Friday, 14 March 2014

THE BUZZ REPORT: TALLAWAH dishes culture tidbits spanning dance and lit, stage and sports

FEEL THE BEAT: The ecstatic Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU) festivities which wrapped at Mona's Philip Sherlock Centre on Sunday had dance aficionados all abuzz over the past weekend. Fortunately for us, another megafeast of rhythm and motion is just around the corner, as the Edna Manley College's own annual blockbuster presentation, Danceworks, is poised to edutain and enlighten patrons from April 1 through 6 inside the School of Dance's performance studio theatre.

GET LIFTED: At last Saturday's Japan Festival at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, TALLAWAH bumped into Glory Music head honcho, Tommy Cowan, who told us exclusively that this year's Fun In The Son festival is set for July 12 at a Kingston venue to be announced, and that negotiations are well underway to secure an appearance by a notable international headliner.

WORTH THE HYPE: Hours after TALLAWAH reported on George Saunders' Story Prize triumph last week for his acclaimed anthology Tenth of December, the prolific American author's tour-de-force effort again struck gold, picking up yet another prestigious accolade: the British-based Folio Prize. And instinct tells us more awards are well on the way.

LEADER OF THE PACK: With a leading eleven nominations, the superfunny Jambiz production Ladies of the Night rests cozily atop the herd of contenders vying for top honours at this year's Actor Boy Awards, taking place April 14 in Kingston. The Patrick Brown-penned comedy-drama picked up bids for (to name a few) Best Production and acting consideration for stars Camille Davis and Sakina Deer. My God Don't Wear Pajamas, Jonkanoo Jamboree, and If There's A Will also earned multiple mentions.

BEST IN SHOW: As could have been anticipated, the World's Fastest Man was this week voted the 2014 recipient of the Jesse Owens International Athlete Trophy. The announcement came Monday during a sparkling ceremony hosted by New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The superstar sprinter, currently at the height of preparations for the action-packed season ahead, was represented at the event by parents Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt.

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