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A festival of rum, food culture

January 30, 2015

The countdown is on and with just one month to one of the hottest festivals that is still in its infancy, but which in only its second year has become certainly a must-attend event, where you can indulge in diverse and unique rums from around the Caribbean and the world; fun and feisty bites to satisfy every foodie, savor comforting Caribbean foods with a new world twist and creative island flare; observe international and local chefs demonstrate the creative use of rum in food -- in sweet and savory sauces as well as other wild ideas; be tempted by the innovative food displays exhibiting fresh takes on local favorites and purchase locally sourced jams,
jellies, sauces, barbecue glazes and more -- all inspired by rum and sugarcane themes at the 2nd Festival RumBahamas.
Festival RumBahamas which entwines the country's adventurous past, its vibrant heritage, charismatic culture, rum flavors, cuisine, commerce, creativity and celebrations will take place over three days, February 27-March 1 at Fort Charlotte.
"Bahamians will be in for a treat -- lots of music, great lectures from slavery to pirates, to rum-running days," said Alexandra Maillis-Lynch, team leader for Festival RumBahamas.
"Rum remembers the romance of days gone by that lives on in our warm, welcoming nature as a people."
Whether you were born and bred in The Bahamas or a tourist, Maillis-Lynch said patrons should expect to be blown away by the cultural explosion that is Festival RumBahamas -- awe-inspiring artists and entertainment, including professional storytellers,Bahamian circus, Emanji; the Junkanoo Commandos, theater performances and museum.
Festival RumBahamas is expected to be the ultimate non-stop Bahamian party.
"Festival RumBahamas seeks to explore our relationship with this intriguing spirit and its connection to our cultural heritage in a fun, exciting and interactive experience," said Maillis-Lynch.
Set in gorgeous and historically significant Fort Charlotte, Festival RumBahamas invites patrons to quench their thirst for distinctive and exotic rums, satiate their hunger for creative tastes and enjoy the rhythms of the new Caribbean. At the festival they can satisfy their appetite for adventure and their adventurous appetite. They will definitely be entertained, enlightened and energized.
This year, celebrated rum expert Ian Burrell who is recognized as the global rum ambassador, and founder of the world-renowned United Kingdom Rumfest and the Annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards will participate in Festival RumBahamas. Burrell also leads the Rum Experience University training programs for rum ambassadors, and travels the world training, lecturing and promoting rum and cocktails. He has over 25 years in the industry.
Bajan Rhum Chef Paul Yellin will also be throwing down at this year's Festival RumBahamas. The culinary master has taught that rum is as important an ingredient in creating exotic dishes as it is in some of the world's favorite cocktails.
The Rum Kitchen at Pot Likker Place will be the soul of Festival RumBahamas. It will educate, inspire and amaze. Bahamian chefs and foodies will be able to match food and rum in pairings as exciting as any food/wine combination. Cultural icons will give novel and entertaining presentations on Bahamian culinary roots, traditions, food sources and the uniqueness of Bahamian cuisine.
Rum Kitchen attractions will include the commissary, oral presentations, a bookstore, watch pot demo kitchen which will showcase rum-in-food preparation in demonstrations that will be interactive, and include tastings.
Heritage Map created by Patricia Glinton-Meicholas and Neko Meicholas will connect the dots to give a history of Bahamian cuisine, encompassing ingredients, islands, peoples, terminology and processes which combined, create the uniqueness of the cuisine of The Bahamas.
Aun' Pat's Market will be the space that will have the bustle of a marketplace/a living grocery store and samples and displays of Bahamian produce, products and ingredients. Titty Lily's Petty Shop will be a recreation of a typical provisions store, all-in-one emporiums that were the heart and meeting place of Bahamian settlements and old neighborhoods.
Presentations at the three-day festival will include environmental and agricultural influences; ingredients: present and noticeably absent; the kitchen of yesteryear; cooking methods: steaming, cracking, marinating, burling (boiling), and grilling; signature cuisine of the Family Islands and unique dishes; kitchen kin: Bahamian culinary connections and correspondences across the globe; The festival will also highlight rum in folk region and established religions "Jook" Joints/30 days and temperance movements, prohibition and rum running.
Events by Alexandra Food Village will showcase the ultimate fusion cuisine featuring international influences and back to roots Bahamian cuisine.
Also to be explored during the festival will be bringing Bahamian cuisine into the 21st century: the potential of traditional Bahamian food as a 5-star experience using modern techniques (Chef Kristopher Sweeting); food-in-rum and the art of maceration: the use of rum in preservation in The Bahamas and the Caribbean.
The flavor profiles, uses and theories behind pairing different rums with food, exploring the uses of rum in cooking, and replacing wine in gourmet cuisine with rum with interactive sampling and discussion will be another highlight of the festival.
Festival RumBahamas will promote the rich history, heritage and culture of The Bahamas by putting the history, culture and especially the culinary heritage and food ways of The Bahamas on show.

Festival RumBahamas
When: February 27-March 1
Where: Fort Charlotte
Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Admission: Entre fee $25 per day or 3-day package at $60, advanced purchase only.

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2 Chainz to headline Heineken Concert Series

January 30, 2015

Grammy-nominated artist 2 Chainz will headline the Heineken Red Star Access Concert Series, a showcase of live musical concerts and events by the industry's hottest artists and entertainers.
The first concert will take place at 9 p.m. on February 14 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
"We're expecting 2 Chainz to provide an awesome performance and set the pace for our concert series," said Janay Symonette, Heineken brand manager. "We will transform the national stadium to create a unique experience where all of our patrons can enjoy a night like none other."
Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, 2 Chainz has had a successful solo career and has collaborated on projects with Pharrell Williams, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Juicy J and others. Widely known for hits Feds Watching and Where U Been and featured on Bands a Make Her Dance and Bubble Butt, 2 Chainz fans will be in for a show.
With limited ticket availability and ticket sales only until 3 p.m. on the day of the event, Symonette said they urge fans to purchase their tickets in advance to ensure they do not miss out on this experience. All patrons will have a premium view of the stage as they are only offering only two sections -- VIP or Star Access.
VIP tickets are $40 (includes two complimentary Heineken) and all-inclusive Star Access tickets are $150 (all-inclusive) and can be purchased from Burns House or Butler & Sands locations and the National Stadium.
"This will be one concert-goers will not soon forget," said Symonette.
Heineken's Red Star Access Concert Series, a showcase of live musical concerts and events by the industry's hottest artists and entertainers is expected to change the local entertainment scene.
Symonette said they have a stellar cache of artists in the lineup for their remaining concerts.

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Party with Visage at Fantastic Fridays

January 30, 2015

After a one-month break for the Christmas season, Fantastic Fridays, the single most anticipated once-a-month social happy hour event is back on the calendar
Visage, one of the hottest bands in the country will rock the house in the Bullion Bar at the Hilton, making that the place to head to after work today. Visage and a deejay will play a variety of music ranging from soca to Bahamian and old school during the happy hour event to which doors open at 5 p.m. with the band performing until 10 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Star 106.5FM, Visage and the British Colonial Hilton Hotel is back on the calendar.
Star 106.5FM Programming Director Tony Williams said Fantastic Fridays is a party for anyone who wants to have a good time and hang out. Patrons can sit out on the lawn and have a good time, or shake a leg, because the music is really just that sweet.
After handing out a number of fantastic prizes during the Halloween event, Williams said organizers will be looking to up the ante at Fantastic Friday events this year with more giveaways for patrons and getting them more involved. At today's kick-off event, Fusion Carnival group will come through to showcase their costumes on offer for the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
Admission is $20 and includes one drink.

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'Exuma Unplugged' rocks Regatta Park

January 30, 2015

The bands were jamming. The people were dancing. And a Junkanoo rushout wound through the streets.
For two amazing nights, Exuma became the new music city.
The concert on January 25 and January 25 featured legendary, award-winning musicians from Nashville, the original music city, including Stacy Mitchhart, Gary Chapman, Morgan Alexander and Ben Miller. Canadian country singers Chad Brownlee and Jess Moskaluke, the Canadian Country Music Singer of the Year for 2014, also put on a show.
Exuma Unplugged, an unprecedented musical event, had the island rocking, featuring major talent from Canada, The Bahamas and Nashville, Tennessee. Hundreds of tourists, locals and special VIPs from the music industry packed Regatta Park for the two-night performance.
But the talent didn't stop there. Intermixed with the country music were the beats of traditional Bahamian music.
The concert's crescendo included a spirited Junkanoo Rush, with drums, horns and whistles, as the crowd danced and marched from Regatta Park into the streets and around the Straw Market.
The free festival, organized by GIV Bahamas Inc., was designed to give back to the local community and start a new tradition for the island. Talk about next year's festival has already begun.
"This event surpassed all expectations. It was off the charts," said Peter Nicholson, president of GIV Bahamas Inc. "We want to thank all of the artists that took part and all the hundreds of people that came out to enjoy the music."
Tyrone Munroe, Nicholson's long-time business partner and Director of Operations for GIV Bahamas Inc., was integral in organizing and uniting the whole community.
The event was made possible through special partnerships with The Standard at Smith House in Nashville, Tennessee, MDM Recordings in Canada and the people of Exuma.
And with the music still fresh in everyone's ears, discussions are underway on how to make next year even bigger and better.
"The singers were great ambassadors and next year we want to involve and benefit the community even more," said Munroe.

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Humility is essential

January 30, 2015

Now let me commence here today by restating exactly who you are in reality. You my friend are an awesomely talented, very special and absolutely unique child of God, born in his image and likeness -- literally designed by the creator of the universe to shine brightly and thus be an outstanding success. So this is who you are, and you should at all times be extremely proud of whom you are as you strive each and every day to achieve your goals and objectives.
However, here's a word of caution. As you use your God-given talents which God supplied you with in abundance, and thus start to achieve great success in all areas of your life, always be absolutely sure to keep both feet on the ground, as that well-known saying puts it. Never get too big for your boots, so to speak. In a nutshell, be sure to remain humble at all times. By doing this, remaining truly humble as you progress up the ladder of success, you will display to one and all, that knowing exactly who you are, you are full to the brim with genuine humility.
That's right, people with high self-esteem never have a need to be loud mouths, to be arrogant, for deep down within themselves they know who they are and how great they are, thus they are at peace with themselves and those around them. However, those who allow their success to go to their heads and who thus become very overbearing loud mouths are really communicating that they have low self-esteem. As Dr. Denis Waitley puts it in his great book "The Psychology of Winning," "Those who have to shout for attention are really looking for attention." Yes they are, because they have low self-esteem.
Yes my friend, as today's title puts it, humility is essential as you progress through life achieving your goals and objectives with great ease. Someone said to me one day, D. Paul how do you remain humble when you become really successful and thus very popular; how do you stop your success from going to your head, so to speak? Well you do it by thanking God daily for the wonderful, unique talents that he gave you, which together with his divinely supplied ideas, energy, stamina, determination and discipline assisted you in being the success you presently are. So acknowledging exactly where your success comes from will indeed help you to stay humble at all times. Yes it will.

o Think about it!
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Big name stars serving up more of the same: disappointment

January 30, 2015

Mortdecai (Rated T)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor
Genre: Comedy
Dwight's rating: 1 STAR
The Wedding Ringer (Rated C)
Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kelly Cuoco-Sweeting
Genre: Comedy
Dwight's rating: 1.5 STARS

"Box office poison!"
That's the unpleasant term that was often applied to the great late Katharine Hepburn during a particularly bleak period in her career. Between 1934 and 1938 -- despite early critical and commercial success -- Hepburn starred in flop after flop, a series of films panned by critics and audiences alike. Even when critics did like the movies, Hepburn's abrasive persona often meant moviegoers stayed away in droves.
It wasn't until 1940 when Hepburn's career was revived with the giant comedy hit, "The Philadelphia Story" -- a classic that is still incredibly funny 75 years later. It completely revised her public image. After that, even if critics didn't like one of her films, audiences gave her their full support. Of course, today Hepburn is regarded as one of the greatest stars in Hollywood history, with a record four Academy Awards (all for Best Actress), more acting wins than any male or female.
Well, like a parasite looking for a host, it appears the term "Box office poison" may be seeking to attach itself now to Johnny Depp. His career seems to be following an eerily similar path to Ms. Hepburn's. He had unprecedented early success with his quirky choices, and has been beloved by critics and audiences alike. But of late, Depp has cranked out turd after turd; in the rare instance that critics actually appreciate what he's doing, audiences have rejected it wholesale.
Since 2009, there's been an endless parade of forgettable or awful (or both) films like "Alice in Wonderland", "The Tourist", "The Rum Diary", "The Lone Ranger", and "Transcendence". And before any of those, there were the deplorable sequels to the original "Pirates of the Caribbean", each worse and less watchable than the one before.
And yet, here comes Depp with something that is quite possibly even worse than any of those, and likely his worst movie ever.
"Mortdecai" is absolutely disgraceful. But despite an uninspired storyline and plot, unfortunately it is Depp's performance that is the movie's biggest problem.
Depp plays the title character, a "charismatic" British aristocrat and part-time art dealer. He and his elegant wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) are having money problems. And when a college "frenemy" and MI5 officer (Ewan McGregor) enlists his help in finding a stolen painting, Mortdecai accepts, but also intends to keep the painting for himself.
With that description, there are more than a few similarities here to the great original "The Pink Panther". But don't be fooled, "Mortdecai" is not even as entertaining as the credits of that spectacular caper classic. Clearly, though, Depp is channeling Panther's Inspector Jacques Clouseau. And that's the problem! Depp is not Peter Sellers -- or at least not in this film.
Where Sellers effortlessly played Clouseau as a clueless but lovable buffoon, Depp is trying oh-so-very-very hard, with an over-the-top, exceptionally affected, but mostly just plain annoying Mortdecai. It is painful, and so unbearably unfunny.
The only positive is that the film is pretty to look at. We are treated to beautiful shots of England and other parts of Europe. Regal English estates, and other bright colors from the fashionable cast, belie the dreariness of this pitiful story. Also, Paul Bettany plays refreshingly against type as Mortdecai's assistant/henchman, cheesily named Jock Strapp.
Otherwise, "Mortdecai" is a complete waste of time, and if you manage to stick with it, you'll likely be praying for it to end soon. Drinking poison -- though not recommended -- might be more entertaining!
That term, "box office poison", in no way, shape or form could be currently applied to Kevin Hart. Every few months, he seems to be starring in a film that turns out to be financially successful. He was in three such films in 2014 alone!
So, while not poison, Hart often is like a generic sour candy -- it won't necessarily leave a pleasant taste in your mouth or be an enjoyable experience. With those same movies last year, he might have stolen the show in last year's enjoyable "About Last Night", but he also was part of the far less than stellar "Think Like a Man Too" and the painful "Ride Along". Sadly, his new movie "The Wedding Ringer" fits into the latter category.
Two weeks from marrying the girl of his dreams, the socially awkward Doug (Josh Gad) realizes he doesn't have any friends, and thus, no groomsmen for his wedding. Doug calls Jimmy (Hart) the owner of Best Man Inc., a company that provides attendants for friendless grooms, with Jimmy posing as the Best Man.
That reference to "generic sour candy" works well for "The Wedding Ringer" too. Emphasis on the word "generic"! Like a photo album or multi-disc CD, this plays like a collection of all of the cliches found in every single adult comedy since 1998's "There's Something About Mary".
These films generally follow a predictable formula, but this takes it to another level. You can tell where this is going within the first few minutes. There is not one single original idea here. And often, we are treated to repeats of all the worst and unsuccessful elements of your typical Farrelly Brothers or Judd Apatow gross-out flick.
While not as short on laughs as "Mortdecai", the funny moments are certainly few and far between. We know January is always a bleak month at the cinema, but this really makes you wonder who green lights such projects. And why!
But again, what's even sadder is that the stars here are not Hollywood B-listers. Or teeny-boppers crossing over from Nickelodeon or Disney shows. This is Kevin Hart, one of America's funniest and most popular comedians. And this is the multiple Oscar-nominated Johnny Depp, he's practically a legend.
At least Hart is popular, at the moment. He should be careful, though, about wearing out his welcome. Many other popular comedians (Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, and to a great extent, Will Ferrell, to name a few) seem to have fallen out of favor after cranking out too many lackluster movies.
On the other hand, Depp is definitely in a rut. And it appears that in many circles, a film in which he has top billing is often met with disdain and upturned noses.
In any event, both are in need of their own "A Philadelphia Story" -- a great film that truly showcases the immense capabilities of each of these talented stars. A true antidote to the poison that threatens to rot their careers, and make the movie-going experience even more intolerable.

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Patterson misguided on Bahamas Junkanoon Carnival

January 29, 2015

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The Third Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival Returns to Abacos
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January 28, 2015

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Caribbean Actor recounts "Spiritual Encounter with Oprah on 'Selma' Film Set

January 28, 2015

When Black History Month 2015 rolls in, a young Caribbean entertainment enthusiast says he will have greater appreciation for the American Civil Rights Movement after working on the set of the film Selma...

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2 Chainz Headline Heineken Red Star Access Concert Series

January 28, 2015

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HBO premiers 'Last Week tonight with John Oliver'
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January 27, 2015

One of the funniest and most refreshing personalities to hit the TV scene, John Oliver returns to HBO for an all-new season of his acclaimed half-hour Sunday-night series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, on Sunday, February...

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Exhibit Space at 2015 Bahamas Bridal Show

January 27, 2015

27th Annual Bahamas Bridal Show One Dream. One Day. One Show...

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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Schedule

January 27, 2015

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Fusion Mas Band to Unveil Bahamas Carnival 2015 Costumes

January 26, 2015

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Radio host Keith Rolle of Island 102.9 FM publishes his Top 20, 2014 , Inspirational Song List

January 24, 2015

Two new artists on the 2014 Top 20 Countdown by Inspiration with Keith of Island 102.9 FM grabbed the top 2 spots while this year’s list includes 7 new artists. “The highest ever to have singles on the countdown this year,” said radio host, Keith Rolle...

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga bring their Cheek to Cheek concert tour to The Bahamas for performance at Atlantis, Paradise Island
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga bring their "Cheek to Cheek" concert tour to The Bahamas for performance at Atlantis, Paradise Island

January 23, 2015

Once In A Lifetime Concert Appearance Kicks-Off Summer at Atlantis on June 13, 2015 “Bennett and Gaga are an incredible pair, and they exited 2014 and ushered in 2015 with elegance, class and flair.” – review of New Year’s Eve Concert in Las Vegas/The Las Vegas Sun...

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Fusiong Mas Band to Unveil Bahamas Carnival 2015 Costumes

January 23, 2015

Local Carnival startup company, Fusion Mas Band announced today, the unveiling of their Bahamas Carnival 2015 costumes. A press conference will take place on January 26th, 2015, 10:00am at Outback Steakhouse, Marathon Rd, which will give insight to...

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Swimmers getting ready for CARIFTA

January 22, 2015

The Swift Swimming/Gunite Pools 25th Anniversary Swim Meet concluded last weekend at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex. Since 1990, when Swift Swimming first started as a coach run and owned club, Gunite Pools has been there to sponsor and support the young swimmers. Swift Swimming has produced swimmers for each Olympic Games team since its inception in 1990. Also, the top three Bahamian performers at the olympics have been Swift swimmers - Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Allan Murray and Jeremy Knowles. Additionally, the club has had swimmers on basically every international team for the country since its inception.
In 2014, Swift Swimming won the Bahamas Swimming Federation's (BSF) National Championships, had the most swimmers on the CARIFTA and Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) teams, had three swimmers on Commonwealth Games team where Vanderpool-Wallace won a silver medal in 50 meters (m) fly; had three swimmers on Youth Olympic Games team where Joanna Evans won a bronze medal in the 800m free, and had three swimmers on the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games team where Vanderpool-Wallace won four gold medals and Evans won two silver medals.
Swift Swimming also had two swimmers on the Short Course World Championships team, two swimmers picked for the International Swimming Federation's (FINA) Youth Development Program to develop elite swimmers, and six swimmers at the Masters World Swimming Championships where the team won four medals.
The 25th anniversary swim meet last weekend produced many CARIFTA qualifying times and some exciting races, which is what is needed leading up to CARIFTA Swimming Championships which will be held in Wildey, Barbados this year. The Bahamas is seeking to defend its overall title.
During the opening remarks last Saturday, Gunite Pools was well represented by former swimmers and the next generation of corporate leadership as the speakers shared their fondness of swimming, the Swift Swimming Club, and the benefits of 25 years of partnership.

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