Do It! Of Montreal, Dave Chappelle, more

Jan. 31, 2014 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
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Of Montreal’s exuberant sounds never fail to engage an audience

Flamboyant art-/indie-rocker Kevin Barnes, aka Of Montreal, never fails to surprise and confound; when the stars align, his music captivates, too.

Of Montreal’s latest album, 2013′s “Lousy with Sylvianbriar,” is typically convoluted, piercing and intricate in its wordplay, while treating listeners to engaging and even pretty sounds with a distinct ’70s DNA.

The album has earned wide praise for its Bowie-, Dylan- and Donovan-evoking lyricism and flair. (Barnes told Rolling Stone that Leonard Cohen, the Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons were also influences, along with “all the things that I was reading, all the voices that I was hearing, all my relationships, all my feelings.”) Pitchfork calls it “the best — not to mention the funniest, prickliest, most purple, and least fastidious — Of Montreal album since “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?”

Live, expect a colorfully costumed, physically expressive Barnes, along with dancers and “bizarre celebrations,” as a lyric has it, for a glam, one-of-a-kind good time.

Where: The Republik
When: 8 p.m. Monday
Cost: $35, $25 advance
Info:, 855-235-2867

Elizabeth Kieszkowski

Chappelle’s comeback continues
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In the mid-2000s, Dave Chappelle was the most popular comic around, thanks to his hit comedy sketch television show “Chappelle’s Show.”

Then in 2005 came the shocking and perplexing saga that saw Chappelle leave for South Africa amid rumors of a mental breakdown in the middle of shooting the show’s third season, and the show’s abrupt end. The rumors of a breakdown were never substantiated; Chappelle himself has said the reason he left was because he was unhappy with the direction of the show.

While it’s already been a decade since we first heard “I’m Rick James, bitch!” and laughed at Chappelle’s hilarious impersonation of rapper Lil’ Jon, “Chappelle’s Show” remains a beloved program to devoted fans who can often quote many memorable lines and catchphrases. Just don’t yell them out to Chappelle during his shows — he has a history of walking off stage when audiences are disruptive or turn too much focus to the series.

Most fans are overjoyed by Chappelle’s return to regular touring last year. Since ending his show, Chappelle had stayed away from the spotlight, performing only rarely and often unannounced.

In addition to his show Thursday at Blaisdell Arena, Chappelle has four shows at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center — two Wednesday and recently added shows on Feb. 10 and 11;

Where: Blaisdell Arena
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Cost: $55
Info:, 866-448-7849

Stefanie Nakasone

Play’s characters tap dance around concerns of life
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While dancing is prevalent in “Stepping Out,” it is not the focus of Diamond Head Theatre’s latest production, opening today. At the heart of the comedy is a story about the lives of the characters, their perseverance and friendship.

“Stepping Out,” written by Richard Harris, is about eight amateur tap dancers (seven women and one man), all from disparate backgrounds with different motivations.

Through sitting in on their weekly classes in a dingy north London church hall, we learn about their personal lives.

The class is headed by Mavis (played by Camille Michel), a former professional dancer turned adult dance teacher, and pianist Mrs. Fraser (Judy Yoshioka).

The original production of “Stepping Out” was a hit in London’s West End from 1984 to 1987 and also had a 73-performance run on Broadway in 1987.

Where: Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave.
When: Today-Feb. 16; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15
Cost: $15-$35
Info:, 733-0274

Mighty celebration set for Mo’s 70th anniversary
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The USS Missouri, nicknamed the “Mighty Mo,” was launched on Jan. 29, 1944, from Brooklyn Navy Yard. Celebrate the 70th anniversary with free admission for kamaaina and active-duty military at “Living History Day on Ford Island” on Saturday.

Guests will be treated to live re-enactments by actors portraying famous figures of World War II, such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Adm. Chester Nimitz, patriotic music, oral history presentations and displays of military vehicles, memorabilia and weaponry.

At the Pacific Aviation Museum, enjoy music and interactive displays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Ford Island
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free for Hawaii residents, military, members of the USS Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museum; $13-$25 for others
Info:, 877-644-4896;, 441-1007


“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” opens the Honolulu African American Film Festival at Doris Duke Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 532-8701.

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