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iThemba walkathon x Miss Pretorius {WIN}

If you’re a human being in South Africa, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about iThemba walkathon. iThemba is a Zulu word meaning hope and that’s exactly what this walkathon aim to achieve, hope that we’ll find a cure but also to lend support and create awareness around breast cancer, a disease that will strike 1 in 29 South African women in their lifetime. To date Avon Justine has raised in excess of R7 Million through the sale of special “pink ribbon” products for breast cancer education, awareness and screening in South Africa.

Most people are under the misconception that breast cancer only affects women but you’re wrong. Men, as the spouse, son or relative to someone, suffers just as much and this is a chance for you to get involved. You’re in the unique position to detect changes in the breasts of their spouses, changes they might not notice or be too afraid to acknowledge. Early detection saves lives and that’s not just a slogan! Up to 30% of breast cancer related deaths could be alleviated through early detection and more than 90% of women will survive the disease when detected early. Men, play your part and join in the crusade against breast cancer, join the walkathon and show your support to those affected.

 

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Avon has introduced the #PoutForAPurpose challenge to raise awareness for breast cancer and women of all ages are welcome to participate. In this age of selfies, what better way to raise awareness for a disease which can have such devastating emotional and physical effects on women than to let them express their beauty? All you have to do is choose your favourite Avon lipstick colour, challenge your family, friends and colleagues to see who can post the best pout picture using the hashtag #PoutForAPurpose. Do it to raise awareness for breast cancer and to remind all women that breast cancer can be conquered through early detection. You’d be able to do it on the day of the walkathon with 35000 other participants. You can also get involved with #PinkFridays. It’s a campaign urging all South Africans to embrace the colour pink in October –breast cancer awareness month. Whether you’re male or female just wear a pink t-shirt, full outfit, wig or pink mask, every Friday during the month of October and post this on social media with the hashtag #PinkFriday in support of the cause.

 

Registrations are open on www.ithembawalkathon.co.za with tickets costing R135 for adults and R90 for children between two and twelve. A record 35 000 participants are expected at this year’s edition of the event.

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COMPETITION

If you’d like to attend this amazing event on 22 October 2017 at Marks Park with yours truly, here’s what you have to do. Participate in either #PoutForAPurpose or #PinkFridays, use the correct hashtags (#MissPretorius as well) and you could win.

Prizes up for grabs are:

2x double tickets to attend iThemba walkathon ( 2winners)

4x Avon goodie hampers worth R500 each (4 winners)

The rules are quite easy; use the correct hashtags and be able to attend the event, if not do specify that you’d only like to be in the running to win one of the hampers. Only South African residents qualify and competition ends on 18 October 2017.

Punked Breast Cancer Awareness {WIN}

Cancer is one of the most dreaded words around, even more feared than death. It’s something that no one would like to think, let alone talk about. Why did I decide to broach this subject today? Honestly, I don’t know, or maybe I do. My father died of pancreatic cancer, so the gene is there…unlike him. My grandfather (mom’s side) died of lung cancer so there’s that as well. I guess it’s safe to say that my fear has merit, that the heart stopping moments I have when I feel a lump or see a weird mole is justified. My CEO is a cancer survivor, I’ve seen pictures of him when he went through chemotherapy and it’s still haunting me. I’d like to ask him about the experience, how he remained strong etc. but I’m too scared. I’m afraid if I say or ask about it out loud, it will happen,this blog post counts as saying it by the way, but I’ve decided to move past that fear and just put it out there.

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My sister is a breast cancer survivor. Yes, I do have siblings from my father’s side but I’ve only  met her thus far and she’s amazing. She’s also much older than I am and we have nothing in common so I absolutely suck at keeping in contact. A message from her is what prompted this post as, until recently, she was declared cancer-free. She told me that she found a lump in her right breast, which with her history is definitely not something to ignore. Waiting lists at Tygerberg Hospital (the only public hospital in Cape Town where she can do a biopsy) is a mile long and private hospitals charge 40K, which is not an amount she has just lying around. I told her to come here, Helen Joseph has a breast clinic on the 1st Tuesday of every month and it’s free and would save her the wait and money. I don’t know if she’ll come as we don’t know each other that well but I do hope she will.

October is breast cancer awareness month and I’d like to know from you, my readers if you do regular checks, male and female. I do self-inspection but never went for a mammogram before and I know it’s long overdue. How do you support someone suffering from the big C? How are you there for them without being intrusive? Without constantly having a look of pity in your eyes when looking at them or thinking about the future? A perfect example of a good support system was, obviously fictional, but I admired the way Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte supported Samantha when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in Sex and the City. Even Smith, her then boyfriend was absolutely amazing through the whole ordeal and yes, I know it was scripted and they’re all actors but that looked like the kind of support I would need, if you know, it ever comes to that.

My competition for this month, with the price being a pink hair dye hamper from my favourite place, Punked  would be for you to tell me what kind of support you would need or provide if you were ever in a situation like that, God forbid. The situation of course is if a loved one or yourself were diagnosed with breast cancer, knock on wood. I know this is really hectic for a competition but I do feel it’s something we all need to think about, if we’re not already and what better time to do it than breast cancer awareness month (which this competition will stretch into)?

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The colours you may choose from is Pastel Pink, Dark Pink or Light Pink UV Glow, which is really cool. Only entries for South African residence will be accepted, unfortunately and winners will be announced Friday the 13th (October). Tag and like Punked on Facebook and use #MissPretorius #Punked #BreastCancerAwareness for me to track your entries.

Have a look at my previous posts featuring Punked here and here for more information about their products.

#TheWhaleCaller {WIN}

If you’re a South African and you don’t know who Sello Maake ka-Ncube, well I have two words to say to you, in my best Somizi voice, “Ooh shem!” From his Archie Moroka days on Generations to playing a gay man in The Queen, he’s done it all and is still one of the best actors our country has produced. He’s starring in a new movie called “The Wale Caller“, based on the fifth novel written by South African writer Zakes Mda, who is currently a professor at Ohio University.

The synopsis is as follows:

It is an enchanting, romantic comedy of sorts, told through lyrical and magical storytelling. The film is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Hermanus, on the West Coast of South Africa. The story follows The Whale Caller (Sello Maake ka-Ncube), a man who has long turned his back on humanity. It’s a heart -warming tale about his journey from misanthropic alienation to human connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni (Amrain Ismail-Essop), the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur, and Sharisha, a southern right whale.

About Zakes Mda and the book:
The Whale Caller, Zakes Mda’s fifth novel, is his most enchanting and accessible book in which the changing face of post-apartheid South Africa is revealed through prodigious, lyrical storytelling. As the novel opens, the seaside village of Hermanus, on the country’s west coast, is overrun with whale watchers-foreign tourists wearing floral shirts and toting expensive binoculars, determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, The Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he calls Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, The Whale Caller frets like a jealous lover-oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him.

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About Zola Maseko:
The film’s director, Zola Maseko was born in exile in 1967. Educated in Swaziland and Tanzania, he joined Umkhonto We Sizwe, the armed sector of the African National Congress, in 1987. After moving to the United Kingdom, he graduated from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in 1994. Maseko’s first film was the documentary Dear Sunshine, released in 1992. He fought apartheid in several countries. He moved to South Africa in 1994 and wrote The Foreigner, a short fiction film about xenophobia in this country. In 1998 Zola Maseko directed The Life and Times of Sara Baartman. Other short films by Maseko include The Return of Sara Baartman (2003), Children of the Revolution (2002), and A Drink in the Passage (2002). The latter won the Special Jury Award at FESPACO. His first feature film was Drum, released in 2004. The film received the top prize at FESPACO, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

The Whale Caller was produced by award-winning film and media production company, Black Roots Pictures in association with The National Film and Video Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry, The Industrial Development Corporation, Gauteng Film Commission and the Department of Arts and Culture.

The Whale Caller has already won Best African Film at the Jo’burg Film Festival!

The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 13 October, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

Trailer:

 

WIN

If you reside close to Eastgate or are able to get there, this competition is for you! You stand to win the chance to attend the premiere of The Whale Caller and see the film before it’s being released in cinemas. It will be on 27 September 2017 at 18h30 for 19h00 and the dress code is smart casual. All you have to do is share this blog post either via my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tell me who the lead actor is and use #TheWhaleCaller and #MissPretorius, easy as that. You don’t necessarily have to follow me on these platforms but I’ll appreciate it if you do.

#MyDayWithTranquini

I’ve never done yoga in my life. Well, that statement was true until this past Saturday when I spend the day with Tranquini at The Yoga Republic  and I can safely say that I’d like to do it again. Prior to this event, I didn’t know what HOT26 yoga was and didn’t think the “hot” referred to an actual “sauna-like” room. We arrived a bit early and I was really impressed with the tranquility of the venue, it immediately made me feel relaxed, which I haven’t felt in a really long time.

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About the venue:

According to their website, they started off as a Bikram only yoga studio but decided to expand and now offers all types of yoga. Their dream was to create “an earth, animal and people friendly space where people can come to connect with themselves, and breathe happy” and I feel that they’ve achieved that. The studio is a natural and Eco friendly building with hot yoga as one of their main drawing cards.

About Tranquini:

Tranquini is a relaxation drink that helps you get on with your day in a positive way. It’s described as “the perfect fit for people who are increasingly prioritising mindfulness and a more actively relaxed life“. It’s the new way to relax with the stress of today’s life such as juggling too much, daily traffic, five-star performance requirements and taking work stress home with you. It contains a natural herbal blend that helps you relax and refocus. It’s preservative-free, has reduced sugar and calories and made with natural flavours and colours. It’s currently available in 4 unique, natural flavours namely Mixed Berries, Green Tea Twist, Ginger Lemon grass and Hops and Malted Barley. It increases focus, reduces stress and anxiety, enhances mood and does not cause drowsiness.

 

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About HOT26 Bikram yoga:

According to Wikipedia, HOT26 Bikram yoga is, “Bikram Yoga is a hot yoga style, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 35–42 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40%.” 

At The Yoga Republic “the room is designed to contain the generated 38°C heat for up to 72 hours. During a hot yoga session ample fresh air is provided with approximately 60% humidity. This makes for a perfectly balanced hot yoga experience.”

I went in to check out the room before we started and I didn’t think I’d survive. As a girl from Oudtshoorn, where the maximum temperatures reach around 45°C I should be able to handle it, right? Well I did, not without any difficulties, but I survived and felt really rejuvenated. Our instructor, Claire Lane was amazing and took into consideration that it was a first for most of us and talked us through the whole process and constantly praised us for being, in her words “amazing“. We were doing the beginning series which run for about 60 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. She constantly told us what areas the various poses are targeting and why we would experience discomfort when doing certain poses. I was sweating like a pig, seriously but as soon as we left the room I was instantly cooled down and felt amazing. I’ve done poses that I didn’t think I’d be able to and I learned that I struggle with balance a lot, which translate into my personal life as well.

 

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Light snacks were served by Green Heart Health Cafe and it was amazing as it featured lots of fruit, which is my absolute favourite so I was quite happy. There was a wellness prize worth R15000 up for grabs for the best selfie and Mo from Adventures of Bee and Mo was the lucky winner.

I’ve had a really amazing day and I can’t wait to go back for more sessions as we’ve received some vouchers in our goodie boxes. A massive “thank you” to Anastasia for the invite and all the brands that made this day possible.

 

 

The Bounce Back

By: Melissa Pietersen

I love movies. It’s a way to escape the mundane, the ordinary and just lose yourself in the storyline. I try to do the whole movie-in-a-cinema thing at least once a month but with a full time job it’s not that easy so I either watch it on my laptop or do dvds at home. I’ve first heard about Ster Kinekor‘s Girlfriends’ Getaway events when my bestie, Mel attended it in Johannesburg and I really wanted to experience it for myself. When she offered me the opportunity to attend it on her behalf here in Cape Town, I jumped at the opportunity. I was so excited that I didn’t even ask which movie it was but I knew I would love the experience anyway. I couldn’t believe my luck when I eventually found out it was The Bounce Back starring the ever gorgeous and oh so talented Shemar Moore ,who I adored in Diary of a mad black woman and currently drool over in Criminal Minds.

I went to the Cavendish Cine Prestige and the staff were really helpful and assisted me immediately. I took my future sister-in-law with as well as my brother (he was our ride haha) What was different about this movie experience were hand and neck massages from Smooth Mobile in the cinema foyer and a delicious welcome drink from Amarula, which I had to decline because I took a bucketload of flu medication earlier that day. At 8 we entered the cinema and boy was I ready for this movie. It was my first Cine Prestige experience and I have to ask: Is it wrong to say that this is how I want to watch movies going forward? I mean the seats made me feel like I was at home, chilling in a lazy boy whilst watching one of everyday man crushes on the screen, bliss. The story line is as follow:

Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore), a father, author, and relationship expert is on a book tour promoting his new best-selling book, The Bounce Back. He has everything figured out until he meets the acerbic Kristin Peralta (Nadine Velazquez), a talk show circuit therapist who is convinced that he is nothing but a charlatan. Matthew’s life is turned upside down when he inadvertently falls for Kristin and has to face the painful truth of his past relationship.

I personally enjoy romantic comedies. This movie gives us the a point of view from a man and how he sees or believe love to be and moving forward after a heartbreak. Matthew is on a book tour promoting his book when he meets Kristen, who is a therapist. She believes the complete opposite and calls him out on it. Kristen can’t move on from the ex boyfriend who broke her heart many years back ,whereas Matthew is a divorced bachelor and father who, after a while realized that he loved his ex wife more than she loved him. He has a daughter who is also experiencing her own young love problem. Moore and Nadine shows us in this movie that opposites attract after numerous debates/arguments. I think Terry, played by Bill Bellamy, brings some good laughs into the movie and makes it overall a good romantic comedy.

 

I had a really great experience and would definitely recommend this movie. I’d love to attend more Girlfriends’ Getaway events and will rope my friends in to go with me.

{Press Release} John Legend Darkness and Light Tour

Big Concerts confirmed today that 10-time Grammy Award winner, multi platinum selling artist John Legend will be returning to South Africa with his highly anticipated Darkness and Light Global tour.  

John Legend’s latest album Darkness and Light has been a global smash hit with top 10 singles “Love Me Now” and “Penthouse Floor” featuring Chance the Rapper. The album debuted on the top 20 of the Billboard 200 and was streamed over 12 million times in the first week.

Fans can expect to hear John perform these new singles as well as his smash single “All of Me” from his critically acclaimed fourth studio album ‘LOVE IN THE FUTURE’ which claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart, as well as #1 at four formats of radio: Urban AC, Top 40, Rhythm, & Adult Top 40. The single marks Legend’s highest selling and charting single of his career to date, with sales over 5.5 million worldwide.

Don’t miss the chance to see John Legend perform all your favourite hits live with a full band.

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 Tour Information:

 Johannesburg

Friday 3rd November 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017

Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price: R515 – R1140

Tickets go on sale Friday 25th August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Durban

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Ticket Price:  R375 – R855

Tickets go on sale Friday 25th August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Cape Town

Thursday 9th November 2017

Friday 10 November 2017

Grand West, Grand Arena

Ticket Price:  R515 – R1085

Tickets go on sale Friday 25th August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

Presented by KFM 94.5, 947, East Coast Radio and Channel 24. Another Big Concerts Experience.

 

 

PondsxAyanda

My aim is to achieve longevity in the entertainment space,but more than that,to be highly impactful and leave a mark of talent and passion that will be remembered in the years to come. I want to be remembered for beauty,style,substance and most importantly for embodying a beautiful mind.

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These are the words of the gorgeous Ayanda Thabethe, the latest spokesperson for Ponds SA Perfect Colour Complex. I’ve attended an intimate lunch on Tuesday, hosted by Ponds in her honour, to welcome her to their family. In attendance were bloggers, media and the public, a select few that entered to win tickets via social media. It took place at Tasha’s, Nelson Mandela Square and it turned out to be the perfect venue. Upon entering, you were greeted by pink, black and white balloons, bearing the #PondsxAyanda (hashtag). Tables were decked out in white with Ponds  products used as displays along with white roses. A gorgeous flatlay, consisting of Ayanda’s favourite things such as Ponds goodies, makeup and accessories immediately caught my eye as I walked in. The decor really complimented the overall feeling of the event and immediately made you feel welcome. The idea of the luncheon was for girls/women to celebrate each other as it’s a rare occasion when it shouldn’t be.

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First up we heard from Sphelele Mjadu from Unilever who welcomed and took us through the collaboration between Ayanda and Pond’s. Devashni Ganess explained how Pond’s Perfect Colour Complex was developed to combat the effects harmful UV radiation, pollution and the overall environment has on South African women’s skin. Pond’s manifesto is to take care of the needs of South African women and this range aim to fight not 1 but 10 dark mark problems. As someone who suffers from pigmentation I was happy to hear that this range doesn’t just even out your skin tone but also provide radiance. The decision to appoint Ayanda as the brand ambassador was a natural fit. With her background in marketing she’s not just a pretty face but a powerhouse that need to reckoned with. Not only does she have a beautiful exterior but also radiates inner strength.

Ayanda took the stage and took us through the day Pond’s recognised her as a model and saw something in her that would allow her to grow with them. Her reason for wanting to be the face of Pond’s was simple: Everyone has a story with Pond’s, whether you saw your friends or family using it, you were aware of the brand’s existence and it’s an integral part of South Africa’s beauty history and heritage. The fact that Pond’s are constantly improving their products lives up to their manifesto. The advert was shot 2 years in Thailand and it was really difficult for her to keep mum as she wanted to share it with her support system i.e. her fans but wasn’t allowed to. She highlighted the importance of a good skin care regime and using a brand that understands you. Beauty is not external, it’s what stays in your mind and heart and radiates off you as it makes others comfortable around you. That sure is true as far as Ayanda is concerned as she radiates joy and her inner beauty shines through.

Here’s the advert:

 

The food was absolutely divine with a dessert table for those with a sweet tooth. We were treated to goodie bags that contained the Anti-Marks face cream for 3 different skin types, a face wash, memory stick and bracelet with rose gold details and Swarovski crystals. It was a wonderful lunch and such an amazing idea at that, as well as an amazing opportunity to see a fit as perfect as that of Ayanda and Pond’s.

Pictures obtained from Pond’s social media platforms

 

The Legends of R&B {Press Release}

Big Concerts has confirmed The Legends of R&B, will be returning to South Africa in December 2017 featuring Brian McKnight and Brandy.

 

As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 17 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a talented and charismatic personality who has hosted “Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight” on BETJ. In addition, “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” on KTWV the Wave Smooth Jazz radio station, was a Top 5 rated show 2 years running. McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra! In 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Now to mark his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, McKnight will debut his 18th album, Genesis, on August 25, 2017, which will be released worldwide through SRG | SONOS Recording Group and will feature the hit single “Forever.” As the lead single from Genesis, “Forever” quickly hit the Top 20 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and continues to surge up the Adult R&B (Urban AC) radio charts all over the country.

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Brandy has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide (including the 5x-platinum selling Never Say Never) and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 – “Never Say Never,” 2002 – “Full Moon,” 2004- “Afrodisiac,” 2008 – “Human,” and 2012 -“Two Eleven.” Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and three BMI Awards. At the top of 2016, Brandy released Beggin & Pleadin, a bluesy trap-soul melody that was greeted with much admiration. There is more to come as Brandy works towards recording her seventh studio album.

 

 

Tour Information:

 

Pretoria

Saturday 9 December 2017

Sun Arena, Time Square

Ticket Price: R480 – R945

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Johannesburg

Sunday 10 December 2017

Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price:  R480 – R1000

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Cape Town

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price:  R480 – R945

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Durban

Thursday 14 December 2017

Durban ICC

Ticket Price:  R425 – R845

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

 

Presented by East Coast Radio, 947, Kfm 94.5, Channel 24 and Mzansi Magic. Another Big Concerts Experience.

 

Press Release supplied

La Bohème

This was my first opera experience and I was in tears at the end. La Bohème is dubbed “the world’s most romantic opera” and rightfully so. It has the right amount of drama,humour and of course love to keep you intrigued throughout all four acts.

The scene is Paris, around 1830 and tells the story of four friends, Marcello (Solly Motaung), Rodolfo (Phenye Modiane), Colline (Vuyani Mlinde) and Schaunard (Chuma Sijeqa) who we get to know in act 1.

Act 1

This plays off in their attic or garret.

Marcello is painting while Rodolfo gazes out of the window. They complain of the cold and in order to keep warm, they burn the manuscript of Rodolfo’s drama. Colline, the philosopher, enters shivering and disgruntled. Schaunard, the musician of the group, arrives with food, wine and cigars. He explains the source of his riches: a job with an eccentric English gentleman, who ordered him to play his violin to a parrot until it died. Schaunard tells them they must save the food for the days ahead: tonight they will all celebrate his good fortune by dining at Cafe Momus, and he will pay. The friends are interrupted by Benoît, the landlord, who arrives to collect the rent. They flatter him and ply him with wine. In his drunkenness, he begins to boast of his amorous adventures, but when he also reveals that he is married, they thrust him from the room—without the rent payment—in comic moral indignation. The rent money is divided for their evening out in the Quartier Latin.
Marcello, Schaunard and Colline go out, but Rodolfo remains alone for a moment in order to finish an article he is writing, promising to join them soon. There is a knock on the door and it is a girl who lives in another room in the building. Her candle has blown out, and she has no matches; she asks Rodolfo to light it. She is briefly overcome with faintness, and Rodolfo helps her to a chair and offers her a glass of wine. As she turns to leave, she realizes that she has lost her key. Her candle goes out in the draught and Rodolfo’s candle goes out too; the pair stumble in the dark. Rodolfo, eager to spend time with the girl, to whom he is already attracted, finds the key and pockets it, feigning innocence. He takes her cold hand and tells her of his life as a poet, then asks her to tell him more about her life. The girl says her name is Mimì and describes her  life as an embroiderer. Impatiently, the waiting friends call Rodolfo. Rodolfo suggests remaining at home with Mimì, but she decides to accompany him to the Cafe Momus. As they leave, they sing of their newfound love.

Act 2

A great crowd, including children, has gathered with street sellers announcing their wares. The friends arrive; Rodolfo buys Mimì a bonnet from a vendor, while Colline buys a coat and Schaunard a horn. Parisians gossip with friends and bargain with the vendors; the children of the streets clamor to see the wares of Parpignol, the toy seller. The friends enter the Cafe Momus.

As the men and Mimì dine at the cafe, Musetta, formerly Marcello’s sweetheart, arrives with her rich (and elderly) government minister admirer, Alcindoro, whom she is tormenting. It is clear she has tired of him. To the delight of the Parisians and the embarrassment of her patron, she sings a risqué song, hoping to reclaim Marcello’s attention. The ploy works; at the same time, Mimì recognizes that Musetta truly loves Marcello. To be rid of Alcindoro for a bit, Musetta pretends to be suffering from a tight shoe and sends him to the shoemaker to get her shoe mended. Alcindoro leaves, and Musetta and Marcello fall rapturously into each other’s arms.

The friends are presented with their bill. Schaunard’s purse has gone missing and no one else has enough money to pay. The sly Musetta has the entire bill charged to Alcindoro. The sound of a military band is heard, and the friends leave. Alcindoro returns with the repaired shoe seeking Musetta. The waiter hands him the bill and, dumbfounded, Alcindoro sinks into a chair.

Act 3

Peddlers pass through the barriers and enter the city. Mimì appears, coughing violently. She tries to find Marcello, who is currently living in a little tavern where he paints signs for the innkeeper. She tells him of her hard life with Rodolfo, who abandoned her the night before, and of Rodolfo’s terrible jealousy. Marcello tells her that Rodolfo is asleep inside, and expresses concern about Mimì’s cough. Rodolfo wakes up and comes out looking for Marcello. Mimì hides and overhears Rodolfo first telling Marcello that he left Mimì because of her coquettishness, but finally confessing that his jealousy is a sham: he fears she is slowly being consumed by a deadly illness (most likely tuberculosis, known by the catchall name “consumption” in the nineteenth century). Rodolfo, in his poverty, can do little to help Mimì and hopes that his pretended unkindness will inspire her to seek another, wealthier suitor.
Out of kindness towards Mimì, Marcello tries to silence him, but she has already heard all. Her weeping and coughing reveal her presence, and Rodolfo hurries to her. Musetta’s laughter is heard and Marcello goes to find out what has happened. Mimì tells Rodolfo that she is leaving him, and asks that they separate amicably but their love for one another is too strong for the pair to part. As a compromise, they agree to remain together until the spring, when the world is coming to life again and no one feels truly alone. Meanwhile, Marcello has found Musetta, and the couple quarrel fiercely about Musetta’s flirtatiousness: an antithetical counterpoint to the other pair’s reconciliation.

Act 4

Marcello and Rodolfo are trying to work, though they are primarily talking about their girlfriends, who have left them and found wealthy lovers. Rodolfo has seen Musetta in a fine carriage and Marcello has seen Mimì dressed like a queen. The men both express their nostalgia. Schaunard and Colline arrive with a very frugal dinner and all parody eating a plentiful banquet, dance together and sing, before Schaunard and Colline engage in a mock duel.

Musetta suddenly appears; Mimì, who took up with a wealthy viscount after leaving Rodolfo in the spring, has left her patron. Musetta found her that day in the street, severely weakened by her illness, and Mimì begged Musetta to bring her to Rodolfo. Mimì, haggard and pale, is assisted onto a bed. Briefly, she feels as though she is recovering. Musetta and Marcello leave to sell Musetta’s earrings in order to buy medicine, and Colline leaves to pawn his overcoat. Schaunard leaves with Colline to give Mimì and Rodolfo some time together. Mimì tells Rodolfo that her love for him is her whole life.

To Mimì’s delight, Rodolfo presents her with the pink bonnet he bought her, which he has kept as a souvenir of their love. They remember past happiness and their first meeting—the candles, the lost key. Suddenly, Mimì is overwhelmed by a coughing fit. The others return, with a gift of a muff to warm Mimì’s hands and some medicine. Mimì gently thanks Rodolfo for the muff, which she believes is a present from him, reassures him that she is better and falls asleep. Musetta prays. Schaunard discovers that Mimì has died. Rodolfo rushes to the bed, calling Mimì’s name in anguish, weeping helplessly as the curtain falls.

La Bohème is composed by Giacomo Puccini, with the libretto written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

Performances of La Bohème will take place on:

Tuesday 18 July at 20:00

Thursday, 20 July at 20:00

Saturday, 22 July at 20:00

Sunday, 23 July at 15:00

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