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Insider outsider

By Siobhan Cassidy / 4th September 2013 / 0 Comments

Some of us hit the ground running; others don’t. There are those who get it immediately. They skip off on a joyous journey, getting totally lost as they explore layers and layers of meaning. Others – like the poor and the unemployed in wealthy societies – are left outside …  surrounded by questions, they writhe […]

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Banks at Baxter

By Siobhan Cassidy / 2nd August 2013 / 0 Comments

You may usually feel kinda smug that you are not upstairs in what is sometimes known as the cheap seats (“the waiting” room – as Mark Banks calls it), but you want to be careful about sitting in the front row with that particular smugness displayed. Mark Banks is gonna stretch out a big, playful […]

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Sadako winner over the moon

By Siobhan Cassidy / 24th July 2013 / 1 Comment

Ferial Essa has more than one reason to welcome the sighting of the new moon that will mark the end of Ramadan. She will be taking a friend to see Sadako, the “exquisite” Bunraku puppet show at the Baxter. The UCT graduate’s name was drawn out of a hat and the 22-year-old who “loves food […]

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Umntu Ngumntu Ngabantu!

By Siobhan Cassidy / 19th July 2013 / 1 Comment

Fresh from 67 minutes in the knitting circle (a bunch of shamelessly competitive backstabbers) we considered the great conundrum, Who won? What was the big success of 67 minutes at 9Needs? We mulled this question as we cleaned up the kitchen, which Michelle had Jackson Pollocked with pancake batter (the recipe for which will soon […]

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Mandela Day!

By Siobhan Cassidy / 18th July 2013 / 0 Comments

Nice ‘pot’ huh? Come down to 9Needs Studio today at lunchtime and the potter Carlos Orte, aka Curley the Spanish guy, will show you how to make a ‘pot’ that would make Picasso proud. Or you could learn a little Xhosa or even some Spanish, take a painting class, be a nude model for a […]

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Rolling with Rolihlahla

By Siobhan Cassidy / 16th July 2013 / 8 Comments

  If we were a shopping centre I think we would have our first anchor tenant! Meridian Nolithemba Berndt – traditional healer, herbalist and ritual facilitator – will be ours … even if only for 67 minutes (from 1.30pm) at 9Needs studio in Woodstock on Madiba Day, Thursday July 18. Meridian will be giving an […]

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Blankets drive catches fire after dodging bullet

By Siobhan Cassidy / 12th June 2013 / 3 Comments

Call Off The Search’s blankets for cupcakes drive is back on track after dodging a bullet earlier in the week. A spokeswoman for the site, who declined to be named, said an international call for assistance combined with a fall in the rand had helped get the drive to spread a little warmth and cheer […]

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9 Needs

By Siobhan Cassidy / 28th August 2012 / 1 Comment

A beginning without an ending My needs: Beginnings, bread, wine, cheese, endings. When I went down to 9 Needs Studio’s first Indie Movie Night it was a beginning, there was wine and something like bread and cheese, but there was no ending. I can’t help thinking that this beginning without an ending was part of the […]

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