Thursday, 19 December 2013

EDITOR'S PICKS: Great ideas for your reading, listening and viewing pleasure this weekend

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri 
A follow-up to the acclaimed author's Pulitzer-winning debut, The Interpreter of Maladies, this immaculate story collection repeatedly rewards readers, thanks to the remarkable eloquence and sensitivity with which Lahiri writes about transplanted Indians -- their neuroses and life-changing experiences -- that makes for incredible page-turning pleasure. 

Eternal: The Best of Libera 
Pristine choirboy voices combine to thrilling and transporting beauty on this "greatest hits" compilation from one of the finest classics-pop ensembles of the teenage demographic. A repeat-worthy two-disc set, the record delivers a combination of sacreds, standards and covers, with such highlights as Enya's magical "Orinoco Flow" and Christopher Cross' "Sail Away." 

Kingston College Chapel Choir in Concert
Under the baton of master conductor Audley Davidson, the KC Chapel Choir has earned a reputation of tackling master works from the greats of classical music with impressive gusto. This weekend you're invited to discover their vibe anew as they present excerpts from Handel's Messiah, in addition to other beloved Christmas music at the UWI Mona Chapel (and other corporate-area venues) for their 2013 concert season.  

The Town, directed by Ben Affleck
Argo's Best-Picture win at this year's Academy Awards was chiefly testament to Ben Affleck's deftness as a filmmaker -- and an underrated director. (He was infuriatingly snubbed in that category). His expanding body of work includes such earlier masterpieces as Gone Baby Gone (with Morgan Freeman and younger bro Casey Affleck) and the deeply affecting bank-heist drama The Town, in which he burns a hole in the screen alongside Jeremy Renner, Regina Hall, Blake Lively and John Hamm. A gripping and stirringly told tale of small-town chaos and the ties that bind.

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