Friday, January 31, 2014

Exhibition: “Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms” 2013 National Juried Art Exhibition ENDS on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the National Afro-American Museum And Cultural Center — Wilberforce, Ohio USA

“Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms”
ENDS Jan 31, 2014 http://www.AAVAG.org
Exhibition: “Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms” 2013 National Juried Art Exhibition through Friday, January 31, 2014 at the National Afro-American Museum And Cultural Center — Wilberforce, Ohio USA; Time: Friday, November 1, 2013 to Friday, January 31, 2014; Location: National Afro-American Museum And Cultural Center; Street: 1350 Brush Row Road; City/Town: Wilberforce, Ohio; Contact: Conquero@aol.com; Event Type: Exhibition; Organized By: The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC). __ The African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG); The Ohio Historical Society.
Event Details: “The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) and the African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG) presents their first annual National Art Exhibit for artists of African descent. Prominent artists from across the United States will be a part of this Juried Art Exhibition. Participants are recognized at the Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony, a gathering that celebrates the diversity of African descendants in the visual arts.”http://www.AAVAG.org
For further information: http://www.aavag.org/ and http://fineartamerica.com/events/black-heritage-through-visual-rhythms.html

Call for Submissions: NGCI Public Art - Sculpture Competition Deadline: last day Friday, January 31, 2014 — National Gallery Cayman Islands, West Indies

NGCI Public Art - Sculpture Competition www.nationalgallery.org.ky/
Call for Submissions: NGCI Public Art - Sculpture Competition Deadline: between Monday, January 27, 2014 and Friday, January 31, 2014 — National Gallery Cayman Islands, West Indies. The National Gallery announces the opening of a CI$10,000 prized public art competition sponsored by Water Authority - Cayman. Event Description: The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is pleased to announce a public art - sculpture competition supported by the Water Authority - Cayman to celebrate their 30th anniversary. All eligible artists are invited to enter proposals for a public sculpture or installation at the entrance roundabout of the NGCI’s new building located on the Esterly Tibbetts Highway. The winning project will receive complete financial assistance for the execution of the final work as well as a CI$10,000 cash prize. All proposals can be submitted to the National Gallery between Monday, 27 January 2014, 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Friday, 31 January 2014, 5:00 pm (EST).
Event Details: “Artists will be asked to carefully consider location, theme, production, and implementation. A panel of professional judges will be looking for long-term durability as the final work will become a permanent feature at NGCI and part of the permanent collection for future visitors to enjoy. The complete list of rules and regulations is now available for download https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky//powerpanel/modules/commonpdf/html/uploads/pdfs/1386793591Public-Art---Sculpture-Competition-Rules-and-Regulations.pdf and https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky//powerpanel/modules/commonpdf/html/uploads/pdfs/1385415796Public-Art---Sculpture-Competition-Registration-Form.pdf. No purchase or fee is necessary to enter or win. For more information email culturaldevelopment@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.”National Gallery Cayman Islands https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/news/publicartcompetitionsculpturecompetition
For further information: https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/news/publicartcompetitionsculpturecompetition, https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/, https://www.facebook.com/NatGalCayman and https://www.facebook.com/caymanculture

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Event: NAGB’s “A Night of History and Poetry” responding to the sinking of the HMBS Flamingo on Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:00-9:00 pm — Bahamas, West indies

NAGB’s “A Night of History and Poetry” on Jan 30, 2014 http://www.nagb.org.bs
Event: NAGB’s “A Night of History and Poetry” responding to the sinking of the HMBS Flamingo on Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:00-9:00 pm — Bahamas, West indies; Event Details: Where: The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas; Place The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, West Hill Street, Nassau, Bahamas; Tel: 242.328.5800/1; Fax: 242.322.1180; General Email: info@nagb.org.bs
Event Description: “The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to present “A Night of History and Poetry” responding to the sinking of the HMBS Flamingo. Bahamian artists, historians and poets were invited by visual artist Kishan Munroe to respond to this tragic event as part of the interdisciplinary project currently on view at the NAGB, ‘The Swan Song of the Flamingo’. Noted historian and poet Patricia Glinton-Meicholas pursued extensive research that led to the publication of an entire history book. This incident also inspired Sonia Farmer, letter-press printer, papermaker and poet, to delve into archival research of newspaper articles from the period to create a body of artwork and poetry. For famed poet Obediah Michael-Smith, it led to a series of poems in dedication to our ‘lost boys’. All of these Bahamian literary lights will be with us on the evening of THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 AT 6 p.m.”NAGB http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/A-Night-of-History-and-Poetry--responding-to-the-sinking-of-the-HMBS-Flamingo
Please join us for an evening of poetry, history and discussion at the NAGB. For further information: http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/A-Night-of-History-and-Poetry--responding-to-the-sinking-of-the-HMBS-Flamingo, https://www.facebook.com/TheNAGB, http://nationalartgalleryofthebahamas.tumblr.com/ and http://www.nagb.org.bs


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Dany Laferrière

Dany Laferrière (born Windsor Kléber Laferrière, 13 April 1953) is a Haitian and Canadian novelist and journalist who writes in French. He was elected on December 12, 2013 to the Académie française. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, and raised in Petit Goâve, Laferrière worked as a journalist in Haïti before moving to Canada in 1976. He also worked as a journalist in Canada, and hosted television programming for the TQS network. Laferrière published his first novel, Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired) in 1985. The novel was later adapted into a screenplay by Laferrière and Richard Sadler, earning a Genie Award nomination for best adapted screenplay at the 11th Genie Awards in 1990. The film adaptation of the novel starred Isaach De Bankolé and was directed by Jacques W. Benoit. He writes exclusively in French, although some of his works have been published in English with translations by David Homel. The 2005 film Heading South (Vers Le Sud) was adapted from three of his short stories. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dany_Laferri%C3%A8re, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/dany-laferriere/ and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0480767/bio  

This is a review for How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired by Dany Laferrière - You probably shouldn't read this book if you'd be offended by interracial intercourse explicitly described, interracial psychology boldly satirized, or injunctions from the Koran quoted at profane moments. Dany Laferrière's first novel seems designed to offend everybody, but it's quite funny and an addictive binge-read of juicy, jazzy prose. Basically the non-plot follows the musings and meanderings of two black men living in a filthy apartment on rue St-Denis in Montreal in the 1980s. They are immigrants with no visible means of support, but lots of white female visitors. One is a Muslim or Buddhist saint (depending on convenience) following the Path of Inertia on a lumpy sofa. The other is our well-read, jazz-loving, philosophical narrator. I picked up this book purely (or impurely) because of the title. Every now and then I shop irresponsibly. The subject is outdated, and that's part of the charm. The narrator himself admits that the heyday of the black lover is over. The Japanese lover is now preferred. Nonetheless the narrator seems to find plenty of action in the bars, bookstores and literary circles of Montreal.. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Negro-Without-Getting-Tired/product-reviews/1553655850/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for I Am a Japanese Writer by Dany Laferrière - Basho was a Japanese poet, and the great thing about poetry is that it can adapt to whoever is reading it. We do not need to be Japanese to understand the basic emotions. Therefore, when an American reads Bash', Bash' becomes an American poet. This is the concept behind I Am a Japanese Writer. This book is a about the origin of art, the obsolete need of a national identity, and contradictions. The story is simple; it is the journey of Dany Laferrière to write a book simply titled I Am a Japanese Writer. The book is a brilliant piece of art. Laferrière paints himself in a prosperous light as a quiet bookworm. His writing style shines, as it feels like it was written by a madman scripting his will in a paper cave. One chapter has two character's talking without punctuation. This technique works because it forces you to pay attention to the character's personalities to understand the conversation. The characters themselves feel fresh and alive. This book is an amazing expedition that intersects time, space, and identities. Much like sushi, this book is an acquired taste, but I recommend trying it at least once. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Am-Japanese-Writer-Dany-LaFerriere/product-reviews/1553655834/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Heading South by Dany Laferrière - I was partway through Leferriere's 1993 novel "An Aroma of Coffee" when I found "Heading South" in a library. This is the third Leferriere novel I've read, and its tone is so different. The author captures the spirit of an entire town, with the big interweaving cast of a Latin American storytelling novel, but the language is modern and cinematic. "Heading South" is exciting and quick paced, and the characters have nerve. In a year that has been so difficult for Haiti, it feels right to see fiction that shows the beauty and complexity of the country. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Heading-South-Dany-LaFerriere/product-reviews/B008SMJPNU/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Exhibition: Anne Kermode’s “Down Under” ENDS on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at BSoA’s Studio B; Art Review: “Inspired by the art of Australia’s Aborginals” — Bermuda Royal Gazette - Bermuda, West Indies

Artwork by Anne Kermode https://www.facebook.com/anne.kermode
Exhibition: Anne Kermode’s “Down Under” ENDS on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at BSoA’s Studio B; Art Review: “Inspired by the art of Australia’s Aborginals” — Bermuda Royal Gazette - Bermuda, West Indies;  Event Details: What: Anne Kermode’s “Down Under” Exhibition; When: Friday, January 10 – Tuesday, January 28, 2014; Where: Bermuda Society of Arts; Location: Studio B at the City Hall Arts Centre; Address: 17 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda; Phone: 441.292.3824; Email: info@bsoa.bm; Gallery Hours: 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday; 10am – 2pm Saturdays
Art Review: “Inspired by the art of Australia’s Aborginals” — Bermuda Royal Gazette
By Nadia Arandjelovic
Anne Kermode is a busy mom-of-three who has conquered the New York Marathon and teaching in a busy primary school classroom. Now she is preparing for one of her most exciting feats ever — as she hosts her first solo exhibit at Bermuda Society of the Arts, [from Friday, January 10 – Tuesday, January 28, 2014].
“I’m excited and have wanted to have my own show for a very long time,” Mrs Kermode said. “I have had to work full time as a teacher and have three children of my own and run marathons, so finding time for my art work is hard. “At the same time I’m nervous about how the pieces are going to be received, but hope people like them.”Artist Anne Kermode to Bermuda’s Royal Gazette http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140103/ISLAND04/140109967
Mrs Kermode has spent the past nine months working on 12 paintings for her exhibit ‘Down Under’, which focuses on ocean and marine life. The pieces were inspired by Australian Aboriginal art, which features dots in earth tones to represent the sun, soil, desert sand and clouds. Her fascination with the unique art form began after her father-in-law Nigel Kermode visited the region and brought her back a book on indigenous art . . . Mrs Kermode decided to focus on local marine life in her paintings, which was natural considering her love for the ocean. Anne Kermode’s exhibit ‘Down Under’ will be on display in Studio B at BSOA, located in City Hall, from Friday, January 10 – Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Read more: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140103/ISLAND04/140109967. For further information about the gallery: http://www.bsoa.bm/. For further information about the artist: https://www.facebook.com/anne.kermode

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — José Emilio Pacheco

José Emilio Pacheco Berny (June 30, 1939 – January 26, 2014) was a Mexican poet, essayist, novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the major Mexican poets of the second half of the 20th century. The Berlin International Literature Festival has praised him as "one of the most significant contemporary Latin American poets". In 2009 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize for his literary oeuvre. He taught at UNAM, as well as the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Essex, and many others in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Emilio_Pacheco, http://www.latintimes.com/jose-emilio-pacheco-dies-lauded-mexican-writer-dead-74-after-suffering-bad-fall-147645 and http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/arts/jose-emilio-pacheco-mexican-poet-dies-at-74.html?_r=0

This is a review for Battles in the Desert & Other Stories by José Emilio Pacheco - In Mexico City, there is a big and very traditional neighborhood, where wealthy people lived decades ago, and now is a middle-class place, with nice streets, restaurants, museums, ann bookstores. It was there that the protagonist of this short novel was born. It is a remembrance of childhood. The narrator retells the story of his infatuation with the young and attractive mother of one of his classmates, who is also the mistress of a politician. One day he skips school and visits her, and he delcares his love for her. The visit is known of in the community, and sparks a small scandal. Years later, he will find an ex-classmate and find out what happened to her. It is a good story, full of nostalgia for Mexico City in the 30's. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Battles-Desert-Stories-Emilio-Pacheco/product-reviews/0811210200/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for City of Memory and Other Poems by José Emilio Pacheco - This is not a poet I was familiar with but I was invited by the Poetry Foundation to a poetry reading seminar and this was the book they chose. I was quite taken by the work, in translation and the discussion that ensued touched upon whether the translation was as true to the original text or not. There were several people in the group fluent in Spanish who did, indeed, comment on how difficult it is to translate poetry from one language to another and how sometimes there were discrepancies in this particular translation that did not exactly make it from Spanish to English in the right way. That said, I still love this poet and highly recommend him to readers of poetry. I would not recommend jumping into his work if you have never read poetry or read very seldom--it's dense and fairly complex, however there are quite a few poems in here that will have universal appeal. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Other-Poems-Spanish-Edition/product-reviews/0872863247/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Esta es una opinión para La fabula del tiempo. Antología (Edición Español) by José Emilio Pacheco - En La fábula del tiempo, antología poética de José Emilio Pacheco, Jorge Fernández Granados, uno de los mejores poetas y críticos de la nueva generación mexicana, pone al alcance del lector en un solo volumen una selección crítica de una obra extendida ya a lo largo de varias décadas, testimonio de su país y de su tiempo pero también prueba de amor y fe en el poder de la palabra. Fernández Granados propone una visión conjunta y rigurosa de una obra viva en cuyo centro late el paso del tiempo en su doble e inseparable aspecto de constructor y destructor. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/dp/6074450293?tag=carijour-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=6074450293&adid=0JBA4GSX3RAYGYEF3QQ4

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ziggy wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album — Jamaica Gleaner

Ziggy Marley http://ziggymarley.com/
Ziggy wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | January 27, 2014
Ziggy Marley was one of the early winners yesterday at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Marley won in the category of Best Reggae Album for his effort, Ziggy Marley In Concert (Tuff Gong Worldwide label). In an interview with The Gleaner shortly after the announcement was made, Marley said:
"We give thanks, it is an honour and a blessing. Much respect to the Recording Academy and the fans. We are looking forward to the release of my new record FLY RASTA."Ziggy Marley to Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140127/ent/ent2.html
Other nominees in the category for Best Reggae Album were, Beres Hammond's One Love, One Life (VP Records), Sizzla's The Messiah (VP Records), Sly & Robbie and The Jam Masters with Reggae Connection (K'z Records), and Snoop Lion's Reincarnated (RCA Records/Berhane Sound System/Boss Lady Ent/Vice/Mad Decent). Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20140127/ent/ent2.html. Related articles: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Another-Grammy-win-for-Ziggy_15887072 and http://www.hiddencitysecrets.com.au/retail/ziggy-marley. For further information: http://ziggymarley.com/, https://www.facebook.com/ZiggyMarley, https://twitter.com/ziggymarley and http://www.last.fm/music/Ziggy+Marley


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Discussion: Holly Parotti's "Undercurrents" -Artist's Talk on Saturday, January 25, 2014 1pm-4pm at NAGB — Bahamas, West Indies

Holly Parotti's "Undercurrents" Jan 25th at NAGB http://www.nagb.org.bs/
Discussion: Holly Parotti's "Undercurrents" -Artist's Talk on Saturday, January 25, 2014 1pm-4pm at NAGB — Bahamas, West Indies; Event Details - Place: The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas; Time: from Saturday, January 25, 2014 1:00 PM - to Saturday, January 25, 2014 4:00 PM
Event Description: “On Saturday, January 25th at 1 p.m., we will host an Artist's Talk with Holly Parotti, whose video installation "Undercurrents" is currently on show in The PS @ NAGB. In 2011 Parotti was invited by the Royal Overseas League to participate in a 5-week long residency in the UK and Scotland, where she conceived 5 bodies of artwork that examine the everyday understanding of Bahamian-ness. The artist will discuss the experience of the residency and how it has now informed her portfolio.” NAGB http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/Holly-Parotti-Undercurrents
For further information: http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/Holly-Parotti-Undercurrents and http://www.nagb.org.bs/. For further information about the artist: http://www.hollyparotti.com/exhibitions.html, http://www.uprising-art.com/en/portfolio/holly-parotti-bahamas/, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/holly-parotti/11/807/ba1 and http://daguilarartfoundation.com/daguilar-art-foundation-bahamian-artist-holly-parotti.html. Related article: http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Nagb-Bahamas-Holly-Parotti-s-Undercurrents-Artist-s-Talk

Friday, January 24, 2014

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Oonya Kempadoo

Oonya Kempadoo is a writer who was born in Sussex, England, in 1966 of Guyanese parents, her father being the writer Peter Kempadoo. She was brought up in Guyana and has studied art in Amsterdam. She has also lived in Trinidad, St. Lucia, and Tobago, and now lives in Grenada. Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published 1998. The New York Times described it as "superb, and superbly written". Her second book, Tide Running (Picador, 2001), set in Plymouth, Tobago, is the story of young brothers Cliff and Ossie. Both of these books were nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards, the first in 2000 and the second in 2003. She was named a Great Talent for the Twenty-First Century by the Orange Prize judges and is a winner of the Casa de las Américas Prize. Her third novel All Decent Animals was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2013. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oonya_Kempadoo

This is a review for Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo - Kempadoo is a true poet, and although BUXTON SPICE is billed as a novel, it is really more a collection of dances in which the poetics of language play a great part. With more and more literature appearing that does not follow the tight storylines of old, perhaps it is time for us to come up with another word to describe books such as Kempadoo's that are not-quite-novel, not-quite poetry, and not-quite-short-stories. Never mind that we don't have an official category for Kempadoo's fiction. It is strong enough and musical enough to dance on its own power. A series of short collage pieces show us a series of small moments that become suddenly huge in the life of a girl child in Guyana in the 70s. It is about early and uncomfortable awareness of race, sex, age, disability, and of the unpredictibility of politics. Kempadoo writes beautifully and naturally of sex. This is a strong point of hers, and it serves her well. The sex actually creates a sort of tension on which all of her stories ride. Oonya Kempadoo is young and she's talented. What she has done in BUXTON SPICE with language can most certainly be done again with a different theme. One can only wonder what Kempadoo will write about next. Will it be Guyana or England or . . .something entirely from her imagination? This is an author to watch. And, in the meantime, to read. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Buxton-Spice-Oonya-Kempadoo/product-reviews/0525945067/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Tide Running by Oonya Kempadoo - This novel about a poor young Tobagon man and his encounter with a wealthy couple who draw him into their lives, blithely, without considering the consequences, is one of the best portrayals of contemporary Caribbean life I've ever read. Brilliant, sensual, and ultimately disturbing, Tide Running is, like Kempadoo's first novel, Buxton Spice, an exploration of the effects of class and wealth on a young nation trying to come into its own in the shadow of its wealthy neighbor to the north. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Tide-Running-Bluestreak-Oonya-Kempadoo/product-reviews/0807083739/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for All Decent Animals by Oonya Kempadoo - I downloaded a sample of this book to try it and when I was done, immediately bought it. Right there, as I sat in the doctor's office, waiting. Fantastic book. If you are not a West Indian or familiar with the lifestyle or vernacular of the region, you might miss the references or the nuances in the book. It will be a nice read anyway. If, however, you are a West Indian, from any island or territory, you will enjoy reading this well-written, thoughtful book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I loved it from start to finish. Tried to pace myself so I wouldn't finish it too quickly but then gave in. Completely authentic. Totally enjoyable. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/All-Decent-Animals-A-Novel/product-reviews/0374299714/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Monday, January 20, 2014

Writers workshop application deadline extended to Monday, January 20, 2014 — T&T Newsday

Cropper Foundation
www.cropperfoundation.org
Writers workshop application deadline extended
to January 20, 2014 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Friday, January 10 2014
Registration for The Cropper Foundation’s eighth Residential Creative Writers Workshop has been extended to January 20, 2014. The workshop, sponsored by the Cropper Foundation, and organised in partnership with the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine, will take place from June 29 to July 13, 2014 in Trinidad and Tobago. Applications are open to published or unpublished prose fiction writers, as well as poets and playwrights. Professor Funso Aiyejina and Dr Merle Hodge, experienced and published authors from The UWI, will be the residential moderators for the two-week workshop. They have been mentoring writers from Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, St Lucia, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean Diaspora (Canada, USA, France) since 2000. Many have gone on to publish their original creative writing and won a number of international Literary Awards. . . Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,189021.html
“Writers, 20 years and over, are invited to submit five pages of a sample of their prose fiction, plays or their poetry no later than January 20, 2014 to: Writers’ Workshop, Department of Creative and Festival Arts, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine. All applicants are responsible for their travel to and from Trinidad and will be asked to contribute US$500 or TT$3000 each for the two-week workshop. Interested persons may download the application form www.thecropperfoundation.org.”T&T Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,189021.html
For further information, please contact Dani Lyndersay or Sherry-Ann Carrington at The Department of the Creative and Festival Arts, UWI at 662-2002 (ext. 83539 | 83539 | 83791); Fax: 663-2222; or via email: danielle.lyndersay@sta.uwi.edu or sherry-ann.carrington@sta.uwi.edu. Please include in the subject Writers’ Workshop or visit The Cropper Foundation’s website at www.cropperfoundation.org, https://www.facebook.com/Cropperwriting and http://cropperfoundation.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/the-cropper-foundations-8th-residential-creative-writers-workshop-is-now-open-for-applications/. Related articles: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/cropper-foundation/ and http://m.guardian.co.tt/arts/2014-01-09/cropper-foundation-holds-residential-creative-writers-workshop


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Open call for submissions for CreativeTT, Vogue Italia showcase - Deadline: Saturday January 18, 2014 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

Open call for submissions for CreativeTT
https://www.facebook.com/CreativeTT
Open call for submissions for CreativeTT,
Vogue Italia showcase — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
Deadline: Saturday January 18, 2014
The Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), under the purview of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, is issuing an open call to designers in Trinidad and Tobago to submit an online portfolio of their work for the Vogue-Italia Designer Showcase. This open call will also be available through related industry partners, which include the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries (TTCSI) and the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design (CAFD) at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). Clothing and jewelry designers are to submit three photos of pieces of their work to creativettmedia@gmail.com for consideration. Submissions will be posted to the CreativeTT Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/CreativeTT. Submissions will be viewed for possible inclusion in the Designer Showcase where pieces will be viewed by Vogue-Italia’s Team on January 26, 2014:
“All entries will be accepted via email only: creativettmedia@gmail.com until Saturday January 18, 2014 at midnight. Results will be posted online on Monday January 20, 2014 at 5 pm.”T&T Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,189354.html
“Trinidad & Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited welcomes Vogue Italia to #Masquerade on Sunday, January 26th 2014. Trinidad & Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited is a wholly-owned State Enterprise under the purview of the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Investment.”Creative TT https://www.facebook.com/CreativeTT?ref=nf
For more information on the rules and regulations, please visit the CreativeTT Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeTT or contact our Media Relations Unit at creativettmedia@gmail.com. Source: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,189354.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeTT, https://www.facebook.com/CreativeTT?ref=nf, http://www.investt.co.tt/targeted-sectors/creative-industries, http://www.vogue.it/en. Related article: http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/?p=7724

Friday, January 17, 2014

Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen is 'exhilarated, ecstatic' over nine noms — Entertainment Weekly

"12 Years a Slave" Director Steve McQueen (Image Credit: Francois Duhamel)
Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen
is 'exhilarated, ecstatic' over nine noms — Entertainment Weekly
By Nicole Sperlingon
Jan 16, 2014 at 1:09PM@nicsperling
Image Credit: Francois Duhamel
Waking up to nine Oscar nominations is a good way to start your day, even if you are thousands of miles away from your family. Such was the case for Steve McQueen on Thursday morning when his harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave earned nine Academy Award nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, and acting recognition for his three leads: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o. While the British director admits that he finds the promotional duties that accompany a movie of this subject matter and pedigree grueling, he has been energized by the quality of the discussions that have followed the screenings he’s attended.
“The subject matter conjures up such an interesting debate with the audience that every Q&A has been like a town hall meeting in a way,” McQueen said. “Everyone is talking about the past, present, and future. It’s become much more social and much more passionate in a way. We made a film that was based in 1851, but it’s actually talking about what’s happening today, so it’s been immensely stimulating.”Steve McQueen to Entertainment Weekly http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/16/oscars-12-years-a-slave-steve-mcqueen-reaction/
One event held for members of the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles especially inspired McQueen — particularly when the great-great-great-granddaughter of the real-life Solomon Northup, whom Ejiofor portrays in the film, introduced herself to the audience in the theater. “We had this Q&A which was very intense and everyone was very engaged, and at the end of it when we were about to go, this 15-, 16-year-old girl stands up and says, ‘I’m Solomon Northrup’s great-great-great-granddaughter.’ I announced to the audience who it was, and the place erupted. It was incredible, just incredible.” Read more: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/16/oscars-12-years-a-slave-steve-mcqueen-reaction/.  For further information:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_McQueen_(director) and http://www.biography.com/people/steve-mcqueen-21341661.  Related articles: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/01/16/steve-mcqueen-oscar-nomination-reaction/4512889/ and http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jan/04/steve-mcqueen-my-painful-childhood-shame


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Exhibition: Kabir-Jesus Joseph ENDS on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at ASTT -- Trinidad & Tobago

Exhibit: Kabir-Jesus Joseph  ENDS on Jan 16, 2014 at ASTT http://artsocietytt.org/index.html
Exhibition: Kabir-Jesus Joseph  ENDS on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Art Society -- Trinidad & Tobago; When: Opening Reception on Sunday, December 29, 2013; runs through Thursday, January 16, 2014; Where: Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago; Location: Corner Jamaica Blvd. and St. Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868 ) 622-9827 ( the centre depends on volunteers to man it- if there is no answer at this phone, please email admin@artsocietytt.org. For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/index.html. For further information about the artist: http://www.talenthouse.com/a22ba16325b7da4a5886e70cbc18432f

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Exhibition: Artist Peterson Guerrier's "Conceptual Nonsense" ENDS on Sunday, January 12, 2014 -- Orlando, FL USA

Peterson Guerrier's "Conceptual Nonsense" 
ENDS on  January 12, 2014 https://www.facebook.com/events/175292942667109/
Exhibition: Artist Peterson Guerrier's "Conceptual Nonsense" ENDS on Sunday, January 12, 2014 -- Orlando, FL USA; Event Details - What: "Conceptual Nonsense"; Time: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6pm to Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2am; Location: NV Art Bar; Street: 27 E Pine St; City/Town: Orlando, Florida 32801; Phone: 407-649-0000; Event Type: art, show; Organized By: Tre Harris aka Tr3; Event Description: Originating from Miami and now residing in Orlando. Local artist Peterson Guerrier continues molding a path, which organically sprouts into its own personifications.
About the Artist: "Peterson always had a love for art since he was child. His passion would be influenced from the Warner Brothers cartoons to surrealistic fantasy adventures like Conan the Barbarian. His dreams would turn into reality, landing him key roles in set designing for fashion shows and eventually into murals. One of these murals can still be seen in North Miami at a local business. The image remains as their main logo. All this while attending D.A.S.H., Design Architecture Senior High – one of the top schools in the U.S. Peterson was one of the pioneering students, achieving certification for entertainment technology. This program focused on Fine art painting, photography, graphics/web design, and film." -- Conceptual Nonsense https://www.facebook.com/events/175292942667109/
For further information: https://www.facebook.com/events/175292942667109/, https://www.facebook.com/peterson.j.guerrier and https://society6.com/guerrier/prints

Friday, January 10, 2014

Exhibition: “Annual Small Works Show” ENDS on January 10, 2014 at the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard — Bermuda, West Indies

“Annual Small Works Show” through January 10, 2014 at the
Bermuda Arts Centre http://www.artbermuda.bm/
Exhibition: “Annual Small Works Show” through January 10, 2014 at the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard — Bermuda, West Indies; Location: Maritime Ln, , MA 01; Mangrove Bay, MA BX, Bermuda; Email: artcentre@logic.bm; Phone: 441-234-2809; Fax: 441-234-0540; Public Transit: Bus #7 or #8 to Dockyard; Ferry from Hamilton to Dockyard; Winter hours are now in effect: Monday - Friday • 11pm - 4pm; Saturday and Sunday • 10am - 5pm; Event Description: “A wonderful selection of small pieces produced by the most accomplished artists in Bermuda.” — Bermuda Arts Centre http://www.artbermuda.bm/
Featured Artist: Ronnie Chameau ‘Au Natural’“Bermudian Artist, Ronnie Chameau, nee Smith, was born on St.David’s Island at the eastern end of Bermuda. She was educated at St.David’s Primary School and St. George’s Secondary School. When Ronnie married, she and her husband, Michel, moved to Pembroke Parish where they continue to make their home. Michel is from Paris, France, which has become their second home. Ronnie has been interested in arts and crafts from the young age of five. In her art world, her medium was ink and watercolor, she has extended her art using bark from the banana tree to creates scenes. In 1986, Ronnie revived the dying art of doll making. She hand crafts dolls from banana and palm leaves. Mrs. Marie Gleeson inspired Ronnie; unfortunately, Mrs. Gleeson did not pass her craft on to anyone. Ronnie in her later years decided to preserve the art of doll making which she continues to do today. At Christmas, she makes Angels, Nativity Scenes and hanging ornaments all made from natural material. . .”Bermuda Arts Centre http://www.artbermuda.bm/page2/page50/page50.html
For further information about the gallery: http://www.artbermuda.bm/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bermuda-Arts-Centre-at-Dockyard/103929956318465. For further information about the artist: http://www.artbermuda.bm/page2/page50/page50.html. Related article: http://www.gotobermuda.com/blog/Banana-Dolls-A-Unique-Bermuda-Gift/


Ronnie Chameau: Banana Doll Maker - Teaser from Somers Isle Productions on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Artist’s Talk: “A conversation with Courtney J. Martin” on Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7 pm, at Alice Yard — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

Courtney J. Martin
(Photo-Mike Cohea/Brown University)
Artist’s Talk: “A conversation with Courtney J. Martin” on Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7 pm, at Alice Yard — Trinidad & Tobago; Event Description: Courtney J. Martin is an art historian and curator based at Brown University. In early January 2014 she will participate in a short curatorial residency at Alice Yard, exploring developments in Trinidad’s art scene. On Thursday 9 January, at 7 pm, she will give an informal talk about her critical and curatorial work on the Guyana-born artist Frank Bowling, a selection of whose “poured paintings” Martin recently curated for Tate Britain. All are invited:   Alice Yard, 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago http://aliceyard.blogspot.com/
About Courtney J. Martin: “Courtney J. Martin is an assistant professor in the History of Art and Architecture department at Brown University, and the author of lengthy essays on the work of many contemporary artists, including Rasheed Araeen, Kader Attia, Rina Banerjee, Frank Bowling, Leslie Hewitt, Wangechi Mutu, Ed Ruscha, and Yinka Shonibare. In 2012, she curated a focus display of Frank Bowling’s painting at Tate Britain . . .”Read more: http://aliceyard.blogspot.com/
About Alice Yard: “Alice Yard is the backyard space of the house at 80 Roberts Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain. This was once the house of Sean Leonard’s great-grandmother. Four generations of children played and imagined in this yard, and now we continue this tradition. Alice Yard is a space for creative experiment, collaboration, and improvisation. Alice Yard is administered and curated by architect Sean Leonard, artist Christopher Cozier, and writer and editor Nicholas Laughlin, with the help of a growing network of creative collaborators . . .” Read more: http://aliceyard.blogspot.com/2007/09/who-are-we.html
For further information: http://news.brown.edu/new-faculty/2013-14/courtney-j-martin, https://twitter.com/aliceyard, https://www.facebook.com/aliceyard and http://aliceyard.blogspot.com/


Nicole Awai: Artist Talk with Courtney J. Martin from Vilcek Foundation on Vimeo

Exhibition: Artist Berette Macaulay’s "Cocooning Catharsis" ENDS on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at HiQo Gallery -- Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies

Berette Macaulay’s "Cocooning Catharsis" Dec 19, 2013- Jan 9, 2014 at HiQo Gallery
https://www.facebook.com/pages/HiQo-Art-Gallery-Jamaica/127847570613970
Exhibition: Artist Berette Macaulay’s "Cocooning Catharsis" ENDS on Thursday,January 9, 2014 at HiQo Gallery -- Kingston, Jamaica; Event Description: Artist Berette Macaulay’s first solo show in the Caribbean; ENDS on Thursday, January 9, 2014; Gallery viewing hours: 11am-4pm; Where: HiQo Gallery, 24 Waterloo Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica, WI
About the Artist: "Award-winning artist Berette Macaulay has a multicultural background, being born in Sierra Leone, of W. African/Dominican/German-Czech descent, raised in Jamaica and the UK, and now based in the United States. Her training and experience as a performer (dancer/actor) and theater technician (make up/lighting and sound design) also broadens her ability to express often-ineffable navigations of class, race, culture, spirituality, language, and secular aspirations. . . Berette's works have been exhibited in the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. She has shown works in several galleries and alternative spaces in New York City like Artists Space, ArtGotham, Headquarters Gallery, and 25CPW Gallery. She has also shown at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, with Art For Progress/Fountain Art Fair for Art Basel Miami Beach Week, with ILLITERATE Gallery in Denver, Colorado, USA; NORD Galerie Haus in Nürnberg, GERMANY; Mutual Gallery and the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, JAMAICA." -- Read more: http://www.sebiart.com/#!__artist-bio---mission
For further information about the gallery: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HiQo-Art-Gallery-Jamaica/127847570613970. For further information about the artist: http://www.sebiart.com/, http://www.artforprogress.org/artists.php?mID=187 and http://www.sebiart.com/#!__artist-bio---mission


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Exhibition: “Works by Deondre Cumberbatch” ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at BSoA’s Studio B — Bermuda, West Indies

Exhibit: Deondre Cumberbatch ENDS on Jan 8, 2014
at BSoA http://www.bsoa.bm
Exhibition: “Works by Deondre Cumberbatch” ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at BSoA’s Studio B — Bermuda, West Indies; When: Friday, December 13,2013 – ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014; Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts - Studio B; Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; Address: 17 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda; Phone: 441.292.3824; Fax: 441.296.0699; Email: bsoa@ibl.bm; Website: www.bsoa.bm; Gallery Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4 pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Sundays & Public Holidays - Closed; FREE ADMISSION
Artist’s Statement: “Color has always played an important role in my life, effecting how I see the world, even how I have responded to it. This time I wanted my life to dictate how color was used, giving each work, even without content or subject matter, and meaning. These works are more than just color on a canvas but they represent me. Me being open, venerable and honestly expressive.”Artist Deondre Cumberbatch http://www.bsoa.bm/2013/03/7435/
For further information about the gallery: http://www.bsoa.bm/. For further information about the artist: http://www.bsoa.bm/2013/03/7435/

Exhibition: “Works by Rebecca Little” ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at BSoA’s Studio A — Bermuda, WI

Rebecca Little's "Tropical Christmas"
Exhibit: ENDS on Jan 8, 2014 at BSoA http://www.bsoa.bm
Exhibition: “Works by Rebecca Little” through Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at BSoA’s Studio A — Bermuda, West Indies; When: Friday, December 13,2013 – ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014; Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts – Studio A; Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; Address: 17 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda; Phone: 441.292.3824; Fax: 441.296.0699; Email: bsoa@ibl.bm; Website: www.bsoa.bm; Gallery Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4 pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Sundays & Pulbic Holidays : Closed; FREE ADMISSION
About the Artist: “Rebecca is an emerging designer, who graduated from UCCA in Farnham and from the Bishopsland Postgraduate Training Course in 2007. Her beautiful designs are inspired by delicate, flowing fabrics with their rich textures, agility and softness. She is fascinated with the relationship between textile and metal and this is clearly demonstrated in her intriguing collection where she explores recreating textile like qualities in precious metals. For Rebecca, movement and tactility are most important, so she has developed her own technique that translates these qualities to create intricate, spiralling and elegant pieces that are beautiful to look at and sensuous to wear.”Rebecca Little Jewellery http://www.rebeccalittlejewellery.com/page2.htm
For further information about the gallery: http://www.bsoa.bm/. For further information about the artist: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Little-Jewellery/116603025043359 and http://www.rebeccalittlejewellery.com/. Related article: http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2013/01/01/emerging-talent-rebecca-little-jewellery/

Exhibition: “Works by Nahed Eid” ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies

Exhibit: Nahed Eid ENDS on Jan 8, 2014
at BSoA http://www.bsoa.bm
Exhibition: “Works by Nahed Eid” ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies; When: Friday, December 13,2013 – ENDS on Wednesday, January 8, 2014; Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts; Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; Address: 17 Church Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda; Phone: 441.292.3824; Fax: 441.296.0699; Email: bsoa@ibl.bm; Website: www.bsoa.bm; Gallery Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4 pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Sundays & Pulbic Holidays : Closed; FREE ADMISSION
About the Artist: “Unique artist Nahed Eid transforms ordinary everyday objects into works of art. A fine art graduate, Nahed’s studies influenced and enhanced her creativity and imagination. Her distinctive work of art is a combination of mixed media materials that are tied together in bright and magnificent colors to create a beautiful feast for the eyes.”Bermuda Society of Arts http://www.bsoa.bm/2011/03/melangeria-by-nahed-eid/
For further information about the gallery: http://www.bsoa.bm/. For further information about the artist: http://www.bsoa.bm/2011/03/melangeria-by-nahed-eid/ and http://www.bsoa.bm/2012/03/nahed-eid/

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Folklorist, anthropologist, novelist, short story writer: Zora Neale Hurston was born on this day, January 7, in 1891 -- Biography.com

Zora Neale Hurston http://zoranealehurston.com/
Folklorist, anthropologist, novelist, short story writer, Zora Neale Hurston was born on this day in 1891.  Born in Alabama on January 7, 1891, Zora Neale Hurston spent her early adulthood studying at various universities and collecting folklore from the South, the Caribbean and Latin America. She published her findings in Mules and Men. Hurston was a fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, rubbing shoulders with many of its famous writers. In 1937, she published her masterwork of fiction, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston died in Florida in 1960.
About Zora Neale Hurston: "Born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, writer Zora Neale Hurston created several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. She was also an outstanding folklorist and anthropologist who worked to record the stories and tales of many cultures, including her own African-American heritage. Hurston was the daughter of two former slaves. Her father, John Hurston, was a pastor, and he moved the family to Florida when Hurston was very young. Following the death of her mother, Lucy Ann (Potts) Hurston, in 1904, and her father's subsequent remarriage, Hurston lived with an assortment of family members for the next few years. To support herself and finance her efforts to get an education, Hurston worked a variety of jobs, including as a maid for an actress in a touring Gilbert and Sullivan group. In 1920, Hurston earned an associate degree from Howard University. She published one of her earliest works in the university's newspaper. A few years later, she moved to New York City's Harlem neighborhood, where she became a fixture in the area's thriving art scene. Writing Career - Living in Harlem in the 1920s, Hurston befriended the likes of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, among several others. Her apartment, according to some accounts, was a popular spot for social gatherings. Around this time, Hurston experienced a few early literary successes, including placing in short-story and playwriting contests in Opportunity magazine. Hurston also had serious academic interests. She landed a scholarship to Barnard College, where she pursued the subject of anthropology and studied with Franz Boas. In 1927, Hurston returned to Florida to collect African-American folk tales. She would later publish a collection of these stories, entitled Mules and Men (1935). Hurston also contributed articles to magazines, including the Journal of American Folklore. Also in the mid-1930s, Hurston explored the fine arts through a number of different projects. She worked with Langston Hughes on a play called Mule-Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life—disputes over the work would eventually lead to a falling out between the two writers—and wrote several other plays, including The Great Day and From Sun to Sun. Hurston released her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine, in 1934. Two years later, she received a Guggenheim fellowship, which allowed her to work on what would become her most famous work: Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). She wrote the novel while traveling in Haiti, where she also studied local voodoo practices. That same year, Hurston spent time in Jamaica conducting anthropological research." -- Read more: http://www.biography.com/people/zora-neale-hurston-9347659?page=1  
For further information: http://www.biography.com/people/zora-neale-hurston-9347659?page=1, http://zoranealehurston.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neale_Hurston and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zora-Neale-Hurston/162132513857579

Amazon's Book Reviews: Afro-Caribbean Authors — Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. . . Hurston traveled extensively in the Caribbean and the American South and immersed herself in local cultural practices to conduct her anthropological research. Her work in the South, sponsored from 1928 to 1932 by Charlotte Osgood Mason, a wealthy philanthropist, produced Mules and Men in 1935, often regarded as a folklore classic, as well as the base material for novels like Jonah's Gourd Vine published in 1934. In 1936 and 1937, she traveled to Jamaica and to Haiti with support from the Guggenheim Foundation from which her anthropological work Tell My Horse published in 1938 emerged. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neale_Hurston

This is a review for Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston - Although she really was born in Georgia, Hurston considered Eatonville, Florida her hometown. She originally wrote this work as a play with Langston Hughes. They had planned to call it "Mule Bone," but the two had a falling out prior to staging the work. The theater world's loss was actually the literary and folklore world's gain, and this book is a terrific study of black folklore from Florida and Louisiana. The book has wonderful folktales and descriptions of rootwork, and once the reader becomes acclimated to Hurston's use of black English, it is a pleasure to read. Hurston provided rich commentary by embedding the texts into a narrative about doing fieldwork in the 1920s. It's worth noting that Hurston compressed the amount of fieldwork time in this book as she had spent much more time in Florida than she presents in this work. It's important to keep these types of literary devices in mind when reading her book as she includes lots of allusions, hidden meanings, and clever wordplays to develop fascinating commentary on folklore. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Mules-Men-Zora-Neale-Hurston/product-reviews/0060916486/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Zora Neale Hurston : Novels and Stories : Jonah's Gourd Vine / Their Eyes Were Watching God / Moses, Man of the Mountain / Seraph on the Suwanee / Selected Stories (Library of America) by Zora Neale Hurston - Zora Neale Hurston is, without a doubt, one of the giants of literature of the last century. Capturing the heart and soul of the deep South--both "colored" and "white"--her works breathe life into the characters she portrays, leaving readers with the "slice of life" they are seeking from an outstanding writer of the period. Now, for the first time, this volume serves the reader the whole pie. Whether Hurston studied the practice of Voodoo in the Caribbean, the folkways of African-Americans in the Old South, or the interrelationships of the races in the society of her time (especially in the trial of Ruby McCollum, which she covered for the Pittsburgh Courier), she tackled her subject with a degree of enthusiasm that is seldom matched. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Zora-Neale-Hurston-Watching-Mountain/product-reviews/0940450836/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston - This book includes a small section on Jamaica but concentrates mainly on vodou practices in Haiti. I am impressed with Hurston's skill as a travel writer in the section on Jamaica. The images from the island are vivid and written in a lush style. She includes lots of descriptions of Jamaicans' folk culture; the sections on spiritual beings called "duppies" is especially rich. The major focus of the book, however, is on Haiti in general and vodou in particular. Hurston's style is even more impressive in this section. Some passages, such as her blending of mythic images with history, are characteristic of some of her finest writing. The content is equally spectacular, as she writes vibrantly about a range of spiritual beliefs, practices, and rituals. Some of the more fantastical elements, including a description of a corpse that sat upright in a funeral ritual and a photograph of a living zombie seem more like ethnographic fiction than valid social scientific work. As a result, some have dismissed this book as more of a travelogue or even a fictionalized ethnography. In recent years, however, scientific studies have supported Hurston's argument that there is a rationalistic, and perhaps even, a-rationalistic basis for what she observed and discussed. In this respect, her in-depth and sympathetic analysis of vodou is much more interesting and much more relevant to the study of religious experience and folk culture in the islands. It also interesting to think about how she was completing the fieldwork in Haiti while she was also writing other works, including "Their Eyes Were Watching God." That aspect of her life history really adds to an understanding of this book, and it adds to an understanding of her novel and numerous short stories. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Tell-My-Horse-Voodoo-Jamaica/product-reviews/0061695130/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Slow art scene in 2013 -- Jamaica Observer

An inside view of the National Gallery of Jamaica located in the Kingston Mall
downtown Kingston http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/ (JO Photo)

Slow art scene in 2013 -- Jamaica Observer
BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com
Sunday, January 05, 2014
IT was a slow 2013 for the Jamaican art scene compared to the buoyancy experienced the previous year, which saw the staging of the National Biennial, the inaugural International Reggae Poster contest, and a slew of exhibitions and installations related to the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence. Former curator of the Mutual Gallery, Gilou Bauer, notes that last year there were fewer exhibitions, partly due to the closure of the Mutual Gallery in July and the Pegasus Gallery a few months later.
"Although other galleries — Bolivar Gallery, Grosvenor Galleries and The Art Centre — were able to pick up where the closed ones left off, there was reduced exposure of artists and where their works could be exhibited. This, combined with the economic situation, all contributed to the fact that sales, exhibitions and auctions of works of art did not go well in 2013." --  Gilou Bauer, former curator of the Mutual Gallery said to the Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Slow-art-scene-in-2013_15733090
She is, however, optimistic that the scene will rebound with time as there are persons still interested in art, willing to buy and there are artists who still want to have their work displayed. Bauer pointed to the work being done at the National Gallery of Jamaica, particularly the young artists' exhibition as a positive sign for the future. During 2013, the National Gallery mounted four major exhibitions in addition to the permanent installations. These were the Natural Histories exhibition, Art iT' exhibition, The New Roots exhibition and Explorations II: Religion and Spirituality, which is currently on display. The second staging of the International Reggae Poster contest did not make it to Jamaica in 2013. Instead, the competition, organised by Jamaican-born artist Michael Thompson and his Greek partner Maria Papaefstathiou, is currently being showcased in the United States. The exhibit has made stops in Miami, Washington, DC and New York. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Slow-art-scene-in-2013_15733090. For further information about the National Gallery of Jamaica: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/. For further information about the International Reggae Poster Contest: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalReggaePosterContest


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Exhibition: El Museo’s Bienal 2013: HERE IS WHERE WE JUMP ENDS on January 4th, 2014 -- Harlem, USA

"Scatological Scene" Artist: Edgar Serrano https://www.facebook.com/EdgarSerrano8
Biennales: El Museo’s Bienal 2013: HERE IS WHERE WE JUMP
opened on the 12th of June, 2013 and runs through January 4th, 2014
La Bienal 2013, El Museo’s 7th biennial exhibition, features work by 37 emerging Latino and Latin American artists, from newly-minted to mid-career, who live and work in New York City metropolitan area. This installation of La Bienal is curated by El Museo Curator Rocío Aranda-Alvarado and Raúl Zamudio, an independent New York-based curator. La Bienal opened on the 12th of June and runs through January 4th, 2014. Location: 1230 FIFTH AVENUE (AT 104TH STREET) NEW YORK NY 10029. For further information:  http://www.elmuseo.org/  and https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo.  For further information about the artist: https://www.facebook.com/EdgarSerrano8


Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — G. Cabrera Infante

Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡiˈʎermo kaˈβɾeɾa imˈfante]; 22 April 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a Cuban novelist, essayist, translator, screenwriter, and critic; in the 1950s he used the pseudonym G. Caín. A one-time supporter of the Castro regime, Cabrera Infante went into exile to London in 1965. He is best known for the novel Tres Tristes Tigres (literally "three sad tigers", but published in English as Three Trapped Tigers), which has been compared favorably to James Joyce's Ulysses. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_Cabrera_Infante

This is a review for Infante's Inferno by G. Cabrera Infante - The greatest living Cuban writer, and one of the most important in all Latin America, Cabrera Infante's "Infante's Inferno," the English version of "La Habana para un Infante Difunto" is a wise, brilliant, wonderful and hilarious musing of a young man's coming of age in pre-Revolutionary Havana. A rich, delicious work to be savored like a mojito or your mother's caramel custard (flan, assuming your mother knows how to make one). Although grounded in a very specific time and place, Cabrera Infante writes for the ages, a tropical Dickens, only funnier and scabrous. After all, there are few things more important in life than women and movies. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Infantes-Inferno-G-Cabrera-Infante/product-reviews/0571144152/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Three Trapped Tigers by G. Cabrera Infante - "Three Trapped Tigers" is a mind-boggler, and the expected outcome is to be able to know pre-revolutionary Havana as Cabrera Infante knew it himself. Whether this is even a possibility is something the reader must discover. Clues to the puzzle are divulged along the way, but mostly in the last section of the work, so that the reader gradually learns who the characters are, their relationships to one another, and how (and why?) they are experiencing pre-revolutionary Havana night life. The language games - including distortions, mutations, creations - add a unique element of humor. It is this humor that covers and pushes away the subtle insinuations of a tragic reality - a country on the verge of falling apart. In a work that contains such an energetic use of language, perhaps the "truth" is to be found in the silences. The English version of "Tres tristes tigres" is where Cabrera Infante is most at liberty to describe that reality he wishes to convey in his work. He is no longer hindered by censorship so that he is free to use the language and descriptions he desires, making the English version closer to his original intent. "Three Trapped Tigers" offers a dizzying experience of nocturnal Havana, of language, and of intimacy. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Three-Trapped-Tigers-Cabrera-Infante/product-reviews/1569247137/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for  Holy Smoke by G. Cabrera Infante - Be sure you are well read before reading this book. This guy is funny and entertaining, but it helps to capture his literary and language references (you do speak French and Spanish, right?) I like the book in spite of taking German. I have used Google to help me get the entire thrust of the scene but generally it comes across. This guy is really smart and I like the book. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Smoke-G-Cabrera-Infante/product-reviews/0571135188/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Exhibition: Charman Prize 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at the Masterworks Museum -- Bermuda, West Indies

Charman Prize 2013 Exhibition through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art www.bermudamasterworks.com/
Exhibition: Charman Prize 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Masterworks -- Bermuda, West Indies; Where: Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art; When: October 11, 2013 through January 1, 2014; Location & Directions: We are located in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, Paget. Bus routes 1,2 & 7. Signage in the Gardens will direct you to the museum. Telephone: (441) 299‑4000; Website: http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/
About the Exhibition: "In our sixth year of the Charman Prize, our sponsor and patron John Charman’s appreciation for Bermuda’s artistic talent is even more heightened. The quality of this year’s entries is extraordinary. Our theme is focused on Bermuda as this competition parallels the genesis of Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, which began with a mission to repatriate artwork created in and/or inspired by Bermuda. The Charman prize exemplifies Masterwork’s vision, as these artists dynamically continue to create Bermuda’s visual history." -- Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/ 
Exhibit open through Jan 1st.  For further information: http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/