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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...

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Recently, the University Dramatic Arts Society (UDAS) has been staging dramatisations of some of the poetry, prose and drama being studied by students taking CSEC English Literature examinations.The productions have been mounted at the Philip...

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) mounted a 'total theatre' concert involving dance, music, drama and art at The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, St Andrew, on Easter Morning.Starting at 6:05 a.m., for just over an hour, the audience was...

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The audience at the talk on Writing and Publishing Children's Literature last week Monday perked up noticeably when the speaker said he was going to reveal the secret to the success of the Harry Potter series.Up to then Michael Katz, a publisher and...

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 11:08 PMMichael Reckord

SIDEBAR TO COLPLEASE USE HIS NAME AT END OF STORYLIST 1 COL LEFTSome of the books published by David Katz's company, Tradewind Books, which were on display at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, last Monday had black characters and Katz...

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

During last Friday's Kingston Book Festival discussion at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, blogger Emma Lewis proposed six main points on writing book reviews. They are:1. Don't make them too long (1,500 1,800 words) but do capture the...

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

When asked about the success of the eighth staging of Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU) at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Michael Holgate, the centre's tutor-coordinator, declared, "It was wonderful!"Since he organised the...

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Recently retired director of the School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Eugene Williams, is trying to find a gateway to a new type of Caribbean theatre. He believes a technique he has devised for the development of...

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"It's okay to have a love affair with literature," Tanya Shirley, lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English, told her audience at the University of the West Indies, Mona, recently. "You can be quite open about it. You can even bring a...

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Fabian Thomas and his performing arts collective, Tribe Sankofa, staged an afternoon multimedia show at the National Gallery as a part of its February Last Sundays programme.Black Bodies honours the memories of four Jamaicans (Vanessa Kirkland,...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord

The transformative power of theatre on individuals and communities was one of the themes of a workshop at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona, last Friday. Part of...

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

"The colliding black holes that produced these gravitational waves created a violent storm in the fabric of space and time, a storm in which time speeded up, and slowed down, and speeded up again, a storm in which the shape of space was bent in this...

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The well known saying, 'The show must go on', may well have been show business' response to Murphy's law, 'If anything can go wrong, it will.'Despite the various unscheduled occurrences at the recent Jamaica Musical Theatre...

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

The theatrical productions currently playing, Duppy Whisperer (Centerstage Theatre) and Guilt Trip (Little Little Theatre) by playwrights Patrick Brown and Basil Dawkins, respectively, are both laughter-filled.The first is a farce, a fast-paced,...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

A Jamaican concert pianist and an American concert organist have teamed up to offer classical music in a revolutionary way. Dressed in costumes, the two will present an interactive full-length show called Double Treble: The Competition that will...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Participants in the workshop on performing poetry led by Linton Kwesi Johnson at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, last Monday would have known that he is a highly regarded Jamaican poet. They might not have known, however, that in 2002...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Midway through an evening of sheer delight at The Little Theatre on Tuesday came a moment of sadness for many when the tragic passing of aveteran theatre practitioner was announced. George Carter,pioneer lighting technician and designer and former...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 6:56 AMMichael Reckord

Two of the talks given last week at the Jamaica Stock Exchange's (JSE) three-day conference, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, were supposed to show existing and potential links between Jamaica's arts, culture and heritage and our...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Saturday night's audience at Montego Bay's Fairfield Theatre for Aston Cooke's comedy, Concubine?, was enthusiastic, to say the least. It included two busloads of teenaged students who laughed at every joke (especially the sexy ones) and sang along...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 11:06 PMMichael Reckord

Entertainer Tony Rebel recently 'locked' his popularity with about 1,500 of his fans when he performed in a packed Bank of Jamaica Auditorium. He was late - caught up in traffic, the audience was told - and the scheduled 12:30 p.m. start of the show...

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

Preparation for the Kingston College Chapel Choir's 2015-16 Christmas Concert Season began in earnest with a music camp at St Hilda's Diocesan High School, Brown's Town, St Ann, last summer. The first of the two concerts in that season was held on...

Published:Friday | January 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

From motor cars to music, longevity is an excellent test of quality and 17 years provides a good stretch of time for evaluating both. Nancy McLean, executive producer of Jazz in...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Take your pick. Experience the sacred with a concert by The Chapel Choir of Campion College (that's the formal name) on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Saxthorpe Methodist Church, or the profane with David Tulloch's latest comedy, Bangarang, now playing...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This is the final part of an article on a heritage workshop held last week. The first part was published last Friday...

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