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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Big Apple’s Crop Over countdown

Arts & Theater: The New York-based officials of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) officially launched the 2011 Barbados Crop Over, in New York with a two-hour presentation. Comment.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Coalition of Theatres of Color salutes Arthur French 

Arts & Theater: The Coalition of Theatres of Color (CTC) honored award winning actor-director Arthur French with a Lifetime Achievement Award to commemorate his 50-year distinguished career in theatre, television and film at a special tribute hosted by actor Ted Lange on May 19 at Black Spectrum Theatre, 119-07 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens. Comment.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates with dance with pre Dance Africa 

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. gathered Saturday, May 21 at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza to celebrate their Annual May Week event. Comment.

What a Judgement Day with Mathis! Mathis brings the house down

Music: Fans of Johnny Mathis knew doomsday would not fall on May 21, 2011. The predominant senior crowd that packed into Lehman College in the Bronx that day seemed convinced judgment day would have to wait until after their favorite singer made his New York appearance. Comment.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

REGGAE FOR JAPAN 

Music: “Reggae 4 Japan” is a benefit concert being produced by Japanese sound system Mighty Crown and their management team Irish and Chin, in conjunction with VP Records, to support Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief on June 5, at York College Auditorium in Queens, New York. Comments (2).

Sparrow sings ‘Something Positive’

Music: For the second consecutive year, big names are coming out in support of the Brooklyn based Afro-Caribbean dance company, Something Positive, for a spectacular one-night performance titled “Ancestral Chant” on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (Long Island University Brooklyn Campus – Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street). Comment.

Horn-punctuated Latin rhythms

Music: Two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning El Gran Combo, one of the world’s most popular Salsa bands for nearly five decades will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Gloria Lynne in concert 

Music: Gloria Lynne will kick off the first annual “Celebrating Legends In Music” Awards Night at Hostos Theater Saturday, June 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Voyage in search of the fountain of youth

Movies: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Comment.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Go fish with Carla Hall of ‘Top Chef’

Food: Fish is both a delicious and nutritious meal option, but one from which home chefs often shy away. In a new series of CanolaInfo recipes and videos, Carla Hall, finalist on “Top Chef” Seasons 5 and 8, answers common questions about fish, including how to properly select and prepare it. Comment.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Storytelling literary hang in Brooklyn

Books: The Brooklyn Arts Council in conjunction with the Guyana Cultural Association – organizers of the Annual Folk Festival will present a full moon storytelling, scheduled on Wednesday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Comment.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Steps to revitalize Haiti agriculture sector

Food: The United States government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), says it will be training thousands of Haitians in new agricultural techniques through the inauguration of a cutting-edge agricultural training center. Comment.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Hello Lonseome (Unrated) Ensemble drama examining the diverging fates of a trio of unlikely couples: A just-dumped voiceover actor (Harry Chase) befriended by a cynical deliveryman (Kamel Boutros); an elderly widow (Lynn Cohen) who finds comfort in the arms of her young, next-door neighbor (James Urbaniak) after becoming stuck in the suburbs when she loses her driver’s license; and a sports fan (Nate Smith) who falls in love with a woman (Sabrina Lloyd) he meets online after what was just supposed to be a one-night stand. Comment.

Flavorful and festive Memorial Day meal Memorial Day meal

Food: Memorial Day is often synonymous with a backyard barbecue to kick start the summer. As you celebrate this holiday weekend, have a delicious, grill-inspired meal ready in 45 minutes or less with these fun, flavorful recipe ideas. With mouthwatering grilled beef, high-quality ingredients like canned tomatoes and bold bursts of flavor from lime juice, chimichurri and barbecue sauces, your Memorial Day menu is sure to be a memorable hit. Comment.

Fredrix…LIVEnDIRECT!

Music: Major label recording artist/guitarist Fredrix...LIVEnDIRECT! will officially launch his 2011 summer tour by giving an encore performance at Brooklyn’s own Micro Museum as one of the museum’s featured performers in their one-day music festival and art show “Music Made Easy” on June 4 at 7.00 p.m.. Comment.

Jamaican film lands in top box office

Arts & Theater: A Jamaican film, “Out the Gate”, which has been making strides to its rightful place in entertainment as a highly anticipated feature, made its historic opening last weekend in New York City to enthusiastic crowds. Comment.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

BAM PRESENTS DANCEAFRICA 

Arts & Theater: The 34th annual DanceAfrica festival (May 21–30) features Cuba’s Ballet Folklórico Cutumba (Cutumba), joined by two American companies, Philadelphia’s Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble and Bambara Drum & Dance Ensemble from New York City. Comment.

Flavorful and festive Memorial Day meal Memorial Day meal

Food: Memorial Day is often synonymous with a backyard barbecue to kick start the summer. As you celebrate this holiday weekend, have a delicious, grill-inspired meal ready in 45 minutes or less with these fun, flavorful recipe ideas. With mouthwatering grilled beef, high-quality ingredients like canned tomatoes and bold bursts of flavor from lime juice, chimichurri and barbecue sauces, your Memorial Day menu is sure to be a memorable hit. Comment.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Big Uneasy (Unrated) New Orleans resident Harry Shearer wrote, directed and narrates this damning expose’ uncovering the truth behind why the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina. Comment.

Skatalites’ drummer dies in Jamaica at 80

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Lloyd Knibb, an influential Jamaican drummer who played with The Skatalites and helped develop the ska beat, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 80. Comment.

Thousands join Praise Fest Cruise

Arts & Theater: An evangelistic cruise to Jamaica is being dubbed the largest foreign mission of its kind ever. Reportedly, 3,000 Christians are booked to sail to the island on May 30, there they will minister and embark on prayer missions to schools, prisons and other institutions until June 4. Comment.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ball of Fire Haiti tribute at Tribeca

Movies: New Yorkers and fans were treated to a double-dose of Haiti’s big band Septentrional in April when they performed at the Tribeca Film Festival outdoor “Drive-In” screening and days later, at the premiere of the documentary “When the Drum is Beating,” a film about them. Comment.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean literary giant

Books: Caribbean poet and scholar Edward Kamau Brathwaite turned 81 this month. Born in Barbados on May 11, 1930, Brathwaite has been recognized as one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary canon. Comment.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Epic ghetto vs. bourgie clash

Movies: “Jumping the Broom” Comment.

Sirju Mohan art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian Sirju Seeharack Mohan is host a solo art exhibit at the Doreen Gauthier Library, 2200 NE 38th St., in Lighthouse Point, Florida during the month of May. Comments (1).

Strawberry’s advice for the lovelorn 

Books: “I’ve been Shirley’s partner in radio for over ten years now… I am amazed by how she manages to balance her personal and professional life—especially as a single mother. Comment.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

‘Scottsboro Boys’ scores 12 Tony noms

Arts & Theater: Despite controversy “Scottsboro Boys” the Broadway, musical named for young, Black, men in the south during a dark, historical period in American history received top nods and acknowledgement with a dozen chances to win as many Tony awards on June 12. Comment.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Haitian glitz and glamour

Music: The Haitian community loves music and it should come as no surprise that they should have an awards’ ceremony – their version of the Grammys/Oscars with all the accompanying glitz and glamour, red carpet and all. Comment.

Friday, May 6, 2011

CBJC awards event turns into a jazz jam

Music: Over 200 jazz enthusiasts and neighborhood residents crowded into the standing-room-only Shellens Gallery at Brooklyn Historical Society’s downtown headquarters in Brooklyn Heights Thursday, April 28, to witness the induction of Montego Joe and Wally “Gator’ Watson into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame. Comments (1).

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Unrated) Golden Age of Hollywood documentary chronicling the career of Academy Award-honoree Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer who shot such screen classics as “The African Queen,” “War and Peace,” “The Barefoot Contessa” and “Death on the Nile.” Featuring reflections by Martin Scorcese, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Dustin Hoffman. Comment.

Feats of magic and escape artistry

Arts & Theater: Thomas Solomon, multi award-winning escape artist and magician, will present his full-evening show, American Escape Artist, as the feature of the Society of American Magicians 102nd Annual Salute to Magic at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th Street, New York on Saturday, May 14 starting at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Putting a Black face on marriage equality

Arts & Theater: The conversation on marriage equality in New York is taking a turn in the right direction as filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris presents his landmark historic documentary, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness” as part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series. Comment.

Putting a Black face on marriage equality

Arts & Theater: The conversation on marriage equality in New York is taking a turn in the right direction as filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris presents his landmark historic documentary, “Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness” as part of the Harlem Stage on Screen series. Comment.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The scoop on sundaes

Food: Sundaes are sweet, but maybe it’s time for something sensational. Gale Gand, renowned pastry chef and mother of three, has partnered with Breyers to put a creative twist on the classic ice cream sundae. Comment.

High School Jazz Festival

Music: More than 85 students from four high schools will perform at the Downtown Brooklyn High School Jazz Festival organized by the music program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Comment.

MAN OF FAITH

Arts & Theater: The AUDELCO and Obie Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre concludes its 39th season and trilogy of new Jackie Alexander plays with the world premiere of “The Right Reverend Dupree in Exile.” Comment.

Sparks fly in dance camp

Arts & Theater: The Castillo Theatre (Dan Friedman, artistic director, Diane Stiles, managing director) is opening Fred Newman and David Truskinoff’s musical “License To Dream,” now through Sunday, June 5, directed by David Nackman and choreographed by Javier Dzul. Comment.

José James headlines Eco-Soul concert 

Music: Weeksville Heritage Center, an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, presents critically acclaimed vocalist José James for its annual “Eco-Soul” concert on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. (Gates open at 2 p.m.). Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Singing nuns perform heavenly ‘Sister Act’ on Broadway

Arts & Theater: An inviting non-sectarian, non-denominational nightly ritual recently opened at the Broadway Theater to heavenly praises. Staged at the same location Oprah Winfrey debuted a musical she co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” reprises the 1992 film the comedienne starred twice in sequel performances. Comment.

Ex-cop and ex-con reunite for final heist

Movies: “Fast Five” Comment.
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