A&E Wrap-Up: 02-14-20

  • A “Friend-Raiser” for SchoolyardFilms.org, featuring John Keawe performing slack-key guitar, is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at a beachfront home in Pauko. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Today, the musical duo Bad Papa releases its new single “Someday When I’m Young.” Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Bad Papa releases new single

The musical duo Bad Papa releases today its new single “Someday When I’m Young.”


“Someday When I’m Young” is a fun and clever island Latin fusion creation featuring Bob Bojorquez’s Hawaiian slack-key guitar skills and Jammin Joe Buck on vocals, lead guitar, rhythm section and horns.

Buck is a talented, blind music recording artist, songwriter and performer who plays many instruments, and music styles as well.

Bojorquez has been playing and writing music for over 50 years. He grew up in Southern California and in the late 60s was close enough to the Hollywood music scene to be influenced by many of the great artists and performers of that era.

Bad Papa performs a sunset show on Saturday at Blue Dragon Tavern &Cosmic Musiquarium in Kawaihae.

For more information, visit www.badpapamusic.com.

John Keawe headlines ‘Friend-Raiser’

A “Friend-Raiser” for SchoolyardFilms.org featuring John Keawe performing slack-key guitar is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at a beachfront home in Puako.

In addition, Emmy-winning cinematographer Tom Fitz will show film clips of SYF’s environmental films that the organization gives to schools at no charge. Details about a Hawaii film in the works will also be unveiled.

Tax-deductible tickets are $50.

For more information, contact Jen Caulfield at 785-4304.

Three-day art fair kicks off Sunday

A three-day art fair starts Sunday at Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea.

The center will host an art show and sale as well as art classes and workshops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Ten percent of proceeds of art sales will go to Anna Ranch Heritage Center.

The fair will also feature special free community events including a ”Mimosa Mingle” breakfast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a closing party from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday with an art giveaway.

Some of the workshops and classes have a fee and/or require reservation.

For full details, visit “Big Island Art Fair” on Facebook.

Leela Dance Collective presents ‘SPEAK’

Serving as a bridge between tradition and innovation, history and progress — Indian Kathak and American Jazz Tap dance — continents and ages apart share parallel stories of struggle and perseverance in “SPEAK” Sunday at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

The collaboration is presented by the Leela Dance Collective. With rhythm, poetry, storytelling, music and dance, “SPEAK“ features the world’s leading female Kathak dancers and iconic tap dancers joined by the world’s leading Indian classical and American jazz musicians.

The Leela Dance Collective was founded in 2016 by Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas and Seibi Lee, senior disciples of legendary kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, along with leading kathak performers Sarah Morelli and Shefali Jain. It is the only one of its kind Indian-American dance company that brings together leading kathak artists from around the world representing a multitude of voices to articulate a clairvoyant vision for kathak.

Sunday’s performance begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38/$28 and can be purchased online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Waimea.

For more information, visit www.speak.dance.

Donkey Mill’s Annual Art Auction coming up

West Hawaii’s premier event for art enthusiasts and collectors, The Donkey Mill Annual Art Auction, will be held at BMW of Hawaii from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 29.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts &Culture, this curated auction provides an opportunity for art supporters and patrons to access work by local and national artists — all while enjoying a celebratory evening in support of the arts.

Attendees are asked to wear white attire and to take part in a toast to the past and future of Donkey Mill Art Center.

“Marking our 25th anniversary, we invite you to join us in celebration of the past and in support of our future as we strengthen the reach of our arts programming to the diverse and evolving community for years to come. As our largest annual fundraiser, auction proceeds support year-round arts programming and operating costs to maintain facilities, grow our programs and expertise in providing arts education,” shared Executive Director, Maja Clark.

Highlights of this year’s auction include works by a mix of established and emerging artists including: master woodworker Gerald Ben; photographer Wayne Levin; lauhala weaver Nanette Bell; printmaker and painter Hiroki Morinoue; painter Robert Kushner; ceramic artists Clayton Amemiya, Setsuko Morinoue, and Esther Shimazu; internationally renowned printmaker and painter Mayumi Oda. Dynamic works from artists Hunter Buck and Tomoko Nakazato are also featured in the live auction.

Tickets, which include pupu, drinks, interactive art and photo opportunities, are available for a $40 donation at donkeymillartcenter.org.

Kahilu seeks entries for juried exhibition

Kahilu Theatre announces the 2020 call for entries for its annual juried exhibition.

Hawaii artists are invited to apply to this Kahilu Exhibits group show that will present the accepted artworks in both of the theater’s galleries. The submission deadline is Sunday.

Healoha Johnston, this year’s juror, has selected the theme, Call + Response. Johnston will choose work from online entries through Cafè (callforentry.org).

First, second and third place winners will be announced at the opening reception as well as any purchase awards made by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, reviewed by its Awards Acquisition Selection Committee.

The Call + Response opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 12. Art will be on display through April 19.

Performers sought for June musical

Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe is looking for approximately 20 performers ages 8-18 and 10 adults for its upcoming production of be Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical” showing June 19-21.

Director Chuck Gessert and Music Director Candie Duggan will lead a workshop to help young actors prepare for the Matilda auditions from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Auditions, which will be by appointment only, will take place March 6.

For more information, including a list of roles being considered, visit www.kahilutheatre.org.

Book clubs meet Tuesday

Kona Stories Book Store hosts a travel book club discussing “Havana” by Mark Kurlansky on Tuesday.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. at the store. Book groups are free if books are purchased at Kona Stories, or a $5 donation is requested. For more information, call 324-0350 or visit www.konastories.com.

The Friends of the Libraries, Kona Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the Kailua-Kona Public Library lanai.


This month’s selection is “Yokohama Yankee” by Leslie Helm.

For more information, visit www.folkhawaii.com.

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