A&E Wrap-Up: 12-30-16

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Celebrate the year’s finale with Leche De Tigre

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Celebrate the year’s finale with Leche De Tigre

Latin gypsy funk band Leche De Tigre will celebrate the closing of 2016 this evening at the Edible World Institute in Kailua-Kona.

Dress to impress, get ready to dance and celebrate with good company and delectable food offerings starting at 8 p.m.; band takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door, and can be found at LDTBand.com and The Edible World Institute.

The blend of musical styles referred to as “Latin gypsy funk,” often laced with rock influences is characteristic of Leche de Tigre. The bands’ sound relies on percussive grooves the melodic impact of the acoustic guitar and a soulful vocal and musical formula that is constantly evolving.

The current band, with both original and new members, consists of Dan Brauer on nylon string and acoustic steel string guitar, Cuban Tres and vocals; Lee Motter on vocals; Chris Wilson on drums; Robby Malovic on bass; Joe Marcelin on congas; Lucas Lessa on guitar; Dave Weaver on rhythm guitar; and Michaeloha Elam on trumpet.

Info: LDTBand.com.

Bottle of Blue offers New Year’s Eve show

Welcome 2017 with Bottle of Blue and special guest Divercite on Saturday evening at Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu.

The Naalehu-based band comprises Scott Reagan, Marion Geruschat, Dan Corippo, Mati Laino and Joe LaRusso. The five-piece group plays the standard classic covers and writes its own original music that is reflective of the classic rock genre, but with a fresh perspective.

Tickets to the Chuck Deleonardis event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They are available for purchase at apachawaii.org, the Aloha Theatre Box Office, Kiernan Music, Get Sum Pizza or by calling (207) 807-3854.

Info: bottleofblue.com.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival opens Monday

The 2017 Waimea Ocean Film Festival gets underway Monday with a lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities continuing through Jan. 10.

The annual event opens 8:15 a.m. Monday with breakfast talks and films playing simultaneously Monday through Thursday multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre) and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, in South Kohala. On Jan. 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in North Kona where it continues through Jan. 10.

The festival brings more than 60 films to the big screen this year — most of which are world, U.S., Hawaii or Big Island premieres — with many filmmakers in attendance to answer questions following the showing of each film. The festival format immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment — including things we do on land that impact the sea — and island culture.

In addition to films, the Voyager Exhibit, on display at Kahilu Theatre, will share the story with up-to-the minute images of the 2016 Hokulea voyage. The exhibit, including the 8-by-13-foot world map developed as part of the festival to highlight the Worldwide Voyage (WWV) route, opens at Kahilu Theatre with a blessing and ceremony 4 p.m. Monday.

Art also weaves its way throughout the 2017 festival.

Bonnie Cherni will offer classes in ocean-inspired origami from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at The Fairmont Orchid and from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Four Seasons.

Painter Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, granddaughter of noted artist William Twigg-Smith, will present a full exhibit of recent works at The Fairmont Orchid Monday through Thursday and at Four Seasons Resort on Jan. 7. Teururai’s work is featured on the cover of this year’s festival program.

Tiffany’s Art Agency will showcase the work of local artist Mary Spears and photographer Cathy Shine starting Monday and continuing through Thursday at The Fairmont Orchid and on Jan. 7 at Four Seasons Resort.

Puako-based painter Christian Enns will display his artistry at the new Enns Gallery in the lobby at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. He will offer the chance to observe him in action from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A Meet the Artist reception is slated for 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program is available at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or by calling 854-6095.

Apio brings clean comedy to Big Island

Comedian Kermet Apio performs Jan. 6 at My Bar in Kailua-Kona.

An Oahu native, Apio has been living in Seattle over the course of his three-decade comedy career, appearing on Comedy Central, National Public Radio, and Sirius/XM Radio. He has also showcased at many comedy festivals and is a winner of the Great American Comedy Festival and Seattle Comedy Competition.

As a comedian who performs squeaky clean, family friendly material, Apio has been performing in front of sell-out crowds in theaters across America, as the opening act for Brian Regan.

Doors for the Jan. 6 show at My Bar open at 7 p.m. and Apio takes the stage at 8 p.m. The show, geared for those age 21 and above, will also feature Simon Kaufman, Anthony Silano and Jose Dynamite. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They can be purchased at My Bar, Oshia Surf and Matsuyama Food Mart, as well as online at brownpapertickets.com.

Apio also performs Thursday at 8 p.m. at Hilo Town Tavern. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

‘Ohrlando’s Chamber Ensemble’ offers New Year’s concerts

Roland Maurer, also known as “Ohrlando,” and his wife, Ursula Hesse, will offer a pair of New Year’s concerts next week in North and South Kona.

As part of the 2016-17 Chamber Music series, the two Swiss musicians will share a colorful bouquet of salon musique featuring waltzes, polkas, dances and more from the 19th and 20th centuries. Maurer plays oboe, bassoon and saxophone while Hesse plays piano.

The first concert is 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Christ Church Episcopal’s Queen Emma Center in Kealakekua and the second will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 8 at a private residence in Kailua-Kona. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

For reservation and directions, contact roland.maurer@gmx.ch or call 315-7666.

Paint & Sip benefits Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii

Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii’s Paint & Sip event continues from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 with Rya Horne at Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse in Kailua-Kona.

A majority of the proceeds from each $50 ticket benefits Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii’s Home Builder program, which works to create home ownership opportunities for low-income families in West Hawaii including a 10-home Blitz Build slated for September 2017. The event is limited to 25 people. Those who would prefer to not paint can just “sip” for $25.

Info/tickets: habitatwesthawaii.org/events.

Concerts benefit Kahilu Theatre education programs

Kahilu Theatre announces two Kahilu Gold Concerts to raise money for its Arts Ed @ Kahilu education programs. The concerts, held at exclusive and intimate off-site venues, will feature celebrated Hawaiian musicians Makana and John Cruz.

The idea behind the fundraising concerts is to have exceptional artists performing in beautiful and intimate locales on Hawaii Island, providing eventgoers with an upscale and truly unique experience set against a backdrop of night skies, ocean breezes, and island style living. Included the in the ticket price are heavy pupu and libations. This is the second season of Gold Concerts. Last season, the theater presented Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, Amy Hanaiaii and Dirty Cello.

“The Kahilu Gold Concert series allows us to extend our reach to a new audience and bring attention to a resource people may not have even known existed,” said Deb Goodwin, executive director for Kahilu Theatre.

The concerts also provide Kahilu Theatre with a platform to showcase its education programs, as students from the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes will perform routines during both concerts.

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The Makana Gold Concert will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. The John Cruz Gold Concert will take place at 6 p.m. on March 12.

Tickets are $150 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office in Waimea from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.