Alexander Crossword

Test your knowl­edge of Alexan­der with our cross­word puz­zle. Click the image for a larger one. Print it out, com­plete it and hand in at the bar this week­end and stand a chance to win a bot­tle of Miss Molly MCC. Draw takes place next Wednes­day 25th Sept.



1 down: Louis Viljoen’s new play open­ing next month (3, 13)

2 down: From a Dis­tance? The Rose? (5,6)

4 down: The Medi­ae­val gold coin you should join if you haven’t (6)

5 down: When Alexander’s kitchen closes
11 down: A louche coloured bev­er­age not for gluten-intolerants (5,4)
14 down: Where the the­atre is (8)
15 down: Edith’s chicken sand­wich (6,4)
23 down: The colour of the bar’s padded kick­board (5,5)
13 down: Hen­dricks is one (3)
18 down: Another play of Louis Viljoen’s that recently went to Edin­burgh (5)
20 down: Colour of the sur­viv­ing umbrel­las (5)
22 down: One of the cities that inspired Alexan­der (6)
28 down: Jam Sand­wich is this type of show (5)
6 across: Dial this for the bar (4)
3 across: Index fin­ger vital for this mech­a­nism (6,4)
7 across: What you’ll open with Bryan Miles (4)
19 across: A celes­tial yet domes­tic wine farm (8)
27 across: Toni Glass sup­ply this for us (3)
13 across: Another old build­ing in Strand St houses this (4,6)
8 across: Neigh­bour­ing hotel (6, 5)
25 across: Pop­u­lar cran­berry cock­tail for sum­mer days (7)
24 across: Make ani­mals for the games shelf out of this remould­able mate­r­ial (10)
21 across: She wants to be evil (6,4)
17 across: One half of a siamese twin play­ing on Tues­day (5)
29 across: Lager from Paar­den Eiland not Mass­a­chu­setts (6)
26 across: The gen­der dis­tri­b­u­tion of the toi­lets (6)
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Dress Collection Auction Sat 4th May


image001Announc­ing the auc­tion of a pri­vate and exclu­sive dress col­lec­tion on Sat­ur­day the 4th of May 2013.

Hazel Wal­ton bought the first dress in her col­lec­tion in Rocky Street n 1982. It was a 1950’s green and white pat­terned sleeve­less sum­mer dress with a tight bodice and a full skirt. This started her life-long love of dresses.
Her col­lec­tion really kicked off whilst she was liv­ing in Lon­don with musi­cian hus­band Dave Wal­ton, who played bass gui­tar for ‘Stead­man’, a well known band whose songs fea­tured in movies like Super­man The Movie, Joan of Arca­dia and Charmed. (Dave now lives with Heather McCart­ney – Linda’s daugh­ter).
These stun­ning dresses have been col­lected by Hazel over a period of 31 years and range from satin period ball gowns to 1950’s dresses, and day­wear from the 60’s.  Most of them were col­lected when Hazel lived in Lon­don and many come from the fash­ion cap­i­tals of the world.
Much to Hazel’s hor­ror she has run out of space to keep the col­lec­tion so she has decided to part with some.
‘I chose each dress per­son­ally, whether they were my size or not, mainly because I couldn’t resist the style or pat­tern, so this is a very per­sonal and spe­cial col­lec­tion. They are like chil­dren to me’ says Hazel.

Hazel was involved in the music indus­try for over 20 years and in 1998 she  started pro­mot­ing bands at her club in UK called ‘dis­trict 6’, which was a great suc­cess and drew immense audiences.

Mov­ing back to Cape Town in 2004, she opened an orig­i­nal music club called Acoustic Café. The open­ing night fea­tured Freshly Ground and their first inter­na­tional tour was sub­se­quently organ­ised through her UK agents. Some of the biggest names in SA music played there  includ­ing Chris Chameleon, Fokof­polisiekar, Dirty Skirts, Cas­sette, Bed on Bricks, Steve New­man, Syd Kitchen (RIP Syd), Nibs van der Spuy and Ezra. On her tour from the USA, Karma of Henry Ate played both of her sold out SA gigs at Acoustic Cafe.
Given her his­tory it makes sense that the 5 stun­ning ladies who will be mod­el­ling the gar­ments are all young musi­cians or cre­atives: Yolanda Y’awa (ex Coda singer and founder mem­ber, now solo artist per­form­ing on many local and Inter­na­tional stages), Ann Jan­gle and Zozome Brink, from the incred­i­ble Blues band Ann Jan­gle, gor­geous Toni, a young up-and-coming producer/director in the film indus­try and the lovely, and naughty, Nora, a per­for­mance artist from Hol­land.
10% of the pro­ceeds from the sale of the dresses will go to CLAW – Com­mu­nity Led Ani­mal Wel­fare – which pro­vides pri­mary health­care to ani­mals in rural com­mu­ni­ties who would not oth­er­wise be able to afford vet­eri­nary care for their pets. In addi­tion CLAW pro­vides 24hour emer­gency ser­vices to crit­i­cally ill or injured ani­mals and focus on com­mu­nity edu­ca­tion and aware­ness on ani­mal care.
CLAW is also very involved in the com­mu­nity and pro­vides monthly food parcels to 67 local fam­i­lies as well as pro­vid­ing cloth­ing and house­hold neces­si­ties to many fam­i­lies who in need.

The auc­tion is on Sat­ur­day 4 May 2013 from 3pm at the delight­ful Alexan­der Bar and Café, cor­ner of Strand and Loop Street.  It is a small venue so get there early!
The dress sizes range from 6 — 12, although the smaller sizes pre­dom­i­nate.
If you are inter­ested in dress­ing for glam­our, fun and plea­sure you know where to be on the 4th May. Bring all your girl­friends – entrance is free.
Pho­tog­ra­pher: Chris Claasen

Graph­ics: Jen Mar­si­cano of creativeconcepts

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Hacked Off #2

Recorded at Alexan­der Upstairs in Cape Town on Feb 26th, 2013.
Host: Rebecca Davis
Panel: Tom Eaton, Sibongile “Sbosh” Mafu, Ran­jeni Munusamy and Prof Pierre de Vos.

Watch this space for upcom­ing shows of Hacked Off

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Take the bus from the bar to “Bench” and back

This Wednes­day the 19th of Sep­tem­ber we’re run­ning a shut­tle from the bar to the Kalk Bay The­atre and back to see Brent Palmer’s play BENCH star­ring him­self and Adrian Collins as two small time crooks, directed by Michael Kirch. Reli­able sources say the show is kak funny. Tick­ets includ­ing trans­port between Alexan­der  Bar and Kalk Bay The­atre are R195 each and this includes a glass of house wine at Alexan­der. We’ll depart at 19h30 on Wednesday .

Read more about the play here:

Let us know on / 0213001088  if you’d like to book. There are 13 spaces available.

Trans­port oper­ated by

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Booking open for Upstairs Shows

It’s just over a month to go til the launch of our upstairs per­for­mance space. Take a look at the Upstairs Shows page and book some tick­ets to come and watch.

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Knitting with Glühwein

Tomor­row night (Tues 21st Aug) from 7pm until at least 9pm we wel­come avid, casual and com­pletely inex­pe­ri­enced knit­ters to knit blan­kets for orphans. If pos­si­ble do please bring along some wool as Nicola Jack­son (from Me-A-Mama)‘s wool stocks are get­ting low. She’ll also be bring­ing along some com­pleted seg­ments so that total non-knitters can con­tribute by stitch­ing these pieces together.

To keep knit­ters warm and moti­vated there’ll be a deli­cious Glüh­wein spe­cial for R25, made using decent house plonk and deli­cious win­try spices. Light meals, full bar and soft drinks also avail­able all night.

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Win a free American Whiskey tasting for three

Diane Kisela won this free tast­ing — watch this space for more give­aways and spe­cial offers.

Win free whiskey tast­ing for your­self and two friends includ­ing snacks tomor­row night. Taste the range of Jack Daniels and dis­cover the robust flavours and colour­ful his­tory of Amer­i­can Whiskey. The tast­ing will last about an hour after which you can sam­ple our deli­cious range of canapés.

When: Thurs August 18h00 for 18h30
Where: Alexan­der Bar, 76 Strand Street
How to win: Name which state in the USA Jack Daniels comes from and email the answer and a con­tact num­ber to
(Obvi­ously not for any­one under the age of 18!)


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Style Shoot Night • 8th August

** UPDATE ** The pics from this fab­u­lous evening are on Face­book here

When: Wednes­day 8th of August* at 8:30pm

Yo Girls & Boys — need a nice new pro­fes­sional por­trait of your­self?
We’re hir­ing a pro­fes­sional make-up artist and a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher to take pic­tures of you free of charge. A fun evening of drinks and snaps.
Bring some acces­sories if you want.
Book­ing absolutely essen­tial — call 0213001088 or email
High res­o­lu­tion images will be avail­able for free a few days later.

* The fol­low­ing day is Women’s Day

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Argus article on FileGooi and Alexander Bar

Pub­lished in the Cape Argus, 24th July 2012

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Just Business show in support of Theatre Benevolent Fund

The per­for­mance of Just Busi­ness — win­ner of a Stan­dard Bank Encore Ova­tion Award at the recent National Arts Fes­ti­val – at 20:15 on Thurs­day 19 July at Artscape’s Arena The­atre, will be in aid of the The­atre Benev­o­lent Fund which aims to assist needy pro­fes­sion­als in the indus­try with med­ical and other expenses.

Entrance to the per­for­mance is FREE, with patrons giv­ing a cash dona­tion after the show. Seat­ing is unre­served but reser­va­tions for the show on a first-come-first-served basis should be made via (please indi­cate the num­ber of seats required). Con­fir­ma­tion of reser­va­tions will be sent as soon as pos­si­ble, but by 13:00 on Thurs­day 19 July at the latest.

After the hour-long show, patrons are encour­aged to have a drink at the Alexan­der Bar and Café in 78 Strand Street – they will donate 10% of their bar tak­ings from 21:30 to the close of busi­ness on the night to the The­atre Benev­o­lent Fund. (Nicholas Spag­no­letti, part­ner in the Bar, is the writer of the hit drama, Lon­don Road.)

Just Busi­ness by Artscape’s Asso­ciate Play­wright Mike van Graan, was first staged as Hos­tile Takeover by the Mar­ket The­atre at the National Arts Fes­ti­val in 2006 and has been sub­stan­tially reworked. Writ­ing on the National Arts Festival’s Arts­blog, a reviewer posted “Just Business…is def­i­nitely more provoca­tive, uncom­pro­mis­ing and funny than Hos­tile Takeover. This ver­sion reflects con­tem­po­rary art much bet­ter in the way it is sub­ver­sive, ironic and does not pull any punches.”

Directed by Fred Abra­hamse, the show fea­tures Kurt Egel­hof, Andre Jacobs and Mbulelo Grootboom.

The offi­cial fes­ti­val news­pa­per, Cue, had this to say about Just Busi­ness: “A satir­i­cal com­edy fea­tur­ing three sea­soned actors work­ing with a script that is cut­ting, funny and pro­fes­sion­ally per­formed. The show had the audi­ence laugh­ing and this reviewer thinking”.

Please for­ward to friends, fam­ily and col­leagues in the indus­try in Cape Town.

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