Clipboard: 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. This e-newsletter is a FREE service to the community and includes information about arts, theatre, sport and business events - in fact, about anything!

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Friday October 28 – Fun pub quiz. Borrowdale Country Club, arrivals 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Maximum six people per team. Entry fee $3 per person.  Dinner available at $6 per person (fish and chips or sausage, egg and chips). Contact 0772 235115 for more information. All welcome.

Friday October 28 – Ladies Night at Tinkabell. The delightful cuisine, ambience and bar of Tinkabell restaurant in Ardbennie, open specially on this evening for a night for the ladies. Music by DJ Jaybone. Tables of 10 receive a comp bottle of wine. Tickets $10. Shuttle service available. Booking and get info by calling (04) 664745, 0774 532184, or e-mail [email protected].

Friday October 28 – Halloween Karaoke. Reps main bar, starting 6pm. Dress up, as there’s a prize for the best costume. And sing! Karaoke session run by Adam and Chezzy. All welcome and no entry fee.

Friday October 28 – Karou Charou. India’s comedy king, live in Harare. Reps Theatre, starting 7pm. Advance tickets from Soprano’s. Presented by Clint Robertson. Tickets $5 and $10, VIP $15.

Friday October 28 – FabFusion perform live at Delhi Palace, Sam Levy’s Village, Borrowdale. 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Enjoy the fine cuisine of this well-known restaurant and music from this great entertainment duo.

Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29 – Rangeela – The Colour of Dance. A dance show presented by the Kinkini Dance Company, choreographed by Ketan Nagar. Guests performaers include Sasfikile, M and M Dance Factory, Real Flex Crew. 6.30pm Friday and 4.30pm Saturday. Advance tickets available now from The Spotlight at Reps. Tickets $10 and $12.

Saturday October 29 – Four Seasons Designer Lunch. Now at The Plantation Club. This month on a Saturday, by public demand, and featuring designs from Rani Romani Clothing. Catering by Hesbe Chivers. Music by Mande. Bar open. $15 per person, includes luncheon, fashion and entertainment. Not just for the ladies. Booking essential: call 0774 186010 or 0737 694383 to reserve a place.

Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30 – Harare Male Voice Choir and Phoenix Choir concerts. The Harare Male Voice Choir celebrates its 75th anniversary with concerts presented with the Phoenix Choir in the Loyola Hall, St George’s College. Sat at 6.30pm ($20) and Sun at 11.30am ($25). Chapman GolfClub. Tickets available from any Phoenix choir member, or from Autoworld, Chisipite  (Judy, 0712 631488) or Veldemeer’s Belgian Chocolates, Arundel Village (Lorna Scholtz, (04) 301989). Helplines – Paul, 0772 469110; Clive, 0772 338067; Hilary, 0772 245072; Pauline, 0772 393278.

Saturday October 29 – Evening Of Words. Reps Theatre Club Room. Starts 6pm. The theme this month is Music. All welcome, no entry fee.

Sunday October 30 – Wingate Park Golf Club’s annual art exhibition. 9am to 3pm. Work on display from well-known and up-and-coming Zimbabwean artists. The exhibition will be under cover, with guarded parking, refreshments on a donation basis, bar and lunch available and live music to accompany it all. Entry fee $2 (children under 10 free). A percentage of takings will go to charity. Directions: 10 minutes from Borrowdale Village; proceed along Alpes Road off Harare Drive in the direction of Wild Geese Lodge for about 4km. Wingate Club is on the right.

Sunday October 30  – Hamish Cameron Grand Prix Finale. Donnybrook raceway, gates open 10am. The fastest saloon and sports cars, as well as Megellis and super bikes, push it to the limit in Harare’s final motor racing event of the year, an adrenaline-packed day of great car and bike racing.  Admission $5 for adults, under-12s free. Bar and catering.  Jumping castles. For more info contact Sables Motor Club: [email protected].

Sunday October 30 – Ovation and FaB Fusion live. Gavas Restaurant, Belgravia Sports Club. 1pm to 5pm. Free entry, bar, jumping castle.

Monday October 31 to Saturday November 5 – Gene Wilder Film Tribute. Mon, Young Frankenstein, Tues Blazing Saddles, Weds Silver Streak, Thurs Stir Crazy, Fri See No Evil, Hear No evil, Sat Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. All at 7pm. Entry by donation. Theatre Upstairs at Reps.

Tuesday November 1 – Fun team quiz. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Starts 6.45pm prompt but teams should assemble from 6.15 to settle in. No entry fee. Food available, BYO alcoholic beverages. Come along and join a team or bring a team. The accent is on fun. Quiz host tonight Ingrid Howarth. Booking through o737 694383.

Tuesday November 1 – Documentary Club. Tristan’s Bar, Aintree Road, 7pm (arrivals from 6.30pm).  One of these will be selected for screening: Inside Job, an award-winning documentary by Charles Ferguson on the 2008 global economic crisis (1hr 48); Let’s Make Money, a documentary by Erwin Wagenhofer on the workings of international finance, speculation and North-South relations (1hr 47); Overdose: the Next Financial Crisis, a documentary by Martin Borgs based on the book Financial Fiasco by Johan Norberg (46 mins) about the ‘solution’ to the last crisis which is paving the way for an even bigger one in the future. People planning to come should confirm by 5pm on Mon Oct 31 if they wish to enjoy curry buffet at $10 per person. Entry is $5, which goes to charity. 9pm, movie ends and guests are free to stay for a discussion. Information and bookings: Jean-Paul Baron-Bonarjee, call 0785 000901 or e-mail [email protected]

Friday November 4 to Sunday November 6 – The Workshop Art Exhibition. 10 Kent Rd, Chisipite. 5pm, Friday (with snacks and sundowners) and 10am to 4pm Sat and Sun. Exciting new paintings and pottery by Marlene Bornman, Sheena Chadwick, Joan Dunstan, Leslie Johnson and Peggy Sheppard. More information from 0773 507888.

Friday November 4 – FaB Fusion live at Queen Of Hearts. 5.30pm to 9.30pm. No entry fee. Jumping castle, bar, wood-fired pizzas and authentic Indian curries. Advance booking essential, call 0771929914.

Saturday November 5 – Car Boot Sale. Borrowdale Country Club. Sellers $5 per stand, set up between 7.30am and 8.30am. Buyers $1 per person from 8.30am. Wide variety of items available for sale, from new and second hand clothes, kitchen equipment, household and sports goods. Contact (04) 861087 or 0772 235115 for further information. (NB:  the final car boot sale of 2016 will be on December 3).

Saturday November 5 – National Salon Culinaire. Presented and arranged by the Zimbabwe Chefs’ Association at Rainbow Towers, Entries now being taken from all chefs, including students and trainees. To also include a suppliers’ exhibition and career guidance. The organisers would like to see more participation from restaurants and have postponed from Oct 29 to allow for more entries. More information from Arthur Masocha, call 0772 964983 or e-mail [email protected]

Saturday November 5 and Monday November 7 – Start of conversational Shona courses for adults, 16 to 80.  Runs until Thursday December 1. Shona as a foreign language course. Eleven different class groups to choose from. Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend class groups. Midweek classes run from Nov 7 to Dec 1, weekend classes run from Nov 5 to Dec 17. Safe, quiet, private venue in Vainona. Tuition costs cover all learning materials and refreshments. Flexible payment options: cash, bank transfers, instalments and direct bank deposits accepted. Five percent early bird discount when you register your interest in the course by October 26. Also on offer: long-distance online Skype lessons. Private one on one tuition for children and adults. E-mail [email protected] or call: 0737924599.  Website: Facebook:

Saturday November 5 – November Braai Festival. Ecrag Group in partnership with StarFM present this event at Fish Eagle, Lake Chivero. Host MCs Stansplash and Lenny Matterhorn, local DJs Eve, PhatChild, Sadiq, Professor, Yung Fresh, Tk Beatz Ash Styles and Nivek, Troubles (Body Slam) DJ Fujee, Ninja Kid, Avery Queen Kadijah and many more, plus surprise guest artistes. Free braai packs for the first 50 people to arrive plus bar and catering at Pump Price. Fun activities for children and adults. Braaimaster competition, fishing competition, eating competition, beach volleyball and more. Tickets available online at

Saturday November 5 – VAWZ Vibes. Queen of Hearts, 5.30pm to 10pm. A fundraiser for VAWZ and all it does for animals in need. Fraser Mackay, Mackay, Acoustic Duo, Rob Osborne. Say no to fireworks and yes to animal welfare. Jumping castle for children. Bar and catering. Entry: adults $10, under-12s free. Secure parking. This venue accepts Ecocash payments, online transfers and cash.

Saturday November 5 – Fireworks and movies under the stars.  Bryden Country School, Chegutu, starting at 6pm (103km peg on Harare-Bulawayo Road). $3 per person. Food and drink on sale (no cooler boxes please).  Bring a picnic blanket.  Camping area and ablution facilities available.  Sponsored by Texas Meats and AMP.  For more information contact 0778 021 442 / [email protected]  or visit (

Wednesday November 9 to Saturday November 12 – Stars Of Tomorrow. The annual showcase for the youngest talent of the dance community. Programme A Weds 6.30pm, Fri 6.30pm and Sat 2.30pm; programme B Thurs 6.30pm, Sat 11am and 6.30pm. Booking open at The Spotlight. DTZ members $10, children $5. Non-members $12, children $6. Pensioners $5.

Saturday November 12 – Summer Night Concert: The Homecoming. Featuring two Zimbabweans carving out musical careers in South Africa, Josh Ansley and Philip Hanly. Also featuring Nigel Hopkins, Molly Dzangare and the Twin Rivers School Choir. Venue: Twin Rivers School, Belgravia. Picnic under the stars. Sponsored by fastjet, Holiday Inn Harare, PrintWorks, Rooney’s, Twin Rivers School. Advance tickets $5 and $15, available from Sound Event Management box office, PaSangano Building, Avondale. VIP $25, only available in advance. Gat entry fee $20. Book early and pay by POS, RTGS or EcoCash. Call 0712 601107 for info.  Great family entertainment.

Sunday November 13 – Paintings & Pimms.  The Verandah Gallery hosts the second fundraiser of the year, from  9.30am to 1pm, 16 Woodholme Road, Emerald Hill. Lots of small and medium-sized unframed portfolio paintings by a wide variety of 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. [email protected]

Sunday November 13 – Fun pub quiz. Reps Theatre main bar, starting 11.15am. All welcome and no cover charge. Quiz host today Judy Macdonald.

Tuesday November 15 – Fun pub quiz. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Arrive 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Food and soft drinks, hot beverages on sale. BYO alcoholic beverages. A fun event for teams – come along and join a team or bring a team. Booking essential: call 0737 694383.

Saturday November 19 – Senior Citizens’ Club tea dance. 2pm to 5pm, Rotary/Senior Citizens Club centre, corner Fife Ave and Colquhoun St. $5 entry charge at the door. Music by Steve Theron. Tea and food. Cash bar available. Raffle prizes to be won. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Call (04) 250093 or e-mail [email protected] to book a table.

Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20 – Handel’s Messiah. Rejoice in the advent of Christmas.  St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, King George Road, Avondale. 2.30pm each day. Performed by the Marden Singers, with 60 voices including a number of new and thrilling soloists. All guests to be seated by 2.15pm. Tickets $10 (concessionary $5) at the door. Refreshments provided. To assure our safety guarded parking will be provided by Safeguard. An annual performance of The Messiah by the Marden Singers has become a tradition in Harare. In 1741 Handel wrote the musical score for The Messiah in 22 days. At the time he was aged 56, and was in poor health. He then directed the first performance in Dublin and donated the proceeds of the performances to various charitable organisations. Basically a man of the theatre, Handel placed the Gospel account on an imaginary stage, driving powerfully forward toward its dramatic climaxes, and regarding the life and suffering of Jesus from the viewpoint of serene confidence in mans’ salvation

Saturday November 19 – Magic on Broadway. By popular demand, the return for one day only (two performances) of the hit dance show from earlier this year. 2.30pm and 6.30pm, Harare International School Theatre. The story of a little girl who dreams of dancing on Broadway, and with a little help from her fairy Godmother, learns that the magic comes from within. A magical journey of song and dance through Broadway classics like Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Lion King and Grease, among many. Tickets now on sale at The Spotlight at Reps Theatre (where a swipe machine is available) and at the June Cloete Dancing Academy. $10 adults and $6 under-12s and pensioners.

Wednesday November 23 to Friday November 25 – Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe’s 2016 Congress. Diarise now and details will be published soon. Open to all hospitality operators and support industries, and includes the annual Hospitality Expo of goods and services available to the industry. Venue this year: Chinhoyi and Kariba. Theme: Economic Recovery Through Hospitality and Tourism. More from HAZ, e-mail [email protected].

Saturday November 26 – Starlight Shopping. Chisi Walk, 5pm to 9pm. An elegant evening of Christmas shopping, music, wine, tasty treats, friends and Christmas cheer. All Chisi Walk shops will be selling Christmas goodies and there will be additional stalls for exciting Christmas gifts. If you are interested in exhibiting please contact [email protected]. Everyone’s welcome to the event. 15 Shortheath Road, Chisipite, Harare.

Tuesday November 29 – Fun pub quiz. The Mustard Seed, 27 Ridgeway South, Highlands. Arrive 6.15pm for 6.45pm start. Food and soft drinks, hot beverages on sale. BYO alcoholic beverages. A fun event for teams – come along and join a team or bring a team. Booking essential: call 0737 694383. Quizmaster tonight John Reid-Rowland.

Wednesday November 30 and Thursday December 1 – Public Relations seminar: Moving On Up. PR for troubled times. How does public relations help organisations in time of economic and social stress? Can it assist organisations and individuals to cut through the mess and get through to better times? Is there a value to planned and sustained PR in good times and bad? Answers to these questions and more at a this public relations seminar. A one-and-a-half day workshop designed to show how PR works in the 21st century and plays a vital role in keeping organisations focused and effective despite challenges that come their way. This will be a hands-on event that will be useful and valuable to PR practitioners and to the people who work most closely with them, including general management, marketing management and human resources management. It will be hosted by a leading local practitioner with 30 years’ experience in the field. The first day will deal with comprehensive PR issues, including planning and evaluation, while day two will be a specific writing workshop, which will also be of value to people in advertising, e-communication, broadcasting and journalism. Costs: Day one (9am to 5pm) $75; Day two (9am to 2pm) $35; Both days: $100 (includes teas and meals and materials). More information and bookings from [email protected] or 0772 245292. The venue will be The Mustard Seed conference room, Highlands.

Thursday December 1 to Thursday December 22 – the Reps 2016 panto, Snow White. Fun for the whole family, featuring Amy Bolt as Snow White and a top cast, directed by Graham Crutchley. Booking opens soon at The Spotlight.

Saturday December 3 – The Girl On The Train Meets Rotten Row. Presented by Chipo Chung and featuring authors Paula Hawkins and Petina Gappah, as well as Chipo Chung. Hawkins’s hit novel The Girl On The Train has just been released as a major motion picture, while Gappah continues to win awards for her writing work. Reps Theatre main stage, 7pm. Tickets $15. Advance booking now open at The Spotlight.

Sunday December 4 – Willowmead Junction annual Christmas fayre. Arts and crafts, baked items, jams, decorations, jewellery, clothes, Father Christmas, treasure hunt, showcase of musicians. Should you be interested in exhibiting please send an email to [email protected]

Tuesday December 13 to Thursday December 15 – Lead the Future youth leadership boot camp. Looking for something constructive yet inexpensive for your teenage son or daughter over the December school holidays? Encourage them to apply for Zimbabwe’s own locally driven youth leadership development programme, Lead The Future. It’s an excellent opportunity to build solid leadership skills, learn strategies to navigate the challenges of youth, overcome peer pressure, determine values and goals, and set them up for success and significance as young adults. Now taking applications. Visit for application forms and more information or email [email protected].

Therapies with Lollie Nel. Specials: foot reflexology $10; combination with quantum resonance machine $15; touch for health $15; Bowen $15; reiki $15. Call 0772 881877 for an appointment.

Grants for African documentary projects: on behalf of the organisers, the Embassy of Spain has the pleasure of announcing the launch of MiradasDOC 2017, the XI edition of the International Documentary Film Festival and Market, which offers grants for African documentary projects. This festival is aimed at producers and filmmakers whose work has been produced or shot in Africa, and specifically at producers who focus their work on the relationships between the northern and southern hemispheres. Between 10 and 12 projects will be selected to be presented to an international panel of commissioning editors, TV channels and sales agents.  The grant includes: flight ticket for one person, courtesy of Casa Africa; accommodation and meals for three days for one person; free airport pickup service; free registration (to the value of €100); free shuttle bus from hotel to venue; two-day pitch workshop by expert Marijke Rawie; participation in one on one sessions; access to four awards. The all-expenses paid festival will take place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, from January 27 to February 4 and the deadline for applications is October 31. For more information, please consult the following link: (click on the English version if needed), or the website.  Or contact Ms. Carolina Gomez, the MiradasDOC Market Coordinator, at [email protected]

News from Drum Café: We are offering a 10 percent discount for December and January. Finish off 2016 or kick-start 2017 with Drum Cafe and make use of our 10 percent discount on any interactive team-building drumming session or drumming performance for December and January. This is on top of our already lowered special prices for 2016. Make use of this great offer on a world class and truly effective service while you can. Make any event a memorable one, whether big or small, corporate or social, formal or informal. Drum Cafe is the world’s premier interactive team building, performance and events company, with world-class facilitators backed up by outstanding musicians. More information and bookings: contact Allan Kennedy,  Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. Visit Call 0778 505162, Skype: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe, Facebook: Drum Cafe Zimbabwe. E-mail [email protected]

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