Wednesday, 15 October 2014

CULTURE VULTURE: All eyes on Restaurant Week + Spreading mental-health awareness + New pantomime title revealed

ON WITH THE SHOW: Princess and Boonoonoonoos is the title of the 2014/15 LTM National Pantomime, opening, as is the custom, on Boxing Day (December 26) at the Little Theatre. In an exclusive chat with TALLAWAH about the upcoming musical production this week, writer-lyricist Barbara Gloudon said the Pantomime Company (with its usual mix of veterans and newcomers) is about to get knee-deep into rehearsals, as the final script is bout ninety-five percent complete. At least one musical number, she reported, has been wrapped and ready for a test run. No word yet on whether Pierre LeMaire, who helmed last season's vibrant crowd-pleaser The Golden Macca Fat is returning to the director's chair to call the shots. Stay tuned. 
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: With the invitation to Eat, Drink, Celebrate!, Restaurant Week (now 10 years old) returns to the cultural calendar this Nov. 14-22, promising a wave of gastronomic bliss for foodies across city Kingston, Montego Bay and the tourist mecca of Ocho Rios - offering mouth-watering meal deals in categories like Epicurean ($4,300), Delectable ($3,800), Savoury ($2,800), Tasty ($1,850) and Nyam and Scram lunch specials. Each category price includes a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert. Beverages, GCT and gratuity are additional. For more on this year's staging, including the roster of participating restaurants, visit go-jamaica.com/rw/ or jamaica-gleaner.com/restauarantweek. 
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LITERARY GOLD: Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been adjudged this year's winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The Australian storyteller, a former POW, became only the third Aussie to nab the prestigious literary accolade, considered a worthy runner-up to the Nobel Prize for Lit. Noted past winners of the Booker Prize include Margaret Atwood (Blind Assassins), Hilary Mantel (Bringing Up The Bodies) and Yann Martel for Life of Pi
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HEAD CASE: Launched at the UWI-based offices of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the weekend, The Healthy Mind: Jamaica's Mental Health Handbook and Directory of Mental Health Services is an important new publication that calls attention to the care and treatment of mental illness and the rights and responsibilities of persons living with mental conditions, and was designed to increase public awareness of such issues while emphasizing the importance of family and social support. The Healthy Mind, a product of the Ministry of Health, was unveiled in commemoration of World Mental Health Day 2014, observed under the them "Living with Schizophrenia". "I am particularly pleased to launch this handbook," noted health minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who hailed the publication's release as a watershed moment. "It is important that we continue to bring awareness to mental-health issues, which are often misunderstood."




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