Theater / When you stop and think about it, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical based on a book (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) based on a movie (The Wizard of Oz) based on a book (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), yet for some reason, the play grossed more than $1.5 million at the Blaisdell during the final week of December alone. My question is: Why?
Waikiki has exploded since the summer of ’73, when Eric Yanagi, then a 22-year-old commercial photographer struggling to make rent, set off into its side streets with his camera and $500 of State money to document a city in transition. The state was rich with tourism, and government money could be spent on art, so he applied for a grant and was awarded.
Pat yourself on the back, because you just made it through yet another year filled with predictions of the end of days (See: Y2K, 2000; The Rapture, 2011). We’ve compiled a list of the best New Year’s Eve parties to usher in the triskaidekaphobe’s favorite year (and oh, are we ready for the mass hysteria).
Art / To cope with the commercial limitations of the Honolulu art market, most of our art galleries behave like shops, showcasing an array of merchandise created by their assorted artists, rather than exhibiting cohesive bodies of work prepared for specific shows. When the Andrew Rose Gallery opened on Bishop Street a year ago, art makers and appreciators were thrilled by the concept of a real art gallery in Honolulu presenting shows that feature artworks made by an individual and intended to be viewed together.
Culture / You may only have a few hours to read this article, depending on when you meet it, as this week’s Weekly hits the red boxes on a day that might be humans’ last ever, according to one 12/12/12 theory. Even so, when the final sentence in the Mayan long-count calendar reaches its last period on the 21st, some unknown event will apparently ruin our day: A giant invisible dwarf planet called Nibiru/Planet X/Eris–at this point, isn’t a name arbitrary?–will park itself somewhere between your house and mine and explode us, or our magnetic poles will trade spots and send us flying into space, or the Earth will shift from the current third dimension into the zero and then fourth dimensions, aligning with the sun and the rest of the planets and triggering a two-day total blackout (which wouldn’t kill us, but I would probably miss Nashville).
Book Reviews / Between 1862–63 King Kamehameha IV, born Alexander ‘Iolani Liholiho Keawenui, completed and published the first Hawaiian translation of The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. As part of the church’s 150th anniversary of its founding, the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi has reprinted the King’s translation.
Book Reviews / Rich in historic photographs, personal stories and the details derived from careful research, Lihue Mill offers an in-depth look at how 150 years of sugar cultivation turned Lihue into the political hub of Kauai, a distinction it still holds, though its mill is now shuttered. TenBruggencate, longtime Kauai correspondent for The Honolulu Advertiser, digs deep to uncover unfamiliar tidbits about the origins of sugar and its stuttering history on Kauai.
Get it out of your head that craft fairs only consist of wool sweaters hand-knit by grandmas–our local market has choke creative gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. Shop local this holiday season.
Art / With a series of new oil paintings and pastels on display at the Gallery at Ward Center, Mark Norseth asserts himself as one of the finest landscape painters to have worked in Hawaii. Finding inspiration close to his home in Kailua, Norseth depicts Oahu’s rugged southeastern coast with a realistic shorthand reminiscent of the plein air paintings by John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sarolla.
At The ARTS at Marks Garage, filled with sunlight, hang Debra Drexler’s wall-sized abstract paintings in fiery yellows, reds and blues. A professor of art at UH Manoa who lives in Kailua and spends her summers painting in her Brooklyn studio, Drexler met with the Weekly shortly after Hurricane Sandy flooded the city, bringing to mind the dark undercurrents of her luminous work.
Arts / “The concept of a fringe festival is that it’s open to anyone and anybody can perform, whether you’re a new or emerging artist or a professional,” says Misa Tupou, the organizer of the second Oahu Fringe Festival (OFF), kicking off on Thursday at various venues in Chinatown. “Fringe Festival doesn’t judge you; they appreciate you giving your soul, creating your work.” Tupou came to Hawaii from New Zealand a few years ago and found what he saw was a strong arts community with a breadth of everything from visual to performing art, but without a format allowing artists to really shine together.
Community / The city of Honolulu has stepped into the fray of Chinatown’s ongoing nightlife dysfunction, and First Friday, the art movement that occurs between 5–9pm on the first Friday of each month to support local art and economy, is not without consequence. The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation (DOT) held a meeting at the Hawaii Theatre on Wed., Oct.
Halloween / The details are thin, but what we know so far is this: There is a lady from Laie named Nalani who, in some unknown freak accident, lost both her son, her lover, and so, too, her mind. Now she haunts the murky waters of the lagoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center with angry arms and huge, fried black hair, like the “before” picture in a Garnier Fructis commercial.
Arts / As Hawaii celebrates the 110th year since Koreans first arrived in the Islands, the East-West Center (EWC) at UH Manoa presents a series of opportunities to experience this remarkable creative culture. “Dancing the Spirit: Korean Masks, Music, & Social Concerns”–a series that includes an arts exhibition, live performances, film screenings and talks–is a superb chance to discover traditional masks, dance, music and films, which remain far less known and appreciated outside the former Hermit Kingdom than, say, K-soaps and K-pop.