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7 pm: T&T Film Co in association with We
Beat/St James Community Improvement
Committee and the T&T Film Festival present
T&T Film Nights, The Story of Lover's Rock
(Menelik Shabazz/ UK/ 2011/ 101 mins/ PG-13).
Free and open to the public. St James
Amphitheatre, St James. Info: 621-0709 or go to
The Music Department of State University of
New York (Plattsburgh) and the Academy of the
Performing Arts of the UTT, with the Eastern
Performing Arts Fraternity stage Choral and Voice
Festival 2013. Choral clinics, vocal and piano
masterclasses, competitions, recitals and a grand
finale concert. Featuring the UTT Chorale,
students, musicians and faculty; the Festival
Mass Choir; Feryal Quadourah; John Thomas; Paul
Cort; Junes Agape; the National Steel Orchestra;
Dr Karen Becker; and Prof Jo Ellen Miano. Until
June 23. Napa, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.
Info: Choral Voice and Piano Festival 2013 group
The National Museum and Art Gallery shows
Dear Joseph, an exhibition of works from the
national art collection. Featuring works by Carlisle
Chang, Sybil Atteck, Noel Vaucrosson and others.
Continues until March 15, 2014. Gallery hours:
Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm. The Marie Louise Hall of the
National Museum and Art Gallery, 117 Frederick
Street, Port-of-Spain. Info: 623-5941.
10 am: Lotus Wares and Rachel Rochford
present Pop Up Shop with Rochford Jewellery.
Handmade jewelry; special collection. Continues
June 22. Lotust Wares, 1 Christina Court,
Boissiere Village, Maraval. Info: lotuswares.com.
6 pm: The Trinidad Theatre Workshop hosts a
Night of Pan, Jazz and Kaiso. Featuring Earl
Rodney and Lord Relator, with Kyle Noel and
Larry Lee Luck. Trinidad Theatre Workshop, cor
Jerningham Avenue and Norfolk Street, Belmont.
Tickets and info: 624-8502.
10 am: The Art Society shows In My Own
World, artwork by Lauralin Maynard. Until June
28. Gallery hours: 10 am-6 pm. Info:
The Jazz Alliance celebrates T&T Jazz Week.
June 25: 8.30 pm: Jazz Lime, Bring Yuh Jazz
CD's & Come. Two-drink minimum. LiveArt Bistro,
5 Albion Street, Port-of-Spain.
June 26: 3.15-4.15 pm: Rhythm Stories.
Storytelling and music combined, featuring Aviel
Scanterbury, Adrian Kong, Adriel Vincent-Brown
and Children's Library
Storytellers. Free admission. Port-of-Spain
Children's Library, Abercromby Street, Port-of-
June 27: 8.30 pm: Jam Session featuring local
and foreign artists. Limited entry. LiveArt Bistro, 5
Albion Street, Port-of-Spain.
June 28: 8 pm: JATT honours Fitzroy Coleman
on his 90th birth year. Featuring Mungal Patasar
& Pantar; Sean Thomas Quartet, featuring US
performers Brandi Disterheft on acoustic bass,
Brianne Ford on piano, Grace Kelly on alto
saxophone and Sean Thomas on drums. Tickets:
$400. Central Bank Auditorium, St Vincent Street,
Tickets and info: 689-4298; 625-7123; 687-
2093; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit
STORY AND PHOTO BY MARSHA PEARCE
Watch your step because you could find
"The exhibition focuses on pavements,
cracks and wear and tear. That is where the
micro-gardens are," said Oswald Glean Chase
of his latest series of photographs and draw-
ings of the Woodbrook area. The artist, who
is in his 80s, has directed his camera lens
at the myriad patterns to be found on the
surfaces upon which we walk. In the midst
of the lines, shapes, colours and textures of
the pavements we can also find life sprouting
in the form of wild plants in the crevices
and holes. These are what Chase refers to
"I am trying to alert people to the idea
that in the very ordinary, there is a wide
scope for triggering the imagination," Chase
It has been 12 years since Chase's last
show in T&T. A professor of architectural
history and design theory at Howard Uni-
versity in Washington, DC, Chase has shown
his drawings and paintings in Trinidad, the
US and Europe. What he offers in his new
artworks are what he calls "footscapes"---
arresting scenes characterised by the lifting
and setting down of feet; pictures of surfaces
marked over time by strolling, sauntering,
trekking, striding and countless perambu-
lations. Chase asks us to think about, as he
puts it, "how the foot relates to what is on
His photographic images are punctuated
by drawings inspired by the forms he sees
in his pavement studies. For his drawings,
Chase uses the technique of pointillism so
that his images are composed entirely of
tiny dots or minute strokes. If the elements
of design are not readily apparent to the
viewer who engages with Chase's photo-
graphs, then his drawings, with their dis-
cernible lines and shapes, play a role in
making us aware of the ground beneath our
feet as fascinating visual works.
There are no names for any of the pieces
in the exhibition. Chase wants viewers to
form their own impressions.
"I do not want to colonise people's
minds," said Chase. The artist hopes that
viewers will put their own meanings to the
images, making analogies: comparisons and
correlations between what they see in his
visual presentations and what they have
experienced in their own lives.
"A name serves to short-circuit that depth
of communication," said Chase.
Young violinist Chelsea Goolcharan has
been accepted to the Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra (BSO) Academy Week---an inmer-
sive, eight-day orchestral programme that
provides participants with the opportunity
to play side-by-side with the BSO. Goolcha-
ran, of Whiteland, south Trinidad, has been
granted a full scholarship based on her GPA
from Rutgers University, New Jersey, where
she is pursuing a bachelor's in violin per-
Goolcharan is looking for $10,000 to
offset expenses associated with participating
in the programme, said a press release from
the Classical Music Foundation.
"We can only hope that her dream of
attending this BSO course will not be frus-
trated as all she has to provide for is her
airfare to Baltimore and one week's board
and lodge. We hope that there is one gen-
erous soul who will come forward to assist
this most worthy young Trinidadian as she
enters a field that is so needed for our youth
here in T&T," the release said.
Goolcharan started playing violin at age
13 under Gunilla Tang Kai. Her resume
includes performances with the St Augustine
Chamber Orchestra and Youth Philharmonic,
the Court Street Chamber Orchestra in San
Fernando, and the First Church of the Open
Bible. She performed at the World Peace
Festival held at Napa in 2011.
The young musician has participated in
workshops in Venezuela and Boston. "Her
goal is to become a professional violinist
and work towards developing the musical
arts in T&T," the release said.
Before going to Rutgers, Goolcharan
worked with children five and older at the
Gasparillo Government Primary School.
"The music programme at the school
provides students in the area with the pos-
itive influence that music education affords,"
the foundation said in the release. "Reports
are that there has been a decline in students'
delinquent behaviour and a steady improve-
ment of grades since music education was
introduced. Students were encouraged to
participate in cultural festivals and various
community and school events, and recently
participated in the String Festival at Sapa
To make a donation to Chelsea Goolcharan,
contact Annette Dopwell of the foundation
Chelsea is off to Baltimore
Violinist Chelsea Goolcharan. PHOTO
COURTESY CLASSICAL MUSIC FOUNDATION
Art underfoot Chase's exhibition, Trinidad as Art:
Micro-Gardens in Woodbrook, opened on
June 10 at the Art Society, corner of St
Vincent Avenue and Jamaica Boulevard,
Federation Park. The exhibition runs
through June 22. Info: call 622-9827 or e-
An image from
Oswald Glean Chase's
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