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6 pm: 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 grand
finale concert. Featuring the Festival Mass Choir,
conducted by Prof Jo Ellen Miano of SUNY Plattsburgh;
Feryal Quadourah; John Thomas; Paul Cort; Junes Agape;
the National Steel Symphony Orchestra; Dr Karen Becker.
Tickets cost $200; proceeds to charity. Napa, Frederick
Street, Port-of-Spain. Info: 335-1649 or 290-9870.
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. TTW, corner
Jerningham Avenue and Norfolk Street, Belmont. Tickets
and info: 624-8502.
6.30 pm: RS/RR Productions stage Lotto Madness.
Written and directed by Richard Ragoobarsingh, and co-
directed by Debra Boucaud Mason. Starring Debra
Boucaud Mason, Caroline Taylor, Richard Ragoobarsingh,
Leslie Ann Lavine and Glenn Davis. Central Bank
Auditorium, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain. Tickets and
info: 623-0845 or 338-6024.
10 am: The Art Society shows In My Own World,
artwork by Lauralin Maynard. Until June 28. Gallery hours:
10 am--6 pm. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The embassies of France and Germany,
and the UTT present
1 pm: Master classes in voice and accompaniment for
students of UTT and UWI, led by Christian Immler and
Anne Le Bozec. Open to the public. Napa Port-of-Spain,
6.30 pm: German baritone Christian Immler and French
pianist Anne Le Bozec in concert singing Ravel, Wolf,
Poulenc, Brahms. Guest performance by UTT visiting artist
Nicole Jordan and students of UTT and UWI. Reservations
required. Info and reservations: email@example.com
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,
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-Spain.
June 27: 8.30 pm: Jam Session featuring local and
foreign artists. Limited entry. LiveArt Bistro, 5 Albion
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
When the first Act it Out Theatre Fes-
tival begins on July 31, audiences will not
only have the opportunity to see quality
local plays, they will also be part of a
modern, more aggressive approach to
fund-raising by a young NGO.
Steven Edwards Productions won a
Ministry of Planning Ideas to Innovation
(i2i) award last year for its Transformation
Through Theatre and Technology Pro-
gramme, which exposes children from
depressed areas to training and experi-
ences they might not otherwise have had
Television viewers are currently seeing
PSAs---on the careful use of cell phones
and digital music players---which were
produced by the company and star young
actors from the programme.
The theatre festival, which will be held
for the five days at the National Academy
for Performing Arts (Napa) in Port-of-
Spain and feature five plays, including
two targeting children, is an ambitious
undertaking for an NGO with an admin-
istrative team of five.
"We are what you would consider a
new and emerging NGO," said Edwards.
"Even though we ve won awards and so
on already, we have to find very innovative
ways to get people s attention."
His words are reflected in the team s
It will stage a flash mob on the Brian
Lara Promenade on Friday, using excerpts
from the play.
On its Facebook page, the group keeps
a countdown towards the festival and is
offering early ticket customers a chance
to win a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.
The company is also in the midst of
planning a public rehearsal on June 29
at the St James Amphitheatre "so that
people will see what the show is about,"
And in another new venture, Edwards
is trying to foster financial partnerships
with other NGOs. The offer: help sell
tickets for the festival, keep a cut of the
sales and get a booth on the Napa grounds
during the festival run.
Fellow NGOs aren t biting on the bait
as enthusiastically as Edwards would like.
So far only one has committed. He s
working to persuade others. He under-
stands why they might hesitate.
"Let s say I have an event coming up
in July and you have one in August," he
explained, "the thinking is if I help you
sell tickets for your show, even though
I m getting a cut, I would sell your ticket
and get $75, but if I sell my event I might
get $250 for it. So you d find the big
NGOs don t come on board just like that."
But ultimately, said Edwards, it s better
for NGOs with limited budgets to net-
All five plays at the Act it Out Festival
will be local pieces, like For Better or For
Worse, the first play the company ever
staged, or localised adaptations, like
Romero and Julie, which features T&T
music and traditional Carnival characters.
"A lot of the traditional stuff, we shape
into an original story," said Edwards.
To experience the festival, he said, is
to experience T&T culture.
• For more information, check the Act
it Out Theatre Festival s Facebook page.
NGO gets innovative about fund-raising
"My new collection of paintings
explores the seemingly opposing ideas
of the feminine and the wild," says
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné whose first solo
exhibition, Criatura, opens at 6 pm on
June 29 at the Art Society. Her new
images all carry the female figure as a
subject matter as she questions the divid-
ing line between ideas of the gentle and
The artist also uses the female form
symbolically to challenge the boundary
between flesh and blood and earth, seeds
and leaves---between our human form
and mother earth.
"Criatura is both woman and wild
creature. She understands that she is
connected with the earth around her on
material and spiritual levels. The Criatura
instinctively feels the divine feminine
energy of the earth, and returns to it as
a source of strength and clarity," Boodoo-
A key element of her visual work is
her inclusion of her own poetry. The
artist was recently featured as an emerg-
ing writer at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest,
where she read selections of her poetry
as part of the new talent showcase.
Boodoo-Fortuné maintains her use of
poetic lines in her new body of images.
"The poems almost always emerge
from the energy of the piece and tend to
flow in a very unplanned, stream-of-
consciousness kind of way. It is almost
inescapable as the poetic is so closely
tied to the visual for me," she says. Some
of her lines of poetry in her paintings are
deliberately left open for the viewer to
add his or her own words. In this way,
she allows the viewer to participate in
the art making process.
Viewers can expect to see bold colours
and sinuous lines in works rendered in
watercolours, pen and collage with some
pieces done on fabric and slabs of lumber.
Where the wild women are
Criatura runs through July 5 at the
Art Society, corner of Jamaica
Boulevard and St Vincent Avenue,
Federation Park. Gallery hours: 10
am--5 pm. For more information, call
622-9827 or e-mail:
Amazona, by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné. IMAGE COURTESY THE ARTIST
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