Post Tagged with: "South Africa"

1May
2011

Shot of the Week

Three men work on a car in the outskirts of Soweto, a township in the southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2006. –Tara

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12Dec
2010

Shot of the Week

Walking on the streets in Johannesburg, South Africa, mothers commonly carry one of their youngest children on their backs by wrapping towels around their waists, like this one supporting a baby in a little pink hat. –Tara for TKGO

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2Sep
2010

Becoming Mowgli

The wild is not just reserved for Rudyard Kipling characters. Anyone who has the vacation days can move up from Disney cartoons to the real thing! First step: Choose your adventure. South Africa’s bushveld was a natural choice for me because of my father’s background. (He was born there and did not move to the States until after graduate school.) However, you may want to explore other areas of Africa, like Botswana, Kenya or Zimbabwe. Keep an eye on the […]

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1Aug
2010

Shot of the Week

Kids play outside a sangoma’s office in Johannesburg, South Africa, where “traditional” methods for healing the sick include prayer and candle lighting. I took this photo in December of 2004 from a highway overpass. Behind me, on the other side of the overpass, is Baragwanath Hospital, which claims to be the largest acute hospital in the world and the only public one servicing 3.5 million people living in the township of Soweto. Ironic? –Tara for TKGO

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7Jun
2010

Countdown to the World Cup 2010: Four Days

The World Cup isn’t all that happens in Cape Town. Tune into the first matches this Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m. (CT) South Africa v. Mexico, and at 1:30 p.m. (CT) Uruguay v. France. Matches take place all over the country, but Cape Town is enough to entertain. Still not satisfied? Fill your house with the smell of Cape Town by making the Kalmanson family bobotie recipe. The traditional meat pie was invented by the Cape Malays. –Tara for TKGO

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26Apr
2010

Bobotie: South African Meat Pie

Unlike my dad’s secret Monster Burger recipe (which he won’t even send me via email because “the Internet is too easily hacked”), my mom’s updated South African bobotie recipe is one to share. My dad is South African. My mom is a Wisconsinite. When she wanted to surprise him one night, she picked a recipe from South African Gourmet Food and Wine by Myrna Rosen and Leslie Loon, a cookbook my dad’s mother (South African to the core) swears by. […]

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2Mar
2010

Akram Khan and Cross-Cultural Dance

Akram Khan’s bahok came to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Stage this past weekend, and since Karina works at the MCA we were able to secure tickets to the show before the rush. We were eager to attend; Karina had been hearing all of the (well-deserved) hype at work, and Tara is taking a Cultural Studies of Dance class at Northwestern and learning how to talk about dance, the issue of what’s an “authentic” cultural representation and how a message is communicated to an audience. But even if we had just wandered into the show, we’re certain we would have been just as riveted throughout the entire entertaining and thought-provoking 75-minute show.

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