Arts & Culture

A lifetime of dance

Patsy Ricketts performing with the National Dance
Theatre Company. (INSERTED) Patsy Ricketts (Photo: Courtesy of NDTC)

THE name Patricia Judith Maryla Ricketts may not immediately ring a bell, but say Patsy Ricketts, and the word dance is almost guaranteed to follow. Come National Heroes' Day — October 20 — Ricketts joins a long list of Jamaicans who will receive national awards at King's House where s ... Read More

A wide-eyed Amina Blackwood- Meeks delivers a ‘duppy story’ as part of the Miss Lou tribute. A tribute to Miss Lou
Had she been alive, cultural icon Louise Bennett Coverley, more popularly known as Miss Lou, would h ... Read More

Storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks (left) delivers her ‘duppy story’ at An Evening with Miss Lou
at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew on Sunday. Deon Silvera (background right)
acted as emcee for the evening. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Miss Lou lauded in word, song
THE Corporate Area rain on Sunday put a damper on the celebrations in observance of the 95th birthda ... Read More

HEAP... we must turn this into something meaningful 8X10 measures up
FOR the first time in its five-year history, the 8 X10 Theatre Festival will have its full complemen ... Read More

Bob Marley's new flavour

Monday, September 08, 2014    

Satisfy My Bowl is a blend of chocolate caramel and cookie swirls with banana.

AMERICAN ice cream company Ben & Jerry's has strummed up a new flavour to mark the 30th anniversary of reggae king Bob Marley's best-selling reggae album Legend. Satisfy My Bowl — a blend of chocolate caramel and cookie swirls with banana — is expected to go on sale across the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway on September 15. Daughter of the Jamaican reggae star, Cedella Marley, is quoted on the website, as being e ... Read More

'Gallery' prepares for biennial

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, September 04, 2014    

Ebony Patterson’s
Bush Cockerels

WITH its 40th anniversary celebrations launched on Sunday, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) is already moving ahead with the second event to launch this milestone. The gallery is now issuing a call to artists to submit works for the Jamaica Biennial, set to open on December 7. Dr Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the NGJ, states that artists whose works are to be judged for inclusion in the popular exhibition are now required to sumbit works by October 17, while the invited artists w ... Read More

Local comedians for US show

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston | Thursday, September 04, 2014    

Junior Wellington

A strong cast of Jamaican comedians are slated for Come Laugh Till You Drop at United Banquet Hall in Hartford, Connecticut, on Sunday, October 5. The acts include Boasy Boy Floyd (formerly Pretty Boy Floyd), Rohan Gunter, Lemon and Christopher 'Johnny' Daley. For promoter Junior Wellington, there seems to be a steady appreciation for this form of entertainment in the US. "Comedy is alive and well in Hartford. It's natural as a lot of Jamaicans populate this area," he told the Jamaica Observe ... Read More


Wednesday, September 03, 2014    

The life of Jamaican poet, folklorist, and writer will be
celebrated at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Hope Road
in Kingston on Sunday.

WEDNESDAY Funny Kind of Love The hilarious play Funny Kind of Love continues this evening at Centre Stage Theatre, Cinema 2 on Dominica Drive in New Kingston. The all-star cast of performers comprise Camille Davis, Courtney, Glen 'Titus' Campbell and Sharee Elise and Sakina Deer in alternating roles. Starting time is 8:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays 5:00 and 8:00 pm. THURSDAY Bandit Customer Appreciation Party Bandit Customer Appreciation Party will take place tomorrow at Pub Diamond, La ... Read More

Jessica Shaw: Born dancer

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer Senior Reporter | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Dancer and
Jessica Shaw
in performance
for L’Acadco.

DANCER and choreographer Jessica Shaw cannot remember a time when she was not dancing. Being the daughter of choreographer Paula Shaw allowed her to be exposed to the art from a very early age. “My mother sent me to study ballet with Elizabeth Samuda from about age three and I have not looked back since,” the 23-year-old related to the Jamaica Observer. Twenty years after she was introduced to her first ballet class, Shaw is now the ballet mistress at L’Acadco, one of Jamai ... Read More

National Gallery celebrates 40 years

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Albert Huie’s The Vendor is among the works to be
featured in the National Gallery’s 40th anniversary
retrospective exhibition which opens today.

THE National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) kicks off its 40th anniversary celebrations today with the opening of a retrospective exhibition. "The task we have set ourselves with In Retrospect: Forty Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica is to tell the story of that story, examining with a critical eye the role the NGJ has played in establishing how Jamaican art is understood," explained Dr Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the NGJ. "The exhibition consists mainly of key works from our collec ... Read More

Carib folklore on demand

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

LUCAS... the goal is to provide exposure for film-makers and an
outlet through which their work could be shared within the
region as well as worldwide

THE Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), an organisation based in Brooklyn, New York, is aiming to promote Caribbean folklore through its new Studio Anansi Films. Guyanese Romola Lucas, who co-founded CaFA in 2012, told the Sunday Observer that Studio Anansi Films will expose short and feature-length dramas as well as animated films and documentaries using the fledgling Video-On-Demand (VOD) medium. VOD is CaFA's latest venture. The company currently shows Caribbean productions on its CineCarib&eacu ... Read More

Hamlet comes to town

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, August 26, 2014    

A scene from The Globe’s Hamlet.

THE Arts Foundation at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Peforming Arts (EMCVPA) is excited about tonight's presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet by the Globe Theatre of the United Kingdom. The mounting of the classic tragedy is part of global celebrations marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The performance at the Little Theatre in St Andrew is another stop in the Globe's tour of Hamlet in all 205 countries. According to Coleen Douglas -— head of public relation ... Read More

Jamaica Youth Theatre wins Global Video Challenge

Monday, August 18, 2014    


Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) has won a worldwide video challenge aimed at preventing violence against women. News of the triumph came yesterday from Global Dialogues, a United Kingdom-registered charity that says it promotes "global public health and societal well-being through integrated, youth-driven solutions fuelled by creativity and multidisciplinary partnership". The JYT's winning short film, titled Stop Violence Against Women, was directed by Akeem Mignott from a concept by Danar Royal a ... Read More

Female Poets Rise to the Occasion

Monday, August 18, 2014    

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

FOUNDER of the Jamaica Poetry Festival (JPF), Yasus Afari, says the presence of female performers at the August 10 event was a positive. The female contingent was led by Jean 'Binta' Breeze, a trailblazer in the form known as dub poetry. She was one of this year's eight honourees. "We are very pleased with the increasing number of quality, aspiring poets and particularly the aspiring female poets. This is important as we seek to create a reasonable and realistic gender balance," Afari said. "W ... Read More



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