Friday, 29 December 2017

CULTURE VULTURE: National Gallery mounts “Portraits in Dialogue”/“Engaging Abstraction” + Holgate follows up Garvey musical with Forbidden Fruit + Glacia Robinson, JC Lodge among acts for Rebel Salute

FESTIVAL: You never know which surprise acts will appear on the bill for Rebel Salute, the annual two-day festival , which kicks off the music calendar with a jolt of euphoric roots-reggae merriment. For this year’s staging (the 25th anniversary staging), gospel stalwart Glacia Robinson is among the top acts co-headlining the event, set for January 12 and 13 at Grizzly’s Plantation in St. Ann. Robinson is joined on the lineup by fellow seasoned songstress JC Lodge for the festival’s opening night. Jesse Royal, Third World, Richie Spice, Agent Sasco (among others) are also set to grace the stage. On the 13th, the likes of Freddie McGregor, I-Octane, Sanchez, I-Wayne, Romain Virgo and Queen Ifrica will perform for the patrons who are expected to turn out in their hundreds. Visit for details. 

EXHIBITION: A new art show within the hallowed walls of the National Gallery of Jamaica is always cause for some rejoicing. On the heels of the Annabella & Peter Proudlock Collection and ‘We Have Met Before,’ this season brings “Portraits in Dialogue” and “Engaging Abstraction”, currently on view at the downtown Kingston-based art space. The displays will form the centrepiece of this Sunday’s ‘Last Sundays’ presentation (11am to 4pm) at the gallery – the final one for the year. Free admission and free guided tours. The Nexus Performing Arts Company will give a performance starting at 1:30pm. For more information call 922-1561.

MUSICAL THEATRE: Prolific playwright Michael Holgate continues to add to his impressive body of work. After last season’s showstopper Garvey: The Musical, the writer-director turned his gaze to present-day socio-economic woes and youthful angst mixed with archetypal star-crossed lovers motif in crafting Forbidden Fruit (with co-writer Trudy Bell). The musical production, performed by a sizeable cast (including Ashé members), recently played to strong reactions at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, under the auspices of Fi Wi Jamaica in partnership with USAID. Along with Bell, Holgate’s creative team included musical composer Mikey Bennett, costume designer Conroy Wilson, choreographer Patrick Earle, communications consultant Fabian Thomas and performance coach Philip Clarke. No word yet if the production will get a lengthier run to benefit those theatregoers who missed it at the Courtleigh.

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