Arts & Culture

Poetry in motion aims at charities

Dub poet Yasus Afari in performance at a previous staging of Poetry in Motion.Delahayes Photos

THE 14th staging of spoken word festival, Poetry in Motion (PiM) is scheduled for Manchester Golf Club on Brumalia Road, Mandeville, on Sunday, February 26. Showtime is slated for a 6:00 pm start. According to organiser Yasus Afari, part proceeds of the event will be going to a number of Mancheste ... Read More

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Keisha Patterson mourns loss of dad

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, January 08, 2017    

Keisha Patterson and her father Horace. (Contributed)

ON Boxing Day singer and actress Keisha Patterson made her way back onstage for a role in her third Jambiz production, Frank the Freak, which is playing at the Centerstage Theatre in New Kingston. The day before opening night her father Horace, who was battling cancer, gave his baby girl the usual ‘break a leg’ pep talk and lamented the fact that due to his failing health, he would not be able to make it to the theatre to see her perform as he has always done throughout her performi ... Read More

Biennial plans in high gear

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

Master painter Alexander Cooper to be honoured at National biennial (Observer File)

PREPARATIONS for the Jamaica Biennial 2017, set to open on February 24, are moving into high gear with the selection of the juried section of the exhibition taking place tomorrow and Tuesday. The juried section of the biennial is open to artists resident in Jamaica and artists living elsewhere, but who were born in Jamaica or are of Jamaican parentage. For the juried section of the Jamaica Biennial 2017, the National Gallery has received 176 qualifying entries by 110 artists. The panel of judge ... Read More

Spotlight - David Tulloch

Monday, January 02, 2017    

David Tulloch.

Today, the Jamaica Observer’s Entertainment’s Desk concludes its daily feature on people who made an impact during that year. DAVID TULLOCH DESPITE a dearth in adequate theatre space, practitioner David Tulloch stood head and shoulders above his peers in the production area. He penned more than 10 plays and took one on an overseas run to the United States. “Taking the drama For My Daughter overseas on tour to Florida [was among the highlights for 2016]. I have also been asked to create a book from the script ... Read More

A look at the theatre scene

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, January 01, 2017    

From left: Sabrena Thomas, Akeem Poyser and Carline Brown in a scene from David Tulloch’s 3Some. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

IT was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The famous opening lines of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, could be used to describe Jamaican theatre in 2016. For local practitioners, it was a mixed bag. The lows comprised loss of theatre luminaries including writer/producer Louis Marriott and actress/producer Scarlett Beharie. There was also the age-old concern of inadequate theatre space which limited the number of productions. On the bright side, the indus ... Read More

2016 Entertainment Highlights: Passage - Cecil Cooper

Sunday, January 01, 2017    

Cecil Cooper

JUST over a week after being conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), artist, singer and art educator Cecil Cooper passed away on September 15, 2016. He was 70. At a special investiture ceremony at King’s House, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who presented Cooper with Jamaica’s fifth- highest honour, said it represented “service rendered that enhanced the quality of life and demonstrated significant contributions to Jamaica”. Prime Minister Andrew ... Read More

Rowe at the Ward

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, December 26, 2016    

The Ward Theatre

THE boards at the historic Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston come alive on January 6 with Ricky Rowe’s comedy 4 Bulla And A Patty. Rowe, whose has worked in Jamaica and the United Kingdom, is aware of the monumental task that lies ahead to transform the derelict, 104-year-old theatre. “I have been called a mad man, but I’m getting used to it now. But I am passionate about the Ward Theatre and it means a lot to me. This was the first stage I ever performed on as a member of th ... Read More

A lot to play for

Sunday, December 25, 2016    

Stage legend Leonie Forbes appears in Across the Bridge.

FOR more than 70 years, the National Pantomime has opened at 6 o’clock on Boxing Day. In recent years, a number of producers have followed suit, hoping to tap into the spirit of the Yuletide season. The pantomime continues its tradition Monday evening. The curtains will rise for The Upsies and Downsies, another family oriented expose of Jamaican culture, written by Barbara Gloudon. It is Gloudon’s ‘umteenth’ time penning the annual production. She promises another enjoy ... Read More

AFTER 12: Iconic Night

Friday, December 23, 2016    

Miss Kingston Iconic Beauty and Talent Pageant winner Janneil Pilgrim (centre) is flanked by first runner-up Blair Wilson (right) and second runner-up Jhenelle Hutchinson at the event last Saturday night.

In the end it was a popular choice. Janneil Pilgrim was named winner of the Miss Kingston Iconic Beauty and Talent Pageant last Saturday night. First runner-up was Blair Wilson, while the second runner-up prize went to Jhenelle Hutchinson. The 11th staging of the event, held at Kolors Sports Bar, 57 Woodpecker Avenue in Seivwright Gardens, saw the finalists entertaining with a dance, after which they appeared in casual wear, swimwear, then evening wear. Each contestant also performed in the ta ... Read More

Trial of Governor Eyre worth watching

Sunday, December 18, 2016    

One of the intense moments in  in the courtroom drama The Trial of Governor Eyre. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

WHAT if Edward John Eyre, governor of Jamaica during the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865, was tried for murder including the deaths of National Heroes Paul Bogle and George William Gordon? That’s the axis on which Bert Samuels’ dramatic work, The Trial of Governor Eyre pivots. Though fictitious, the piece is anchored in historical facts and through Samuels’ years of legal practice, this courtroom drama has all the elements which make for a great watch, filled with intensity, em ... Read More

Miss Iconic Kingston tomorrow

Friday, December 16, 2016    

?Miss Iconic Beauty and Talent Pageant (Photo: Robin Chin)

The 11th staging of Miss Iconic Beauty and Talent Pageant is set for tomorrow at 57 Woodpecker Avenue in Seiveright Gardens starting at 9:00 pm. The annual event is staged by Paul Facey and his wife Sherece. Last year’s winner, Syrria Marshalleck (standing), is seen here with the nine contestants who will vie for the coveted crown, as well as cash and other prizes (from left) Jhenelle Hutchinson, Chevelle Gordon, Brianna Thompson, Blair Wilson, Tisharn Stephens, Annakay Woodley, Kelia Sm ... Read More



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