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Published:Friday | September 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Last Friday was the 99th birthday of cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley. A birthday celebration held in her honour at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) was attended by only a handful of the college's...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Retired communications specialist and current agricultural journalist Hugh Martin has started a third career - novel writing.His first novel, For All My Pains, a 82,000-word work, came out earlier this year. His second, the JCDC medal-winning...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

"Professor Sylvia Wynter is offering us in the early 21st Century, her vision of a new understanding of what it means to be human," says Dr Anthony Bayani Rodriguez - Scholar-in-Residence (2017-18) at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

David Tulloch was in his office in the Phoenix Theatre complex on Haining Road, and still in his church clothes on the Sunday morning when I interviewed him about The Blue Room. He has turned the small space - originally a conference room - into a...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After being involved in theatre for 26 years, including working in commercial theatre for 19, David Tulloch has at last decided to "own" the profession.At his desk in the Phoenix Theatre complex on Haining Road, he told me, "In the past, I just said...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

When Barbadian singer and saxophonist Arturo Tappin played Bill Clinton, a lover and player of the saxophone, the former United States president was "impressed". This was relayed to The Gleaner on Sunday, shortly before Tappin took to the stage set...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The past weekend gave fans of the terpsichorean art a chance to see two well-established dance groups in concert - the Tivoli Dance Troupe at the Little Theatre, and L'Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Today and tomorrow (July 12 and 13, will be two important days - perhaps the most important so far, in the life of the nearly 10-year-old Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC). On those days, the group will be competing in the 2018 World Choir Games in...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Sunday evening's performance by the University Singers at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona, drew a range of comments. During the halftime intermission, amid the applause and cheers, two people behind me exclaimed, "Wow...

Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) should expand its programme for the study of music technology, says former Director of Studies Michael Harris. Harris believes the move would lead to an...

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Usually a delightful event, the annual fundraising concert organised by the Kingston chapter of Soroptimist International was packed with extra talent this year. There were no fewer than 10 musicians (singers and instrumentalists) in the three-hour-...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Occasionally, the peri-pheral matters - the AOB (any other business) items on the agenda - turn out to be more important than the major ones. Arguably, that's what happened with two musical concerts in Kingston on June 3. The National Youth...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Last month, the public was able to see many fine, free shows by performance students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA). From the schools of dance, music and drama, they are due to graduate this year or next year....

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On the outside wall of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona, are posters with the photographs of three Jamaican playwrights, Dahlia Harris, Basil Dawkins and Patrick Brown. Under the photos are the titles of about 30 plays...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

How to stop one's partner from straying is a question that is probably as old as mankind. The answer might have been given in a talk at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, last Friday.The second annual Stuart Hall Distinguished Lecture...

Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Though smaller than the occasion warranted, the audience that turned up at Swallowfield Chapel on Saturday night for the 2018 spring concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POJ) was very enthusiastic. They cheered and applauded throughout...

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Forty-seven years ago, Bernard Coard published a book titled How the West Indian Child is Made Educationally Subnormal in the British School System (New Beacon Books, 1971). It was republished five times, and last month, at various speaking...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Two of Jamaica's leading performing groups, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and the University Singers, were on stage on Easter Sunday morning and afternoon, respectively. The NDTC performed at the Little Theatre in its 37th Morning of...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The audience at the fourth presentation of Uncaged Melodies, the annual concert by the Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAGE) led by University of the West Indies Music Fellow Peter Ashbourne, got a special treat. They heard the very first public...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Paula Daley didn't meet Bro Anansi until 'very late' in her life. Instead of Anansi stories and other Jamaican folk tales, the adults in her household read to her European tales, mostly stories by the Grimm brothers.With regret in her voice, Daley...

Published:Friday | April 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

"It happen by accident," Luke Ellington replied when I asked him how he got involved in theatre. "Is a girl force me to go see a play (Scandal), an I kinda got hooked." Actually, he got firmly hooked. He became an actor, director, playwright and...

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Author, editor and internationally acclaimed Jamaican theatre practitioner Yvonne Brewster, launched her most recent book, Vaulting Ambition: Jamaica's Barn Theatre, 1966-2005 (Peepal Tree Press), at Bookophilia on March 22. In it, Brewster notes...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The weeklong Jamaican Women in Theatre Festival (JWTF), which ended on Sunday, undoubtedly ac-complished its objective to display and encourage the work of the island's female theatre practitioners. It featured many actresses and female playwrights...

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:15 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On the pleasant afternoons of the past two Sundays, the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), through its Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) division, celebrated the life and work of four extraordinary Jamaican women.Singer Mercedes Kirkwood, artist Edna Manley,...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Both Belly Woman, the current production at the Edna Manley College's School of Drama, and the recently concluded Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU) dance festival at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona, give their audiences a...

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