Grand Gala 2018, Where Jamaica Celebrated 56 Years of Independence


If Jamaica was a human being, then she (or he) would be middle-aged. But of course, in the scheme of things s/he is relatively young. 56? Just a “spring chicken.” Well, although rather mature chickens ourselves, we made our way last night to the National Stadium to get a feel for the Grand Gala, the … More Grand Gala 2018, Where Jamaica Celebrated 56 Years of Independence

Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Saturday Church


As I noted in my film review last Sunday, the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (now in its 13th year) will take place in Toronto next month, starting with a big gala night on September 5. That night will include the first-ever preview screening of Hero: Inspired by The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross, … More Caribbean Tales International Film Festival Review: Saturday Church

Layers Upon Layers


This week’s photo challenge is “Layered.” There are so many layers… some unseen and unknown. Here I have collected a few, in the natural world mostly. Sometimes there are layers in a landscape. Sometimes they are created by people – like the traditional dress Jamaicans wear. I hope you find these photos interesting. The cover … More Layers Upon Layers

New York’s Vissi Dance Theater To Perform in Jamaica


It’s always exciting to have visiting dance troupes, and this one has Jamaican connections. You might like to enjoy next weekend… New York-based dance company ready to rock the stage Kingston, Jamaica August 31, 2017— The New York-based Vissi Dance Theater will perform in Jamaica on September 30 and October 1, 2017. For the first … More New York’s Vissi Dance Theater To Perform in Jamaica

National Dance Theatre Company Opens Its 55th Season with a Gala Event on July 21


Wow. The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is 55 years old – as old as the nation of Jamaica. But there’s nothing middle-aged about their performances, ever. The company’s 2017 season is about to open with a gala performance and cocktail reception at The Little Theatre this coming Friday, July 21. Here is their press … More National Dance Theatre Company Opens Its 55th Season with a Gala Event on July 21

Reflection, Celebration and Continuity: NDTC Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary at Easter


Easter is nearly here. A traditional Easter Morning performance by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is something that many Jamaicans look forward to. This is a time of light and renewal for many, before summer sets in. Here is the NDTC’s press release dated April 7, 2017:  The Easter Sunday sunrise performance of the … More Reflection, Celebration and Continuity: NDTC Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary at Easter

Tango Dancing


“It’s very easy for a woman. So yeah, the hard part of tango is being a man.” via Tango Dancing 101 With Sofia Sanchez de Betak — WWD So here’s a splash of colour for today. There’s something about this photograph that I love: The way the woman is looking directly at the camera, I think. … More Tango Dancing

Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott


Who is the Kumina Queen, and where is she going? Is she heading back to her African home? The vibrant, colourful cover of this poetry collection very much reminds me of the work of a Jamaican artist friend, Rudi Patterson, who died some years ago – in particular, his painting of the swaying, swinging I Threes. I … More Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott

Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaica-Mexico Friendship: Mariachi and Folk Dancing from Guadalajara


On Saturday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m., the Mexican Embassy will proudly present a most unusual and delightful performance at the Little Theatre in Kingston: the Mariachi Orgullo de Jalisco and the Guadalajara Dance Company. The performance will recognize fifty years – yes, a half-century – of friendship between Mexico and Jamaica – a very … More Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaica-Mexico Friendship: Mariachi and Folk Dancing from Guadalajara