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Toggle a Div’s Visibility with jQuery CodeUnit 18 JAN 2011

To toggle an element in terms of visibility, like a DIV for example, is pretty easy with jQuery and its ultra nifty toggle() function.

First, simply declare the div you wish to hide and show, give it an ID and if you want, set the initial display by using a style attribute like display: none;

Then, create a toggle controller element which you will use for the user to click on in order to trigger the DIV display/hide action. Again, this needs a ID attribute at most:

<p style="cursor:pointer" id="togglecontrol">(Show/Hide)</p>
<div style="display:none;" id="toggle">Toggle Me!</div>

Finally, put it all together with some jQuery code:

    $(document).ready(function(){
        $('#togglecontrol').click(function(){
            $('#toggle').toggle();
        });
    });

So now clicking on the toggle control element will run the toggle() function against the DIV, basically showing and hiding it at will!

Nifty.

Shaolin Monks: Wheel of Life in Cape Town – Cancelled! General Nonsense 18 FEB 2010

Crap nuts. Thanks to Chantelle’s sharp eye, I’ve just been informed that the one show I was really, really looking forward to seeing has gone and cancelled the Cape Town leg of its run.

This is kind of what happened to the Cape Town leg of the gig...

In case you’re not quite up to speed, I reported a little while back that the fabulous Shaolin Monks: Wheel of Life extravaganza was coming back to South Africa and just how eager I was to see it here at GrandWest Casino.

However, it now appears that the Cape Town leg has been cancelled (which you can verify by trying to book via Computicket), leaving a very disappointed Craig in its wake.

Oh well, I guess the rest of the country will just have to enjoy these fabulous martial arts exploits on the behalf of the rest of us! :(

Taken directly from Computicket’s official press release, this is what you remaining lucky buggers can expect:

In March 2010, local audiences will share the astonishment experienced by audiences across the globe as the twenty-member cast perform incredible “superhuman” feats. The astounding skills and agility displayed in the unique Kung Fu style performed only by the Shaolin Monks includes being lifted up on razor-sharp spears, breaking iron bars on their heads and smashing concrete blocks whilst lying between beds of nails and swords. Watch and be amazed.

The Shaolin Monks are the ultimate masters of Kung Fu: Buddhist soldier monks who have refined defensive martial arts over a period of fifteen centuries to a rare and spectacular point of perfection. Wheel of life showcases the near-miraculous feats of physical endurance, which are the outward expressions of an inner peace, harmony and iron will. Imaginative music, combined with high-technology lighting and a stage set that evokes the mysterious world of the East has produced a visual event that is colourful, exciting and dramatic. This combination of explosive power, imaginative theatrics and traditional story telling will produce an event for which there is no parallel.

It is the only show to feature ordained Soldier Monks of the Shaolin Temple and, as such, is the only show authorised by The Venerable Shi De Ying, Fangzhang (first Abbot) of the Temple and supported by the Henan Provincial Government. No other show has had this honour, blessing and approval bestowed upon it.

Brought to South Africa by BIG Concerts International, Shaolin Wheel of Life tells the exciting story of the Shaolin Monks’ early struggle to establish and protect their Temple. The performance is an illustration and celebration of their history, their religion and their tremendous skill. This is a show that combines the rich vocabulary of the Chinese theatre, the traditional iconography of oriental Buddhism and the technical sophistication of the contemporary rock arena. It’s a not to be missed spellbinding Kung Fu spectacular. “We are very excited to bring the Shaolin Monks back to South Africa, particularly after the tremendous success they enjoyed when they last visited. These Monks are highly trained and exceptionally skilled in the art of Kung Fu. Each riveting performance is adrenaline-filled and heart stopping”, says Attie van Wyk, CEO, BIG Concerts International.

Wheel of Life is directed by Micha Bergese (Interview with a Vampire, Millennium Dome Show, Eden, The Kingdom Tower Grand Opening Ceremony), designed by Mark Fisher (Cirque du Soleil, Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics 2008) with choreography by Darshan Singh Bhuller (Rambert Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre) and music by John Harle.

Sigh, I guess I’ll just have to wait until the next time these guys make their humble return to our sunny Capetonian shores then…

It’s Coming… Shaolin Monks: Wheel of Life General Nonsense 02 FEB 2010

It’s coming, it’s coming. My mother of all people spotted this tidbit of news in the paper the other day and brought the cut-out through to me when they joined us for a bobotie evening a little while ago, and I’m quite glad that she went to all that trouble. Now if you know me then you’ll know that I love my kung fu in particular and to hear that the esteemed Shaolin Monks: Wheel of Life theatre spectacular is coming to our shores – well lets just say that makes me one excited boy.

I remember watching the show on television a couple of years ago and I was absolutely blown away how the show had managed to weave a beautiful story in with an absolutely awesome display of kung fu skill, discipline and acrobatics. The performers are all highly skilled kung fu practitioners and this production is a way for them to showcase their awesome talent as well as push the art to people who may never experience the beauty of kung fu in real life.

The show is running from the 24th to the 28th of March this year at GrandWest Casino’s Grand Arena and ticket prices range from R99 up to R300.

Needless to say, I’ll be there! (and Chantelle too, even if I have to drag her by the nostrils! :P)

This is what happens to you when you forget your lines...

Related Link: http://www.mediaupdate.co.za/?IDStory=20886

Dancing Queen My Life | My Reviews 05 AUG 2008

Agnetha FaltskogThe last time I was at the fantastic Barnyard Theatre situated in Willowbridge Mall, Durbanville, was way back in July last year, so you can understand my excitement at the prospect of returning to that great venue this past Saturday evening. It’s just too bad that the reason for returning was none other than a tribute to ABBA and Queen concert, two bands which I truthfully hold no love nor nostalgia for (apart from a miserly handful of songs – like the Highlander series theme tune – which of course sadly did not feature in the lineup).

However, in the quest to be fair, I hereby offer my objective, free from all possible negative thoughts that I might unconsciously be emanating, review of the show: Simply put, it was great. Really, really great (and this pains me so. Saying good things about ABBA comes with great difficulty to me) .

Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA, Queen and the 70’s and 80’s pays homage to admittedly two of the biggest and most influential names in the pop and rock genres, namely Swedish foursome ABBA and British-based Queen, as well as to the period in which glitz, glam and some of the greatest radio tunes were actually written. The show covers both groups’ greatest hits and then takes it a step further by combining the two to leave you with what can only be described as a musical extravaganza!

The show is currently enjoying a highly popular and limited run (it finishes up on the 17 August), meaning that we had to book our tickets literally months ago already. The original plan had been for Chantelle and me to join up with Monty, Cheryl, Mom, Pops, Claire and Riley, but an unfortunate scheduling clash led to Claire and Riley relinquishing their tickets which were then picked up by Daphne and Andre (Mom and Pop’s friends).

So on Saturday evening just after 19:30 with platters of food already in hand and quick trip to the bar to buy overpriced wine, the eight of us settled down in our surprisingly good seats that saw us seated on the upper tier of the venue, directly in front of the stage which gave us the perfect viewpoint from which to survey the evening’s proceedings. It wasn’t a long wait as the theatre quickly became full, packed to capacity, and the lights dimmed to reveal a starry stage and some unusually dressed in white chaps sitting ready behind a piano and a guitar.

And then it happened. Two particularly good looking women in signature furry white ABBA outfits burst onto stage and we were instantly transported back to 1973 when ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo.

Naturally the slightly older crowd (and Chantelle) went wild as the foursome backed by some talented guys on lead guitar, bass guitar and drums started belting out veritable ABBA hit after hit, driving us back with an explosion of fluffy pop beats and lyrics that saw me drive my head into my hands in despair and the rest of the crowd start swinging their glow sticks about wildly in the air.

Luckily the initial ABBA assault didn’t last too long as the lights once again dimmed and next out on stage were three good looking guys rocking out to some of the older Queen material, which funnily enough not that many of the people instantly recognized. Again, we only got a handful of songs (which were far more enjoyable to me than the ABBA stuff) before the switcheroo happened once again and we got some more ABBA from the ladies (all in completely new outfits again) .

And so the night unfolded. Hit song after hit song, constantly switching between ABBA and Queen, an insane amount of costume changes, an extremely versatile band of musicians which saw almost everyone on stage take the lead on a song, lots of props and even some musical comedy to boot as well!

The music performed moved in pretty much a chronological order, meaning we got to hear almost all the big ABBA hits, including songs like Waterloo, Ring, Ring, SOS, Does your mother know, Thank you for the music, Knowing me Knowing you, Mamma Mia, Money, Money, Take a chance on me, I have a dream and Voulez Vous.

Similarly on the Queen side of the spectrum the crowd got to enjoy hits like Killer Queen, Somebody to love, We are the Champions, Don’t stop me now, Death on two legs, You’re my best friend, Love of my life, It’s a kind of Magic, Radio Ga Ga, The Show Must Go On, Another one bites the dust, Who wants to live forever and of course, Bohemian Rhapsody.

The eleven piece cast consisting of James Dobson on piano and keyboards, Adrian Beecham on guitar and vocals, Jason Guile on guitar and vocals, Adrian Poulsen, Darren Vercuile and Rene’ Kruger on male vocals, Cherise Roberts and Monique Steyn on female vocals, Juan Smit on drums and Donovan Thatcher on bass guitar can all only be described as extremely polished and competent performers and they managed to entertain and hold the crowd’s attention for the entire duration of the show (which is almost a good 3 hours long!).

So in summary, despite the fact that I don’t like the music (well mainly ABBA’s stuff anyway), the show itself was spectacular and an absolute masterpiece in terms of its production, quality and performances, and judging by the crowd’s response, you’ll be a fool to miss this musical spectacle of the year. Thoroughly worth the entrance price and definitely something you should make an effort to go and see – particularly if you are a fan of the 70’s and 80’s music revolution!

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Related Link: http://www.barnyardtheatre.co.za/spage.php?theatre_id=5