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May 2016
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Launch of Bitter Komix 17 by Anton Kannemeyer & Conrad Botes

Thursday, May 26th 2016 at 5:30 PM



SOLD OUT! Down in the Basement: The Plot Hole

Friday, May 27th 2016 at 5:30 PM



Stuart Cairns(Winner Laughmaster 2014) and Westley Cockrell(Winner Joke Slam 2015) are fresh new talents on the South African entertainment scene. They have been producing shows all over South Africa and run several monthly and weekly gigs in Cape Town including hosting, auctioneering and stand-up comedy. Both acts have been featured on numerous occasions on TV, Internet and radio platforms including ‘news 24-Real news funny people’ and Goodhopefm with Nigel Pierce. They performed at the national art festival in 2014 with the Cape Town Comedy Club and were featured on Pants on Fire.In 2015 Cairns and Cockrell produce, wrote and starred in their two man show the Plot Hole.After runs in Cape Town, The National Arts Festival and Johannesburg  The Plot Hole received critical acclaim:

“For an hour, Cairns and Cockrell take you through the wacky process that goes into creating stand-up comedy. Pursuing a career in comedy is not easy, as you will soon learn, and both guys have had their fair share of embarrassment. Instead of quitting though, the duo have transformed their trials and tribulations into one of the funniest stories you will ever hear.”
Cassy Van Eden for

“A highly energetic show. Two whimsical characters take you on an explorative journey to becoming standup comedians. They maintain good humour, despite obstacles in their journey. Their creative use of props and audience interaction guarantee an hour of hearty laughter.”
Simone Ferreira for Cue Magazine

Now in 2016 they have enlisted the services of Rob Van Vuuren to direct the show and take it to the next level.On the 27th of May Down in the Basement brings you the first opportunity to see this amazing show in its new form under the direction of Van Vuuren.

Tickets- R50 Cash. Please note tickets are limited. Mail us or call us to book. No more then 4 tickets per person if booking.


Storytime: Dogs in Space

Saturday, May 28th 2016 at 11:00 AM

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Special event with The Centre for African Language Diversity

Monday, May 30th 2016 at 5:30 PM

Katrina Esau, alias Ouma Geelmeid, is the youngest of the three remaining speakers of Nǀuu. In tandem with her granddaughter, Claudia du Plessis, she has been engaged in teaching her highly endangered mother tongue for more than a decade. The Centre for African Language Diversity Centre (CALDi) at UCT has been supporting these teaching efforts through the development of educational materials since 2012.

Nǀuu is one of the more than 100 distinct non-Bantu click languages which were spoken by hunter-gatherers before the arrival of Khoekhoe pastoralists and various Bantu-speaking peoples. The spread of European settlers in Southern Africa accelerated the rapid physical and cultural decline of hunter-gatherer communities and surviving members were marginalised and linguistically assimilated. Today, Nǀuu is the last of these languages still spoken in South Africa.

The trilingual Nǀuu-Afrikaans-English reader which will be launched at the Book Lounge has been produced in collaboration with ǂKhomani community members. It is now being used in the Nǀuu language classes conducted by Ouma Geelmeid. Even though it was mainly designed as a language teaching tool, it will also be of interest to the wider public as well as an academic audience. The reader documents a language on the brink of extinction and plays a crucial role in the practical implementation of the community’s aspirations to revive their heritage language.

The reader is not available for sale, but can be freely downloaded on OpenUCT here.



Launch of Writing What We Like compiled by Yolisa Qunta

Tuesday, May 31st 2016 at 5:30 PM

WRITING WHAT WE LIKE‘We still dream, but the innocence of the promise of freedom is lost.’

From the serious to the lighthearted, this book presents a snapshot of what smart young South Africans think about living in South Africa today. From black tax and whitesplaining, all the way to hip hop and kinky sex, it is provocative, fearlessly honest, and often very funny.

Shaka Sisulu tackles being black and privileged, Simphiwe Dana pleads for mother tongue education, Yolisa Qunta shares lessons learnt from taking the taxi, while David Kau, Loyiso Gola and Sivuyile Ngesi provide comic relief.

Writing what we like will spark debates in workplaces, in bars, and around the dinner table both ekasi and in the suburbs for some time to come


Launch of Always Anastacia: A Transgender Life in SA by Anastacia Tomson

Wednesday, June 1st 2016 at 5:30 PM


I stand in front of the mirror as I remind myself that I don’t have to wear the uniform anymore. I don’t have to dress myself in men’s attire. I can grow out my nails, and paint them with polish. I am finally free to have my ears pierced. I can speak in the voice that I’ve spent so many hours cultivating with my speech therapist. I don’t have to hide my disgust anymore at being called “boet” or “sir”. I no longer have to tolerate any references to my deadname.

Anastacia Tomson has fought hard for her right to live, held back for decades by a body that didn’t fit, and an identity that never belonged to her. At first, it had seemed impossible – like transition was some romantic, impractical ideal that was incompatible with reality. But now, after five months of hormone therapy, countless sessions of painful laser hair removal, multiple appointments with doctors and psychologists, it is very much a reality …

Born into an orthodox Jewish family in Johannesburg and brought up as a boy, Anastacia was never sure how much of her conflicted sense of self could be blamed on her often troubled family life and strict upbringing. It would take her nearly 30 years, a great deal of questioning, and a bravery she could never have imagined, to find the peace and self-acceptance she had always sought.


Launch of Little Suns by Zakes Mda

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 at 5:30 PM

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There are many suns,’ he said. ‘Each day has its own. Some are small, some are big. I’m named after the small ones.’

It is 1903. A lame and frail Malangana – ‘Little Suns’ – searches for his beloved Mthwakazi after many lonely years spent in Lesotho. Mthwakazi was the young woman he had fallen in love with twenty years earlier, before the assassination of Hamilton Hope ripped the two of them apart.

Intertwined with Malangana’s story, is the account of Hope – a colonial magistrate who, in the late nineteenth century, was undermining the local kingdoms of the eastern Cape in order to bring them under the control of the British. It was he who wanted to coerce Malangana’s king and his people, the amaMpondomise, into joining his battle – a scheme Malangana’s conscience could not allow.

Zakes Mda’s fine new novel Little Suns weaves the true events surrounding the death of Magistrate Hope into a touching story of love and perseverance that can transcend exile and strife.



Launch of Dr Philip’s Empire by Tim Keegan

Monday, June 6th 2016 at 5:30 PM

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Dr John Philip towered over nineteenth-century South African history, championing the rights of indigenous people against the growing power of white supremacy, but today he is largely forgotten or misremembered.

From the time he arrived in South Africa as superintendent of the London Missionary Society in 1819, Philip played a major role in the idealist and humanitarian campaigns of the day, fighting for the emancipation of slaves, protecting the Khoi against injustice, and opposing the dispossession of the Xhosa in the Eastern Cape.

A fascinating picture of South Africa and the British Empire during a time of great change, Dr Philip’s Empire documents Philip’s encounters with Dutch colonists, English settlers and indigenous South Africans, his never-ending battles with fellow missionaries and colonial authorities, and his lobbying among the powerful for indigenous people’s civil rights.

A controversial and influential figure, Philip was considered an interfering radical subversive by believers in white superiority, but he has been labelled a condescending, hypocritical ‘white liberal’ in a more modern age. This book seeks to revive him from these judgements and to recover the real man and his noble but doomed struggles for justice in the context of his times.



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