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Final Last Sunday for 2014

The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sunday programme for 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, December 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can view the main exhibition of the recently opened Jamaica Biennial 2014, which comprises work by nearly 100 artists. In addition to the Jamaica-based and Jamaica diaspora artists who entered as invited or juried artists, for the first time, six specially invited international artists have been invited. They are Renee Cox (Jamaica/United States), Sheena Rose (Barbados), Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque (Martinique/France), Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad), James Cooper (Bermuda), and Blue Curry (Bahamas/United Kingdom).

The juried artists were also for the first time selected by two international curators, Diana Nawi of the Perez Art Museum in Miami and Sara Hermann from the Dominican Republic.

The other sections of the Jamaica Biennial 2014 can be seen at Devon House and the National Gallery West, The One Biennial project, by Bahamian artist Blue Curry, can be seen at various locations on the streets of downtown Kingston.

The featured performance at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Sunday will be by award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company, and will start at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Mavado surprises NY students

Dancehall artiste Mavado performed at Amazura Night Club, New York (NY), on Friday, December 19, alongside new dancehall sensation Alkaline.

This year, Mavado set out to celebrate his birthday in Miami and New York. During the promotion for the New York leg, he took the time out to surprise students at Junior High School 226 - Virgil I Grissom in Queens, NY.

For the visit, organised by Johnathan Niranjan and Principal White, Mavado surprised students gathered in the auditorium, who were being rewarded for having perfect attendance and good grades for November. White congratulated them and said "we have a special treat for you today, we have an artiste all the way from Jamaica".

There was pandemonium when the students heard the rhythm of one of Mavado's most popular songs, So Special. Mavado told the students how special they were and that they should always be proud of themselves.

He went on to cable news channel NY1 TV, where Mavado disclosed that he will drop his first album in more than six years in 2015.

Mavado also made stops at Hot97 with Bobby Konders & Jabba and WBLS with Dahved Levy.

Junior Gong, I-Octane exclusive to Cream of the Crop

The only show Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley and I-Octane will be doing in Jamaica over the Christmas season is Cream of the Crop on December 27 at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann. The concert is produced by Purple Skunkz Entertainment.

Junior Gong, the self-proclaimed 'youngest veteran', has been keeping fans aware of his movements via Facebook. "Ocho Rios get ready, the Cream of the Crop is coming!" he posted last week, along with a flyer from the event.

Digicel and Busta ambassador, I-Octane, closes out a tremendous year which saw him close Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night for the second straight year, after which he headed for the festival circuit in Europe.

Now in its second year, Cream of the Crop also features Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Teflon, Romaine Virgo, Jesse Royal, Loyal Flames, Berri, Ishawna, Hezron, Nature, Hero and Pzed.The event is sponsored by Guinness, Liquid Nitro, Ghetto Youths International, Global Vision Concepts, Conquer The Globe Productions, Zip FM, Irie FM and Mad Media House.

Prodi in Rolling Stone Italy

Recording artiste Prodi was recently featured in the Italian issue of The Rolling Stone magazine. In the feature, Homeward Found, Rolling Stone gives their views on Portland, highlighting the Geejam Collection, founded by Jon Baker and Steve Beaver.

In his quest to reinvent the spirit of the past through music, Baker has included Prodi along with his Yawd Movement team in the Geejam group of recording artistes. Recording artiste Nordia 'Coco' Witter also works with Prodi. She was quoted by Rolling Stone as saying "there's so much incredible talent we're bringing to the table, and together, we're set to take the music to a higher level."

In the feature, Prodi mentions his upcoming album, Kingston City. He describes his sound as like "John the Baptist, who was the voice of the people." Prodi said "Jamaican music is no longer underground. It's now the world music; it's spreading like fire."

Wally British reps for ladies

The 11th edition of Christmas Comedy Cook-up is scheduled for Boxing Day at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. The annual comedy show is rated M, for mature audiences only, and is, therefore, not suitable for children 16 years old or younger.

One fan reportedly contacted Owen 'Blakka' Ellis via Facebook to jokingly ask "yu feel say Wally British can hold her own among unnu 10 man?" According to Ellis, his response was "can the 10 men hold their own [whatever their 'own' might be] in the awesome presence of a woman like Wally? Now, that is a question. But an even bigger question is this, will the audience be able to contain themselves in the face of the fast-paced, full-out, no-holds-barred comedy that is promised by the 11 comedians who will hit the stage on show night?"

The Comedy-Cook-up fun starts with pre-show surprises as soon as the doors are opened at 5:30, and the show starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Performers include Dr Michael Abrahams, Leighton Smith, Dwight Ross, Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, Blakka Ellis and the duo of Ity and Fancy Cat, representing Jamaica. They will be joined by Mac Fingal from Barbados, Ghanaian/Canadian Trixx and for the first time in Jamaica top Guyanese comic Chow Pow.