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Forever Style

Q&A

Q&A / Last week, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg visited her brand new haute spot in Hawaii–the first DVF store in the Islands. She spoke to the Weekly about her signature wrap dresses, Hillary Clinton, the secret to confidence and why she doesn’t find it in plastic surgery.


Wicked E-Games

Email interviews are usually impersonal, dry, lacking in zzha zzha zzhoo. So when I had the “opportunity” to exchange e-mails with one of my all time favorite songwriters, I was a little bummed and a bit skeptical that some publicist was going to insert agenda-inspired comments as a boring reply.


Holiday Gift Guide

Raining Gifts of Fortitude Let’s take a look at the weather outside now. It’s currently raining and cloudy in southern Honolulu while northern Honolulu is warm and clear.


Holiday Craft Fairs

Black Friday can be a nightmare. Overcrowded parking lots and shopping centers, self-entitled shoppers hustling over the final item of that hot mass-produced gift.


Gift Certificates for Curds, Cupcakes, Chocolates… or a night on the Town

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

The Return of Shopping List

Music

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.


Theater

Feed Them!

Theater

Theater / It’s the age-old tale of boy meets girl, boy loves girl, but then runs into trouble because of his man-eating plant. Little Shop of Horrors comes to Manoa Valley Theatre and the comedy-musical is a horror hoot.


Outside

Slideways

Outside

Outside / I’m a guy with a mind/body problem. A bookworm as a child, I loved hiking trips but suffered literary withdrawal pangs.


Q&A

Improvising Spirit

Q&A

Q&A / Daybreak, birds, hunting horns, prayers to Allah, the ethereal stillness in the mind of the Buddha, reflecting pools, airy Moorish archways, flute notes prefiguring Close Encounters, human voicings, echoes, sundown, starlight, OM . .


Taking on… Everything

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.


Halloween Guide

Halloween has been perpetually around the creaky corner for weeks now. Odds are if you’re scouring this issue of the Weekly, you’re probably prepared.


Bossa Nova Bliss

There is something extremely attractive about a person who, immersed in the art of her father during her years of youth, decides to take up the craft herself. Aren’t we all helplessly enchanted by the story of the torch being passed from Dylan to Dylan, Coppola to Coppola, Marley to Marley(s)?


Off to See the Wiz

“I’m very excited about the chronic,” says rapper Wiz Khalifa about his upcoming trip to Honolulu for a show at the Blaisdell. With an album named Rolling Papers out earlier this year on Atlantic Records, the Pittsburgh-raised military brat is not kidding about his love for the green.


A Fortune of Film

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

The Asian Channel

Internet

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

Pumped up Licks

Music

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

Italian New Wave

Film

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.


Book

Sample This

Book

Book / I am listening to Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. You know the main theme: flutes, drums, chants and war cries, and then the mariachi-surf guitar comes in.


Music

It’s Always Sunny in Honolulu

Music

Music / No one enjoys interrupting a musician’s Skype chat with his one- and five-year-old daughters. However, deadlines approach, and this interview must go on.


Culture

Most Wanted–Things That Are Still Missing

Culture

Culture / The 1971 San Fernando earthquake (known to many of us as the “Sylmar Quake”) struck the Valley just as the sun was rising. It caused 10 miles of discontinuous surface ruptures and aftershocks that induced four more quakes.


Games

In Your Face

Games

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.


Literature

Do We Belong Here?

Literature

Literature / “We were tourists in France,” writes Juliana Spahr in her new book, Well Then There Now, “There were long lines. My mother waited in them.


Art

The Lovely Bones

Art

Art / Remember that Apocalypse-themed dance party you went to this summer in your wicked, brand new, season-ready Christopher Kane bruiser accessorized with a tired low-hanging pewter-owl-wearing-a-silver-monocle-in-a-copper-birdcage necklace that you throw on lazily every evening? Yawn.


Art

Modes of Interrogation

Art

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.


The White Direction

Comes with video

Short a casting disaster or a fire burning the place down, Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) simply couldn’t miss by adding Hairspray to its season. Based on the 1988 film by John Waters, the musical is a crowd-pleasing shot of toe-tapping energy that only an enemy of fun would hate.


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