Tuesday, 9 February 2016

CULTURE VULTURE: School of Drama’s latest + Recalling Don Drummond + GATT Film Festival 2016

THE MAN, THE MUSIC, THE MYSTERY: This month, the Jamaica Music Museum’s Grounation series returns to the Institute of Jamaica to pay tribute to none other than Don Drummond, the groundbreaking composer and trombonist known as much for his exemplary musicianship as for the tragic circumstances that led to his departure from this Earth. Myriad stories exist about what really happened to the Don of Dons, who he really was and the method to his ‘madness.’ To explore these and other issues, the Herbie Miller-led organizing committee has assembled an accomplished cast of thinkers, cultural commentators and fellow musicians to weigh in on the discussions (scheduled for the four Sundays in February, starting at 2pm). The list of presenters includes Kwame Dawes, Earl McKenzie, Clinton Hutton, Freddy Hickling, Big Youth, the Wareika Trombone Quartet and Lorna Goodison, among others. The Jamaica Music Museum/s Grounation 2016, now in its 5th year of observing Reggae and Black History Month, is being sponsored by the CHASE Fund, CPTC, and Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB). 

REEL WORLD: A special award for Best High School short film is just one of the new additions to this year’s GATT Film Festival, organized by the UWI Community Film Project, which is presently accepting entries, until April 3. To learn more about this year’s event, including the range of attractive prizes for budding filmmakers, visit uwicommunityfilmproject.com or contact 970-1467 or 551-0083 or email uwicommunityfilmproject@gmail.com 

PLAY TIME: The student actors at the School of Drama (Edna Manley College) put on the most delightful children’s theatre productions at this time of year, and as we speak they are gearing up to deliver their version of Greg Romero’s Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre. The production, being directed by Pierre LeMaire (One Smart Pig), plays from March 11 through 21. Tickets: 968-0028.

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