Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

Daily Prompt: If You Leave by Krista

The above prompt sort of reminds me of the song ‘ Wild World’ By Maxi Priest,where the subject of the song has already made up her mind to leave and not wanting to hold her back the singer can do nothing but wish her lots of luck in the wild world that she is about to venture into.

This weekend, Indoor activities are a safe bet, what with the showers (and the promise of more to come later) that we are having at the moment. We have therefore compiled a list of five fun (artsy) activities that you can delve into this weekend.

African Beauty

african-beauty-1I remember having stated in a previous piece, that if we began talking about a woman, we could never quite exhaust what or who she is even if we were to settle on one particular form of art to express to the world who it is that we think a woman is. As if to ascertain that point, Mary Ogembo will this weekend be exhibiting her newest work in an exhibition dubbed ‘African Beauty’.

The exhibition is inspired by the beauty and daily activities of the African woman. The paintings capture the naivety, simplicity and depth of Africa and her women.  Mary’s work overlooks the negative stereotype placed upon African women.

This artist’s paintings have been collected by the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, The Standard Chartered Bank UK and Casoria Museum in Naples Italy. With such credit in her profession, I am now sure that at least some of you are interested to go see what her work is all about to have made it possible for her to garner such accolades.

African Beauty will be exhibited at the Karen Golf and Country club as from tomorrow until the 26th of March. For more information about the exhibition contact 0733606950

Silence is a woman

Silence is a womanThey say silence means consent…but does it really? From this writer’s point of view, I will stand my ground and say that the saying is not applicable in all situations. We have all been in situations in which we feel as if we are being strangulated because we just do not know how to express ourselves or put across a point that we feel so strongly about.

Silence of a woman is an exploration of the countless spaces and faces of silence in the life of writer and poet Sitawa Namwalie. It explores the many ways in which our silence imprisons us and makes us accomplices in our own alienation. Sitawa will seek to inform, educate and make us question this subject.

The show will be held on the 15th of March at Shifteye Gallery which is located at the Priory Place, Argwing Kodhek road in Kilimani. It starts at 7:30 p.m and the doors will be closed at 7:45 p.m.Tickets are retailing at Kshs. 2,000 and can be found at Kiko Romeo in Yaya Centre, Shifteye Gallery and the info desk at Sarit Centre.

For more information, booking or Mpesa, call +254 702 024 848 or emailsitawa.namwalie@gmail.com

Kiss your Ex?

kiss-your-ex-flyerEye grabbing title right? If it was a novel, it would probably be the first book that I grabbed off the shelf so that I could do a quick read of the back cover to see if the book was worth buying. If the book’s overview was as interesting as the plot line of this play, then it would definitely be a keeper.

Kiss your Ex is a Friends Ensemble production that tells a tale of an ex couple who meet and reminisce over their past experience, opening old wounds and catching up on all they have missed. They go over their first meeting, their love for each other, their marriages and children .

This has the ring of those RnB songs, where there is regret and a lot of ‘what ifs’ wouldn’t you say? It not only has ‘that ring’ but promises to have you thinking about your life and that of those you left behind and those present in it now. Catch this play on Friday at 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 3:00, 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.  and Sunday 3:00 & 6:00 p.m at the Alliance Francaise Auditorium. Tickets will be going for Kshs. 500

For more information and to buy your tickets, contact 0720 861 236 or send an email by clicking here.

Value

ValueWhat  IS Value?

If you were told to define it from your own point of view using any media to express yourself, would you ‘sell’ us your worldview of what value means to you?

Well Tahir Carl has done just that .In this exhibition, Tahir Carl ,makes use of photography to present a series of provocative images to communicate and express his understanding of Value. Tahir, who is a renowned photographer, uses the male sex worker as his subject. The exhibition is not simply a display of those in the sex industry, but an active force in articulating, shaping and contesting the meaning of Value in the public sphere.

The exhibition will be held at Kuona Trust on the 15th of March and entry to the viewing is free of charge. If you would like more information on the event you can send an email to info@kuonatrust.org or you can call +254 721 262 326

Where Books go to Die

where-books-go-to-dieI have heard (and sang) a song that basically states that only music shall live when all other things perish from under the sky. I remember thinking the first time I heard the song, that surely that couldn’t be the case; I mean books too would survive, right? There are so many types and genres of books out in the world published in the million and the thought that a book would ever ‘die’ or ‘perish’ was just…well ludicrous.

Farcical as the whole Idea might have been to me those many years ago, when I first had the thought, Jackie Karuti has come up with an exhibition that seeks to back up the fact that only music shall live once all else perishes from under the sky. Jackie Karuti is a visual artist working in the fields of painting performance art and installation. Her paintings depict a world of opposites set within a black and yellow palette

WHERE BOOKS GO TO DIE is an exhibition that replicates a library scene set in a dystopia world inspired by the four elements ( Earth, Air, Fire and Water). The symbolism of the elements is translated into a series of smaller installations that depict the state of most libraries as seen in Nairobi as well as in most parts of the world. These four elements are believed to be the forces that govern existence for they hold immense power to not only build but also destroy.

Catch this exhibition at the Goethe Institut for the remainder of March, all the way to 11th April.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
William Blake

To all of you,which ever way you choose to spend your weekend, The Mvuli Hotels wishes you an artsy weekend and if the weather gets too chilly, be sure to drop in to one of our Hotels for a mug of warm Cocoa.

Written by Maureen Mwangi, a Mvuli Hotels staff member

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