January 8th, 2014
Happy New Year to you all!
I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and are feeling refreshed and energised for 2014. I also hope that the first full working week of the year hasn’t been too painful so far. Anyway, it’s a brand new year, so here’s a brand new listing of the latest events in Bermuda for your consideration:
There are four new exhibits opening on Friday, January 10th at the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) in City Hall. The Onions Gallery will be showing Celebrating Bermuda: Photojournalism by the Royal Gazette. The Edinburgh Gallery will be exhibiting Eastern Exposure by Mark Tatem and Ally Lusher. Studio A will showcase Urban Light Show by Sue Rebello, while Ann Kermode will present Down Under Show in Studio B. Opening night will be BSoA on Friday, January 10th from 5pm until 7pm with the usual wine, beer and soda with cheese and crackers provided. The shows will run until Tuesday, January 28th. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact 292-3824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The monthly Ciné Club from L’Alliance Française des Bermudes will be showing Luc Besson’s Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec on Tuesday, January 14th at 8pm at BUEI. This French movie with English subtitles is an adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions… Tickets cost $5 for members, $10 for non-members and $5 for students. Full details can be found at www.alliancefrancaise.bm.
Most of us are tightening our belts after all that seasonal spending so, luckily for us, Bermuda Tourism are running an initiative to let us dine at many local restaurants for a reduced cost! Over 35 of Bermuda’s top restaurants are participating in Bermuda Restaurant Week from Friday, January 17th until Thursday, February 13th. Prices for three-course prix fixe dinners fall into three tiers at $29, $39 or $49 per person (excluding beverages and grats) depending on the participating restaurant. Wine pairings will also be offered. For more information, contact Tashae Thompson on 292-0023 or email@example.com. Reservations should be made directly with the restaurant. For the full list of participating restaurants, visit www.gotobermuda.com – happy eating!
Firm fan of factual films? Then good news as the January edition of the Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series will be on Sunday, January 19th in the usual location of the Tradewinds Auditorium at BUEI. Let the Fire Burn, an award-winning documentary about an attack by the Philadelphia police on a row house occupied by members of the urban group MOVE will be showing at 3pm. This will be followed by The Last Ocean, award-winning documentary about efforts to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean from commercial fishermen, at 5.15pm. More details on the films can be found at www.BermudaDocs.com. Tickets are $15 and available at Oceans Gift Shop or by phoning 297-7314.
Saturday, January 25th is the last Saturday of the month, which means that it’s Super Saturday at Masterworks in the Botanical Gardens! Each month has a different theme and this one will be Prince and Princess, where families can participate in free themed arts and craft activities from 10am until 2pm. There is no need to register so you can just turn up on the day. Full details can be found at www.BermudaMasterworks.com. For more information, contact 299-4000.
A stylish start to 2014, the Caledonian Society of Bermuda’s Annual Burns Supper, will be at Tucker’s Point Hotel and Spa on Saturday, January 25th. A Burns Supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns, author of many famous poems and songs. A few examples include Auld Lang Syne (yes, the one we all sing at New Year), To a Mouse (the phrase “the best laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft agley” comes from this poem) and Tam O’ Shanter (considered by many to be one of the best examples of the narrative poem in European literature). You do NOT have to be a literary buff to enjoy this, you just have to enjoy delicious food with entertaining toasts and speeches. The pre-dinner cocktail reception (cash bar) will be from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, with the five-course dinner beginning at 7.30pm. The ticket price is $100 per person and available from iHind@cityhall.bm or online at www.pTix.bm. Rosewood Tucker’s Point are also offering a special room rate of $195 for attendees. The link to the event on Facebook is here and it usually sells out in advance so don’t delay in getting your tickets. Details on confirmed speakers and the menu will be at www.CaledonianSocietyofBermuda.com soon.
The next edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival’s BIFFlix Monthly Film Series will be a screening of the film, Blue is the Warmest Colour, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, on Sunday, January 26th. This film recent made cinema history by being the first to be awarded the Palme d’Or to both its director and its actresses. The screening will be at the usual venue of the Tradewinds Auditorium at BUEI at 5pm. Tickets are $15 and available from www.pTix.bm. For more details, visit www.biff.bm.
Ladies, do you think you have what it takes to be the face of Bermuda? The Miss Bermuda Pageant is now in the 4th year since its revival and they are currently looking for contestants for the 2014 edition. The date of the pageant itself has not yet been announced but the deadline for applications is Friday, January 31st. Experience is not required and application forms and more details can be downloaded from the website at www.missbermuda.bm. The registration fee is $100. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-1469.
A great event for Bob Marley fans, Veterans in Action presents Legend: Bob Marley Tribute at the BAA Gymnasium on Saturday, February 8th. Gates open at 8pm and the headliner is Aaron Silk and Friends live from Jamaica, with musical interludes by Jugglin J, Y.G.S., King Jyrus, Prophecy and Magnum Force. Local artists performing Bob Marley covers will include Rivah, Sista Mandy, Shorta Ranks, Djata, Marca T, Kulcha, Zenji San, Shine Hayward, and more. Tickets are $25, or $40 at the door, and available from Kit ‘n’ Caboodle, Fish ‘n’ Tings, People’s Pharmacy, Jamaican Grill, Caribbean Food Market, Somer Supermarket and Belvin’s Variety in Happy Valley and Devonshire.
Young dancers will have the opportunity to take their ballet technique to the next level at Sophia Cannonier’s Firebird Half Term Ballet Camp at the Lotus Centre on Victoria Street from Monday, February 17th until Friday, February 21st. Running daily from 8.30am until 5.15pm, 5 to 12 year olds will have a morning classical ballet class followed by pilates, yoga and/or body conditioning. Also included is a Firebird makeup class, ballet films, acting and musical theatre classes, raw nutrition workshops, and etiquette and protocol lessons. This fun week will culminate in a mini performance for parents. The cost is $300 with a $50 sibling discount per additional child. For more information, or to register, contact 799-6330 or email@example.com
The National Museum of Bermuda is giving all Bermuda residents a special New Year’s gift. For the month of January, entry to the Museum is free with proof of residency (show a driver’s licence or utility bill). As the Museum is home to Dolphin Quest, visitor are able to view the dolphins for free too. The Museum is open 7 days a week, from 10am until 4pm on weekdays (last admission 3pm) and from 10am until 10am until 5pm on weekends (last admission 4pm). Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.bmm.bm.
The Ocean Spa at Cambridge Beaches are offering special savings for January – but they won’t tell you what they are until you book! If you book an appointment of 50 minutes or more, you can play their Spa lottery to save 20%, 30% or 50%. The lottery ticket will be picked at the time of payment and the discount will be applied immediately. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Island Restaurant Group have partnered with Liberty and Neptune Theatres to offer a special Dinner and Movie Package. A main course and dessert at Victoria Grill along with a movie at Liberty cost $40 for the bundle, while a main and dessert at Frog and Onion along with a movie at Neptune costs $32. Tickets can be purchased from www.pTix.bm and every time you purchase one of these bundles between now and April 30th, you can be in with a chance to win dinner and a movie in NYC. Simply fill out your name and contact information on your ticket and drop it in the designated boxes in each theatre to be entered into a draw to win flights, accommodation for two nights, dinner and a premier movie screening in NYC.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
Just For Laughs: Double Bill – January 8th
8th Annual Just For Laughs – January 9th to 11th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – January 11th
Tokio Millennium Re Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 11th
Move Well: The Natural Way to Good Health – January 13th
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 16th to March 1st
**UPDATED 2014 Bermuda Marathon Weekend – January 17th to 19th
**NEW Bermuda Restaurant Week – January 17th to February 13th
Tokio Millennium Re Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 18th
**NEW Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series: Let The Fire Burn and The Last Ocean – January 19th
Tokio Millennium Re Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 25th
**NEW Super Saturdays at Masterworks: Prince and Princess – January 25th
**NEW Caledonian Society of Bermuda’s Annual Burns Supper – January 25th
**NEW BIFFlix Monthly Film Series: Blue is the Warmest Colour – January 26th
**NEW Miss Bermuda Pageant Contestant Application Deadline – January 31st
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Shostakovich’s The Nose – February 1st
Think Well: The Natural Way to Good Health – February 3rd
**NEW Legend: Bob Marley Tribute – February 8th
**NEW Firebird Half Term Ballet Camp – starts February 17th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Tosca – February 22nd
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Falstaff – March 15th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Dvorák’s Rusalka – March 29th
Bermuda Yoga Festival – April 3rd to 6th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Borodin’s Prince Igor – April 26th
Current Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
Homer’s Cafe Display: Rebecca Martin – December 28th to January 30th
BNG East: A Sense of Place – December 6th to March 31st
Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – January 10th to 28th
Onions Gallery: Celebrating Bermuda: Photojournalism by the Royal Gazette
Edinburgh Gallery: Eastern Exposure by Mark Tatem and Ally Lusher
Studio A: Urban Light Show by Sue Rebello
Studio B: Down Under Show by Anne Kermode
If you had a rough 2013, you can take solace in the fact that at least it wasn’t as tragic as some of these:
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