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News Article

May 11, 2013
20 QUESTIONS

Bahamian artist and educator Heino Schmid answers Arts & Culture's 20 Questions this week.

1. What's been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?
This is ongoing; I don't think the general public understands how easy it sometimes is to abandon an artwork, not abandon art, that's something else entirely, but to scrap a work that's not going well. My favorite thing teaching at The College of The Bahamas is when students invest themselves in their work and follow through to the end with a project. There has been a lot of that in the past two years and I find that really motivational. These guys don't realize it but the best of them really keep me honest.

2. What's your least favorite piece of artwork?
It's always the last thing I finished the day after I've finished it.

3. What's your favorite period of art history?
I have two answers here. One, is the cave paintings of the Paleolithic. I just think they are the best examples of man's innate urge for visual expression. It is easy to get distracted by the business of contemporary art but the wall paintings from Lascaux, Altimira and others which date back 20,000 years and more come from a very human urge for expression. That need kids have to put pigment on their hands then to put it on a surface ties right back to early man and I think that is wonderful.
Two, is the art being produced now. There is a lot of foolishness in contemporary art but there has never been a point in art history with so much opportunity for interdisciplinary practice and such cross-pollination of ideas and aesthetics. I think that too is wonderful.

4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?
In no order,
1. The first 21 minutes of "Inglourious Basterds", the whole movie's great, but the first chapter is amazing.
2. "Let The Right One In", the original Swedish version, it's such an odd love story.
3. "Stranger Than Fiction", the protagonist is a watch, amazing!
4. "Barton Fink" I'm still trying to decipher the symbolism behind the slowly
peeling wallpaper.
5. "Rebecca". This is Hitchcock's best, I've seen it 20 times.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening... I'm very colonial that way.

What book are you reading now?
"The Master of Petersburg" by J. M. Coetzee. This is the third time for me, that book is a masterpiece, Coetzee distills all these epic human experiences into simple human interactions. Also, I just finished Haruki Murakami's "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle", it's very surreal but really good. It's like someone telling you about a really long dream they had and it actually being interesting.

What project are you working on now?
I'm putting the finishing touches on my entry for the NE6 at the National Art Gallery; that entire show I think is going to be very exciting. I'm watching other people install their work as well and most artists are really pushing themselves and their work in interesting ways.

What's the last show that surprised you?
This is a tie. I taught an Intermediate Drawing class at The College of The Bahamas for the first time at the beginning of the year and asked them to put together an exhibition as their final critique, and the show, which was called 360, really blew my mind. This ties in directly with question 1.

Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?
I like the scrap groups.

If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be?
Crooked Island. Mosquitos as big as your head but that is some of the bluest water I've ever seen... sorry Exuma.

What's the most memorable artwork you've ever seen?
About 10 years ago I saw this work, which was simply a world map crumpled into a ball sitting on a black wooden table. I don't remember the artist or the title and it's not even my favorite artwork but it really left an impression on me. It's hard to describe but by simply crushing the world map, it realigned geographical boundaries and created a new planet of sorts and the black wooden table became a new universe. The gesture was as simple as you can imagine and easily dismissed at first glance but when you got it, the work was oddly affecting.

Which artist do you have a secret crush on?
Kiki Smith. Witches are hot!

If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?
Tom Waits. I listen a lot to him in the studio. His music is so polar, I would just be interested to see if he'd eat meat straight from a bone with his hands or order a spinach salad instead.

Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country's history?
A really tough question and I don't have an answer, I think the people who do all the heavy lifting in this country are the ones we'll never hear about.

Who is your favorite living artist?
Kendall Hanna, he's in his mid-seventies, he's wrestled with his share of demons but his work has never suffered as far as I can tell. That's incredible to me. A few weeks ago he was reading an art magazine and I jokingly asked him if he was doing research and he looks down at me and with a straight face says, "It's like Napoleon said 'you can't win a war on a empty stomach'," and goes back to his reading. Who quotes Napoleon first thing in the morning?

Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunrises. I'm not an early bird so I see less of these.

What role does the artist have in society?
To be honest.

What's your most embarrassing moment?
I'm super awkward so I block these out, otherwise I'd get nothing done.

What wouldn't you do without?
I'm really lucky to have three or four really good friends who have become my family. Having people you count on, really count on, is a gift.

What's your definition of beauty?
My wife getting dressed in the morning.

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News Article

July 14, 2014
One woman flees her marriage after 20 years of abuse

Seven years into the marriage she thought would last a lifetime, Jane Doe's (name changed) husband delivered the first blow. From what she remembers, prior to that first incident of spousal abuse, he had flown into a jealous rage. Like most women, she did not leave -- at least -- not for 26 years because they had a child. During the marriage that lasted more than two decades, she says she suffered abuse that ranged from verbal to physical.
She has sported black eyes, had her lips split and been beaten black and blue and called everything from slut to whore. He hit her so hard one time her jaw locked. Laughing at the memory, she said she had to because if she didn't she would cry.
"Looking back at it, you only could laugh. Back then it was serious, but now..."
As she went about in public she hid behind big, dark shades and slathered on the makeup. She had to hide the bruises
"I disguised myself," said the 40-something Jane Doe who describes herself as an actor, as she appeared in the public year-after-year by her husband's side, with bruises she kept hidden to protect his reputation.
"I was the lowest paid movie star there was. I couldn't let the public know what was happening because you lose their respect in some instances; so I had to keep it all in for many years. You see people walking around here with a smile on their face, and in some cases, they're holding and carrying a lot of scars. The airport doesn't have anything on them with luggage. You just tote it around, and you can't say anything."
The Does were divorced in March 2011, after separating in August 2009. Jane Doe worked up the courage to leave after she had finally endured one too many beatings.
The "straw that broke the camel's back" she says was the last time he hit her, when her husband made the beatings she'd endured in private public.
"What made it really bad was that it was done outside the home and he took all my good stuff...all of my good clothing and threw them outside into the front yard. That did it for me. Plus the fact that our daughter had left home and gotten married...I said it was time to go."
With their daughter grown and out of the house, the public debacle cemented for her that she needed to leave before she ended up dead. The one thing she did not want to become is a murder statistic.
The Bahamas Crisis Centre provides services to people who are victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. It aims to promote the safety and healing of survivors and their families According to the center's website, millions of women are physically, sexually or emotionally abused every year by someone they know and love -- their husband or partner. And that it happens to women of all ages, races, religions and income levels.
Information on the site says domestic violence includes hitting, slapping, pushing, cursing, hurting, threatening, denying freedom and withholding money.
"A beating is never a good feeling. It was more or less a shock when it first happened...It was devastating."
After the initial beating she said he did not hit her again for a few months. But after the second beating, she said he beat her at least once a month over the years.
Even though she knew it wasn't right, she said she stayed.
In an effort to appease her husband, so that he did not abuse her, Jane Doe said she threw herself into his activities to try to please him. She stood by his side at press conferences and appearances to promote their initiative that involved mentoring children.
"I tried not to tick him off."
But she said he got jealous if she went to church and accused her of sleeping with church members. If she left home and stayed out too long, she said he would call her cell phone and tell her to come home.
"He always wanted me in his sights because he thought I was talking to somebody or somebody was trying to get to me. And if he saw me doing something for somebody, or planning an event or something, and it wasn't his event, that's another thing. And that's when it really starts and the blows would start. I was supposed to do whatever he wanted and not have a life of my own."
The couple's daughter witnessed the abuse in some instances. During those times when she didn't physically witness her father beating her mother, Jane Doe said the daughter would see the bruises from the beatings.
"My daughter would come in and see him beating me and she would cry out and say 'stop hitting mommy', but by then the rage would have taken him over. When my daughter was younger, I tried to find things to take her mind off what she saw because they tend to forget...I mean they don't forget, but if you keep their minds occupied with other things...I tried to flip the script more or less so they would forget about it. I made excuses. But as she grew older, she knew it wasn't what mommy was saying. After she went off to college, it was a little better because she wasn't there to witness the beatings."
The product of a two-parent home, Jane Doe said she stayed for as long as she did because she wanted the same upbringing for her daughter that she had.
"I knew what it was to have parents who cared for me. I wanted the same for my child. And I took my marriage vows seriously and wanted it to last. I wanted us to grow old together in the same home and become grandparents."
Notwithstanding what she had to endure, she said her husband was a good father.
"He was an excellent father and an excellent husband to a degree, but a lot of people can't handle fame. They can't handle reaching the top."
When she looks back at her marriage to the popular member of society, she said there may have been a whole lot of bad, but there was some good.
Now that she's out of the abusive relationship, looking back, she said she would have left earlier.
Her advice to other women facing similar situations of abuse is to do what she did and get out. She said women have to know who they are and what they want. And while it took her many years to make the break, Jane Doe said she did it and many women aren't as lucky as she is. She said the first beating is always a sign and that if it happens once, it will happen again.
"If they do it once, they will do it a second time. If it happens once, nip it in the bud because you never know...one of these times may be fatal. And that was my thought on the very last time it happened to me -- it was that I might not wake up, so I wanted to get out while the getting out's good."
Because of the high profile image she and her spouse had, she said she had no one to confide in, and he didn't want her to have friends.
"When you're in the spotlight you can't say much because people tend not to believe you and then because of the kind of character he displayed on the outside, no one would have believed it."
She said she tried to confide in two people who did not believe her because of who her husband is.
She said she also visited the police on countless occasions to make complaints, but said nothing happened to her husband because of the status he enjoys in society.
"Not until I actually went there [police station] one day and sat there that some good Samaritan stepped in and helped. People protect who they want, especially the 'high-falutin' superstars' as I call them."
And she preferred not to involve her family members in her marriage because they too held her husband in high esteem. She also did not believe in airing her family's business outside the walls of their home.
"When you go to that altar you say for better or for worse, and you don't want anyone taking sides, and my family would definitely take my side. I never wanted anyone involved. If there's an argument we dealt with it."
She said she has never really spoken in-depth with her daughter about the abuse -- not even after she became an adult and was married herself.
"She's found someone, and [abuse] is definitely a no-no. She is happy in her life and I don't want to overshadow it with my dark clouds."
But if her daughter is ever the victim of spousal abuse, Jane Doe said she would want her to come to her, even though she didn't go to her own family.
"I would definitely want her to come and say what is what. Depending on the nature of it, I may step in, as well as I may just coach from the back, but I definitely don't want anyone to go through that because I don't think a relationship is supposed to be like that. It's supposed to be something where both of you shouldn't have to govern what you say to each other and [have to watch] what you say. It should always be an open something. It should always be something fun where you can crack a joke with each other and be able to laugh and have a good time, rather than always being scared that something you say could trigger a beating. Sometimes I would see guys and say 'boy they fit hey', or 'they in good shape', and I would get it all right. But he could comment on how a female looks."
They're officially divorced, but Jane Doe said her ex-husband still calls and says nasty things to her and she sees him constantly driving past her home.
She said she actually got the courage to leave as a result of being a member of a service organization. She was a part of the organization for more than a decade, but was only able to travel with the organization to an international convention for the first time in May 2011.
Jane Doe said she's now living her life, happy that she's not a part of the murder statistics.
Her advice to women being abused is to get out.
"The first beating is always a sign that they will always come back and do it again. If they do it once they will do it a second time. If it happens once, nip it in the bud because you never know. One of these times it may be fatal, and that was my thought on it. The very last time, I said I might not wake up. So get out while the getting out's good, and have someone you can confide in, which I didn't have, which I've learned from."
When leaving an abusive relationship, the crisis center advises that the abused call the center at 328-0922 for help, as counselors can assist with a safety plan. When you have decided to leave, the crisis center advises that you pack a bag and leave it with a friend or neighbor, and to make sure that you pack extra clothes. If you have children, pack their favorite toys. Keep an extra set of house and car keys outside of the house in case you have to leave in a hurry.
Important documents that you should take with you include birth certificates, any medication and health insurance papers, check and/or savings books, passports, pay slips and any court papers.

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News Article

April 03, 2014
Yohan Blake - YB Afraid of 'The Beast'

With a focus of promoting Caribbean athletics globally, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) is spearheading a 'Day in the Life' Series, featuring some of the best athletes in the region. The first stop on the regional tour is the island nation of Jamaica. Sheldon Longley is with the IAAF team, and will be bringing updates here in the Sports Section of The Nassau Guardian.

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The name of his foundation is YB Afraid. He has a passion for cricket, and on the tour he is known as 'The Beast'. All perfectly describe the man who is the second fastest sprinter ever behind his training partner and triple world record holder Usain Bolt.
Just a couple years ago, Yohan Blake was laying down some times and performances that solidified his place as one of the world's best sprinters. He had surpassed Michael Johnson's former world record in the 200 meters (m), and had matched Tyson Gay as the second fastest ever in the 100m. He was looking forward to an even greater progression in 2013, but a severe hamstring injury kept him out of the Moscow World Championships and he was unable to defend his world title.
Now, Yohan 'The Beast' Blake is on the comeback trail. He still feels that he is not at 100 percent, but is looking forward to a great season, inclusive of the inaugural world relay championships in The Bahamas. He said that he is looking forward to running with his Jamaican teammates in a sister Caribbean nation. The 2014 International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World Relay Championships is set for May 24-25, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
"It's going to be exciting," said Blake in an exclusive interview with the IAAF 'Day in the Life' Series team on Friday.
"I've always been a relay person so I'm looking forward to the world relays. Back in high school, we always talked about just running relays and relays alone. It would be fun. It was an idea of the late Neville 'Teddy' McCook, and we're looking forward to it. We're going to The Bahamas to represent Jamaica well, and we're going to love it."
Blake has personal best times of 9.69 seconds in the century, and 19.26 seconds in the 200m, both ranking second best of all-time. He is one of those Jamaicans who train at home, as a key member of the Racers Track Club.
"I just can't wait for the season to get started. I feel good - just taking my time and working my way back. I'm patient," he said. "I know what I can do. Once I'm healthy it's going to be problems (for his opponents). I just try to keep me focussed and keep working hard to get myself back to where I was before the injury."
Blake said that his focus, drive and love that he has for the sport separates him from everyone else.
"I never give up. While everyone is sleeping I am working," he said. "All of the athletes look up to me. They want to work with me because of the work ethic that I have. They see that I'm coming back from an injury and continue to train hard. That's the standard that I set in training," he added.
This past Sunday, the IAAF 'Day in the Life' Series team visited the Mt. Olivet Home for Boys in Walderston, Manchester, Jamaica - the home of Blake's latest project and the base for his YB Afraid Foundation. Currently, 26 boys, ages 7-18, are at the location. The home, which was established by the United Church of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in 1967, provides a place for boys who would have been abused or neglected in the past. The home is licensed to house 30 boys.
"What this does is keep them happy," said Blake on Sunday. "When a lot of them first came here, everyone was fighting, but now they've kind of settled in. We're trying to build chemistry among the boys. With training ongoing, I don't get to come here that much but the YB Afraid team checks in and reports back to me.
"Every day it gets harder and harder. A kid gets kicked out or lose their mom or something like that. The pile is getting bigger every day. It's tough. Every day I get emotional. This place needed help, and it needed help fast. I give my all in everything I do - in this project, in track and field, and in my life."
Since taking on the project, with the help of Adidas, Blake and his team have provided furniture, a computer room, and sporting facilities such as a mini basketball court and a mini soccer pitch for the establishment. He's not stopping there, as he and his team plans to move to his hometown of Montego Bay next, and then possibly take on a project in Africa as well.
Sonia Lowe, director of the home and also of the Pringle Home for Girls in St. Mary's, said that Blake has established an ongoing relationship between himself and the boys, and they love it when he comes and visit.
"They cannot wait to see him. They know everything about him, and they always want to know more," said Lowe, who has been with the home for four years. "What happens is that these boys go before the courts, and if space is allocated, they get assigned to us and we prepare for their arrival. They come from all over Jamaica. We want our boys to succeed in whatever they do. We need trained men in all facets of society, and that's what we want from our young boys here. We don't want them to end up homeless, and I wouldn't want to see any of them washing anyone's car windows. We just want to push them to be the best that they can be."
When Blake is not training and dealing with his foundation, he said that he enjoys playing cricket here in Jamaica, and reading books.
"I just feel at home in my own country. I enjoy being home," he said. "I grew up loving cricket through my father. It's imbedded inside of me and something that I will cherish forever. Of course I'm passionate about track and field as well, but I don't like to talk too much about it because I don't want to put too much tension on my body when I'm competing. I like to take my mind off what I do, so as not to put too much pressure on myself. You would find that Usain and Warren (training partners Usain Bolt and Warren Weir) are basically the same. In my spare time, I just like to read books and play cricket. I like a lil bit of tennis as well and watching horror movies."
Blake, now 25, exploded on the world stage during the 2010 season when he lowered his personal best times to 9.89 seconds in the 100m and 19.78 seconds in the 200m. The following year he won the world title in the 100m, and about three weeks later, he recorded the second fastest time ever, in the 200m. He has also been a part of two world record setting 4x100m relay teams for Jamaica, but is still missing that elusive Olympic individual gold medal - a feat that he says drives him in practice each and every day. At his Olympic debut in London in 2012, he won two individual silver medals behind Bolt.
"Getting an Olympic gold medal would really mean something - it is something that could atone for four years of hard work," said Blake. "It's real important because that is the biggest stage in the world. What I learnt from my first Olympics is not to crush under pressure - take the experience from it. When it's your time, it's your time. I will always wait until it's my time. I always give my best and when it's your time, nothing can stop you."
Blake, a high school athlete at St. Jago in his younger days, watched as two of his sprint records were broken at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, commonly known as 'Champs', over the weekend. His 100m time of 10.34 seconds fell in the final of the Class 2 (14-15) final in that event as Raheem Chambers, also of St. Jago, ran a time of 10.29 seconds, and his Class 1 (16-19) record of 10.21 seconds was blasted by Kingston College's Zharnel Hughes who posted a time of 10.12 seconds.
"I really like what I saw at 'Champs'. I'm really impressed by what is going on," said Blake. "Records were meant to be broken. I just hope that these guys could hold the faith and continue what they are doing after they are finished with high school. I am really impressed with what they are doing. We just need to preserve our athletes after high school."
Young Chambers is a fellow Jamaican, but Hughes is from the tiny island nation of Anguilla. As far as his foundation is concerned, Blake said that one should never be afraid to help, hence the name of his foundation, which is known for providing good support for impoverished kids.
"I have the opportunity to assist, and I'm going to do that," said Blake. "Growing up, it was tough for me. I always told my mother that I wanted to make things better not only because of what I was going through but also to help young kids. I've been to some places in Jamaica, and it's really sad to see what some of the young kids are going through. Sometimes it makes me cry. These kids have a lot of talent, and I'm just trying to create a better world for them.
"Some of them have been abused and neglected. I'm trying to get them back to a life of normalcy. We at the foundation have made a lot of strides in that area. It is successful, and a lot of persons want to come on board because they see the success that we are experiencing. These kids are starting to do well in school. Every day I try to talk to the young kids at UWI. The sky is the limit for them, no matter what. I just want them to know that they could aspire to be the next fastest man in the world or even prime minister."
Blake and his high profile Racers Club teammates share a training ground with the young athletes from the IAAF High Performance Training Centre, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus. Growing up, Blake said that he got a lot of his inspiration and his drive from his parents.
"My mom and dad are the ones who supported me when things were really tough. It was really hard for them to send me to school. I didn't know I was going to turn out to be this type of person, but I just have to thank God for it. Going through what I been through, it's a huge drive for me. Sometimes in training, you feel like you can't go but when you remember where you come from and that you are making poor people happy, you have to keep going," he said. "You know training with guys like Usain and Warren is a lot of fun. We have chemistry, we gel together. We have fun and that helps the camp. It's a situation where you have the best four or five in the world training together, and that makes all of us better."
While he is eagerly anticipating the world relays in The Bahamas, Blake said that he hasn't made a decision on the Commonwealth Games as yet. The 20th Commonwealth Games is set for July 23 to August 3, in Glasgow, Scotland.
"For right now, I'm just looking to get my stride back, and get back to where I was in the world. I'm training and things will come together," he said.
On the tour, Blake has his own style that makes him stand out from anyone else, whether it be the plaits, the uniquely-designed socks or the long nails. He said that he likes the image that he presents, and just doing things differently.

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News Article

October 24, 2012
Brewery has licence to boost sales

Commonwealth Brewery Limited (CBB) is hoping to boost revenue with a continued focus on its retail offerings and special promotions.
Perhaps the most noteworthy marketing effort has been Heineken's alliance with the James Bond franchise. In recent months, CBB has poured considerable funds and resources into marketing, branding and film screenings at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in anticipation of the latest Bond installment next month.
"The entire organization is pretty geared up and pushing momentum to the new James Bond movie. A lot of money on a global level has been invested and we'll play our role in that," according to Nico Pinotsis, president and managing director at CBB.
Bolstering its brands and retail offerings continues to be a major focus for the BISX-listed company.
According to its second quarter results, revenue improved 5.5 percent compared to the same period last year. Year-on-year revenue was up 7.4 percent.
Pinotsis declined to comment on the company's upcoming third quarter results. However, he told Guardian Business that CBB "is working on all retail aspects", including the closing and reopening of stores to determine the best spots for business.
In fact, Guardian Business can reveal that CBB is hoping to establish a new retail outlet at Lynden Pindling International Airport and take advantage of the $409 million redevelopment.
Also on the agenda are the products in the stores. Pinotsis said CBB is reevaluating its wine portfolio in particular, determining what is selling and what isn't to "get that business going".
"We have some ideas on that and in due course these ideas will be translated to the public," he added. "We need to work on our brands and look at our wine portfolio, and of course the overall retail experience."
The stores are also bringing in new in-store promotions related to the James Bond movie, including the chance to win watches and other prizes.
CBB continues to push its other brands, such as Kalik, by sponsoring a number of local events. Pinotsis noted that the brewery is now a sponsor of nearly every regatta in the country.
That fact has been a point of contention in recent months. Jimmy Sands, the owner of Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company, told Guardian Business that CBB was using unfair business practices in its quest for market share. A so-called "brewery war" has emerged in terms of gaining client loyalty through sponsorships.
Sands has indeed emerged as a credible competitor through the launch of new products and the opening of new retail outlets in New Providence and beyond.
Meanwhile, managing operating expenses has remained an ongoing challenge for CBB.
In the second quarter, this segment increased 3.2 percent. Raw materials, consumables and services rose 3.5 percent. Personnel costs also went up from salary increases.
"We work continuously on operating expenses," Pinotsis told Guardian Business. "We look at where we can save money, but we are cautious not to cut too far to the bone. It's about finding balance between managing your costs and operating efficiently."
CBB shareholders have enjoyed a dividend yield of 6.53 percent of late, which is higher than the average rate on BISX of 4.10 percent. CBB's strong international backing and distribution rights in the country should make it a good play for Bahamian investors going forward.

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News Article

November 10, 2012
Twenty Questions

What's been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?

This is ongoing; I don't think the general public understands how easy it sometimes is to abandon an artwork, not abandon art, that's something else entirely, but to scrap a work that's not going well. My favorite thing teaching at The College of The Bahamas is when students invest themselves in their work and follow through to the end with a project. There has been a lot of that in the past two years and I find that really motivational. These guys don't realize it but the best of them really keep me honest.

What's your least favorite piece of artwork?

It's always the last thing I finished the day after I've finished it.

What's your favorite period of art history?

I have two answers here. One, is the cave paintings of the Paleolithic. I just think they are the best examples of man's innate urge for visual expression. It is easy to get distracted by the business of contemporary art but the wall paintings from Lascaux, Altimira and others which date back 20,000 years and more come from a very human urge for expression. That need kids have to put pigment on their hands then to put it on a surface ties right back to early man and I think that is wonderful.
Two, is the art being produced now. There is a lot of foolishness in contemporary art but there has never been a point in art history with so much opportunity for interdisciplinary practice and such cross-pollination of ideas and aesthetics. I think that too is wonderful.

What are your top 5 movies of all time?

In no order,

1. The first 21 minutes of "Inglourious Basterds", the whole movie's great, but the first chapter is amazing.
2. "Let The Right One In", the original Swedish version, it's such an odd love story.
3. "Stranger Than Fiction", the protagonist is a watch, amazing!
4. "Barton Fink" I'm still trying to decipher the symbolism behind the slowly peeling wallpaper.
5. "Rebecca". This is Hitchcock's best, I've seen it 20 times.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening... I'm very colonial that way.

What book are you reading now?

"The Master of Petersburg" by J. M. Coetzee. This is the third time for me, that book is a masterpiece, Coetzee distills all these epic human experiences into simple human interactions. Also, I just finished Haruki Murakami's "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle", it's very surreal but really good. It's like someone telling you about a really long dream they had and it actually being interesting.

What project are you working on now?

I'm putting the finishing touches on my entry for the NE6 at the National Art Gallery; that entire show I think is going to be very exciting. I'm watching other people install their work as well and most artists are really pushing themselves and their work in interesting ways.

What's the last show that surprised you?

This is a tie. I taught an Intermediate Drawing class at The College of The Bahamas for the first time at the beginning of the year and asked them to put together an exhibition as their final critique, and the show, which was called 360, really blew my mind. This ties in directly with question 1.

Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?

I like the scrap groups.

If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be?

Crooked Island. Mosquitos as big as your head but that is some of the bluest water I've ever seen... sorry Exuma.

What's the most memorable artwork you've ever seen?

About 10 years ago I saw this work, which was simply a world map crumpled into a ball sitting on a black wooden table. I don't remember the artist or the title and it's not even my favorite artwork but it really left an impression on me. It's hard to describe but by simply crushing the world map, it realigned geographical boundaries and created a new planet of sorts and the black wooden table became a new universe. The gesture was as simple as you can imagine and easily dismissed at first glance but when you got it, the work was oddly affecting.

Which artist do you have a secret crush on?

Kiki Smith. Witches are hot!

If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?

Tom Waits. I listen a lot to him in the studio. His music is so polar, I would just be interested to see if he'd eat meat straight from a bone with his hands or order a spinach salad instead.

Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country's history?

A really tough question and I don't have an answer, I think the people who do all the heavy lifting in this country are the ones we'll never hear about.

Who is your favorite living artist?

Kendall Hanna, he's in his mid-seventies, he's wrestled with his share of demons but his work has never suffered as far as I can tell. That's incredible to me. A few weeks ago he was reading an art magazine and I jokingly asked him if he was doing research and he looks down at me and with a straight face says, "It's like Napoleon said 'you can't win a war on a empty stomach'," and goes back to his reading. Who quotes Napoleon first thing in the morning?

Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunrises. I'm not an early bird so I see less of these.

What role does the artist have in society?

To be honest.

What's your most embarrassing moment?

I'm super awkward so I block these out, otherwise I'd get nothing done.

What wouldn't you do without?

I'm really lucky to have three or four really good friends who have become my family. Having people you count on, really count on, is a gift.

What's your definition of beauty?

My wife getting dressed in the morning.

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September 19, 2013
Statoil's team lends gives a special gift to the G.B. Children's Home

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In keeping with its commitment to give back to the community, Statoil South Riding Point, which has been operating in Eastern Grand Bahama for 40 years, reached out once again to the GB Children's Home with a special donation from the staff.
Staff members from Statoil South Riding Point took the call to give back to the community personally and came up with a special donation of a 42" flat screen TV with built-in DVD player - providing for wonderful entertainment for years to come for the children. "At Statoil South Riding Point, we believe in giving back to our community and we wanted to give the children something special that they could use and really enjoy," explained Mr. Michael Regis, (Warehouse Assistant for Procurement and Logistics), who presented the Home with the gift along with Mr. Julian Fox (Welder, Statoil's Maintenance & Modification Department) and Mr. Bartholomew Mitchell (Coordinator SSU for Statoil's Safety & Security Unit). All three men are also instructors for the Smith System Driver Improvement Course for Statoil South Riding Point Employees.
The 42" flat screen TV/DVD combination will provide for wholesome entertainment and educational opportunities for the children who have already made good use of the donation. "We really wish to thank Statoil, its management and employees who have supported us in many ways," said Mrs. Geneva Rutherford, GB Children's Home Executive Committee. "This is such a special donation for the children - knowing that it is something they will be enjoying... watching movies, educational programmes and DVDs. We are very grateful that this group of exceptionally trained professionals from Statoil considered us and gave such a thoughtful gift for the children to enjoy for a long time to come," she added.

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May 14, 2014
Putting an end to affairs

Q: I have been married for more than 15 years and for the past two years I have been having a sexual relationship with someone else. Actually, I have been involved with a total of five persons since I've been married. Although initially these relationships feel exciting, I am not happy with what I am doing to my wife and myself. How can I stop having an affair? Please help me.
A: Dear friend, you can stop this affair and find inner peace and happiness. Here are a few suggestions of what to do:
o You are to stop the affair because you want to stop it. It must not be because your wife found out or she wants you to stop. It must be for you first, then for your spouse. If you are ending the relationship because your wife found out or just to keep your marriage then when things go wrong again, the chances of having another affair are just as great as they were before.
o Inform your wife of your unfaithfulness. If she is not aware of your secret lover, then telling her about it might be painful for her. Seek professional help in doing this. Do not lie or cover up. If you had multiple affairs do not lie, she will find out. It is best to be open and honest.
o Inform someone else. It might be wise that you inform other important people (not many) in your life about your affair(s) -- for example your parents, pastors, a close friend. You need people around you on whom you can depend and trust and hold you accountable. If you keep them out of the circle, you might also increase your chances of continuing in the relationship or having other affairs.
o To end the relationship you are to use non-negotiable language. In other words, leave no strings attached. Do not say to the lover "I was thinking ..." or "My wife found out, so I..."
The message you will be giving your lover is that all she needs to do is give you some time and then later try another way so that your wife will not find out. What you say to your former lover must be clear and straightforward. Here is an example: "I am informing you that our relationship is over. Do not contact me in any way again. I have decided that this is best for me as a person and I am sticking to my marriage. Goodbye forever."
I often recommend that such endings are done, where practical, in the presence of the spouse, either on the telephone or in person. After that has been done and you answer an incoming phone call not being aware that it is your former lover, what you say first will either be negotiable or non-negotiable. If you say "I am fine. How are you?" that is negotiable language. You need not be nice or courteous on the phone. Just hang up or first say, "Do not call this number again," then hang up right away. Or you may warn the person that if she continues to call, you will call the police.
o Refuse to answer all future calls from your previous lover. If the person calls (identify through your caller ID), you must inform your spouse each time, even though you do not answer the call. Note that if you never tell your spouse when calls come in and you were successful keeping it a secret from your spouse, one day you will be tempted to answer and the relationship will start again. Your spouse is your accountability partner.
o Get rid of (return or destroy) all email addresses, text messages, pictures, gifts, tokens, letters, cards, and phone numbers you received from the person. It does not matter how valuable the gifts may be; even it is a car or motorcycle. Sell them and use the money or return it, but do not keep the gifts that came between you and your spouse.
o Take a good look inside your heart. Try to understand the dynamics in your life that impact your decision to have affairs. Think about these questions: Do you find it difficult to share your feelings with your spouse? Did your own father or mother have affairs? Are your close friends cheating on their spouses? Is your marriage starved of affection and love? Are you hooked on pornography? Do you flirt with other women? Are you attracted to your wife? Is she sexy enough for you? Although any or all of these might influence you to have an affair, none are an excuse to have one. You can choose to make your own marriage hot and spicy.
o Cease all extracurricular activities. If the extra lover really damaged your marriage, you are to spend the time repairing it. In the past if you spent lots of time away from home, even if the time was a wholesome social occasion or you were out with friends, I recommend you cease all of these activities during the repairing time. It may take weeks, months or years. Go home right after work. Go on dates with your spouse. Learn how to laugh again. Watch movies together. Go places together but not apart.
o If you have a child with the lover and your wife agrees to stay with you, it is important to discuss with your wife the way forward regarding all communication with, and the kind of relationship you will have with the former lover. It is advisable that you never be in the presence of the "extra lover" without your spouse. Remember, it may be best that the relationship be professional-like and not friendship-like, at least at first. If the baby was born around the time your spouse found out, you might need to hold your gut in and refuse to see the baby while the marriage heals.
o Go to professional marriage therapy. It may be wise that you do not try to heal your marriage alone. Seek professional help. A trained third party may do wonders for the future of your relationship. You may also go to a marriage retreat or seminar, read a book or watch a video.
Dear friends, these are only a few things to help you put a permanent end to having affairs. It is going to call for lots of hard work, sweat, and tears. It is not going to be easy or natural. You must make it happen. Start now.
o Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist and board certified clinical psychotherapist, U.S.A. Send your questions or comments to barringtonbrennen@gmail.com; or write to P.O. Box CB-13019, Nassau, The Bahamas; or visit www.soencouragement.org; or call 242-327-1980, or 242-477-4002.

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March 22, 2013
Death, Grieving, Healing: In Memory of My Father, Curt Whachell

My father passed away at 87 years old on March 11th, 2013. I'd seen him twice this year before a visit just one week prior to his death.  He was doing so well those first two times, that the last time I saw him, was when it finally sunk in that my father was actually going to die. Until then, I naively never felt it possible.

I'd always felt blessed that all of my loved ones were alive around me, while so many families deal with sudden deaths, accidents and sickness.
The whole idea of death and dying waited until now to visit my psyche.

My father lived a full and rich life. I have no regrets regarding our relationship, and have no thoughts or words left unsaid to my father, as we had a relationship...

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May 15, 2014
'Neighbors' hits all the right notes

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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