What’s on in Harare

Here is this week's Clipboard, with its usual selection of items of activity in and around Harare in coming weeks.

Harare-0602If you have something you would like to tell people about, then e-mail information to aquarius@iwayafrica.co.zw and it will be included. This e-newsletter includes information about arts, theatre, sport and business events – in fact, about anything!  If you would like NOT to receive this e-mail (which is sent text only to keep it very small and easily downloadable) then also advise us at that address. Please pass this e-mail on to your family, friends and colleagues, so that everyone is better informed about what’s on.

Running until Saturday November 7 – Zol Restaurant Week. A feast for the  senses, with  more  than  a  dozen restaurants celebrating the taste of Harare’s buzzy restaurant scene. There’s something for everyone. Restaurants participating include Alo Alo, Amanzi, Casa Mia, Delhi Palace, Emmanuels, Fishmonger, La Fontaine Grillroom, Millers Café, Mojo’s, Pariah State (one night only), La Chandelle, Kombahari, The Spice Lounge and The Pointe. Great specials on – find out more and book by calling Eatout on 0776 402402 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or the restaurant direct.

Friday November 6 – The first Willowmead Showcase. A platform for art, music, food and wine. Each month we will feature an artist, live music, wine on promotion and food from the coffee shop and deli. The featured artist at this first showcase is Lin Barrie and music is by Kevin Hanssen. All welcome and no entry fee. From 1pm to 7pm. Run with Bell’s Restaurant and The Cellar.

Friday November 6 – 60 Years of Rock n Roll. Celebrate the past 60 years of rock n roll, pop, rock, disco, punk … and every other genre of modern music. A concert show featuring Mande Snyman, Alex Fairlie, Collina Mvududu and Storm Whittaker. Advance booking is open – tickets available at 167, or simply book by calling 0772 881877 or 0772 245292 to reserve places. Venue will be 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees.

Saturday November 7 – Open Book Club, Zimbabwe German Society, 3pm at Zimbabwe German Society, 51 Lawson Ave. We are reading Khushwant Singh’s selection of Best Indian Short Stories Volume II, which was donated by friends in India. There are six copies circulating. As always, all are welcome even if you have not read the book. We will be discussing the construction of a short story compared with a novel, whether Khuswant Singh is just an old gossip, and what short stories tell us about the culture of a country, drawing also on the rich treasure of short stories in Zimbabwe

Saturday November 7 – Hope presents Good Vibes. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise.  Hope Masike live – always a treat. Entry $10.

Saturday November 7 – The Spice Lounge brings India to Harare this Diwali. Live music and other entertainment by Shanjeet Teeluck and his ensemble from South Africa.  Chef Rakesh from New Delhi will provide a variety of authentic Indian cuisine to tantalise all taste buds.  7pm until late. $50 per person, including a three-course buffet. Fully stocked cash bar available. Dress to celebrate! The Spice Lounge, 23 Lezard Avenue, Milton Park Tel: 0779581000, Email: spiceloungezim@gmail.com.

Tuesday November 10 – Documentary Club presents The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened? The true story behind Superman Lives, a film directed by Tim Burton that was cancelled only three weeks before filming was to begin. 7pm, Tristan’s Bar, 14 Aintree Road. Entry $5 (goes to charity).

Wednesday November 11 to Saturday November 21 – Stars of Tomorrow. The Dance Trust of Zimbabwe’s showcase for little ones from a great many dance studios. Programme A is November 11 to 14 (6.30pm daily plus matinee Sat 2.30pm). Programme B is November 18 to 21 (6.30pm daily plus matinee Sat 2.30pm). Seats from $6 to $12. Discounts for DTZ members. Book at The spotlight, which will also advise which studios make up the two programmes. Venue Reps Theatre, Belgravia.

Saturday November 14 – Mega Car Sale. Over 1 000 new and used cars, over 50 car dealers. Private sellers welcome, parts, services and accessories, too.  Entry $1. Gates open to the public 9 am to 4pm. Behind Rainbow Towers, corner Robert Mugabe Rd and Rekayi Tangwena Ave. $10 to exhibit on the day, be there 5am to 8.30am to set up. $5 per bay if you book early. Options: lock up and go leaving contact details on your car, leave keys with us or make a full day of it. Sell cars, bikes, bicycles, trucks, tractors, any automobiles.  Car accessories, parts, services, insurance, anything auto related.  Meet exhibitors face to face.  Call 702906 or visit: www.classifieds.co.zw/megacarsale

Saturday November 14 – Vintage and Classic Car Club’s Meikles Hotel Centenary Run. A fun parade by more than 20 vintage and classic cars through Harare, ending at Meikles Hotel 1pm. Route includes Borrowdale Village, Arundel Village. Come down to Meikles to see the vehicles, the oldest of which dates from 1912! An event to celebrate the centenary of Meikles Hotel.

Saturday November 14 – Zimbaremabwe Mbira Vibes. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise. Back from the UK on a Zimbabwean tour, Zimbaremabwe brings authentic sounds of mbira and chimurenga music, uplifting Zimbabwean culture. With a ten-piece band and reggae deejays, the outfit also fuses their music with Mbira Reggae Vibes. Entry $5.

Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 15 – The Messiah. Performed by the Marden singers at 4pm both days, Anglican Cathedral, Nelson Mandela Avenue. Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular oratorios ever written, composed in only four weeks in 1741 and first performed in Dublin the following year. A traditional event at Christmas, the Mardens mark their 40th presentation of this oratorio this year. Cathedral bells ring at 3.30pm to herald the performance. Ticket sales at the door, $10 (concessionary $5), including refreshments. Guarded car parking in Nelson Mandela Avenue and in the Pax House park, provided by Safeguard. Enquiries to mrsd@earth.co.zw

Saturday November 14 – Meikles Hotel Centenary Dinner. Celebrate 100 years of excellence with a superb four-course dinner in La Fontaine Grillroom, with dinner music and dance music. Ends with the midnight fireworks display. $50 per person – only a few places available. Book through reservations on (04) 707721 or switchboard@meikles.com

Saturday November 14 – Fireworks. Spectacular midnight fireworks display to celebrate Meikles Hotel’s centenary. All welcome – find a good place in Jason Moyo Avenue in front of Africa Unity Square beforehand. With the permission and support of the security and fire authorities, and far from any pets in the suburbs.

Sunday November 15 – Paintings and Pimms. The Verandah Gallery will be hosting this second fundraiser of the year. 9.30am to 1pm, 16 Woodholme Rd, Emerald Hill. Lots of small and medium sized unframed portfolio paintings by popular local artists, ideal for Christmas presents. Commission on sales to be donated to The Emerald Hill Children’s Home and The Emerald Hill School for the Deaf. Refreshments by Vabatsiri Soroptimist Club.  Entry $2, under-12s free. info@verandahgallery.co.zw

Sunday November 15 – Fun pub quiz. Reps Theatre main bar. Starts 11.15am. All welcome and no entry fee.

Sunday November 15 – Meikles Hotel Centenary High Tea. Starts 3.30pm prompt. $12 per person for high tea. Followed by talk on the history of the hotel, and a tour of the hotel and immediate surrounds. All ages welcome. This high tea is on the actual centenary day! Advance booking is essential – book no late than Wednesday November 11, end of business day. Call reservations on (04) 707721.

Tuesday November 17 – Fun quiz night. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper is $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Wednesday November 18 to Friday November 20 – Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe hosts Hospitality Congress 2015. Venue – Mutare. Open to everyone involved or interested in the hospitality industry. Any queries to HAZ Administrator – vrukande@gmail.com

Friday November 27 – One Night Only. 7.30pm, Old Mutual Theatre, Alliance Francaise. Jaybone, Sheraine and Kurt Rusike collaborating to bring you a night of musical craziness combined with video. Intimate and audience friendly with lots for you to take with you… but for one night only. Entry $10.

Saturday November 28 – Dandaro Christmas Fair. Dandaro Community Centre, 9am to 1pm. Further details please contact Barbara  0774 186353 05 870655. All welcome.

Tuesday December 1 – Fun quiz night. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Thursday December 3 to Sunday December 20 – the 2015 Reps panto, Aladdin.  Fun for the whole in this great holiday show directed by Graham Crutchley. Starring Marc Thomas, Stephane Thomas, Savannah Bester and Caroline Yule. Booking now open at The Spotlight. Performances will include matinees at 2.30pm on all Saturdays and one Sunday, with evening performances most nights at 6.30pm.

Friday December 11 – Christmas-themed supper theatre at 167. Directed by Zane Lucas, an evening of theatre and socialising. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Watch out for more information next week. Diarise now, starting 7pm.

Tuesday December 15 – Fun quiz night – the Christmas Edition. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Tuesday December 29 – Fun quiz night – year end edition. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Arrive 6ish for a 6,45 start (prompt) – allowing you to get settled in with food and drinks. No entry fee and all welcome to this team quiz, in which the accent is on enjoyment. Supper from $5. Just arrive, but if you wish to ensure you have a table, please book by calling 0772 881877.

Thursday December 31 – Ah, yes, I remember it well. Reps Theatre, Belgravia. A New Year’s Eve concert – one show only. 6.30pm. Start your New Year celebrations with a look back, as John Jones, Roz Ribeiro, Pete Hadingham, Nigel Hopkins and others bring you the songs you remember from the great musicals you have loved: Oklahoma, Gigi, Showboat, The Student Prince, Desert Song, White Horse Inn, shows by Ivor Novello and more. All seats $12. Activities in the Reps main bar afterwards, leading to midnight celebration. Booking now open at The Spotlight for the show.

Paintball Blitz: play paintball or use our targets for practice. We are based at 167 Enterprise Road, behind Theo’s House of Coffees. We are always open on Friday afternoons and from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have ten or more people who want to play, we can open on other days too, at no extra cost. We are the best and cheapest paintball in town. $9 buys you 80 splats, $11 for 100 splats and $13 for 150 splats – it’s the best fun you can have. We also have target shooting at just $1 for 10 splats. This includes not only your paintballs, but hire of marker, mask, overalls, gloves and chest protector. Beat the weekend blues and bring your mates to Paintball Blitz! We’re on Facebook too!

How to report animal abuse and neglect – a message from the ZNSPCA. There are five freedoms to which every animal has the right: 1, Freedom from hunger and thirst; 2, Freedom from discomfort; 3, Freedom from pain, injury or disease. 4, Freedom to express normal behaviour; 5, Freedom from distress. If you witness any animal being abused, abandoned or neglected please report the incident to the following: ZNSPCA – 156 ENTERPRISE ROAD, CHISIPITE, Whatsapp: 0772 696 311, Landline: 04 – 497574, (if you are transferred to an answering machine please leave name and number and one our inspectors will call you back). Email: zimnspcahq@zol.co.zw. Please give as much detail, as accurately as you can when placing your report.  All reports are treated as CONFIDENTIAL. Reports are responded to in order of priority.

Don’t forget to support these deserving welfare organisations in 2015: the SPCA, VAWZ, Harare Children’s Home, the Friend Animal Foundation. Make 2015 the year you help those who cannot help themselves. Also, please visit Mukuvisi Woodland and Haka Game Park at Cleveland Dam for great family outings and to support valuable wildlife conservation.

Dombombira: a spectacular venue among stunning rocks at Mandalay Park, Ruwa. Open for weddings, school tours and group visits, to the nature trails and bushman painting sites (San rock art). Rescued animals, children s playground, mini golf. Fully licensed. Booking essential. Whatsapp 0772 868 577 or e-mail dombombira@gmail.com

News from the B. S. Leon Trust. Call (04) 304366 or 336974. Time flies when you are having fun and we sure have had many fun moments, but also some very sad ones.  We continue to focus on showering our residents with love and laughter while also trying to keep them cool and hydrated over these months. Our committee together with our  staff  believe that compassion is the key to make kindness and good heartedness the rule of order.  We aim to understand the spirit and the soul of all our residents and meet their needs.  We endeavour to provide respect, dignity and a life worth living in these challenging times. As Christmas is around the corner, we appeal to all you wonderful people to find it in your hearts to help us to give our residents a Christmas of a lifetime. We love to spoil them with a fantastic Christmas party filled with entertainment, gifts and food: a traditional Christmas lunch and a whole lot of cheer.   Anything in cash or kind will be appreciated and enjoyed by our residents. A gift is something that is enjoyed twice. First, by the giver who revels in the pleasure of giving something special and, second, by the receiver.  Giving can also take the form of personal acts of kindness such as visiting a loved one, a reassuring smile or just to sit and listen to a lonely person. Please be assured that any donation in cash or kind received will be put to good use for the benefit of our residents. God bless you all. Martine Pelham Fox, Chairman, B.S. Leon Trust. 0772 243140, e-mail martine@zimbiz.net

Seafood Sundays Pariah State Borrowdale. Seafood platter of grilled prawns, crumbed baby calamari, tempura-battered hake and harissa mussels, crisp fries, garlic bread, homemade tartare sauce and peri peri sauce $18. Tempura hake and prawn combo with crispy fries and homemade tartare sauce $14. Surf n Turf, 200g fillet steak topped with butterfly prawns and creamy white wine sauce with fries and Mediterranean salad $14. Not in the mood for seafood? Try our amazing Sunday roast sirloin of beef, golden roast potatoes, mixed veggies, glossy roast gravy and Yorkshire pudding only $10. Book by calling 0772279051.

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