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Stories by Michael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

There was a definite focus on youth at this year’s Talking Trees Literary Fiesta in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. Dr Christine Marrett, conceptualiser of the event and owner of Two Seasons Guest House, where it was held, told me that her intention...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In just six hours, a surprisingly varied performance package was offered at the Talking Trees Literary Fiesta in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, last Saturday. It was the sixth fiesta, presented by the Two Seasons Guest House in collaboration with...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

S eville and di Bone Tribunal, a musical now playing at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts (PSCPA), is the third in a series of writer-director Michael Holgate’s Caribbean Mythery plays. His earlier ones were Riot Act and Garvey The...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:19 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In an imaginative production currently running at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), the ancient art of storytelling is being used as a vehicle for both education and entertainment. Audiences in the institute’s auditorium today and next Wednesday will...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After seeing the beautiful artwork and the excellent singing, dancing and acting from the girls of the Convent of Mercy Academy (popularly called ‘Alpha’) on Saturday afternoon, patrons of the school’s Evening of the Arts would surely have...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:11 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“It’s been 10 years since we began,” said Greg Simms, founder and principal director of the Jamaica Youth Chorale, as he acknowledged the audience’s enthusiastic cheers and applause for the group at the University Chapel, Mona, on Sunday. “We must...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:20 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The three-character comedy Face the Truth is written and produced by Angela Jarrett, who also acts in the production. Now playing at the Pantry Theatre in New Kingston, the story surrounds a mother, Dorothy Morton (played by Rosemary Murray), who...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) mounted their Easter concert last Sunday – a whole two weeks early. Perhaps not unrelated to the premature staging, there were challenges, but as the famous show biz saying goes, “The show must go on.”...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:17 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The current exhibition mounted at the National Gallery is proof of the continued international growth of Jamaica’s fame and, specifically, the popularity of our music. Figures tell the story. displayed in the exhibition, which comprises entries in...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

There seems to have been a communication failure among the three performing arts schools at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, with all three having overlapping productions last weekend. And the Buju Banton concert just down...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“The world is changing, and what students want out of a university education is changing as well,” said Dr Rachel Moseley-Wood, head of the Department of Literatures in English. She was speaking of the non-traditional courses and programmes her...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Because March has been designated Literatures in English Month at the University of the West Indies, Mona, numerous activities have been taking place. One was a book launch by performance poet Richard ‘Dingo’ Dingwall on Sunday in the Neville hall...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:26 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Two of the events that I attended during February – Reggae Month – offered, like the month (as a whole), both entertainment and occasions for introspection. The more thought-provoking event was the Jamaica Music Museum’s Grounation two-part panel...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Television Jamaica (TVJ) is not only offering greater support for locally produced television fare, but looking to overseas markets for same. In the words of the station’s general manager, it is “preparing a foundation for the popular global...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Season two of the teen drama Real Friends premieres on Television Jamaica (TVJ) tomorrow night, highlighting the company’s support of local drama. A move that will benefit practitioners of the art, and the a host of drama lovers. In email...

Published:Friday | February 1, 2019 | 12:28 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Maroon chief Colonel Wallace Sterling and researcher David Brown gave glimpses into the mysteries of Maroon culture to a packed library at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA). They heard about esoteric phenomena,...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

With the new year comes a new phase for those entering the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) drama and creative writing competitions. Parish auditions begin this month for participants in the drama competition, but writers have until...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Veteran educator Kenny Salmon subscribes to the school of thought that the most effective way to teach is to make learning enjoyable. And so, for the past 22 years, he has been teaching CSEC literature to hundreds of students annually with a two-...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Arguing that the community of Trench Town has stronger international recognition than Jamaica's capital city of Kingston, and that Bob Marley's contribution to music is greater than Elvis Presley's, social entrepreneur Dr Henley Morgan recently...

Published:Thursday | December 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

A special benefit that young choreographers and dancers get from the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Young Choreographers Showcase is verbal feedback.The annual event is staged in the NDTC studio, and the audience, give comments and ask...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After walking the straight, safe road of orthodoxy for the past decade, St Lucian film-maker Michelle Serieux has swerved towards the cliff of idealism and experimentation. Will the turn take her to the fame and fortune that most in her profession...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Since mid-October, scores of teachers and students across the island havebeen attending workshops onthe performing and literaryarts conducted by theJamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).On Tuesday, the sessions were in central Jamaica (...

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Philharmonic Orchestra received a very long and loud round of applause at the end of Sunday's concert at the University of the West Indies Mona Chapel.The applause was for the superb presentations in the concert's two parts - the first...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Ironically, when the University of Technology was the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), there were no courses in the arts for which students could get academic credit. Yet, soon after the name and status change in 1995 (to become...

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Come next year, there will be more options for those wishing to enter jazz pieces in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) dance competition. The current 'jazz' category, will be broken down into three areas - traditional jazz,...

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