Saturday, 28 June 2014

SUMMER'S MUST LIST: Your guide to the best in culture this season (Part One)

FILM: They say every bonafide music legend gets the biopic he deserves, so it was only a matter of time before the inspiring-intriguing James Brown saga got the celluloid treatment. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) has assembled an accomplished cast to bring the late Godfather of Soul's story, Get On Up, to the big screen at long last. Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Nelsan Ellis and other play key supporting roles opposite Chadwick Boseman (superb as Jackie Robinson in 42), who fills Brown's gold-dusted dancing shoes and gets to belt out tunes like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." In cinemas Aug. 1.

BOOK: Heneka Watkis-Porter has made a name for herself as a relentless go-getter buoyed by the entrepreneurial spirit who moves easily between fashion (the sporty patriotic Patwa Apparel), food (the 10 Fireside line of condiments), media (she hosts a pair of radio shows) - and now, signalling her latest adventure, a foray into authorship. A compendium of the wit and wisdom and business savvy she's accrued over the years, 15 Hints to Entrepreneurial Success: Lessons From a Caribbean Business Woman (Author House Publishing) is Watkis-Porter's generous offering to those in need of a bit of tried-and-proven advice in the pursuit of their dream. These days, that's practically everybody. Available now from local booksellers and online outlets.

EVENT: Massive nightly crowds are expected to descend on Catherine Hall per usual when Reggae Sumfest, the premier reggae festival on the planet, returns home for its 2014 staging, scheduled for July 13-19. A strong all-Jamaican contingent will storm the stage, in addition to showstopping sets from the likes of Tessanne Chin, Wiz Khalifa and Future. We're expecting stage magic.

ALBUM: And speaking of Mrs. Cuffe, we're always checking for Jamrock's favourite homegirl du jour, whose Count On My Love, her first album since winning The Voice, is among the most anticipated records of the season. While she keeps the guest list to a minimum (Shaggy and Damian Marley reportedly make cameos), the tracks (10 in total) were crafted by a megawatt squad of hitmakers, including Claude Kelly and Ryan Tedder. On sale July 1.

THEATRE: The very idea of being alone on stage for over an hour-and-a-half can daunt even the most experienced of actors. Not Rosie Murray, who is poised to make it seem like a piece of cake when she brings her avidly awaited one-woman opus Slice of Life (venue and opening date to be announced) to theatre audiences in July. Directed by frequent collaborator David Tulloch, the show promises an exploration of experiences, both personal and universal, peppered with Murray's unique blend of wit and humour. 

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