous emotional depths here too, especially when the swooping harmonies of [the accompanying all-female Icelandic chorus] are given full rein.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

 

AUSTIN TO BOSTON

5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together.

Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way.

 

MINISTRY – FIX

The intense back stage documentary FIX looks at Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker’s groundbreaking band Ministry during their mid-’90s tour, at the top of their game and on a self-destructive collision course. Not to be missed (especially with Ministry playing 1 show in SA on 4 March on their final tour!  – supported by local bands Terminatryx and The Slashdogs)

 

ONE MINUTE FOR CONDUCTORS

More than 130 young conductors from all over the world converge on the Italian city of Trento to compete in the Antonio Pedrotti International Competition for Orchestra Conductors. The contestants face a week of grueling tests as they vie to show the demanding judges who is the most talented young conductor. Three teams film the contestants throughout the competition, capturing their nerves, their joys and disappointments, and their thoughts on this difficult and largely overlooked profession.

 

THE STORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COMICS

A fascinating documentary on Todd Loren and his unauthorized comic book creations of bands from KISSSex PistolsPink Floyd and Metallica, to Motley CrueGuns N’ RosesLed ZeppelinBon JoviSkid Row and loads more.

While some artists (Guns ‘n Rose and Bon Jovi) wanted to sue him, others backed him (incl. the unlikely Gene Simmons from Kiss, Jerry Garcia from Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason).

Loren was murdered under suspicious circumstance…

Features Alice CooperMojo Nixon & others

 

MARCH OF THE GODS – BOTSWANA METALHEADS

An eye-opening documentary focussing on the (unexpected) Metal scene in the (unlikely) African location of Botswana, with a focus on the band Wrust.

Interviews with local bands, fans, musicians and people who offered anthropological insights into the subculture and its history sheds light on this passionate expression and the people who live for it.

 

THE HEALING NOTES

How far can music penetrate to ease human beings’ wounded souls? Granada. Palestine. Barcelona. A Pediatric’s Oncology Department. The Palestinian conflict. Women who have lost their freedom. And the notes from Schumann, Haendel or Bach devoted by classical music group Garnati Ensemble to soothe the pain for those fleeting moments.

 

THE HEIR OF LISZT

How does musical genius come about? The documentary THE HEIR OF LISZT tells about the unusual life of the 11-year-old piano genius and composer Michael Andreas Häringer and sheds light on some of the lesser known aspects of the biographies of his famous ancestors, Franz Liszt and Sophie Menter.

 

BRIGHT VISION (Aisling Gheal)

Sean-nós is considered to be the holy grail of Irish traditional music and the Sean-nós singer is the living embodiment of a tradition that stretches far into Gaelic history.

Aisling Gheal are a team of women passionately keeping Sean-nós alive and attracting young protégés all the time. Amongst them is 10-year-old Shahira Apraku who attends the local Gaelscoil and embodies an entire new generation of Irish speakers.

Shahira’s journey, the struggles of the women, the songs of the Sean-nós and the flow of the Sullane river provide parallel intersecting narrative vehicles for this documentary, yielding insights into this part of our culture and challenging some of our key contemporary notions of ‘Irishness’ in the process.

 

 

SCREENING TIMES:

 

Friday 7 November

8:30pm – BJORK Biophilia Live

 

Saturday 8 November

1:45pm – ONE MINUTE FOR CONDUCTORS

4:00pm – AUSTIN TO BOSTON

6:15pm – THE STORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COMICS

8:30pm – MINISTRY FIX

 

Sunday 9 November

1:45pm – BRIGHT VISION

4:00pm – THE HEIR OF LISZT

6:15pm – THE HEALING NOTES

8:30pm – BJORK Biophilia Live

 

Monday 10 November

4:00pm – THE HEALING NOTES

6:15pm – ONE MINUTE FOR CONDUCTORS

8:30pm – THE STORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COMICS

 

Tuesday 11 November

4:00pm – MARCH OF THE GODS

6:15pm – BRIGHT VISION

8:30pm – AUSTIN TO BOSTON

 

Wednesday 12 November

4:00pm – THE HEIR OF LISZT

6:15pm – MINISTRY FIX

8:30pm – BJORK Biophilia Live

 

Thursday 13 November

4:00pm – MINISTRY FIX

 

6:15pm – THE STORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COMICS

8:30pm – MARCH OF THE GODS

 

On-line booking: https://www.quicket.co.za/organisers/572-sound-on-screen-music-film-festival or call: 021 424 5927

Official site: www.flamedrop.com/sos

Like: www.facebook.com/SoundOnScreenFilmFest

So we gave the Crazy White Bitches***….what do you mean you don’t know who the Crazy White Bitches are, seriously??? Wake up man, go find out….so we gave these hip Cape Town fashion(s)istas, known as Fani, Isa and Jane, some of our new range of T-shirts (which they then gave their own particular type of make-over), and the run of Mabu Vinyl for one mad Saturday arvie, and they brought some models called Tessa and Ashleigh-Jane, and this very talented photographer called Thomas Pepler (take a look at myluckyundiesarered.blogspot.com/ to see what we mean!) and check what resulted…!!!!

***Crazy White Bitches is a collaborative clothing sale that happens every few weeks in Cape Town. They provide cool, hard-to-find clothes, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. Clothing is also available for rental.

Contact them at: wearecwb@gmail.com

Thanks Bitches!!

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Julian Bayliss, the bold and intrepid explorer behind the discovery of MountMabu, a previously unknown large patch of rainforest in northern Mozambique, has now discovered a new species of bush Viper snake from Mabu, which was then named after the place – Atheris mabuensis! so there is a Mabu snake – and she’s a beauty (see link below)

www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/zoostaff/csg/bayliss.htm
www.valuingthearc.org/about_us/index.html#julian_bayliss
www.julianbayliss.co.uk