A taste of Guyanese Christmas

‘Christmas With Us’ Vol 2 by Various Artistes, touts itself in its inner pocket as being “a taste of Guyanese Christmas” and that is exactly what it offers, perhaps too much of a taste.

That’s entertainment!

As we rush to Christmas and the close of the year—yes this is the last Saturday in November—the predictable and unpredictable is happening in the world of entertainment.

Hello!

“Hello… It’s me,” Adele sings and the world responds with tears, joy, memes, gifs and over a million downloads in the shortest time possible.

Also-ran: Guyana

Out of the blue last Thursday, which was October 29, the media were informed that the Miss Guyana Universe Pageant contestants were going to be introduced to the media and the public on Sunday evening, November 1, at the Princess Hotel.

Never stop dreaming

Living the dream. Beyond my wildest dreams. I never dreamed… Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

Golden jubilee plans

Next year, Guyana celebrates 50 years as an independent nation. Whoo-hoo! There are certain milestones that are viewed as exceptional and 50 years is one such.

Let local dancers bring it

In the reality television show “Bring it!” Diana Williams, owner of the ‘Dancing Dolls’ studio in Jackson Mississippi and her dancers go head to head in competitions with similar groups of dancers, winning trophies and bragging rights.

Local films in the cinema, yes?

On Wednesday last, MovieTowne Cinema in Port of Spain held the world premiere of the film Bazodee with all of the trimmings you’re likely to find at the premiere of a new film: celebrities, gala reception, couture, cocktails and so on.

End the lawlessness

A letter which appeared in the Stabroek News this week decrying the presence of two small girls in a movie theatre where an ‘R’ rated film was playing was not as shocking as it was disappointing.

‘Cheerleader’

On Thursday, Billboard gave props to 29-year-old Jamaican artist OMI, naming his song “Cheerleader” the ‘Song of the Summer’.

Emancipation

Another Emancipation Day has come and gone. This year’s celebration marked 177 years since our enslaved forebears were set free.

Tragic lives

A mere 22, the age at which many young women are starting their careers, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of legendary singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has died and will likely be laid to rest on Monday although a funeral service is reportedly set for today.

When the masks slip

Fans jump all over celebrities all the time, full of hero worship. They love their music, their style; they want to look like them – they wish they could be them.

Who’s calling me from an unknown number?

A few years ago – okay more than a few – I was tormented for more than a month, by a man who constantly rang my number asking for ‘Sandra.’ I tried once to reason with him; it was a disaster.

Who are you?

Often, when people are asked ‘Who are you?’ they respond by giving their names.

Shake it off

You can say what you like about Taylor Swift, feel what you like too, what you cannot take away from her are her talent and her brains.

Disaster barely avoided

“Let we in nuh officer.” “Is me president swearing and I gaffo see it.” These were some of the pleas made to the junior police ranks who were at times assisted by fire officers in manning the gate at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence on May 26.

Happy Independence, Guyana

“Guyana, Guyana, this fair land of ours Has broken the bondage of far distant powers, We love you Guyana from high land to sea, And pray God make worthy your children to be.

Making a study of it

Die-hard fans of some musicians and actors make it their duty to learn everything they possibly can about them and then retain what they would have learned so that they are able to rattle off all of the statistics whenever they need to make a point.

Ri-levant

So the talk of the town, or rather the globe for the past week has been the Met Gala.

Get up, stand up!

So caught up are we in the throes of the ‘silly season’ that World Intellectual Property Day came and went on Sunday last without so much as a blip on our collective consciousness – at least for the most part.

Bad publicity

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, long seen as one of the darlings of Bollywood and India for that matter, found herself in some hot water this past week after an advertisement she did for a huge Indian jewellery chain was slammed for being racist and promoting child slavery.

Dreams of making it big

It has been said before, but bears repeating – there is not much scope for talented locals who desire a career in music.

Thinking out loud

Ed Sheeran’s new song “Thinking Out Loud” from his album ‘x’ seems to be all the rage these days.

♫ Happy ♫

Many people might not know this but three years ago, out of concern for the way the world had become the United Nations decided to designate a day of happiness.

What the bleep?

We have had the conversation before. But things have not improved—if anything they have gotten worse—so we’re having it again.

All 50 shades of it

So India’s film censors have said no to the film Fifty Shades of Grey.

Mosa the magnificent

Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and The Jewel runs until March 5 at the Theatre Guild and those who haven’t seen it yet should make the time to do so.

Children’s costume parade

It was more than fitting that this year’s Children’s Costume and Float Parade was held on February 14, St Valentine’s Day.

Soca Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s that day of the year devoted to love. It’s that day when regardless of what’s hot in local couture, red and white clothing will be seen left, right and centre, hither, thither and yon.

Grammy Awards

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will be shown live on television tomorrow night.

SOCA, Chutney and calypso

Two weeks ago when we mulled over the comments made by the lady at Bourda Market, while reflecting on the run up to Mashramani, we had an overall look at the local music scene.

Demerara Gold

Magnetism virtually oozes from Ingrid Griffith the minute she sets foot on stage and begins her monologue; you just can’t take your eyes off her.

Bring on the Guyanese music

Overheard at the Bourda Market: “Now Mash coming round, dey gun kill we wid Guyanese music!

Xie Xie

A friend and I were driving around the city in circles the other day, disappointed that there was really no place to sit, talk, relax without too chatter and music.

2014 happenings!

2014 was an eventful year in local entertainment as this look back at some of the happenings will reveal.

Time…

There is a certain beauty about time. It goes on. It’s infinite, never ending a continuous click of the clock.

Gee Whiz! It’s Christmas!

Yes it is. By the time the next publication of The Scene hits newsstands, Christmas Day would have passed and we will all be looking to the coming of the New Year and all that it brings, or all we hope it will bring.

Of Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Gobble Gobble! I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day on Thursday. And how about that hectic shopping day Black Friday?!

Guyanese people

Guyanese people: multi-ethnic with mixed and celebrated cultures, united heritage and diversity; one of the most resilient groups of Caribbean people.

Greener pastures

The University of Guyana’s main campus in Turkeyen graduated over 1,500 students last week Saturday and many of these graduates will move on to further their education elsewhere, reside in another country or, as the guest speaker Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Irwin LaRocque recommended, apply for the Caribbean Single Market and Economy Recognition of Skills Certificate and enhance the development of their region.

National Drama Festival awards

The closing ceremony of the fourth National Drama Festival was truly “The Night of Stars” as it was dubbed and shining brightest of them all for her successful direction of the festival and choreography of the closing ceremony was Colette Jones-Chin.

Hamlet

Hamlet came to a local stage two Fridays ago, brought by the Shakespeare’s Globe which is on a two-year travelling world tour commemorating the playwright’s 450th birth anniversary; a treat for Guyana, or so I thought.

Tourism and hospitality

Hospitality is the bedrock of tourism. It drives the industry. Many Caribbean economies depend heavily on tourism, selling their year-round summer, sparkling blue waters, ‘life is a party’ image mainly to people in bleak climes.

Exploring St Cuthbert’s Mission

Walking around St Cuthbert’s Mission from the Mahaica-Berbice settlement right over to Demerara-Mahaica, through trails to the sandy river banks and the hilly village centre; I scouted the environment stopping to sit and chat with the village folk.