Fans of reggae legend Bob Marley never need a reason to celebrate his legacy. However, this year, they will have 69 reasons to mark his Feb. 6 birthday. On that date, New Kingston Band plans to provide a jamming reggae session at SOB’s, 201 Varick St. For the 22nd year, the club/restaurant has been doing these tributes and this year with a mention of the code word “One Love” admission will be free. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
Further uptown, in the heart of Times Square, The Cannibis Cup Reggae Band Bring invites patrons to the 18th annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash.”Bring Your Tribe & Share The Vibe” is their mantra for the Feb. 8 celebration. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. A word of warning from the promoters is that this annual has been selling since 1997 therefore patrons are urged to book a seat in advance or plan to stand throughout the irie set.
WALL TO WALL WALCOTT TOASTS ST. LUCIAN NOBEL LAUREATE
Happy, belated birthday to Nobel Laureate winner Derek Walcott who turned 84 on Jan. 23. Although that significant date has passed, the celebration continues for another two months with tributes and salutations that will explore and discover Walcott’s illustrious life contribution.
Caribbean Cultural Theatre is partnering with “custodians of our culture” to salute the literary genius by presenting three significant events – on screen, on stage and on page.
The first is the NY premiere of “Poetry Is An Island,” a film about the life and times of the St. Lucia-born 1992 Nobel Laureate winner.
Slated for Feb. 16 at 3:00 p.m., a free screening will be held at the Taipei Economic Cultural Center, 1 East 42nd St. In the film, director Ida Does present an intimate portrait of the Nobel laureate, poet, playwright, visual artist and son of the Caribbean. Audiences will be able to travel through St. Lucia and encounter childhood friends who reveal family challenges and discover the significance of art for humanity.
A March calendar will promote a literary conversation intended to explore themes of identity, memory, spirituality and belonging. Featuring poets Adrian Augier, Mervyn Taylor and Derek Walcott, “The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature: Past, Present and Future” will focus on Walcott’s written words on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn.
On stage, “Pantomime” begins on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn St. in Brooklyn. Other dates include March 22 at 8:00 p.m., March 23 at 6:30 p.m. and March 27 at 7:30. For more information about the screening, reading and play email [email protected]
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