Entertainment

Revolutionizing the day party

October 23, 2014

In mere days, a ship will sail into Nassau Harbour with passengers who have one goal in mind -- to reach Nirvana Beach for the most revolutionary day party held on New Providence to date.
With the Bahamas abuzz about its upcoming first-ever Carnival, and road fever bands throwing elaborate parties to introduce the costumes they will don when they take to the streets come May, Sundance, with it's all-inclusive-drinks model, is clinching a niche (and possibly top) spot on the calendar of events.
Pupstar Entertainment and Events and Hybrid Events (Miami) have lined up world-renowned deejay, Private Ryan, to headline the Sundance Beach Party on Saturday, November 1.
Private Ryan's "Soca Brainwash 2014" Youtube mega-mix became the go-to Soca compilation in the lead-up to Trinidad Carnival. And his first-ever Trinidad Carnival party titled after his famous Soca mix, was one of the most sought after fetes for the Carnival season. He also snagged the Global Spin Awards' Caribbean DJ of the Year title in 2012.
"DJ Private Ryan has achieved world-renowned status as an international DJ," said Pupstar's President Alicia "Puppy" Robinson. "He was the first Caribbean DJ to be nominated by the same body as a finalist for International DJ of the Year in 2013. He has travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, North and Central America and parts of Europe. He is well known for his versatility and his ability to mix different genres of music both live in parties and [on] his very popular online podcast."
Setting the stage for what is sure to be an epic event with the Sundance Beach Party team, local deejay Furze, who grew his fan base spinning in the Aura Nightclub at Atlantis, will whet the musical appetite of Sundance patrons when the doors open at noon. DJ Dutty Dex -- known as the "Music Mayor of Miami" -- will lay down his session on the beach, before Private Ryan takes the wheels.
There will be no shortage of special Bahamian entertainment, with fire dancers and breathers, stilt walkers and acrobats.
The idea of Sundance grew out of planning for the official launch of Pupstar Entertainment and Events, according to Robinson. And Pupstar and Hybrid have come together to offer a cruise component that will allow the event to host an international audience.
"Sundance Beach Party is the brainchild of both Pupstar Entertainment and Hybrid Events... a Miami-based event planning company," she said. "The vision is to create an event that can anchor a weekend in the upcoming years. Sundance Beach party will be the center of a weekend escape for locals and international guests alike. For the Sundance Beach Party launch event, we will partner with like-minded corporate sponsors as we seek to redefine the culture of entertainment in The Bahamas."
With Nassau more in party mode than it ever has been, the result of Bahamas Carnival groups launching bands and holding fundraisers, Sundance is sure to set the bar high enough to set an unprecedented standard. With novel attractions offered, such as zip lining and paddle boarding, the event is sure to draw a cosmopolitan crowd.
"Our country has had a healthy appetite for vivacious, creative and innovative events and there has been a deficit with local entertainment options in The Bahamas," said Robinson. "Having this insight, coupled with my love for music, film, theater and all things entertainment is what nudged me to move forward with Pupstar."

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'Fury' is never uninteresting

October 23, 2014

Fury (Rated C)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
Genre: War
Dwight's Rating: 3

There have been hundreds (literally hundreds!) of movies made about the Second World War. Hollywood and countries all over the globe have been cranking them out since the war began in 1939 - long before the U.S. formally got involved - and in almost every single year since the war ended.
One online movie database estimates there were as many as 86 of these made in the first decade of this current century alone! So it's hard to imagine that on this eve of the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict, that there hasn't been an angle of the story that hasn't been covered.
"Fury" is at least the second World War II for 2014 -- the lackluster "The Monuments Men" from February being the other. Where the latter was based on a true (and largely unknown) story about actual events during the war, "Fury" appears to be a largely fictionalized tale, and proves that even after seven decades and countless accounts, we can still be shocked by aspects of this calamitous event in human history.
It's April 1945, and the Allies are making their final push in Nazi Germany. Battle-hardened Army Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank nick-named "Fury" and its crew. The group has been fighting together for years, and has bonded as a family, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
The film starts off less-than-promisingly, with a very generic war-movie style, replete with stereotypical American macho-man army nonsense. Slowly, though, we begin to see another side of these soldiers, and learn that despite all the horrible things they've seen and done, they are still humans with emotional needs and feelings.
All the while, the many (almost constant) battle scenes are more intense and shocking than one could even begin to imagine. Too many WWII movies have romanticized this war. "Fury" seems hell-bent on shattering those notions.
I can remember being deeply moved by "Saving Private Ryan", with its epic and massive scale, and the share magnitude of the whole production. "Fury" takes a much more intimate approach, with significantly smaller battles, thrusting us into the action in an almost 3D-like way. Modern technology allows us to experience this old war in strange new ways. Everything seems so close...so loud...so dark...so frenzied...so real!
Also noteworthy are the strong performances. Brad Pitt is good and believable as the stoic Wardaddy. And although Shia LaBeouf is dangerously close to the edge of the over-the-top-cliff as an almost-always teary-eyed, scripture-quoting, battle-worn soldier nicknamed "Bible", it is interesting to see him in such an adult role.
But perhaps the most compelling performance comes from young Logan Lerman as a reluctant recent enlistee. We see the true brutality of this war -- all war -- through his eyes. And through his eyes we see the true emotional and psychological toll this is taking on these soldiers.
"Fury" is very graphic, often uncomfortably so -- limbs are frequently blown off, bodies rolled over by tanks, and much worse.
But it is never uninteresting. In fact, in many scenes, and especially in its final half hour, it can incite edge-of-your-seat, heart-racing nervousness.
And especially following this film's impressive box-office performance, expect this world changing war to continue to be at the source of movie plotlines for the foreseeable future.

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Tough times mold you

October 23, 2014

I'm quite sure, that nobody likes it when they go through tough times of any kind. However, as I state over and over again in these articles, I honestly believe that literally everything that happens to us in our lives is indeed in divine order. By that statement I simply mean that whatever happens to us as we travel the road of life, good or bad has a purpose. So even the tough times which we all encounter from time to time, also most definitely have a purpose. Yes indeed, as today's title simply proclaims it, tough times mold us. Yes indeed they do. They mold you into a better, more understanding, tougher person who is much better equipped to deal with the everyday ups and downs of life, thus succeeding in the end.
I'm quite sure that if you take a brief stroll down memory lane so to speak, and recall some of the really tough times in your life, I have no doubt whatsoever that you will indeed admit to the fact, that you are a better person today due to the tough times you actually went through and emerged from as an overall stronger, perhaps more empathic individual who was better equipped to deal with all kinds of life situations.
I'm also convinced that having experienced some tough times, you will appreciate the good times much more when they return. That's right, sometimes we all need to actually experience great difficulties in our life in order to be able to more fully appreciate how very fortunate we really are to be alive at this point in our life.
Some of the most successful people in the world down through the ages commenced life in circumstances that was not ideal to put it mildly. That's right, many who were born in the ghetto went on to become outstandingly successful -- people like Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, the coffee king who was brought up in the projects in Brooklyn, New York, or W. Clement Stone who eventually ended up owning the largest insurance company in the world, Combined Insurance Company of America who was born in the poorer part of Chicago.
So, in conclusion, whilst obviously not looking for tough times, when they come your way, use them to assist in molding your character so that you become much more resilient and thus successful.

o Think about it!
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HBO Premieres New Ministries 'Olive Kitterridge'
HBO Premieres New Ministries 'Olive Kitterridge'

October 23, 2014

Frances McDormand stars in the original drama, which debuts on Nov. 2nd in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the Untied States...

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Discover Hollywood's Best Films this November on HBO in The Caribbean
Discover Hollywood's Best Films this November on HBO in The Caribbean

October 23, 2014

HBO brings viewers in the Caribbean the best of Hollywood’s feature films, with exclusive premieres each Saturday at 21:00hrs.* during the month of November...

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Screen Actors Guild Awards® Honored with The Environmental Media Association's Green Seal Award for the Sixth Consecutive Year

October 20, 2014

In recognition of its creative environmental efforts, the Screen Actors Guild Awards® has been honored for the sixth consecutive year with the Environmental Media Association...

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Manhunt Bahamas announces 2014 winners

October 20, 2014

Manhunt International Bahamas selects a Bahamian male top model each year to compete in Manhunt International, the longest running international competition for male models, organised to promote new faces in the fashion industry...

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COB music students create conch salad with a melodic twist

October 17, 2014

Who knew that conch salad could be so melodic? The music students at The College of The Bahamas and the faculty members who helped them create a new compilation of original and classic Bahamian melodies.
The result is a CD entitled Melodic Conch Salad, produced by the ensemble MUIN242, which will be launched today at 7p.m. at the Bahamas National Trust, Village Road.
"The most rewarding part was hearing the final version in the studio," said Lynden Sands, group member and second-year music major.
"We could not believe what we accomplished."
This is just one of the ways that demonstrates how students of The College are not only learning from the quality instruction for which the institution is known, but are using that knowledge to create and produce quality work themselves.
According to the students, the experience was fascinating.
"We could not believe what we had accomplished," Sands said.
"Overall, Melodic Conch Salad musically illustrates the process of making conch salad, from growing the vegetables to catching the conch to adding the perfect blend of spices."
Other members of the ensemble are Leslie Forbes, Elvin Hanna, Gillard Louis and Matthew Rolle II. Group members first came together in 2013 as part of COB's ensemble performance class (MUIN 255), led by Dr. Christine Gangelhoff.
For the students' final class performance, the group selected the repertoire, created the arrangements and rehearsed the program.
Group members decided that one performance was not a sufficient showcase for the music, which led to the idea of creating an album.
Melodic Conch Salad features works by Blind Blake, Tony McKay, E. Clement Bethel, Christian Justilien, and a composition named "COB" by ensemble member Matthew Rolle II, an original rake 'n scrape tribute to the group's alma mater.
Gangelhoff, executive producer of the CD, called it a "tremendously rewarding experience."
"They were up for any challenge and exceeded my expectations time and time again," she said.
"Considering this innovative recording evolved from a one-credit music course makes it all the more remarkable.
"I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished and feel confident they will serve as outstanding role models to future generations of Bahamian musicians."
Melodic Conch Salad was recorded in June of this year in Tower Heights Studio in Nassau.
It was produced, engineered and mastered by Terry Manning.
Gangelhoff and Justilien were also the musical directors.
You can listen to a sample of the Melodic Conch Salad CD on Youtube.

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Enjoy life

October 17, 2014

Let me commence here today by asking you a very simple question: Are you enjoying, really enjoying your life right now?
Well, my friend, what's your honest answer to that, I guess loaded question?
I do sincerely hope that your answer was in the affirmative.
However, if per chance upon reflection you realize that you're not enjoying your life right now, well then, you really do need to do something about it, and do it today -- now!
But D. Paul, you see the real problem for my unhappiness right now is primarily due to the fact that I'm working at a job which I'm really not happy with. I don't like the work I'm engaged in. I'm just doing it for the money which I need to take care of my family.
Well, if this is in fact the case, you need to seriously start looking for another job where you will indeed be much happier, for unless you really love what you do for a living, you will never really excel at it.
That's right, in an interview on '60 Minutes' on CBS television, Composer, Musician, Producer David Foster was asked what the secret to success is.
He simply replied, "Do what you love to do".
Oh, how absolutely correct he was.
So why not start to look around for another job which you will really enjoy doing, which will also pay you what you need to earn in order for you to be able to adequately take care of your family.
Believe me, you'll be glad you did and thus when next asked the question 'are you enjoying your life?', you'll be able to honestly answer that question with a loud, enthusiastic 'yes!'
I know someone who is in a marriage which is a most unhappy affair and thus he's not enjoying his life at all.
If this is the case with you, perhaps you need to start making plans to move on with your life.
That's right, there comes a time in all of our lives, when perhaps as difficult as it is, it may indeed be time to move on with our life in order to have a more enjoyable, happy and peaceful experience.
Now please, don't get me wrong as I quite definitely don't want you to feel that I'm prompting you to end your present relationship with your spouse or significant other.
However, as I stated before, there is a time to move on, but of course it's an individual decision which some people do need to make if they are to really enjoy life.

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Rhythem n' Youth-Showcasing Atlantis in New York
Rhythem n' Youth-Showcasing Atlantis in New York

October 15, 2014

Looking warm and comfortable in their Atlantis sweat suits, Rhythm N Youth completed their first ever full studio show called "Dem Bahamians" at the Manhattan Network hosted by Beryl Edgecombe...

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ISLAND BO- the musical will hold open auditions

October 11, 2014

ISLAND BOY the musical will hold open auditions on Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts on Mackey Street in Palmdale...

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Conch Cracking Photo, Arts and Craft Exhibition
Conch Cracking Photo, Arts and Craft Exhibition

October 10, 2014

If you are in Grand Bahama this Heroes Day Holiday, Visit our Exhibition...

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Jamaican King of Comedy "Oliver" meets BahamasLocal.com

October 10, 2014

On Thursday night at Breezes, Francis Taylor of BahamasLocal.com (shown on right) had the pleasure of meeting Oliver Samuels, better known as "Oliver..."

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'Black Moses' a critique of leadership

October 10, 2014

The film "Black Moses" is a documentary, a poem, a metaphor--it has the guy from the Allstate Insurance ads in it. "Black Moses" is everything. Does that confuse you? Good. Every article about this Bahamian film that I read prior to seeing it for myself only confused me and made me scream in frustration "What is Black Moses?
Incidentally, the film is trying to answer that very question. "Black Moses" is a 95-minute exploration of the messianic archetype among black people during the mid 20th Century, which is to say a critique of what leadership is. While it may be easy to simplify the piece by saying that it is a documentary about former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, it's more than that.
The main character of the movie is the philosophical concept of "Black Moses" played by Dennis Haysbert. The filmmaker, Travolta Cooper, both literally and metaphorically asks "Black Moses" to reveal himself but the shadowy specter never does. Only by showing us the rise and fall of Sir Lynden Pindling, who is one of many "Black Moseses" (or as my editor is telling me Mosesi) that we understand what is a Black Moses and the context in which these messiahs are created.
Okay, so it is about Sir Lynden, but the film only uses his life as a case story of something greater. The film has shortcomings if approached as a solely historical document because it skims over important periods, people and events of the early 1900s that set the stage for young Pindling. It also abridges the important periods, people and events of the late 1900s that brought down the curtain on the older Pindling, but maybe that is on purpose. Usually narrators are truthful and guide you through the story because they have knowledge of everything, but "Black Moses" is an unreliable narrator. Not that he doesn't know the whole truth, but he's withholding it from the viewer, at times going out of his way to contradict himself. Suffice it to say, this film is rife with metafiction and is what English majors in college dream about when everyone else is dreaming about Megan Good feeding them grapes.
At times it felt like the movie was an apologist's thesis on an infallible leader--then 10 seconds later it painted a picture of a flawed man who was aware of his faults. I loved it and hated it and that is the beauty of the film. The film itself is a metaphor about a metaphor, attempting to present you with both sides of a story, but allowing you to make your mind up about who is Sir Lynden, and the wider question, what is a leader? Is he a perfect hero or cold calculating automaton? Or perhaps he's just a man.
It is the most fitting narrative for one of the most glorified and vilified figures in Bahamian history. Whether you agree with its message or not, it goes further than any other documentary/poem/metaphor in dealing with this subject. Are you confused about what this film is about? Well then maybe you need to watch it. Everyone should.

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'Gone Girl' a rich tapestry of complex storytelling

October 10, 2014

Gone Girl (Rated C)
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris,
Tyler Perry
Genre: Mystery thriller
Dwight's rating:3.1/5
Just when you think you've seen it all and that there are no new movie ideas or concepts, along comes a film to renew your faith in cinematic originality and creativity.
Over the past quarter century, movie theaters have largely been a repository for endless sequels and recycled themes. But every once in a while, there can be some surprises; Quentin Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction", "Inglourious Basterds", "Django Unchained") has been particularly good at this.
David Fincher is another director keeping things fresh and interesting. In the past two decades, he has been at the helm of some memorably outstanding films, including "Seven", "Fight Club", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".
In his latest flick, "Gone Girl", Fincher serves up a wonderful buffet of excellence. We get a little of everything; a smile-inducing, jaw-dropping mystery and thriller, yet still darkly amusing.
The foundation for this excellence is the eponymous book on which it's based. In a move sure to please fans of the popular novel, author Gillian Flynn also wrote the screenplay. The story involves star Ben Affleck's character Nick Dunne arriving home on the fifth anniversary of his wedding to find that his Amy is missing. As a police investigation into her disappearance progresses, suspicions are raised that Nick may have killed Amy.
That all sounds relatively simple. But it is at the heart of a rich tapestry of complex storytelling. The mystery of Amy's disappearance unravels from different points of view - at first, largely Nick's, and then largely Amy's - and through it all we learn much more about the couple and their marriage.
"Gone Girl" is also a wonderful essay on the state of the U.S. news media today. We see how quickly public opinion about Nick can change with every bit of information revealed.
These details are all buttressed by amazing performances. This is arguably the best acted movie so far this year with the best ensemble. Most outstanding of all is British actress Rosamund Pike as Amy, who will almost certainly earn an Oscar nomination for an unbelievably complex performance. Pike effortlessly cycles through nearly every emotion imaginable; it would be easy to believe more than one actress is playing Amy.
Affleck is also solid, as are all the supporting players, especially Carrie Coon (one of the many good reasons to watch HBO's engaging series, "The Leftovers") as Nick's sister, and Kim Dickens as the detective leading the investigation.
The shocking plot twists keep coming, especially in the second act.
By the start of the third hour (it's nearly two-and-a-half hours long), even though the story begins to take on some bat crazy qualities, it still remains inside the realm of possibilities, and is still rewardingly entertaining, keeping you guessing straight up to the end.
As we are at the end of the year and entering Oscar season, look for a few nominations for "Gone Girl". Besides Pike, Flynn may get an adapted screenplay nod, and possibly Fincher for directing. And of course, as it is a refreshing breath of air, it would not be surprising to see it on that list of the most outstanding films of the year.
o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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Worry kills

October 10, 2014

As I have continually advocated again and again in these articles over the years, we need to think in a very positive manner if we wish to succeed, across the board, in all aspects of our life. We need to constantly banish from our mind all negative thoughts as they start to enter our mind.....we catch them before they actually take root. Now one the THE most deadly forms of negative thought which unfortunately a whole lot of people do entertain from time to time is worry. Yes indeed, worry is a most negative and indeed destructive form of thought which can be deadly.
Yes indeed, there is no exaggeration whatsoever in today's title 'Worry Kills'....yes it does, it kills dreams and aspirations, and it can actually kill people too.....no kidding! Just ask any medical Doctor what he or she thinks about 'Worry', and I'm quite sure that they will indeed confirm, that worry contributes to the development of many physical illnesses, some of which can turn out to be deadly causing in the end the demise of the patient.
In James Allen's great book 'As A Man Thinketh' in the chapter titled 'Effects of Thought on Health and the Body' he writes in part "Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet, and they are constantly killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. People who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body and lays it open to the entrance of disease".
Oh how true that is as stated by James Allen, which I'm sure any medical Doctor will be happy to verify. Yes indeed, as today's title correctly declares 'Worry Kills'. So, you better stop it NOW!
The thing about worry which always amazes me is this. What we actually worry about usually hasn't even happened. So, we're focusing our thoughts on something which may or may not happen in the future. However, let me once again remind all of my valued readers of The Universal Law of Attraction which simply states, that 'We ATTRACT toward us people, circumstances and events in accordance with our THINKING'. So in effect, by worrying about something which hasn't even yet happened, we will actually ATTRACT it into our life. Now when you think about it, isn't that really ridiculous? ....yes it is!
So My Friend, in conclusion, just as soon as you start to worry, stop immediately and redirect your thoughts as you once again become totally positive. This is surely the way to succeed and stay alive? Yes It Certainly Is!

o Think about it!
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VIPs Pack Chamber Event at Palm Cay to Mix, Mingle & Meet Carnival Chiefs

October 09, 2014

More than 150 people packed the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay for the recent Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s ‘Wind Down,’ its annual mix and mingle for business owners, top executives and civic leaders...

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Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25
Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25

October 09, 2014

A massive downtown Nassau street party aimed at creating an urgent call for transparency in government transactions is expected to draw a capacity crowd Saturday, October 25...

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Audiences Review for The Bahamian Film-BLACK MOSES

October 09, 2014

Audiences Review for The Bahamian Film-BLACK MOSES...

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Teens Prepare for Christian Youth Talent Jam 2014

October 08, 2014

Teenagers from throughout the country including theFamily Islands are once again in full preparation mode to take centerstage at the 2014 Christian Youth Talent Jam scheduled for Friday October 17th 2014 at the Diplomat Center beginning at 7:30pm...

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