Clipboard – February 19 2016

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

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Friday February 19 – Down Memory Lane. A musical evening with Mande Snyman and Storm Whittaker at 167 Enterprise Road, or Theo’s House of Coffees. Showtime 7pm. Entry $5 per person. Supper and drinks available. Bring your own chairs and blankets if you wish. No cooler boxes. Call to reserve a place by phoning Lollie on 0772 881877. Featuring music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. NOW ALMOST FULL SO ADVANCE BOOKING ONLY, to be done before lunchtime today.

Friday February 19 – Slide show about wildlife and nature. Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe (VAWZ) and Mashonaland Photographic Society invite everyone to a slide show of Zimbabwe’s wildlife, nature and scenery Wingate Golf Club, starting at 6.30pm. Cash bar and snack meal available. Contact Di Fynn 0772357820 to reserve a table. Entry $10 (children $5).

Saturday February 20 – Fundraising event. Being held at Queen of Hearts to assist in refurbishing the Dzikwa Trust’s kitchen facilities, which provide meals for over 400 orphans each day. The event runs from 4.30pm to 11pm and the cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Under-5s free. Booking is essential. Daniel Jenkins and Amy Wawn will be performing as well as the children from Dzikwa at 5:30pm. Visit:

Saturday February 20 – Northwood Floral Group meeting. 2.30pm, Community Centre at Dandaro, Borrowdale Road. Everyone who attends is invited to bring an arrangement entitled From The Garden. These will be displayed on a table at the front so everyone can gain inspiration and hopefully be encouraged to try one of these ideas or something of your own in your home. Constructive criticism will be given; this is how we learn. Ann Hamilton-King will be giving a demonstration and talk named  Use What You Have. Ann chaired Northwood Floral Group some time ago. She trained at Kew Gardens and will give those present tips on gardening as well as showing how one can create arrangements using things from one’s home and garden. Everyone is welcome to attend. Entry $2 and something to eat for tea. If you wish to become a member of Northwood Floral Group, subs for 2016 ($10) are now due. You may pay at the meeting.

For further information, call Eve Stranix on 0712 201479.

.Sunday February 21 – Tree Society’s return visit to the Kilner family in Bindura. Whole day visit; bring tea, lunch, drinks, chair, hat and sun cream.  Meet at CABS at 8am for an 8.15am departure. Contact 0772 438697 or (04) 862066 for directions.

Sunday February 21 – Celebs recital. Theo Bross (cello) and Maxime Zecchini (piano). 4pm at the Harare International School Theatre. Tickets $10 at the door. Celebs subscribers free. As has been advised on a number of occasions in recent weeks, this is the first recital hosted by Celebrity Subscription Concerts this year, an event now confirmed as approvals have come through (albeit at a very high financial cost!). We are grateful to the Zimbabwe Academy of Music for arranging this event.4pm start: please note that the doors close 3.55pm and no latecomers will be permitted. Paid-up Celebs members free (subs, both renewals and new, can be paid at the venue – suggest arriving by 3.30pm to do this). Students free. The performance will include: Couperin: Pièces en Concert; Schubert: Sonata in A minor – Arpeggione; De Falla: Four Pieces; Saint-Saëns: Allegro Appassionato; Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folk Song; Bruch: Kol Nidrei; Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Tuesday February 23 – Fun quiz night at 167. Quizmaster Stewart Mackinlay. A fun team quiz for all, No entry fee. Supper available from $5. Bar open. Bring a team or come along and join a team – the accent is on fun. More and info and table bookings by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.

Tuesday February 23 – Cartel Land. The Doc Club presents the Oscar-nominated film up against Amy at next weekend’s Oscars. In a society where institutions have failed, normal citizens vie to bring their own brand of justice against murderous Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented, gun-blazing access, Cartel Land follows two modern-day vigilante groups on opposite ends of the Mexico-US border. From executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), this is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil. 7pm, Tristan’s Bar, 14 Aintree Road. Entry $5 (all to charity).

Friday February 26 to Monday February 29 – Leap Into the Leap Year, with the Nyanga Wine Weekend. A fun weekend for people who enjoy wine, whether for fun or seriously! Join members of the Meikles Grapevine wine club and others at this wonderful weekend in the mountains, being hosted at Inn On Rupurara. Bookings now open. For costings and information e-mail [email protected]. Choose to stay Friday to Sunday or Friday to Monday. Still a few places left!

Friday February 26 – Tribute to David Bowie. Live show featuring Alex Fairlie. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Starts 7pm. Entry $5 for the show. Supper available from $5, bar open. Booking essential: please call Lollie Nel on 0772 881877.

A tribute to the late David Bowie, whose repertoire was vast and varied. A must for fans and even for folk who have not yet ‘gotten into’ his music.

Friday February 26 – Karaoke evening at Reps. Reps main bar, starting at 7pm. Hosted by Adam and Cheryl Snape. Everyone’s welcome and there’s no cover charge.

Friday February 26 – Love and Hip hop: The Rebirth. The reawakening of Mellow Creme’s Love & Hip Hop Show. A platform for future superstars who embody the culture and lifestyle of contemporary hip hop. Poetry, dance, DJing, rapping, singing, graffiti and fashion. Every month is unique, each with its own theme. Look out for our inaugural festival at the end of the year. 6.30pm, Alliance Francaise Old Mutual Theatre. Entry $5.

Saturday February 27 – Eve Kawadza and Emilia Patrick in Jams and Jive with Jam Signal. When two great musicians get together with one of the most exciting bands of the moment, the result is an amazing collaboration that will get you into the groove. Join us for a night of fun and feel-good music. Advance booking available at Alliance Francaise. Showtime 7.30pm. entry $7. Old Mutual Theatre Alliance Francaise.

Saturday February 27 – Tree Society’s visit to the home of Graham Mills, off Enterprise Road. Contact 0772 438697 or (04) 862066 for directions.

Saturday February 27 – The Cresta Wedding Expo. Cresta Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge, Samora Machel Avenue East, Greendale/Msasa. Open 9am to 4pm, with free entry, and everyone’s welcome. An event at which prospective couples can see what is available in the world of weddings. All participants can enter a free lucky draw with a great prize, drawn at the event. Catering available. Anyone wishing to exhibit can make contact with Leonard Nyamutsamba at [email protected] or call (04) 486213-6.

Saturday February 27 – Barry Hilton live. SA’s popular comedian back in Harare for one performance only. Reps Theatre, starting 8pm. Advance booking essential, through The Spotlight. Tickets $25.

Wednesday March 2 – Mercredis Cinema: Aya de Yopougon. Aya, a 19-year-old girl of Yopougon, a neighbourhood of Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire, prefers to remain serious and study at home rather than going out with her girlfriends, who always get into trouble. A film to enjoy. 6pm, Old Mutual Theatre Alliance Francaise.  Entry free.

Friday March 4 – Top international group Mi Casa live in Harare. The group bring their new album Home Sweet Home to Harare with a performance supported by electric Zimbabwean boy band Mokoomba and many more. Unforgettable night of music and dance.  7 Arts Theatre, Avondale. General admission $25, VIP $40. Showtime 80pm. Bookings at

Saturday March 5 – Ballroom and Latin DanceSport Competition. Italian club, Quendon Road, 6pm start. Enjoy an evening of beautiful dancing and music. Bar and catering available. Tickets: single seats: $10 per person, $5 pensioners and children under 12. Available at the door or in advance. Limited tables of eight: $15 per person. Contact:  0772 302232 or 0776 270311 or [email protected]

Sunday March 6 – Queen of Hearts Food and Craft Fair. Open from 10am to 4pm. Live music, delicious food, craft, full bar and children’s entertainment. Entry fee to be paid at the gate. Visit:

Sunday March 6 – Meikles Hotel Centenary High Tea. Enjoy a classic Meikles high tea and have a talk on the hotel’s history, followed by a tour of the hotel and surrounds. Starts 3.30pm prompt. Cost: $12 per person. Advance booking essential: call (04) 707721 or e-mail [email protected]

Tuesday March 8 – Luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day. 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees, starting 12 noon. Luncheon for $15, with fun quiz, plus entertainment, art exhibition by female artists and possibly a book signing by a leading female writer. Booking in advance essential – call Lollie on 0772 881877.

Tuesday March 8 – Fun quiz night at 167. The latest in the fortnightly team quiz events at 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. No entry fee and all welcome – come along and join a team, or bring a team. Supper available at $5 and drinks on sale. Quiz host tonight will be Ingrid Howard.

Wednesday March 9 to Thursday March 24 – The Musical World of Disney. A colourful show featuring music from Disney shows. Directed by Sue Bolt, assisted by Mario Ciampi, with musical direction by Meg Mackenzie. Reps Theatre. Booking open at The Spotlight.


Thursday March 10 to Saturday March 19 – God Of Carnage. Theatre Upstairs at Reps. Directed by multiple-award-winning director Teri Grimmel and starring an award-winning cast. When some roughhousing between two 11-year-old boys named Benjamin and Henry erupts into real violence, Henry loses two teeth. Benjamin’s parents, Alan and Annette Raleigh (Musa Saruro and Chipo Chikara), meet with Henry’s parents, Veronica and Michael Novak (Erin Sticklen and Ryan Lawrence), to try to smooth things over. However, what starts as a polite meeting among adults descends into finger-pointing, tantrums and insults. Evening performances 7pm ($10 a ticket). Matinees on both Saturdays at 2.30pm ($5). Book at The Spotlight.Note: no under 18.


Thursday March 10 to Thursday March 24 – Festival de la Francophonie. Calendar to be advised but diarise now for this exciting annual series of events. More info from Alliance Francaise de Harare.


Friday March 11 – Porter Meets Gershwin. The March Friday night dinner show at 167 Enterprise Road, featuring Mande Snyman singing with Tony Palmer on keyboard and Mike Freeman on guitar. Great music from two of the 20th century’s finest musical geniuses. Starts 7pm. Supper and bar available. Booking in advance by calling Lollie Nel on 0772 881877


Sunday March 13 – The Marden Singers’ Classical Concert of Choral and Solo Music for Passion Sunday. Arundel School Chapel, 3pm. Entry $5 (students free). Refreshments will be served after the concert. J.S. Bach:  At the Sepulchre, from the St John’s Passion; G. Verdi: Pater Noster, Volgarizzato da Dante; G. Pergolesi :  Stabat Mater Cantata. Artistes: Roz Ribeiro, soprano;  Caro Colahan, soprano;

Diane Skinner, soprano; Shirley Warrington, mezzo soprano. Special guests: Carolyn Peto, accompanist; Shannon Guthrie, pianist (winner of the Alan Brown Award and Una Coleman Bursary Award); Camilla Reitbauer. mezzo soprano  (winner of the Una Coleman Bursary Award).


Thursday March 17 – St Patrick’s Dinner. After the success of the Burns Night event at 167 Enterprise Road, now it’s time to enjoy all things Irish, on the very day that St Paddy’s Day is celebrated across the world.  Themed supper with music by the resident Kathleen, tastings of whiskey (yes, whiskey and not whisky!) and beer … and maybe some Irish Cream. Book by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling Lollie on 0772 881877.


Tuesday March 23 – Fun musical quiz at 167. It’s the latest in the fortnightly quiz events at 167 Enterprise Road, also known as Theo’s House of Coffees. Tonight’s event is a wonderful musical one hosted by Tony Palmer. Dinner available at $5, and drinks on sale. No entry fee. Come along with a team or join in a team – everyone’s welcome to this event, where the accent is on fun.


Sunday March 27 – Family Day at 167. Celebrate Easter with the whole family .. .eggs, treasure hunts, brunch and lunch, music and fun activities Diarise now and more information in due course.


Saturday April 9 – the 2015 DStv Ngoma Awards ceremony. A glittering dinner for the advertising communications industry. Sponsored by MultiChoice Zimbabwe. Venue: Cresta Sango. More details and bookings: Judy Macdonald, call (04) 870306 or e-mail [email protected]


Thursday April 14 – the 2016 Advertising and Publicity Club Suppliers Expo. A trade exhibition aimed, and including, at people in advertising, marketing, public relations, printing and publishing, research, event management, broadcasting and journalism, e-communication and related fields. Booking open now for stands: $60, or $45 for members of the APC. Expo runs 9am to 3pm. More details to be released soon. Enquiries and early bookings: contact [email protected]


Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24 – The Shakespeare Weekend. 167 Enterprise Road is the venue for a weekend commemorating The Bard on the 400th anniversary of his passing. A musical show, along with a fun presentation and a screening of movies that are set books at O and A levels, and in other examination curricula. Diarise now and wait for more details. There will be something for everyone at this super weekend of commemoration and entertainment.


Tuesday April 26 to Saturday April 30 – Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2016. Theme: innovate, integrate, industrialise. Business conference April 27, charity golf challenge April 28, public days April 29 and 30.


Tuesday April 26 to Saturday April 30 – A’Sambeni Africa Business Tourism Expo. ZITF and the ZTA inviting travel and tourism organisations to be at A’Sambeni at the ZITF in Bulawayo. This is Zimbabwe’s second biggest tourism showcase and runs concurrently with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. This show has been re-positioned to focus on the fast-growing meetings, incentives, conferences and events area of tourism. The fair will be of special interest to meeting venues, accommodation facilities, destination management companies, exhibition management companies, event management companies, professional conference organisers, tourism authorities and information bureaus, event suppliers and technology providers. Visitors to the show will include travel decision makers, incentive houses, potential investors, business travellers, conference organisers and destination management companies. Contact Sheona Pedzapasi at the ZTA’s National Convention Bureau, e-mail [email protected] or call (04) 758712.


Sunday May 8 – Celebrity Subscription Concerts’ next recital – the plan is to host pianist Ammiel Bushekevitz. Approvals awaited and full details to come, but diarise now.


Saturday June 4 – Zimbabwe Music Teachers’ Society annual concert. 3pm, Arundel School Chapel. More details in due course but diarise the date now.


Sunday June 12 – Celebrity Subscription Concerts’ pre-Bulawayo Music Festival recital. Diarise now and await full details.


Wednesday June 15 to Sunday June 19 – The Bulawayo Music Festival. Back after a four-year break. Musicians will include Nokuthula Ngwenyama (violin), Theo Bross (cello), the Odeion Quartet, Leslie Howard (piano) and Coady Green (piano). More information from [email protected]


Thursday June 16 to Saturday June 18 – Sanganai/Hlanganani/World Tourism Expo. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority hosts the ninth annual edition of this event, to be held this year in the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds, Bulawayo, using Halls 3 and 4. The relocation of Sanganai/Hlanganani/World Tourism Expo to the city of Bulawayo has been done to stimulate the development and growth of tourism in regions across the country. Sanganai/Hlanganani is one of Africa’s premier tourism showcases, aimed at bringing international buyers and exhibitors under one roof. Details can be sourced from the Executive Director, National Convention Bureau, call (04) 770409 or e-mail [email protected]. Alternatively, contact the exhibition team: [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]


Friday September 23 to Sunday September 25 – The 2016 Zimbabwe Motor Show. Venue: Old Georgians Sports Club. Previous exhibitors have first option on their exhibition stands and new exhibitors are welcome. Visit Facebook/ZimbabweMotorShow. Enquiries and bookings to Gabriel Ettlin, event organiser, tel. 0774 336376.

 Urgent appeal from Harare SPCA: 2015 was a year of ups and downs, but with the support of members of the public, friends, family and animal lovers throughout Harare (and beyond) the Harare SPCA  veterinary team successfully treated thousands of animals in need, both at the hospital and in various high density areas to which the Mobile Unit travels to regularly. Cats and dogs were rehabilitated and rehomed. None of this would have been possible without the continued help from members of the public. The list of people to thank is endless. Even the smallest contributions have made an impact on the welfare of animals. Donors have helped enormously to fund the continued refurbishment of the cattery, kennels and the veterinary facilities. Second-hand goods and books have been handed in and have been sold to raise funds. Volunteers have stepped in to offer assistance in all areas. Some have worked at the kennels and veterinary surgery, others have fostered puppies and kittens. Dedicated volunteers have spent hours following and catching stray , disoriented and frightened animals , as well as uplifting injured victims of road traffic accidents. Individuals have helped by reporting neglect and cruelty.  Schools have held fundraisers and supporters have donated in cash and kind. Some fuel for the vehicles has been donated . Private veterinary surgeries have been incredibly supportive in many ways.What a generous and compassionate community we have. The new year literally started with a bang.  The aftermath of the fireworks , as expected, resulted in many domestic animals running scared. Many have not yet been found by their owners, some were injured and others died as a result of being hit by cars on the streets. Within days an influx of animals poured through the doors of the Harare SPCA. Some are still there. At present both the re- homing facility and the hospital kennels are full to capacity. During the last 10 days of January the HSPCA received over 100 stray and surrendered pets .The situation is critical and due to the economic crisis we do not envisage any reduction in numbers in the near future. 2015  statistics show  the following: 872 sterilisations, 50 other theatre cases, 184 road traffic accident victims that had to be euthanized, 40 cases of suspected rabies and over 900 animals rehomed. Many animals were humanely put to sleep for various reasons ranging from illness, aggression, severe neglect , old age and owners requesting euthanasia. The cost of running this shelter has risen drastically. THE HARARE SPCA URGENTLY REQUIRES AN INJECTION OF FUNDS IN ORDER TO KEEP ITS DOORS OPEN. As such we are appealing for assistance in this regard. The Harare SPCA is a Private Voluntary Organization. The cost of running the hospital and the kennels in 2015 was approximately $30 000 a month. Management worked on a very tight budget and relied hugely on benefactors to keep the doors of the Society open.  The Harare SPCA has now run out of funds and the number of animals in desperate need of help is rising alarmingly. Many of the pet owners bringing dogs in for treatment cannot afford to pay but they are never turned away. The animals will not be left to suffer. Surrenders are always taken in . The HSPCA must continue to offer assistance to members of the public who cannot afford to treat or keep their animals. There are plans for future fundraisers but these will take some time to organize. In the meantime the HSPCA urgently needs help. If you are able to donate please contact the Harare SPCA General Manager on the following numbers: 04 576356/7 or 04 581347, e-mail: [email protected]. Bank details are as follows: BARCLAYS BANK  , CRIPPS RD , Account number 2199 101 2419, or on ECOCASH biller  06326. Without your assistance we face the possibility of closure. We have worked extremely hard to upgrade the facilities at the Harare SPCA and to offer a safe haven to unwanted , lost and sick animals. Please contact the Harare SPCA if you are able to help in any way. Thank you.


Celebrity Subscription Concerts is back in action and everyone is invited to join, and enjoy superb performances by invited international classical music performers. Schedules performances being arranged at present: Feb 21, May 8 and June 12, plus four others later in the year. The membership officer is Veronique Wakerley (e-mail [email protected]). Subs for 2016: Red Carpet (all recitals during the year, plus after-recital receptions) – $100 per person or $180 per couple. Ordinary members: (four recitals, plus discount for remaining recitals) – $40 per person or $70 per couple.


Some helpful information about school terms in 2016: First term, which started on Tuesday January 12, End: Wednesday March 23, this weekend is half-term: February 19 to 22. Second term – Start: Tuesday May 3, End: Thursday August 4, half term: June 17 to 20. Public Holidays: Africa Day, May 25. Third term: Start Tuesday September 6, End: Thursday December 8, half term: October 14 to 17. First term 2017 starts Tuesday January 10. Thank you to Paula Blackburn of St George’s College for assistance with this useful information.


February fun at Cresta Jameson Hotel in the heart of bustling Harare: stay Fri to Sun for only $60 per person or $80 per couple. Happy hour Mon, Tues, Thurs 5pm to 6pm – 50 percent off selected beers. Quiz night each Weds with prizes. Conference package for as little as $15 per person. Music events: DJ Xeno Feb 25; Victor Kunonga live Feb 20 and 27. Alexio Kawara live Feb 19. Too Open and Good Fellaz band live Feb 26. Book through [email protected].


Enjoy Lake Kariba on a luxurious passenger ship, the Zambezi Trader. An adventure of relaxation on tailor-made cruises, with flexible packages for any group event, be it church, family, corporate or school. Visit us at 78 Churchill Avenue, Alexandra Park or call us on (04) 744114/152 or 0782 300388 or 0772 967787.

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