A&E Wrap-Up: March 13, 2020

Dr. Tim and Friends performs Sunday

Dr. Tim and Friends performs from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday during the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll in Kailua-Kona. The band, which plays vintage music, will be located fronting Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel.

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‘Rink Life’ coming to Waimea

A unique approach to the realm of dance-theatre with Chicago-based dance company Lucky Plush Productions’ newest original work “Rink Life” comes to Kahilu Theatre on March 24.

Lucky Plush Productions is led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. The company creates original work recognized for its signature blend of technical choreography, casual dialogue, surprising humor, and socially relevant storytelling, and for provoking and supporting a palpable aliveness shared by performers in real-time with audiences.

Since 2000, Lucky Plush has created 30+ original dance-theater works. In addition to regularly performing in the Chicago area, the company has presented work in 55+ US cities from Maine to Hawaii, and its international partners span from New Zealand to Cuba.

In “Rink Life,” Lucky Plush brings its highly integrated approach to dance-theater into a communal space that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970s roller rink culture, where relationships and storylines are as transient as the world that contains them. Rink Life’s staging and choreography are built from the rink’s spatial rules and social codes, and its script-turned-libretto — created from passing conversations, distant whispers, pop-song earworms, and found scripts — is entirely spoken and sung live.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. March 24 show are $50/25 and can be purchased online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office.

For more information, visit www.kahilutheatre.org.

Aloha Theatre auditions for ‘The Laramie Project’

Aloha Theatre has announced auditions for the final show of its 2019/2020 mainstage season, “The Laramie Project,” by Moises Kaufman and members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be directed by Jerry Tracy, in his farewell production as artistic director.

The gritty drama was developed by Tectonic members from their interviews of the people of Laramie, Wyoming, in the wake of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. The show debuted in 2000 at the Denver Center Theatre Company, and has been regularly produced at regional theaters across the country. A TV movie version brought the story to the screen in 2002.

Auditions will be conducted at 6 p.m. on April 6 and 7 at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu.

Attendance at one of the evening sessions is sufficient to be considered for inclusion in the cast. A possible invitational callback audition may be held at 6 p.m. April 9.

Over 60 adult roles will be portrayed by eight actors: four females and four males. Those under 18 may be allowed to audition, but must make arrangements with the director ahead of time. Each actor will play multiple roles, so versatility is required. For this reason, those considering auditioning should familiarize themselves with the script, which is available by arrangement with the theater office.

Each candidate is asked to prepare three contrasting mini monologues of about a minute each, displaying acting range. The monologues can be from “The Laramie Project” or from any other source. Memorization is not required.

In addition to the three monologues, auditions will consist of readings from the script. Rehearsals will begin April 19, and will generally be conducted on Sunday afternoons and Monday through Thursday evenings.

The production runs June 5 through 21.

Also needed are crew members, such as box office personnel, concessions workers, ushers, sound and light technicians, set builders, makeup and hair consultants, and backstage helpers. Those interested in any of these positions should contact the theater office, or may fill out an application form on one of the audition nights.

The complete rehearsal and production calendar is available online at www.alohatheatre.com, and will also be posted at auditions.

A special “Laramie Project Boot Camp” workshop to prepare candidates for auditions is being offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28. Aspiring cast members will be able to work on monologues and get director feedback, as well as become familiar with the audition process and protocol. Registration for the boot camp is available on the theater’s website.

For more information, call 322-9924.

Hawaii Artist Collaboration announces fundraising auction

The ninth annual Hawaii Artist Collaborative Reception and Silent/Live Auction scheduled to take place March 28 at the West Hawaii Community Health Center has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our artists and patrons safety are our number one priority. We thank you for your continued support. We will let you know as soon as we reschedule,” the organization said. “Please keep creating and supporting Art everywhere!”

The combined works of more than 35 artists from Hawaii Island, Oahu, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France and the U.S. mainland were to be featured. The founding philosophy of this gathering is alive and thriving. “Holomua Kakou,” going forward together.

The four-day, invitation-only artist collaborative brings together artists representing 14 different media including blacksmiths, fine art painters, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelers, found object assemblage, ceramists, and Hawaiian artisans. One of the many goals of this gathering is to reinvigorate artists and craftsmen, allowing them to take back a host of new possibilities and connections into the communities they serve the rest of the year.

Each year over 95 original and completely unique works of art have been created by several artists working together, reflecting lifetimes of skill and experience. Proceeds from the auction benefit art scholarships and future collaborative events.

For more information, visit www.hawaiiartistcollaboration.org or contact hawaiicollaboration@gmail.com.

Tiffany’s Art Agency Gallery announces reception for ‘Lucious Landscapes’

For the month of March, Tiffany’s Art Agency Gallery in Hawi is featuring a “Luscious Landscapes” show. A Collectors Reception will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, with local plein air painter, Christian Enns creating on site.

An award-winning surfer, Enns has a unique perspective and ability to create. Appreciating the richness of Hawaii’s landscapes from the water while surfing, he often captures them in plein air at the water’s edge. And he likes to work big. The scale of his work, his dramatic use of color, and the richness of his compositions, have all contributed to his bold, signature style.

Witnessing the evolution of the islands from her days as a child in Kohala, to her years on Oahu and Maui, artist Betty Hay Freeland has a gift for imagining and portraying images of “old Hawaii” before the arrival of man.

“I have explored so many spectacular coastlines, valleys, mountains, and parts of Hawaii that are now changed and developed. Documenting Hawaii in this way has provided me a joy-filled life,” says Betty Hay.

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Tiffany’s Art Agency Gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and showcases Hawaii’s most prominent artists who create with a variety of media, including oil paintings, woodwork, sculptures, ceramics and photography.

For more information, visit www.tiffanysartagency.com.

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