Monday, 11 March 2013

CULTURE BEAT: Live & Revive is off and running + Local theatre company gets a name change + Marlon James readies new photo exhibit

MAKING HITS: Backstory is the newly rebranded name of the local theatre production company Eight Seven Six, which has mounted such acclaimed shows as the Thespy-nominated Last Call and Mr. & Mrs. Blacke (pictured). "We're still producing great theatre. Nothing's changed but the name," explains head writer-producer Keiran King (left). "The name Eight Seven Six was ambiguous and there was some confusion when it came to the radio ads especially. And as we move forward from year to year, we wanted a more neutral and internationally recognizable name." The company is currently holding auditions for its upcoming summer production, to be directed by Eugene Williams

PICTURE PERFECT: Award-winning photographer Marlon James is set to unveil his first solo exhibition dubbed "Intimate Encounters" at NLS, located at 190 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 6. The free-to-the-public opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with the exhibition scheduled to run through April 22. James' most recent work (some pieces recently seen in the Super Plus Under-40 competition) capture individuals in contemporary Jamaican society from a raw and intimate angle, using meticulous photographic techniques. Employing a degree of controversy in the treatment and selection of his subjects, James’ portraits also challenge propriety and allow us to probe personal and cultural identity. For further details contact 406-9771 or visit 

ALL THAT JAZZ: It's all systems go for the inaugural Live and Revive series, which kicks off this Monday, March 11, starting at 7:00 pm at the intimate St. Andrew-based Macau Gaming Lounge and Bar. The innovative series opens with popular Jamaican guitarist Maurice Gordon (above) along with friends Oliver Thompson (on drums) and Adrian Henry (on bass guitar). “We are creating an experience like no other. It's not just about any one feature of the night; it’s the package," offers Regina Beavers, one of the core members of the Live and Revive team. "We want people to have somewhere pleasant to go to on a Monday night... People always have the Monday blues, but now they can jazz it up." Aside from the musical performances, patrons will also receive $10 USD gaming cards to enjoy themselves inside the Macau Lounge, in addition to premium Appleton Jamaica VX Rum all night. Thanks to such sponsors as Event 2 Event and Appleton, Beavers says the team is promising something truly extraordinary. Next Monday's main act will be Italian guitarist Samuele Vivian.

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