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Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival
For most South Africans, Brandy is a drink that mixes well with Coke and rugby. What many people do not know, is that South Africa produces some of the world’s finest brandies. The Standard Bank Fine Brandy Festival aims to showcase some of these brandies and provide a platform for producers to introduce their high-quality products to the public.

Venue: Sandton Sun, Sandton, Johannesburg
Date: Wednesday, 5th of May to Friday, 7th of May, 2010
Cost: R195
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The South African Ballet Theatre
Le Canard Restaurant in Sandton will be hosting the South African Ballet Theatre for a fundraising dinner performance. These dinner performances are part of the drive to raise the R4 million that is needed to enable the SABT to continue with operations as normal and in order for SABT to continue to present world-class productions as well as to maintain the development outreach programmes running in Mamelodi, Eersterus, Katlehong, Alexandra and Soweto.

Venue: Le Canard, 163 Rivonia Road, Morningside
Date: Wednesday, 19th May, 2010
Cost: R900 per person or R9000
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Making it Up with Wayne Brady
Join Wayne Brady on his return tour of “Making it Up” for a night of stand-up, singing, dancing and improvised mayhem. The star of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and host of “Don`t Forget The Lyrics” will be joined by a three-piece band and a chorus of talented dancers. The multi-Emmy Award winner’s sell-out shows around the world are testament to his sheer comic brilliance and astonishing versatility.

Venue: Carnival City Casino, Brakpan
Date: From Thursday, 13th to Saturday, 15th May 2010
Cost: From R150
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Jen Tile: Straight out of Norwood

What could the lead singer of an Irish rock band have to say to the President of one of the most powerful nations on the planet? That’s what was going through my mind when I read that U2 front-man Bonehead, er, Bono, would be meeting with Barrack Obama.

Apparently they met to “to discuss the administration’s development strategy heading into the upcoming G8 and G20 meetings in Canada and September’s UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals”. I think Bono is just trying to be seen with as many famous people as he can before everyone realises that U2 have not produced a great album in well over a decade (Greatest Hits albums do not count).

I am not a big fan of singers and actors getting involved in politics. Sure, lend your voice to a cause, but it’s difficult to take Arnold Schwarzeneggar seriously during a budget speech when I keep picturing him with long hair and a loin cloth in Conan the Barbarian. Same goes for Bono. It’s hard to view him as a political figure when he has not been seen without his dark glasses since the mid-nineties. He looks more set for the world of poker tournaments than politics.

Oddly enough it could really work out well if politicians decided to go into entertainment. If acting is all about pretending and deceiving audiences into believing that you are something which you are not, then we have a cabinet full of potential Oscar winners.

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