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Quickies: Guitar duo plays Redbones

Published:Friday | October 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM
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The international guitar duo of Jamaican Maurice Gordon and Italian Samuele Vivian returns to perform at Redbones on Thursday October 28. The duo will be up close and personal with moon-themed songs and other selections from world music, jazz and pop. Their first performance was well received and was unique for its "relaxing world music and meditative vibes" and was enjoyed by all who showed up at Redbones. This is a "not to be missed special guitar last Jam", if you missed it the first time around.

Samuele started playing at the age of 10 and, after a couple of years of self-study, started studying classical guitar at the conservatory A. Pedrollo in Vicenza with Angelo Amato, a pupil of the legendary Segovia. During this period, he performed regularly with Latin-jazz, ethno and chamber music formations.

After Classical Music Graduation in 2004 he moved to Croatia, where he worked with well-known musicians in the pop and jazz scene, such as Nina Badric, Ivana Banfic, Ivana Kindl and many more. He also performed regularly at the famous lounge clubs The Garden, BP Club and Arsenal. In 2005, he started to study jazz, classic and pop guitar at the University for Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.

Ardenne takes Garvey award

The Ardenne High School has copped the prestigious Marcus Garvey Awards for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the most celebrated award in the Festival of Performing Arts 2010 organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). The Kingston-based school took home the top honour ahead of four other qualifiers at the Annual Excellence Awards for the Performing Arts ceremony held on Thursday, October 14, at the Knutsford Court Hotel.

During the ceremony, hosted during National Heritage Week, awards were also presented to top performers in the categories of dance, music drama, traditional folk forms and speech.

Ardenne, who entered this year's Festival of the Arts with over 90 entries across all areas, copped over 70 medals and nine overall awards. According to performing arts coach at the school, Suzanne Beadle, "The success of the school during the competition is the result of a tremendous effort on the part of the school's administration and students in maintaining the performing arts as part of the schools curriculum."

The Marcus Garvey Award was instituted by the JCDC in 1994 and is presented to a top awardee determined by participation in at least three of the five areas of the National Festival of the Arts Competition, and a tally of points based on medals and other awards. The other contenders for the award were St Jago High School, the Port Antonio Theatre Group, Manning's School and Cornwall College.

Gaga, lover make 'spiritual' commitment

Lady Gaga has undergone a "spiritual" commitment ceremony with her boyfriend.

The hitmaker and Luc Carl reportedly professed their love for one another in an intimate moonlight service on the Greek island of Crete last week. A source said: "It was their first step towards marriage. They both dressed up and said beautiful handwritten vows. They then exchanged rings in a spiritual service and drank shots before sitting down to a lovely private dinner at a tiny restaurant. They wanted to show that they are committed to each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. They are still planning to marry, but that will come later when she has the time to plan a big Italian-style wedding."

Gaga wore a long white dress which fastened at the stomach for the ceremony, which was witnessed by a handful of close friends, while Luc donned a white suit jacket and silver zebra print leggings.

The eccentric singer - real name Stefani Germanotta - is said to have realised the strength of her feelings for Luc following the recent death of her grandfather, Joseph Germanotta. The source added: "Since her beloved grandfather died last month, Luc has been her rock and she's also had a reminder of just how short life is. She says he's 'the one' and she doesn't want to lose him ever again."

Docs give Lohan firing tip

Lindsay Lohan has allegedly been advised by doctors to fire her mother Dina as her manager. The actress is currently undergoing a rehab treatment programme at the Betty Ford Clinic in Los Angeles and medics have warned her if Dina continues to focus her energies on her daughter's career, rather than being a parent to her, Lindsay will find it harder to beat her drug problems.

A source said: "Dina needs to no longer act as her manager, or work for her daughter in any capacity. Lindsay needs Dina to simply be her mother. Lindsay's treatment team at Betty Ford has emphasised this to Lindsay, very, very strongly." The pressures of being the main earner in her family and being responsible for providing for her mother and siblings - Michael Douglas Jr, Ali and Dakota - have taken their toll on Lindsay, 24, and doctors believe that by working for her daughter Dina has damaged their relationship.

Lindsay's father, Michael, is locked in a war of words with his ex-wife over the best treatment for their daughter. The pair have traded insults in recent weeks, with Michael branding Dina a "hypocrite" and Lindsay's mother claiming her ex-husband has "lost his mind". She has also accused him of selling stories about Lindsay. Michael has been banned from visiting Lindsay while she is in rehab by Dina, with her daughter's consent.

McCarthy discovers she was faking

Jenny McCarthy used to "pretend" with Jim Carrey. The former Playboy model - who split from the actor earlier this year - realised while researching her new book Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies and True Romance she often failed to consider her own feelings and opinions because she was so keen to please her partner.

She said: "I got the book deal the same time Jim and I split after five years together. While researching and writing it I looked inside of myself and began to see what was wrong with me instead of blaming him for everything. I was a girl who pretended. I would say I liked things when I didn't. I knew if I wanted to grow I needed to make myself happy before I could begin to have an equal relationship with another man."

The 37-year-old blonde is now dating Jason Toohey and thinks her relationship is much stronger because of her willingness to be open. She said: "With Jason, I went in with all of my chips laid out. He respected that and saw the life in me. And, so far, it is working well. I have been so open and truthful in this relationship - it is amazing. If he wants Chinese food and I don't, I say it. If he wants to go out and I want to stay in and watch Dancing with the Stars, I tell him so. Sometimes we both want to play poker and we have a blast at home. Our relationship is stronger because of the honesty."