Friday, 7 September 2012

BITS & PIECES: Artist Susan Alexander looks to Ethiopia + Etana gears up for talk-show debut

ISSUES & ANSWERS: “I think it is something for everyone to watch. This show will help a lot of people to look at life differently. It will change their perspective completely, and let people see what they take for granted,” Etana tells The Star, referring to her eagerly anticipated new gabfest, Against All Odds, slated for debut on CVM on Sunday, September 9 at 6pm. The 13-episode talk-show, the singer expounds, will feature many tear-jerking, inspirational interviews with “people who have been through a lot of struggles and making it out of the struggles.” As our recent cover profile on the superbusy star acknowledged, Etana is due to give birth to her second child in November and will be putting out her third solo disc, A Better Tomorrow, next February.

PERSONAL VISION: On Thursday, September 13, the Mutual Gallery will unveil its latest exhibition, featuring exclusively pieces by Susan Alexander, the Ecole des Beaux-educated artist who has mounted solo shows from here to Toronto. Alexander’s work has been widely perceived as a documentation of her extended sojourn in Jamaica and is largely inspired by such themes close to her heart as Jamaica’s vast and vibrant culture. In the upcoming exhibit she remains true to these themes while exploring how the Omo people of Ethiopia use paint and other decorations on their faces in celebratory incantations. The exhibition, which will be on view till month’s end, is sponsored by NCB, Carreras Group, RBC Royal Bank, among other corporate entities.

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