Big Island Goat Cheese The age old gift that never loses our affection is cheese. But since Big Island Goat Cheese (which offers two types of soft cheeses in flavors that range from garlicy dill to macadamia nut basil pesto) isn’t available for retail on Oahu, we suggest a gift certificate to a restaurant that serves their gourmet curds.
Music / Once the downtown sunlight becomes sufficiently dim, the three members of Shopping List wander one by one into the Mercury Bar. Besides communicating through what seems to be their internal Chinatown sundials (the trio only seems to surface at night), they also unwittingly match their outfits to run the gamut of plaid.
Star-Advertiser columnist Lee Cataluna just released her first novel Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa. She took some time out from studying for her MFA in Creative Writing at UC-Riverside Palm Desert Campus to talk with the Weekly about the book, her writing process and her impending cult status in prisons.
In this age of economic downturn, it’s awe-inspiring when something–anything–in the local arts community lasts for 31 years. Hell, it’s shocking when something in the arts and entertainment sector lasts for even 31 days.
Internet / In this age of Internet Equality, it’s somehow surprising that a half Okinawan, half Japanese kid from Hilo can chuck his college career to become a star simply by cracking jokes in front of a computer at the ripe old age of 21–which is exactly what happened to Ryan Higa. “I started in Hilo with my neighborhood friends,” says Higa.
Music / The anti-war movement has an associated body of protest songs that, arguably, illuminated with Beethoven and detonated with Dylan. But it was black convict and social outcast Lead Belly who may have started the tradition as we know it today–disguising “Goodnight Irene” as a folk song and taking his lead from expertly crafted slave songs.
Film / Adopting an Italian attitude, let’s cut to the chase: the 8th Annual Cinema Italiano in Hawaii Film Festival’s opening night film Welcome to the South (Benvenuti al sud) and Fortapàsc are the obvious crowd favorites. The first is a broad feel-good cultural comedy-of-errors pleaser; the latter a based-on-a-true story ‘85 period crime drama where rivaling Camorra clans come up against an investigative journalist at a small local newspaper.
Games / With its recent price drop to $169.99, if you can spare the change, now is as good a time as any to upgrade your Nintendo unit to a 3DS. As if you need to be told, the Nintendo 3DS’s top screen is, you got it, in 3D; the effect is there without the need for cumbersome, uncomfortable glasses.
Art / This may sound harsh, but if you haven’t attended this year’s Artists of Hawaii exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, you’re basically indirectly suggesting that Hawaii doesn’t need a visual arts community. You’re passively buying into a theory that suggests we, as community citizens, don’t have an obligation to prove to the rest of the world that art in Hawaii exists far beyond hyper colored palm trees and geckos wearing hats.