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Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 11:16 PMMichael Reckord

This is the first of a two-part article on the importance of the Blue and John Crow Mountains to the world’s cultural heritage...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

When a distraught father (played by actor Desmond Morris) tells his wife (played by Shantol Jackson) that their 16-year-old daughter is no longer a virgin, their audience, comprising mainly school children aged nine to the mid-teens, shrieked with...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The organisers wanted a wonderful evening of music to celebrate the 90th anniversary concert of the Diocesan Festival Choir and Orchestra, so they used a simple recipe.They chose the world's most popular oratorio (Handel's Messiah) as the main dish;...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Parish libraries around the island were scheduled to have storytelling sessions last Friday, National Storytelling Day. The one at the Kingston...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

First-year University of the West Indies (UWI) student Samantha Johnson was close to tears as she sat in a front-row seat of the Courtleigh Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, but she wasn't feeling unhappy - just nostalgic.A member of the large...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Karl O'Brian Williams' race-focused revue, The Black That I Am, was first produced at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, 10 years ago. It played to acclaim a number of times in the...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Dance Theatre Xaymaca (DTX) celebrated its 20th anniversary weeks ago with a two-day season at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, St Andrew. The season produced a light, colourful, entertaining show.Shortly after the DTX season Tallawah, the...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The island's already rich musical heritage got richer on Saturday when the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POJ) was officially launched at the University of the West Indies chapel. Created in May 2013, the POJ has already performed in Kingston,...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

In keeping with an official proclamation by the Governor-General last year, National Storytelling Day will be celebrated on Friday, November 20. It falls on the fifth day of the four-year-old annual storytelling festival, which runs, this year, from...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Lovers of the performing arts might have found last Sunday unusually busy. Scores set out early for the Morant Bay Courthouse, St Thomas, to see The Trial of Governor Eyre, which began around 8:20 a.m. and ended two hours later.A few who attended...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The propagation and dissemination of positive Jamaican values was a central topic examined at two of the many enjoyable events making up last week's Rex Nettleford Arts Conference at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 12:04 AMMichael Reckord

Theatrically, it feels like Christmas.Four or five productions usually open in December but, if all goes as planned, between last weekend and mid-November five shows will have opened.Michael Holgate's musical Riot Act played last weekend at the...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Not only have more groups registered for the third Rex Nettleford Arts Conference at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) biennial conference than in previous years (2011 and 2013), but there has also been an...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Free public entertainment in the Corporate Area includes gems like the Creative Conversations sessions at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), offered thrice per semester, and the National Gallery of Jamaica's monthly...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Albert Einstein's much-quoted statement, imagination is more important than knowledge, was borne out for audiences attending three productions last Friday and Saturday.The first was staged at the School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Over the weekend, the 48-year-old Jamaican Folk Singers gave a two-hour overview in song, music and dance of hundreds of years of this island's history. Audiences gathered in The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Drive, for the group's 2015 concert season...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This is the second of a two-part article on Jamaican performers in New York. This week, the focus is on Andrew Clarke.Like innumerable young actors, Andrew Clarke had dreams of becoming a Broadway star. "I wanted my name on the marquee," he told me....

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

At the official opening of the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre (SBCC) at North Parade, downtown Kingston, on Sunday, the main entertainment was provided by the combined National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, with 21 members, and the 16-strong Youth...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"You'll find a strong Jamaican presence in anything that's Caribbean," Jamaican theatre practitioner Andrew Clarke reminded me a couple of weeks ago. He was talking about the...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Maisie Prince's life on stage seems to have come full circle. The former actress and singer took her first stage bow in Sunday school. Her last (she thinks) was in a play at her church, The Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living in New Kingston...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

There has been "quite a demand" nationally and regionally for the BFA programmes in Animation and Film production, which begin next month at the Caribbean Institute of Media and...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Mendelssohn's Elijah (first produced in Birmingham in 1846) is undoubtedly one of the world's best oratorios. Though not as soul stirring as the ever-so popular Messiah by Handel, it is indisputably great.The Biblical events around which the...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"IT'S BACK," screamed the newspaper ad in capital letters. "Fresh from sold out shows in London, America and the Caribbean."The reference was to Bashment Granny 3: Bashy Dead by Paul O. Beale which, after a successful tour of those places, returns...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 12:04 AMMichael Reckord

Marvin George was 12 years old when he went on stage in his first play. It was a tiny role with only one line - and it was a step toward his present career.He played an 18 year-old sailor, the client of a prostitute. And it was his mother who, as...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Saturday night's fare served up by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, was generally cheerful. Exceptions to that mood were to be found in two dances, 'Dialogue for Three' and 'Don't Leave Me'.The...

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