Entertainment Bites 26 March 2018

Dispute over the new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

Relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are in a dispute with the American toy company Mattel about the production of a doll in her image. The doll is part of the “Inspiring Women” series that was launched on Thursday 8 March, in honour of International Women’s Day. Kahlo’s niece, Mara Romeo Pinedo, and her daughter, Mara de Anda Romeo, have since threatened to take legal action, saying that Mattel does not have the rights to use Kahlo’s image. The doll’s appearance has also been subject to critique, with complaints that the doll does not accurately reflect Kahlo’s heavy eyebrows or elaborate Tehuana-style dresses.

 

David Beckham launches the whiskey brand Haig Club in SA
On Wednesday 14 March, David Beckham and many local celebs attended the South African launch of the esteemed single grain Scotch whiskey, Haig Club, at News Café in Sandton. Beckham praised the whiskey brand. He said that it was more than just an endorsement deal, and that it was personal to him. Beckham also mentioned that he was proud be in South Africa, and he also emphasised that he was excited to work with Diageo SA.

 

Nothing but vernac moved to 26 March
Expression and Nothing But Vernac, an annual arts and culture showcase organised by Stuku, that was set to take place on 22 March, was moved to Monday, 26 March at the Piazza. This was done due to bad weather on the day, with the lighting company advising that it would be unsafe to host the event in these conditions.

 

Easter exhibition at Pretoria Arts Association
Two exhibitions were opened for the Easter season at the Pretoria Arts Association on Friday 16 March, and they will run until Wednesday 4 April. The first is by renowned Pretoria artist Michael Heyns, with his exhibition titled Die Gebreekte Mens in the North Gallery. Cronje Lemmer and Roy Vieira Forte will exhibit their Metanoia themed work in the Main Gallery.

 

Spoegwolf coming to Rafters, Pretoria
Stellenbosch-based alternative/indie band Spoegwolf will be performing at Rafters, Pretoria East, on 13 April. The line-up for the evening also includes Deon Meiring and Herman Kleinhans. Tickets are available at plankton.mobi.

 

Nandi Madida to host and produce Made in Afica
After her successful showcase at New York Fashion Week, Nandi Madida is back in South Africa, and she is working as the producer of the competition/reality show Made in Africa. The show is set to premiere on 18 April on BET. Ma­dida will also be hosting the show. Made in Africa aims to highlight both African and global fashion trends. The show will feature 18 young fashion designers from across the continent, each hoping to walk away with the grand prize valued at R500 000.

 

 Compiled by: Carina Kloppers

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