Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

The fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton, has some fine local talent lined up for its next gathering at 7pm on Wednesday, November 21.

Doors will open at 6pm, tickets are R30 at the door, and first up on the bandstand, at 7pm, will be singer-guitarist Summer du Preez, who offers covers and original indie-folk influenced by, among others, Alanis Morissette and The Cranberries.

Performing from 8pm will be Kodiak, a local pop-rock team led by Pietermaritzburg businessman David Adrian Rossouw.

The MiTH headliner, entertaining from 9pm, is Pietermaritzburg’s Ryan Calder (pictured, top), who wrote and recorded his debut album, Better Days more than a decade ago.

On The Edge

In 2007, Ryan performed for the third time at Splashy Fen, but then under the conspicuous pseudonym of Ryan Calder Band, with band mates.

In 2010, his second album, On The Edge, made its way to the marketplace, and in 2011, Ryan won an International Songwriting Competition and travelled to Barcelona, Spain, to attend the Future Music Forum.

All major label representatives were there to talk about where the industry was heading. Today, Ryan continues to perform in theatre, at house concerts and various other events, and is a well-known figure on the KZN Midlands music scene.

MiTH is a semi-open mic music club. Take along your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.

Musicians who want to play at MiTH should contact Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain (072 340 7034).

Evan Roberts, Shylo Pereira and Samantha Landers star in That’s Life.

Meanwhile, in Durban, note that singers Samantha Landers and Shylo Pereira, and pianist Evan Roberts, are pooling talents this and next weekend for a revival of their hit cabaret, That’s Life, first staged in Kloof in April.

The show will now be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 16 and 17) and 2pm on Sunday (November 18) – and at the same times the following weekend, November 23 to 25.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland on 082 499 8636.

Elegant cabaret

The trio has come up with an elegant and hugely enjoyable cabaret that is a must, especially if you are a fan of show tunes and popular songs lent new life through novel interpretations.

Loosely based on a narrative of women friends whose relationship is rocked when both are wooed by the same man, and who later reconcile, the show unfolds on a small stage. The piano is positioned centrestage, flanked on one side by a small table with a candle and wine glasses, and on the other by a hatstand with a coat, hat and feather boa. It is effectively lit by Sarah Claxton.

Opening with three well delivered songs from the musical Wicked – What is This Feeling, Popular and I’m Not That Girl – the show moves at a brisk pace and covers a wide spectrum of well-known and lesser-known songs from shows as well as charts old and recent.

Both Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Britney Spears’s Oops, I Did It Again get a slinky, jazzy treatment, as does George Michael’s Careless Whisper, while the lesser known comic numbers 15 Pounds Away From My Love, The Girl in 14G and the jaunty Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Like to Howl (from the TV musical series Smash) add to the smiles.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

The Gee Jays vocal trio present their Don’t Tune Me – Ek Se in Kloof this weekend.

Also note that The Rhumbelow Theatre branch in Beryldene Road, Kloof, presents Durban’s Gee Jays vocal trio this weekend.

Singers John Didlick, Gary McKenzie and Grant Bell, performing to backing tracks, will present Don’t Tune Me – Ek Se at 8pm nightly from Thursday to Saturday (November 15 to 17) and at 2pm on Sunday (November 18).

Springbok Radio

The show salutes hits from the old Springbok Radio, among them Pretty Belinda, Yellow River, Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Rhinestone Cowboy, Let Your Love Flow and Have You Ever Seen the Rain. There are also hits associated with locals such as Alan Garrity, Charisma and Jeremy Taylor.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

More Midlands events and happenings

Dan Fogler, left, and Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second instalment of J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts series.

On the movie scene, new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series set in JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander. The film, directed by David Yates, stars Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

Also new in cinemas this weekend is They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about World War 1, produced and directed by Peter Jackson. It uses never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What Oscar-winner has a rose breed named after her, had her first professional role at the age of 12 and is best pals with Carol Burnett? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: Who took the Oscar for Best Actor in 2016 – and for his starring role in what movie? (Answer: Leonardo Di Caprio in The Revenant).

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