SA Insider: Weekend fun in the Bay

2018-05-02 15:26
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The weekend is back and it's time to chill out and do the things you didn’t know you wanted to do. Whether you decide to learn how to make Bonsai trees or cry tears of laughter at Marc Lottering’s new show, the Bay has it all this weekend.

Friday, 4 May

SEE: Laugh your pain away with Marc Lottering at his new stand-up comedy routine - I Don’t Remember Meeting the Guptas. Prepare to blow cooldrink through your nose as Marc Lottering tells audiences about the ridiculousness of contemporary life in South Africa, from life insurance to french polony. Tickets are on sale for R135 at Computicket. The show starts at 20:00 at The Opera House so don’t be late.  

DO: Relax after a productive week with some After Work Drinks at the Roof Garden Bar. With live music provided by Daniel Jay Minnie, chilled drinks and great views - there’s no better way to ease into your weekend. Entrance is free and the fun starts at 16:00.

TASTE: Grab a cuppa and some incredibly aesthetically appealing food items at Brioche Food and Coffee. Offering customers a comfortable and casual environment, this is the perfect place to escape the frenetic Friday buzz - if only just for a bit. Their pecan nut pie complements their coffee, or tea if you’re so inclined, extremely well. Enjoy!

EXPLORE: Fresh Pulp - An Exhibition by Pulp Press. Making a comeback on the Port Elizabeth creative scene is Pulp Press. Armed with a catalogue of some of the finest illustration and art, visitors to the exhibition can look forward to appreciating the talents of illustrator Christine van Aartd, designer Rebecca Hayter and other local creatives. Check out the Pulp Press Facebook page for a glimpse into what you can expect. Starting at 18:30 at ArtEc this event is sure to be a treat for illustrators, artists and local-talent enthusiasts alike.

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Saturday, 5 May

SEE: A musical spectacular with influences from around the world, Broadway & Beyond is the perfect place to get down and groove in PE. Head on over to the Port Elizabeth Gibert & Sullivan Society. Serving the Port Elizabeth community for over 85 years, the society is celebrating this milestone with a dazzling production including a wide selection of songs from a variety of beloved classics. From Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie to Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago - there is definitely something to suit every taste. Tickets are available for R100 at Computicket. Don’t miss out.

DO: Learn the art of making a Bonsai tree with Jaco Burger Conservation Horticulturist. At the end of the course, you will be knowledgeable about the basics of Bonsai growing including growing mediums, plant selection, pruning, training and care. You can expect to select your own tree to turn into a Bonsai. All tools and equipment needed for the process are provided for you. Contact 0824417583 for bookings and more information.

TASTE: Learn how to make elegant, and delicious, sugar roses in a Gum Paste Rose Class with Baker’s Street at Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre. R450 gets you a place in the class and covers all the equipment you’ll need to get going. Book ahead by either emailing or calling 060 767 1330.

EXPLORE: The Family Market at The Grand Hotel. Running from 09:00 to 15:00, the family market is a great place to get some artisanal foods, buy gifts and enjoy live music while the young ones play in a dedicated kiddies corner. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, the market is being run in aid of Carehaven. Have fun and help the community at the same time!  

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Sunday, 6 May

SEE: Port Elizabeth local Marc Anthony serenade the audience, unplugged and live at Acoustic Sundays at Bocadillos on First. Grab a bite to eat and something to help it down and ease into your week the right way. Acoustic Sundays are for good food and good music. Book your table ahead of time by calling 041 581 8081 or by following this link.

DO: Take an easy, chilled-out stroll this Sunday along the Summerstrand Boardwalk in Beach Road, Summerstrand. The saying might be true about the best things in life because this activity is completely FREE. Take in the surroundings and fall in love with your city all over again.   

TASTE: Grab your grandma, grandpa, mother, father, step-uncle and everyone in between and spoil them this Sunday with a hearty three-course meal at Slipperfields Sunday Lunch at Slipperfields. Enjoy three hearty courses to warm you up this Sunday. Enjoy a mains of Karoo roasted leg of lamb with roasted local vegetables followed by a sweet Ouma Estelle’s hotel pudding for dessert. The lunch costs R170 per person (R60 for the children’s meal) and booking is essential. Call 0718565793 or email for more info or to book now.

EXPLORE: Head on out into the great South African outdoors with the Bush Fun Dog Walk at Grass Roof. The walk will be making use of the park run route at Grass Roof and is a great way to get active with friends, family and four-legged companions. Enjoy this easy 5km walk/run through forest and bush. Please note that dogs need to be leashed up and poop bags need to be on your person for those messy canine moments. Entrance is free but donations are welcomed in the form of cash or dog food which will go to local sterilisation campaigns and animal shelters in the area.