Entertainment

Guillaume to present 'Dancing in the Light' exhibition

May 23, 2014

Bahamian master documentary/fine art/photographic artist Margaret Guillaume is finalizing plans for an exhibition of her photographs entitled "Dancing in the Light: A Symphony of Nature Revealed in My Yard" that were created 2008-2014.
The photographic exhibition that will open Tuesday, June 3 at Doongalik Studios, #20 Village Road will be Guillaume's first showcasing images created by using the digital medium. Guillaume applies the same basic operation of the traditional film camera and is rewarded with excellent exposed color and un-tweeted breathtaking images in their "purest" form, untouched and not digitally enhanced by Photoshop.
The subject matter for the exhibition was discovered during early morning walks in her yard beginning in the early fall of 2008.
"The spider and the spider web was one of my very first shots using a 200 millimeter lens shooting into the light of the spider and the web, thereby creating an effect as though it was dancing in the light. I was amazed when I saw the images, not just of ordinary flowers but also different species of birds. The natural sunlight illuminated the subjects, displaying the radiance of their colors. Photography is an art that can be described as drawing with light. My ordinary vision was set aside and a new vision of seeing has emerged with a new perspective and with a greater appreciation for the light," said Guillaume.
"The images in the yard that I had documented had been right there under my eyes for ages, and I had never thought of documenting [shooting] them before. Finally I had 40 to 50 exciting, colorful and breathtaking images from my yard and I am delighted to be mounting this exhibition so that I could share them with the public. I would like viewers, including the youths, to take away from the show an awareness of the extraordinary beauty that exists within ordinary images which we take for granted."
Guillaume is a veteran news photographer. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines in The Bahamas and internationally. She has photographed Rosa Parks, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Anne. Throughout the years, Guillaume has documented decades of Bahamian scenes and lifestyles with her camera.
Guillaume's forte is black and white film photography, which she has studied extensively. She has mastered the art of making fine black and white prints.
"Dancing in the Light" will be her first color exhibition.
Guillaume is a former art instructor at The College of The Bahamas and former founding member of the board of directors of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Guillaume is also a collector of vintage film cameras and will have a selection of her vintage cameras on display.
o The exhibition will open Tuesday, June 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be open to the public Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For further information, telephone 394-1886 or contact the Gallery at doongalikart@batelnet.bs.

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Empathy is in short supply

May 23, 2014

Just about every day one notices a whole lot of individuals who are totally obsessed with themselves. When you have a problem and are endeavoring to get some encouragement from one of these types of totally self-absorbed individuals, once you have annunciated your feelings to them and described the dilemma you're in, the very first thing which they usually do is to start stating what their problems are whilst completely ignoring what you just articulated about your problems. Yes indeed, as the title of today's article states it empathy is in short supply. Yes indeed it is, and more's the pity.
Don't ever forget, that the world in which we live and our individual life are governed by a set of universal laws. Now one of the most important of these universal laws is the law of cause and effect. This law simply states, that what we put out we get back, as we sow, so shall we reap. So, in a nutshell, if we spend our days and nights completely self-absorbed thinking only of ourselves and displaying no empathy whatsoever for others when they're experiencing trouble in their life, well then, when we go through difficulties and are experiencing problems of great magnitude, we'll be left to deal with these matters completely alone, for as we have sown in the past, so we will now have to put up with the consequences of our actions, some time back. Yes indeed, we all need to display more empathy to others who are going through tough times, after all, it's the spiritual thing to do. Yes it is!
Empathy is the ability to see things through the eyes of others, or as one person put it, the ability to mentally walk for a mile in the Indian's moccasins. It's being able to feel what another person is actually going through, thus being able to console and comfort them when they really need it. Neil Gaiman said this about empathy: "Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals." Oh how very well put there by Neil Gaiman.
So my friend, why don't you, from now onwards endeavor to display empathy to all who may confide in you, so that you can then encourage them to overcome their difficulties and thus finally move on to better times.
o Think about it!
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Godzilla in theory is a movie that I should not like ...but it manages to be a very different creature

May 23, 2014

Godzilla (Rated T)
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe
Genre: Science Fiction
Dwight's Rating: 3 out of 4

Gigantic, hideous monsters, in an epic battle, destroying everything and everyone in their path -- here we go again -- right?
On paper, and in theory, I was not supposed to like this movie. Regular readers of this column know that I have frequently railed the repetitive and disturbing trends in action movies -- their obsession and preoccupation with visual tricks and eardrum-splitting audio; the silly plots and stilted dialogue; and the propensity to conclude their two-hour explosion festivals rather amicably, yet still with the complete destruction of New York City.
"Godzilla" however, manages to be a very different...umm...creature, handled gracefully and carefully.
Based on the now classic Japanese sci-fi tale first made into a movie in 1954, in this version, the awe-inspiring monster -- an enormous dinosaur-like beast, unleashed as a result of a nuclear explosion -- is pitted against some very bad creatures who threaten the very existence of humanity.
Yes, that story sounds as wonky as all the other action and disaster movies ever created. But like a giant monster running loose in a city, this "Godzilla" towers over many of the films of this genre with its thoughtfulness, and in what it offers and in what it lacks.
First, to what it's thankfully lacking. The human characters are not over-the-top; the monsters have that part more than covered. Unlike almost all movies of this kind, we don't have an arrogant (or any) president of the United States (U.S.). As such, we don't have the leader of the free world taking what is usually very bad advice from a rash or irrational or psychopathic U.S. general. There are army folks here, but they display much calmer heads and rational thought processes.
What we do have is the well-regarded Bryan Cranston, star of beloved TV shows "Breaking Bad" and "Malcolm in the Middle", in a spirited performance as scientist Joe Brody.
We also have a convincingly reluctant hero -- and the warm and gentle eyes of young English actor, Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass") -- as Joe's son, Ford. Don't expect any of that de rigueur, "I can do anything! Let me at 'em!" leading-man, bravado nonsense! Yes, Ford happens to be in the U.S. Navy. But, he's an everyday man, who just really wants to be at home with his family. It is quite a refreshing change of pace!
British director Gareth Edwards infuses "Godzilla" with a lot of this kind of subtlety and even sensitivity, gradually building to the ultimate showdown.
But most people go to these movies not for smooth finesse, but for outrageous action. And on that front, "Godzilla" does not disappoint. The visuals are stunning, despite most of the action taking part in very dark and dimly lit settings. We see the monsters in shadows, not often getting a good look at them. Most of the time we are unable to tell just how large the creatures are, especially Godzilla. It all adds to the suspense and fright, though. And there are plenty of thrilling, edge-of-the-seat moments, particularly in the monster battle scenes, and whenever Godzilla lets out that mind-numbing screech.
As weird as it may sound, it is quite refreshing to see cities other than New York being obliterated. The destruction covers a diverse cross-section of cities -- Tokyo, Honolulu, Las Vegas and San Francisco.
The original "Godzilla" movie was an overt metaphor about the dangers of nuclear warfare. And while most people these days don't spend much time worrying about nuclear war, we know there are more nations than ever before with access to nuclear weapons.
And it may not be lost on some the potential parallels between Godzilla's battle with these giant monsters and world superpowers and/or rogue nations battling each other and destroying everything, oblivious to the rest of us humans, running around like ants trying to not get crushed or incinerated.
When an action movie in 2014 can be capable of making you ponder the harsh realities of a modern world and the possibly ruinous actions of the human race, yet still be entertaining, while satisfying some people's primal need to see things violently destroyed, consider it a gigantic, monstrous success.
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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Award-Winning Film PASSAGE to screen in Freeport

May 16, 2014

Three-time award-winning film Passage, a short film by acclaimed filmmaker Kareem Mortimer will screen at Galleria 5, Mall Drive on Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm. The free public screening is sponsored by FirstCare Medical Plan...

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Dana J. Ferguson is one to watch

May 15, 2014

Dana J. Ferguson is a name local theater buffs are familiar with. Her Bahamian theater credits include "Dat Bahamian T'ing", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "The Tempest" and most recently her turn in "Hibiscus Hotel". Her film credits include "Passage", "Crazy Love" and "Heart of a Champion". People that have never gone to a Bahamian theater production would of course know her from her role as "Kelly" in a series of commercials for Cable Bahamas. But Dana's acting career transcends The Bahamas. She's steadily making her way in the world of the performing arts in probably one of the toughest arenas there is, the theater scene in New York. And she's doing it too. She's fresh off an Off-Broadway production, "Every Goodbye Ain't Gone". If you don't know her name yet, well it's about time you did.
Dana has also appeared on London stages in "Stamping, Shouting & Singing Home", "Peter Pan" and "As You Like It". Her film credits include "Passage" by Kareem Mortimer", "Crazy Love" by Clarence Rolle and "Heart of a Champion" by R. Fitzpatrick. Her work to date has also included television. Outside the local Cable Bahamas commercials, she has done international commercials for Avon and BMW.
A trained barrister, Dana blames her mother, Deveral Ferguson, for her having caught the acting bug.
"She [mother] was acting with Ringplay Productions when she was pregnant with me. When a baby hears all of this stuff when it's developing and growing, its impressions are made," said Dana on a recent visit home for a 10-day run in the Robin Belfield production "Hibiscus Hotel".
Dana said as far back as she can remember, she's always had an interest in acting. Her fate was sealed during a high school European tour when her Queen's College class went to see a production of "Romeo and Juliet" at Shakespeare's Globe. At the time she was also studying the play for her Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examination. Seeing the production resonated with her.
"The play stuck with me...it really stuck with me. I was like I could do that. I want to do that. I want to make people feel the way this is making me feel. I was 16 years old, watching Shakespeare and getting it," she recalled.
A few years later, after becoming a trained barrister, Dana sought training in classical theater at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England, then studied film, television and voice-over at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. And she's been working steadily since graduating. She describes herself as "lucky".
And this actress said she wants to do it all, theatre, television and film, but she says there's a special place in her heart for theater.
"I'd love to do it all, but theater is my heart," said Dana. "There is something really wonderful about getting into the nitty-gritty of a role that's been drafted from start to finish with theater. With TV you don't necessarily have that privilege because you don't know where your character's story is going from one episode to the next, so that presents its own unique challenge. Having said that, I wouldn't mind being on TV ... 'Law & Order: SVU' ... I could be an attorney [she laughed] ... just saying."
Each role she's played she said has given her an opportunity to learn something about herself because she has to explore the character and try to find her way in.
"When I do these things it's not Dana -- it's Mia in 'Hibiscus Hotel', or Rula in 'Every Goodbye and Gone' or 'Kelly' in the REVon commercials. I think that they're all great in some way, shape or form and I think I'm successful if I'm able to convince someone that I am that character."
One role she would love to sink her teeth into is that of "Iago" in "Othello" a character that is possibly the most heinous villain in "Shakespeare."
"I would love to be a female version of 'Iago'. I think 'Iago' is the best villain, but I'm always cast as the love interest and I would love to just have the excuse to be evil ... just naughty," she said.
Back in New York, Dana hasn't slowed down. She has been cast as a single mother who is about to give birth in a short film to be shot at the end of the month before she starts rehearsals for another play that she hopes will make it Off-Broadway in July.
As for how she chooses her roles, it's all a matter of what piques her interest, whether it's well-written, if it's with creative people or someone she has not worked with before. She said she enjoyed working on "Hibiscus Hotel" because it gave her the opportunity to work with Claudette "Cookie" Allens who she had known and loved, but hadn't worked with. "She played my mother, and it was wonderful," said Dana.
Dana is pursuing a job in an arena that isn't exactly easy, but to her fellow Bahamians that have caught the acting bug, she encourages them to believe in their talent and work at it.
"This is not an easy job -- you will get far more no's than yes's. In fact, the no's are very frequent and the yes's are gifts. It is difficult to hear no, but you have to understand that they are not rejecting you -- it's just that you are not right for this vision, or you are not right for this particular character. And you just have to have a thick skin, and shake it off and realize you do have something to offer. You do have to believe in your talent and you have to work at it. Every day you have to work at it, just like a singer would spend time working their notes and protecting their vocal chords and taking singing lessons, a musician will do their scales, and practice on their instrument, you don't just get up and act, you have to work at it. If you want to do it, do it. Do not let no be the stumbling block," she said.
In fact, Dana's first professional job when she graduated from drama school in England in 2006, was given to her by Robin Belfield, who was born in The Bahamas and raised in the United Kingdom. Belfield is the writer/director of "Hibiscus Hotel" and she has worked with him quite a few times in the U.K.
Even though she's currently resides in New York, Dana says she's excited about bringing theater to The Bahamas and will do so as often as she can, because she's simply a Bahamian actress who just happens to be working abroad.
"It's very important to me to know that I can come home and be creative on home soil as well," said the daughter of Ashwood and Deveral Ferguson.
As for her role models, Dana says she admires Craig Pinder who played her dad in "Hibiscus Hotel."
"He's a Bahamian actor who has done it. He has tread the boards at Shakespeare's Globe, The Royal Shakespeare Company and he played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in the West End and that's incredible that it can happen," said Dana.
When she's not acting, Dana keeps herself busy freelanceing with Abrams Artists Agency for print and SW Artists (formerly Shelpin-Winik Artists Agency) for commercial projects.

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Tessanne Chin and Kacey Musgraves set to take to the Atlantis Live stage

May 15, 2014

No one can say there's nothing to do next weekend as Atlantis Live has the weekend double-booked with two star performances set to turn out the Grand Ballroom at Atlantis with "The Voice" season five winner Tessanne Chin and country singer Kacey Musgraves.
Tessanne will take to the stage on Friday, May 23, with Kacey belting out her country tunes on Saturday, May 24 in the 2,000-seat capacity ballroom.
Tessanne, who sings the hit "Hideaway", is the fresh, soulful voice of a new generation of Jamaican musical talent. Her sultry fusion of Dancehall and Reggae with edgy rock riffs mixed with the honest, heartfelt and conscious lyrics she pens herself create a musical style that is uniquely her own. Her exceptional vocal talent and her exotic looks give her unmistakable stage appeal.
Kacey, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, recently won the 2014 Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year for her album "Same Trailer Different Park".
A language artist, Kacey spins webs of words to create the quirky puns, shrewd metaphors, and steely ironies that shows that she's a girl who has something to say and she certainly says something and that shows up in her songs like "Follow Your Arrow", "Merry Go 'Round", "Blowin' Smoke", "Silver Lining" and "Keep It to Yourself".
Tessanne and Kacey's Atlantis Live concert series adds to the line-up of stellar performances that Atlantis has been booking having brought top performers from every musical genre to perform on their stage. Past performers include Michael Buble, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Lady Antebellum, Josh Groban, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Miley Cyrus, Lily Allen, Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Fergie.
Tickets for Tessanne and Kacey are $110 for premier seating, and $90 reserve. For those people wanting to catch both nights, a combo price is being offered at $200 for premier seats and $160 for reserve. Tickets can be purchased at the Atlantis box office in the Convention Center between the Coral and Beach Towers, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the day of the show.

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'Neighbors' hits all the right notes

May 15, 2014

Neighbors (Rated C)
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
Genre: Comedy
Dwight's Rating: 3 out of 4
Playful but mature; rowdy but introspective; beer kegs but also breast pumps! A world of contrasts in the new film, "Neighbors" means the zaniest, raunchiest comedy so far this year, is also the sweetest and most endearing.
In the flick, a young suburban couple's life is turned upside-down, when a fraternity moves into the house next door. The frat is well known for outrageous parties that often run all night. Compounding the situation is that the couple has a newborn daughter.
As expected with a movie involving a fraternity -- and in one starring Seth Rogen -- there is a lot of "frat boy humor". That means there is also tons of nudity, sex, adult language and drug use. It definitely deserves its R-rating (C, in The Bahamas).
But surprisingly there's a lot of depth to "Neighbors" as well. It's very much a romantic comedy too. Rogen and Rose Byrne star as the married couple, Mac and Kelly. They are trying to face their adult responsibilities, and adjusting to the impact that a baby can have on a relationship. We also see that Mac and Kelly are quietly struggling with this transitional stage in their lives, and they're actually somewhat envious of the fraternity and their lifestyle. But, while the heart is willing to party, the mind and the body can't keep up.
Mac and Kelly aren't the only ones struggling, however. We see that some of the members of the frat are slowly realizing that they too will have to grow up and grow old. "To everything there is a season!"
All of this is developing in the midst of some of the wackiest pranks and hilarious twists, as both sides declare war on each other.
The supporting cast, particularly some of the fraternity members and Ike Barinholtz ("The Mindy Project") as one of the couples' friends, turn in some uproarious performances. And possibly the best cameo comes from "Friends" alum Lisa Kudrow; every line she utters as a school administrator is a riot.
Nevertheless, it's the lead characters that really deliver the goods.
Zac Efron lights up the screen as frat president, Teddy. He leads the frat into doing some very bad things, but somehow Efron is able to make Teddy remain likable.
Rose Bryne is proving she's one of the most well-rounded actresses in Hollywood. She's demonstrated her dramatic acting chops in her Emmy nominated work on the TV-series "Damages." But she is just as amazing at many different types of comedy.
She stole every scene as a British pop star in "Get Him to the Greek," and was unforgettable as a wealthy, conniving socialite in "Bridesmaids".
Bryne is delightful here as Kelly, in one of the first times I've heard her speak in her Australian accent. (You know someone is good at accents, when it sounds just plain strange when they finally speak in their own voice.)
But the real gem is Seth Rogen. No matter how insane-sounding the plots of his movies seem on paper, Rogen manages to impart a sense of sincerity in his characters, that, despite their marijuana proclivities, keeps them relatable and appealing.
And Rogen's aura pervades the whole movie. You may never have been to a frat party, but it's hard to watch those scenes, and not want to be a part of it. And yet, even the best romantic comedies wish for moments as touching as when Mac and Kelly are by themselves. And their interaction with the baby is adorable.
How "Neighbors" is able to strike this balance between raunchy and romantic is remarkable. It is firing on all the comedy cylinders, and hitting all the right notes.

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Block it!

May 15, 2014

Those who have played football, whether it's soccer, rugby, American football or Gaelic football, I bet many of my readers didn't know that in Ireland we have our own football which is a cross between soccer and rugby; all of these athletes will be fully aware of the term which is the title of this article, block it! That's right, players have to be constantly on their guard to be able to block a member of the opposite team from getting hold of the ball and thus being able to score a goal or points, as the case may be. Well my friend, likewise in playing the game of life, we've got to be constantly on our guard so that we can successfully block anything which is going to stand in the way of our progress toward the achievement of our goals.
Now one of the things which can be deadly as we pursue our goals and objectives in this game called life, are negative thoughts. That's right, you could be almost there and ready to score big in life, and then you start to doubt yourself and your ability to bring home the prize -- this is deadly, believe me. So, just as soon as you notice a negative thought starting to form in your consciousness, you need to, just like the football player, block it. Stop it from entering your consciousness and taking root there, as negative thoughts will cause you to lose big time, believe me. So, at the very first sign of any negativity whatsoever, you must spring into action and simply block it!
Of course, I've written about this subject before and will no doubt discuss it again in future articles as it's absolutely vital to you as you play the game of life endeavoring to score big time, again and again. We refer to this most important exercise as thought monitoring, and it's vital if we wish to continue to succeed in life. It means that you're constantly thinking about what you're thinking at all times. Just as soon as you realize that a negative thought is trying to score, simply block it before it can take root in your consciousness and thus result in you becoming a big time loser.
Yes my friend, in the game of life, you must at all times be very alert to the fact, that negative thoughts can cause you to fumble badly, drop the ball, and thus in the end, lose the whole game. So, always be on your guard and ready to block it.
o Think about it!
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Junkanooers show interest in Bahamas Carnival
Junkanooers show interest in Bahamas Carnival

May 15, 2014

Nearly 200 Junkanoos and members of the business community turned out for the Bahamas Carnival Introductory Seminar at SuperClub Breezes, on Thursday, May 14, 2014...

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HBO Announces its June Movie Premiere in the Caribbean
HBO Announces its June Movie Premiere in the Caribbean

May 15, 2014

HBO Latin America announced the debut of four hit movies on its Caribbean lineup, premiering every Saturday in June at 21:00hrs AST*...

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Baha Men Takes The Bahamas To The World
Baha Men Takes The Bahamas To The World

May 14, 2014

Song Featured On 2014 World Cup Album...

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Bahamian Icon Awards Launches The Nomination Campaign
Bahamian Icon Awards Launches The Nomination Campaign

May 14, 2014

Bahamian Icon Awards Now Accepting Candidate Submissions. The organizing committee of the second annual Bahamian Icon Awards is pleased to announce that candidate submissions are now being accepted for nomination for the 2014 Bahamian Icon Awards...

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Bahamian Jazz Vocalist, Anuschka Wright coming home to Jazz in Bloom

May 12, 2014

Bahamas Jazz Vocalist, Anuschka Wright, is returning to her home town, Nassau, The Bahamas, after successfully completing her first year at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada where she is studying Music with a specialization in Jazz Vocals. Once in Nassau, Anuschka’s main focus will be that of her concert, Jazz In Bloom...

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Castrol Quote of the day: May 12, 2014
Castrol Quote of the day: May 12, 2014

May 12, 2014

Castrol Quote of the day: May 12, 2014

"Your master cylinder is
the part of your braking
system, which holds brake
fluid and helps to control
braking pressure and your
car's ability to stop.
Check your brake fluid,
level often."

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HBO Premieres Destino Brasil 2014
HBO Premieres "Destino Brasil 2014"

May 09, 2014

The documentary series brings viewers an inside look at the national teams and players behind the World Cup...

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Bahamas Consul General Hoping to Boost Bahamian Film Industry with Roger Bobb Production

May 09, 2014

Roger Bobb, the powerhouse producer once known as Tyler Perry’s ‘right hand man’ is considering The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for a feature film. Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle, who is based in Atlanta, confirmed that he has been working with Bobb and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism...

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In full bloom

May 08, 2014

Sisters Krista Hanna-Nairn and Kandice Hanna coined the phrase "Shop. Sip. See. Sample. Snap. Score". Seven years ago they brought it to the market, and it hasn't grown old yet. Whenever it's mentioned people know one thing...it's time for the event that's not so little, known as The Little Pink Party. And after seven years and 12 events, the most adored experiential marketing event in The Bahamas is "in full bloom".
"We are truly in full bloom as far as what the event has become and how far it's come," said Kandice of the party that will be held on Saturday at The Green Parrot restaurant and the Harbour Front Lounge on East Bay Street. The party starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. with an exhibitor marketplace; a live performance by 4Ever1; hourly fashion shows with the outgoing "It Girl" as well as the "It Girl" contestants; lots to sample from drinks to everything in the sweet department such as cupcakes, pastries, breads, jams, cookies and tarts; fitness demonstrations showing you how to work off all the treats you consumed; a special area just for the kids, and of course the free entry swag that is chock-full of goodies this year for the first 500 entries into the party.
The photo booth that was wildly popular at last year's Atlantis Pink It In Paradise event has popped up for this year's summer party. Kandice sid you can feel free to drag your mother in for a photo session and have really cool memories of the day.
"We have improved tremendously. The event has evolved to where there is a lot of shopping, a lot of sipping, lots to see, lots to sample, and tons of stuff to snap up and score," said Kandice.
"At the last hour we are still receiving more products that will go into the "swag bag". Previously you would get a cosmetic case and you got to pick three samples, but now you get a bag filled with full-sized and sample products, and it's really brimming," said Kandice. "We wanted a big bag so that it could also double as a shopping bag, so patrons did not have to walk around with a bunch of bags. And even before the event it will be filled with freebies."
With this year's party on the eve of Mother's Day, Kandice said it would provide an outlet for shoppers to pick up gifts for the mothers in their life, as vendors will have products packaged that attendees can pick up; they will be able to shop until 9 p.m.
"Little pink box", Kandice and Krista's version of a raffle, is their nod to charity and will offer approximately 200 prizes, from key chains to cosmetic gift packs, totes, passes to Aquaventure and dinners for two at Atlantis restaurants. A box can be purchased for $5. Funds raised from the sale of the boxes will go to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, separate and apart from the proceeds from the door.
The party has also returned to its original Green Parrot, Harbour Front Lounge venue on East Bay Street, which it had outgrown after its first few events. With the renovations and addition of the Bay Street Marina, Kandice said the space is perfect once again for the summer event. They expect the usual crowd of at least 1,500 to enter the gates.
For shopaholics, The Little Pink Party is a candyland.
And this year when The Little Pink Party winds down, the deejay will turn up the music for "Pink at Night: The Party after the Party", sponsored by Heineken Lite.
"We will be encouraging you to stay late and by 9 p.m. the whole venue will have a pink glow, and it's pretty much partying and a nice lounge experience." There's no charge for the after party; once you are in The Little Pink Party, you are automatically in for Pink at Night.
Tickets for The Little Pink Party are $5 in advance, and can be purchased at Bay Street Medical or Mimi in Palmdale, or $10 at the gate. Swag bags will be available for the first 500 people.
When: Saturday, May 10
Where: Green Parrot & Harbour Front Lounge
Time: 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., "Pink at Night: The Party after the Party" kicks off at 9 p.m. (and is free with entry into The Little Pink Party
Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at the door (free swag bags for the first 500 patrons
Outlets: Bay Street Medical or Mimi, Palmdale

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Allure Swimsuits
Always by Allia
Bold & Beautiful
Bonita Designs
Embellishments
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Lenses
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Pink Soles
Pretty Persuasions
Vanity Gyal
Befitting Accessories

Healthcare & services
Bay Street Medical
Dreams by BAF
Jubilee Dance Studio
MAC Fit 360

Beauty & cosmetics
Aveeno
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Eye Candy Make-up Co.
Happy Hair Boutique
Johnson & Johnson
Kleenex
Poise
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Revlon
Simple
U by Kotex

Technology & lifestyle
Cash 'N' Go
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Pooches Pet Boutique

Food & beverage
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Fitness Cereal
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General Mills
Kit Kat
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