Monday, May 19, 2008

Busy Yet Quiet

Well the weekend was equal quantities busy and quiet :) Friday night I went to movies with GalleryGirl and her sister, Squeak. We started with dinner (and 2 bottles of wine- eep!) at The Red Chamber. Dinner was yummy and the conversation was good and we had plenty of time (which led to the 2nd bottle of wine) ... which wasn't very conducive to movie watching!

Two strangers awaken together to discover that they've gotten married following a night of debauchery in Sin City, and one of them has won a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. The newlyweds devise ever-escalating schemes to undermine each other and get their hands on the money - only to find themselves falling in love amid the mutual backstabbing.

The movie was typical Hollywood fluff, with not much concentration required - which was lucky considering all the mid-movie loo breaks we had ;) Still, a fun night out with the girls!

On Saturday morning, DJMike came over and replenished our empty Series collection :) And then we headed to Pentravel to sign on the dotted line and confirm our November trip - can not wait ;)

That evening was spent at Bokkie's Birthday Braai which was less than well attended ... but hey, more food for us :) And I *almost* had my first experience on a Wii, but sadly the remotes weren't working quiet correctly having been recently thrown across the room by his niece. Sigh.

On Sunday Varen & I met up with GalleryGirl and Squeak at Doppio Zero in Rosebank for some delish breakfast before we headed to the JAG (Johannesburg Art Gallery, for those of you not in the know). Sho, it is in a dodgy part of town ... but a beautiful old building! Although we rushed inside as we heard the police firing rubber-bullets (or so we were told after) to break up the current xenophobic attacks - it was more than a little scary being so nearby and watching a sea of people run across the gardens in front of the Gallery.

We specifically went to see their new exhibition, Ars Moriendi. It was a great experience to see the gallery and I'd definitely go back :) And in true artistic style, there were pieces I really liked and things I just didn't get. I think my favourite piece in the Ars Moriendi exhibition was definitely "Commune: Suspension of disbelief" by Wim Botha. It's a sculpture of the crucifixion made entirely out of bibles (cut to the shape of Christ). I thought it was amazing! Thanks must go to GalleryGirl for advancing our Culture Quotient ;)

After that, the rest of the day was filled with Series watching and spending some quality time together :)


The Jackson Files said...

I kinda want to see that movie. Unfortunately for me, I can't really go and see anything too heavy because I immediately fall asleep.
Do you think it's worth the money for the ticket?
PS. I love The Red Chamber.

Mr Jones said...

Hmm we have been hearing a bit about the xenophobic attacks.. keep safe.

phillygirl said...

@tjf - I'm totally against paying much for movies, so I'd recommend getting an Edgars Club Card and seeing movies at Ster Kinekor for a mere 20 Rond :) But if you're paying the standard non-discounted price of R40 for it, I'd definitely wait till dvd for this one!

Dinner was yummy!

@mrjones - Thanks :)

Tamara said...

I loved that movie - thought it was hilarious. And I'm not a Cameron Diaz or Ashton Kutcher fan, so I was surprised. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it - I was expecting it to be bad.

These xenophobic attacks are really scary. The way some South Africans are treating foreigners, I really wonder what will happen if THEY ever need to take refuge in a neighbouring country.

boldly benny said...

What a wonderful weekend! I adore Wim Botha - his work is quite remarkable!
I remember going to the Jag two years ago for a function and I was so nervous driving there at night. Must've been scary that the attacks were so close. I spent the day near Muldersdrift yesterday and there were attacks near Diepsloot so the traffic was diverted - made me feel ill!

phillygirl said...

@tamara - it was definitely a good fun girly movie, but it was nothing I wasn't expecting ...

@bb - yeah, it's sad (and scary) that the area around the JAG has deteriorated so much!

These attacks seem to be really affecting everyone. Sheesh. Hopefully there's good news ahead :)

Jarred said...

I find one thing very suspicious about this post: the notion that Doppio Zero makes delicious breakfasts. Are you sure this really happened?

phillygirl said...

@jarred - yes, quite sure. I love their Eggs Napoli, I have it every time :)

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