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Oh My Bubbles!

Stage

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.


Fa La Laughs

You may recognize his voice as Master Dong from Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie, but don’t tell your girlfriend that. Tell her you know Paul Ogata as the star of Amasian: The Amazing Asian, a short film directed by fellow local boy Gerard Elmore.


Festivals

Best for Last

Festivals

Festivals / OMG, 12/21 really is The End of the World, at least if you’re a fan of everyone’s favorite Honolulu Weekly “Sociallite” Super CW (known to mortals as Christa Wittmier), who is throwing her final “one. last.


Concerts & Clubs

Merry Kitschmas

Concerts & Clubs

Concerts & Clubs / Christmas, even here, where Mauna Kea is the only place you can find a white Kalikimaka, is still unavoidable. But that just makes Don Tiki’s 2nd Annual Hot Lava Holiday Show all the more necessary.


Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

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.


Stage

Pillow Fights

Stage

Stage / When I ask Troy Apostal how rehearsals are going for TAG’s upcoming production of The Pillowman, he doesn’t hesitate. “It’s going full throttle,” says the director.


Fashion

Pop Couture

Fashion

Fashion / The ladies have it figured out, but guys–well, we’re still working out the wrinkles when it comes to dressing like we use a mirror. It’s not our fault, you know.


Literary

Verses Versus Verses

Literary

Literary / Ever brought a poem to a cage fight? You might have your chance at Mixing Innovative Arts’ next art and literary series experiment The Poetry Improv–local literati’s first interactive performance slam with M.I.A.


Outside

Not Fair? Don’t Care

Outside

Outside / Baby, it’s cold outside. I saw the temperature drop to like 50-something this past week!


Learning

Talking Dead

Learning

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

The Woolley Three

Galleries

Galleries / Surf and art have never been mutually exclusive, and Woolley brothers Ehukai, Nat and Shaun prove this every day. At their little shop, built into the old Sugar Bar building in Waialua, the guys have set up a factory that churns out basically whatever they feel inspired to create.


Galleries

Last Chance Resort

Galleries

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

Local Pining

Holiday

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

Carols, Classically

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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

It’s Only a Day Away

Stage

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.


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Sonic Cornucopia

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Concerts & Clubs / Holiday shopping getting you down? Bills piling up?


Concerts & Clubs

Anchors Away

Concerts & Clubs

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.


‘Ohana

Leggo My Lego

‘Ohana

‘Ohana / Come Saturday, 52 teams of more than 500 keiki geniuses and an inestimable amount of lego pieces will assemble at the 8th annual Hawaii First Lego League (HFFL) Championship with the goal of one thing: world domination. Well, almost.


‘Ohana

Kids, Meet Snow

‘Ohana

‘Ohana / !URGENT–The Honolulu Weekly Weather Service at Fort Street Mall has issued a Snow Day for Kapolei Commons warning, effective Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.


‘Ohana

Stop & Go Ho Ho

‘Ohana

‘Ohana / Honolulu is getting a serious shade of red and green this weekend. Yes, it’s the Honolulu City Lights Parade & Pupu lighting up the night with Christmas colors twinkling all cheery and bright, but we’re also talking about those stop-and-go traffic lights.


Museums & Galleries

Shunga Stripped

Museums & Galleries

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

Moon Over My Hammy

Food & Drink

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.


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Jam Sesh with Jake

Concerts & Clubs

Concerts & Clubs / The inaugural Jake Shimabukuro & Friends Concert is this weekend. Its headlining international virtuoso showcases Shimabukuro on the state’s most common four-string instrument, but what to us may sound ubiquitous has won over tons of hearts in the past few years.


Films

The Shorter the Better

Films

Films / When I first heard about Stars in Shorts at the Doris Duke Theatre, I pictured a montage of my favorite actors lounging around in them: Bermudas, golf shorts, swim trunks, jean shorts, gym shorts, short shorts, Lederhosen. People will pay for anything these days.


Web Exclusive

Daido, Didactically

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.


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