Arts & Entertainment http://www.royalgazette.com Arts & Entertainment en-us Paws and enjoy lovingly crafted Purrfection <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150504/ISLAND04/150509913/AR/0/AR-150509913.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Libby Cook-Toppan began taking pictures at the age of ten and never stopped. Purrfection, an exhibit of her work now on at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, showcases the Maine Coon cats she owns and once bred. Every purchase of her art will help support a cause thats dear to her heart the welfare of homeless cats. The photographer. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150504/ISLAND04/150509913&source=RSS Mon, 04 May 2015 04:32:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150504/ISLAND04/150509913&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150504/ISLAND04/150509913/AR/0/AR-150509913.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Libby Cook-Toppan began taking pictures at the age of ten and never stopped. Purrfection, an exhibit of her work now on at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, showcases the Maine Coon cats she owns and once bred. Every purchase of her art will help support a cause thats dear to her heart the welfare of homeless cats. The photographer. .. Cannes dream becomes reality for filmmaker <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150504/ISLAND04/150509914/AR/0/AR-150509914.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Every budding filmmaker dreams of making it to Cannes International Film Festival. Its become a reality for Kara Smith. Her short film, Blotter, was recently selected to screen at the prestigious festival on the French Riviera. Shes looking forward to attending film premieres and parties from May 13 to 17. But the thing. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150504/ISLAND04/150509914&source=RSS Mon, 04 May 2015 04:32:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150504/ISLAND04/150509914&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150504/ISLAND04/150509914/AR/0/AR-150509914.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Every budding filmmaker dreams of making it to Cannes International Film Festival. Its become a reality for Kara Smith. Her short film, Blotter, was recently selected to screen at the prestigious festival on the French Riviera. Shes looking forward to attending film premieres and parties from May 13 to 17. But the thing. .. Student artists put their best foot forward <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150427/ISLAND04/150429774/AR/0/AR-150429774.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> If the shoe fits, put it in an art show. Thats the view of Skye Kermode, Ethan Rogers and Elena Portius, who used 36 shoes to make an installation piece for the BSoABermuda College student art exhibition. The shoes are hung with fishing line and each have a thick nail through the front. The sound of marching plays in the. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150427/ISLAND04/150429774&source=RSS Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:29:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150427/ISLAND04/150429774&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150427/ISLAND04/150429774/AR/0/AR-150429774.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> If the shoe fits, put it in an art show. Thats the view of Skye Kermode, Ethan Rogers and Elena Portius, who used 36 shoes to make an installation piece for the BSoABermuda College student art exhibition. The shoes are hung with fishing line and each have a thick nail through the front. The sound of marching plays in the. .. Dancer Lopes living the dream <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150427/ISLAND04/150429776/AR/0/AR-150429776.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Some 11-year-old girls are preoccupied with their first crush or next sleepover. Courtney Lopes was only concerned with her dance classes. I started off dancing at In Motion School of Dance when I was around seven or eight years old, said Ms Lopes, whos now a professional dancer and instructor for New York-based performance group. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150427/ISLAND04/150429776&source=RSS Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:21:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150427/ISLAND04/150429776&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150427/ISLAND04/150429776/AR/0/AR-150429776.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Some 11-year-old girls are preoccupied with their first crush or next sleepover. Courtney Lopes was only concerned with her dance classes. I started off dancing at In Motion School of Dance when I was around seven or eight years old, said Ms Lopes, whos now a professional dancer and instructor for New York-based performance group. .. Strong man of music returns to the stage <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150427/ISLAND04/150429777/AR/0/AR-150429777.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Ask Rudolph Benjamin what matters in his life and hell tell you about his family, his bodybuilding and his music. The music came first. There was always a piano playing in my house, the 75-year-old said. I dont know who in my family liked music but me and my brother Joe sing pretty good. I always liked group singing. He. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150427/ISLAND04/150429777&source=RSS Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:15:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150427/ISLAND04/150429777&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150427/ISLAND04/150429777/AR/0/AR-150429777.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Ask Rudolph Benjamin what matters in his life and hell tell you about his family, his bodybuilding and his music. The music came first. There was always a piano playing in my house, the 75-year-old said. I dont know who in my family liked music but me and my brother Joe sing pretty good. I always liked group singing. He. .. Play Veils explores cultural differences <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150420/ISLAND04/150429976/AR/0/AR-150429976.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Tom Coash gave residents a platform for their writing when he launched BMDSs Famous for 15 Minutes competition. The American playwright has now scored big with work of his own. His play, Veils, won the highly prized M Elizabeth Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association this month. By any standards its a huge. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150420/ISLAND04/150429976&source=RSS Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:09:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150420/ISLAND04/150429976&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150420/ISLAND04/150429976/AR/0/AR-150429976.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Tom Coash gave residents a platform for their writing when he launched BMDSs Famous for 15 Minutes competition. The American playwright has now scored big with work of his own. His play, Veils, won the highly prized M Elizabeth Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association this month. By any standards its a huge. .. I hope my art encourages others <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150420/ISLAND04/150429991/AR/0/AR-150429991.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> A bay grape leaf in pastel might have been Nicole Simons greatest masterpiece if only her preschooler hadnt smeared it. Balancing motherhood and art can be tough. Ms Simons had to start again on the piece, and the result can be seen in her first solo art exhibition, SunDaze, on now at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150420/ISLAND04/150429991&source=RSS Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:03:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150420/ISLAND04/150429991&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150420/ISLAND04/150429991/AR/0/AR-150429991.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> A bay grape leaf in pastel might have been Nicole Simons greatest masterpiece if only her preschooler hadnt smeared it. Balancing motherhood and art can be tough. Ms Simons had to start again on the piece, and the result can be seen in her first solo art exhibition, SunDaze, on now at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda. .. The beat goes on for Bermuda band <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150420/ISLAND04/150429992/AR/0/AR-150429992.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> You dont have to venture as far as New Orleans to hear great jazz music. The Blues Beat Band, made up of current and retired members of the Bermuda Regiment Band, are one solid example of that. The five-member group got together over a shared love of music. These days their goal is to get people grooving at corporate, church or. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150420/ISLAND04/150429992&source=RSS Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:55:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150420/ISLAND04/150429992&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150420/ISLAND04/150429992/AR/0/AR-150429992.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> You dont have to venture as far as New Orleans to hear great jazz music. The Blues Beat Band, made up of current and retired members of the Bermuda Regiment Band, are one solid example of that. The five-member group got together over a shared love of music. These days their goal is to get people grooving at corporate, church or. .. DJs party lifestyle on wheels of steel <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150413/ISLAND04/150419925/AR/0/AR-150419925.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Lifes one big party for 23-year-old Harry Choppa Dunks Dunkley. The DJ has found success touring clubs and festivals around North America with a blend of island and electronic music known as tropical bass. Two weeks ago he was playing at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Florida a huge gathering of electronic music. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150413/ISLAND04/150419925&source=RSS Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:46:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150413/ISLAND04/150419925&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150413/ISLAND04/150419925/AR/0/AR-150419925.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Lifes one big party for 23-year-old Harry Choppa Dunks Dunkley. The DJ has found success touring clubs and festivals around North America with a blend of island and electronic music known as tropical bass. Two weeks ago he was playing at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, Florida a huge gathering of electronic music. .. My style is realism... with a little flair <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150413/ISLAND04/150419926/AR/0/AR-150419926.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Watercolours and wine. Masterworks artist-in-residence Lindsay Hopkins-Weld is offering both as inspiration at a hands-on, social painting class on Wednesday. Its a gentle introduction to her style of art, which goes on exhibit at the Paget gallery next month. Q How did you hear about the Masterworks programme?A I must. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150413/ISLAND04/150419926&source=RSS Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:42:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150413/ISLAND04/150419926&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150413/ISLAND04/150419926/AR/0/AR-150419926.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Watercolours and wine. Masterworks artist-in-residence Lindsay Hopkins-Weld is offering both as inspiration at a hands-on, social painting class on Wednesday. Its a gentle introduction to her style of art, which goes on exhibit at the Paget gallery next month. Q How did you hear about the Masterworks programme?A I must. .. Chewstick to raise funds at Folk Club <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150411/ISLAND04/150419963/AR/0/AR-150419963.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> It will be a Bermuda Folk Club evening with a difference tonight as a raft of performers from Chewstick take to the stage for a special fundraising open mic in support of The Chewstick Foundation. The Folk Club is inviting the community to come along and hear the music and performances from artists, including Deondre, Jules, Djata, Raven,. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150411/ISLAND04/150419963&source=RSS Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:41:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150411/ISLAND04/150419963&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150411/ISLAND04/150419963/AR/0/AR-150419963.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> It will be a Bermuda Folk Club evening with a difference tonight as a raft of performers from Chewstick take to the stage for a special fundraising open mic in support of The Chewstick Foundation. The Folk Club is inviting the community to come along and hear the music and performances from artists, including Deondre, Jules, Djata, Raven,. .. Mohawk Radio triumphant in battle of bands <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150406/ISLAND04/150409866/AR/0/AR-150409866.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Bermudian Mia Page Chambray and Mohawk Radio just moved a step closer to stardom. They went up against thousands of bands from across the UK in the music competition Rock the House and won. British MP Mike Weatherly started Rock the House in 2011. His hope was to promote live music and highlight the importance of recognising. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150406/ISLAND04/150409866&source=RSS Mon, 06 Apr 2015 03:53:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150406/ISLAND04/150409866&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150406/ISLAND04/150409866/AR/0/AR-150409866.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Bermudian Mia Page Chambray and Mohawk Radio just moved a step closer to stardom. They went up against thousands of bands from across the UK in the music competition Rock the House and won. British MP Mike Weatherly started Rock the House in 2011. His hope was to promote live music and highlight the importance of recognising. .. Bermuda-based rocker Black needs your vote <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150406/ISLAND04/150409870/AR/0/AR-150409870.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Bermuda-based singer Will Black is on a quest to become the next big Canadian breakout artist. The one small catch? Hell need your help. The 37-year-old has entered CBC Musics Searchlight competition for the second year in a row. This year, with the help of local fans, hes hoping he can get enough votes to reach the. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150406/ISLAND04/150409870&source=RSS Mon, 06 Apr 2015 03:51:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150406/ISLAND04/150409870&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150406/ISLAND04/150409870/AR/0/AR-150409870.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Bermuda-based singer Will Black is on a quest to become the next big Canadian breakout artist. The one small catch? Hell need your help. The 37-year-old has entered CBC Musics Searchlight competition for the second year in a row. This year, with the help of local fans, hes hoping he can get enough votes to reach the. ..