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Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord

The Jamaican Folk Singers usually tries to link its annual concert season's songs together to create unity. For the all-too-brief 2016 season at The Little Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, that unity came through the judicious selection and...

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Praise poured down like Portland rain on three women associated with a still unfinished opera staged at the School of Music, Edna Manley College (EMC), on Friday night.The praise came at least partly, because of the patriotism of the audience,...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:22 AMMichael Reckord

A criticism that could be reasonably made of the Gungo Walk World Alternative Music and Arts Festival at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) last Saturday was that it offered too much. Scheduled to run from before...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Explaining her name, Mezan Ayoka told me "it's Ethiopian and it means 'one who is well balanced and who brings joy'."She exhibited those two qualities as we spoke recently about her decade-long career in film-making. She now knows what she wants to...

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

(This is second of two columns based on an interview with Malachi Smith, policeman, performance poet and philanthropist.)Malachi Smith migrated to the USA in 1987. However, for the past 14 years he has returned to Jamaica annually from his home in...

Published:Friday | August 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This is the first of a two-part article on Malachi Smith, a policeman, performance poet and philanthropist,Malachi Smith joined the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to fight crime, but it was crime that forced him to emigrate to the United States in...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Women Who Roar is the latest in the Little Theatre Movement's (LTM) heritage series of productions. An entertaining and informative mix of poetry, skits, movement and music, it follows the general format of previous shows. Those began with the...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

THE JOINT presentation by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POJ) and a string quartet from Florida's Lynn University Conservatory of Music...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Mixed in with the audience's enthusiastic applause and laudatory comments on Saturday night's show by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) was a voice of complaint. She would have to return to The Little Theatre on another occasion, the...

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

There were indications last month that a poetry explosion - metaphorically speaking - is taking place in the island.Early June, Jamaican author Pam Mordecai arrived from Canada, to launch her sixth book of poetry. On the last Tuesday of June, at the...

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

L'Antoinette's Dream keeps changing. That is not a charge of inconsistency against Dr L'Antoinette Stines, artistic director and chief choreographer of L'Acadco, the dance company she founded. It is a statement of fact about L'Acadco's current...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord

Occasionally the group was unreservedly light-hearted, like when they sang the folk songs, Dis Long Time Gal and Mouta Massa Liza, but its essential seriousness that was manifest in the Beloved excerpt was evident earlier in the ensemble's emotional...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Because at this time of the year, the lingering sun keeps pushing dusk further and further away from the official six o'clock start of evening, Sunday's Jazz in the Gardens concert at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel could begin and continue for nearly an...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord

This summer, Digital Technology meets Culture is being offered by the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), from July 4-29 at the university's Centre for the Arts. Musical Theatre is being offered by Avant Academy of Music, 66 Paddington...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Last Thursday, the School of Art and the performing arts schools at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, did a joint presentation.A Taste of the Arts featured the 2016 Final Year Exhibition of 26...

Published:Friday | June 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

A Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) document on the new national curriculum, which comes on stream in September, refers on almost every page to the importance of our heritage and...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"Writing is not just sitting and imagining," Fabian Barracks told said last week in the Phoenix Theatre (formerly The Theatre Place), Haining Road, New Kingston. After a performance of his latest production, Barrel Pickney, Barracks explained his...

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

There is a lot to learn from Catherine Mulgrave - an African Odyssey, now playing at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA). University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. In four and a half months it was transformed from magazine...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Although Jamaican culture is lauded internationally, the performing arts (music, dance and drama) are scorned by many school administrators.That was clear during a recent performing-arts workshop organised by Excelsior Community College's (ECC)...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

A jump start programme is now available for high school students planning to attend the School of the Performing Arts (SOPA), Excelsior Community College (ECC). As...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

In making decisions, should you follow your head or your heart?The age-old question of balancing intellect and emotion was addressed by Athenian playwright Euripides in his 405 BC tragedy The Bacchae, which was staged at the Edna Manley College of...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 12:04 AMMichael Reckord

In the 1980s when I was a lecturer at the then College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), there was no arts course in the academic curriculum. Now that the institution is the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), students can do dance,...

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step" is a well-known adage. It seems that, for an acting career, it literally involves physical exercise.That is how it was introduced to 15 teenage boys at the Alpha Institute, South Camp Road, Kingston,...

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"We have a vision that on November 20, our National Storytelling Day, which is also UNESCO's Universal Children's Day, all our children across Jamaica - in schools, churches, institutions, hospitals, wherever they are - will be involved in...

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Over the Easter weekend, both the two-year old Jamaica Praise Chorale, founded by Ian Hird and Spanish Town's Cathedral Concert Choir, which organist Trevor Beckford has been leading for 55 years, staged cantatas based on the events leading up to...

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