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Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

‘Caribbean Sickness’ takes over Antoine International

Arts & Theater: Claiming that “Caribbean Sickness” is too prevalent, Trinidadian Kenneth Antoine says that it is befitting that he so names this year’s Labor Day production. Comment

Barbados Crop Over not so usual

Arts & Theater: Barbados wrapped up another Crop Over festival with organisers beaming at the success to which the island has become accustomed, but what people are now left to grapple with is one souring incident of gun violence and death. Comment

A boy and his dragon

Books: You didn’t do it. Whatever it was, it wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do it — you weren’t even around when it happened. You don’t know who to blame. Maybe it was your dog, your mom, or maybe, as in the new book by Dorothea Taylor, illustrated by Charly Palmer, “There’s a Dragon in My Closet.” Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Demonic doll haunts yet another house

Movies: “Annabelle: Creation” is the fourth film in a horror franchise that previously featured The Conjuring 1 and 2 as well as Annabelle. Because this prequel is set in 1952, well before the events which transpired in the others, one need not be familiar with those pictures to thoroughly enjoy this one, provided you like having the bejesus scared out of you. Comment

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Actor Alejandro Santoni tapped in new television projects

Arts & Theater: He’s riding the main stage. Puerto-Rican American actor Alejandro Santoni came to New York almost a decade ago to pursue his acting career. He was met with some early struggles, but now the actor is on his way to create an even bigger name for himself and is celebrating his three new roles on television and in film, including popular city-based web series and Emmy Award winning show, “We Are New York.” Comment

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

Steel band prep for annual competition

Music: It’s the battle of the pans. The annual Steel Band Panorama competition returns on Sept. 2 gathering bands from all over the tri-state region in Brooklyn, for a musical match to crown one band as the best. About a dozen groups come to the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum to compete for title the best steel band in town, and many of the top groups are prepared to push for that gold star. Comment

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Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

Caribbean carnival celebrates 50th grand parade in Toronto

Arts & Theater: Eleven masquerade bands, more than 10,000 costumed revelers, thousands of other revelers and over a million people converged on Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard last Saturday for the city’s 50th grand Caribbean carnival. Comment

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Messiah International Mas is ‘Bejeweled’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: With its focus on the Roman Empire’s relationship with “certain gemstones,” the Brooklyn-based Messiah International Mas Band will be “Bejeweled” in this year’s Labor Day production. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Crown Heights (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violence) Miscarriage of justic drama recounting the real-life ordeal of Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) who was sentenced to life in 1980 for a murder he didn’t commit. With Nnamdi Asomugha, Bill Camp and Yil Vazquez. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL

Arts & Theater: They’re making their big apple debut. The Dominican National Company of Contemporary Dance is going to perform their first New York performance at the Battery Dance Festival on Aug. 14 and 16. Comment

New festival to debut in Queens

Music: Uniting together for a musical cause. A new festival is trying to bring the diverse communities of Queens together for a day of music. The inaugural ECIPS Music Festival will debut at Roy Wilkins Park on Aug. 20, showcasing a lineup of artists from varying genres and cultures. It will be the first time that the park — long considered a stronghold of Caribbean-centric events — will feature a multi-genre concert to including the once barred genre of hip-hop. The addition of it to the event will attract music fans that were never catered to the parks many concert, said organizers. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Skimpiness on Kadooment

Arts & Theater: A first timer pranced away with the top design prizes in Grand Kadooment Monday when thousands of Barbadians thronged the streets to jump and dance in brightly coloured large and really tiny costumes in the culmination of Crop Over. Comment

Go Untamed! for J’ouvert 2017

Arts & Theater: After an excitingly successful band launch last month, Roy Pierre & Associates, 16-time J’ouvert winners, the carnival group that in 2016 brought you the revolutionary production “Havana Nights,” is this year inviting revellers to be part of “UNTAMED!,” an irreverent, unconventional presentation for J’ouvert 2017. Comment

Gunslinger defends planet from extinction

Movies: Laurie Chambers (Katheryn Winnick) is understandably worried about her 11-year-old son’s recurrent nightmares. After all, Jake’s (Tom Taylor) becoming increasingly convinced of Earth’s imminent demise. Comment

Ready for a ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’ education

Arts & Theater: Piggybacking on last year’s “Jump for Education” by the Brooklyn-based Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers, Mas Productions Unlimited will this year present during the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, “Education in Rhythm and Rhyme,” inspired by its sponsor, Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Good Time (R for violence, drug use, sexuality and pervasive profanity) NYC crime drama revolving around a mobster’s (Robert Parkinson) efforts to spring his brother (Ben Safdie) from jail after a botched bank robbery. With Buddy Duress, Barkhad (I’m the Captain, now!”) Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

A web and a prayer

Music: He won it in 2013, and 2014 and this year Ian Webster entered the stage with an entourage of angels, began to ‘Pray for the Souls’ and the divine message of this second song again earned him Barbados’ 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop title. Comment

An introduction to other cultures for kids

Books: This morning, you woke up to a big day. Like most days, you’ll eat breakfast and get ready to leave the house. Every hour is then packed with fun and excitement before you go to sleep in a comfortable bed tonight. Do kids like you live like that in other countries? In “This is How We Do It” by Matt Lamothe, you’ll see. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017

Boom Mas again ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Arts & Theater: While last year’s Summer Olympics have come and gone in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Brooklyn’s Boom Mas, LLC is again “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival. Comment

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

Free Wingate Concert Series begins Monday

Music: In response to the significant interest in maintaining and expanding the range of free summer entertainment opportunities in Brooklyn, Borough President Eric Adams says the Wingate Concert Series, at Wingate Park in East Flatbush, will begin on Monday, Aug. 7. Comment