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The growth of Honolulu’s arts scene has been fueled by community demand and a shared goal of accessibility, and by the artists at the heart of a passionate multi-media environment energized by Hawaii’s ideals and artistic openness.

This fall, we’re looking forward to indie rock’s Electric Palms Music Festival (next week) as well as Future Islands, Pink Mist, and Kill The Noise later in the year. Hawaii Opera Theatre surprises with a fall-to-spring lineup, and Diamond Head Theatre brings us more vocal splendor with Funny Girl. In drama, The Good Doctor fills Paul and Vi Loo Theatre throughout November–a loaded month spilling over with DJs who can’t be missed, visual arts exhibitions worthy of any Sunday swell, dance and orchestral performances, and jazzzz.

What’s important to jazz is the jam–it’s the defining element, in which musicians stretch their arms, loosen their necks, and fine-tune their strings only to get them ripped up a little later. These jam session principles are consistent to most forms of art, even dance and classical music, where rigorously trained artists mathematically steal away in moments of stripped space for some open play.

Visual artists, actors and filmmakers all take equal risks and we’re looking forward to the inclusive and hopefully mad experience.