This Week Next Week: 9.26–10.16

SEPTEMBER
 4 Contain & Function at Louis Pohl
Sept. 6 (ongoing), Louis Pohl Gallery 1142 Bethel St, all ages, free.
Louis Pohl Gallery owner Sandra Pohl calls ceramicist Jon Vongvichai one of the best, most functional ceramicists around. “His work has this twist to it,” she says. The Honolulu Museum of Art teacher said in a statement that ceramics is “my escape from things. It is both my passion and a source of frustration.” Pohl says he is another in a series of “young, up and coming, wonderful artist[s]” she’s featuring at the gallery, “as opposed to the more established ones.”
 5 Marika Emi & Mark Kushimi present PROOF
Sept. 6 (ongoing), Human Imagination 1154 Nuuanu Ave, all ages, free.
Printmaker Marika Emi calls her prints “proofs”, and as Emi writes in a statement, this show will explore printmaking “as a generative creative process. The show highlights various printmaking techniques—trace monoprinting, etching, relief printing, and chine colle—as venues of experimentation that allow for meaning and ideas to develop. In other words, Proof is about how printmaking can break its own rules by expanding off the matrix, shunning repetition, and inviting mistakes. The show will feature a body of monoprints completed this summer at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado alongside selection of photographs, plates, and framed prints from the University of Hawai’i studios.” It will remain on view throughout October.
 12 Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai’i
Sept. 6 (ongoing), Gallery ‘Iolani 45-720  Kea’ahala Rd, free. The works in Windward Community College’s gallery showcase an “overview of manga’s origins in Japanese art history including reproductions of scrolls and books that serve to influence the creative imagery of today’s manga being created in Hawai‘i,” according to a statement. Roy Chang, Jon J. Murakami, Audra Ann Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga, Marisa Torigoe’, and Damon Wong are featured.
11 Robert Reed + E.Y. Yanagi (Ongoing)
On view through Oct. 13. 6–8pm, SPF Projects 729 Auahi St, free. Multi-dimensional performance artist Robert Reed’s pop-and-circumstance approach to Waikiki’s irony gets juxtaposed with the quiet stoicism of Eric Yanagi’s black and white photographs taken of Waiks in the mid-70s.
 8 Willy Branlund: In The Beginning (Opening Reception)
Sept. 13, 7–9pm, Gallery of Hawaii Artists, 1888 Kalakaua Ave Ste C312, free.
Photographer Willy Branlund’s candid portraits of artists at work was, according to a statement, an accident, started when Branlund “first picked up a camera to shoot a candid portrait of a friend. This fortuitous act led to the development of a fascination with understanding the mechanisms of the creative process. For the past seven years, Branlund has dedicated his time and energy to documenting various artists and creative personalities at work, in hopes of further exploring elusive concepts that are important to art such as creativity, perseverance, and drive.” It will remain on view through Dec. 20.
 9 Equilibrium: Kamran Samimi at Stand Up Eight
Sept. 14, 4–9pm, Stand Up Eight, 1113 S. King St, free.
Big Island printmaker and Honolulu resident Kamran Samimi will showcase much of his work created between 2008 and this year at the new-ish furniture showroom on King Street. “One of the purposes of art in this world is to create a sense of balance,” Samimi says in a statement. “While art is generally not considered useful, that does not mean it is without value. In a world often focused on money, power, and industry, art helps it to maintain its equilibrium.”

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Tresemble – Piano, Strings and Winds with Jonathan Korth, piano
Sept. 30, 7:30pm, Doris Duke Theater, 900 South Beretania StreetTicket info here.
Chamber Music Hawaii’s Tresemble starts their new season with two separate performances of 3 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83, by Max Brunch, Quartet, Op. 1, by Walter Rabl, and Sextet, Op. 37, by Ernst von Dohnanyi. Tresemble is a word invented by Chamber Music Hawaii to describe the conglomeration of members from all three of its resident ensembles: Galliard String Quartet, Honolulu Brass Quintet, and Spring Wind Quintet.
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Linda Kaiser: Swimming Between the Islands
Sept. 27, 6pm, Ektopia, 3167 Waialae Ave, free.
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wimmer Linda Kaiser will speak about her channel swims in conjunction with Laura Smith’s show of prints, Big Splash. Kaiser is the only woman to have swum all nine channels among the Hawaiian Islands.

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These Are Not Birds
Sept. 1–Oct. 1, the Nanogallery at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria St, free.
Juvana Soliven’s copper, wood, steel, and fabric installation is tucked inside the phonebooth-turned-nanogallery within the Honolulu Museum of Art School lobby for the month, and she says, “Nothing is just as it seems. All entities are made of vibrating and constantly colliding particles and nothingness. These shadows—much like the world—are composites of individual pieces and empty spaces. As with all else, we perceive the context and fill in the voids to draw our own conclusion.”
 temp Kapulani Langraf’s Ponoiwi (Opening)
Sept. 28–Nov. 24, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania St, free.
Because next month’s ARTafterDARK is always bonkers (It’s Halloween; people go crazy), maybe go to this month’s ARTafterDARK and actually look at the art? “As a Native Hawaiian artist, my work is guided by my traditional Hawaiian values, language and culture,” says Landgraf in a statement. “I feel compelled to celebrate my Hawaiian culture, but also to express my feelings on the profound changes that have happened and continue to occur in Hawai‘i by ongoing Western intrusion and its impact on Hawaiian rights, values, and history. Although much of my work laments the violations on the Hawaiian people, land and natural resources, it also offers hope with allusions to the strength and resilience of Hawaiian land and its people.” Get it, girl.
OCTOBER
 temp Maka, by Carl FK Pao
Oct. 1–Nov. 2, opening Oct. 4, 6–9pm, Mahoa Gallery, 679a Auahi St, free.
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Oct. 1, 6:30–8:30pm, the ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave, all ages, free.
This documentary documents undocumented immigrants (from PBS’s acclaimed Independent Lens series), following six Latino/as as they strive to make it in America.
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There will be fashion: All of October. More info here.
 temp Herb and Dorothy 50 x 50
Oct. 1–3, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania St, $8–$10, time and ticket info here.
The Honolulu Museum of Art gets a cameo in Megumi Sasaki’s follow-up to her award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008). This film looks at the life of the legendary rags to riches art-collecting couple, Herb and Dorothy Vogel, as they set out to donate 50 works of art from their multi-million dollar collection to a museum in each of the 50 states.

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Lecture | Stephan Jost: Great Photographers (who happen to be women)
Oct. 2, 4pm, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania St, free.
Honolulu Museum of Art Director Jost will present thoughts on the works of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Diane Arbus (1923-1971), Nan Goldin (born 1953), Cindy Sherman (born 1954), and Rineka Djikstra (born 1959) in anticipation of the exhibition Perfect Moments: Photographs from the collection of Cherye and Jim Pierce.
 
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HiSAM Fashion Show/UH Costume Collection Exhibit
Oct. 4, 6–9pm, Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S Hotel St, free.
The Way We Wear
is an exhibition from the state’s Art in Public Places program and rare look at the University of Hawaii’s historic costume collection, and Fashion as Art is an exposition of 16 local designers’ evening and formal wear.
 
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Identity Crisis
Sept. 27, 28, Oct. 4, 5, 11pm, Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Road, $5–$10, ticket info here.
Place and identity get revisited as themes in this dance concert directed by Kathryn Holt, MA student in dance, and features the choreography of six students in UH’s Department of Theatre and Dance. According to a statement, Holt “uses the show to address the common human issue of identity, and hopes the performance will lead audience members to ask themselves some important questions: How do we define ourselves as individuals? What shapes us? How is “who we are” defined by our experiences and surroundings?”
 
 
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The Work of Steve Shrader
Opening Reception: Oct. 3, 4:30–7pm, Poetry Reading: Oct. 5, 1pm, Koa Art Gallery, 4303 Diamond Head Rd, free.
Tinfish Press recently published poetry by Steve Shrader (former UH english instructor, Hawaii Observer journalist, and Hana Hou! graphic designer) in a posthumous double album, The Arc of the Day/The Imperfectionist. He was also an avid amateur photographer, and photographs from his trips to Portland are on view through Oct. 11 at the Koa Art Gallery.
 
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Docomomo US Hawai‘i Chapter Tour Day | Honolulu: The Modern Miracle Mile
Oct. 5, 3–6pm, Design Within Reach, Ala Moana Center, level 3, Nordstrom Wing, $5–$15, ticket info here.
“Referred to as Honolulu’s ‘Miracle Mile,’ Kapiolani Boulevard was once the main thoroughfare between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. The 1.5 mile, guided walking tour will reminisce over the past and present of many mid-century modern buildings found along the successful corridor developed after WWII.”
 
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Soulgasm- Bobby Mileage
Oct. 5, 9pm, thirtyninehotel, 39 N. Hotel St, 21+, $10.
 
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LEGO travel adventure at Bishop
Oct. 5–Jan. 5, Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St, all ages.
This traveling exhibition invites you to make stuff capable of flying, floating, or driving—or the turducken of those, all three. “To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations,” a statement says, “children are asked to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all kinds of terrain—mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts, and more. This newest LEGO exhibit is filled with colorful backdrops, kid-friendly building activities, and eye-popping LEGO sculptures.”
Just remember the plural of LEGO is LEGO, okay.
 
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Behind the Scenes at Waikiki Aquarium
Oct. 8, 3–4:15pm, Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, all ages, $6–$15.
The Waikiki Aquarium invites you to, “Learn what makes the Aquarium run, from fish food to quarantine, and many stops in between. Visit the Coral Farm and the Jelly Hale, where sea jellies are raised. The program will end with participants feeding the animals in the Edge of the Reef exhibit. Minimum age 7 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Accessibility is limited. Groups of ten or less are welcome.”
 
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HIFF broadband accelerator
Oct. 10–12, during the Hawaii International Film Festival
HIFF says, “The mission of the Hawaii International Film Festival Creative Lab Broadband Accelerator is to identify excellent diverse creative (writer/directors/actors/producers—and any combination thereof) in order to provide eight participants with an opportunity to deepen their relationship with their craft, provide them with on the ground/real life coaching on the business of creating content, producing it, marketing and monetizing it on the Internet, and provide them with an opportunity with which to create a plan to assist them in taking their next steps in their professional careers.” And they are right.
 
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The Heiress at TAG
Oct. 11–Nov. 3, Thur.–Sat., 7:30pm, Sun., 2pm, Dole Cannery Sq, 650 Iwilei Rd Suite 101, $12–$20.
According to TAG: “Socially awkward, plain and shy, Catherine is a disappointment to her father. The wealthy Dr. Sloper of Washington Square cannot forget that his beautiful and charming wife died giving birth to Catherine. When Catherine falls madly in love with a dashingly handsome young man, Dr. Sloper recognizes that her suitor is a fortune hunter, interested only in her inheritance. From the depth of her love for Morris, Catherine finds the strength to defy her domineering father but, after a bitter disappointment, ultimately learns to make her own best decision.” It is the classic tale of a beautiful woman who wonders if her man is a gold-digger or not. If money makes you beautiful, is that any different than curves?
 
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Turnadot at HOT
Oct. 11, 8pm, Oct. 13, 4pm, Oct. 15, 7pm, Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave, $34–$125, all ages. Ticket info here.
Wanda Adams writes, “A classic succeed-and-you-get-the-princess fable. [HOT Director Simon Crookall says,] ‘It’s very approachable, it’s a huge spectacle, and it has a happy ending—how many operas can you say that about?’ Pronunciation note: Debate ranges, but most operaphiles go for ‘Tour-ahn-dote,’ with an two audible ‘Ts.’ Says Seattle Opera’s blog, ‘as in why doesn’t the princess ‘dote’ on her suitors instead of having them killed?’”
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Hawaii Belly Dance Convention
Oct. 11–15, Neil Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave, for more info, call 808-234-1006
The Shimmy With Aloha workshops will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12th and 13th. SHIMMY WITH ALOHA…WORKSHOPS?! We all need to know this skill. The workshops will cover topics ranging from Middle Eastern culture to Tribal Fusion belly dance techniques, but aloha is just something that should be shimmied sometimes.
 
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Honolulu Run, Walk, & Wine Race
Oct. 12, 5:30am, Kapiolani Park, 2755 Monsarrat Ave
Running a half marathon and drinking goblets of wine, because what could go wrong? This is our kind of Gimmick Race.

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The Photographer’s Eye: A photography event
Oct. 12, 11am-3pm, Honolulu Museum of Art Shop, 900 S. Beretania St, free.
The Honolulu Museum of Art Shop will feature the works of Honolulu photographers on Oct. 12. Prints, books, and posters featuring their work will be available for purchase. Some of the photographers on hand will be National Geographic’s Paul Chesley, Bruce Behnke, and the Offsetter’s Editor, James Cave (Oh God, he forgot about this).
 
 
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