Wednesday, 26 February 2014

TALLAWAH COOL PICKS: The Best in Pop Culture for March 2014

I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March up Freedom's Highway 
Just in time for Women's History Month, Scribner offers bestselling author Greg Kot's I'll Take You There, a rich musical tapestry that charts the origins of one of gospel's most legendary groups, The Staple Singers, delving into their gradual shift through the genres of folk, soul, pop and the reverberations of their increasingly political songs throughout the civil rights era in America. 

The Face of Love 
Last seen giving a tour-de-force in Mother and Child, Annette Bening (American Beauty, Being Julia) makes her long-anticipated comeback in The Face of Love (opening March 7) as Nikki, a widow who several years after the death of her husband Garrett meets a man named Tom (Ed Harris) who looks exactly like her deceased paramour, sparking a reconciliation with pieces of the past. Directed by Arie Rosin and costarring Robin Williams, the romantic drama offers "reflections on the mysteries of love always surrounding us." 

Nearly five years since her last solo album, Grammy-winning chanteuse Ashanti is set to drop her new 13-track disc, Braveheart (Written Entertainment), on March 4, full of her signature mix of slinky R&B grooves and hip-hop-spiked tracks, not to mention notewrothy appearances from such collaborators as Rick Ross ("I Got It"), Jeremih ("Love Games"), French Montana ("Early in the Morning") and Jamaica's dancehall kingpin Beenie Man, who shows up for the album closer "First Real Love." Soul singer Ledisi, meantime, is set to release her new ten track opus, The Truth (Verve) on March 11. 

Friends Forever
Heralding the arrival of a fresh new voice in Jamaican theatre, playwright Keith Ellis is gearing up to make a splash with his Kingston stage debut Friends Forever, which is scheduled to open at Kingston's Green Gables Theatre on March 5 (through April 6). Exploring the highs and lows of human relationships among other universal themes, the play boasts a cast headlined by fast-rising stage and screen actor Kadeem Wilson (Ghett'a Life, Home Again). 

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