Do It! 2 Chainz, Mike Epps, more

Jan. 24, 2014 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition

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Rapper 2 Chainz will hit the stage at The Republik

Last year, 2 Chainz threw it down at Aloha Tower during Pro Bowl weekend. On Saturday the Grammy-nominated rapper is back with a late-night show at The Republik, and fans should expect a much different set this time around.

That’s because 2 Chainz, aka Tauheed Epps, had quite a busy 2013 (police run-ins aside). Following the success of his debut studio album, “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” he released his follow-up album, “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time” in August. The latest album, described as more adventurous and polished than his first, received generally good reviews and was named to several “Best of 2013″ lists.

Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone gave the record 3 1/2 out of 5 stars, writing that “The Atlanta MC has become hip-hop’s most irrepressibly entertaining star, and his second LP further displays his knack for playfully hollering about money like he’s the first guy who ever had so much paper he couldn’t fold it. … He tries on some new looks here — the Pharrell-produced, Caribbean-tinged ‘Feds Watching,’ the Fergie duet ‘Netflix,’ the somber dead-homeys elegy ‘Live and Learn.’ But nothing slows down the self-described Black Unicorn’s scene-chewing charisma.”

2 Chainz has said he’s already working on his third album.

Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 11 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $49
Info: 855-235-2867,


Epps of ‘Hangover’ fame to present stand-up show

Few comedians have the filmography of Mike Epps.

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The Indianapolis comedian has more than 40 acting credits, with his most memorable roles being Day-Day from the Ice Cube films “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next,” and Black Doug from “The Hangover” and last year’s “The Hangover III.”

But his next role might top them all.

Epps stars opposite Zoe Saldana as Richard Pryor in “Nina,” the Nina Simone bio-pic due out later this year. After agreeing to play the iconic comedian, Epps asked permission from Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor, who gave him her blessing.

And while his turn as Pryor comes in a drama, Epps is still as funny as ever in his stand-up performances. He makes a stop on his “Mike Epps After Dark” tour at Hawaii Theatre on Saturday.

Where: Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $51
Info: 528-0506,


Jazz singer will perform standards at Duke Theatre

Halie Loren is big in Japan. But those stateside should start to take notice.

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The Oregon-based jazz singer mesmerizes with her smooth and seductive voice, belting out original songs as well as popular numbers. Loren and her band perform Saturday as part of the Doris Duke Theatre’s Last Saturday Roots in Jazz series.

Loren’s renditions of standards like “Sway,” “Cry Me a River” and “Feeling Good” rival those of Michael Buble.

Her latest album, “Simply Love,” includes favorites “My Funny Valentine,” “Moon River” and the incredibly romantic French version of “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” The album reached No. 2 on Billboard Japan’s jazz chart.

In his review of “Simply Love,” released last year, All About Jazz’s Dan Bilawsky described it as “easy-to-enjoy,” while Jazz Times’ Christopher Loudon said while Loren “may not be the most adventurous interpreter around … for sheer vocal beauty and old-school warmth, few among her contemporaries can match” her.

Where: Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $30-$35
Info: 532-8768,


Dance concert features student choreography

One performance features Indian dance. Another is a kid-friendly number about animals. And another addresses the issue of violence.

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The breadth of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance will be on display during “Winter Footholds,” which opens Wednesday at Kennedy Theatre’s Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. The seven-piece production showcases new choreography by the department’s graduate and undergraduate dance students.

Highlighted performances include Rohini Acharya’s “Rhythm’s Expression,” which re-imagines the components of bharata natyam, a form of classical Indian dance. Acharya, who has been performing classical Indian dance for 20 years, was featured in last semester’s dance concert “Look Back: Move Forward.”

Student Mitsuko Horikawa premieres her two-piece presentation at “Footholds.” “Forest Festival” is a solo set to taiko drum music, while “The Wild Chase” tells a fun and energetic story of cavorting animals. And while “The Wild Chase” was created for younger audiences, other concert pieces are more for mature audiences.

One such performance is Kele Roberts’ “Eve,” which uses dance to explore themes of physical and emotional violence.

A free post-show discussion will be held after the Jan. 31 performance.

Where: Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Road
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Feb. 1, 2 p.m. Feb. 2
Cost: $5-$18
Info: 944-2697,


“Yes, I Am: Leeward Edition” presents stories from Oahu’s LGBT community. Leeward Lab Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursday-Feb. 1, Feb. 8. $10.

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