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City in the Sex

Kate Millet Forgiven, Roth Relieved

Azila Reisenberger Off-the-Wall Monday 24th August 8pm

Azila
Azila Reisenberger is Off-the-Wall Monday 24th August 8pm at a Touch of Madness, 12 Nuttall Road, Obz

Bring a poem to share, if you dare.

Writers of the World Unite your graffiti.

To: The City of Cape Town

The new, proposed graffiti by-law criminalizes all forms of public art and violates our personal right to freedom of expression on private property. It makes no distinction between vandalism and public art that is done with the permission of the owner of the property.

The by-law will soon be presented for public discussion and these are the two main issues that we feel need to be addressed:

1. The definition of ‘graffiti’ under the by-law is too broad. It classifies ‘graffiti’ as any inscription, word, figure, letter, sign, symbol, sketch, picture or drawing. There should be a clear differentiation between ‘graffiti vandalism’ [e.g. gang tags, scratchings] and public art that is done with permission from the owner [murals, colourful characters and positive, inspiring messages].

2. The by- law removes the legal right of the private property owner to paint anything other than a house number on his/her wall. We strongly believe that the private property owner should maintain the right to determine what to paint on to his/her property without permission from the City.

We, the undersigned, urge the City of Cape Town to amend this by-law to become a more inclusive one and thus limit the damage it can potentially do to the creative growth of our city.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Off-the-Wall comes to Kommetjie

Off-the-Wall poetry Mondays at A Touch of Madness, Obz continue as always, hosted by Karin Schimke and me.

From this Monday (6 July) a new monthly OTW gig launches at Espresso.Kom, Kommetjie. The opening Featured Poet is Finuala Dowling. The gig starts at the usual time, 8pm, and after the break, the Open Mike follows as standard.

I hope you will join us as often as possible.

Love,
Hugh

Finuala Dowling is off the wall at a touch of madness tonight at 8pm

Last chance this year to hear poetry at a touch of madness so don’t miss Finuala tonight. It’ll be a full house, so get there early if you want your bum on a seat.

First gig next year is on 5 January.

Wendy Woodward & Chris Wildman are off the wall at a touch of madness tonight at 8pm

Love, Hades and other animals, the words, the music. Come here, hear Wendy’s words of wisdom accompanied by Chris’ music always off the wall at A Touch of Madness, 12 Nuttall Road, Obz at 8pm every Monday.

Lee-Anne Davids is off the wall at a touch of madness tonight at 8pm

Come here, hear Lee-Anne’s words and wisdom at A Touch of Madness, 12 Nuttall Road, Obz tonight at 8pm

Mary Magdalene Tal is off the wall at a touch of madness tonight at 8pm

Come here, hear Mary’s words and wisdom tonight – 8pm Touch of Madness, 12 Nuttall Road, Obz. Open Mike to test your best.

Hilary Maraney is off the wall at a touch of madness tonight at 8pm

Come, listen, hear Hilary (who wrote “I married my Mother”) tonight share her words and wisdom.

Karin Schimke is off the wall at a touch of madness tonight at 8pm

Come here, hear Karin’s voice and voices tonight at 12 Nuttall Road, Obz. 8pm. Bring your heart and a poem for the open mike.