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November, 2015

Bell’s invitation to a ‘smorgasburg art experience’

Fashion: Art is alive and with the holidays approaching, unique gifts are available via pop up shops happening all over New York City. Providing a platform for New York’s innovators to connect with like-minded artists — no matter their artistic avenue — and promote their brands is Brooklyn transplant Trisha Bell. Comment.

Local stars compete for scholarship

Arts & Theater: The Stars of New York Dance competition is not your usual competitive dance show. The stars are celebrities you often rub elbows with on the train and the professional dancers may have witnessed your skills in tights once upon a time. Comment.

Communities collaborate for youth programs

Music: The call for action to save our communities from senseless gun violence has been answered by Monique Waterman, celebrating the official opening of East Flatbush Village center on Nov. 5 on Clarkson Avenue between Nostrand and New York avenues. Comment.

October, 2015


Arts & Theater: Haitian-American painter Albert Dépas fills the 4th floor gallery of Boricua College, in Washington Heights, with vibrantly colored paintings, some that extend floor to practically the ceiling. His current solo exhibition, “Self: The Quest for a Personal Identity” runs until Oct. 30 at the College, 3755 Broadway, corner of West 156th Street in upper Manhattan. Comment.

Comic Learie Joseph in Queens, Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: Whenever Trinidad and Tobago’s master comic, Learie Joseph, makes a New York appearance, it’s a special event. Comment.

Vincentians display their culture at expo

Music: The undisputed oldest and largest Vincentian cultural and educational group in the United States on Oct. 3 conducted what organizers say was a very successful biennial exposition at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Seeing ‘Red’ with Trini artist

Arts & Theater: Colors have an uncanny ability to evoke emotions or memories. Drawing upon the complex shade of red, Trinidadian artist Robert Reid is welcoming the masses to see red in all of its forms – indicative of passion, violence, and more. Comment.


Arts & Theater: The 12th Annual Fall for Dance Festival is in full swing. The first performance of the five program festival was on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The festival runs to Oct. 11 with the final performance of program five, which ends the festival for this year. The programs are rich as always. This year’s festival presents 20 international dance companies and artists. Comment.

September, 2015

Tyson & Jones return to stage

Arts & Theater: When actress Cicely Tyson returned to the Broadway stage in 2013 after a 30-year absence, she said she was compelled by the role offered to portray the matriarch in a dramatic production called “Trip To Baltimore.” Comment.

Corinne Innis explores police brutality through art

Arts & Theater: To say the temperature of relations between police officers and those they protect are lukewarm is an understatement. Recent video coverage of various acts of violence has residents of all shades, sizes, and cultures confused, nervous, and upset. Tackling these various emotions through the style of cartooning is U.S. Virgin Islands artist Corinne Innis. Comment.

Brooklyn cultural group holds successful concert

Arts & Theater: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) recently held a very successful cultural show in Brooklyn in its continuing efforts in raising funds to assist, with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.


Arts & Theater: 1st Place – Portrayal: “The Obeah in We” From the Band: Cocorite House 2nd Place – Portrayal: “Trinidad and Tobago” From the Band: Then & Now 3rd Place – Portrayal: “The Seven Deadly Sins” From the Band: Antoine International Comment.

Tea Party with flair at E. Flatbush church

Music: Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals were in their glee and splendor Sunday afternoon in supporting the New Life Center of Truth’s “grand” Tea Party in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment.

Lambert’s story explored through dance

Arts & Theater: Unveiling a story of spiritual renewal, hope, fearless, and courage in the midst of uncertainty is seasoned dancer Gelan Lambert. Choreographing four distinct performances threaded by these themes, Lambert provides audiences with another chapter in each of his quarterly performances. Comment.

Labor Day continues to boast Caribbean pride

Arts & Theater: It’s a sad end to one of the most highly anticipated weekends. Following a sleepless weekend of activities, Brooklynites and visitors alike pull themselves out of bed following the hype of Labor Day. Comment.

Adams to convene emergency meeting

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says he will be convening an emergency meeting of key stakeholders, including law enforcement and J’Ouvert organizers, in the wake of the pre-J’ouvert shooting of a legal aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment.

Keeping the BEAT diverse

Arts & Theater: The diversity of Brooklyn converges across the borough for a 10-day festival celebrating the arts. Organized by Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater, the Brooklyn BEAT Festival informs its artists to inform their artistic pieces with contemporary issues happening within Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Comment.

Picture perfect West Indian American Carnival

Arts & Theater: In picture perfect weather, with temperatures in the low 90s, more than three million people converged on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway on Labor Day Monday for the 48th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Seniors party at McKinney Center

Arts & Theater: The saying goes, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” Comment.

Musical raps ‘Hamilton’ — from Caribbean to Broadway

Arts & Theater: Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation’s founding father, the first secretary of the treasury, the chief aide to George Washington, and — in less flattering terms — a “bastard,” orphan and “immigrant” from the West Indies. Comment.

‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ comes to life in art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is an undisputed classic, and artist Imani Shanklin Robert leans on Hill’s timeless work in her latest collection, “Still Miseducated,” 10 original paintings inspired by the lyrics of the album on display at Bushwick’s Studio 301. Comment.

August, 2015

Miss Grenada Independence putting animals first

Arts & Theater: The newsest Miss Grenada Independence has a soft spot for furry creatures. Comment.

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‘The Wiz’ wows with anniversary tribute

Arts & Theater: Forty years after winning seven Tony Awards — Broadway’ s highest theater honor — the first Black musical to claim the distinction eased into two New York City parks for three, free, nights of celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its historic trailblazing achievements. Comment.

Charlize Horizon kiddies have ‘Mystical Illusions’

Arts & Theater: Charlize Horizon Junior Mas is ready for Kiddies Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 5, as was clear recently, when high spirited youngsters in colorful costumes put on a display reveling to carnival music at the band’s 898 East 95th St. (between D & Foster) camp in Brooklyn. Comment.

Caribbean art educator earns top award

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian born artist and educator Daniela Fifi has been awarded the prestigious Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellowship Award, which she will pursue at the esteemed Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, in New York. Comment.

Artist aims to capture Lauryn Hill

Arts & Theater: Inspiration can come from anywhere. A calming breeze, the sound of rustling trees and the lyric of a song can propel an artist to create a striking piece of visual art. Washington, D.C. native and Jamaican descendant, Imani Shanklin Roberts is conveying the powerful messages of Lauryn Hill in an upcoming art exhibit entitled “STILLMiseducated.” Comment.

Mas Productions Unlimited lures ‘International Treasures’

Arts & Theater: There may not be any specific reason, but the Brooklyn-based Mas Productions Unlimited is luring “International Treasures” for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Diamond Entertainment & Crew’s ‘Wings of Love’

Arts & Theater: After placing second for the last two years for medium-sized bands in the Junior Carnival, Diamond Entertainment & Crew is hoping to snatch the top prize this Labor Day with “Wings of Love.” Comment.

Roy Pierre & Associates present ‘The Jolly Roger’

Arts & Theater: It is early morn. Dawn is just breaking over the warm waters of the Caribbean. A British frigate is sailing through the islands loaded with fine laces and linens and other furnishings meant for the fancy ladies and homes of British plantation owners. Comment.

‘Behold the Throne’ extols Freaks Mas

Arts & Theater: Freaks Mas will “Behold the Throne” as it competes for the fourth successive year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment.

Earth, Wind and Fire for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: Band leader Pamela Date, who hails from St. Andrew, Grenada, told Caribbean Life that this year’s production is “a representation of our universe.” Comment.

WIADCA’S carnival celebrates one Caribbean, one people, one voice!

Arts & Theater: Get ready for New York Caribbean Carnival 2015! On Thursday, Sept 3, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will kick off New York Caribbean Carnival, with a unique Caribbean Freedom Festival, featuring KES the Band, costume competitions and Herbet Holler & the Freedom Party NYC. Comment.

‘Welcome to the Motherland of Afrika’

Arts & Theater: This year, New Horizon wants everyone, including masqueraders, to feel “Welcome to the Motherland of Afrika,” as the Brooklyn-based mas band competes in the annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway. Comment.

Brooklyn Museum celebrates Caribbean culture

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Museum propelled its culture loving public into the Carnival spirit on Aug 1. Comment.

Mas ‘Under The Sea’

Arts & Theater: At the tender age of 24, Trinidad-born costume designer Assata Rodriquez is already making headway as one of the up and coming bandleaders to watch. She is diligent and steadfast in her quest for perfection — qualities revelers will take to the parkway to revel in “Under the Sea.” Comment.

New merchant association revives street festival

Arts & Theater: Summer is simmering down, back-to-school commercials are looming but fun in the sun against the backdrop of your neighborhood is still in full effect. There is still time for face painting, live entertainment and celebration of the local businesses courtesy of the new merchant association, Parkside Empire. Comment.

July, 2015

‘Amazing Grace’

Arts & Theater: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.” Comment.

Haitian art, architecture at Queens Museum

Arts & Theater: On Sunday, July 25, Haitians from all over the metro area congregated at the Queens Museum to participate in a rich, diverse three-part cultural event that began on the expanded mezzanine, which looks at the Unisphere. The museum reopened last November after major renovations. Comment.

A Celebration in Brooklyn

Music: It was a celebration to be sure! As Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy held its 16th annual concert recital, students and loyal supporters arrived in droves ready to clap and enjoy celebrating fantastic performances. Comment.

‘Life in the Rain Forest’

Arts & Theater: Torrential rains in the Caribbean last year created a damp and dense atmosphere in the forested area where my family and I vacationed. The flora and fauna challenged us. We endured the constant buzz of the various insects. The melodious sounds of the birds, the beautiful flowers and plants were a joy to behold. Comment.

‘Who are We?’ asks Kaios International

Arts & Theater: In asking the simple question, “Who are We?,” the Brooklyn-based Kaios International Mas Band hopes to be a strong contender in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

One Destiny to showcase ‘Fantasy Of The Falls’

Arts & Theater: One Destiny Mas band, with costume designer Zeelema Verwayne at the helm, will showcase Guyana’s diverse culture, bringing into focus the country’s renowned Kaieteur Water Falls in a themed “Fantasy of the Falls” presentation. Comment.


Arts & Theater: What does the Caribbean and William Shakespeare have in common? In many depictions of his famous plays, the characters are often depicted to be white and set in the many countries of Europe. The Cultural Theatre of Harlem, however, is taking Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and infusing an Afro-Caribbean layer to create a universal story. Comment.

New Generation presents ‘Dream Catcher’

Arts & Theater: In continuing the legacy of her late Trinidadian-born mother Kathyann Hernandez, who went to the Great Beyond two years ago, Patrice Simmons says she is maintaining Hernandez’s high standards in presenting “Dream Catcher” this Labor Day. Comment.

BRAATA to tour Trinidad

Arts & Theater: Braata Productions, a New York based cultural non-profit, has joined the list of charitable organizations turning to crowdfunding as a means of raising funds. Comment.

SoundCity Mas’ ‘Sucre’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: With about 30 years of mas-making experience, the producers of the Brooklyn-based SoundCity Mas are hoping to make a difference on Labor Day with “Sucre.” Comment.

Thousands attend African Arts Festival

Arts & Theater: The International African Arts Festival (IAAF) began in 1971 as the African Street Carnival, a PTA’s block party fundraiser for an independent school in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with local entertainers, about 20 arts and crafts vendors, along with food prepared by the parents. Almost 2,000 people came to the event and it was a success. Comment.

South Jersey Carib fest celebrates 15th anniversary

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) last Saturday celebrated its 15th Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park at the Camden waterfront. Comment.

‘Dingolay’ presents - Rave The Yellow Edition

Arts & Theater: Dingolay’s mas band one-color concept has put them in good standing. With a third place win at the 2014 Labor Day Carnival on Eastern Parkway, the band is now positioning itself to take home first prize when it invades the parade on Monday, Sept. 7. Comment.

Hot ‘N spicy but clean comedy

Arts & Theater: It is said that laughter is good for your health. A hearty laugh can change the outlook of a bad day, even if only for the few moments a chuckle might last. Comment.

Street art inspires August Martin students

Arts & Theater: August Martin High School is known as the “worst school” in New York with a graduation rate of 39 percent. Students attending August Martin often describe their school as a jail or mental institution, however, their description does not apply to a too strict faculty or over-representation of school safety officers. Comment.

June, 2015

Celebrate International Reggae Day July 1

Music: At the start of July, the world will be consumed by Reggae music. For 24 hours, International Reggae Day (IRD) Festival – a global media festival – will celebrate the best of Jamaica’s creativity and contributions worldwide. Comment.


Arts & Theater: By Alley Olivier Who are you? What are you? Where are you from? These seemingly simple questions turn out to be loaded with layers of complexity to explore through what should be a short answer. Exploring the dimensions of what contributes in shaping our identities while managing the influence of Caribbean heritage – whether native or a descendant – Candace Thompson aims to push those conversations through dance. Comment.

Calypso Musical still relevant

Arts & Theater: It is said that art reflects reality. It is also said that history repeats itself. For “De Roaring 70’s A Calypso Musical,” despite the time period seeming so long ago, the message of struggle and oppression rings true today. Comment.

Ida Owens, artist and educator

Arts & Theater: There is an extraordinary artist teaching art to school children in grades K through eight at the Gordon Parks School for Inquisitive Minds in Rosedale, New York. Her name is Ida Owens. She has been teaching art at The Gordon Parks School since 2007, when she also started a tradition, which has become a mainstay for the school, the student body, and the community, The Annual Arts Gala. Comment.

Brooklyn Boro Prez kicks off Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: President Barack Obama declared June as Caribbean Heritage Month on May 29, 2015. Friday June 5, 2015 Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric L. Adams kicked off his office’s month-long celebration featuring an array of Caribbean-fused activities. Comments (1).

Dancer’s spirit

Arts & Theater: Put on your dancing shoes. Whether you’re two or 102, there is a dancer’s spirit itching to burst out to the right chord of music. Comment.

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech

Music: Events producer, Danny Kapilian promises that this 21st year of the R&B Festival at MetroTech will be fantastic. The festival opened on Thursday, June 4 with Bobby Rush a known show stopper and R&B legend. The festival which features 10 noon-time Thursday concerts will end on Aug. 6. Comment.

May, 2015

‘Fried Chicken & Latkes’

Arts & Theater: Rain Pryor’s one-woman autobiographical play will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. “Fried Chicken & Latkes” is the actress-writer-comedian’s funny take on her mixed-race heritage and growing up the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved and iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor. Comment.


Music: It takes more than good lyrics and a nice sound to stay relevant in the music business. In an indsutry dominated by one-hit wonders, passing fads and an audience with a by-the-minute attention span, artists have challenges of rising and staying at the top. The only direction to go is down. Comment.

Signed by Atlantic, Kranium ready to explode

Music: https://youtu.be/OxuDYFAKB7gMany artists dream of earning mainstream success, and for Jamaican dancehall sensation Kranium, inking a deal with Atlantic Records is delicious icing on a very hard-earned cake. Comment.

Bahia: The Black Side Of Brazil Presents ‘African Rhythm, African Roots’

Arts & Theater: An un-objective, hearty and gracious “thank you” must be extended to the community’s own Baba Charles “Chuck” Davis who, after 38 years of annual DanceAfrica presentations, is passing the torch of artistic director to an heir. Comments (1).

DanceAfrica 2015 at BAM

Arts & Theater: When the weather turns, and we start getting warm sunny days consistently, we know it’s that time again, DanceAfrica time. Dancers in their flowing colorful costumes will be floating across the stage at BAM. The rhythms of the drums are infectious and will get you moving whether you are sitting or standing. The outdoor African style market place you’ve been waiting for all winter will be set up along Ashland Place on the side of BAM and in its parking lot across the street. We get to see and patronize merchants that only come to town for this event, as well as the familiar merchants we see at street fairs and other festivals. DanceAfrica opens the season, as always with swag, and celebration, featuring dance, music, film, and community events. Comment.

Annual Haitian Flag Day celebration

Music: May is a month full of celebrations and aside from high school proms and graduations, it is also Haiti Heritage Month. Comment.

Get into the hype with Majah Hype

Music: All things that are different boil down to expose that they are very much the same. In the Caribbean, there is a celebration of the differences in language, slang, food and even music but there is a thread undeniably connecting the people of Jamaica to Trinidad and beyond. Comment.

New York celebrates African cinema

Arts & Theater: A town hall African artist salon at the Greene Performance Space kicked off the upcoming 22nd edition of the African Film Festival New York (NYAFF). Comment.

The Artivist Rises

Arts & Theater: The Artivist Rises, a group art exhibition at 1199 SEIU Bread and Roses Gallery, located at 310 West 43rd St., presented by African Voices Magazine, Carolyn A. Butts, founder / publisher and Derick Cross, art director. The exhibition features 18 artists, whose common goal is conscious raising, the thread, which runs through the exhibit and ties the work together. It is a mixed media show with paintings, prints, collages, quilts and photographs. Comment.

April, 2015

Jazz, Arts Festival

Music: An eclectic billing of performers from the Caribbean and the United States combine for 11 nights of revelry during the 24th annual staging of the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival from April 30 to May 10. Comment.

Jazz Day

Music: The genius of trumpeter Miles Davis will be resounded and echoed April 30, when International Jazz Day heralds one of the greatest musicians of the genre. Comment.

Children’s Carnival Costume workshop

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will be holding its annual Children’s Carnival Costume Construction & Design Workshops from Saturday May 9 to June 20. Comment.

The Colored Museum

Arts & Theater: Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre Department presents “The Colored Museum” written by George C. Wolfe directed by Alfred Preisser. “The Colored Museum” takes the audience on a journey through the Black American experience. Comment.


Arts & Theater: DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest African dance festival, returns to BAM for the 38th year with its traditional Memorial Day weekend extravaganza of dance, music, film, and community events from May 22 - 25. Comment.

For the love of fabric with Lisa Shepard Stewart

Arts & Theater: From far and near, quilt lovers and others who love textile arts immersed themselves in the artistry of The Urban Inspirations Quilt Show 2015. Sponsored by the Empire Quilters Guild, one the many NYC area quilters’ organizations, the two-day show was held at FIT in late March. Comment.


Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to the Joyce Theater from April 14-26, 2015 with 15 performances featuring five dynamic programs. Comment.

March, 2015


Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 10 – 21, 2015. Comment.

Classical Theatre celebrates 15th anniversary

Arts & Theater: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) (Ty Jones, producing artistic director; David Roberts, managing director) proudly announces plans for its landmark 2015 season. The Harlem-based American theatre company will present its 15th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Concert this spring, featuring songs from the musical “Witness Uganda,” winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Richard Rodgers Production Award for Musical Theater; a free summer production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest; and the winter holiday world premiere of a new CTH-commissioned musical, “The First Noel.” Comment.

Slave Girl

Arts & Theater: A new stage adaptation of Harriet Jacobs’ 1861 autobiography, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Comment.


Arts & Theater: Daniel Beaty gives a tour-de-force performance, playing up to 40 characters in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a solo play, which he also wrote. It tells the life story of Paul Robeson, a towering figure among our nation’s prominent African-Americans. Renowned director Moisés Kaufman returns to BAM (The Laramie Project, 2013 Winter/Spring) to direct this show which has delighted and enlightened audiences from Kansas City, to LA, La Jolla, and Washington, DC. Comment.

Charity quilts go to region’s agencies

Arts & Theater: In an atmosphere of creativity, the energy was infectious in the main hall, also the sanctuary, of Manhattan’s Church of Holy Apostles. While the judging for the Empire Quilters bi-annual group show taking place March 28 and 29 at FIT was going on in a side room, clusters of women positioned themselves around circular tables amiably chatting, yet completely focused. Comment.


Arts & Theater: “Kumina” and other island dance favorites are among treats programmed into a two-day repertoire billed for the 60th anniversary season at Brooklyn Center of the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College when the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica (NDTC) return here. Comment.

Postage stamp to honor ‘Miss Calypso’ Forever

Arts & Theater: It is Women’s History Month and a phenomenal woman is being memorialized when spring breaks — less than a year after her death. First acclaimed as Miss Calypso — prior to becoming the well-known Maya Angelou — she was known by a moniker that lauds the Caribbean and its music. Comment.

February, 2015

Haitian and Dominicans artists collaborate

Arts & Theater: Twenty-seven artists of Dominican and Haitian-heritage together are collaborating in what seems impossible on the island of Hispaniola itself. Comment.


Arts & Theater: New York mas band “Honest Illusions” is ready to capture the crown in the medium band category when revelers take to the streets of Georgetown to celebrate Guyana’s 45th Republic Anniversary and Mashramani Parade on Feb. 23. Comment.

Colorful Indian culture celebrated at the UN

Arts & Theater: A colorful spectacle of the rich Indian culture, mesmerized guests on Friday, Feb. 6, at the United Nations in New York City, where music, dance and national fare were celebrated with enjoyment. Comment.


Arts & Theater: New York City Center will present “A Bailar: Dance at the Center,” a three-week Latin dance festival featuring three acclaimed dance companies from Cuba, Argentina and Spain, running Feb. 18 – March 7, 2015. Comment.

‘Adam’ spotlights Bimini, Bahamas

Arts & Theater: Few plays ever shine a spotlight on the Caribbean except to marvel at the pristine beaches, eternal sunshine and soulful music that endears carnival and revelry. Comment.

Robert Blackburn’s ‘Passages’

Arts & Theater: “We show Black History all the time,” said Corrine Jennings director of Wilmer Jennings Gallery. Through March, selections from the master printmaker “Robert (Bob) Blackburn: Passages” is on exhibition at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery, 219 E. 2nd St., a satellite space of Kenkeleba House. Comment.

Griffith tells her story in ‘Demerara Gold’

Arts & Theater: Fresh off a successful performance in Georgetown, Guyana, Ingrid Griffith’s phenomenal one-woman satirical drama - “Demerara Gold” will give an audience a belly-full of laughs when she comes to Brooklyn’s St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church at 331 Hawthorne St., on Feb, 21. Show time is 3:00 p.m. Comment.


Music: Diana Ross probably isn’t used to being the opening act. The soul legend captivated a sold-out crowd at the grand reopening of the Kings Theatre in Flatbush on Tuesday night, but the main attraction was the majestic and painstakingly restored venue. Comment.

January, 2015

Kings Theatre re-opens in Flatbush

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene last week joined top city officials at the re-opening of Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment.


Fashion: “Old pirates, yes they rob I” — Bob Marley. Some Jamaicans are voicing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” to express their ire about Miss Jamaica’s fourth-runner up position in the recent Miss Universe beauty pageant. Comment.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season, once again partnering with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its second annual Lunar New Year Celebration, on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Comment.

World Premiere of Ados at BAM

Arts & Theater: Douglas Dunn & Dancers presents the World Premiere of Aidos at Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY, from Feb. 11-15, 2015. Performances from Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 p.m and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Comment.


Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with an evening of joyous and uplifting music by South Africa’s Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

‘Nesta’s Rock’ Musical to Rock The Rock

Music: A musical tribute to reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley is slated to run from Jan. 9 to Jan. 22 at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Comment.


Arts & Theater: UNESCO is recognizing gwoka as an integral part of Guadeloupean identity in its 2015 world heritage designations. The honor is notable because it was awarded for its intangible qualities. The designation usually is attached to site of architectural importance or natural wonders. Comment.