This Week Next Week: 8/16–8/31
Discontinuities. Science Fiction Films. Critical Dialogue.
What is science fiction? Total Recall? Probably not. The first installment in a series of mini film festivals hosted by Interisland Terminal co-founder Ben Treviño and film-enjoyer Michael McDermott will showcase conversation as much as it will the films. Those selected for Discontinuities—Gattaca, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Children of Men, Moon, and Sunshine—are all science fiction films depicting humanity in the face of increased (and in some cases) deadly technology. But are they REALLY? What makes a sci-fi flick a sci-fi flick is just one of questions asked to inspire discussion. This festival will include critical essays written by local thinkers who have opinions about these things. There will even be a book! Look for a few selected essays published right here on this very site throughout the week of the screenings. One pass gets you access to all the films. R/D, 691 Auahi St., Tue., 8/27–Sat., 8/31, various showtimes, click here for tickets.
Sip & Sketch Saturday We all know Night Market in Kaka‘ako will flood the streets around the Kak Blok with food trucks, art, fashion, and throngs. But walk down Auahi Street to Lana Lane, and then turn right, and then turn left, and you’ll find the Lana Lane Studios! Jeff Gress and his house of artists will host Sip & Sketch, a place to chill, sketch out some still lifes (you can bring your own art supplies or buy a sketch book there for $5), and sip on a cocktail or two. Lana Lane Studios, 327 Lana Ln., Sat., 8/17, 6–11pm, free.
An Evening with Clapton Dion “Boogie” Scott returns to HPR’s Atherton Studio in a tribute to one of his biggest musical influences, Eric Clapton. That’s all you need to know. It’s gonna be good. Boogie isn’t one of the best blues musicians on the island. He’s one of the best performers in the state (to take sitting down, if you’re into that sort of thing). HPR’s Atherton Studio, 738 Kaheka St., Sat., 8/17, 7pm, $15–$30. Click for tickets, or call 955-8821.
Merchant du Vin Beer Tasting Laird Butler of the beer importer Merchant du Vin and Bill Carl, Southern Wine and Spirits’s certified cicerone and beer specialist, will bring out seven brews for your sipping/gulping pleasure: Pinkus Organic Ur-Pils, Du Bocq Blanche de Namur, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Traquair Jacobite Ale, Orval Trappist Ale, Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout, and Lindemanns Framboise. REAL a Gastropub, 1020 Auahi St., Mon., 8/19, $30. Tickets can be purchased at the pub or by calling 596-2526.
Ansel Adams: Environmentalism Born of Experience From the Honolulu Museum of Arts’s website: “Dr. Rebecca Senf, an Ansel Adams scholar, will speak about the photographer’s wilderness experiences as they influenced his career. His early years as a member of the Sierra Club, his relationships with environmentalism mentors, and his later experiences as a champion of the National Parks system will be discussed. Some of Adams’s best known pictures will be put into context, and little known works that reveal his learning process will also be shown.” Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St., Wed., 8/21, 4pm, free.
Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up? Yunte Huang wrote a book, called Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, about a wiry Honolulu cop named Chang Apana, aka the real-life guy who inspired Charlie Chan. On opening night for Kumu Kahua Theatre’s production of Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up, written by playwright Nancy P. Moss and inspired by Huang’s book, attendees are encouraged to doll themselves up in their best 1920s garb. The play pits whip-wielding Apana against the fictional Chan as he thwarts crime in 19020s Chinatown. Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St.; opening night is Thu., 8/22, 8pm, and the play runs through 9/22, $5–$20, 536-4441, kumukahua.org.
The Grandmaster This Honolulu International Film Festival’s “I Heart HIFF” screening for Ohana members features director Wong Kar-wai’s far-ranging film inspired by the kung fu innovator Ip Man, trainer of Bruce Lee. Here’s the New York Times on it (because we haven’t seen the thing, yet): “Mr. Wong mines the generation-spanning heritage of martial arts cinema. The Grandmaster traces the rise of Ip Man (Tony Leung) in phases from the 1930s to the 1950s. Portrayed as a late bloomer, this fighter has his mettle tested by a revered northern master, Gong Baosen; by the upheaval of Japanese occupation; and in a fresh hand-to-hand twist on Wong-esque lovers’ torment, by Gong Baosen’s daughter, Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi).” Regal Dole Cannery, 735 Iwilei Rd., Thu., 8/22, event starts at 5:30pm, with the film at 7pm. Details on who can go and how many guests are included in each ticket, or to become a HIFF member, go to hiff.org.
The Mercury Wonder Show This is kind of an insane show. The incredibly talented Ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner, Professor Pandemonium will amp up the quease-factor with his sideshow antics, acrobatics by the juggle-heads of Kinetic Flow, as well as tribal belly dancing from Shakti Dance Movement, and music by friend of the Offsetter DJ Jet Boy. All for $10, no less (This is one of the last shows (see below for another) to catch at Merc before it closes up for renovations/new ownership)! Mercury Bar, 1154 Fort St., Fri., 8/23, 9pm–1:30am, $10 at the door, info.
Zine Nite #4 Is this the final zine nite?!! We hope not, but let’s face it: Zine Nite co-organizer Offsetter Art Director Dana Paresa has moved to the Wild Portland Yonder, and with all the changes coming up for Mercury, ZN’s future is tenuous, to say the least. Bring a voodoo zine to save this event and pass it out while Coral Stabz, TV Microwave, and Brain Plane bring the music. Mercury Bar, 1154 Fort St., Sat., 8/24, 8pm, free.
On View • Through August 25 Twelve artists in Hawai‘i and 12 in Minnesota exchanged prints to have a conversation about place— “an exchange of visual ideas,” Laura Smith writes in a statement. Changing Places: Interpreting Locality features prints from landlocked Minnesotan artists (Lilla Johnson, Meryl DePasquale, and Shawn Hebrank, and others), alongside pieces from Honolulu Printmakers including Edd Ikeda, Duncan Dempster, and Smith. Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria St., 536-5507, free.
TEDxHonoluluSalon 4: Disruptive Leadership How, exactly, does one shake up the status quo? Matt Lynch, with the help of the rest of the TEDxHonolulu team and guest curator Forrest Frizzel, invited speakers Nicole Velasco and Joshua Wilsch to share their ideas of leading disruptively by ”moving toward collaborative models, looking at the interdependence diversity, sense of place, emotional intelligence, and technology,” according to event organizers. Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St., Fri., 8/30, 7–10pm, $8–$10, click here for tickets.