Arts & Culture

New Face for Island Vibe

Story and photo by David Wears

Ana Assing is the new face on the local band circuit in T&T. She recently joined the frontline of soca band Island Vibe.

Ana, a Trini resident in New York, is well known in the West Indian circuit throughout North America and has been performing with many local and regional bands. She is now returning to her homeland to become a driving force during Carnival 2005.

The beauty is only one of the many surprises Island Vibe has for T&T for the upcoming season. Ronnie McIntosh, who led the Atlantik frontline, has also joined the band alongside Spongy, Snakie and Choko.

The band heads to the studio this week to work on new tracks.

Photo: David Wears

Ana Assing

Remember Me?

More info: General admission $75, special reserved seats $90 and are available at the Little Carib Theatre. The box office opens from September 20 from noon to 6pm daily. Patrons are asked to book and purchase tickets early. To Book call: 622-4644, 646-7203, 683-5721, 775-4531.

When: Premiered Sept 23

TIME: Showtimes from Tuesdays to Saturdays is 8.30pm and on Sundays 6.30pm

Where: The Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

More info: Performed by Love and Laughter under the guidance of the Crazy Catholic. The play is in english and features a sixty member cast complete with songs, dances and costumes. Tickets: $75. Available at Xtra Foods - Grand Bazaar, Food Giant - Barataria, Dee Balos Roti on Park Street, PSA Drugs - Aranguez Rd, Fabi Cosmetique - West Mall and Kams - Long Circular Mall. For reservations please call 674-2232, 796-4272 or 774-4338.

The Friday night show is all inclusive ($150), with proceeds going to Shalimar University Centre.

When: October 7 to 10

TIME: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7.30 pm, Sunday 4.30pm.

Where: Queen’s Hall.

Ballroom and Latin Showdown

More info: Nostalgia Promotions presents its annual ballroom and latin dance competition and party. A top national champion from Barbados would be making a guest appearance at the finals. Tickets available at Ambassador Hotel, Mas Camp pub, Crosby’s, Rhyner’s and leading ballroom and latin dance schools. First 100 patrons free complimentary tickets for latin night at Ambassador Hotel. For further info call: 776-5566.

When: Tomorrow

TIME: 8 pm till

Where: Mountain View Terrace and Poolside, Ambassador Hotel.

N9 Studio Dance Classes

More info: Mondays - Arabic, Tuesdays - Flamenco 1, Wednesdays - East Indian,

Thursdays - Salsa (beginners-intermediate),

Saturdays - Tango (2-3pm); Samba (3-4pm); Salsa Advanced (4-5pm); Hip Hop (5-7pm) and Sundays - Arabic Dancing (2-3.50pm)

Call: 623-8134 or 758-1110.

When: Ongoing

TIME: 5pm - 7pm

Where: 28, New Street, Port-of-Spain

Alpha and Omega Dance Classes

More info: Classes feature hip hop, dance hall, pop, R&B and Soca styles. Classes will take place as follows. Call 782-0372, 771-3681 or 671-3876.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays.

TIME: 3pm - 5pm

Where: N9 Studio, New Street, Port-of-Spain.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays.

TIME: 3pm - 5pm

Where: Barataria Regional Complex.

Flor de Amor, Latin Dance Classes

More info: Learn to dance Latin, salsa, cha-cha & meringue. Join renowned Janelle Spencer. Call 680-4993.

When: Every Tuesday and Saturday

TIME: 5pm-8pm

Where: 43A, Saddle Road, Boissiere Village, Maraval (at the D’Bassment Restaurant, Grill and Sports Bar).

Ritmo Latin Dance Co

More info: Company has been in existence for five years. Dedicated to teaching students to enjoy life and lose themselves in dance.

When: Friday evenings

TIME: 6 pm to 9.30 pm

Where: Woodbrook Youth Facility.

Countryside by Peter Sheppard

More info: Countryside is an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Peter Sheppard. This show will exhibit Sheppard's latest work including both Sea and Landscapes. Contact Peter Sheppard at: 628-4081

When: Today (October 1-7).

TIME: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 9am-5pm daily.

Where: Trinidad & Tobago Art Society/101 Art Gallery.

Unilever International Schools Art Project

More info: Schools around the world are invited to create a piece of contemporary art on the theme of Connecting and Communicating and to enter it for an international exhibition to be held on 19 January 2005 at Tate Modern in London.

This exciting project will provide a fascinating insight into the views and creativity of the world's children and young people and will reflect a rich variety of cultural and creative influences across the world. Contact: Nadella Benjamin at 625-0223 for more info

AGE GROUPS: Entries can be made in three age groups,

Group 1 – 1st year to standard 3

Group 2 – Standard 4 to Form 1

Group 3 – Form 2 to Form 5


Schools to submit up to one entry per age group to Lever Brothers West Indies Ltd. by 11th October 2004.

The international exhibition and celebration in London will take place on 19th January 2005 at Tate Modern.

When: September 27

TIME: 3.30pm to 4pm

Where: Lever Brothers' West Indies Ltd, Eastern Main Road, Champs Fluers.

Original Art Exhibit featuring Abstract Landscapes and Caribbean Works by Marion Bernadine

More info: Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Marion has also lived and sold art in Toronto, New York, Puerto Rico and St Thomas (US Virgin Islands).

When: Opening reception with the artist October 7.

TIME: 7 - 10pm

Where: The Ashanti Room: 836 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Canada M6G-1M2 (East of Ossington).

Contact: 416 588-3934 [email protected], email: [email protected]

Advice for contributors

Send your listings by post, fax (625-7211) or e-mail ([email protected] - no attachments please). Information should be received at least a week before event by noon on Mondays. Please include date, time, venue and contact information.

Band Launches

Friendz 2005 Presentation: Street Party

More Info: [email protected] or contact Richard 746-7167

WHEN: Tomorrow (October2)

Time: 9pm, design unveiling and production at 10pm

Where: Pier 1

Classix Productions

More Info: 2005 Presentation: Stepping Stones

WHEN: October 3

Time: 4 pm to 6.30 pm

Where: Chinese Association of T&T


More Info: email: [email protected]

Legacy mas camp: 622-7466

WHEN: October 16

Where: The Anchorage

Island Events

2005 Presentation: Moulin Rouge: Tribute to Josephine Baker

More Info: or 628-3644

WHEN: October 22

Where: Venue to be announced

Trini Revellers

2005 Presentation: Conquest of the Indies

More Info: 627-8323

WHEN: October 31

Where: Pier 1

Circle of Rock X: Appreciation Awards

Adele Camps

The anticipation builds as Rockers House Promotions and presents Circle of Rock X: Appreciation Awards ‘03\’04.

The momentous event, predicted to be similar to the MTV Awards or the Grammy’s, will feature four of newest bands in the Circle: Nucleus, Skid Nevely (the winners of the 2004 Anchorage Pop Awards), Fever Dog (Runners Up of the 2004 Anchorage Pop Awards) and Surgeon Generals.

In between every performance, awards will be presented to all the bands that performed at Circle of Rock I – IX.

About 24 special honours will be given and amongst these are the awards for best vocalist, best drummer, best bassist, best guitarist, best mosh-pit, most tickets sold and best band.

The recipients of these awards are chosen by an election in which all the bands that have participated in Circle of Rock for the past year cast their votes for each category.

When: Today

Time: Doors open at 8pm

Where: The Chaconia Hotel, 106 Saddle Road, Maraval

Tickets are available from all band members, Rockers House Staff & Committee, Eli (767-2649), Chad (788-5763), Matthew Hadeed (744-7785), Brent (798-8898), Barry (755-3723), Muzik Chamber in Bradford City Mall, 22 Henry Street Port-of-Spain (623-8808), Kiosk 1 on Level 1, Long Circular Mall (622-4657) and Chazzz in Grand Bazaar (645-4200).

For more information about this event and other upcoming shows visit online

Women in Art

The Women in Art organisation of T&T will host its eighth annual art exhibition at the National Museum and Art Gallery from next Monday.

The Women in Art organisation was founded by artist and current president Fraulein Rudder in 1996 with just 25 artists. Among its aims and objectives is to help women to explore, discover, develop new techniques and to assist young aspiring artists, both girls and boys.

Today, the organisation boasts of 120 members and continues to grow. It produced a book entitled Women in Art 2000, featuring 38 of its members, each accompanied by a bioprofile and a bit of her work.

Through its many activities, such as the annual exhibition, workshops, seminars, retreats and field trips to locations of aesthetic interest, the organisation promotes an appreciation for art. These activities also provide members and non-members alike, the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, develop and learn new skills.

This year’s presentation promises to be the most exciting and insightful thus far, with works by both recognised and aspiring female artists, locally and abroad. Visitors to the exhibition will be very much impressed with the quality and variety of artistic expressions displayed, which in the past has included painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramic and fabric.

When: Private viewing of the exhibition is on October 4. The exhibition is open to the public from October 5 to October 24.

Time: Private exhibition - 6.30 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 6 pm and Saturdays and Sundays between 2pm and 6pm.

Where: At National Museum and Art Gallery

Admission: Free. The museum can be contacted at 623-5941, and the president of The Women in Art Organisation at 637-9379.

Drum exhibition

The Carnival Institute will be holding an exhibition entitled In the Beginning was the Drum. The exhibition will be divided into three main sections: Drums of the World, popular drums of selected countries and/or regions of the world; Drums in History, drums that were brought to this country as part of the cultural heritage of many of the different peoples that came here; Drums in Trinidad and Tobago, starting from tamboo bamboo and continuing to present day.


Venue: The Clubhouse, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain

When: November 6

What: Formal opening

Time: 6.30 pm

When: November 8

What: Exhibition opens to the public and hosting of primary and secondary schools for demonstration workshop

Time: 10 m to 5 pm

When: November 9

What: Hosting of primary and secondary schools for demonstration workshop

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

When: November 10

What: Tuner’s conference

Time: 6.30 pm

When: November 12

What: Drummology

Time: 7 pm

When: November 13

What: In the Beginning was the Drum Seminar

Time: 9.30 am

more info: Contact Leona Fabien and Tricia Ward at 621-5269

Pan Royale
More Info: Jazz Master Randy Western (pianist)

TK Blue quartet with special guest Douglas Redon on steelpan; Signal Hill Alumni choir and katzenjammers Steel Orchestra; Roger Sardinha Quintet.

When: October 22

Where: Mount Irvine Bay Hotel and Golf Club, Tobago

Time: 8pm to 11 pm

More Info: Performances by Cuba’s all-female salsa band, Son Damas, and CFS Pantasy

When: October 23

Where: Mt Irvine Bay

Time: 8 pm to 11 pm

Tickets: US$17/$100. Workshop for young musicians, hosted by TK Blue at Mt Irvine Bay hotel—10 am to noon. Admission by special invitation only.

More Info: Tobago Blue Food festival

When: October 24

Time: 9 am

Where: Bloody Bay/L’Anse Fourmi

Admission free.

More Info: Performances by TK Blue and the Douglas Redon Quartet, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and Petrotrin Phase II, Jeunes Agape choir with steel ensemble

When: October 25

Time: 8 pm to 11 pm

Where: Concert at Petrotrin Yacht Club, San Fernando.

Admission: US$4/$25

More Info: Free matinee concert

When: October 26

Where: Venue to be announced.

Workshop for young musicians hosted by David Boothman—Cascadia Hotel and Conference hotel.

Admission by special invitation only.

More Info: Performances by the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, featuring legendary Louis Hayes on drums with special guest Robert Greenidge, Caribbean Arts Jazz Ensemble, and Lenora Zenzalai-Helm, award-winning jazz vocalist

When: October 27

Time: 8 pm to 11 pm

Where: Concert at Cascadia Hotel

Admission: US$34/$200

More Info: Food festival and concert at Harvard Club, St James.

More Info: Steel orchestras, calypsoes, paranderos and tassa drummers

When: October 28

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Admission: US$4/$25

Workshop for young musicians hosted by Vincent Herring and David “Happy” Williams—Cascadia Hotel.

Admission by special invitation.

More Info: Trinidad All Stars, Silver Stars, Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, Robert Greenidge and Brother Resistance and the Network Riddum band

When: October 29

Time: 8 pm to 11 pm

Where: Concert at QRC courtyard

Admission: US$25/$150.

More Info: Cuban salsa band,Son Damas, CFS Pantasy and others

When: October 30

Time: 8 pm

Where: Concert at QRC courtyard:

Admission: US$25/$150.

More Info: Signal Hill Alumni choir with Katzenjammers, Nazarene District of T&T choir with Nazarene Worship steel orchestra, Lydian singers with Lydian steel ensemble, and Southernaires chorale and steel orchestra

When: October 31

Time: 6 pm to 9 pm.

Where: Concert at QRC courtyard:

Admission: US$17/$100; for children under 12 US$8/$50.

more info: or call Mortimer Baptiste

623-9291; 780-1423, [email protected] or Waaz Hosein

628-4361; 740 8559, [email protected] or Ainsley Mark 624-4569



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