Stage / Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel are three fishy friends who discover a treasure map during a game of bubble ball, spurring a cross-ocean journey in Emmy- and Tony Award-nominated John Tartaglia’s family musical, ImaginOcean. It’s kind of like Finding Nemo, but with black light and puppets coming together in a live show that’s not only appealing to kids, but fun for all those who love the creativity it takes to bring such a show to life.
Last year, rockers Everclear performed in Honolulu to raise money for leukemia patient Tony Harrison at the Rock Against Cancer Benefit. After raising $12,000 for Harrison’s bone marrow transplant (he has fully recovered), the band decided to come back for a second round of altruism with another concert.
Learning / When Uncle Vanya and Zombies debuted at UH Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre last month, people scratched their heads at how Chekhov’s version (he wrote the original Uncle Vanya) could ever be translated into a zombie apocalypse. Well, theater professor and creator/director Markus Wessendorf did it, and successfully, according to our own critic Steve Wagenseller (see “The Wasted Life of Zombies,” Nov.
Galleries / Sure, Daido Moriyama’s photographs at the UH Art Gallery are important, but as you already know (right?), we’ve covered him extensively (see the web-exclusive Q&A at [HonoluluWeekly.com], “Daido Didactically”). There’s also a spread of inspiring prints from local photographer Eric Yanagi on view in Framing Paradise, as well, and it more than warrants a visit before the show closes on Dec.
Holiday / It’s a bit ridiculous that we have to import our clothes, our food and even our water from the mainland, but, come on–trees too? “There is indeed a limited supply of locally grown trees, with just one farm on Maui and one farm on Oahu growing and selling [Christmas] trees commercially,” says Claire Sullivan, Whole Foods Market Hawaii coordinator of purchasing and public affairs.
Concerts & Clubs / For holiday musical offerings, the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble serves up a smorgasbord of the tastiest confections in town at their 21st annual Christmas Concert series. The menu ranges from the Renaissance serenity of Palestrina to the evocative freshness of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.
Stage / Sure, it’s easy to be cynical about Annie–a plucky, redheaded orphan who sings her heart out to a shaggy dog. It’s especially easy to be cynical if you had a sister like me who can probably still recite the entire movie by heart and give a blood-thumping rendition of “It’s a Hard Knock Life” at a moment’s notice.
Concerts & Clubs / “It’s time for all people to gather forces and say yay or nay,” says singer/songwriter Millicent Cummings about our relationship to the changing landscape of our world. Her musical journey is a “quest to find uncompromised freedom and unconditional love between people, no matter who you are or where you are.” Cummings’s conceptual concert, Relation Ship (which will be recorded live this Saturday) aims to “capture the live quality of music, about our time right now,” Cummings says.
Museums & Galleries / In its literal translation, shunga means “spring pictures.” However, its more relaxed, unclothed definition refers to the Japanese erotica produced during the Edo period (1615–1868)–works on display for your eyes only in The Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga. That’s right, a gallery all about the “S” word: shunga, or the Japanese word for erotic art.
Food & Drink / It was always one of those special nights when your parents would let you eat breakfast for dinner–usually because they were about to tell you some bad news (after 36 years, it’s time to move out) or ask you to do them a huge favor (after 36 years, it’s time to move out). But at Night Breakfast, Morning Glass Cafe in Manoa will offer this experience without all the familial obligation.
In, Hawaii, his 56th book of photographs, Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama reproduces our Technicolor paradise in grainy, highly contrasted black and white images, composed in his recognizable, unleveled angles and distorting, quick-shot aesthetic. He traveled to the islands five times between 2004 and 2007 and made at over 300 images, 270 of which can be found in Hawaii.