In this play, Ms June Gachui portrays the life of Mrs. Joe Bradshaw. Underneath this 42-yr old mother of two grown up children, there is the former Shirley Valentine longing to come out. Her feminist friend offers her a free holiday in Greece and she seizes the opportunity. Shirley, breaking out of the mould cast for her by society, is brilliantly shown with humour, warm sympathy, and human insight.
Shirley Valentine is a must-see especially for ladies seeking emancipation!
Directed by Ian Mbugua, this play runs from Fri 11th July to Saturday 26th July.
For more details please call 222 55 06.
Comedy: THIS IS KENYA
Author: Dan Ndambuki aka Churchill
Director: Sammy Mwangi and Victor Ber
Dates: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 July
23, 24, 26, 27 July
Times: 6.30pm weekdays
3 & 6.30pm weekends
Venue: Alliance Française
This rib cracking Kenyan original comedy is hilariously told through a story of a man (Chief Nyake) who died in 1900. In 2008, 108 years later, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Brand Regency Hotel
construction, a bulldozer accidentally digs Chief Nyake out. What he sees around will shock him!
In this original comedy by Heartstrings Kenya written by Dan Ndambuki aka Churchill, we hilariously get to learn that it is not the present or the future we have to be worried about: but the past, which we were
never a part of. Amid great belly laughs, we will discover that though we were never there in the past, we all took part in ruining our present and future. And this we did while in our mothers’ womb.
Japan Information and Culture Centre will on Friday 11th July 2008 screen Japan Video Topics at 3:30pm followed by CINEMA JAPAN movie called “OSAKA STORY” at 3:45pm. The movie was produced in 1999 and is directed by Jun Ichikawa.
To see poster and synopsis, click here http://www.ke.emb-japan.go.jp/osakastory2.pdf
Tamambo Weekend Events @ Village Market:
Friday, July 11: Rock with Stone Cold Sober from 9:00 pm
Saturday July 12: Jazz with Maia and Sold Groove from 9:00 pm
Sunday July 13: Brunch and Jazz!
The Exhibition ‘3Generations3Styles showcasing paintings by Meek Gichugu, Emily Odongo and Willie Wamuti is running until Friday 4th July. It is open to the public from Monday through Friday from 9.00 to 5.00pm.Entrance free.
Pamjoa Dance Group presents MASAA
Wednesday, June 25th @ 7:00 pm
Tickets: 500/Adults and 300/children and students with ID
[attention, dates changed!]
(Re)Membering Kenya: Identities, Cultures and Freedom
June 18th & 25th at Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with Ford Foundation
Certain critical questions relating to Kenya, which have always been in latent existence, were forcefully thrust to the fore by the events that occurred before, during and after the 2007 elections. This series of public forums brings together Kenyan intellectuals, academics and non-academics, in order to raise publicly all the disturbing questions – and the level of debate about them.
As servants and thinkers, Kenyan academics have lately been accused of providing cover for politicians and bureaucrats: they are perceived to have abdicated the role of rendering intellectual leadership in a time of dire need. This series is an attempt to get academics to re-engage more robustly with the rest of the nation. It is dedicated to the necessity of freedom of thought and will be a demonstration of the “engaged” intellectual.
Twice a month, on a Wednesday, we will invite intellectuals and members of the academia to public discussions about core issues that define or militate against ideas and practices of Kenyanness.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008, 6.00 pm
Session 1: Identities – Between Ethnic and Civic Nationhood
– Introduction to the Conference Series, by Prof. Wambui Mwangi
– The Architecture of Ethnicities: The Ethnicity of the State, by Dr. Pius Kakai
– The Economics of Identity, by Mr. Onyango Oloo
– Representations of Identity in Kenyan Cultures, by Dr. Mbugua Mungai
The session is chaired by Prof. Wambui Mwangi
Wednesday, 25 June 2008, 6.00 pm
Session 2: Memories, Narratives & Debates of Nationhood
– Gerontocracy & Generational Competition, by Dr. Tom Odhiambo
– Negotiating Kenyanness: The Debates, by Dr. Peter Wafula
– Engendering Identities: Sexualities & Power(lessness) in the Kenyan Political Economy, by Dr. Sophie Macharia
The session is chaired by Prof. Wambui Mwangi
Presenting East Africa’s Finest AfroJazz Musician, Hellon
Live in Concert
Friday June 6th @ Alliance @ 7:00 pm
Japan Information and Culture Centre will on Friday 6th June 2008 screen Japan Video Topics at 3:30pm followed by CINEMA JAPAN movie called “SWORDS OF DEATH” at 3:45pm. The movie is a Japanese classic and was produced in 1971 and is directed by Uchida Tomu.
To see poster and synopsis, click here http://www.ke.emb-japan.go.jp/swordsofdeath3.pdf
Jazz Notes at The Aga Khan Academy.
Enjoy an afternoon of coffee, live jazz and a book review on Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret and V. S. Naipual’s An Area of Darkness” on Saturday 7th June at 3:00pm to be held at The Aga Khan Academy. Copies of the book are available at a reduced cost from the school.
For more information call 374 22 66.
RaMoMA invites you to the opening of 3 exhibitions
on Wednesday 4th June at 6pm
Yoni Waîte – paintings/drawings – Dodhia Gallery
John Kamicha & Yassir Ali – Paintings/ Installation – Rahimtulla Gallery
Sylvia Njenga – Photographs – Photographer’s Gallery
the exhibitions continue to 4th July 2008
Opening June 4th @ 6:00 pm
6:AM Entertainment, The Associates & Capital FM brings you yet another annual event dedicated to the social butterflies Nairobi.. Traffic Lights!! @ Bluetimes (International Casino Museum Hill).
A colourful and sophisticated affair featuring East Africa’s Finest Dj’s, Mikhail Kuzi, Drazen & Gichboy delivering a Thumping Bass Assortment of House, Electro, Trance, Minimal, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Ragga among others..
Entry will be 400 Kshs for the colourful evening and ladies free before 10pm
You simply have to be there in RED, ORANGE or GREEN!
Event InfoName: Traffic Lights
Tagline: “Be there in RED,ORANGE or GREEN”
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008
Time: 9:00pm to 6am
Street: International Casino, Museum Hill
Entrance: 400 kshs
Ladies are FREE before 10pm.
ACCIDENTS by Théàtre des Alberts
Wednesday 4th June, 7pm
Alliance Française auditorium
‘Théàtre des Alberts’ present a puppet production called ‘Accidents’. A show for adolescents and adults alike (not recommended for children below 13 years).
The puppeteers masterfully craft five individual stories, each revolving around the subject of accidents, where tragic emotions mix with the funny side of life. Cruel, funny, poetic, tender and absurd, the stories reveal a magnificent gallery of puppets, manipulated by puppeteers well-gloved in black humour.
THE LION MOUNTAINS
By Louis Buckley (2006 – 54min)
A Pamoja Film initiative
Monday 2 June, 6pm
in English, Entrance Free
‘The Lion Mountains’ documents the journey to Sierra Leone by a 25yr old English man of Jamaican and African descent, Louis Buckley. It retraces history from pre-colonial Sierra Leone, the beginning of African and European trade, slavery, resistance, the 1807 Abolition Act and the effects of Western imperialism and colonial rule.
FIRST SPOTLIGHT 2008 CONCERT
Friday 30 May, 7pm
Alliance Française gardens
2008 Spotlight auditions have been concluded in Nairobi, Machakos, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Kakamega, Nyeri, Meru and Garissa, 5 African, traditional and modern musicians from Nairobi and Mombasa, backed by Suzanne Gachukia (keyboard), Marvin Makeke (drums), Michel Ongaro (guitar), Alain Lemba (bass), Oneko (percussions), compete in this first concert for a spot on Spotlight Vol. IV CD album.
Muay Thai- Power & Fitness: Personal Training Classes
Get fit! Lose Weight! Tone up! Feel Better! A tailor made personal training program to have you looking and feeling your best. These classes consist of One-on-One hour long training sessions conducted in the comfort of your own home. This program is for those individuals looking for a more intimate setting allowing for training specific goals and an accelerated learning curve. Classes are designed to suit your specific needs: lose weight, increase your fitness level, improve technique & flexibility, learn self-defense or any other goals you may have.
Call now and begin this guaranteed way to “Get-In-Shape” and stay fit for life.
For health conscious Men and Women of all ages. Contact: Ash at 0736 1974 18
Open Mic Night!
On Thursday 22nd May, its Open Mic Night at the Double Inn in Karen.
If you can sing or play an instrument (or would just like to come along to listen) you are welcome to come and join us.
Happy Hour is from 5pm-7pm.
Music & Singing starts at 7pm.
“The Spice Route”, art by Amy Sandys-Lumsdaine, will be at at The Talisman Restaurant
320 Ngong Road,Karen from Tuesday 13th May to Sunday 25th May.
Japan Information and Culture Centre will on Friday 23rd May 2008 screen Japan Video Topics at 3:30pm followed by CINEMA JAPAN movie called “HINOKIO” at 3:45pm. The movie was produced in 2005 and is directed by TAKAHIKO AKIYAMA
To see poster and synopsis, click here http://www.ke.emb-japan.go.jp/hinokio3.pdf
Why Are YOU So Scared??
Hosted by multi-talented poet
Judge, Moroko, Grand Master Masese, Wenyeji, Neema Ngwatilo, Kama, Jaymo’s Band & DJ Joey
LIVE @ British Council, Upper Hill Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi)
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 9am-3pm
GRAFFITI BY UHURU, ESSEN, ABU, SHAN, HARI, SMOKILLA, BANKSLAVE & SCHEME
LIVE STREET FASHION BY IMANI FASHION HOUSE & URBAN PHUNK
LADIES & GENTS- Free Entry
SMASH HITS OPENING PARTY
Featuring the Greatest Hits of MiNA’s career and… for the first time in Nairobi….
The Original Works of NAIROBOTICS INC.
Come and join us for the Opening Party of Mina/ Miriam Rinck’s new exhibition at RAMOMA, on Friday 23rd May, from 6PM
Great Music, Free Drinks, Guest Appearances….
FREE ENTRY. ALL WELCOME
Innovative artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied Fine Arts and later specialized in Contemporary Art for Art Critics and Curators. Miriam has been exhibiting widely around the world, and her works feature in many private collections. Miriam has been living in Africa for the past six years, where she participated in several shows, including the 1st Biennale of Harare, Zimbabwe. She has been living and working in Kenya for the past three years. You might have seen her works under her alias MINA, or with NAIROBOTICS INC, the collaborative art duo she leads with SuperFriend photographer Levon Van Camp (not his real name).
Their origins are unclear, but we first hear about them in 1989, after they were expelled from what was then communist Eastern Europe, Cuba and the People’s Republic of China after a series of minor skirmishes related to the revolutionary nature of their work. Later on, they resurfaced in Africa, under different disguises, names, and temporary personalities, where they have been denounced -see pictures below-, censored and supported at different times.They had also suffered to the hand of impostors, and other sort of opportunists trying to cash on the originality of their ideas.
Join DJs MIKHAIL KUZI and DRAZEN as they take control of the dance floor to keep you grooving with some seriously earth shaking bass. The finest Minimal Techno, House, Trance and Electro House beats!
Entry is just 400 kshs and ladies free before 10pm.
Let’s celebrate how it all begun!
Event InfoName: Dance Evolution
Tagline: How it all started…
Date: Saturday May 17th
Time: 9:00 to 6am
Location: Steve’s Steakhouse
Street: Nairobi Racecourse
Entrance: 400 kshs
Ladies are FREE before 10pm.
Japan Information and Culture Centre will on Friday 16th May 2008 screen Japan Video Topics at 3:30pm followed by CINEMA JAPAN movie called DORA – HEITA at 3:45pm. The movie is directed by KON ICHIKAWA
To see poster and synopsis, click here http://www.ke.emb-japan.go.jp/doraheita.pdf
Afro Cuban Jazz: Habanasax
May 16th at Alliance
The troupe “The Crown of the Russian Ballet” will have a show on May 16th at the International School of Kenya at 7pm. Tickets are Ksh800.
Tickets will be available from next week at the venue.
Video Art has become one of the most influential art forms of the 20th Century. Along with other technical media such as photography and other forms of art such as performance and installation, video art is breaking the traditional limitations of visual art. For internationally acclaimed artists from Africa, video art is an important medium, as was, for example, shown by the exhibitions Documenta 11 and Africa Remix.
Since its inception, Germany has been a centre for Video Art. 40 Years of Video Art offers an overview over the most important works and trends:From forerunners Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell, Klaus vom Bruch and Ulrike Rosenbach to the youngest generation:artists like Daniel Pflumm or Bjorn Melhus. The exhibition offers the rare occasion to get an overview over Video Art from the 60s until now.
This exhibition will be from May 14th to May 30th from 1pm to 6pm at the Goethe-Institut.
A Singing, Acrobatics and Martial Arts Workshop
at The GoDown Arts Centre
The Shen Zhen Troupe from the People’s Republic of China who specialises in singing, acrobatics and martial arts, will give a workshop at The GoDown on 15th May 2008 from 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Another one of the great MCK and Dive Club Parties
The famous CALABASH band will be playing
Dive Club (NSSAC) Entry K.Shs. 500
Time and PlaceStart Time:
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 9:00pm
Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 6:00am
Dive Club (NSSAC)
When: Wednesday 30 April 2008 (the next day is a public holiday)
Cash bar and great cocktails
Snacks and light meals will be on sale
Price: KShs 500 (entrance only) available at the door
It’s Drum Time at the Rusty Nail Restaurant in Karen, Dagoretti Rd, from 6 to 9 pm
Drumming class for beginners AND drum jam for experienced drummers. Bring your friends, family, colleagues, children and neighbours and learn the art of African drumming in a group with the professional Kenyan “Jamboree Drummers”, Kaboge, Kevin, Mbugi, Ongeri and Souljah. Beautiful handmade drums are for sale too! Walk in to see any class in action or
sign up for a try out class! Karibu. Adults Ksh 500, Children Ksh 350
Dates: May 2 and June 6, NOT in July or August.
Nairobi Arts Centre 0727 415678
5th CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL
6 – 10 May
Alliance Française auditorium: Entrance Free
The Embassy of Cuba presents the 5th Cuban Film Festival in Nairobi offering a menu of popular and critically acclaimed films
Tue. 6 at 6.30pm
Rejection of a grandchild by a grandmother set in her ways.
Thur. 8 at 6.30pm
A film of psychological reflection about popular life in Cuba today
HONEY FOR OSHUN (2001) drama
Fri. 9 at 6.30pm
Roberto returns to Cuba from the US in search of his mother
Sat. 10 at 11am ( 2007) drama
The friendship between two children is threatended by their parents’ differences
Sat. 10 at 6.30pm ( 2006) drama
Individual dimensions combine with social context in the last decade of the 20th century in Cuba
6 – 16 May
Alliance Française ground floor gallery
The Embassy of Cuba presents a collection of 25 engravings by renowned Cuban artists including Rafael Zarza (who conducted an etching workshop at Kuona Trust in 2003). The powerful engravings show a strong African influence in Cuban culture through the presence of ritual objects and symbols.