Social Lite

IT boy Daniel Gray and M GM Dan Punch with…wait, what?
Image: Christa Wittmier

Imagine a typical clubbie Friday night out. You have your collared shirt and shoes on, or a sparkly halter dress and after a few shots with pineapple backs you’re on the dance floor. The DJ is playing a song you recognize but with a slower dirty hip hop beat. There’s smoke and lasers and every which way you turn, people people people people. All of a sudden you turn around and there’s a giant furry monkey doing the cat daddy surrounded by girls clammoring to get their photo taken with him. Welcome to Friday night at M. It’s The Manor party promoted by veterans Flash, Blaise and Tantriq Entertainment. I really love that they are doing something fun every Friday night. I’ve always been attracted to more gimmicky components of nights out myself. At the Stoli Summer Series last month. we were beside ourselves with delight over performance artist Robert Reed and his multiple outfit changes ranging from a colorful Marie Antoinette-like look made out of pool toys to a white full-body suit inside a cage of balloons. The photos from that event were unreal.

Robert Reed will be one of many local artists performing for this weekend’s big Find Art Festival. The three-day event is the culmination of months of hard work by curators Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Ara Laylo, Lisa Yamada and Jun Jo, people who definitely have their fingers on the pulse of everything art, music and merchandise. It’s a fantastic time to venture into uncharted territory. Many of the events are family friendly and all are free. I don’t know how they managed to do it but am very happy that they did. With the return of Fools Gold artist Donnis performing a free show Friday at Nextdoor and many other local favorites (Monarx!) performing, the music component alone is festival-worthy. Having the opportunity to knit a knock-off luxury brand bag with San Francisco artist Stephanie Syjuco, collaborate with Los Angeles artists Fallen Fruit to make fruit jams and taste vodka infused with fruit from both Los Angeles and Honolulu, and witness artist Robert Reed roaming Chinatown as a caged parrot is only a small example of what’s in store.

With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday we can say goodbye to our three-day weekend, but hello to a special White Party for Modern Experience on Tuesday July 3. Hosted by Flash the originator of the “do I really have to wear head to toe white?” party in Honolulu and featuring the return of Los Angeles DJ Graham Funke there’s already a lot of white involved. Collaborating with his ME partner Blaise Sato rounds off the crowd with local stylies, service industry types and streetwear aficionados. A small capacity in the Addiction Nightclub means reservations are highly encouraged. There’s also a huge EDM event July 3 at The Waterfront brought to you by Pure Coalition, Livewire, and the guys at Element Group called Electroworks. They are flying in Swanky Tunes from Russia.