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Thursday 21st March 2013 8:00 PM
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Events for March 2013 Film Series: Apocalypse Now (1979) Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 8pm One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. By the time Willard sees the heads mounted on stakes near Kurtz's compound, he knows Kurtz has gone over the deep end, but it is uncertain whether Willard himself now agrees with Kurtz's insane dictum to "Drop the Bomb. Exterminate them all."
Master artist Max Taylor answers this week's 20 Questions from Guardian Arts&Culture.
1. What's been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?
Thanks for the consideration of myself and other old Bahamian artists that continue to go on and hold on. My most inspirational moment in the last five years was creating "The Family", a sculpture for the Lynden Pindling International Airport. It took quite a toll on me, working day and night, seven days a week. I almost gave up, but I knew that I had to finish it. It took patience, determination, even doubt and love to go on. "The Family" sculpture was the most inspirational piece I have done to date.
2. What's your least favorite piece of artwork?
This is very difficult to answer because there are many pieces that I've done, even many pieces that I've destroyed, but my least favorite medium is the technique of etching, which I will continue.
3. What's your favorite period of art history?
My favorite period is the impressionist period, dating back to Rembrandt, Francisco Goya, but most important, The Cubist era.
4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?
I am not a movie buff but the old black and white movies still attract me. The language, the acting and creativity.
5. Coffee or tea?
I grew up drinking tea and still love it. So, tea.
6. What book are you reading now?
The Bible. I don't read too many novels at all.
7. What project are you working on now?
At the moment, I am not working on a project but my mind continues to be clustered with many ideas.
8. What's the last show that surprised you?
Antonius Roberts' "Bubbles".
9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?
10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be?
Either Cat Island or Eleuthera.
11. What's the most memorable artwork you've ever seen?
"The Moses" by Michelangelo continues to be the most striking piece of sculpture in existence to me.
12. Which artist do you have a secret crush on?
I continue to enjoy the works of Charles White, the African-American artist.
13. If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?
My wife and grandchildren.
14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country's history?
I have always liked Randol Fawkes. When he lived, he loved the arts, music and his people. Carlton Francis is also on my list.
15. Who is your favorite living artist?
There are so many of them, but the works of Sam Gilliam, also an African-American artist.
16. Sunrise or Sunset?
I love both, but I will take the sunrise, mainly because I am seeing another day.
17. What role does the artist have in society?
This is difficult for me to answer. When I look at the history of Mexican art, Spain and artists like Picasso and others, even one of my mentors Robert Blackburn and the Finco Art Workshop, all did a lot of good for the young artists in our society. Looking back at the Chelsea Pottery more than 50 years ago really left a legacy in The Bahamas and did considerable good for the society. But there are many artists and poets who can really bring our social issues and political issues to the forefront of our society and make politicians pay attention. But as artists our personal agenda is to create.
18. What's your most embarrassing moment?
I have many but my most memorable is seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and I thought it was falling.
19. What wouldn't you do without?
Well, my wife.
20. What's your definition of beauty?
This could entail many things, a butterfly, a sunset, a woman, a newborn baby, but simply put, the beautiful islands of The Bahamas.
Sunday 10th February 2013 5:00 PM
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Alicia Wallace - a three time participant and winner of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge and the Bahamas chapter Municipal Liaison She is currently working on a collection of flash fiction and short stories for publication. She is a graduate of...
'Heiress to a Curse' is a fantasy romance novel written by Bahamian newcomer Zandria Munson. Published by famed Publishing house 'Harlequin', this is the first novel in the 'Hearts of Stone' series just introduced.
Alexandra Barret is a features writer living alone in her New York apartment. A descendant to an ancient witch Necesar, Alexandra has visions and strange dreams that usually serve as both a blessing and a curse. One day she gets a new neighbor across the hall named Marius Drakon. She is quite taken by his looks and charm but tries hard to ignore it.
Marius, who is over five centuries old, is cursed to roam the earth as a creature for eternity. He was cur ...
- Genre : Comedy, Horror, Romance
- Rating : T - 15yrs and Older
After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world....
- Genre : Crime, Drama, Western
- Rating : T - 15yrs and Older
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits....
Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the southern United States, causing extensive damage, killing thousands and altering the history of Louisiana forever.
At the time stories of death, survival, resilience and destruction filled the media and were short-lived - however similar stories taking place during the storm and its horrifying aftermath in the dozens of fiction books published since ensure we continue to appropriately bear witness to the tragedy.
Such is the most recent book concerning the historical event, Jeff Todd's "Storm of Hate", which was released last week by The Key Publishing House Inc.
In Todd's first novel, we learn the complex histories of a cross-section of characters - an interracial couple trying to negotiate their love, a seemingly ruthless businessman and his estranged daughter, and a SWAT team officer under physical, emotional and moral collapse as he watches over the Louisiana Superdome - whose paths cross in unexpected ways during Katrina's landfall and aftermath.
In gut-wrenching scenes, Todd spares nobody as the stories unfold back and forth through time, making his readers face the unbearable truths about that moment in history, and about themselves.
"I think Hurricane Katrina revealed a huge hypocrisy in the U.S.," says Todd. "It's viewed as being very first world and a global leader - and I think the U.S. does stand for a lot of great things but I think it has some really horrible social problems that are always lingering beneath the surface that no one really addresses."
"I think the hurricane exposed all of that," he adds. "It takes something like that to strip away the polished gleam on the surface, and that's what I'm interested in - the truth beneath it."
It's not surprising that the desire to uncover the truth in all of its messy glory drives Todd as a fiction writer, for it's the exact same thing that drives him as a journalist. He now serves as the Business Editor of The Nassau Guardian after working in the field in Canada and the Middle East - but before all of that, he completed his studies of 20th Century British Literature in the United Kingdom in 2005, just in time to watch in horror as Katrina ravaged the gulf coast. It was then he resolved to complete a book that featured the historical hurricane.
"Storm of Hate" perfectly marries Todd's love of literature and journalism - his characters are both his own and a mash of experiences taken by primary sources interviewed for his novel. The effect of that research shows in the palpable experiences shared by the characters as they struggle through the catastrophe, making the squalid landscape of the Louisiana Superdome or the haunting remains of the lower Ninth Ward post-storm the strongest and most absorbing points of the novel.
"Hurricane Katrina provided that extra push because I was so taken aback by some of the images I saw," he says. "It was such a catastrophe on such a national and arguably international scale in terms of its impact. The hurricane became a facilitator for these characters that were already in my head."
"I wanted to show the various ways people are impacted by adversity and how they react to it through diverse perspectives," he says. "My whole idea is for it to be a tragedy and I didn't want to create a fuzzy or pleasant picture with what happened because of the hurricane, because there isn't one."
Nevertheless, readers will find moments of hope and resilience ultimately shining through this fast-paced novel, and though they already know how the story of Hurricane Katrina ends, hopefully readers will discover something about themselves along the way.
"I hope my readers get absorbed," says Todd "I hope secondly that they are reminded of what happened seven years ago and that we don't forget what it said about us as a society and how we can improve ourselves."
"I hope that they appreciate that these hypocrisies do exist within society and that we have to be aware of them all of the time - not just when something like this happens."
o "Storm of Hate" is available to purchase online as a book or for your e-reader at Amazon.com, and will soon be available in local bookstores.
Wednesday 25th July 2012 6:00 PM
Bahamas Writers Summer Institute 2012 Sunday, July 8th to Sunday, July 29th, 2012 Entering its fourth year, the summer workshop for writers under the Bahamas Writers Summer Institute (BWSI) is gearing up for its intense three-week focus on writing workshops, seminars, lectures and readings this coming July 2012. Applications are still being accepted. The cost of this 3-week intensive workshop in screenwriting, fiction, memoir, or poetry is $400. Write to us at email@example.com for an application! Bahamas Writers Summer Institute 2012 Schedule: Wednesday, July 25th / Buy the Book / 6-9pm – The Writing Life Series: Angelique Nixon talks about Gender and Sexuality in the works of Jamaican novelist Patricia Powell;
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Relief workers used innovative technologies in unprecedented ways to aid
in the recovery of quake-ravaged Haiti, a new report has found.
Interactive maps and SMS (Short Message Service) texts helped guide
search-and-rescue teams and find people in need of critical supplies, as
the Caribbean nation became a real-world laboratory for new
Though the innovations had varying levels of impact in Haiti, they
showcased the potential for use in future crises, the report, "Media,
Information Systems and Communities: Lessons from Haiti," concluded..