Arts & Entertainment

Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Hung jury in Buju Trial

Music: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Monday declared a mistrial for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Independent & Foreign Films 

Movies: Barry Munday (R for sexuality and profanity) Castration comedy about a wannabe ladies man (Patrick Wilson) who awakens in a hospital with his testicles missing after being attacked in a movie theater. To add insult to injury, the newly-neutered eunuch learns he’s being sued for paternity by a woman (Judy Greer) he can’t even remember sleeping with. Cast includes Chloe Sevigny, Billy Dee Williams, Cybill Shepherd, Malcolm McDowell and Colin Hanks. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Diamonds mark 41 years in reggae

Music: Couples who sustain wedded union for four decades are often regaled to be unique, outstanding and at least tolerant of each other. Comment.

Reva Lewis wins Miss Grenada/USA title

Music: Reva Lewis, a stunning 21-year-old student of the City College of New York, majoring in Mass Communications and Public Relations was crowned Miss Grenada/USA 2010 on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Medgar Evers College Auditorium at the event marking the 19th anniversary of the pageant. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

FOURPLAY AT THE TOP

Music: Sometimes you have to shake things up, push a little farther, reach a little higher – even when you’re a contemporary jazz foursome that’s been operating at the top of its collective game for two decades. Comment.

Chilling life of a fashion model

Movies: “Picture Me: A Model’s Diary” Comment.

‘Found Out’ exhibit at Gallery 307

Arts & Theater: The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, a non-profit organization in New York City, is showcasing the work of Abe Nover at its new gallery and studio space, Gallery 307, located at 307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1401, in Manhattan, continuing through Oct. 7. Comment.

Chucho Valdés’ musical evolution

Music: Chucho Valdés’ newest release, “Chucho’s Steps,” is as much of a discovery for the preeminent pianist as for his audience. In his first solo project since 2003’s “New Conceptions,” Valdés speaks through his distinctive and extraordinary compositions and arrangements, reflecting upon his own evolution throughout the previous years. Comment.

Broadcast ban forces cleanup of ‘murder music’

Music: KINGSTON, Sept. 14 - A government-led crackdown on violent and explicit sexual lyrics seems to have stalled reggae music’s 20-year slide into what has been dubbed “murder music.” Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Easy & quick weeknight dinners

Food: If you’re looking for new ways to entice the family to the table for dinner, then I’ve got the perfect recipes for you. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Audition for Amateur Night at The Apollo 

Arts & Theater: As part of the fall season of Brooklyn Arts Council’s (BAC) year-long initiative, Black Brooklyn Renaissance: Black Arts + Culture, 1960 - 2010, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, the world famous Apollo Theater in conjunction with BAC announce open auditions for Amateur Night at the Apollo: Brooklyn Night, Celebrating Black Brooklyn Renaissance at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Oct. 2. Comment.

Drum Beats of The Caribbean at Medgar Evers College

Arts & Theater: Hamptonians New York (HNY) will pay tribute to African hand-drumming traditions throughout the Caribbean at its 2010 performing arts presentation, Bangarang: Drum Beats of The Caribbean, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2:00 p.m. at Medgar Evers College Founder’s Hall Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Spring collection fashion showcase hits New York runway 

Music: Style, texture, trend, and the Afro-American urban look were dominant features at the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Runway Showcase, where the 2011Spring fashion collection was on display. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010

Paintings of immigration & survival

Arts & Theater: of Newkirk,” others from the noted “Generations of Brooklyn” and some picked out of her recent “Brooklyn Neighbors.” Talbot explains that “the common denominator here is Brooklyn.” Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films 

Movies: 100 Voices: A Journey Home (Unrated) Historical documentary examining Jewish culture from the perspective of a group of cantors who ventured to Warsaw, Poland, the birthplace of Cantorial music. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

New and revised delights for fall

Arts & Theater: No place in the world can compare with New York City and its love for art, culture and theater. The summer months gave New Yorkers and those who want to be New Yorkers and opportunity to experience cultural events, free throughout the summer. I mean where else can you see the Opera “CARMEN” outdoors for free? Only in New York! So, what do you do now that the summer is coming to a close? Keep the party going! Although these treasures are not ‘free’, the entertainment they provide is ‘priceless.’ Comment.

A WIADCA “thank you’ to all participants

Arts & Theater: The Board of Directors of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) extends sincere gratitude to ALL our “partners” and those who assisted in making New York’s 2010 Labor Day Carnival Festival a resounding success. Comment.

Jamaica scratched from IRAWMA 2011

Music: Jamaica is no longer being considered as the 2011 venue host nation for the 30th anniversary celebration of the International Reggae & World Music Awards. According to its founder Ephraim Martin, Jamaica and a dozen more locations were eliminated from final consideration after officers met in New York recently. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

Soca King Arrow dies at 60

Music: The global soca community is in mourning over the passing of the undisputed Soca King of the World, the Mighty Arrow. Comment.

DANCEHALL QUEEN IS BACK

Music: 100 percent my way. I can tell the producers what I want for my riddim and say what I want to say in my songs. No one is telling me what I can or can’t do on this album. Divas Records is a new beginning for me,” said Lady Saw. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

The fabulous flavors of fall

Food: Fall brings a whole new set of flavors to the table, and that’s reason enough to celebrate with friends. Comment.

Janitor goes postal in romantic comedy

Movies: Joe (DJ Qualls) is on edge and right at the end of his rope. He’s the oft-humiliated janitor at Burger Heaven, a fast food joint being run like a boot camp by Mr. Crolick (William Sadler). While all the workers at the greasy spoon find themselves being the brunt of their boss’ abuse, the sadist taskmaster really seems to revel the most in torturing his custodian, teasing the gangly young man about everything from his looks to his intelligence. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

A must-read book for all New Yorkers

Books: New York’s leading union has unveiled one of the most significant projects of the union’s centennial year. “A Century of Service: The Story of CSEA’s First 100 Years,” a book that chronicles the history of CSEA and growth of New York decade by decade through the 20th century and into the present day, is now available. Comment.
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