Five things to look forward to this year

SPECTACULAR: The Rocky Horror Show will sett the stage alight with fantastical musical performances.

Here is what you can look forward next year:

Get into the groove with the theatre

Due to popular demand, Richard O’Brien’s iconic The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to the Pieter Toerien Montecasino Theatre. The musical first premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1973. Two years later, the film was released.

The show follows newly-engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss who experience car trouble on a rainy night. The two seek refuge at the home of Dr Frank-N-Furter, an impulsive, cross-dressing, mad scientist with devilish charm.

Hot off the stage of The Fugard after a 49-week run, this play is a must-see for die-hard fans and first-time audiences looking to join the zany madness of the full Rocky experience. Join the mayhem of this cult sensation from 14 November to 1 February next year.

Explore some hip history

The Johannesburg city centre has undergone a rebirth in recent years. The [email protected] 1 Fox is a building located on the western edge of the city, with its old industrial feel and Oregon pine trusses. It is a warehouse dating back before the Anglo Boer War, and is the latest building to get a face lift. Check out the large variety of ready-made foods and fresh produce available from the food stalls. And if craft beer is your thing, you might want to grab a drink at one of the three bars located on the site. Every Thursday, the craft beer hall plays host to early evening live music sessions. It is open from Thursday to Sunday.

Try something spiritual

As each year commences, many new year resolutions are made, the most common being weight loss. This year you might want to try a more spiritual approach. The Sivananda School of Yoga is a non-profit organisation founded in 1956, which was inspired by one of the greatest yogis of the 20th century, Swami Sivananda. The school offers hatha (outer) and tantra (inner) yoga. Located at 4 Tyson Road, Parkview, the school is also affiliated with the Divine Life Society of India.

Try something arty

Maboneng Precinct is home to the popular Arts On Main as well as POPArt Theatre and Performing Art Centre. POPArt was established by a group of performance graduates in March 2011. Gross Indecency, starring Robert Whitehead of Isidingo fame and Robert Colman, is a bumpy ride through the history of Johannesburg and is not to be missed.

Get into the cafe society. Wolves is a hip-and-happening café in Illovo, and is open seven days a week, with Thursday “Howl” live music nights. If you find yourself in this fun and quirky establishment, try out one of their specialties, red velvet cupcakes and grab a cup of joe.

Anna Kamolane

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