The Sunday Times Extra's top 10 things to do around the country, compiled by Teneshia Naidoo
FASHION FUNDI: Yavani Choudree has a sneak peek at the designer labels which will go on sale this week at a Durban fashion boutique Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN
For a funny play about love in the digital age, catch Marriage on Line in Durban. The play, produced by theatre stalwarts Essop Khan and Mahomed Alli, is about an elderly couple who meet in an on-line chat room. The pair hit it off and immediately start planning their wedding but their families' emotional baggage threatens to ruin their happiness. There will be a host of surprises as well as songs for audiences to enjoy. The show takes place on March 5, 6 and 7 in the Pattundeen Theatre at the Aryan Benevolent Home in Chats- worth. Tickets are available at Ideals at Chatsworth Centre on 031 401 9668. For more info, call Alli on 031 902 4514 or 083 9822 362.
IF you're a fan of jazz singer Nat King Cole, then the musical docu-mentary about his life is just for you. Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story is a tribute to Cole's life. It details his rise from a club piano player to world superstar while coping with obstacles along the way. It describes his relationship with his father as well as his daughter, combined with memorable hit songs. The show opens at The Fringe in the Joburg Theatre on March 23 and runs until April 11. Ticket prices range from R125 to R160. Booking is through Computicket on 083 915 8000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 011 877 6853.
FOR arts, crafts and ceramics, visit the Craft of Northern KwaZulu-Natal Exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery. The works aim to promote art from outlying KZN areas such as Newcastle, Empangeni, Margate, Ladysmith and Dundee. The items have been made by independent crafters and artists from Ardmore Ceramic Art as well as Baskets for Africa. The exhibition runs until March 28.
IF you're in the Port Elizabeth area today, why not attend a Holi celebration. The Hindu celebration is observed by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other. Bonfires will also be lit. Children can participate by spraying colours on one another with spray pumps and throwing water balloons at pass- ers by. There will also be songs and dances and scrumptious food on offer. The event takes place this afternoon at the Port Elizabeth Hindu Seva Samaj Temple in Malabar at 5pm. For more info, call Navin on 082 635 2031.
THE much-anticipated fantasy movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is finally in cine- mas around the country. The epic movie, directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone and Harry Potter), is about Percy Jackson, a young, troubled high-school student who is confronted by characters from his Greek mythology texts. He soon learns from the gods that Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen and he is the main suspect, and to make matters worse Percy's mother has gone missing. In order to stop the wrath of the gods, Percy and his friends must embark on an adventure to catch the real thief and find his mother. The movie stars Sean Bean and Uma Thurman and is based on the children's fantasy books by Rick Riordan.
SUNCOAST Casino and Entertainment World will host their career days this week in Durban. Those interested will have the opportunity to interact with various heads of departments to find out about the diverse career opportunities available. Those keen on attending will gain insight into careers such as human resources, marketing, finance, surveillance, hospitality and many others. Suncoast, which offers a graduate programme, has so far placed nearly 30 graduates in a number of positions. In order to apply for jobs, candidates will have to register, including on-line registration. The event takes place on March 3 and 4 from 11am to 7pm at The Zone. For more info, visit www.suncoastcasino.co.za or call 031 328 3000.
CATCH the fabled Shaolin Monks in Johannesburg this March. The monks from the Shaholin temple in China will take part in the show Wheel of Life and will demonstrate their authentic martial arts expertise. The 20-member cast will perform incredible superhuman feats with skill and agility. Acts include being lifted up on razor-sharp spears, breaking iron bars on their heads and smashing concrete blocks while lying between beds of nails and swords. It tells the story of the Shaolin Monks' early struggle to establish and protect their temple, combining Chinese theatre and oriental Buddhism. The show takes place at The Teatro at Montecasino from March 9 to 22. Booking is through Computicket on 083 915 8000.
THE KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is to hold their campus concert, featuring musicians from the University of Kwa- Zulu-Natal school of music and the winners of the 2009 classical performers' competition. If you enjoy classical music or just want to relax, then catch the concert in the Jubilee Hall on Princess Alice Avenue on March 8 at 12.15. Entrance is free. To book, call Mandy on 031 260 3353.
FASHION fundis will have a blast at a midnight designer sale this week. Shoppers will have the chance of buying garments by international designers like Manish Malhoutra, Hemant Trevedi, Sheetal, Gavin Miguel and Haroun Hansrot. Garments will cost between 35% and 60% less. The sale, which aims to make space for the new range arriving straight from the Lakme Fashion week, will take place until the end of the week at 75 on Stamford Hill Road, Durban.
SOUTH Africa's favourite band Freshlyground will treat Johannesburg audiences to some of their best music for two nights only in march. The seven-man band, whose performances are considered energetic and infectious, is made up of talented musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The show takes place on March 26 and 27 at 8.30pm in Gold Reef City's Lyric Theatre. Tickets, priced between R95 and R140, are available through Computicket or at the box office on 011 248 5000