Tess Gunty, Imani Perry among National Book Awards winners

NEW YORK — Tess Gunty’s “The Rabbit Hutch,” a sweeping debut novel set in a low-income housing community in Indiana, has won the National Book Award for fiction. The 30-year-old Gunty was among three writers nominated for their first published books.

15 most anticipated movies this holiday 2022 season

The holiday season tends to bring a rush of Serious Movies — prestige projects with Academy Awards buzz all over them — sprinkled with a handful of just-for-fun romps. 2022 is no exception, and those venturing out to the multiplexes this season will find everything from a Steven Spielberg origin story to a cannibal love tale to a Whitney Houston biopic — oh, and a long-awaited sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Ei Nei burned bright with spirited Kahilu debut

The Oahu-based trio Ei Nei offered an enchanting evening filled with songs from their debut album Hui!, eight hula dancers, and a guest appearance from local singer Keana Bertelmann on Nov. 5 at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

Michelle Obama shares personal stories of coping in new book

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama said she struggled with a “crushing sense of hopelessness” after the 2020 presidential election that was brought on by the death and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, a summer of political and racial unrest and the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Macbeth: Bare Bones and Unplugged

Without the aid of microphones and with only limited props and minimal costume accessories, the five-person touring company known as the Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) gave a stellar performance of Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth on Oct. 22 at the Kahilu Theatre.

Swingin’ to the Jumpin’ jive of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Around 1996, a full-bore swing movement on modern rock radio quickly spread to American concert halls. Leading the pack were horn-tooting bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Royal Crown Revue, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who emerged from Ventura, California, in ‘93.

BTS members will serve in S. Korea military, regroup in ‘25

SEOUL, South Korea — The members of K-pop band BTS will serve their mandatory military duties under South Korean law, their management company said Monday, effectively ending a debate on whether they should be granted exemptions because of their artistic accomplishments.

CTA brings smile-worthy oldies show to Kahilu

If you owned a radio in the last century, chances are Chicago’s classic rock hits are still permeating your music memory banks. Founding member and original drummer for the band (1967-90), Danny Seraphine brought his tribute ensemble CTA (California Transit Authority ) to the Kahilu Theatre on Oct. 7 as part of his tour called Take Me Back To Chicago.