Entertainment

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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PHOTO GALLERY: Carnival outfits launched in style
PHOTO GALLERY: Carnival outfits launched in style

October 07, 2014

THE Carnival colours of the Eden Bahamas Carnival band were unveiled on Saturday...

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HBO Premiers Powerful Lineup of Documentaries
HBO Premiers Powerful Lineup of Documentaries

October 07, 2014

A new film will premiere each Monday, beginning October 13th in the Caribbean...

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PM attends Bahams Junkanoo Carnival Expo

October 03, 2014

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and Vice President of Administration and External Affairs at Baha Mar, Mr. Robert Sands, view the Costume exhibition for the new Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...

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Bahamian Actor in Live Performance for Urban World Film Festival
Bahamian Actor in Live Performance for Urban World Film Festival

October 03, 2014

Bahamian actor Matthew Wildgoose was cast and starred in a lead role for a live performance in September at one of the largest running African American film festivals...

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HBO Debuts Getting On in The Caribbean
HBO Debuts "Getting On" in The Caribbean

October 03, 2014

The original comedy series, premiering October 12, takes a look at the dysfunctional staff of a struggling hospital...

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Shakespeare in Paradise 2014 launches to an audience of 15,000 viewers on Cable 12

October 02, 2014

Cable Bahamas, a major sponsor of the annual Shakespeare in Paradise festival, lived up to its Cable 12 "watch us and see yourself" maxim with the television premiere of the celebrated Bahamian folk opera "The Legend of Sammie Swain", which aired on September 28. The broadcast of the stage production, as performed at last year's theater festival, served as the official opening of Shakespeare in Paradise's 2014 season, which begins on October 3 and concludes on October 11.
Nearly 15,000 Bahamians tuned in to Cable 12 last Sunday to view E. Clement Bethel's timeless tale about a disabled Cat Island man who sells his soul to the devil to be with the village beauty. The story resonated with thousands of residents, scores of whom took to Facebook to voice their opinion about the stage production. According to the viewers, many aspects of Bahamian customs and values were depicted in "Sammie Swain", penned by Bethel in 1971.
"A great expression of Bahamian culture...seriously! Very entertaining, too," one viewer commented on Facebook about the folk opera. Other reviews for "Sammie Swain" included remarks like: "Good community enrichment of Bahamian folklore", and "I am so happy I saw this. I just tuned in. Wonderful, I could watch this over and over".
Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows said that as a 100 percent Bahamian-owned company, one of Cable Bahamas' core objectives is to feature a variety of shows that will provide viewers with a multidisciplinary analysis of Bahamian culture. He noted that the tremendous response to "Sammie Swain" indicates that the Bahamian public shares an interest in seeing more original programming.
"It's very exciting that a locally written and produced production, starring a Bahamian cast, would get such high viewership in the face of competition from 400 other channels. It speaks volumes to the quality of production," Burrows said.
"Other than the Cable 12 local news and U.S. primetime network programming, this performance of "Sammie Swain" garnered one of the highest audiences that we've seen for a single program. This is based on our Cable Bahamas advertising platform that enables us to calculate viewership for programming throughout the day."
Cable 12 will rebroadcast "Sammie Swain", featuring its 70-member revival cast, on Saturday, October 4 at 5 p.m., Monday, October 13 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
With the sixth anniversary of Shakespeare in Paradise off to a successful start, coordinators and sponsors are eager for residents to view this year's impressive lineup. This season comprises five productions: "Romeo and Juliet"; 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf"; the South African play "Sizwe Banzi is Dead"; performances by Tingum Dem, and "Bruce Katooska: Laughter is the Best MAGIC!"
This year's signature Shakespearean production "Romeo and Juliet" features the face of Cable Bahamas' Angelique Sabrina as Juliet. Ticket sales for the popular romantic tragedy are going exceedingly well, as eight of the 12 performances are already sold out. Thanks to the generosity of the Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation, another festival sponsor, students across New Providence were able to view the production during the available student matinees at significantly reduced rates. The remaining four performances of "Romeo and Juliet" will be held on October 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8 p.m. on the main stage at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, on Mackey Street, Nassau.
Tickets for Shakespeare in Paradise 2014 can be purchased by visiting the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts from Monday to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Further information regarding this year's festival is available by calling 393-3728.

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What is realistic to you

October 02, 2014

Henry Ford, the Founder of The Ford Motor Company once said "If you believe you can and if you believe you can't you're right". Boy, what a very large helping of Pure Truth is contained in that short saying. As I have mentioned many times in the past in these articles over the years, the favorite word which a whole lot of chronically negative people use over and over again when confronted with a really positive person who has just very enthusiastically articulated a particular goal which they believe implicitly they can indeed attain, is 'Realistic', as they say with an extremely negative, doubtful look on their face "Be Realistic", as if to say, you'll never be able to achieve that goal.
These types of cynical, skeptical, pessimistic, extremely negative people have indeed dashed to the ground the hopes and aspirations of far too many people, and more's the pity. You see, what is realistic is what you and no one else believes you can accomplish. So, when you set your goals, it really doesn't matter what others think about them, it's all about what is realistic to YOU!
In other words, if you in your heart and soul believe implicitly, 100% that you can indeed achieve the goals you've set for yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks, if you do the work required and continue to be totally positive and thus believe in yourself and your ability to bring your goals to fruition.....You Will because that's 'What Is Realistic To You'.
So now I need to remind all of my valued readers once again, to be extremely careful who you share your goals with. Do not share them with everyone, because the majority of people, whether we like it or not, are in fact negative in outlook. So, if you intend to share your goals with anyone, make absolutely sure, that the person you share your dreams with is a totally positive person, just like you. A positive person will give you positive feedback and will indeed encourage you to keep going in the direction that you're headed, which both you and he or she believe will lead you directly to Success City. Whatever you do, don't listen to the naysayers for the only thing that really matters in the end is 'What Is Realistic To You?'.....period.....end of story.

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HBO presents it's October Movie Premier in The Caribbean
HBO presents it's October Movie Premier in The Caribbean

October 02, 2014

HBO brings viewers another month of comedy, horror, romance and adventure with exclusive movie premieres each Saturday at 21:00 hrs.* during the month of October in the Caribbean...

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Shakespeare in Paradise 2014 launches to an audience of 15,000 viewers on Cable 12
Shakespeare in Paradise 2014 launches to an audience of 15,000 viewers on Cable 12

October 02, 2014

Cable Bahamas, a major sponsor of the annual Shakespeare in Paradise festival, lived up to its Cable 12 "Watch Us and See Yourself" maxim with the television premiere of the celebrated Bahamian folk opera "The Legend of Sammie Swain...

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Ticket outlet and pricing announced for Oliver...part proceeds for a good cause!
Ticket outlet and pricing announced for Oliver...part proceeds for a good cause!

October 01, 2014

"Event partners announced." It has been announced that tickets for the upcoming Oliver Samuels' Dolly House can now be accessed from the Original Patties locations on the Tonique Williams Darling Highway & Blue Hill Rd...

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Miami Couple Wins Dream Wedding in Bimini, Bahamas

October 01, 2014

For years, Cristina Gaston “had always dreamed of getting married in The Bahamas but, never in a million years thought that this dream would become a reality,” she said. For Cristina - it has...

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SCANDAL Stands in Bahamas Sun
"SCANDAL" Stands in Bahamas Sun

October 01, 2014

The Bahamas is on the radar of one of television’s hottest producers for future projects, after he filmed scenes of one of the year’s highest rated shows in The Bahamas...

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Road Fever Costume Expo Launch
Road Fever Costume Expo Launch

September 26, 2014

As the excitement builds around the anticipated Bahamas Carnival, scheduled May 7th- 9th, 2015, The Bahamas Festival Commission will host the Road Fever Expo on Saturday, 27, September, 2014 at The Melia Resort from noon to 6pm...

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Miss Grand Bahama readies for two international pageants

September 26, 2014

Seventeen (17) year old Sunland Baptist Academy graduate Sade Colebrook, sponsored by Exquisite Collection, was crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 in Freeport on July 27th...

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Cable 12 to air 'The Legend of Sammie Swain'

September 26, 2014

Cable Bahamas has a long-standing history of supporting Bahamian culture and that tradition will continue when the telecommunications company broadcasts the Bahamian folk opera "The Legend of Sammie Swain" on Cable 12 this Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The play, as performed by the 70-member revival cast at Shakespeare in Paradise 2013, will premiere exclusively on Cable 12 and will be featured on the channel throughout the month of October. The television special is sponsored by the Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation, Cable 12 and Shakespeare in Paradise.
The Bahamian stage production, written by E. Clement Bethel as a ballet in 1968, and later as a folk opera in 1983, tells the story of a disabled Cat Island man who falls in love with the village beauty and sells his soul to the devil to be with her. The folk opera gained popularity among local audiences in the 1980s and is deemed a significant component of Bahamian culture.
Cable 12 Station Manager Alexia Coakley said she considers the station a hub for Bahamian art and entertainment and the broadcast of the iconic folk opera helps to support that view.
"It is definitely a privilege to be able to premiere a work such as 'Sammie Swain' on Cable 12. Being able to feature this production is really an honor for us," Coakley said. "So much about our culture, our folkways and traditions are represented in that story and it's exciting for us to be the exclusive presenter of that work on Cable 12."
She added that residents who tune in for the "Sammie Swain" premiere on Sunday will identify with a number of the timeless production's themes and will come to appreciate the piece just as audiences did in the past.
This television presentation also features brand new segments with key participants, performers and the children of author E. Clement Bethel as they share their unique experiences and passion for the show.
The "Sammie Swain" revival - the first in 28 years - was wildly successful at the fifth anniversary of Shakespeare in Paradise, and with the televised premiere set to kick off the 2014 festival, coordinators and sponsors are hopeful that the production will get audiences excited for the upcoming festival, which will run from October 3 through 11.
"This is a wonderful way to open the season," said Sammie Swain"revival director and Shakespeare in Paradise Artistic Director Philip A. Burrows. "It gives people an idea of what Shakespeare in Paradise is capable of. You may see advertisements for our production of 'Romeo and Juliet' and all these sorts of things, but when you get an opportunity to see the entire two-hour production of 'Sammie Swain', you really get to appreciate the quality of work that comes out of Shakespeare in Paradise through Ringplay Productions."
This year's festival will feature five productions over the course of nine days: "Romeo and Juliet" featuring Cable Bahamas spokesperson Angelique Sabrina as Juliet; "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf"; the South African play "Sizwe Banzi is Dead"; performances by Tingum Dem, and "Bruce Katooska: Laughter is the Best MAGIC!"
Cable Bahamas has served as a major sponsor for the theater festival since its inception and Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows said this partnership is due to the company's ongoing commitment to cultivating Bahamian culture.
"Cable Bahamas, through its television product, and the people who are a part of our portfolio of actors, the majority of them come from the theatrical background. We have a strong history of supporting theatrical talent," Burrows said. "We have a history of supporting culture. If you look back at our early years, you'll see that we've done television advertising that has focused on Bahamian culture, Bahamian dance. So this has always been a part of the fabric of Cable Bahamas, celebrating Bahamian culture."
"The Legend of Sammie Swain" airs Sunday night on Cable 12, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Brutha Music Festival's inaugural kick-off on September 27th

September 26, 2014

On Saturday, September 27, the Brutha Music Festival (also known as Brutha Fest) - an annual musical festival showcasing celebrated and emerging Bahamian artists - will be introduced to The Bahamas. Set to take place at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Brutha Fest re-establishes the concept of an adult and family-oriented festival where all are welcomed into a safe environment to enjoy the diverse sounds of local performers.
In a rare showcase of talented artists - acts include Julien Believe, Wendi, QPid, Bodine, Leah Eneas and a Junkanoo rushout - Brutha Fest will set a precedent in merging talent, music and community. Moreover, Jungle Jym will be present with lots of games, activities and bouncing castles, etc. for the kids.
With an expected crowd of approximately 1,000 persons, who will enjoy more than 10 musical acts, the event will also serve as a great opportunity for local vendors to showcase their products and services to a varied but targeted audience. Tickets will be sold for $15 in advance, for $20 at the gate and $3 for kids.
"Taking pride in all the talents that we can find locally is extremely important, especially as we are seeing the growing success of Bahamians internationally," said Travis T. Sweeting, organizer and mastermind behind Brutha Fest. Sweeting is also the founder and CEO of Brutha Magazine, which caters to men with a sophisticated taste and lifestyle.
For more information on Brutha Fest or for sponsorship opportunities contact Travis T. Sweeting at 242-464-5782 or travis@bruthamagazine.com.

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'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is full of surprises

September 26, 2014

A Walk Among the
Tombstones (Rated C)
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Brian "Astro" Bradley
Genre: Crime Thriller
Dwight's Rating: 3
Full of surprises! That's the best way to describe Liam Neeson's latest action thriller, "A Walk Among the Tombstones".
The first and probably biggest surprise is that this is not another take on "Taken". One could be forgiven for thinking this would be just like that excessively violent action movie and its sequel, especially after seeing the overwhelmingly dour looking previews and trailers. Star Liam Neeson is the common thread. But "Tombstones" is actually a rational, realistic and truly, enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Surprise! Surprise!
And yet another surprise: Neeson has returned to the land of the living, and has found his human side. (Hopefully it's not just a brief stint.) Unlike many of his recent forays into action flicks, here he is not playing an invincible, soulless, robotic killing machine.
He plays a private investigator hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. His character, Matt Scudder, actually has a sense of humor and a heart, and can and does get beat up. But he is certainly no push over. He's as tough as the tough guys Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson played in crime thrillers from the 1970s and 80s. The whole film actually has a retro/nostalgic feel to it. It happens to be set in the 1990s - mostly 1999 - when Y2K paranoia was rampant. (Remember that?)
Speaking of the 90s, "Tombstones" also takes on airs of some of the now-classic thrillers and neo-noirs from that era. However, many of those, like "Pulp Fiction", "Seven", or "The Usual Suspects", were far more stylized and melodramatic, with extravagant orchestral film scores, bizarre camera angles, non-linear storylines or disjointed narratives, seemingly designed more to make stars out of the directors as much as anything else. "Tombstones" takes a far simpler approach. There is a fair amount of flashback storytelling, but it is done nicely.
The subject material - drug traffickers and serial killers - is dark, but the dialogue manages to be surprisingly witty and even humorous. The best one-liners come from Neeson, and his Brian "Astro" Bradley, who plays his pint-sized assistant, T.J.
That said, portions are very graphic, gruesome, and cringe-inducing. But the violence doesn't seem gratuitous.
In this era filmed with CGI effects and non-stop action and noise, "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is surprisingly not afraid to allow moments of quiet conversation and reflection. Director/screen writer Scott Frank must be commended for this bold choice, and for presenting a surprising respite from the last few extremely lackluster choices at the box office.
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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