Art & Entertainment Wrap Up: 02-22-18

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‘Rumors’ to begin in Waimea on March 16

Waimea Community Theatre will perform Neil Simon’s Rumors, beginning on March 16.


The show runs March 16, 17 and 18 and the weekend of March 23, 24 and 25 at Parker School Auditorium in Waimea. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows will start at 2 p.m.

“Rumors” is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home located just outside of New York in the year 1988. The characters are arriving as guests at a 10th anniversary dinner. The first couple to arrive discover that one of their hosts has apparently attempted suicide, unsuccessfully. Charley’s wife, Myra, is nowhere to be found and neither are the servants. Through the course of the show, the audience never meets Charley or Myra. As more guests arrive, there are cover-ups, deceptions, mistaken identities, and a lot of laughs.

The production is rated 13+ for language.

Tickets can be purchased at Waimea General Store and Waikoloa Mail Box.

Donkey Mill annual Art Auction approaches

The Donkey Mill Art Center will hold its 11th annual Art Auction at BMW of Hawaii on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

The annual Art Auction draws contributions from local and national artists to support the community art center and its work to provide rich art experiences and opportunities for the people and visitors of West Hawaii. Fifty artists will be represented in this year’s silent and live auctions in an effort to raise critical resources for the organization.

The auction also provides an opportunity for art enthusiasts and patrons to access a wide range of highly desirable work by renowned artists while enjoying a celebratory evening in an upscale venue.Proceeds from the event will enable the Donkey Mill Art Center to continue providing youth and adult art programs, community events, and art experiences for all throughout our community.

Proceeds from the event will enable the Donkey Mill Art Center to continue providing youth and adult art programs, community events, and art experiences for all throughout our community.

Among the highly anticipated works available at this year’s auction will be pieces by print maker John Buck, photographer Wayne Levin, painter Lynn Capell, fine art prints by Bud Shark Ink, ceramicist David Kuraoka, ceramicist Richard Notkin, printmaker and painter Mayumi Oda, and ceramicist Esther Shimazu.

A complete digital catalog will be made available to ticket holders in advance of the event, and patrons who are unable to attend may opt to bid remotely. Tickets available online at

Donkey Mill Art Center is the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organization. Its mission is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop and expand their artistic abilities. In 2016 alone the Mill served over 1,000 keiki and teens, provided more than $8,000 in scholarships to young students, and held 94 classes and workshops for adults.

Info: visit or call 322-3362.

Reggae concert to be held at Honokaa People’s Theatre

Pato Banton: Universal Love Tour is holding a concert at Honokaa People’s Theatre on Sunday from 7-10 p.m.

Mickey Fiyah Hooser and the Good Vibe Tribe will join Hualalai on the stage for spiritual reggae in action. All ages are welcome to attend and dance with the family of inspired, positive reggae music lovers on the Big Island.

Tickets are $15 at the door; children 12 &under are free. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Info: Contact Honokaa People’s Theatre at or call 430-8396.

East Hawaii Cultural Center presents 30th annual Young at Art exhibit

The 30th annual Young at Art student art exhibit will show from March 3-30 at the East Hawaii Cultural Center/HMOCA in Hilo.

The exhibit, sponsored by EHCC/Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hawaii District DOE, awards prizes to students whose work wins jurors’ awards. The prizes are provided by donations from Hawaii individuals and businesses.

The exhibit begins at 10 a.m. each day and ends at 4 p.m. The opening reception will be 10 a.m. March 3 on the EHCC Front Lanai.

The Young at Art opening reception includes music, prizes and an opportunity for families to support their young artists as well as the arts in the community.

Young at Art is celebrating “National Youth Art Month” by recognizing excellence, creativity and originality in all public, charter, private and home-schooled students on the Big Island by participation in this exhibit.

Info: Contact Monique Ortiz at and by calling 961-5711.

Love Letters to get staged reading at Kahilu Theatre

Kahilu Theatre presents a staged reading of Love Letters in the Mike Luce Studio.

Monica Abrahamsen and Michael Thomas bring to life A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters in the Mike Luce Studio at the Kahilu Theatre at 7 p.m. March 16 and March 17.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at, by calling 885-6868 or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela.

Love Letters is an evocative story that follows the lives of two friends writing letters to one another over the course of their lives. The play is comprised of these letters, filling in the gaps as the characters grow older, walk their separate paths, and continued to share confidences of their innermost thoughts and desires with one another. Being physically apart but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be, this touching and frequently funny performance makes it eloquently clear what it means to have a life-long friend.

Kahilu Theatre welcomes Trio Rafale

Classical musicians Trio Rafale will be performing on the main stage of the Kahilu Theatre on March 4 at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $68, $48 and $25 and can be purchased online at, over the phone at 885-6868 or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela.

The name “Rafale” is taken from the French term, “gust of wind,” a symbol for animated movement that will feel right at home in blustery Waimea. Known for their acute attention to musical detail, the Trio is made up of Maki Wiederkehr on piano, Daniel Meller on violin, and Flurin Cuonz on cello. The musical virtuosos originally came together through their studies at the Zurich University of the Arts, and since then have been relentless in their pursuit of musical enlightenment.

The concert is sponsored by Michael and Ruth Bernstone, Dr. Marcia Wishnick and Mr. Stanley Wishnick, Sherm and Elaine Warner, and Phillip and Jo Ann Conley.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet performing Star Dust

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will be performing Star Dust at the Kahilu Theatre at 7 p.m. March 20. Ticket prices are $68, $48 and $25 and can be purchased online, over the telephone or in person at the Kahilu Theatre.

The first act of the evening will be Ballad Unto, set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Act two of the evening’s performance leads into Star Dust, a tribute to the genre bending innovation of David Bowie. With Bowie’s 40 plus year career and 25 albums, that stretch across musical borders – Star Dust pays homage to the iconic and chameleonic spirit of what can only be described as Bowie. This ballet takes an array of his hits and lays a visual imprint, inspired by his unique personas and his restless invention artistically to create a rock-opera style production in his honor.

Since its founding in 1994 by former Alvin Ailey star dancers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions has dazzled audiences around the world with its fiercely kinetic movement and impassioned, almost superhuman, dancers. With a singular approach to combining technical precision, power, and passion, the Company transcends tradition in a revolutionary mix of styles, ranging from ballet to hip-hop.

Tickets can be purchased online at, over the phone at 885-6868 or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office.

Mahukona Music Under the Stars

Mahukona Music Under the Stars is a dance and music event that will take place on Sunday at Mahukona Back Park pavilion in North Kohala.

Made up of a local group who are disappointed to no longer have the Blue Dragon in Kawaihae where visitors could dance to some of the top Hawaii bands, Mahukona Music Under the Stars is a replacement dance and music event.

The performances, by 2 For the Show and Bottle of Blue dance band, is from 3-8 p.m. and the cost of admission is a $10 donation. Camping permits are available through state parks and attendees are encouraged to bring their own food and drink.

Auditions for Pruning the Family Tree at Aloha Theatre

Aloha Theatre is holding auditions for Pruning the Family Tree, a comic play by Dan Gordon.

Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. March 5 and March 6. Possible call-back auditions may be held at 6 p.m. on March 7. Performers of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script and acting exercises. In addition, performers may also choose to perform a memorized monologue less than two minutes in length. The theatre requests that performers bring calendars and planners and wear closed-toed shoes.

There are four fantastic roles for women in this comedy with a twist. Three generations of Casey women gather for the funeral of the family patriarch. The roles include Marilyn, the grandmother who holds the family together and Barb, her daughter in her mid-30s and still lives at home. Also, Ellen, the fiercely independent older daughter returning home and Christie, her college-aged daughter.

The play premiers May 4-20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

“Pruning the Family Tree” was a finalist in the 1998 Eugene O’Neil Centers National Playwright’s Conference. It was a finalist at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre’s Script Fest Playwrights Conference and in the Texas Nonprofit Theatres’ play competition.


Copies of the play are available in the Aloha Theatre office Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aloha Theatre is located eight miles south of Kailua-Kona on Highway 11 in the village of Kainaliu.

Info: Call 322-9924