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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...

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....

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