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This week at the Art Walk at Marina Village

April 07, 2017

From visual artists to ceramicists to farmer's market purveyors with everything from jams and jellies to native teas and drink, cheesecake and chocolate, locally grown herbs and greens, cooling popsicles and vegan treats -- the twice per month Art Walk at Atlantis has become a must do Saturday outing. With a constant rotation of artists and artisans, live entertainment, cooling and delicious libations and nibbles to be had, you never know which artist or artisan will be displaying, and what they will have on offer.
Since its debut a month ago, the art walk has expanded exponentially, so much so that the University of The Bahamas' art department is expected to display their work on Saturday, April 8 at the event that has become a showcase for the Marina Village.
It is where you can indulge your taste for art, crafts, an appreciation for music by Bahamian artisans and locally grown and made products.
The Art Walk at Marina Village is held every second and fourth Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 pm.

This week at the Art Walk at Marina Village
ARTISTS
Marco Mullings
John Paul
Trevor Tucker
Toby Lunn
Karen Missick
Jessica Colebrooke
Jonathan Bethel
Ryan Turnquest
Preston Hanna
Dion Lewis
Shashla Bethune
Kurtz Michael Ritchie
Tina Klonaris-Robinson
Vivien Archer
Kim Pratt
CRAFT VENDORS
Candis Marshall, Mega Mergers: Repurpose discarded tires into fabulous works of art -- furniture, jewelry, even clothing. She also makes dream catchers from discarded bicycle rims.
Andrew Burrows, My Bahamas Sponge: A retired corporate accountant turned entrepreneur, who is working along with persons who harvest all of the different types of Bahamian sponges, and is selling and exporting them due to the demand around the world.
Astrid Pinder, Fine Ocean Jewelry: Astrid is a skilled artisan dealing with hand made wire wrapping of, primarily, the whelk and conch shells, and making them into beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, anklets etc.
Lorette Evans, Sasha's Foxy Paws: Lorette loves to satisfy her creativity by making interesting clothing for pets with a Bahamian flavor.
Nancy Swaby, Nancy's Fancies: Nancy uses wire to twist, shape and wrap into exciting forms that are made into jewelry -- earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings etc.
Hands Up, Fabric items: The ladies who make up this group are single mothers who are members of the Lignum Vitae Centre of Hope, run by Shelagh Pritchard. The Centre offers them instruction in how to sew so that they can in learn a viable trade and earn a living from these skills -- offering them a hand up, not a hand out.
Tiff, Tiff Gallery: Batik products. Tiff is a batik artist who paints primarily on silk fabrics to make exquisite art hangings as well as clothing using the wax batik-resist method.
Timothy Moss, T & L Craft: Timothy is a retired police officer who has turned his creative passion for coconut art into a full-time business, producing amazing 3-D characters from pieces of the coconut tree that are shown involved in all types of activities which indicate who we are as Bahamians -- sculling, fishing, plaiting straw, playing dominoes etc.
FARMER'S MARKET
Bootleg Chocolates: Mouthwatering handmade chocolates from Grand Bahama that come in a variety of tropical flavors -- dark, milk and white chocolate bars, enhanced with benny, coconut, almonds, and pepper; the creamy caramels are flavored with hibiscus, goat pepper, sea salt and lime.
Sara Constantine: A Long Islander who makes delicious jams, jellies and sauces using local fruits.
Denise Worrell, Naturally Bahamian native teas and drinks: The Worrell family has perfected the presentation of exotic Bahamian bush teas and offers them for sale in quality packaged drinks, dried teas, teabags etc. They also produce packaged local spices and other herbs.
Jameel Lightbourn, Cheesecake Heaven: Delicious baked goods come out of the kitchen of this hardworking entrepreneur and his family. Their signature cheesecakes are but one of the many mouthwatering treats that they offer, including potato bread, Johnny cake, red velvet cake, pineapple tarts and more.
Kentisha Ward, Pop Stop - native fruit popsicles: Locally sourced Bahamian fruit popsicles with tantalizing flavors such as sour sop, watermelon, mango. If it grows here, she has most likely "popsicled" it.
Natasha Adderley, Bahama Island Farms: This family grows local herbs, greens, fruit, flowers and more for sale on their own farm.
Ominique Charmaine, Sea Treats: Delicious vegan treats for sale that are in high demand from customers who have a food allergy of some sort, as well as the general public, since her baked treats are so yummy.
ENTERTAINERS
Fred Ferguson: The former Baha Men member declares Rake 'n' Scrape his favorite genre, and is perhaps known mostly for his skills on the guitar. With music never far from his mind, and a guitar even closer to his fingertips, he has plucked the strings of his instrument from a tender age.
John "Chippie" Chipman: Legendary drummer and cultural ambassador is no stranger to the music scene. Chippie is a prolific Junkanooer, dancer and drummer whose career as an entertainer spans more than six decades.
Sammy "Sammy Boy" Mackey: Sammy started playing the steel pan at age 21. He fell in love with it and has been playing it for the past 20 years, mastering it to the point where he has been called a maestro of the pans.

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Heineken Escape II New York

April 07, 2017

It was 1933, a time when gangsters like Al Capone ran the streets, backroom gambling ran rampant, prohibition was law, and drinking only happened at speakeasies. A rumor began to spread that after 11 years prohibition was coming to an end. Being the quick-minded entrepreneur that he was, Freddy Heineken had a barge of the brand that bears his family name sent to New York. This allowed Heineken to be the first imported beer in the United States after prohibition.
On Friday, March 24, 2017, the second Heineken Escape theme party brought the glitz and glamor of New York's 1930s to the Pier, Downtown. Guests enjoyed unique features like being greeted by a live saxophonist, glamorous props and selfie screens, music by DJ Baby D, DJ Ignite, DJ Overdose and DJ Tank, hosted by Super Mario, and live casino games with the opportunity to win branded Heineken items.
Heineken, the world's most international premium beer, continues to create unforgettable party experiences with its Heineken Escape series of themed parties.

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Resistance to change

April 07, 2017

It is a fact, and indeed a very sad fact, that there are a whole lot of people spread throughout this great big world of ours who consistently resist changes of any kind to any aspect of their overall life -- personal, professional, social or spiritual. But my friend, change is an integral part of the growth process of life. Yes it is.
Now who are the people who put up the most resistance to change? Well let me answer that question for you. Those who are extremely negative in nature, who possess a very negative attitude, always appear to have completely closed minds and thus they resist change of any kind like the plague. But as I've stated already, change is an integral part of the growth process of life, so in effect when one resists change, one is keeping oneself back from progressing in life.
You see, negative people have "closed minds", thus they vehemently resist all kinds of changes, whereas positive people have open minds and are thus prepared to try new ways of doing things, which in the end assists them greatly to climb further up the ladder of success.
So if you my friend really want to get ahead in life, across the board, there's no doubt about it whatsoever, you must be open to doing things in new and innovative ways by availing yourself of the wonderful technologies which are available to assist you in being more successful.
Yes my friend, if you're inclined to be negative by nature which causes you to consistently resist changes of any kind, I respectfully suggest that you seek out some professional counseling or coaching to assist you in getting into, and staying in, a much more positive frame of mind, thus welcoming the changes which will assist you in succeeding again and again.

o Think about it!
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Lady E releases 'Live for Da Road' remix and launch of 'Let's All Dance'

April 06, 2017

Lady E, a Sony Music recording artist, has released her new single "Live for Da Road" remix, a hit produced and remixed by Latin Grammy winner, DJ Buddha. "Live for Da Road" evokes the feeling of marching a road fever parade of music, dance and spectacular costumes through the neighborhoods of New Providence.
"As the song says, 'I live for this'. I am proud of our Junkanoo, our dance, our spirit, and our contagious happiness. You can't listen to this song and stay quiet. 'Live for Da Road' and Junkanoo are for dancing, and we will prove it. Let's all dance," said Lady E. "The song is filled with energy so even if you have two left feet, it's going to make you dance."
To celebrate the launch of her single, "Live for Da Road" remix, which dropped on Friday, March 31, Lady E will show fans around the world how her music makes everyone in The Bahamas dance. Every time someone visits her website and plays the song, someone in The Bahamas will dance. Lady E invites music lovers everywhere to join in the fun and post videos on their own social media platforms showcasing their best moves to the Junkanoo beat of "Live for Da Road".
Lady E is a recording artist, known as The Road Fever Queen. Lead vocalist of popular bands such as Visage and Ting um Dem, before she formed her own band "High Tide", Lady E jumped at the opportunity to return to the music scene as a solo artist at the introduction of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival organized by the Bahamas National Festival Commission. She landed a recording contract with Sony Music Latin for her single "Live for Da Road" after winning the Music Masters Competition during the 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

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Facebook revenge porn to be blocked from reposts
Facebook revenge porn to be blocked from reposts

April 06, 2017

Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms...The social network is making it impossible to repost or share intimate images...

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UPDATED - Carnival U-turn: Festival back to its original dates after complaints
UPDATED - Carnival U-turn: Festival back to its original dates after complaints

April 06, 2017

AFTER enraging festival stakeholders and participants with an impromptu date change, the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) is back on for its original date of May 4 to 6 in Nassau with an April kick off in Grand Bahama after an "intervention" by Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe...

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BREAKING NEWS: Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival back on track

April 05, 2017

The Nassau Guardian understands that a decision has been made to revert to the original Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival plans and dates...

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Festivalgoers take to social media in anger

April 05, 2017

FESTIVAL-GOERS far and wide expressed disgust yesterday over the sudden date change for the third annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, accusing organisers of sabotaging the fledgling event and negatively impacting the culture of the popular showpiece.

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Carnival in Grand Bahama cancelled say festival organisers
Carnival in Grand Bahama cancelled say festival organisers

April 04, 2017

WITH stakeholders and participants still reeling from the news that Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has been delayed, festival organisers announced on Tuesday that the event will also drop its Grand Bahama events...

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Blindsided by carnival delay
Blindsided by carnival delay

April 04, 2017

THE postponement of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has "blindsided" key stakeholders, with one travel company yesterday expressing disappointment and fear over potential damage to the event's brand, as well as financial losses upwards of $25,000 as a result of the date change...

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PM confirms carnival delay

April 04, 2017

Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday confirmed that the dates for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, previously scheduled for May 4-6 in Nassau, have been "suspended or extended" due to the approaching general election, but was unable to indicate the new dates for the event...

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Some foreigners outraged over plan to put off carnival
Some foreigners outraged over plan to put off carnival

April 04, 2017

News yesterday that Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is being delayed has sparked outrage among some people abroad who are booked to travel to The Bahamas for the event as previously announced for May 4-6...

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ALIV Sponsors Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival
ALIV Sponsors Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival

April 03, 2017

ALIV was one of the sponsors of the Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival March 29 through April 2. The event aimed to promote The Bahamas, with a particular focus on the island of Eleuthera as a cultural tourist location...

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Opray Winfrey, Rose Bryne, Renee Elise Goldsberry star in HBO films 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Debuting April 22
Opray Winfrey, Rose Bryne, Renee Elise Goldsberry star in HBO films 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Debuting April 22

April 03, 2017

In 1951, a vibrant African-American woman was dying of cervical cancer at age 31. Under the bright lights of an operating room, surgeons harvested cells from her tumor that would prove to be astonishingly immortal and would change the face of medicine forever...

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Bahamas National Youth Choir's 27th Concert Season

April 03, 2017

Some of the nationís most gifted young singers and notable musicians are now in the full of swing of their preparations to showcase to the public a production thatís guaranteed to entertain, captivate and thrill the hearts of music lovers...

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Dedication to Dance at the Dundas

March 31, 2017

Dance, as a component of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, continues at the Winston V. Saunders Theatre of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts...

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Showed up and showed out

March 31, 2017

azz In The Gardens (JITG) is known for its surprises. You go into the event knowing who you are looking forward to hearing and seeing, but you never know which artist will make you a new fan of theirs, simply because of their performance at this increasingly popular City of Miami Gardens Music Festival.
And in the 12th year, while they covered all of genres of music, JITG officials made a concerted effort to put jazz into the schedule's prime time to the delight of many of the festival's fans who return year after year. And with an icon like the legendary Herbie Hancock in your lineup, you simply have to.
Herbie Hancock was simply amazing on day one of the festival, even as he performed a different version to his hit "Watermelon Man". The man who was known as a child prodigy let it be known that he doesn't like performing the same song over and over because he gets bored. He definitely switched it up.
No problem Herbie Hancock -- you're the man and can do whatever you want to do.
He set the stage up perfectly for Robin Thicke's smooth R&B vocals and falsetto performances. In his second time around at JITG, Robin Thicke was again a hit.
And the beautiful, tell-it-like-it-is Jill Scott -- wow! The diva brought down the house again, in her second appearance at the festival. To be honest, not too many people can do it as smoothly as Jill Scott can, and when she kicked off her shoes and got comfortable, you knew the show was just beginning. So all you needed to do was sit back, relax, and just take in the soulful, musical stylings of the diva.
Prior to Hancock, Thicke and Scott on day one, Morris Day & The Time, Betty Wright, Chante Moore, Marion Meadows and Will Downing proved that great music is ageless and stands the test of time.
Day one set the perfect stage for day two with the likes of LL Cool J, Common, Andra Day, the Roots, Esperanza Spalding and Smokie Norful.
What a day! What a day!
The conscious performance by Common, with smooth lyrics that he seemed to just pull out of the ethers, really surprised me. He was so smoothly lyrical, that you couldn't help but love his performance -- even though he didn't reach back to perform his former hits like "Love of My Life" with Erykah Badu. Rather, he focused on the social issues of today and reminded everyone of why they should care. Common pricked the conscience for his hour-long performance for which he barely broke a sweat, or a breath.
After this, Andra Day will probably have to be referred to as Ms. Day.
While she has her own style, she reminded me of the likes of Jill Scott, because her music is about storytelling, and tell stories she did. You heard her loss, her love, her heartbreak, her hope, and everything in between. You felt her music, in the style that is inimitably Andra Day.
Like Jill Scott's kicking off of her shoes, when Andra Day tossed her cape aside, you knew she was ready to really deliver the goods. Her performance was impassioned to say the least.
Not to be outdone on the day, The Roots showed why they've become one of the best-known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business.
Everyone knows that the LL in LL Cool J stands for ladies love -- and he again proved why the ladies, and the men, love LL Cool J as he performed hit after hit -- reaching back to the 1980s that had fans rapping right along with him. If it ain't broke, you ain't gotta fix it. And that proved so true in LL's second JITG performance, as he brought the house down to close out the music festival.
But before that, Esperanza Spaulding, a composer, bassist and vocalist who brilliantly marries genres and pushes boundaries -- stunned, for lack of a better word.
And you have to bring the gospel when there's a Sunday performance, and Smokie Norful took the audience to church during his performance. Even though other artists throughout the day paid their dues to a little gospel offering on the Lord's day.
Not to be forgotten, this year most of the background performers and musicians emerged into the foreground -- they were that good, and whichever artist they performed with ensured that they got their due. As much as I enjoyed the main artists, I enjoyed their supporting vocalists and musicians just as much.
Even though JITG showcased a number of return acts, they once again proved to be crowd pleasers and helped to make the event the success that it has become. Looking forward to seeing who will be in next year's lineup.

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Make ready for the hype

March 31, 2017

The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) released its line-up of artists for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2017 yesterday, and Grand Bahama and New Providence will be hype four weeks from now -- to say the least!
Friday night in New Providence, the second biggest tune of Trinidad Carnival, "Buss Head", will be performed live by Machel Montano and Bunji Garlen, and Saturday night Ultimate Rejects and Beres Hammond will close out the weekend in grand style.
This will be the first stop in the region for Bunji and Machel on their "Buss Head" tour and a real treat for Bahamians and visitors alike who are fans of carnival and both artists.
The excitement of carnival is building across The Bahamas and the parties are happening every weekend. Today, Fusion Band has its official band launch on the grounds of Outback Steakhouse. Engima starts Saturday off with its "Midnight Mass" at Arawak Cay. And Alpha Sounds brings us "Rum Fete" Saturday evening, with names like King Bubba and Lil Rick taking the stage.
The carnival scene is pulling itself together in New Providence as it has done the past two years, and we couldn't be more excited. Ice Box's "Suits Bahamas" has begun to advertise its coveted cruise, and come hell or high water, I will be there.
The BNFC has its own block parties lined up for April, happening on April 6, 13, 20, and 27 in the square at the front of Pirate Museum downtown.
April will be a playground for everyone who loves Soca and carnival, or just living life in general, with good vibes and good music.
Thankfully, the BNFC has made this week's column that much easier with their line-up release. Without further ado, here is Bahamas Carnival's line-up for Grand Bahama, April 28 and 29, and New Providence, May 4-6:

Bahamas Carnival line up (Not necessarily in order of appearance)
Grand Bahama: Friday April 28
Music Masters Semifinalists
Rhythm Band
Avvy
Veronica Bishop
Stileet
Kerwin Du Bois
Skinny Fabulous
Peter Ram
Ultimate Rejects
Grand Bahama: Saturday April 29
Music Masters Semifinalists
Lady E
Rick Carey
MDeez
Dmac
Fay-Ann Lyons
Bunji Garlin
Farmer Nappy
Teddyson John
Ricard Drue
New Providence: Thursday May 4
Lady E
Fanshawn
Patrice Roberts
Denise Belfon
Roy Cape
Shurwayne Winchester
New Providence: Friday May 5
Music Masters Finalists
Peter Ram
Farmer Nappy
Olatunji
Voice
Bunji Garlin
Machel Montano
New Providence: Saturday May 6
Avvy
Stileet
DMac
Willis and the Illest
Ricardo Drue
Teddyson John
Fadda Fox
Lyrical
All For One band
Ultimate Rejects
Beres Hammond
Bahamas Carnival's New Providence concerts will all take place in "Da Cultural Village" this year, as the BNFC has done away with the Clifford park stage in order to stay within budget. Grand Bahama's concerts will all be held at Taino Beach.
Avvy, who did not participate in the Music Masters competition this year, said he is excited about performing in both Grand Bahama and New Providence, and released a collaboration album with Turks and Caicos' Jack Nasty, just ahead of carnival. The album is hashtagged "Dirty South Experiment".
Avvy credits his collaboration with Jack Nasty to his participation in the Music Masters competition last year.
"I'm excited again to be a part of this Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival experience," he said. "My album is a direct by-product of being a participant in the carnival. I'm excited and I look forward to the fabulous line-up, and look forward to bringing new entertainment to the stage. To be a part of that network, to mingle and co-mingle with artists from different genres and different countries was an amazing experience, and I'm speaking from the heart."
Ticket prices for Grand Bahama will be $25 for general admission, with a two-night pass for $40. In New Providence, general admission for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be $25 per night. A weekend pass can be had for $60. VIP passes will be available for $75 per night or $180 for the weekend. And if you are really fancy and serious about your concerts, you can get yourself a skybox for $10,000 -- and invite me!

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