Entertainment

Enjoy the holiday season with HBO's exclusive movie premiers in December in the Caribbean
Enjoy the holiday season with HBO's exclusive movie premiers in December in the Caribbean

November 26, 2014

HBO announces the exclusive films premiering in the Caribbean each Saturday at 21:00hrs AST* during the month of December...

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Battle 4 Atlantis Is In Full Blast!
Battle 4 Atlantis Is In Full Blast!

November 26, 2014

Battle 4 Atlantis Is In Full Blast! Game 1: Butler University vs. University of North Carolina.

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Young entrepreneurs to hone skills at kids-only Christmas show

November 21, 2014

For a group of pint-sized entrepreneurs, preparing for Christmas goes way beyond writing a letter to Santa. Participants in the Kids Only Christmas Sale & Money Savvy Show are busy making stock lists, checking their inventory twice and perfecting their sales pitch for the trade show, set for December 6-7 at Mario's Bowling & Family Entertainment Palace.
Event founder, Keshelle Davis of Creative Wealth Bahamas, launched the show in 2008 for young Bahamians to learn money management skills while earning extra cash for the holidays. What started as a way for kids to clear out their closets by selling used books, video games and toys has evolved into viable businesses for young vendors.
"The show allows participants the opportunity to understand the basic principles of operating a business. By selecting inventory, setting up a booth and selling items, they learn how money works and the art of negotiation," Davis explains. "Through the years, our kids have enhanced their product offerings to include brand new toys, crafts and services."
During the event, American kid entrepreneur, 14-year-old Gabrielle Jordan, will share her story of building a business from the age of 9 (www.gabriellejordaninspires.com). There will also be presentations for parents on money matters, parenting an entrepreneur and talking to kids about VAT.
Past Kids Christmas Only Sale exhibitor Cherell Williamson participated in the show in 2008. Today, the 21-year-old owner of Mask Ara has grown her business and now earns income as a professional makeup artist and face painter.
"It's extremely rewarding to see kids who have passed through this program go on to fulfill their business goals as adult entrepreneurs. Cherell is a perfect example of how planting a seed can yield positive results," said Davis. She encourages parents to register their children for the show and asks members of the general public to support future business leaders by attending the event.
On November 29, during a pre-event pep rally kids can sign up as individuals or with business partners, receive their "business license" and select a charity to donate a portion of their sales.
"We always include an element of charity at the event," noted Davis. Christmas is typically a time when kids are focused on receiving gifts, but we want to show the importance of giving back. This year, we are proud to contribute to the Ranfurly Homes for Children, Hands for Hunger, All Saints Camp and BAARK. A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. will also be conducting a toy drive at this year's trade show."
She continued, "I would like to thank the United States Embassy, our key sponsor for this event and all of our other corporate partners including Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd., Lickety Split and Creative Wealth Bahamas," Davis concluded.
The event is open to children ages 6-16. To register your child for the 2014 Kids Only Christmas Sale & Money Savvy Show, visit http://www.kidschristmassale.com, call 429-4493 or email info@creativewealthbahamas.com.

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Grand Bahamian bands, restaurants to provide holiday enchantment

November 21, 2014

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - With everyone beginning to cement their holiday plans, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is hoping that Festival Noel is on the holiday calendar of everyone that will be in Grand Bahama this festive season.
The planning of this year's festival, which celebrates 20 years of success, is underway with the highlights of the festival - the food and the music - confirmed for December 5.
"After last year's exciting event, we are thrilled to see most of our restaurants returning," said Sarah Kirkby, Festival Noel Committee member. "Agave and Red Beard's both secured their spots for this year and we are delighted that 'Dive-In Restaurant and Bar' will join us for the first time."
Thanks to Bahamas
Wholesale Agency, each restaurant is given product to help to assist them with feeding the large numbers of guests that pour into the Rand Nature Centre for the BNT's only annual fundraiser in Freeport. "We are also confirming one last restaurant and it will be their debut with us as well," said Kirkby. "These restaurants will compete for the coveted Chef Noel 2014 title - voted on by our guests."
Rounding out the food on offer will be the Grand Bahama Shipyard apprentices and bosses, roasting the annual pig during the usually chilly evening. According to organizers, the shipyard has been a great supporter of the trust in Grand Bahama and this will be its second year cooking, but its third year giving financial support to the event.
In addition to great food, Festival Noel always treats guests to great music. Joining the event this year will be "The First Taste Band" led by Nat Cambridge. This innovative band combines the most talented young singers from Grand Bahama and both new and veteran musicians.
Back again to kick off the holiday season is the band "Two Left Feet", which thrilled the attendees last year and had guests dancing in the stage area. "Two Left Feet" is a five-person band comprised of Holiday Soul, Drew Moree, Ramon Webb, Rolland Webb and Shawn Swain. The band was formed in 2011 and has played at many charity events throughout Grand Bahama.
"Last year's bands brought the house down," said Karin Sanchez, BNT council member and Festival Noel committee member. "We loved the feedback about the night and knew that the live entertainment really made the evening magical. We hope to evoke the same fun this year and sell out on our 20th year of Festival Noel."
Tickets go on sale this week at Bristol Wines and Spirits, the Rand Nature Centre, Art of Giving and Barefoot Marketing. BNT members will need to purchase tickets at the Rand Nature Centre to receive their early purchase discount. For more information, interested persons can visit the BNT's Facebook page, the Festival Noel 2014 event page or call 242-352-5438.

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Keep learning, keep growing

November 21, 2014

One thing is certain in life and that is that no one knows it all, and of course as I have stated before on many occasions, anyone who thinks that they know it all are really no more than fools. I know that just about every day I learn more about myself, about life in general as I endeavor to 'Keep Growing----Keep Learning'. That's right, life should be all about growth, continual growth for all of us, and the only way to keep on growing as a human being is to keep on acquiring more and more knowledge which we can apply to living our lives more abundantly and successfully, across the board.
Of course, to continue to learn, a person must of necessity have and maintain a completely 'Open Mind'. That's right, no one can ever expect to 'Keep Learning ---- Keep Growing' if their mind is 'Closed'. Now the people who are indeed inclined to have a very 'Closed Mind' are those with an extremely negative outlook. That's right, negative people for the most part are indeed inclined to have a very 'Closed Mind' thus it's extremely difficult for them to continue to learn and thus grow.
On the other hand, positive minded people always have a completely 'Open Mind' thus they appear to 'Keep Learning ---- Keep Growing' as they progress through life from day to day always eager to learn something new which will no doubt assist them greatly in their quest to finally reach The Top of The Mountain, The Summit of Success. Yes indeed, as that well known saying puts it 'Knowledge Is Power', the power to assist a person in rising to the top in his or her field of endeavor.
So My Friend, here's the important question for you today. What exactly are you doing right now to assist you with this process to 'Keep Learning ---- Keep Growing'? You know, it really is so easy today to learn, to acquire knowledge with so many sources of knowledge being available on the internet.
Perhaps at this time, you may wish to visit The Reilly Institute website which can be accessed by logging onto www.dpaulreilly.com where you can have access to a wealth of wonderful material which will indeed assist you greatly to 'Keep Learning ---- Keep Growing' which in turn will ensure that you continue to excel and succeed at all that you undertake in life.

o Think about it!
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Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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In theaters: Dumb and not-so-dumb, but all entertaining

November 21, 2014

Dumb and Dumber To
(Rated T)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner
Genre: Comedy
Dwight's Rating: 3.5
Beyond the Lights (Rated C)
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver
Genre: Drama
Dwight's Rating: 3

Sometimes, the smartest human beings are not always the most fun.
Of course, everyone wants (or at least should want) to be as smart as they can possibly be. And nobody is suggesting that anyone should be dumbing themselves down, or settling for less-than-smart solely in pursuit of fun. But sometimes, though not all the time, it does seem that smart and fun are mutually exclusive.
So too can be the case with movies. A rollicking good time is often more likely to be had with films that don't challenge the brain, or with ones that make no sense at all.
That's the case with two recent releases in local theatres; "Dumb and Dumber To" and "Beyond the Lights" are certainly not Shakespeare. But they are unquestionably entertaining.
The former is a sequel to the 1994 hit "Dumb and Dumber", and reunites stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
With the sequel, dimwit Harry Dunne (Daniels) is in need of a new kidney. Having learned that he has a long-lost daughter, he snaps his equally obtuse friend Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) out of an apparent 20-year-long fugue state to accompany him on a journey to find his offspring. Their quest takes them criss-crossing the USA.
Okay, so "Dumb and Dumber To" is a very stupid movie. Very, very silly! Ridiculous! But it is quite entertaining with some laugh-out loud moments.
It can be argued that there should have been more of these moments, but like the misspelled word in its title (which, of course, you noticed), it celebrates its stupidity. To me, it feels ever-so-slightly less moronic than the original - the passage of 20-years making some aspects of the first film's plot exceptionally stale.
But the new version is essentially an anniversary homage to the original, allowing Carrey and Daniels to have some fun. And for the most part, the audience experiences the same.
But, no, there are probably no Oscars in the future for "Dumb and Dumber To". And except for a possible nod in the best original song category, the other new release last weekend will also not receive any Academy Award love. But again, that doesn't mean it's not an entertaining flick.
"Beyond the Lights" certainly is not ground-breaking and earth-shattering, and it feels familiar and predictable. It is, however, well-crafted and well-acted, and a showcase for a young talent who deserves to be a household name.
British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (who most recently starred in 2013's well-reviewed "Belle" - which never played here locally) is that talent. She plays Noni, who's been groomed for stardom all her life by her overbearing mother (Minnie Driver). Noni is having trouble dealing with her success. Feeling unable to cope any longer, she tries to kill herself but is saved by Kaz, the police officer assigned to be her bodyguard (Nate Parker). The two are instantly attracted to each other. But many forces converge to keep them apart.
We're supposed to feel sorry for the young starlet as she battles against the cruel music industry and her "do-as-you're-told" music label, the meanies in the media and social media, and her crazy mom. This story could easily be that of Rihanna or Beyonce or Britney Spears or any one of today's young pop stars, who've all lived their whole lives in front of cameras.
For the most part, the story closely follows what we've read or watched about these individuals. In that regard, it seems realistic and offers few surprises. One exception being an unusual and over-the-top scene involving the BET Awards. And while that particular show has an "anything-and-everything-can-happen" reputation, I'm not sure what occurs in the movie would ever happen in real life. What's even more surprising is that "BET Films" is listed in the movie's credits!
"Beyond the Lights" does bring to mind a number of previous flicks, including "The Bodyguard", or even the musical "Gypsy". But the combination of relatively unknown leads, and aspects of the storyline, like Noni's suicide attempt, mixed race, and the fact that she and her mum are Brits, somehow help it seem fresher.
The performances are certainly much better than in "The Bodyguard". Driver is reasonably good as the wacko mom, and Parker is acceptable as the hero cop. But watch the irrepressible Mbatha-Raw! She's captivating in every scene. The only disappointment is that she doesn't appear to be singing any of the songs. (Singer Rita Ora performs the original song "Grateful".) That would have made her the ultimate threat, and the next big thing. Nevertheless, she is still bound for greatness.
I would have preferred a different ending; I'm not sure if it's very realistic, and it does come across as a bit cheesy. But it in no way ruins the film.
Yes, the end-of-the-year usually comes with the promise of smarter, Oscar-bound movies. And these often are the best films of the year. But sometimes we are inundated with over-hyped, pompous and pretentious movies that can be a real drain. So it's nice to know that there are still options that don't collapse under the weight of their expectations, and are simply designed to entertain.
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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Defense Force Beat Retreat

November 20, 2014

Sunday afternoon Beat Retreat: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force held its 4th Annual Royal Bahamas Defence Force Beat Retreat Celebration, November 16, in Rawson Square...

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The Jazz in the Gardens lineup is in

November 13, 2014

The wait has been agonizing, but the lineup of artists that will grace the stage for the 10th City of Miami Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) festival is one that will have people clamoring for the tickets that also go on sale today.
The three-day weekend festival, March 20-22, 2015 will feature Maxwell, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Men of Soul's Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson and Brian Culbertson. Co-host comedians and syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley will host the festival at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Maxwell, the sexy ambassador of soul, will be taking to the JITG stage after an extended hiatus with a brand new look and a fresh, yet deliciously vintage sound. The artist who gave you classic songs like "Sumthin' Sumthin", "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" and "Lifetime" not to mention "This Woman's Work" is back with a challenging, mature, sensual, courageous and emotionally open sound on his new album entitled "BLACKsummer's night".
Toni Braxton who has the voice that is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation will bring her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, pop, jazz and gospel to the JITG stage that can be heard in her classics "Another Sad Love Song", "Breathe Again", "You're Makin' Me High", "Unbreak My Heart", and "He Wasn't Man Enough".
Then of course there's R. Kelly whose tasty array of hit singles include "Bump n' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt" and "Trapped in the Closet".
The Men of Soul -- Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson -- individually are outstanding in their own right -- babies were made to their music, brides walked down the aisle to their music, and lovers have been brought together because of them. The quiet storm format on radio stations would be non-existent without their unforgettably timeless, chart-topping classic love songs.
Osborne is known for hit solos "On the Wings of Love", "Don't You Get So Mad", "Only Human" and crowd favorite "The Woo Woo Song" to name a few; while Bryson has given the world "Feel the Fire", "Reaching for the Sky", "I'm So into You", and "Can You Stop the Rain"; Jackson dominated the R&B charts in the early 80s and 90s with music like "Rock With Me", "Jam Tonight", "You are My Lady" and "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love".
Contemporary jazz/R&B/funk artist Brian Culbertson brings to the stage songs such as "Let's Get Started", "Skies Wide Open", "Hookin' Up", "Sensuality" and"Dreaming of You."
More than 68,000 tickets were sold for last year's JITG, with quite a number of tickets snatched up by Bahamians for whom the annual music festival has become a staple must-attend event. Only 1,800 people attended the music festival in the first year. Next year's version it is predicted will once again break attendance records with the artists that have been lined up to perform at the concert that kicks off springtime in Miami.
"The talent lineup is awesome," said Tony Williams, programming director at Star 106.5 FM and Hot 91.7 FM, after the official announcement of the artist line-up yesterday. "The 10th anniversary of Jazz in the Gardens is shaping up to be very exciting. There is something for everyone. The grown folks will surely love Men of Soul -- Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Jeffrey Osborne, and when you add Toni Braxton and Maxwell you add another level of excitement to the festival. Of course, R. Kelly and all the others have their following, so I think attendees are in for the time of their lives."
And as has been the norm for the past six years of the 10-year music festival, The Nassau Guardian, Star 106.5 FM and Hot 91.7 FM will partner with Bahamasair, Dollar-Thrifty and their hotel partner to give Bahamians the opportunity to take in the festival with complete weekend getaway packages.
Over the past six years 48 people have been able to take in the music festival with concert tickets, airfare, car and hotel for two; another 400 have been able to win concert tickets, and will be able to do so again this year, according to Williams, who said that annually thousands of Bahamians have been flying to Florida just for JITG. He encouraged Bahamians to read The Nassau Guardian and tune in to Star 106.5 and Hot 91.7 for their chance at winning before they have to pay.
Suzan McDowell, president and CEO of Circle of One Marketing said the 2015 festival would feature their best line up yet and bring fun surprises and new features as only JITG can.
Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster or www.jazzinthegardens.com.

Jazz In The Gardens
When: March 20-22
Where: SunLife Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Artists:
Maxwell
Toni Braxton
R. Kelly
Men of Soul (Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson)
Brian Culbertson
Co-hosts: D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley
Ticket prices:
Gold Ambassador: $1,110 (2) 2-day front row tickets; 2 VIP experience tickets for JITG pre-party with reserved seating; (2) 2-day wristbands for VIP restroom facilities; 1 parking pass for Saturday and Sunday; plus exclusive JITG merchandise inclusive of a one-of-a-kind JITG laminate and T-shirt.
Silver Ambassador: $1,009 (2) 2 day platinum tickets in Row 2 or Row 3; 2 tickets to the JITG pre-party; (2) 2 day wristbands for VIP restroom facilities; 1 parking pass for Saturday and Sunday plus exclusive JITG merchandise inclusive of a one-of-a-kind JITG laminate and T-shirt.
Platinum: 2-day advanced ticket purchase - $195, 2-day (day of show) purchase $215, 1- day advanced ticket purchase $120, 1 day (day of show) ticket purchase $140.
Prime: 2-day advanced ticket $135, 2 day (day of show purchase) $155, 1-day advanced ticket purchase $80, 1 day (day of show purchase) $92.
Reserved: 2-day advanced ticket $115, 2 day (day of show purchase) $135, 1 day advanced ticket $70, 1-day (day of show purchase) $82.
General admission: 2-day advanced ticket $85, 2-day (day of show purchase) $105, 1 day advanced ticket $55, 1 day (day of show purchase) $67.
Ten (10) percent discount available for groups of 20 or more in all sections, excluding Platinum.

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Bill Cosby brings his humor to an Atlantis stage

November 13, 2014

William "Bill" Cosby's success spans five decades and virtually across all media. The American's stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, that spawned a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, and in the 1980s he rocked the television world with "The Cosby Show" a hugely successful series. And now the Bill Cosby act is being brought to a stage at the Atlantis resort by The Links Incorporated.
Bill Cosby will take to the stage on Thursday, November 20 in the Atlantis Theatre.
Nabbing Bill Cosby to perform in The Bahamas was a huge "feather in the cap" for The Links Incorporated, as the comedian basically no longer performs internationally, but decided to bring his stand-up act to The Bahamas to support the service organization that is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
"It was some months in the making in terms of the negotiation of the contract to get him here, so we were very excited when we got the word that he had agreed," said Michele Fields, president of The Nassau Chapter of The Links Incorporated.
"When we first floated the idea and tried to speak with his agent, we were told he basically does not do international events now, but we thought that was an even greater thing. Bill Cosby is someone who has been around since many of us were children, and we thought he is a comedian who has a performance that does not depend on profanity or obscenity to make it funny and fun, and we thought this was the type of performance we would love to have -- not the same run-of-the-mill ball or gala dinner. We wanted to do something people would enjoy and we thought Bill Cosby would be a name that would be a draw," she said.
Fields who is also a charter member of The Nassau Chapter of The Links Incorporated said patrons should be in for a treat with the show that is expected to run an hour-and-a-half.
"We all know Bill Cosby is a very funny fellow, and he's known from 'The Cosby Show' ... he's very much a household name, so I think people should expect a good comedy show," said Fields.
Cosby will perform in the intimate Atlantis Theatre which seats 570 maximum. Tickets are $350 gold and $300 silver and are selling like "hotcakes" according to Fields.
A gala reception will follow Cosby's act during which there will be local entertainment.
"It's going to be an evening of fun and entertainment."
Proceeds from the Cosby show will go towards supporting the service organization. Fields urged the public to support the show. In return she said she would guarantee an evening of fun and laughs.
The Links Incorporated is an organization of women of color who are committed to friendship and service. Two of the most prominent areas of service for The Nassau Chapter include their Safe House for Women in Crisis that they built from fundraising and continue to support; and the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home. According to Fields the Safe House needs additional infrastructure, such as a wall and upkeep. They also want to assist with programs at the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home where they have a mentorship program for the girls.
Cosby's show comes two years after The Nassau Chapter of The Links Incorporated hosted the world-renowned dance troupe from the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2012.
"[This show] will be different from the last time, but equally as enjoyable," said Fields. "Obviously the Dance Theater of Harlem was fantastic and would have done some community activities as well with the master classes so this is less involved in the community, but it certainly will be just as enjoyable."

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They don't like you -- so what

November 13, 2014

Now as all of my most valued readers will be fully aware of, I'm continually advocating the need to be positive in outlook, thus knowing and believing that everything is indeed possible, provided we believe it is possible, and of course do the work necessary to make what we believe a reality in our life. However, let me now tell you about something which really is impossible, and that's to insist that everyone likes you. Yes my friend, you need to fully understand, that no matter how hard you may try, there are some people who will never like you.
That's right, no matter how successful you become, or no matter how hard you try to please some people, the reality is, that they will still not like you. But my friend, you've got to realize that this is life, and as I've stated on many occasions in the past, trying to get everyone to like you is really a "fool's game" which no one can win, believe me.
So what I want you to understand here today is this -- the reason that someone does not like you is usually because of their own problems and not because you did anything to make them not like you. You need to therefore adopt the attitude expressed in today's title -- they don't like me -- so what. If someone doesn't like you, please don't let it bother you, just let it go for one thing is for sure, you cannot get inside someone else's head and make them like you. This really is an impossibility.
I had a pizza delivered to me at my home the other day and when the delivery person got out of his car and gave me the pizza he said "Is this the great D. Paul Reilly? I really love your program." I thanked him for his compliment. However, let me be perfectly honest with you, I've also heard many people say many derogatory things about me like "There he goes again with all that positive nonsense he talks about endlessly."
My friend, you cannot win everyone over to your side, so you need to develop the kind of mindset that is quite comfortable in saying they don't like me -- so what.
o Think about it!
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Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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'Interstellar' takes you on a fascinating journey

November 13, 2014

Interstellar (Rated T)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Genre: Science Fiction
Dwight's Rating: 3

Get a good night's sleep! Have adequate snacks, stay caffeinated, and don't even think about consuming alcohol! Make sure you've used the restroom; avoid getting the large beverage if you have a weak bladder. Put that smartphone in airplane mode (or better yet, don't even bring it). And don't forget your eyeglasses, comfortable shoes, sweater/jacket -- what ever you need to settle in. It's gonna be a long ride!
All-important words of advice for those who intend to watch "Interstellar", a new film that requires the utmost attention and focus, with as few distractions as possible. In fact, don't go with that chatty or "slow" friend who always seems to miss every important line, and asks a bunch of questions. You can't risk being absent for even a brief moment.
There is a lot going on in the film: Earth is slowly dying and becoming increasingly inhospitable for humans. As such, a team of explorers undertakes a mission to save mankind. They travel beyond this galaxy to discover whether there are other planets that might be able to sustain life as we know it.
On the surface, "Interstellar" is reminiscent of many recent movies, most notably "Signs". But this is truly it's own unique animal. Director Christopher Nolan doesn't shy away from complex, emotionally jarring projects; "The Dark Knight" is amazing but hard to watch. I still get a headache every time I even think about "Inception".
Here, Nolan and his co-writer -- his brother Jonathan -- craft an elaborate tale that is the very definition of "epic" -- taking place over many years on many different planets!
Yes, it is quite long (169 minutes!), and often snail-paced. There are some questionably extraneous elements, and one can easily argue that at least about an hour could have been shaved down. But even some of the slower-moving scenes are more than likely essential to the story, even if they don't seem so initially.
In the end, things kinda make sense ... sort of, and you kinda understand how we got to where we get. But somewhere in the middle things really get pretty hazy and a bit crazy.
Never mind that though, the journey is still fascinating. What's most amazing is that we're asked to wrap our minds around some of science's most fantastic theories. We look at relativity and time travel in new and exciting ways. And it's handled in ways that even non-science geeks may be intrigued.
But "Interstellar" is also a feast for the senses -- visually spectacular, with astounding sound effects, and a dramatic and stirring musical score that further enhances the many thrilling, edge-of-your-seat moments.
There are also decent performances all around from the exceptionally talented and award-laden cast. With recent Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and past winners Matt Damon, Michael Caine and Ellen Burstyn, and Oscar-bound Jessica Chastain.
While it may not necessarily live up to all of its hype, "Interstellar" is an exuberant sci-fi thriller. Like many films of this genre, it may need to be watched more than once to be truly appreciated and truly understood. I felt the same way about "Inception".
But unlike with that film, I actually won't mind seeing "Interstellar" again. In fact, I think I need to watch it again, at least once more -- possibly in an isolation chamber. And I probably need to take notes.

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Track Road Theatre brings 'The 39 Steps' to The Dundas

November 13, 2014

Track Road Theatre (TRT) will bring to the stage "The 39 Steps" which is based on a Hitchcock movie that was based on a novel of the same name.
"The 39 Steps" directed by Althea Gibson follows the misadventures of Canadian Richard Hannay as he gets tangled in the world of international espionage while avoiding arrest for a murder he did not commit.
Set in the United Kingdom during the 1930s the play is fast paced, off the wall, and will "tickle" the funny bone. The play will be staged November 20-22 at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.
The comedic drama will feature the extraordinary talents of four individuals who are no strangers to film, television or theater -- Glenn Sherman Jr., Leslie Ellis-Tynes, Rossano Deal and Gail Hanna. The two male/two female cast it is expected will provide an array of colorful characters throughout the entire story as protagonist Richard Hannay, played by Sherman, attempts to clear his name.
Both Sherman and Deal in fact, have made a name for themselves with local audiences as members of Collage Entertainment, known for their hilarious online parodies, the "Hello Monday" and "Stop Likin' Man" web series.
Playing opposite Sherman as his "multiple" love interest is Leslie Ellis-Tynes, who describes theater as her greatest love of all the performing arts. She dives into this multi-layered role in "The 39 Steps" fresh from gracing The Dundas stage in September, with a three-weekend performance of the 33rd annual "Summer Madness Revue" by James Catalyn & Friends theater troupe in Nassau and Abaco. This would mark Ellis-Tynes' fifth production with that group, and second performance of 2014 before a live audience following a role in The Bahamas Artist Movement's revival of "The Vagina Monologues." Her passion for stage performance has also taken her to work previously with director Clarence Rolle, Track Road Theatre and Ringplay Production's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the 2nd annual Shakespeare In Paradise festival.
Within the story of "The 39 Steps", audiences will witness the metamorphosis of characters, in particular, the roles held by two individuals -- Rossano Deal and Gail Hanna.
Deal takes on the commanding and the meek at the same time and will have audiences wanting more in his stage performance.
With an affinity for both stage and camera, Deal has made appearances in various media productions and was featured in a music video for "The Voice" singer Judith Hill. This professional tennis player is easily recognized as a result of his role in the Internet series, "North of Little Nowhere," after having risen to popularity from the Collage Entertainment's array of online comedies and parodies.
Like her theater counterpart that delves into various transformations throughout the play, Hanna is enjoying her first season as a multi-faceted character in "The 39 Steps." She has participated in the final season of the Bahamian variety and sketch comedy show "Da Spot," as well as a few minor roles in prior years.
The play has won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007 and the What's On Stage Award for Best Comedy 2007.
The 2008 Roundabout Broadway production won the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting Design (Kevin Adams). It won two Tony Awards on June 15, 2008 for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. It was nominated for four other Tonys: Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Maria Aitken), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Peter McKintosh) and Best Costume Design of a Play (Peter McKintosh)."

Track Road Theatre
presents "The 39 Steps"
When: November 20-23
Where: The Dundas Center for the Performing Arts, Mackey Street
Performance days:
Thursday, November 20 - gala at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 21 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 22 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22 - 8 p.m.
Recommended for everyone|1 hour and 30 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission.
Tickets: $75 gala night performance, all other days $30 adults, $25 students with identification; discount tickets for groups of 10 or more.

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Soca warriors party at Sundance's inaugural beach event

November 13, 2014

The real Soca warriors were in position when DJ Private Ryan let loose on the turntables. When his signature intro began to play and the first song of his mix filled the beach, hips of all sizes and color began to gyrate. Such was the vibe day during Sundance's recent inaugural beach party.
Cruise visitors from Miami, including DJ Private Ryan and members of Hybrid Entertainment, were the first to take over Nirvana Beach. And it was a member from that crew who was the first to zip line into the party.
The vibes only grew from there, as local ticket holders flooded onto the beach for their all-inclusive drinks and copious amounts of Soca music with other genres mixed in by the DJ professionals.
First on the turntables was local deejay Furze, whose early juggling set the stage for Miami DJ sensation Dutty Dex -- the so-called "Music Mayor of Miami."
DJ Private Ryan took to the booth to much hype, escorted by members of the Eden Carnival Group, who donned the band's sexy Bahamas-Carnival-ready costumes. The group's models hyped the crowd, and got Private Ryan's set off to a beautiful start.
Private Ryan's "Soca Brainwash 2014" Youtube mega-mix became the go-to Soca compilation in the lead-up to Trinidad carnival. His first Trinidad carnival party titled after his famous Soca mix, was one of the most sought after fetes for the carnival season. He also grasped the Global Spin Awards' Caribbean DJ of the Year title in 2012.
Pupstar Entertainment and Events and Hybrid Events (Miami) came together to offer the cruise component that allowed the event to host an international audience and offer the unique sounds of international deejays next to local ones. The idea of Sundance grew out of planning for the official launch of Pupstar Entertainment, owned by Alicia "Puppy" Robinson.
"Sundance Beach Party was an epic success," said Robinson. "Reviews from both local guests as well as a host of international patrons from Trinidad, New York and Miami are that this is a do-not-miss event.
"Along with our sponsors, Pupstar Entertainment and Hybrid Events look forward to hosting the second Sundance Beach Party as we work toward building a weekend of events for the upscale and discerning kind."
Hybrid member Jonathan Suite said "[pictures] could never" tell the entire story of how great of an event Sundance became. "What a weekend," he said.
Sundance set the bar high with novel attractions offered such as zip lining and an all-inclusive drinks component that was second to none. Some groups opted to purchase private cabanas where they received bottle service from sexy servers in body paint.

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JETBLUE Becomes Official Airline Sponsor of BIFF
JETBLUE Becomes Official Airline Sponsor of BIFF

November 10, 2014

It was announced today that JetBlue Airways has come on board to sponsor the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) and will lend its name to support the New Vision Film section of the Festival...

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16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day,
16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day,

November 07, 2014

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s (BMOT) unique, social media promotion aptly named “16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day,” has played a pivotal role in cementing a long distance relationship for an Indiana couple.

Insurance Advisor, Ariana Viega-Barbosa and Pre-press Digital Manager, Darius Smith of Hobart, Indiana has been living miles apart in two different countries for most of 2014. Thanks to social media connections and the BMOT’s social media contest, the couple can look forward to their permanent domicile in one location soon.

According to Ariana, the couple “met while at a night club in August 2012 and began dating a month later. They spent an incredible amount of time together sharing surprise private candlelit dinners, movies, dancing and traveling. However, within their second date, she said she “knew Darius was the one,” and...

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Bahamas International Film Festival Unveils Official 2014 Program
Bahamas International Film Festival Unveils Official 2014 Program

November 07, 2014

Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 11th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-9, 2014 in Nassau and December 10-14, in Harbour Island, Eleuthera.

This year, the Festival will showcase 95 films from 30 different countries, including 48 features and 47 short films of which several are international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres.

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Nassau Music Society to stage classical, jazz and folk concert

November 07, 2014

The Nassau Music Society (NMS) is known for bringing the world of music to The Bahamas, and on Saturday, November 8 it will be no different as a trio of Bahamian acts take center stage for the concert known as "The November Night" a classical, jazz and folk concert.
Nathan Lightbourne, Muin242 and Lisa Fitz-Charles will be featured at "The November Night" which takes place at Government House Ballroom at 7:30 p.m.
Lightbourne, a gifted Bahamian pianist, composer and music educator, is a versatile performer who has given recitals featuring classical and jazz pieces. For the upcoming concert, he has compiled a diverse program that includes compositions and arrangements by Mozart, George Gershwin, Kapustin, and Art Tatum.
Muin242 will entertain the audience with both popular and lesser-known Bahamian classical and folk selections. The ensemble is comprised of five talented and ambitious College of The Bahamas students directed by Dr. Christine Gangelhoff, professor of music at COB and a NMS committee member.
Soprano Lisa Fitz-Charles, a former music educator whom Luciano Pavarotti once complimented as having a "pretty, sparkling voice" will perform her stunning rendition of Clara's song, "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess".
The Nassau Music Society is a non-profit organization that was established in the 1960s to promote and encourage the art of music. The Society organizes concerts and other musical activities such as workshops and master classes, by bringing internationally recognized artists to Bahamian shores by bringing the world of music to The Bahamas. The Society provides financial assistance to music students in The Bahamas through scholarships to the College of The Bahamas, grants for participants to attend events abroad and donations to other organizations and students involved in music.
The concert is free for members of NMS members. Non-members will be charged $20.

The program
Nathan Lightbourne:
Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 8 in A Minor K310
MUIN242:
Justilien - Eleuthera
Bethel - When the Road Seems Rough
(Brief intermission)
Nathan Lightbourne:
Arr. George Gershwin - Liza, I Got Rhythm
Radames Gnattali - Negaceando
Muin242:
Arr. Bethel - Ballymena
Lisa Fitz-Charles:
Gershwin - Summertime (from Porgy & Bess)
Nathan Lightbourne:
Art Tatum - Stormy Weather (Transcription)
Kapustin - Op. 40 Etude no. 1, Etude no. 6

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