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Monday, April 23, 2012

AILEY AT THE APOLLO 

Arts & Theater: Stars of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School and, for the first time ever, talented students from AileyCamp will come together for a spectacular one-night performance on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. on the Apollo stage. Comment.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Concerns about the future of New York’s annual West Indian Carnival

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean American community in New York City faces the daunting reality that convening and funding the West Indian American Day Parade and Carnival this year could become an insurmountable challenge. Failure to bring our community together to collectively meet this challenge could result in no parade and a major embarrassment for our elected and community leadership, as well as the Caribbean Diaspora as a whole. This result we cannot afford! Comment.

Mick Jagger rocks T&T Queens Park Oval

Movies: It would have been nice to report that Mick Jagger batted a thousand runs or that the front man for Britain’s most popular music group rocked the twin island of Trinidad & Tobago when he visited recently. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 96 Minutes (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Fact-based crime thriller about a couple of college coeds (Brittany Snow and Christian Serratos) who find themselves carjacked and kidnapped by a wannabe gangster (J. Michael Trautmann) with a reluctant accomplice (Evan Ross). With David Oyelowo, Sylvia Jeffries and Hosea Chanchez. Comment.

Revealing biopic of revered Reggae icon

Movies: When most people think of Bob Marley, what probably comes to mind is reggae, Jamaica and marijuana. But how did a street urchin raised by a teen-mom in a country shack with no electricity manage to become a beloved icon admired all over the world? Comment.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tribeca Film Fest in its 11th film-packed year

Movies: The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) begins April 19 and runs until April 29 with more than 85 full-length films, programs of shorts, panels and related events. Comment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Helping Others to Help Themselves

Arts & Theater: The Organization for International Development (OID) Inc. hosts its annual Fundraising Spring Luncheon Sunday, May 6 at the VIP Country Club, 600 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y. Comment.

Sally and Tom (The American Way)

Arts & Theater: The Castillo Theatre is re-opening “Sally and Tom (The American Way)” due to popular demand with an additional seven performances on April 20, 21, 28, 29; May 4, 5, 6. Comment.

Handbell Festival at Riverside Church

Music: One hundred handbell ringers from New York and Virginia will descend upon historic Riverside Church to toll handbells during its 34th Annual English Handbell Festival at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in the Church’s Nave, at 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. Comment.

Clark Terry’s fundraising event

Music: Gwen Terry, The Duke Ellington Society, International Women in Jazz, Jazz Foundation of America and Saint Peter’s Church – Jazz Ministry are partnering to produce a fundraiser for Clark Terry on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, 54th Street, New York City. Comment.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Michelle Cole Collection for Lion’s Club Tea Party

Music: The elegant and unique style of Guyanese fashion designer, Michelle Cole, will take center stage at the Crown Heights Pace Setters Lions Club Tea Party and Fashion Show Extravaganza, schedule to take place on April 29. Show time is at 3:00 p.m. Comment.

Gloria Gaynor appearing at Lehman Center

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will be experiencing the ultimate dance party on Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m., when singer Gloria Gaynor performs at the venue before a full orchestra. She will also be sharing the stage with the Hitmen and Colonel Abrams. Comment.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Music: Luv My Pet is holding low cost dog and cat vaccination clinics at Petland Discounts at 43-10 Ditmars Blvd, LaGuardia Center, LIC (Ditmars), 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. & on Sun., April 22 at 8989 Union Turnpike, Stop & Shop Center, Glendale, Queens, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For information, call Amy Eisenberg at (631) 273-6363. Comment.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

KNIGHT OF SOUL

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its tremendous 31st season with a superstar of popular song – the GRAMMY Award-winning “poet laureate of soul music,” Smokey Robinson, on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (1).

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spectacular showdown of the Gods

Movies: Our review of Wrath of the Titans. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Darling Companion (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Midlife crisis comedy, set in the Rockies, about a neglected housewife (Diane Keaton) who enlists the assistance of a psychic gypsy (Ayelet Zurer) and the local sheriff (Sam Shepard) after her narcissistic husband (Kevin Kline) loses track of their dog during a walk while talking on his cell phone. With Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins and Mark Duplass. Comment.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Violinist Roumain continues to cross cultures, mix genres

Music: April 6 begins both the beginning of Easter weekend for Christians and for Jewish people, it is the first night of the eight-day Passover holiday celebrating freedom from slavery from Egypt, the Exodus. Comment.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Harlem dance legend to go to Russia

Arts & Theater: For Arthur Mitchell, co-founder and artistic director emeritus of the celebrated Dance Theatre of Harlem, the adventure continues and the beat goes on. After 50 years, Mitchell is returning to Russia for an encore performance. Comment.

‘Stolen Images,’ four screenplays by Raoul Peck

Movies: Filmmaker Raoul Peck and Didier Sylvain conversed in an intimate gathering room at the Schomburg Library on March 17, discussing film and life. The specific occasion bringing these two together was the book launch of Peck’s “Stolen Images,” four published screenplays – translated into English – of seminal films by the filmmaker. Peck has 11 full-length features and documentaries in his credits. Comment.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

American Candy: It’s a Man’s World!

Arts & Theater: American Candy, a Brooklyn homegrown sketch comedy group announces its 22nd show since its June 2009 debut, “American Candy: It’s a Man’s World!!!” Comment.

Palmer Williams Jr stars in ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’

Arts & Theater: An Alabama native and Knoxville College graduate, singer, actor, writer and producer, Palmer Williams Jr., will be appearing in New York on April 5 – 8 at the Beacon Theatre, located 2124 Broadway at 74th Street in Manhattan, in Tyler Perry’s stage play “The Haves and the Have Nots.” Comment.

BALLET HISPANICO

Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the preeminent Latino dance institution in the United States, returns to The Joyce Theater for its annual New York Season from April 17-29. Comment.

Afro-Cuban polyrhythms

Music: Acclaimed jazz saxophonist-composer Yosvany Terry heads to the Jazz Standard in Manhattan for back-to-back performances on April 10 and 11. Comment.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Assault (R for violence) Fact-based thriller recounting the Christmas Eve hijacking in 1994 of Air France Flight 8969 from Algiers to Marseilles by four Islamic terrorists determined to crash the plane into the Eiffel Tower. Starring Vincent Elbaz, Gregori Derangere, Melanie Bernier and Aymen Saidi. (In French with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Miss Guyana World to appear in N.Y.

Music: Miss Guyana World 2012 Arti Cameron is set to make yet another public appearance in New York City—this time at the launch party of the JRG Bikini Under the Bridge Fashion Show. Comment.

An elegant Easter feast

Food: Bring ease and elegance to your Easter feast with a classic roast ham served up with a sweet twist. Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes is a sophisticated centerpiece that pairs deliciously with inspired brunch ideas. Comment.

Pictorial reflects Whitney Houston’s ‘Life’

Music: One month after the untimely death of 48-year-old Whitney Elizabeth Houston, no less than three books commemorate the life of the iconic personality whose epitaph reads model, singer, actress, mother, daughter and pop queen. Comment.

Teens fight to the death in futuristic Sci-Fi

Movies: “The Hunger Games” Comment.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Respect to 70-yr-old Queen of Soul

Music: The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin probably made her own history on March 24 when she personally invited a very select group to join her for a private dinner marking her 70th birthday and gifted them with the promise of new music. Comment.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Music: Health Fair Crown Heights Beacon Program is holding its second annual Health Fair at P.S. 138, 760 Prospect Place, between Nostrand & Rogers avenues, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., featuring free blood pressure and diabetes screenings, mammograms, HIV/AIDs testing, health & nutrition information along with free giveaways, Child IDs and library cards. For information, call (718) 771-3105 or (718) 919-0744. Comment.

AN AFRICAN TALE

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters - An African Tale,” performed by the Dallas Children’s Theater on Tour. Comment.

Bass Odyssey, Black Kat vie for title

Music: Despite international visibility and fame, there is an age old debate that resonates among clash fans of which sound rules Jamaica’s countryside -- Bass Odyssey or Black Kat. Comment.

Spotlight on African film

Movies: Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) have again joined forces to present the 19th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF). Comment.

Lifetime Achievement Awards for McKay, Livingston

Music: Sirius Satellite Radio Program Director and radio host, Pat McKay and Indy label executive, artiste manager and record producer, Robert Livingston will each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry at New York’s signature Caribbean fashion event -- Irie Fashion Rave. Comment.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jamerican redefines diva in memoir

Books: Actress/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph has added author to her illustrious identifying status. Comment.

Abortion survivor searches for birth mom

Movies: Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) has suffered from a host of afflictions over the course of her childhood, including asthma, seizures and multiple hip surgeries. Besides her physical ailments, the poor girl has unfortunately been haunted mentally by a nagging sense of feeling unwanted, despite being raised by a couple of very loving parents (John Schneider and Jennifer Price). Comment.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Beat Hotel (Unrated) “Cool, Daddy-o!” documentary revisiting the dive located in the Latin Quarter in Paris which became the haunt and home of literary American expatriates in the late Fifties, beatniks like Allen Ginsberg, Greg Corso and William Burroughs. Comment.

Appetizers to get the party started

Food: Great appetizers are full of flavor to stimulate the appetite, but not so rich that they spoil it. To get that balance, look to fresh, flavorful ingredients like Florida tomatoes. Comment.

Creativity of Caribbean Films and filmmaking in Barbados

Arts & Theater: Barbadians and visitors to the island will once again experience the glorious creativity of Caribbean films and filmmaking through screenings and innovative training opportunities when CaribbeanTales 2012 comes off from April 10 to 15 at Island Inn. This will be the third edition of the Barbados edition of the festival which is also held annually in Toronto and New York and is a highlight of the regional cultural calendar. Comments (2).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

T&T master tailor to train catwalk winner

Music: In addition to receiving an array of prizes which include the opportunity to show at London Fashion week in September 2012, the winner of Mission Catwalk Season two will learn the secrets of Savile Row tailoring under the watchful tutelage of world renowned Master Tailor Prof. Andrew Ramroop OBE at his Savile Row Academy (SRA) in London. Comment.

Monday, March 19, 2012

First Black soap star pens ‘Life’ On TV

Books: Actress Ellen Holly said she is compelled to tell a story she is certain daytime television viewers of the first, recurring community saga would be interested. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Health Workshop The Health Guild of St. Alban’s Church presents a community workshop “Empower Yourself to Heal Your Body and Ward Off Diseases” at the church, 9408 Farragut Rd., between East 94 & East 95 streets. Registration 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. For information, call (718) 444-4351. Comment.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Unrated) Apocalyptic sci-fi adventure about a Manhattan couple (Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh) coming to terms with the fact that world is ending in 24 hours. With Natasha Lyonne, Paz de la Huerta and Paul Hipp. Comment.

Undercover cops at Sagan High School

Movies: Popular jock Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) and social outcast Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) had nothing in common back when they were in high school, besides their both missing the senior prom. And even that was for very different reasons, since the former didn’t attend because of poor grades while the latter simply couldn’t find a date. Comment.

Dancing to her heart’s content

Arts & Theater: One’s choices in life can be a testament to one’s mettle. How one faces personal setbacks and challenges is always an individual decision and evidence of their will to authenticate their true nature. Ailey II dancer, Paige Fraser, has met every challenge with the attitude of a champion. At age 4, Paige had not determined what she wanted to become in life. She only knew she enjoyed swimming and ice-skating, so when her Caribbean born parents enrolled her in dance class, it was just another fun thing to do. Comment.

Honoring New York steelband pioneers

Music: Some veterans of the New York steel band scene who, back in the 1950s and ‘60s, laid the foundation for the steel band movement that now exists in the city, will be honored at a gala tribute at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom organized by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute on Sunday evening, May 20. Comment.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Right time for marriage

Arts & Theater: “Marry Me?!” written by KUBA, is a two-act romantic comedy that pokes fun at our immigration system and our institution of marriage. Comment.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

‘Aryè’ tells a tale of three women

Arts & Theater: Women’s History Month tailing behind Black History Month finds the Hadley Players winter production and contribution of “Aryè,” featured at the Harlem School of the Arts, located at 647 St. Nicholas Avenue (off 142nd Street) in Manhattan, ended March 11. Comment.

Dynamic mix for Carib Literary Lime

Books: Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime kicks off its Spring 2012 series with a weekend of readings and book signings featuring a dynamic mix of celebrated and emerging writers on March 23 in Brooklyn at St. Francis College with Annette Leach, Glenville Obrian Lovell and Opal Palmer Adisa, and on March 24 in Queens at York College with Earl Lovelace. Comments (1).

Monday, March 12, 2012

Definitive ‘Marley’ flick premieres

Movies: “I think what’s great about the film is though there have been a lot of things done on Bob, I think this one will give people a more emotional connection to Bob’s life as a man – not just as a reggae legend or a mythical figure, but his life as a man.” Comment.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Music: Birthday Bash Jammins Entertainment presents live performance by Jamaica’s hottest sensation I-Octane & the official return of Tony Matterhorn to the U.S. Celebrity Birthday Bash, 10:00 p.m., at Pulse 48, 1020 East 48 St., corner of Farragut Rd., Brooklyn. Tickets available at tix4me.com or call (718) 282-8041. Comment.

Host a healthy fiesta

Food: Who doesn’t love a fiesta? Americans love to eat tacos, carnitas, tortilla chips and other traditional Mexican dishes. However, many also worry about how healthy these dishes can be. What they don’t realize is if recipes are prepared with fresh items and cooked with corn oil, they can actually be adding benefits to their diet. Comment.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

SALSA PIONEERS

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its spectacular 31st season with the return of legendary salsa pioneers La Sonora Ponceña on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

R&B Queen returns to the Carlyle

Music: The Carlyle Hotel is pleased to welcome back R&B legend Bettye LaVette - who the Huffington Post has dubbed “the high priestess of R&B”- to the legendary Café Carlyle in a return three-week engagement playing through March 31. Ms. LaVette will once again showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career in a soul-shattering evening. She’ll be accompanied by a band led by her musical director Alan Hill. Comment.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Samuel Walton tribute

Arts & Theater: Samuel (Sam) Walton was born on Dec. 13, 1948, to Symera and Joshua Walton, in Harlem and raised on 137th St. and 8th Avenue (also known as Frederick Douglass Blvd.). He died of a kidney infection at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Fifth Ave. on Feb. 21, 2012. Comments (1).

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Casa de Mi Padre (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and graphic violence) Comment.

Dr. Seuss classic delivers timely eco message

Movies: Twelve-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) has such a big crush on the girl next-door (Taylor Swift) that he makes up lame excuses to ring her doorbell just so he can see her. He finally realizes he actually has a chance with adorably-cute Audrey the day she mentions that she’d marry on the spot the first boy to bring her a real, live tree. Comment.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

JAMAICA’S TOP DANCERS

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn is the flagship stop for performances by Jamaica’s National Dance Theatre Company when they celebrate their 50th anniversary year and simultaneously commemorate the nation’s golden independent status. Comment.

The secret to outdoing your favorite restaurant

Food: Making dishes worthy of a choice restaurant menu doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen. It’s more about choosing top-drawer ingredients - and here are a few you can pick up in the deli department. They’re all members of an elite club of authentic foods made according to traditional methods and are certified PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) by the European Union. Comment.

Lord to appear in comedy show

Arts & Theater: Comedian, pundit, blogger Leighann Lord is scheduled to appear at the “No Name Comedy Variety” Women’s History Month show on Friday, March 16 at Otto’s Shrunken Head in Manhattan. Comment.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Health Challenge Get results in the management of your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol & more with the 10-Day Health Challenge with Daniel Diet Lifestyle Training. Participation is free & open to all. Kickoff (informational session & registration) starts at 5:00 p.m. at Kingsboro Temple of Seventh-Day Adventists, 415 Seventh St., Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 369-3534 or visit www.kingsborosda.org. Comment.

50 Years of Monty’s music

Music: It’s a bitterly cold Sunday morning in New York City and I am on the world-famous stage at the Blue Note Jazz Club interviewing the extraordinarily talented Jamaican jazz musician Monty Alexander. Comment.

Monday, March 5, 2012

‘Kes The Band’ set to rock NYC

Music: KES ALL IN post Trinidad Carnival concert tour begins with Trinidad’s own, KES the BAND & Friends, at the Best Buy Theater NYC on Friday, March 9. Comment.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Conventional couple tries hippie commune

Movies: Happily-married Linda (Jennifer Aniston) and George (Paul Rudd) finally took the plunge into home ownership after being convinced by their realtor’s (Linda Lavin) sales pitch that a “micro loft” in the West Village would be a great investment. However, when the ambitious workaholic subsequently loses his high-paying, high-stress job, they are forced to sell the postage stamp-sized studio apartment at a big loss. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Apart (R for violence, profanity and bloody images) Romance thriller about a couple of star-crossed lovers (Olesya Rulin and Josh Danziger) who share a psychological disorder which proves fatal for their friends the deeper they fall in love. With Bruce McGill, Joey Lauren Adams and Michael Bowen. Comment.

A fitting musical tribute to Jamaica’s 50th

Music: The staging of the 16th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was indeed a memorable musical event and one of a series of premier music festivals honoring the country’s 50 years of independence. from British rule. Comment.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March winds blow in Aziza

Music: Jazzy Mondays at For My Sweet is proud to open the month of March with Aziza and her quartet. A singer, songwriter and pianist, Aziza was the musical director for Natalie Cole and also worked with such notables as Alicia Keys, Ahmad Jamal and Phil Upchurch. She has also written several hit recordings. Comment.

Healthy, hearty comfort food

Food: During the short days and cold nights of winter, many of us crave comfort foods. Unfortunately, the rich dishes we usually think of tend to be low in nutrition and packed with fat and calories. Well, take heart. It’s possible to enjoy satisfying dishes that are tasty, hearty and nutritious. Comment.

‘Tectonic Shifts’ highlights latest views on Haiti

Books: The Jan. 12, 2010 Haitian earthquake, with so much loss of life, injuries, and property devastation, magnified the social ills that beset Haiti. Centuries of underdevelopment, misguided foreign and domestic policies have contributed to the vast inequalities and social and economic exclusions in the country. Comment.

Argentineans to tango in Queens

Arts & Theater: One of the most popular romantic dance forms in the world takes center stage in Jamaica, Queens this weekend. Comment.

The Riverside Church presents Masayo Ishigure

Music: World-renowned master of traditional Japanese instruments, Masayo Ishigure will be featured at a music recital on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel of the Church, entrance at 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. Comment.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kym shows her talent at Jazzy Monday

Music: Jazzy Monday at “For My Sweet” was packed on Monday, Feb. 20, to hear Kym Hampton make her vocal debut with The Jeff King Band. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

‘WHEEL AN’ COME AGAIN’

Arts & Theater: Fresh from the success of their first ever performances outside the USA, the New York based Braata Folk Singers, under the Artistic Direction of Jamaican born actor, singer and producer Andrew Clarke, will jumpstart Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary Independence Celebrations in New York with an encore performance of their hugely successful 2011 production, “Wheel An’ Come Again.” Comment.

Machel Montano cops three titles

Music: Trinidad & Tobago Carnival officially begins with the Machel Monday Concert. The reigning champion annually holds this sellout concert to treat fans to a wide variety of hits. This year he celebrated three decades in the Soca industry. Comment.
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