Arts & Culture

Ailey II for Jamaica show

Ailey II performing the company’s
signature work Revelations. (PHOTO:

AILEY II, the adjunct dance troupe of the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from the United States, is scheduled to perform here in Jamaica come September. This was disclosed by Troy Powell, artistic director of Ailey II, who was recently in Jamaica to take in the opening night of th ... Read More

Attack Dem Squad, winners
of the 2013 championship. Ja prepares to step it up
ON Monday, Jamaica will begin its quest to regain the World Reggae Dance Championship at the Ranny W ... Read More

SMITH... was prepared for the victory (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Keneisha Smith's prayers answered
KENEISHA Smith --clad in full army combat gear -- was chosen the winner of the Festival Gospel Song ... Read More

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon managing partner Peter Goldson and former managing partner Barbara Alexander (standing) joined
associates Danielle Stiebel (seated, left) and Simone Bowie Jones for an SO portrait. Art's The Way!
A visceral journey of Jamaica’s art evolution can be found on the hallowed walls of the storie ... Read More

Legal Eagles: Take 7

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon senior associate Simone Bowie Jones (left), and associate Danielle Stiebel.

How long have you been at the firm? Simone Bowie Jones (SBJ): Nine years. Danielle Stiebel (DS): One year. My hope as a young attorney is to inspire... SBJ: ...professionalism, efficiency, honesty and integrity. I also try to encourage others to pursue their passions and even if this passion lies in a non-traditional field, to always seek to be businesslike and mindful of international best practices. DS: ...others to work hard, putting integrity and excellence at the fore. Myers, Fletcher ... Read More

Symphony of Summer

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Youth Orchestra of the Americas Music Director
and the evening’s conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto
with the more than 20-country orchestra onstage
at Church on the Rock.

The shades and hues of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas reverberated in the Church on the Rock, St Andrew, Thursday evening, on the final leg of their Caribbean concert tour. Under the baton of conductor and music director Carlos Miguel Prieto, the 90-member symphony orchestra presented a veritable feast of musical compositions from Mozart to Marley. Seated among the strings was Jamaica’s own Gabriel Walters, former student of The Rock’s accomplished maestro Steven Woodham. Ja ... Read More

NDTC alive and well at 52

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

A scene from Spirits at a Gathering.

THE objectives set out by the founding fathers of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) 52 years ago are being upheld by its present crop of dancers and choreographers. At Friday's opening of its 52nd season of dance, the company chose works which reflected the diversity of the Jamaican society and staying true to roots — to showcase a Jamaican and Caribbean aesthetic — while highlighting its renewal and continuity mantra. Two works generated the most buzz following the perfor ... Read More

Sean Harrison is Jamaica's top writer

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Saturday, July 26, 2014    

Oliver Watt, director of Communications of the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture, hands Sean Harrison his award at
Tuesday’s ceremony. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

SEAN Harrison took home the coveted Best Overall Writer title at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Jamaica Creative Writing Competition and Exhibition Awards Ceremony at the Blue Mountain Suite of The Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew on Tuesday. "I'm ecstatic, I still can't believe that I won," Harrison told the Jamaica Observer. Harrison was handed the prestigious award on the back of several strong pieces that netted him three gold and one silver medal. He took the gold meda ... Read More

Music in the Park

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Music in the Park

The Orchestra of the Americas kicked off its Jamaican tour on Wednesday evening with a free concert at Emancipation Park. The performances continued yesterday with a concert at Church on the Rock and tomorrow at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Here are some moments from Wednesday's performance. (PHOTOS: Bryan Cummings) Read More

VIDEO: 70 Years Of Art

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon associates Simone Bowie Jones (left) and Danielle Stiebel (centre) listen attentively as independent curator Nicole Smythe-Johnson
speaks to Jamaica Observer online about mixed-media/graphic artist Leasho Johnson's works Attack and Defense at the law firm’s transformed gallery space on
East Street in downtown Kingston. Smythe-Johnson is the curator of the exhibition titled Trajectories, organised by Bowie Jones and Stiebel, which will be
unveiled at the law firm this afternoon for a three-day showing, pairing the work of master Jamaican artists including Edna Manley, Barrington Watson, Kapo and
Seya Parboosingh, from the firm's extensive art collection, with those of new and emerging artists like Leasho Johnson. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon demonstrates investment in Jamaica's creative potential with Trajectories: 70 Years of Art at MF&G Myers, Fletcher & Gordon, Attorneys-at-Law have long been known for their legal expertise, professionalism, civic engagement and progressive approach. Since the firm's founding in 1944, three partners have been appointed as ambassadors, two as ministers of government, and three have been awarded the Order of Jamaica for outstanding public service. This year MF ... Read More

A-List indeed

BY RORY DALEY Observer reporter | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Neville Graham (left) and Suresh Martin enjoy the company
of Ocean Spray promo-model Amui Gayle at A-List.

SUNDAY'S staging of A-List at Hope Zoo in St Andrew, was a success from all indications. "I got rave reviews from all the patrons I spoke with, and I can assure them that the summer A-List party will be a staple," Kamal Bankay, event organizer, told the Jamaica Observer. The all-inclusive session made partygoers feel special from the start with a red carpet and elegant white fabric entrance tunnel into the cosy venue. The luxury vibe could be felt from the bar to the food court as A-List offer ... Read More

Anjell Bryan is Festival Queen

BY RORY DALEY Observer reporter | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Festival Queen 2014 Anjell Bryan with first runner-up Miss St Ann, Sharlene Codner (left), and
second runner-up Miss Trelawny, Honica Brown. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

MISS Kingston and St Andrew, Anjell Bryan, was crowned Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Queen 2014 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday. The 25-year-old won ahead of Miss St Ann, Sharlene Codner, who was first runner-up, and second runner-up Miss Trelawny, Honica Brown. "The contest has empowered me both as a young woman and as a Jamaican, because it taught me so much about myself and my culture," Bryan told the Jamaica Observer. Bryan als ... Read More

Celebrating the Chinese on film

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

The Institute of Jamaica is partnering with the Chinese
Benevolent Association to look at the impact of the Chinese to
Jamaica’s development.

THE Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), in association with the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), will host a two-day film festival marking the 160th anniversary of the Chinese arrival in Jamaica. The festival is scheduled to start at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus on Friday, and moves to the IOJ Lecture Hall, in downtown Kingston, the following day. All events are free. "The 160th anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese in Jamaica, is an important milestone. IOJ is pleased to pa ... Read More

Remembering Ken Ramsay

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Ramsay’s nephew Anthony Bailey shares a
moment with Denise Inglis (left) and Dr Terry

A small group gathered at the Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew on Thursday evening to pay homage to noted Jamaican photographer, the late Ken Ramsay. The event was the opening of an exhibition at Redbones featuring some of Ramsay's most iconic works. Ramsay's nephew Anthony Bailey told the Sunday Observer that the showing, which runs for the next two weeks is in a bid to introduce his uncle's work to a younger generation and remind older persons of his contribution to Jamaican photograp ... Read More



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