Arts & Culture

DTX season begins Saturday

Dance Theatre Xaymaca going through their paces

Local troupe, Dance Theatre Xaymaca (DTX) has come of age. The company, which was founded by renowned dance teacher and choreographer Barbara McDaniel, is celebrating 21 years with a season of dance set for the Little Theatre in St Andrew this Saturday and Sunday. Associate artistic director Natal ... Read More

Marcus Garvey, played by Andre Bernard, supported by performers from Ashe. (Lionel Rookwood) Garvey takes centre stage
MICHAEL Holgate’s dramatic musical presentation Marcus Garvey: The Musical gave an insight int ... Read More

From left: Vivian Crawford, acting executive director of Institute of Jamaica; Clayton Coverley — grandson; Fabian Coverley — son and co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Olivia “Babsy” Grange, minister of culture; Dr Pamela Appelt — co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Joy Douglas, chairman of the National Library; Poet Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris; and Winsome Hudson, national librarian. Miss Lou Archives opens at National Library
JAMAICANS will now have access to some personal documents of cultural icon Louise “Miss Lou&rd ... Read More

VP Records’ Chris Chin (right) accepting his award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House in St Andrew yesterday. An affair of the Arts
THE arts and entertainment fraternities were well represented at this year’s national honours ... Read More

Carol Crichton works on show

Tuesday, October 18, 2016    

Senator Tom Tavares-Finson (centre), head of the National Gallery of Jamaica, shares lens time with film-maker Maxine Walters (left) and artist Carol Crichton at the opening of Crichton’s exhibition at The Olympia Gallery in Kingston, recently. (Photos: Donnette Zacca)

An exhibition entitled, “Carol Crichton Paintings”, is currently on at The Olympia Gallery in Kingston. The showing, which comprises the artiste’s recent and earlier pieces, began on October 6. It is slated to run until Saturday. “This is my first solo show since 2000 and it’s retrospective in a way with both older and current works,” Crichton told the Jamaica Observer. The themes on display explore human, universal concerns and a dialogue with Jamaica. & ... Read More

'Muta' called to order

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Monday, October 17, 2016    

When he took the stage to perform at Reggae Sunsplash in 1981, the barefoot dub poet called Mutabaruka was unknown. He created a stir with his raw delivery of pieces like Witeman Country and Every Time A Ear De Sound and left the stage a star. Now 63, ‘Muta’ is still raising eyebrows with his take on social issues — from corrupt Jamaican politicians to rampant poverty and crime in Jamaica. Today, the man christened Allan Hope will receive the Order of Distinction (Commander c ... Read More

Theatre practitioner passes

Wednesday, October 12, 2016    

Scarlette Beharie

Social media was awash with condolences yesterday as the theatre community mourned the passing of actress and producer Scarlett Beharie. The Portland-born Beharie succumbed to cancer. Long-time friend Coleen Douglas took to Facebook and recalled the first time they met as students at The University of the West Indies. “It was a pleasure to have known you and call you friend. I will miss your cooking, you reading to Kenya, buying Kai her girly stuff, trivia, your dry matter of fact tone, ... Read More

Cervantes gets encore performance

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor --- Auto and Entertainment | Sunday, October 09, 2016    

GUESTS are slated to get a second serving of Spanish writer Miguel De Cervantes’s Don Quixote at the Norbrook residence of Carmen Rives, chargé d’affaires, Embassy of Spain, on Thursday. “I’m very happy to share the culture of Spain with Jamaica. It is our way of introducing Cervantes to the Jamaican public,” Rives told the jamaica Observer. “His work looks at the mysteries of human souls: love, impossible dreams, lost causes, success and defeat.&rd ... Read More

‘Matthew’ shifts Moses’ dates

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, October 06, 2016    

Moses (second right) consoles his father in a scene from the Father Richard Ho Lung and Friends production Moses. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

THE threat of Hurricane Matthew threw the nation into a tailspin last weekend. Among the events rescheduled was Moses, the musical staged by Father Richard Ho Lung and Friends. According to Ho Lung, the shows will now be staged on November 25, 26 and 27 inside the National Arena in St Andrew. “I’m very happy that we’re able to stage Moses for persons who were unable see it last weekend due to Hurricane Matthew,” Ho Lung told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. For the hund ... Read More

New dates for Movements

Wednesday, October 05, 2016    

Movements Dance Company

The 35th Anniversary Season of Movements Dance Company of Jamaica which was set for this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday has been postponed. The new dates for the performances are November 10 to 12 at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. The shift in dates is due to what the company says is the uncertainty which surrounded the passage of Hurricane Mathew that threatened disruptions of an unknown scale. Artistic director of Movements , Monica Campbell McFarlane noted that given the significan ... Read More

Wolmer’s delights audience

Monday, October 03, 2016    

Tiny tots in mid-air in the gospel segment of the show. (Michael Gordon)

IF patrons’ accounts are anything to go by, Barbara McDaniel’s promise of an entertaining 26th season of dance for the Wolmer’s Dance Troupe was more than a bluff. Perennial patron, the University of the West Indies, Mona student Toni Braham said she was entertained by the entire production. “It was amazing as always, every bit of it — the costumes, the dancers, the lighting, everything. I didn’t have a favourite; I loved everything,” she said. Meanw ... Read More

enbois By Maxim

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

A closer look at an Enbois bracelet set

What started as a creative pastime soon turned into a lucrative business with a purpose when 23-year-old Florida native Maxim Thuriere— born of a French father and Haitian mother – commenced crafting and selling jewellery at his alma mater, the University of South Florida in early 2015. Within a year Thuriere has managed to gain the nod of approval from Reggae/Dancehall artistes Chronixx, Popcaan, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, and Stephen Marley for his sleek, earthy styles, some per ... Read More

Althea Laing marks another milestone

Turn to LAING on Page 58 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Althea Laing

SHE came into the nation’s consciousness back in 1985, after winning the Miss Jamaica Fashion Model competition. Althea Laing would later blaze a trail as the first local model to grace not one, but two covers of the popular American glossy Essence. Today, Laing — a mother of two and grandmother to five — is closing a chapter on a career in the classroom as a teacher of English. Having turned 60 year’s old earlier this year, she is now on pre-retirement leave, but looks ... Read More

Chinese troupe for Wednesday show

Saturday, September 24, 2016    

China National Opera and Dance Theater in performance.

The colourful China National Opera and Dance Theater troupe will be guest performers for a one-time show at Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) at 176 Old Hope Road in St Andrew, on Wednesday, September 28. The event, which is commemorating the China National Day and 125th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Benevolent Association, is slated to start at 7:00 pm. “It’s the first time that they’ll be in the island... the troupe was specially invited to Jamaica for the a ... Read More



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