THEATRE REVIEW: Musical Avenue Q is smart and magical

Every kind of human is embraced in the plot — from slut to Republican senator, writes Diane de Beer

Jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhathini channels the love — and the ancestors listen

Makhathini wins best jazz album at the South African Music Awards, writes Mpho Tshikhudo

Mamela Nyamza's alchemy of anger into grace at National Arts Festival

Cape Town dancer and teacher Mamela Nyamza is the featured artist at the 2018 Grahamstown festival, writes Kgomotso Moncho–Maripane

Anthony Bourdain, US celebrity chef, author and TV presenter, kills himself

While filming an episode of the popular CNN show Parts Unknown in France, Bourdain was found dead by his close friend, French chef Eric Ripert

CHRIS THURMAN: Musical sends up any pretensions of what it means to follow a noble calling

Genre-busting musical Avenue Q is the knowing noughties’ antidote to the sentimental nineties

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Mother City is itching for a return of live music gigs

As DJs thrive, poor crowds and high costs have squeezed bands out of the CBD

Egyptian artist swims against the current, but tentatively

Photographer Nourhan Maayouf explores the anxiety and loneliness of her independence, writes Edward Tsumele

FRED SCOTT: Resurgent art market clocks up record prices

The revived strong collector interest in contemporary art points to a gradual new growth path following a two-year staggered decline

Art at Iziko brings Earth’s wonders to light in darkness

Kali van der Merwe’s AfterLife exhibition reflects her love of science, creation and destruction, writes Lucinda Jolly

Encounters film festival organisers have the funding rug pulled out from under them

The National Film and Video Foundation told organisers on the day the festival opened that it would not make its usual contribution towards the running costs

Most films at UK Sundance offshoot directed by women in bid to champion female voices

‘Discrimination in any field is terrible but particularly in media where you are literally creating our collective culture,’ director Amy Adrion ...

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is Shabalala’s living legacy

The third generation of the world-famous group is coming into the spotlight, writes Struan Douglas

My Hole My Home gives a face and voice to the homeless

Had its writer, John Ledwaba — homeless himself for some time — lived to see this production, he would be very proud, writes Edward Tsumele

Khehla Chepape Makgato’s work draws inspiration from communities

The award-winning artist is inspired by travelling, hearing other people’s stories and exploring museums and galleries, writes Eugene Yiga

Activist dances from horror of Rwandan genocide to healing

Théogène Niwenshuti, a survivor of Rwandan genocide, uses the arts to give voice to trauma, writes Denise Slabbert

Two previously unseen works by SA artist Irma Stern go to auction

One painting, with similar content to the two to go on sale in Johannesburg, were bought by the Qatari government for £3m

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