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Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Arguably Jamaica’s best known poets, Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett-Coverley and Lorna Goodison are in the cultural spotlight just now. As of the week of her 100th birthday anniversary on September 7, the former is being officially celebrated by the...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:22 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Next Thursday’s lunch-hour production at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona, will be in honour of the late cultural icon Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett-Coverley. Dubbed ‘Miss Lou: Distingwish Jamiekan – Celebratin’ A Legacy...

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

When I asked Noel Dexter a few years ago why he chose a career in music, his reply was, “I didn’t choose music. Music chose me.” The evidence bears this out. I, and others attending his thanksgiving service at The University Chapel, Mona, on...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:30 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Both the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and the National Gallery (NG) clearly delight in presenting new artistic talent to the public. Recently, the two organisations, separately, turned the spotlight on creative writer, Rohan Facey...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:23 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After a three-weekend run in the tiny Blue Room in the Phoenix Theatre complex on Haining Road, the intriguing, energetic gospel drama, Behind the Pulpit, is to be shown to larger audiences than can hold in the 80-seat theatre. Discussions are also...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Shakespeare’s much-quoted admonition “To thine own self be true” was a dominant theme of stage and television actress Michael Hyatt’s talk at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) recently. While addressing the advertised topic, “Actualizing an...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:21 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On a recent, culture-packed day at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange announced plans to further enhance the institution’s cultural potency. The gallery should have “a thrilling...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:28 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After receiving high merits and distinctions in all of the graded Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) piano exams, two talented Jamaican teenage pianists are booked to fly off to the USA shortly for further studies. Sixteen-year-...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:26 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The first couple of scenes of the roots play Money Moves (written and directed by Garfield Reid), now on at 6 Cargill Avenue, very efficiently reveal what the rest of the play will be like. The mood will be amorous and the tone comical and there...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

For its ‘last Sunday’ event in June, the National Gallery treated its audience to a performance by one of the most influential personalities in Jamaican popular music, Winston ‘Sparrow’ Martin. Leading a quartet called the Skasonics, Martin...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

When the Edna Manley College’s School of Drama graduate, Lemar Archer, started teaching, he sensed deep distress among many of his students. In the theatre arts and drama classes he taught at Edith Dalton James High School in St Andrew, he...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The academic year drawing to a close at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA) of the UWI, Mona campus has been an eventful one for acting head Michael Holgate. Opened in 1968, the centre technically marked its 50th year in 2018,...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast” is a statement often misattributed to Shakespeare, but it is an early line from a play by another English poet and playwright – William Congreve. He lived in Jamaica for some years. Also a politician...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

There was a definite focus on youth at this year’s Talking Trees Literary Fiesta in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. Dr Christine Marrett, conceptualiser of the event and owner of Two Seasons Guest House, where it was held, told me that her intention...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In just six hours, a surprisingly varied performance package was offered at the Talking Trees Literary Fiesta in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, last Saturday. It was the sixth fiesta, presented by the Two Seasons Guest House in collaboration with...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

S eville and di Bone Tribunal, a musical now playing at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts (PSCPA), is the third in a series of writer-director Michael Holgate’s Caribbean Mythery plays. His earlier ones were Riot Act and Garvey The...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:19 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In an imaginative production currently running at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), the ancient art of storytelling is being used as a vehicle for both education and entertainment. Audiences in the institute’s auditorium today and next Wednesday will...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After seeing the beautiful artwork and the excellent singing, dancing and acting from the girls of the Convent of Mercy Academy (popularly called ‘Alpha’) on Saturday afternoon, patrons of the school’s Evening of the Arts would surely have...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:11 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“It’s been 10 years since we began,” said Greg Simms, founder and principal director of the Jamaica Youth Chorale, as he acknowledged the audience’s enthusiastic cheers and applause for the group at the University Chapel, Mona, on Sunday. “We must...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:20 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The three-character comedy Face the Truth is written and produced by Angela Jarrett, who also acts in the production. Now playing at the Pantry Theatre in New Kingston, the story surrounds a mother, Dorothy Morton (played by Rosemary Murray), who...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) mounted their Easter concert last Sunday – a whole two weeks early. Perhaps not unrelated to the premature staging, there were challenges, but as the famous show biz saying goes, “The show must go on.”...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:17 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The current exhibition mounted at the National Gallery is proof of the continued international growth of Jamaica’s fame and, specifically, the popularity of our music. Figures tell the story. displayed in the exhibition, which comprises entries in...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

There seems to have been a communication failure among the three performing arts schools at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, with all three having overlapping productions last weekend. And the Buju Banton concert just down...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“The world is changing, and what students want out of a university education is changing as well,” said Dr Rachel Moseley-Wood, head of the Department of Literatures in English. She was speaking of the non-traditional courses and programmes her...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Because March has been designated Literatures in English Month at the University of the West Indies, Mona, numerous activities have been taking place. One was a book launch by performance poet Richard ‘Dingo’ Dingwall on Sunday in the Neville hall...

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