Wednesday, 12 February 2014

BITS & PIECES: New news on the 2014 Oscars, Talking Trees, Dr. Peter Phillips, and a Jamaican happiness tour

SPOTLIGHT: Attendees of this weekend's Talking Trees Literary Fiesta at the University of Technology will be treated to a reading performance of playwright Patrick Brown's Brotherly Love, which is sharing the lineup with Nigerian headliner Igoni Barrett, poets Ann-Margaret Lim and Jean Lowrie-Chin, among several other writers who will read from their work. The Feb. 16 day-long fiesta, dubbed the Kingston edition, will get going at Lilian's on the university campus at 11am, with a mix of prose, poetry, theatre and live music.

GLITZ: The entertainment package for the upcoming Oscars ceremony is taking shape nicely with news just emerging that Tony winner and Broadway phenom Idina Menzel will grace the stage to perform "Let It Go," a contender for Best Original Song, from the animated flick Frozen. Menzel's stint should be one of the night's highlights and make a nice companion piece for hip-hop superstar Pharell Williams' performance of "Happy," his nominated tune off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest night, is set for March 2 (to be telecast on ABC) and will be hosted by ace comic Ellen DeGeneres

OPPORTUNITY: It's high time, argues finance and planning minister Dr. Peter Phillips, that emerging entrepreneurs got with the intellectual property programme. "I would urge all of you to explore those aspects of the reality of your industry," he recently told graduates of CARIMAC's Animate Jamaica certificate programme, "so that when you find that mother lode of gold you will have registered it." Hear, hear. 

BLISS: This is certainly a first of its kind. With the core objective of getting people "to recognize that happiness does not necessarily come from things, whether the things are a degree, or money, or good looks," local nonprofit Choose Life International is spearheading a 50-day all-island happiness tour, starting March 20. The message of happiness, the organizers insist, is "one that is necessary to Jamaica at this time." We heartily concur.

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