Thursday, 4 April 2013

OVERHEARD/SCOOP: Pop culture news everyone is talking about right now

It's a wonderful tradition that must be upheld, and they continue to prove that they more than up to the job. For more than 30 years, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) has used the blessed Easter Sunday to stage its Morning of Movement and Music (commencing at 6:00 am), and the quality of this year's performance (a stirring mix of classics, new works, and lush singing from the NDTC Singers) still has folks taking everywhere, from radio to print to the internet streets. Prof. Rex must be so proud. 

Proving yet again why he's truly the people's prez, US Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama (who earns US$400,000 per annum), says he plans to give back 5 per cent of his pay in a gesture of solidarity with government workers who must take unpaid leave as a result of deep spending cuts that went into effect last month. Obama's self-imposed salary cut will last through the end of December. 

The Business of Sport International Conference, scheduled for May 2 and 3 at the Pegasus Hotel, will host retired American sprinter Marion Jones in a plenary session entitled "Paradise Gained, Lost and Redeemed," where she will talk about her lessons learned, which now form part of a curriculum she teaches. Jones, who is a confessed drug cheat, created and now runs "Take A Break," a programme that enables her to give back and counsel all people to live a better life and avoid mistakes and, importantly, costly ones. Given Jones' track record and fall from grace, her presentation should make for quite an interesting session. 

Bounty Killer was this week's headliner at the Tracks & Records-hosted Behind The Screen concert, which attracted a massive crowd. But, by all accounts, the deejay's performance was ruined by insistent technical glitches, and the organizers of the event were not spared Bounty's ire. "Mi love Usain Bolt but a di last time mi a perform ya so," he is reported as saying with the addition of some colourful expletives. "Mi come in here come see people perform problem-free. Now ah my time and look wat a happen. Unoo don't know say unoo mustn't aggravate a cross and angry man?" The dancehall veteran did get to complete his set, but you can tell that the vibe was killed. Oh, well.

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