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Chilling in China

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We recently returned from a rather magical trip, travelling China.

As promised, here’s a little post and some pics.

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BACK TO THE FUTURAMA

Some of my favourite people are back at it again with one killa exhibition.

Ok, so I actually need to do a little copy + paste here, because their press release is hella funny!

“Fox and the Rabbit in partnership with BOS Ice Tea will be hosting their second art exhibition at Spiga on Florida road on March 26th, 2015. 

Fox and the Rabbit is the creation of two friends, Charlene and Karla. After attending (many) exhibitions, organising (a lot) of events and then finally joining forces to host their own, (Apocalypse Meow – 2012 held at The Upstairs, Durban) they kind of went into hiding for a while, cause you know, adult life. But with 2015 looming and plenty of fresh meat on the art slopes, they already have a jam-packed calendar of events and collaborations in the pipeline.

First up, in the very near future is FUTURAMA: 2999 which features over 20 artists, ranging in various mediums from abstract to illustrations to photography and even cross-stitching. Artists will visually interpret their version of the year 2999 on earth. Catch the likes of Fiance Knowles (CT), Maxeroo (UK), Damn Vandal (DBN), Tokyo Go Go (DBN), Mykildos (DBN) and many more. You can also enjoy a sweet visual show by VJ Cataract and music by DJ Jol Stransky.

Fox and Rabbit events are all about giving back, so each event is tied up with a local initiative.

FUTURAMA 2999 will take place at The Secret Corner, (back of Spiga – Florida Rd) on Thursday, 26 March 2015 at 6pm. Entrance is R20 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Thula Thula Rhino Fund.

In true futuristic fashion, the exhibition will mutate into a second version of itself as part of a colab with Open Plan Studio in TRACKSIDES – an urban art event taking place on 28 March in Station Drive. For more info, visit their facebook page.”

See you babes there!

FB Page: Fox and the Rabbit

Event: FUTURAMA 2999

Dating in Durban

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As it happens, I have had a few people asking me what do to over the holidays as they introduce friends/family/partners to their beloved home city. It’s a difficult thing – showing someone the place you grew up in and trying to get them to fall in love with it that same way you have.How do you take the essence of a place and get another person to understand it when they only have a few days with you – whether they’ve traveled from abroad or even just from the other side of the country? 

Follow me…

While there are no doubt many impressive places in the 031, here’s some of my first choices that I took a certain individual to for “Durban’s Best Date Ever." 

We kicked off the morning at Bike and Bean along the beachfront. The promenade is best in the earlier hours of the morning – there’s just the right balance of still, ocean tranquility and the day bursting into life with surfers, joggers and skaters on the go.

After we felt sufficiently caffeinated, we headed to Warwick Junction for a guided tour through the 9 markets. Warwick really is the heartbeat of Durban, with over 460 000 people passing through the stalls and station daily. This kids, is Durban at its most honest and raw. (BTW FYI, I did a full post on the tour a while back – read it here.)

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We also got to check out the Faith47 murals up close, which is something I’ve been dying to do since blurry snaps taken through car windows flooded my Instagram feed. These portraits represent prominent members from each of the markets and really are a sight to see, reminding us of the city’s intense history and diversity. Try to hold back those tears now folks.

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Two hours of walking through the crazy bustle of a Monday morning warranted some decent chow, so I swopped out my usual lunching spots for a gem in the CBD called Little Gujarat. This tiny vegetarian restaurant pumps at lunchtime and our whole bill came to a grand total of R96. The food was ridiculously delicious and we didn’t even make a dent in all the selections of curries, sambals and rotis that we got with our two veg thalis.

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The Durban Natural Sciences Museum is possibly one of my favourite places, no matter how old I get or how many times I see it. I still get stoked to meander in between the animal displays and mummy replicas and of course, checking out what art exhibitions are on rotation upstairs. And guys, it’s mahala.

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My little un-airconditioned car was well over the crazy CBD traffic and relentless sun by 2pm so we headed out of the city towards Mitchell Park Zoo for an ice-cream and walk through the gardens. Most of their animals are rescues and all the grounds and enclosures are kept impressively immaculate. It’s only but R10 to get in and check out monkeys, parrots, meerkats and over-enthusiastic toddlers. And me talking to the guinea pigs like I’m Doctor Doolittle reincarnate. True story. 

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We had some time to kill before the final destinations so we hit up Bay of Plenty for a quick swim. Even in the Christmas chaos, our beaches shine. At about 3pm the water is perfect, the sun glints off of the Elangeni and the skaters regroup at the skate park to take advantage of the afternoon shade. You’re just waiting for Ludacris to pop out and film another music video.

Even in all its predicable cheese, the Roma Revolving is still something to show 031 newcomers (or even just individuals you are trying to woo). The view, the history, the kitschy décor that has been untouched since the 80’s – it’s all worth hitting up the bar for a whiskey to watch Durban spin as the sun sets over our harbor.

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I had left dinner plans open, not knowing how we would be feeling after a day of feasting and festivities, so we chose to make the most of the exquisite summer’s evening and chowed down on Blue Dolphin’s famous pizzas.

Durban ya little show-off!

 

A Sum Of Parts- An Exhibition of skulboy’s Latest Work

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Last night my friends and I got our hipster-cool on to attend skulboy’s latest exhibition at Gallery 415 in Umgeni.

After the massive success that was “You & Me” in August last year, it was no surprise that this talented artist’s latest show was bustling with a lot of familiar faces and  a fantastic vibe.

A Sum of Parts was described on the Facebook Event Page as:

“A Solo Exhibition Of Works By skullboy

Featuring collaborations with Xavier Vahed (DBN), Lesley Tuchten (CPT) and George Holloway (DBN)

In the few months since skullboy’s ‘You & Me’ exhibition in August 2012, he has been exploring new mediums, styles and concepts in his dingy, secluded studio. Heading in a very new direction, ‘A Sum Of Parts’ is a collection of works documenting this exploration through varying mediums from painting to sketches to sculpture and photography. Through the eclectic body of work skullboy addresses his past experiences, beliefs and style as each individual artwork contributes to explain the overall aesthetic and conceptual deviant that is skullboy.”

 Needless to say I was blown away by the entire installation. Every medium was executed with talent and it was great to see everything from the mundane to the disturbing,documenting his experiences.

The best part was (re)meeting skulboy as he is rather down to earth instead of trying to portray the tortured artist in the corner, making his work all the more genuine and authentic.

I tried to take some snaps that documented the atmosphere of the evening,but unfortunately my flash is not in full working order,which made for some dodgy lighting and photo’s that I am not particularity thrilled about.But,here they are none the less:

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Mel from Miss Molly Fashions and Chelsea

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A blurry Yours Truly

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Kaptain Cade (Right) who is responsible for some of my favourite ink

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My new Capetonian friend – Niki Jay

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Beautiful friends (and two housemates) Kris,Jane and Lauren.

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Keke from Planetary Beats

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Somebody call this girl and ask her what lipstick she uses-loved this outfit!

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Micaela de Freitas (left) ,the lady behind Humans Of Durban

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skulboy himself

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My outfit (and new bedding!)

Check out more from skulboy here