Museums & Galleries / To call photographer Daido Moriyama a living legend isn’t hyperbolic. His somewhat impressionistic photography represents not only a breakdown of a rigid post-war Japanese culture, but of the photographic process itself; his highly contrasted black and white prints feel strongly composed, yet still shot with an off-the-hip, no-viewfinder aesthetic.
Stage / A lot of people were angry when last month’s snoozenami warning did nothing more than cancel all the best Halloween parties and worsen traffic, reminiscent of the previous “warning” in March of 2011. But let’s not forget that the night could have been a lot worse, and though we’ve been lucky in Hawaii, Japan’s event last year reminds us that tsunamis are nothing to ignore.
‘Ohana / Kakaako, that 600-acre chunk of beachfront property between Punchbowl and Piikoi Streets, wants you to “discover it” again, this time with the help of Ward Centers. Katie Kaanapu, senior marketing manager for Ward Centers, says they “want to really highlight the various things that Ward Centers has to offer,” which is a lot, considering that Ward is made up of five different shopping neighborhoods, including Ward Warehouse, the Village Shops, Ward Gateway (where Ross is), the theater and entertainment center and the Marukai Market.
Concerts & Clubs / After a busy early life and restless seven-year nap, Quadraphonix will officially mark their return to full strength with the release of their second studio album, Blues in the Ragas. Guitarist Shree Sadagopan says the album has come a long way since he started recording the demos a year and a half ago.
Learning / I don’t know if you’re aware, but we also have another master in our midst: an actual taiko master. Honolulu’s Kenny Endo has studied with San Francisco Taiko Dojo (the first multi-drum taiko group outside of Japan) when honing his chops, and learned the roots of the form with Sukeroku Taiko in Tokyo.
Galleries / If they know you by name at Luxury Row, then our social circles probably only ever intersect at Hawaii’s Modern Masters, a collection of the best in upcoming and established local brilliance in visual art (plus champagne). Owner and director of Cedar Street Galleries and curator of this show Mike Schnack says it’s less about the scene than the art.
It’s not an action we’d recommend, but in the abstract, we’ll endorse it. Staring into the Sun is the latest solo exhibition of paintings by artist Debra Drexler, and notably, her first solo showing in Hawaii since her local debut 10 years ago at the Honolulu Museum of Art (back when it was known as the Academy), with her show Gaughin’s Zombie.
Literary / Back in 2002, Roy Chang was inspired to create an adventure story that would work for both children and adults when, as part of a lesson for his 7th and 8th grade fine arts students, he created the original characters of Cacy and Kiara. Ten years later, the two girls star in his first novel, Cacy and Kiara and the Curse of the Kii, which is also illustrated by the author, who also happens to be an art teacher, editorial cartoonist and freelance illustrator.
Halloween / If you’re not so much into the (VERY LEGIT) scares of haunted houses but still want a good excuse to dress up as a slutty Incredible Hulk (or whatever), the freakish, festive and fantastic street festival is back for another year of music and club-hopping. Hallowbaloo returns to the Chinatown Arts District this weekend to raise the dead and get them jamming.
Halloween / Halloween is a holiday for the creative. Whether you’re carving your masterpiece into a pumpkin, decorating your house with masterfully dripped blood and intricately woven cobwebs or dressing up as whatever is scarier than a pregnant Snooki (maybe Snooki with twins?), it takes a bit of ingenuity.
Extras / A cornucopia of pleasures is promised at the upcoming debut of Oahu Brewfest, hosted at Paradise Cove in the Ko Olina Resort. In conjunction with Halloween week, Brewfest will celebrate the spooky and the entertaining, highlighting the offerings of more than forty beers from over twenty-five different breweries–Kona Brewing Co., Aloha Beer Company and Hawaii Nui Brewing–to name a few local contributors.