Cracks, Dirt, Glitter and Gogos

This week in Cape Town……

Witnessed Mirth and Fury – the title of an exhibition of cartoons by Tony Grogan, the man who for so many years gave readers of the Cape Times so much of both with his front page Crack of Dawn. Such a gentle man, definately more mirth than fury.

Rolled in the Dirt aisles at James Cairns one-man performance in the multi-male role play by Nick Warren on at the Studio Theatre at the Baxter.   Both genders are riddled with stereotypes, but these guys – well you recognise them all, even the dog called Tom. Son T, a good laugh baraometer, was doubled up. On until August 27.

Glowed in the tenderness of Lauren Beukes documentary Ganglands and Glitterboys – screened at Out in Africa gay and lesbian film  fest. It focuses on the contestants in the Miss Gay Western Cape pageant and highlights their pain and their pride. Very moving, very honest. The SABC have bought SA rights, so be sure to watch it when they finally air it.  Equally, go to this years pageant and catch the real thing.

And lastly, on OTHERWISE last week, wept with the gogos, the grannies – members of GAPA, Grannies against Poverty and Aids – whose photographs have been taken and stories told in an exhibition called Amatsha Ntliziyo:  The Nevergiveups at the District Six Homecoming Centre until August 27. Handwritten stories by the gogos themselves, photographs by Eric Miller who with journalist Jo-Anne Smetheram are putting together a book about these inspirational, indomitable women.

…..speak next week, nx

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