Extras / Kava, also known as ‘awa, has a reputation for its bitter, dirt-like taste, numbing sensation and relaxing abilities, without impairing cognitive processes. While that might not sound like a party in your mouth, for many in Hawaii, it’s a traditional drink with healing powers used to unwind with friends and family in the same way many of us drink beer (but without the negative health effects).
Halloween / If you’re someone who loves screaming in public, then Nightmares Live at the Dole Cannery will probably sound more like a dream come true than a nightmare. In its third year, this popular local haunted attraction at the Dole Cannery deems itself “the scariest show on Earth,” and maybe that’s deserved.
On Stage / The pinup girls of postcard yore are materializing, becoming fleshed-out versions of those iconic 1940s lithographs, scantily clad and ready for business–show business. The First Annual Hawaii Burlesque Festival & Revue Presented by Violetta Baretta culminates with a revue at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre, sure to loosen up the usually tighter room with victory rolls, twirling tassels and dropping drawers.
Concerts & Clubs / There’s something inherently pretentious about musicians who add punctuation marks to their names (Ke$ha and the band that’s just “!!!”, for example) But that’s not the case with Ballyhoo!, the Baltimore-based punks whose exclamation point only adds to the excitement. Sounding like ‘90s reggae pop, these wild boys have caused an uproar across the nation on tour with Tribal Seeds while still responding to their fans on YouTube, Facebook and FanBridge.
Dance / Honolulu heats up during Salsa in Paradise–Latin Dance Extravaganza, a celebration of saucy Latin sights and sounds. Turn up the temperature for this year’s theme, “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today!” which is all kinds of inclusive positivity showcasing multicultural dances, music and people alike.
Movies / Cinephiles and philanthropists alike can rejoice as their interests align for the 40th anniversary tour of Women Make Movies (WMM), a non-profit organization that helps with the production and distribution of indie films by and about women. In a stop between Columbia and Colorado Springs, WMM is swinging by the Isles to showcase two estrogen-empowering documentaries at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Museums / Bishop Museum is hosting, “Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing From The Plantations of Hawaii,” running through Monday 10/15. One event associated with the exhibit, Sushi, Sake and Obake, will pay homage to the much beloved Japanese ghost-noir film style and two other favorites: sushi and sake.
Literary / Okay, maybe we’re out on a limb on this, but then again, not every encyclopedia publication is the event of the season. Certainly lovers of local music will want to attend signings (with musical accompaniment) for Hawaiian Music & Musicians: An Encyclopedic History (Mutual Publishing, $35).
Stage / They say the neon lights are bright on Broooaaaadwaaaay, They say there’s always magic in the air… They say the stage is going to shimmer at Windward Community College with a musical revue directed by Ron Bright, called Broadway at Paliku: 10 years of ‘Bright’ Lights.