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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Barbecue (Unrated) French farce revolving around a trim and fit, diet-conscious health nut (Lambert Wilson) who decides to throw caution to the wind after suffering a heart attack on his 50th birthday. Supporting cast includes Franck Dubosc, Florence Foresti and Sophie Duez. (In French with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Authors for young adults talk about their work

Books: When Ibi Zoboi was in high school in Bushwick and reading Edwidge Danticat’s “Breath Eyes and Memory,” she discovered her mother’s hometown in Haiti, Dame Marie, mentioned in the first few pages of the book. “It was then I decided to be a writer,” she said. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Start in the name of love! Diana Ross to reopen Kings Theatre

Music: The queen of Motown is going to let the good times roll at the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush at its grand reopening. Comment.

Good tidings of comfort & joy & to all good cheer

Arts & Theater: For Caribbean diasporans, home is more than where the heart is. And perhaps more than at any other time of the year, the advent of the Christmas season heartily embraces the Biblical miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ and also unites families in a loving way. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Annie’ musical provides scenic bragging rights

Arts & Theater: New York City gets a hefty dose of promotion and publicity in the new “Annie” musical slated for a Dec. 19 release. From Harlem to Liberty State Park in New Jersey, the 20/20 view illuminates the Big Apple adding 21st century relevance to the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip character popularized in newspapers in 1924. Comment.

High-roller spirals out of control in mob saga

Movies: By day, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is an English Literature professor whose questionable teaching method involves berating his blasé students by suggesting that none of them will ever amount to anything. He reserves all his praise for the only person in the class exhibiting any promise as a writer, the brilliant and beautiful, but modest, Amy Phillips (Brie Larson). Comment.

All I really want for Christmas

Books: “All I Really Want” by Quinn Caldwell Comment.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Ask Me Anything (Unrated) Bittersweet bildungsroman about a high school grad (Britt Robertson) who chronicles all of her adventures in an anonymous blog, when she takes a year off to find herself before starting college. With Justing Long, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater and Robert Patrick. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Soul Nativity

Arts & Theater: “Soul Nativity” was born and incubated at The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) over 14 years. The musical co-writers, Tracy Jack and Alfred Preisser, met at the school in the late 90’s and since have collaborated on over 30 professional and student projects, including productions of Soul Nativity in various incarnations at The Theatre of St. Clements, The Duke on 42nd Street, and multiple versions at The HSA Theatre. A joyous pageant for all ages and perfect for anyone who loves music, dance and the holiday season, Soul Nativity has garnered rave reviews and sold out houses wherever it has been performed. This year’s featured guest choir is Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir. Comment.


Music: Rising international music sensation, MonChérie, continues her quest for recognition as one of this generation’s most dynamic young music artists. After her music debut earlier this year, which unleashed the major hit single, “No Santa,” the singer has followed up that effort with her heavily awaited and equally energetic new song, “Billy Billy Boom Boom.” Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Identity theft alert, what you should do

Books: Your credit card was declined. Comment.

Griffith’s solo-show

Arts & Theater: If fine theatre is magic, then “Demerara Gold,” Ingrid Griffith’s solo-show is pure alchemy... the mythical practice of turning ordinary substance into gold. The show will be held at the Starlite Pavilion, Richmond Hill on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:00 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Guess who’s nominated for Reggae Grammy?

Music: Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sly and Robbie, Ziggy Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and American band SOJA are nominees for the Best Reggae Album category of the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Shaggy has been nominated for his album (Out of Many, One Music), Sean Paul (Full Frequency), Sly and Robbie (The Reggae Power, featuring Spicy Chocolate), Ziggy Marley (Fly Rasta), and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (Back on the Controls). Released in April by Tuff Gong, Ziggy Marley’s “Fly Rasta” is the most commercially successful album in the United States by a Jamaican reggae artiste this year, with sales of more than 16,000 copies to date. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Witherspoon stars in adaptation of best-selling memoir

Movies: Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) life went into a tailspin right after the untimely death of her mother (Laura Dern). The grief-stricken 22-year-old subsequently became emotionally estranged from the people closest to her, including her husband, Paul (Thomas Sadowski), and her brother, Leif (Keene McRae). Comment.

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: After the Fall (R for violence and some sexuality and profanity) Character study of a desperate family man’s (Wes Bentley) spiraling out of control when he turns to a life of crime after losing his job. With Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett, Audrey Walters and Jason Isaacs. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Spectacular holiday show

Arts & Theater: Undoubtedly, this time of year, the biggest attraction to New York finds tourists mingled with local residents around 50th Street where Radio City Music Hall endears audiences to experience the annual Christmas Spectacular. And although the biggest applause usually lavish kudos to the resident Rockettes, rival contenders for rousing fanfare annually include Santa Claus, a Nativity scene, two riveting organ players, a fantastic orchestra, and a myriad of magical attractions. Comment.


Music: Benefactors to the legacy left by Robert Nesta Marley rocked the Apollo Theater in Harlem with a tribute concert commemorating the legend’s 35th anniversary appearance at the landmark showplace. They each performed signature songs and in the end united onstage singing his “One Love” anthem. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Principal cast reunites for raunchy, saucy sequel

Movies: Timing is everything, when it comes to comedy, and this sequel suffers from an acute case of terrible timing. First of all, with the Bill Cosby rape allegations figuring so prominently in the news nowadays, the last thing anybody wants to laugh at is a premise predicated upon secretly slipping a knockout pill into the drink of an unsuspecting victim. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Barefoot Artist (Unrated) Poignant portrait of 73-year-old Lily Yeh, the Chinese artist-turned-global humanitarian who, based on a belief that access to art is a fundamental human right, created a foundation which transformed abandoned lots and buildings into parks, gardens, theaters, studios and educational facilities for poor kids in Philadelphia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ecuador and elsewhere around the world. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

New book spotlights Haitian cuisine

Food: Anticipation percolated. On a pre-Thanksgiving, weekday night, they packed Colors Restaurant. It was the awaited launch of “Haiti: Uncovered,” Nadege Fleurimond’s “regional adventure into the art of Haitian cuisine,” part cookbook, part travel book that should reside on your coffee table. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Hunger games leaves viewers starving

Movies: Don’t see this movie. Save your money for the finale next year. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Kam’s Kaps

Movies: Here’s a list of upcoming films. Comment.

Yes you can! Read ‘Firebird’

Books: Misty Copeland’s book a page-turner. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Dancing Haiti’s history with KaNu Dance Theater

Arts & Theater: On Nov. 15, KaNu Dance Theater’s “Malgré Tout” was presented at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JCAL), the 1858 Dutch Reformed Church in Jamaica, Queens. The title means “Despite all, Haiti’s Still Standing.” Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Bishop T.D. Jakes at New York Empowerment Summit 2014

Music: Bishop T.D. Jakes is slated to headline a two day New York Empowerment Summit at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York on Sunday Nov. 30 and Monday Dec.st. Hosted by Glory of God Christian Center, A Journey Through The Gospel Conference also features a number of Christian heavyweights including Bishop Tudor Bismark, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Dr. Jackie McCullough, Fred Hammond, Tasha Cobbs, Sonnie Badu, Lucy Reyes, Las Reyes Queens, Christian Cultural Center Youth Choir “C3,” the Music Research Lab and Comedian Michael Jr. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Two side of Lady Saw revealed

Music: The Queen of the Dancehall’s latest introduces ‘Marion Hall.’ Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Ten years of Thanksgiving at Calvary Mission

Food: Calvary Mission food pantry in Jamaica, Queens will provide members of the community with all the trimmings for a turkey dinner during its 10th annual of Thanksgiving sustenance program. Comment.

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is just plain dumb

Movies: Two decades later, Harry and Lloyd are back, but they should have just stayed away, according to our critic. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Montano wins a Soul Train Award

Music: Trinidad and Tobago Soca star Machel Montano has won America’s Soul Train Award for Best International Performance at the star-studded event at the New Orleans Arena stage in Las Vegas, USA last week. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Relative (Unrated) Romantic dramedy, set in NYC, about a couple (Sara Paxton and Jonathan Sadowski) whose budding relationship becomes imperiled by the arrival of her folks for a weekend visit. With Connie Nielsen, Al Thompson, Liz Fye and David Aron Baker. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

‘Last Ship’ Musical

Arts & Theater: Just in time to make the holiday Bucket list of things to do “The Last Ship” sails onto Broadway with spirited songs composed by pop idol Sting. Making his Broadway debut, the 63-year-old former lead Police singer and songwriter can now can add composer to his discography. Comment.

A stroll down Harlem streets

Books: When the music starts, your feet do, too. Oh, how you love to dance -and if singing is involved, that’s even better. You sing in church, in the choir. If someone mentions it, you dance for the family. It’s a pleasure in front of friends. Heck, you’ve been known to break out in song and do a little shuffle on the stree Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty (Unrated) Ten Most Wanted documentary recounting the international manhunt for the ruthless, Mexican cartel kingpin known as El Chapo. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Altruistic astronauts seek alternate for Earth

Movies: Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors, and four of his pictures have made my annual Top Ten List, including “Memento,” “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins” and “Insomnia.” However, I hard a hard time understanding exactly what was going on in “Inception,” an inscrutable mindbender that I found to be a little too hip for the room. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

DocNYC, films spanning past, present, and future

Movies: The fifth edition of DocNYC opens Nov. 13, running for a week, with screenings in Greenwich Village and Chelsea movie houses. This documentary is a natural outgrowth of Thom Powers’ long-running “Stranger Than Fiction” documentary series that screens weekly at the IFC Center on 6th Ave. in Manhattan. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Supadex cries foul

Music: A week after announcing the results of the inaugural New York Vincy Independence Calypso Competition, the Brooklyn-based Dynamite Calypso Tent has reversed the winners of the first and second runners-up positions. Comment.


Arts & Theater: The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will be participating in the second annual Lunar New Year Celebration organized by the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of its 60th Anniversary Season on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Comment.

Black Violin in concert

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Black Violin. Three-time winners of Amateur Night at the Apollo, this classically trained violin duo inspires young people to get fired up about classical music with their unique fusion of classical, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. Recommended for ages eight and up. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Carey billed to headline Jazz & Blues Fest in JA

Music: For the very first time in her storied musical career, pop superstar Mariah Carey will travel south to perform in the Caribbean. The date has been set, the destination agreed and the best-selling female artist of all time will be making her first-ever appearance in the Caribbean on the island of Jamaica. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

UWI plans 4th International Reggae Conference

Music: University of the West Indies in Jamaica recently announced plans for the fourth International Reggae Conference. Formerly known as the Global Reggae Conference, the four-day focus on one of the Caribbean’s most popular home-grown music will celebrate the genre as well as reflect on some of the pitfalls that has kept it a niche market commodity. Comment.

Gyllenhaal makes, covers grisly side of news

Movies: Petty thief Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) was eking out a living selling stolen scrap metal to junkyards until the day he stumbled upon a legitimate line of work when he pulled over to assist a driver trapped in a fiery car crash. There, he was surprised to find ghoulish freelance journalists flocking to the scene with the hope of shooting graphic video footage to sell to network television stations. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Bailey returns to head WIADCA

Arts & Theater: After a leave of absence, Trinidadian Thomas Bailey has returned to his role as president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) president. Comment.

Bailey returns to head WIADCA

Arts & Theater: After a leave of absence, Trinidadian Thomas Bailey has returned to his role as president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) president. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 21 Years: Richard Linklater (Unrated) Reverential biopic chronicling the first 21 years in the career of indie filmmaker Richard Linklater. The Better Angels (PG for mature themes and brief smoking) Abraham Lincoln Braydon Denney) biopic about how a challenging Indiana childhood marked by traumas and tragedy helped shaped the future president for greatness. With Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke and Brit Marling. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014


Music: Dennis Bowman, a finalist in the national calypso competition in Vincy Mas 2014, last Saturday morning captured the inaugural New York calypso crown from a field of 11 challengers amid much controversy. Comment.

Chilly learns the hard way

Arts & Theater: As clichéd sayings go, you don’t always know what you’ve got till it’s gone covers territory from the commonplace to life-changing events. Rather than spending your time seeking out bigger and better people, objects and desires, focus your energy on making the most out of what you already have. Comment.

Learie Joseph comedy

Arts & Theater: The comedic prowess of one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after talents will be on full display when Learie Joseph, in one of his now infrequent New York appearances, takes center stage for an entire evening of guaranteed riotous laughter, Saturday, Nov. 8 at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Carib Film Festival spotlights ‘70s

Movies: “WAR” in Guyana; “Debt” in Jamaica; and “Revolution” in Grenada & TT. Revolts in the French and Spanish Caribbean often define protests in the region. Often referenced as the “largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere,” the Haitian rebellion from 1791 to 1803 ended France’s domination over the Caribbean nation and in the process stopped slavery there. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Misanthrope rises to role model in character portrait

Movies: Almost nothing is right in Vincent MacKenna’s (Bill Murray) life. The aging, Vietnam War vet is still suffering from PTSD. Plus, he’s fighting a losing battle against booze, cigarettes and gambling, which has left him deeply indebted to a vicious loan shark (Terrence Howard). Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: ABCs of Death 2 (Unrated) Horror sequel featuring another 26 short comedies by 26 different directors, each titled for a different letter of the alphabet, from A is for Amateur to Z is for Zygote. Cast includes Martina Garcia, Tristan Risk, Beatrice Dalle and Andy Nyman. (In English, Hebrew, Japanese, French and Portuguese) Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Four Caribbean talents vie for Soul Train Awards

Music: Three Jamaicans and Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Montano will represent the Caribbean when the 27th annual Soul Train Awards are held next month in Las Vegas. Comment.

Freedom Riders: Remembering the brave

Arts & Theater: Actress Vinnie Burrows as Aunt Flora is bringing Drama Desk Award winning playwright J.E. Franklin’s play “Freedom Rider” to life and to memory. The play showcased at the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem, revisits the 1960s when interracial activists challenged the segregation laws and harsh treatment African Americans had to endure under the harsh Jim Crow Laws of the south. It was a time when young college students and brave individuals who fought for civil rights, boarded buses and traveled south to segregated areas. This became known as the Freedom Rides. Comment.


Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its annual return to the Apollo stage to present the New York Premiere of its first evening-length narrative work, CARMEN.maquia, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, in a one-night-only engagement on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Paragon of Reggae John Holt  passes

Music: Jamaican reggae singer John Holt was booked to perform in Florida next month. Although rumors of his death had been rampant on social media outlets, since he became ill at the “One Love” Festival on Aug. 16, the reality of an absent 1000-volt entertainer seemed unfathomable. However, on Oct. 19, the 70th birthday anniversary of Peter Tosh and the eve of Jamaica’s National Heroes Day celebrations, the 69-year-old Holt died at the Wellington Hospital in London. Comments (2).

Dinkins stresses need for educated population

Books: Former mayor David Dinkins is quite the raconteur–storyteller. And, he has decades of living behind him to engagingly share. At Medgar Evers College, last week, Honorable David Dinkins meandered through the storyline of his life with Dr. Brenda M. Greene, chair of the Medgar Evers English Department and the executive director of the Center for Black Literature. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Grenadian American teaches dance diversity classes in Grenada

Arts & Theater: Award-winning professional dancer, Shola K. Roberts, is now in Grenada teaching traditional West African dance to emerging dancers on the island. Comment.

Festival of Lights celebrated in Richmond Hill

Arts & Theater: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights was celebrated with a spectacular motorcade, which lit up the night skies over Richmond Hill. Now in its 11th year, the motorcade adorned with lights, flowers and streamers wound its way along Liberty Avenue to loud cheers from spectators. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Downey, Duvall square-off courtroom drama

Movies: Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a very successful, criminal defense attorney with a good reason to hide his humble roots. After all, he was a rebellious kid who frequently landed in trouble with the law while growing up in tiny Carlinville, Indiana. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 23 Blast (PG-13 for underage alcohol consumption) Fact-based, overcoming-the-odds drama about a high school football star (Mark Hapka) who didn’t let sudden blindness due to a sinus infection derail his dream of gridiron greatness. With Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang and Max Adler. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Vincy Gospel diva sings for a cause

Music: Award-winning, Vincentian-born, Caribbean gospel diva, Evangelist Bridget Blucher, two Saturdays ago brought the House of the Lord down in a major gospel concert drive aimed at installing an air conditioning system at one of the larger United Methodist churches in Brooklyn. For the second year, Blucher flew from her residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida to render her mellifluous, enthralling voice to a worthy cause, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Algorithms (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting exploring India’s little-known world of competitive chess for the blind. America the Beautiful 3 (Unrated) Latest installment in Darryl Roberts’s series of incendiary documentaries indicts pop culture’s sexualization of today’s youth. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Classy look at race relations in the Ivy League

Movies: The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

CaribBEING celebrates fall

Arts & Theater: ¡Viva Brooklyn! caribBEING held its fourth partnership event with leading cultural institution, Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The organization was excited about kicking off the fall, celebrating and highlighting the cultural contributions of communities from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The event was filled with a vibrant collection of music, dance, interactive performances and films throughout the museum. Comment.


Music: Etana releases her new album “I Rise,” which will be available from Oct. 28, 2014 on VP Records. The beautifully-orchestrated set is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, whose credits include Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff and many more. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Geoffrey Holder, multitalented artist, dies at 84

Arts & Theater: Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Caribbean Film Academy-Anansi Studios unveil website

Movies: Fans of Caribbean film will have a new option to view the innovative works of moviemakers in the region, on a new website that was launched recently in Brooklyn, by the Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), and Anansi Studios, headed by Guyanese-American Romola O. Lucas. Comment.

Boyers’ bees in Brooklyn

Food: In a Ditmas Park front yard, under a towering evergreen, a lot of buzzing is going on. That’s where the Boyers’ two beehives reside, soaking up morning sun. In the hot afternoon, the pine shades them. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (R for profanity, sexual references, graphic violence and pervasive gore) Horror sequel finds Norway invaded by another battalion of nasty Nazi zombies. Co-starring Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, Jocelyn DeBoer and Martin Starr. (In Norwegian, English and German with subtitles) Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Apollo slates One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert

Music: One year before the untimely May 11, 1981 passing of reggae superstar Bob Marley, on Sept. 19, 1980 the Rastafarian musician opened for the first of a two-night concert with rhythm & blues legends The Commodores at Madison Square Garden and many of his fans have not stopped talking about what transpired that evening. Comment.

Vegas launches ‘Reggae Euphoria’

Music: Not everything that happens with Vegas stays with Vegas. Unlike the west coast gambling capital, with the dancehall, reggae deejay -- whose moniker introduced him as Mr. Vegas -- everything he writes, produces, rhymes or releases should be blazed in neon lights for all to see and hear. Comment.

From the kitchen to stores it’s lip-smacking good

Food: Lorna’s Lip Smacking Pepper Sauce — Guyanese style received rave reviews from customers who lined her kiosk at the recent Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, to purchase the delicacy. “The relish is a must have, on cook-up rice, or any dish from back home,” said entrepreneur, Lorna Welshman-Neblett who is excited about her cottage industry. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Documentary focuses on ageless fashion plates

Movies: We live in a culture which unfortunately equates beauty with youth. Why else are so many women to make a joke of their own faces so long as the skin remains as tight as a 10-year old’s? As the late Joan Rivers, a big fan of cosmetic surgery, might ask: Can we talk? Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang Bang! (Unrated) Bollywood remake of Knight and Day (2010), the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy about a woman (Katrina Kaif) headed to a wedding who ends up on the run from a team of assassins after unwittingly befriending the handsome spy (Hrithik Roshan) she meets at the airport. Support cast includes Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey and Jimmy Shergill. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

East Flatbush church gets more than the blues

Music: Patrons at the basket ball court-turned-auditorium at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church (VPUMC) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn got more than the blues on Saturday night at the staging of the seventh annual production, “Evening in Blue.” Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Marley’s Musical

Music: Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died in 1981 at age 36 but every decade since his passing, his music gets bigger, louder, and for the 70th anniversary of his birth a musical based on his life could be headed to Broadway. Comments (1).


Arts & Theater: If ever one word in the Americas typifies genocide, it’s the Spanish word for parsley: perejil, with its trilled “r”. Seventy-seven years ago, Dominican soldiers carried out a massacre of Haitians at the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti under the orders of President Trujillo. Comment.

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Dolly House’

Arts & Theater: Oliver Samuels latest play, Dolly House, starring Oliver Samuels, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Ruth Ho Shing will be presented at Wingate Campus, Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and York College, Queens, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. Comment.

Charles M. Blow tells his tale of growing up

Books: Take a deep breath. Sometimes, nothing is sweeter: a newborn’s first lungful of air. The headiness of roses, new-mown grass, or familiar perfume. A gasp at the surface of water. The sigh that accompanies a good hug. Comment.
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