Entertainment

'Annabelle: Creation' is good for a couple jumps and one or two shrieks

August 18, 2017

Annabelle: Creation (Rated T)
Cast:Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto
Genre: Horror
Dwight's rating: Not bad

Clearly, an efficiency apartment is the safest way to go!
That seems to be one of the best places to avoid demons and ghosts and other evil spirits. When was the last time you saw someone under attack by a supernatural force in such an open area? With a full and largely unobstructed view of the room, there's no place for anything to lurk. Right?
More than 100 years of horror films has taught us that you don't want to be in a big old house, especially not a farmhouse - not when there is evil around. Nor does it matter what you call that house. Whether it's an old cottage, mansion, villa or castle, it's a no-no! And you definitely don't want to be in any place that has secret rooms or entrances or passages.
It would also be wise to avoid any home out in the country, or in a small town, or in a big city; or in Continental Europe, England or New England!
Time periods are important, too, and there are some to avoid. No decade has been scarier than the 1970s. As a child in the '80s, any movie (even comedies) set in the '70s would give me the creeps. The 1960s were also scary, as were the '40s, '50s, '30s and '40s, and pretty much all of the 1800s, 1600s and 1700s.
That leaves a pretty tiny window of what and where is safe in the horror movie world, but there is one constant and one certainty. Even in an efficiency apartment in 2017, should a random doll appear one day, be afraid! Be very afraid!
Even more than clowns, dolls are just the creepiest things! Especially the porcelain variety and the ones you can't tell whether they're supposed to be babies or small adults. Why is that "infant" wearing makeup and a ball-gown and sucking her thumb? That's a problem!
The movie industry has a long tradition of freaky dolls. From Chucky in "Child's Play", to that creepy tricycle-riding thing in "Saw", to that awful clown doll (both a clown and a doll -- the true stuff of nightmares) in "Poltergeist", this theme just won't go away.
The newest member of this club, the demented-looking Annabelle, appears to be on track to becoming the Wolverine or Iron Man of the horror world. She is everywhere and in everything. With the exception of 2015, Annabelle has appeared in a film every year since the premiere of "The Conjuring" in 2013, including last year's "The Conjuring 2", and the entire franchise's prequel, "Annabelle", in 2014.
With the new "Annabelle: Creation", we get a prequel to that prequel, taking us back to the very creation of this odd doll. (Yet another movie in the series, "The Nun", is in the works.)
"Annabelle: Creation" has all the things we've long avoided in horror films: the big old farmhouse, the scary 1940-1950 time period, and of course, that creepy, demented-looking doll.
Years after a horrible tragedy befell their family, former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.
Things start off really slowly, and there's a long, drawn-out set up, with lots of shadows, strange sounds and an abundance of startled characters. You wish the action would pick up, and it does eventually, paying off relatively nicely, with pretty much all the characters making the typical bad choices.
As is de rigueur with today's horror flicks, images pop out at the screen from nowhere, things appear in a flash in the shadows, and just as quickly, they're gone. Often it's more amusing than frightening, but it's quite fun. It's also largely predictable. And overall, Annabelle and these evil spirits essentially bullying orphaned children, and putting children with disabilities in jeopardy, feels like the equivalent of a low blow.
But the ending provides a smooth flow into what is the next movie in the chronology of this series, "Annabelle". And you should stay through the credits for more connections to the other movies in the franchise.
"Annabelle: Creation" is good for a couple jumps out of your seat, and one or two shrieks. It's not exactly scary, but on a hot summer's afternoon, it's an entertaining way to pass some time in a cool theater -- another usually safe place where all the unspeakably bad things (the spawn of Satan, demonic works and the "what in God's name possessed this writer/director?" stuff) are confined to just that big screen on the wall.

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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The White Party 2017

August 18, 2017

Ryan Knowles and Shamon Campbell's 2017 White Party, the local version of a trendy event that marries fashion, art, food, music and the luxury experience with an invitation-only chic crowd was said to be the best party to date, according to the hosts.
"We went all out - three days of entertainment, an art party at One Ocean, Paradise Island, which was a fantastic setting by the poolside overlooking Nassau Harbour. The second day we hosted a beach party at the very private and secluded Villa Beata; and the third day was the most lavish bash - the full White Party at Gold Blossom Estate, Cable Beach, an historic, 1936-era, stunning, five-acre estate whose famed celebrity guests included King Edward VII and Clark Gable. The waterfront estate along Goodman's Bay on West Bay Street rents for $2,250 a day, and this time, invited guests were able to get a sneak peak for a fraction of the price," said Knowles.
The party's venues are held at a home and hosted by Knowles and Campbell, HG Christie real estate agents.
Part proceeds from the White Party will be donated to Hands for Hunger.

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Art Walk at Marina Village is the place to indulge your senses

August 18, 2017

The twice monthly Art Walk at Marina Village was the place to indulge your taste for art, crafts, Bahamian music and locally grown and made products.
Art walks are popular worldwide and in cities where culture is celebrated and welcomed, and Atlantis' art walk has provided the wonderful opportunity for people to interact personally with artists and artisans.
On Saturday, from Cheesecake Heaven's baked goods to Bahama Island Farms' local produce, and from Constantine's jams, jellies and sauces to baked goods and breads from Eartha Hanna, your sense of taste was satiated.
On the crafts side, Fine Ocean Jewelry was presented by Astrid Pinder, along with jewelry from Ava Forbes. And Lorette Evans' pet clothing sold under the Sasha's Foxy Paws line was a hit, as well as Ras Hailu's coconut shell products.
Batik products were to be had by Tiff, from Tiff Gallery; and art and ceramics from Trevor Tucker were also on display.
The art walk is characterized by artists and artisans, live entertainment, libations and delicious pastries.
The Art Walk at Marina Village is held every second and fourth Saturday between noon and 6 p.m. at the Marina Village.

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HBO social media hacked in latest cyber security breach

August 17, 2017

HBO's Facebook and Twitter accounts have been compromised in the latest cyber security breach to hit the firm.

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Founders Ryan Knowles and Shamon Campbell declare 2017 White Party 'The Best Yet'

August 15, 2017

There are some things they just don’t teach in Real Estate 101 – like how to get the world to sit up and take notice of you when there are 500 others doing what you do, trying to get to the top of a competitive real estate field...

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Atlantis' art walk on

August 11, 2017

The twice monthly Art Walk at Marina Village continues to be the place to indulge your taste for art, crafts, Bahamian music, and locally grown and made products.
And on Saturday, from Cheesecake Heaven's baked goods to Bahama Island Farms' local produce, and from Constantine's jams, jellies and sauces to baked goods and breads from Eartha Hanna, your sense of taste will be satisfied.
On the crafts side, Fine Ocean Jewelry presents its shell jewelry by Astrid Pinder, along with jewelry from Ava Forbes. Lorette Evans' pet clothing sold under the Sasha's Foxy Paws line is always a hit, as well as Ras Hailu's coconut shell products.
Batik products are to be had by Tiff, from Tiff Gallery; and art and ceramics from Trevor Tucker are also on display.
Art walks are popular around the world and in cities where culture is celebrated and welcomed, and Atlantis' art walk has provided the wonderful opportunity for people to interact personally with artists and artisans.
At the Atlantis art walk, which is held twice per month, you get to meet and strike up conversations with artists, locals and visitors. The art walk is characterized by artists and artisans, live entertainment, libations and delicious pastries.
The Art Walk at Marina Village is held every second and fourth Saturday between noon and 6 p.m. at the Marina Village.
The first art walk earlier this year was a unique and inspiring vendors displaying wares meant that there was something that appealed to everyone. It has continued to be an inviting experience.
Ed Fields, senior vice president of public affairs at Atlantis, has said that it's an event that embodies Bahamian arts and crafts, delicacies and pastries, and visual artists.
"We believe Bahamian art is world class, and what has really been lacking is its exposure to the world. We feel that once people see this stuff, they will be overwhelmed, they will be wowed, and embrace it ... as well as the work of our artisans who make popsicles and iced teas and cheesecakes, and the list goes on and on. Not every visitor is adventurous, and while many go into town and different places, sometimes you have to bring it to them, and that's what we're doing. We're bringing the authentic Bahamas to the Atlantis."
The art walk not only attracts visitors; the farmers market experience appeals to locals as well.
Antonius Roberts, painter, sculptor and open space designer, and Pam Burnside, owner of Pamela Jones Fashions and Textiles, print designer at Bahama Hand Prints, manager at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery and widow of the late Jackson Burnside, the architect and artist who designed the Marina Village, curated the art walk.
The concept of Marina Village was Jackson Burnside's vision; initially he envisioned the village in downtown Nassau. In his view, the porch represents and reflects who Bahamians are as a people. He felt the need to create a village, a community and the architecture, and to breathe life into the porches -- hence the Marina Village.
When visiting the art walk, think storytelling happening on the porches. In Bahamian culture, the porch is where neighbors rest, people exchange fruits and vegetables grown in the yard, and sell benny cakes and coconut tarts. And of course, people would sit and plait straw on the porch.
The first art walk was successful, and organizers were encouraged and motivated to see tourists and locals mingling harmoniously in the creative environment. Today, the art walk, which is vendor inclusive and not exclusive, is just as popular as that first event, representing the best of what Bahamian artisans have to offer.
An artist or artisan wanting to be considered for a spot on the art walk should contact Antonius or Paula Roberts at Hillside House. While displaying at the art walk comes at no charge, the only thing organizers ask of vendors is that they are professional and show up on time. Roberts said they expect discipline and quality from the vendors.

This week at the Art Walk at Atlantis
Crafts
Astrid Pinder, Fine Ocean Jewelry -- shell jewelry
Ava Forbes -- jewelry
Lorette Evans, Sasha's Foxy Paws -- pet clothing
Nancy Swaby, Nancy's Fancies -- wire jewelry
Ras Hailu -- coconut shell products
Tiff, Tiff Gallery -- batik products;
Trevor Tucker -- art and ceramics.
Farmer's market vendors
Jameel Lightbourn, Cheesecake Heaven -- baked goods
Natasha Adderley, Bahama Island Farms -- local produce
Sara Constantine, Constantine's -- jams, jellies and sauces
Eartha Hanna -- baked goods and breads

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Dale K continues his evil... yet hilarious show

August 11, 2017

That almost-evil comedy hypnotist Dale K is doing his thing -- again.
Dale K brings his hilarious and exciting motivational talents to the Atlantis Theatre tonight and Saturday; and again September 2-3. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m.
Dale K has "hypnotized" thousands of people in 20 countries over two decades, and will be adding to that number this weekend at the Atlantis resort.
He is said to be one of only a few hypnotic professionals able to guarantee an amazingly successful performance at any event.
Dale K introduces the power of suggestion in an always humorous and unconventional manner.
His suggestions allow volunteers to unleash hidden confidence and talents that propel them into the spotlight for the entire show.
You can forget Hollywood's fabricated theory of hypnosis that usually involves lightning bolts, zombie-like trances and humans clucking like chickens.
During his performances Dale K challenges these theories -- proving that hypnosis is simply the power of suggestion that consists of mind motivation, rather than mind control.
His award-winning performances are said to be hilarious, exciting, entertaining and enlightening. While most hypnotists will try and convince you to believe in hypnotic trances and mind control, Dale K will show you how powerful our motivation can be and how amazing your imagination actually is.
As a teen, Dale K's test audiences were family members and classmates. Two decades later he is entertaining and educating audiences around the world with his contemporary approach to the art of hypnosis.
He quickly received attention from his peers and the press when they noticed his ability to hypnotize at an abnormally young age.
He gained even more respect when he abandoned the traditional hypnotist tux and pocket watch. His obsession with bringing his hypnosis events to the masses is legendary.
Using his creative abilities and abstract sense of humor, Dale K produces hypnosis events that are professional, unconventional and always hilarious. He has become a popular must-see favorite with universal appeal and a yearly tour schedule of almost 200 cities worldwide.
I took in a Dale K hypnosis show last year, not knowing what to expect -- suffice it to say I was happy I did. It's a show that definitely should not be missed. I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time, and I was enthralled at the same time, wondering if it was true or not. No matter what, Dale K's show is very entertaining.
I also had no idea what to expect from a hypnosis show, except for what I'd seen on television, and I could not predict what Dale K's hypnosis show would be like. Dale K promotes himself as "that almost-evil comedy hypnotist". That gave me reason to pause and be a little afraid.
Thinking of what I'd seen on television of hypnosis, as Dale K chose volunteers from the audience, I volunteered my husband, and shot his hand into the air. Needless to say, he quickly pulled it back. His excuse was that he'd taken medication. In the end, Dale K discounted us both because we were trying to coerce each other onto the stage; this was fine because, whatever foolishness happened up there, I wanted to record him, and not have it be the other way around.
But as the show settled in with the 20-odd "volunteers" who took to the stage, I came to realize that people weren't being made to cluck like chickens, or do anything else that made them look utterly stupid. I eagerly looked forward to being a part of the second round of volunteers to be selected. Unfortunately, that wasn't how it worked. As the show progressed, Dale K "weeded out" the people who did not respond to his "hypnosis" to his liking, until he got to a core five or six people who responded beautifully. It was hilarious, and I laughed most of the night.
Dale K says he debunks Hollywood's sensationalized idea of the supposed hypnotic trance or the power hypnotists have over their subjects. He said hypnosis isn't about controlling someone, but suggestion by tapping into people's imagination. He said no matter what he suggested, his "volunteers" were aware of everything done to them.
Dale K is a certified hypnotherapist, but says much of what he's learned is self-taught.
He's back, so you should ensure that you make a beeline to get tickets, as it's definitely worth it.
Admission to Dale K's shows will be $42.46 for adults, and $13.44 for children ages four to 11. For tickets, visit the Atlantis box office, Coral Towers or telephone 363-6601.

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Regency Pageant representatives earn second runner-up finishes in Las Vegas

August 11, 2017

Sade Francis and Aysha-Cassidi Lockhart secured second runner-up spots in their respective divisions at the recent Regency International Pageant, according to Little and Junior Miss Regency Bahamas official Tyrhonda Knowles.
Lockhart, 12, competed in the Junior Miss Regency division, in which contestants must be at least 11 and no older than 12 as of the date of the competition.
Francis, 10, competed in the Little Miss division, in which contestants must be at least eight and no older than 10 on the competition date.
The duo competed at the Regency International Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in July, at which 60 contestants competed for titles in the Little Miss; Jr. Miss; Jr. Teen; Teen; Miss. Ms. And Mrs. Regency International.
Contestants compete in four categories -- fashion wear (25 percent of score), interview (25 percent of score), photogenic (25 percent of score) and evening wear (25 percent of score).
Coming away with crowns were Georgia Thomas, Texas, Little Miss Regency International 2017; Maurille Vargas, United States, Junior Miss Regency International 2017; Nattie Dunn, California, Teen Miss Regency International; Naia Torres, Hawaii, Junior Teen Miss Regency International; Jade Bailey, United Kingdom, Miss Regency International; Chirsty-Anne Lopez, California, Ms. Regency International; and Jayne Bradshaw, United Kingdom, Mrs. Regency International,
According to pageant rules for the Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants, in which Francis and Lockhart competed, contestants were not allowed to wear fake hair or have fake teeth or fake tans. Makeup was allowed, but according to the rules, the judges should not be able to tell they were wearing any. Contestants are allowed to wear a little foundation, mascara, a little blush and lip-gloss; too much makeup could result in score reduction. They are allowed to wear long dresses for evening gown competition.
The questions they answer are taken from the areas of school, activities, sports, pets, family and other interest.

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'Detroit' should be on your must-see list

August 11, 2017

Detroit (Rated C)
Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith
Genre: Crime drama
Dwight's Rating: Very, very good

There's not much to say here.
Other than, "What are you waiting for? Go and watch 'Detroit'! Now!"
The new film about a little-known but unbelievably disturbing incident during the 1967 Detroit race riots is compelling and shocking. Yet, sadly, it feels like it could very easily happen today in the United States (U.S.).
In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten.
Kathryn Bigelow -- still the only woman in the 89 years of the Academy Awards to have won Best Director (for the 2008 war thriller "The Hurt Locker") -- re-teams with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for "The Hurt Locker" and shared the producing Oscar when that film won Best Picture.
Here, Bigelow and Boal have done another amazing job. Having collaborated on "Zero Dark Thirty" as well, these two clearly do a lot of war pictures together. And the chaotic scenes depicting the Detroit riots show just how close to war many of the big cities in the U.S. seemed during the height of the Civil Rights movement.
Those scenes are ironically almost beautiful with their lighting and composition. And throughout the film, the edge-of-your-seat tension -- particularly in the conflict scenes with the police -- make it hard for anyone watching not to imagine what they would do, if faced with a similar situation.
What stands out the most, however, is the amazing cast. Everyone is clicking, including John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), Anthony Mackie ("Captain America: Civil War") and singer Jacob Latimore.
But even among this stellar group, the most memorable performances are from relative newcomer Algee Smith (TV's "The New Edition Story") as an up-and-coming singer destined for greatness, and in the worst possible place at the wrong time, and from British actor Will Poulter ("We're the Millers"), as the ringleader of a group of incredibly racist cops.
"Detroit" opened just under two weeks after the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riot -- nearly one full week in that final week of July that became one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in the U.S.' history.
That's probably why this fine film has opened in the summer, as opposed to closer to what has traditionally been considered Oscar-season later in the year. Nevertheless, don't be surprised to see it included on the list of the year's best, especially with regard to its cinematography and direction.

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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Facebook introduces new video service

August 10, 2017

Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks...

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When everything aligns perfectly

August 04, 2017

Geena Thompson indulged in a huge bowl of conch salad, pleading that nobody ask for any because she didn't want to share. That was how she celebrated being crowned Miss World Bahamas. Her focus now has to shift to the routine that's been set out for her to represent the country on the world stage at the Miss World pageant.
Thompson, who won the crown on Sunday, July 30, literally has only 15 weeks before she has to put her best foot forward on the world stage when the Miss World 2017 finale is held in Sanya, China on Saturday, November 18.
Successful in her second attempt at the title, Thompson said she was still in disbelief days after winning, even though she had dreamed of winning.
"In my dream I woke up and was like, okay. But now it really happened," said Thompson, who made it as far as the top five last year.
The 24-year-old beauty, who stands 5-foot-9, said everything aligned perfectly for her.
"This year I was focused on Geena and what I wanted to execute and not necessarily what other people had to offer. So it was being in the frame of mind and positioning myself to say that this is for me, this is about me, this is not about anybody else. I am on this journey to try to win the crown, and ensuring that I was true to myself and that anything I did was a direct reflection of what I wanted [people] to see of me. I spoke that I was [Miss World Bahamas] long before I had the title, so I feel as though I was prepared for this role and being able to now say I actually am [Miss World Bahamas]. It just ties in so perfectly with my everyday demeanor prior to the pageant."
The crowning moment, she said, was a whirlwind of emotions.
"You feel happy. You feel relieved ... because the process [is over]. But I was so grateful at that particular moment just to be able to hear my friends and family in the background and screaming for me. I just felt very proud, and to now have the opportunity to represent the country," said Thompson.
She also says she brings value to the crown in a queen who is humorous and loving, and a person who loves to serve.
"Being in the spotlight is very new for me because I am a behind-the-scenes girl, but I know that what this crown needs is someone who is willing to serve the country and who understands how important it is that I am not Geena anymore, but that this is for The Bahamas, and to take into consideration what the Bahamian people want to be displayed, and to take our culture to the Miss World stage."
Thompson said it was also important for her to take a second stab attempt at winning the crown to overcome her fear.
"I was afraid of going onstage and being vulnerable and having [people] view me and making the same mistakes I made before. But it was important then ... especially when you heard the theme this year - metamorphosis. And so for me, it was like, 'Okay, this is your time now to face your fear and to be able to stand up and say, sometimes in life we all fall. We all have a period in which we are afraid, but to realize we are human, and account for our humanness and say I messed up then, but this is my time and I will go again'."
With a short window of time to transform Thompson from head to toe in preparation for the international competition, the Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) has already started discussing what her transformation will entail, including the look that she will take to Miss World and her wardrobe choices, and setting a schedule that will incorporate her coaching.
MBO President Michelle Malcolm said as they begin Thompson's transformation process, they were fortunate to have a queen who speaks well, is intelligent, has a great personality and is humble in the same instance.
"Now it's our responsibility to enhance what is already there on the outside and make sure it fits the mold of what a typical Miss World is, because these international pageants, they look for particular things, and we learned a long time ago that without changing who the young lady is you have to sort of adjust and prepare her to compete at that level," said Malcolm.
"And in the next few weeks, we have to put emphasis on her beauty with a purpose project, because beauty with a purpose is a very important component of the Miss World pageant. With Ashley having done so well last year, her project making top 10 out of 120 contestants, we are going to really work hard to ensure that Geena's project is one that can be noticed at that level. And so that means that she's really got to hit the ground running, and preparing to execute a brilliant beauty with a purpose project."
Thompson heads to this year's competition as it introduces a new format -- the head to head challenge rounds.
Head to head challenge events will take place October 21 and November 15 at different locations visited by contestants during the Miss World 2017 Festival. Twenty groups of six countries go head-to-head for a place in the top 40 round (the number of countries in each group may be adjusted according to the final number of contestants). The winner of each challenge group will automatically qualify for the Miss World top 40 round. The public will choose the winner of each group via a free vote.
Malcolm said it's going to be a busy couple of weeks for the MBO and Thompson, as they have a lot of work to do, and will require a lot of Thompson.
Thompson's prize package includes a year's salary as brand ambassador for the Island Game Foundation, a designer wardrobe, personal services included in a year's membership at Club One Fitness Center, hair and makeup services, dental services, professional representation by MBO, extensive travel representing sponsors and charitable partners.
The Pointe has also agreed to underwrite all of the costs of Thompson's preparation and travel to China, which Malcolm said means that Thompson will be a strong contender at Miss World with their support.

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Dale K is back!

August 04, 2017

It's been almost a year since the almost-evil comedy hypnotist Dale K has been on the Atlantis stage -- well, he's back!
Dale K has "hypnotized" thousands of people in 20 countries over two decades, and will be adding to that number when he returns to the Atlantis resort for three weekends of shows.
Dale K will bring his hilarious and exciting motivational talents to the Atlantis Theatre tonight and Saturday; again August 11-12; and September 2-3. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m.
He is said to be one of only a few hypnotic professionals able to guarantee an amazingly successful performance at any event.
Dale K introduces the power of suggestion in an always humorous and unconventional manner.
His suggestions allow volunteers to unleash hidden confidence and talents that propel them into the spotlight for the entire show.
You can forget Hollywood's fabricated theory of hypnosis that usually involves lightning bolts, zombie-like trances and humans clucking like chickens.
During his performances Dale K challenges these theories -- proving that hypnosis is simply the power of suggestion that consists of mind motivation rather than mind control.
His award-winning performances are said to be hilarious, exciting, entertaining and enlightening. While most hypnotists will try and convince you to believe in hypnotic trances and mind control, Dale K will show you how powerful our motivation can be and how amazing your imagination actually is.
As a teen, Dale K's test audiences were family members and classmates. Two decades later he is entertaining and educating audiences around the world with his contemporary approach to the art of hypnosis.
He quickly received attention from his peers and the press when they noticed his ability to hypnotize at an abnormally young age.
He gained even more respect when he abandoned the traditional hyptonist's tux and pocket watch. His obsession with bringing his hypnosis events to the masses is legendary.
Using his creative abilities and abstract sense of humor, Dale K produces hypnosis events that are professional, unconventional and always hilarious. He has become a popular must-see favorite with universal appeal and a yearly tour schedule of almost 200 cities worldwide.
I took in a Dale K hypnosis show last year, not knowing what to expect -- suffice it to say I was happy I did. It's a show that definitely should not be missed. I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time, and I was enthralled at the same time, wondering if it was true or not. No matter what, Dale K's show is very entertaining.
I also had no idea what to expect from a hypnosis show, except for what I'd seen on television, and I could not predict what Dale K's hypnosis show would be like. Dale K promotes himself as "that almost-evil comedy hypnotist". That gave me reason to pause and be a little afraid.
Thinking of what I'd seen on television of hypnosis, as Dale K chose volunteers from the audience, I volunteered my husband, and shot his hand into the air. Needless to say, he quickly pulled it back. His excuse was that he'd taken medication. In the end, Dale K discounted us both because we were trying to coerce each other onto the stage; this was fine because, whatever foolishness happened up there, I wanted to record him, and not have it be the other way around.
But as the show settled in with the 20-odd "volunteers" who took to the stage, I came to realize that people weren't being made to cluck like chickens, or do anything else that made them look utterly stupid. I eagerly looked forward to being a part of the second round of volunteers to be selected. Unfortunately, that wasn't how it worked. As the show progressed, Dale K "weeded out" the people who did not respond to his "hypnosis" to his liking, until he got to a core five or six people who responded beautifully. It was all hilarious, and I laughed most of the night.
Dale K says he debunks, Hollywood's sensationalized idea of the supposed hypnotic trance or the power hypnotists have over their subjects. He said hypnosis isn't about controlling someone, but suggestion by tapping into people's imagination. He said no matter what he suggested, his "volunteers" were aware of everything done to them.
Dale K is a certified hypnotherapist, but says much of what he's learned is self-taught.
He's back, so you should ensure that you make a beeline to get tickets, as it's definitely worth it.
Admission to Dale K's shows will be $42.46 for adults, and $13.44 for children ages four to 11. For tickets, visit the Atlantis box office, Coral Towers, or telephone 363-6601.

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Atomic Blonde will leave you feeling as cold as a winter's day -- in old East Berlin no less

August 04, 2017

Atomic Blonde (Rated B)
Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofi Boutella
Genre: Action Thriller
Dwight's Rating: Not bad

Things come to an end. Be they good or bad, that's just how it is for most things in this life.
So, it was not unexpected that a surprising hot streak of fantastic summer movies would not go on much longer. That would be asking far too much, especially of a Hollywood content, intent and hell-bent on regurgitation.
Most summer seasons, we get one big blockbuster worthy of your lazy summer hours, then the following week, something quite lackluster. A week or two later, the incumbent box-office champ is finally knocked off that perch by another monster of a movie (and often about monsters!).
But this past July, moviegoers were treated to three consecutive weeks of amazingly fresh and different perspectives on the action movie genre: the hilariously cheeky, teen-focused "Spider-Man: Homecoming"; the deeply introspective and insightful "War for the Planet of the Apes"; and the visual and aural spectacle of "Dunkirk".
None of them are original ideas; sequels, remakes, retreads and reboots, for the most part. But each advances the state of its art, contributing -- along with some other releases earlier this season -- to a memorable summer, even if box-office numbers don't reflect the same.
A fourth weekend with another groundbreaking release was going to be a bit of a stretch, and probably far too great a bounty. And alas, the much-hyped "Atomic Blonde" fails to live up to the promises of its many enthusiastic-looking trailers and promotions, which had been suggesting that some sort of female James Bond had finally arrived. No, not this time!
Oscar-winner Charlize Theron stars as the sensual and savage Lorraine Broughton -- the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who's willing to use all of her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall in 1989, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Because it's about British spies, and set during the Cold War, the comparisons to James Bond are inevitable. It begs other spy-game comparisons as well, like "Mission: Impossible". And its story with a well-trained operative using amazing skills to get out of unbelievably tight jams will remind some of "John Wick". But for me, I think it's most like the "Jason Bourne" film series. Or at least, it's trying really hard to be.
The problem, though, is "Atomic Blonde" is seriously lacking the most positive traits of any and all of the movies to which it will be most frequently compared -- neither as sexy as the Bond flicks, or as amusing as "John Wick", and without the frenetic pacing of the J.J. Abrams- touched "Mission: Impossible" films. And mostly, it lacks the frenzied energy and chaotic passion that are constants in the original three "Jason Bourne" flicks.
What it does have are some very interesting action scenes. Car chases, fights -- they're all exceptionally violent and unspeakably bloody. But goshdarnit, they are thrilling and wonderfully choreographed and edited. It's quite something to see Theron as the ultimate badass, battling multiple men at the same time. The scenes are long, detailed, and painful, but exhilarating!
Also, we get a history lesson. Apparently Cold War-era cutlery and ammunition in Communist Europe were constructed out of such low-grade materials, that one could be shot and/or stabbed multiple times (in the face or chest, no less) and carry on with a fight-to-the-death for many more minutes, as if a only a mosquito had taken a bite on your leg. Either that, or perhaps '80s era spies were all from the Planet Krypton, and impervious to human weapons.
But I digress. These scenes are quite exciting. Unfortunately, in between them, we get a lot of Cold War-era "intrigue" that is almost anything but. It's lacking any serious oomph and sizzle.
Performances are relatively decent, especially the always-entertaining James McAvoy, who does his best to lighten the mood and add some humor.
Theron is okay. But "Cold War" best describes her demeanor. As such, there's an emotional disconnect that makes it hard to buy a supposed "love interest" that develops. It's difficult to believe her character actually cares about anyone. Even Bond and the amnesiac Bourne seem to be able to capable of love, even if only after a few minutes of meeting someone.
Nevertheless, the soundtrack is quite well put together, with '80s pop hits from the decade's European-invasion wave. Along with the action sequences, it's the only fun part of an otherwise icy movie that is fighting hard to be seen as stylish, but which will likely leave some feeling as cold as a winter's day in old East Berlin.
Meanwhile, there's one last hope for this summer movie season, as we enter this August dead zone. With three releases opening today, I'm hopeful about "Detroit"; much less enthused about "The Dark Tower". And "Kidnap", the Halle Berry flick that looks like it should have gone straight to Lifetime Movie Network, doesn't appear to be coming to local theaters as yet.
The parade of Hollywood hits and misses -- the one thing that may never end.

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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Waterkeepers Bahamas hosts Splashmania

August 04, 2017

It was the first of its kind, and it was hard to tell which was louder -- the plop of the paddles or the laughter of the racers.
Organized and hosted by Waterkeepers Bahamas, the event was called Splashmania, and, as the name implies, it was the perfect excuse for spending a day at the beach.
"When you are a child, going to the beach is just about as good as life gets. As we get older and responsibilities weigh us down, sometimes we need a little reminder about why we live in The Bahamas and love the water so much," said Rashema Ingraham, executive director of Waterkeepers Bahamas. "Hosting an event like Splashmania helps put us back in touch with the wonders of our waters, and that is in line with what Waterkeepers represents, which is to make our waters fishable, swimmable and drinkable."
According to Ingraham, the turnout at Manta Ray Village on William's Town Beach was better than expected.
"We had about 20 races, covering individual and team races, and indeed all participants really came to enjoy the fun," said Ingraham, who heads the local affiliate of an international alliance that operates largely with volunteer monitors. On six continents, thousands of volunteers and limited staff monitor, test, assess and report conditions of their oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. The Bahamas has three affiliate Waterkeepers of the 300 in the global alliance -- Grand Bahama, Clifton-Western Bays and Bimini.
Races were broken down by age and distance, with Kaylee Murray, eight, and Tafari Fountain, 10, taking top honors in the youngest category. In the teen group, Tristan Rampersaude, 15, went the distance alone to come in first, as did attorney K. Brian Hanna, in the men's division. In women's, it was the duo of Gayla McPhee and Naisha Russell, who power-paddled their way to a trophy. Michael Flowers powered his way to best of the best, while K. Brian Hanna and team earned a second trophy for corporate group, and the Grand Bahama Sailing Club won the civic and service organization category.
"We couldn't have done this without the support of all our sponsors. I want to give special thanks to Manta Ray Village and Restaurant, Grand Bahama Nature Tours and Freeport Aquatics Club," said Ingraham. "Between those sponsors, they provided the venue, all the kayaks, paddles and vests and the buoys and all the race materials we needed."
Other sponsors included ALIV, Barefoot Marketing and 242News.com, Bellevue Business Depot, Fast Track Management, Kosha Ltd., Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Reef Yacht Club, Out da Sea Restaurant, Rotaract Club of Freeport, Pelican Bay Resort, Save The Bays, Subway Freeport and the YMCA Grand Bahama.
Waterkeepers Bahamas and Save The Bays partner in several water-related activities, including helping to sponsor the learn-to-swim programs at the YMCA Grand Bahama and the Freeport Aquatics Club.

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Glen C. Nairn publishes his first book

August 04, 2017

Glen C. Nairn, has published his first book, "The Unseen Letter - A Play in Five Acts".
According to Vladimir Lucien, with issues of love and desire at play, "Nairn presents change as a ritual of nature, sometimes in unseen and mysterious ways"; this draws in the readers, said Lucien, actor, critic, and BOCAS award-winning poet from St. Lucia.
"Hot off the press, 'The Unseen Letter' also received an 'SPD recommends' boost from the California-based SPDbooks distributors as a new drama title," said Lasana M. Sekou, projects director of the indie press, House of Nehesi Publishers.
"The Unseen Letter" is set in a country of islands, center stage is a showdown over sovereign symbols of national and cultural identity, said Sekou. Everyday folks, a larger-than-life hero, a politically-insinuated murder, a mysterious cat called Trumpet, love rivalries and business interests all compete intensely in Nairn's debut drama.
What is also evident is how the "traditional play format is invested with elements of scriptwriting, suggesting an experimentation, plotting a path beyond the stage" by the playwright, said the publisher of the 232-page book.
"The Unseen Letter" is available at Nassau Stationers on Rosetta Street and online at Amazon.com and SPDbooks.org (https://goo.gl/WWEzeC). The new title is HNP's seventh book published by mid-2017.
Nairn was born on New Providence in 1960. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Windsor, Canada in 1986.
He taught high school English language and literature for 32 years in The Bahamas. The founder of Glen Nairn's Tutoring Service also prepares students for the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) exams and the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams, and teaches English as a second language.
From 2006 to 2009, Nairn was a copy editor and columnist for The Nassau Guardian.
The Bahamas' newest author is also a recipient of the James Michener Scholarship from the Caribbean Writers Summer Institute, University of Miami, and a creative writing certificate from the Paris American Academy, France.
"The Unseen Letter - A Play in Five Acts" was the featured book at the opening ceremony of the 15th annual St. Martin Book Fair on June 1.

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Game of Thrones unseen episode spoilers leaked
Game of Thrones unseen episode spoilers leaked

August 03, 2017

A summary of an unseen Games of Thrones episode and copies of other HBO shows have been put online by a hacker group that breached the firm's network.

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Grand Bahama Island Gears Up for 'A Taste of Port Lucaya' with help from BTC
Grand Bahama Island Gears Up for 'A Taste of Port Lucaya' with help from BTC

July 31, 2017

BTC has joined forces with the Grand Bahama Tourism Board and the Office of the PM on Grand Bahama for a new venture geared at showcasing the island's amazing musical and entertainment talent...

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Annual GB Regatta Sails toward Success with the help of BTC
Annual GB Regatta Sails toward Success with the help of BTC

July 31, 2017

This year’s Grand Bahama Island Regatta and Heritage Festival exploded onto the Taino Beach site over the weekend with the vibrant sights and sounds of Bahamian Culture...

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