Do It! Gin Blossoms, Hawaii Youth Symphony fundraiser
SATURDAY, OCT. 18
The Gin Blossoms, a rock mainstay in the 1990s, bring their renewed passion for performing
It may have been a while since you thought about the Gin Blossoms — and you might only remember the jangly rock band’s big hit, “Hey Jealousy.” But listen again to “Found Out About You,” “Follow You Down” or “Til I Hear It From You,” and you may find yourself thinking Gin Blossoms was a defining band of the 1990s.
If you liked the sound then, you might like it now, as the Gin Blossoms are on their way to Honolulu.
At the peak of the Arizona band’s success in 1997, members parted ways and didn’t perform together again until a 2001 New Year’s Eve show in Tempe. That reunion sparked a renewed passion for performing.
“Since 2001, we have been performing over 120 shows a year. This is what we most enjoy doing,” sweet-voiced lead singer Robin Wilson said on the band’s website. “We’re doing something we really love!”
Billboard praised the band’s first album since its reconciliation, 2006′s “Major Lodge Victory,”as “an effortless gem of melodic perfection.” The most recent album, “No Chocolate Cake” (2010), broke through to No. 73 on the Billboard charts, and a new album is expected out this year.
Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCT. 18-19
Thrilling, thoughtful tales abound at festival
It’s not the story that defines a good or bad storyteller. It’s all about the delivery. See for yourself at the 25th annual Talk Story Festival as 15 of the best storytellers from around the state, mainland and abroad tell tales aimed to scare and provoke thought.
“This isn’t like a talking head, this isn’t a news program. It will really take you away,” said Jeff Gere, pictured, the event’s director and host as well as one of the performers. “Storytelling is an art form that celebrates the unique voice of the person doing the telling.”
The free two-day event starts tonight with “Spooooky Stories” at the Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse. While all ages are welcome, Gere warns that many of the stories during this session may be too scary for young children.
“It’s pretty phenomenal to hear 500 people sigh at the same time. It’s gripping,” he said.
To cap the night, Gere will perform with renowned storyteller Lyn Ford from Ohio and Chicago’s Anne Shimojima in a sort of round-robin, telling the macabre folk tale “Mr. Fox” by passing the story among them.
Local psychic Alice Anne Parker, Maui’s Kathy Collins and Glen Grant disciple Lopaka Kapanui are among those performing tonight, along with Anne Glover, Karen Yamamoto Hackler, James McCarthy and Kilohana Silve.
Saturday’s theme is “Deep Tales,” which Gere said is up for interpretation by each speaker. However, he said he thinks the stories should get the audience to “think profoundly, give them something to chew on on the ride home and the week ahead.”
Several storytellers will perform both nights, including Collins.
Popular for her pidgin-speaking alter-ego “Tita,” Collins will interpret a tale from the Pele and Hiiaka epic in
“A Tale of Two Titas” in two parts, one each night.
Other storytellers on Saturday include Shimojima, Glover, Ford, Shain Miller, Yasu Ishida, Pete Griffin, Daniel Kelin II and Moses Goods.
Where: Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse, 404 Kapahulu Ave.
When: 6-9 p.m. today-Saturday
– Stefanie Nakasone
FRIDAY, OCT. 18
Bishop Museum, HTY join forces to mark Makahiki
In celebration of the Makahiki season, the Hawaii Theatre for Youth, in collaboration with the Bishop Museum, presents “Lono’s Journey,” opening tonight at Tenney Theatre.
“Lono’s Journey” tells the story of Lono, an impatient and arrogant young man who reluctantly gives up his spear to embark on an apprenticeship to become a healer. During his journey, he makes sense of visions including the origins of the Makahiki season — a time when war and unnecessary work were kapu — and learns responsibility, humility and forgiveness.
The play stars Bishop Museum educational staffers Moses Goods, Marcus Quiniones and Kealoha Kelekolio (who recently retired). The play was written by Goods, with help from Quiniones and Kelekolio.
Where: Tenney Theatre, 229 Queen Emma Square
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 26; 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9
Info: 839-9885, htyweb.org
SUNDAY, OCT. 20
Fundraiser celebrates music’s next generation
Support Hawaii’s young orchestra musicians at “He Makana O Na Mele,” a gala fundraiser for the Hawaii Youth Symphony.
And who better to celebrate with than Hawaii’s favorite singer — the legendary jazz artist Jimmy Borges, pictured below, who has been particularly devoted to supporting and teaching young musicians since his recovery from cancer a few years ago? He’ll be singing songs that pay tribute to the “golden age of Waikiki,” which he helped establish back in the day, singing tunes that Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole made famous. (Sinatra, an admirer, even gave Borges some of his arrangements to sing.)
Borges will be joined by exotica band The Waitiki 7, which is known for its covers of the music of Hawaii performers Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman, among others. The Waitiki 7 has come a long way to make music — members hail from Hawaii, Boston and New York, but got together in Berlin.
The evening also will offer a silent auction, a drawing and other activities. Longtime entertainer Al Harrington will emcee. Henry Miyamura, longtime conductor of the youth symphony who is supposedly in retirement, will conduct the orchestra.
Where: Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom
When: silent auction 4:30-6 p.m.; concert 7 p.m. Sunday
Catch the eighth annual Duke’s Ukes Contest, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Duke’s Waikiki; free to watch, dukeswaikiki.com.