Art and books unite – The Shining Girls art show

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Lauren Beukes is making serious waves. And although I’ve seen her books come out and I’ve seen loads of people reading them, I’ve never actually read any of her novels. Until about a week ago. I just couldn’t ignore the existence of such an influential local author any longer. I’m speedily making my from Moxy Land, through Zoo City and on to The Shining Girls (her latest offering) and I can’t wait to get there.

Not only is The Shining Girls doing incredibly well locally, it’s also leaving it’s imprint overseas. Just have a look here, reviewed it.

And now it’s turning into an art show. A whole cluster of local artists are going to work on an exhibition together, each ripping a page out of the novel and doing whatever they want with it. The proceeds will go to Rape CrisisNot much is yet finalised, but artists that have been confirmed include Conrad BotesKudzanai Chiurai,Faith47Joey Hi-Fi and DALEast. The exhibition will run from 6-11 September in collaboration with the Open Book Festival in Cape Town’s fringe district.

Read more on Lauren Beukes’s website.

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Awesome exhibition to check out in Kloof Street

As I previously raved about, Salon91 is a pretty rad exhibition space in Kloof Street, just opposite Arnold’s. You won’t miss it as the window displays are always something interesting. Yesterday, a brand new one launched and this video below will have you planning your visit there immediately. It’s called Back in five minutes: and exhibition of typography and it will feature ‘an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators, including Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey, & Dani Loureiro.’

Just watch the video and see.

‘Back in 5 Minutes’ – An Exhibition of Typography from Nicholas James on Vimeo.

The exhibition runs from 27 February 2013 – 23 March 2013.


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Salon 91 on Kloof – always a treat

When I lived in Kloof Street, my front door was exactly opposite Salon 91, a small contemporary art gallery. They change their exhibition once in about two weeks and the artists always create a really impressive window display that passers-by can admire. You can imagine how great it was to be surprised by a different first-thing-in-the-morning-sight just when I least expected it.

Most of the time I didn’t even notice someone changing the display, I’d just open my door a new surprise one morning. But I did manage to see them change the newest one. One later afternoon, there were two chilled-out artists painting some stuff…


..and later, there was this.


Another beautifully transformed window to make Kloof Street just that much more visually appealing.

The current exhibition is called Aurora and it features only female illustrators. According to Salon 91’s website, it ‘promises to enchant viewers’. So get yourself over there before the next piece of awesome hits their gallery and its windows.


Salon 91

91 Kloof Street
021 424 6930

Tue-Fri 10:00 – 18:00
Sat-Sun 10:00 – 14:00
Mondays & Public Holidays by appointment

Yourstruly: Coffee, Art, Sandwich

One day during my student internship at New Media Publishing I was scrambling up Long Street, rushing my legs off to get to the UCT campus in Orange Street in order to catch the bus in time for my afternoon class. Naturally, I skipped lunch that day to finish every kind of intern duty before leaving early. It’s safe to say that my stomach wasn’t happy with me. I stumbled into the closest place that looked to have a decent sandwich. What I got, was a brilliantly fresh one with basil, tomato and mozzarella. (Yes, I still remember it perfectly even though all this happened in March.) Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

This was my first encounter with Yourstruly and I was determined to go back there and actually spend some time taking in the surroundings. At 175 Long, right in the centre of the buzz, it’s the perfect street side stop. There is no other place like it, yet it fits in perfectly with its surroundings. There’s the service counter with its black canopy, the high counter with bar stools that lets you watch the staff prepare coffees and food and there’s the pot plants and scattered table and chairs. This is only the side walk part.

One rather unmissable feature is the glass outside. It has big, white-lettered sentences that continue inside on the entire side wall. They’re bold and probably makes for one of the coolest walls in Cape Town.

On the inside, the front part of Yourstruly is quick lunch-time stop, with the glass case showing off fresh ingredients, the baskets of bread choices against the wall and the black board with the options and favourites. A coffee machine rounds it off. There’s also the bar counter seating coming out from the wall with the high stools for quick sit down.

But walking through this part, you get to the chill area. This part is a place to relax and admire some local art with comfy couches and a long, dark wood table. There’s also the dark book case reaching to the roof with some international magazines on sale. The art changes all the time and everything is for sale. At the moment there’s work from Rico Swanepoel, Raoul Goetze and Manuela Grey, three local tattoo artists. The pieces made from used skateboards are pretty epic, especially the lazar engraved sugarskulls.

What more is there to want? There’s coffee, there’s food and there’s art. There’s a great sunny vibe and a choice between making a pitstop and sitting back for a read. Their website is down at the moment, but check back soon for the link. In the meantime, head on down to 175 Long and see for yourself.