Reggae, white sandy beaches and rum drinks may be the most immediate images that Jamaica brings to mind, but behind its postcard-perfect setting and made-for-TV soundtrack lies a long, conflicted history as a Spanish, then British, colony before gaining independence in 1962. Choreographer Pat Taylor and her JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble join artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence with Seven Paintings, a Story in Performance. Kabasa Drum Ensemble provides the percussive backdrop as Taylor's Afro-Caribbean-infused choreography brings Hoyes' paintings to life to tell the story of a young girl's emotional and physical journey from village healer to dancer. With support from the Jamaica Cultural Alliance and the Jamaican consulate, the evening offers a chance for SoCal to share in this tribute to the island nation's cultural heritage without boarding a cruise ship. Ford Amphitheater, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Sun., Aug. 5, 8 p.m.; $30-$75; $15 students, $12 children. (323) 461-3673,

Sun., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., 2012

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