Arts & Culture

Sherna’s musing

Sherna Spencer (left).

This is the eighth in a 10-part series looking at Jamaicans excelling on the South Florida entertainment/lifestyle scene. THE granting of legal status to millions of 'undocumented immigrants' has been one of the most divisive issues in the United States for years. It inspired Sherna Spencer &mdash ... Read More

One of several pieces displayed by artist Ebony G Patterson at Devon House in St Andrew on
Tuesday. At right: Visual artist Ebony G Patterson. (Photos: Karl McLarty) Ebony G Patterson makes statement
MAKING the invisible visible. That's the aim of visual artist Ebony G Patterson in her work displaye ... Read More

Nicholas Alexander
performing at
Redbones Blues Café
in St Andrew, recently. Alexander tops poetry awards
NICHOLAS Alexander was recently recognised as Redbones Blues Café's Best Poet of the Year dur ... Read More

Rodney Campbell (left) and Rushaine ‘Dutty Berry’ Berry in a scene from Laff it Off. Laff It Off returns
OLIVE Mair's Comedy Revue Laff It Off returns for a limited four-week run from December 26 to Januar ... Read More

Biennial goes international

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, November 30, 2014    

Head boy by artist Cosmo Whyte

THE works of international artists have been included in the Jamaica Biennial set to open at the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) on December 7. The inclusion of non-Jamaican artists is a first for the biennial and executive director of the NGJ, Dr Verlee Poupeye sees this as part of the evolution of Jamaican art. "The vast majority of artists in the exhibition is Jamaican or Jamaican diaspora, so the exhibition is still mainly one of Jamaican art and that will always be so. Definitions of 'J ... Read More

Shorts in the spotlight

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

Desmond Dennis and David Crosskill in Maya Wilkinson’s The Heist

THE depth of acting and writing talent in Jamaica is an oft untapped resource. This was clear at Monday's staging of Short Plays take Centrestage, at Centrestage Theatre in New Kingston. The evening saw five short plays -- 10 minutes each-- in what the management at Centrestage Theatre said was an opportunity for some of the productions from the Tallawah and 8 X 10 Theatre Festivals to be seen by a wider audience. The five pieces were Bucket List, She's Fabulous, Head Woman, Final Game The He ... Read More


BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Chin. (Photo:
Observer file)

REIGNING Miss Jamaica (World) Laurie-Ann Chin is on the hunt for another crown. She is one of the finalists in the Miss World pageant in London on December 14. In fact, she arrived in London yesterday. Laura Butler, franchise holder for the local contest, confirmed Chin's safe arrival in the UK. She said the queen -- who is on her first visit to London -- is excited about the trip and keen to represent Jamaica. Chin, 21, was crowned earlier this year in a glittering ceremony at the Montego Ba ... Read More

Serious times for plays

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

A scene from the production If There’s A Will There’s A Wife.

THE once-vibrant theatre scene is reporting a general downturn in audiences. This, in turn, is reflected in the limited run for a number of productions which have hit the stage in recent months. Presently, there is only one production with a consistent weekly schedule — Jambiz International's Funny Kind 'A Love which is now playing at the Centrestage Theatre in New Kingston. Other productions are currently limited to benefit performances or specific play dates. According to Jambiz's Len ... Read More

When Stella thrills

Friday, November 14, 2014    

Themes of the life cycle — from the womb to the tomb — are
explored in Where’s Maria?

The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble thrilled audiences in the Corporate Area last weekend with the staging of its annual season of Dance. The showcase a staggering five new works in the seven-piece programme. Here are more piuctorial highlights from the dance company's performance (PHOTOS: Naphtali Junior) Read More

A 'Stella' performance

Monday, November 10, 2014    

The culmination of the dramatic Stolen Inner-Sense.

THE choreographers for the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble were indeed very busy as they prepared for their 2014 season of dance. Of the seven works showcased this year, five were new works with the remainder being remounts, in a presentation that was indeed new, fresh and must mark a new, upward point of the company's growth trajectory. Of these new works, it was MoniKa Lawrence's Stolen Inner-Sense which caused you to sit up in you chair and take note. While it started off in a mundane, run-of- ... Read More

Portland’s artistic talents on display

Monday, November 10, 2014    

Some of the artists who displayed items at the inaugural art show. From left (front row) are Marsha-Lee Hutchinson, Winston Hill, Shallene Dawkins, O’Neil Lewis,
and Omaron Reid. From left (back row) Christoff Hamilton, Mark Bell, and Cornell Skervin (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE recently held Portland art show dubbed 'The Finest Art with a Touch of Magic' is being hailed a success as local artists displayed a wide variety of art and craft items. The items which were on display at the show, held at Cajanas Cafe in Port Antonio, included woven baskets, T-shirts and a wide assortment of candles. The youngest artist with items on display was eight-year-old Omaron Reid who received great commendation for his painting entitled 'Climbing the Mountain'. Organiser of the ... Read More

Jamaican in Lion King musical

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, November 09, 2014    

Jamaican dancer Benton Morris (centre) with castmates in the
London production of hit musical The Lion King.

THE third time proved to be the charm for Jamaican dancer Benton Morris, who is part of the London cast of hit musical The Lion King. It was audition number three for the show which debuted in 1997, that proved the clincher for the St Catherine-born Morris. He had first auditioned in 2010, then two years later in 2012. On both occasions, he made it to the final round, ending up in the top four male dancers each time. But he failed to make it to the cast of the stage as he was told he did not f ... Read More

Stella Maris season begins this weekend

Monday, November 03, 2014    

Principal dancer Andre Hinds in
Gye Nyame (Except God).

STELLA Maris Dance Ensemble begins its 21st anniversary season at The Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday and continues through the following day. Saturday's performance will be in aid of the Cherry Gardens Citizens' Association's charity, while Sunday's will be in aid of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters. The season will be under the distinguished patronage of businessman Wayne Chen. The ensemble's co-founder, Dr MoniKa Lawrence said as the Franciscan Missionary Sisters celebrate their 8 ... Read More

Jamaican wins Trinidad pageant

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Rachelle Beirsay (seated) was crowned Miss Divali Nagar Queen in
Trinidad & Tobago last weekend. She is flanked by her fellow contestants.

RELATIONS between sister Caribbean nations Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have been strained over the past few months, but just last week a young Jamaican charmed the audience and judges at the Miss Divali Nagar Queen pageant in the twin-island republic to take home the title. Fifteen-year-old Rachelle Beirsay, a student at Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew, edged the other contestants out to win the pageant organised by the National Council for Indian Culture, which is celebratin ... Read More



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