Do It! ‘Icarus,’ Brother Noland, more

Feb. 21, 2014 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition

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Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s “Icarus Fights the Minotaur”

In Greek mythology, Icarus is a figure whose hubris leads to his demise. Meanwhile the Minotaur is a man-eating monster.

But in “Icarus Fights the Minotaur,” former local classics professor and Honolulu Theatre for Youth playwright Yokanaan Kearns re-creates the tale as an original play that delves into topics such as friendship, relationships between parents and children, what it means to become a man, and tragedy.

The play opens Friday and runs through March 8 at Tenney Theatre.

For those unfamiliar with the original myth, here’s the short version: The Minotaur resides in the Labyrinth, built by Daedalus for King Minos — until the half-man, half-bull creature is slain by Minos’ enemy, Theseus, with the help of Daedalus. For this, Minos imprisons Daedalus and his son Icarus in the Labyrinth. To help them escape, Daedalus fashions two pairs of wings out of feathers and wax. But after failing to heed his father’s warnings, Icarus soars too close to the sun.

In Kearns’ child-friendly play, the characters are given depth. Father and son often disagree but are also playful and loving. And the Minotaur is more than just a monster; he is a character with true feelings who befriends Icarus.

» Where: Tenney Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, 229 Queen Emma Square
» When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and March 8
» Cost: $10-$20
» Info: (808) 839-9885,


The Crown hosts local music legend Brother Noland

Brother Noland made local music history in 1983 with “Coconut Girl.” It was one of the first songs written and recorded in Hawaii that used Jamaican rhythms, but Noland wasn’t interested in sounding like a Jamaican.

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His song was about a hapa-haole model from the perspective of a Hawaii resident who was uncomfortable about his “coconut girl” (brown on the outside, white on the inside) being in advertisements and fashion shoots: “Who flashed their money on her body and her red lips? Who put my baby on the shutter for a trick?”

Meanwhile, the rhythm of the song was irresistible, and the song’s falsetto refrain (“Hi! Hello!”) made it a hit with people of all ages.

Three decades later Brother Noland’s career resume includes several other memorable songs, two Na Hoku Hanohano awards and a body of work that stretches from reggae and pop to traditional Hawaiian.

Brother Noland’s one-nighter Friday at The Crown Bar and Nightclub is a rare opportunity to enjoy his music “live” and see what he’s doing these days.

— John Berger, Star-Advertiser

» Where: The Crown Bar and Nightclub, 1837 Kapiolani Blvd.
» When: 6:30 p.m. Friday (doors open at 6 p.m.)
» Cost: $25
» Info: (808) 943-1700,
» Note: The Crown Bar and Nightclub is on the site of the original Hard Rock Honolulu


Get ready for Carnaval at the “Mardi Gras Ball”

The annual Mardi Gras Carnaval party in Chinatown has become a community tradition. On Fat Tuesday — March 4 — the festivities will play out for the 14th annual marathon of food, floats, samba parades, live music and dance.

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A new tradition was born this year to support the free festival: the “Mardi Gras Ball,” presided over by Honolulu’s first “krewe,” or float-riding social club, The Krewe of Da Kine. Join in for an early preview of Mardi Gras delights, including Cajun and Latin dishes, soul food, music, dancing and the introduction of Carnaval’s king and queen.

Entertainment includes singer-songwriter and New Orleans native John Cannizzaro with special guest Caroline Ponder, a champion fiddle player; multi-instrumentalist Captain Gris Gris; DJs Maynard G and Mr. Nick; samba specialists Fusion Dance Company; and burlesque artists Cherry Blossom Cabaret.

A ticket to the “Mardi Gras Ball” also includes a wristband granting access to bars in the “Carnival Club Crawl” on Fat Tuesday.

— Elizabeth Kieszkowski, Star-Advertiser

» Where: Manifest, 32 N. Hotel St.
» When: 7 p.m. Sunday
» Cost: $15-$20
» Info:


Marriage makes fine comedy fare

Teresa and Doug Wyckoff get plenty of marriage advice as part of their comedy act “The He and She Show.” But some suggestions are a lot stranger than others.

“Don’t ever go to the bathroom angry”?

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“We get ‘Don’t go to bed angry’ all the time,” Teresa Wyckoff said. “But that was the first time we’ve gotten that. I guess you solve problems really quickly.”

Saturday’s gig will be the only Hawaii performance on this trip for the comedic couple, who met through the local group Power Up Comedy while living on Maui a few years ago and now reside in Florence, Ore.

The start of “The He and She Show” came when Teresa Wyckoff wanted to go home to Portland to visit family and friends.

“We didn’t have a lot of money, and he didn’t necessarily want to visit Portland; at the time it didn’t seem very appealing,” she said. “So I thought it’d be fun to organize a comedy show as kind of a way to convince him to go and also to kind of pay for the trip. So then we just came up with, ‘Well, why don’t we just do, like, a relationship-themed show, since all our jokes are sort of about each other?'”

It was only supposed to be a one-time thing, but the act worked. It’s evolved ever since as the couple has toured the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

The Wyckoffs, who got married in July, ask the audience before the show to fill out cards with marriage advice or questions for the comedians.

“We read through the marriage advice cards and kind of riff and improv off those,” Doug Wyckoff said. This process makes every show different, tailored to that night’s crowd.

Things can get a little naughty when talking about relationships and marriage (in one joke, Doug calls Teresa a “sex ninja”). But Teresa Wyckoff said the show is definitely not as “adult” as many other stand-up acts.

To date, only one person has submitted the “bathroom” advice. The most common piece of advice they’ve received?

“Her favorite is, ‘She’s always right,'” Doug Wyckoff said.

“It’s very correct and very important,” Teresa responded.

— Stefanie Nakasone, Star-Advertiser

» Where: Station Bar & Lounge, 1726 Kapiolani Blvd.
» When: 8 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $10; $7 advance tickets available
» Info: (808) 384-9963,; limited free tickets for military/veterans available at


Kaimuki Performing Arts Center presents “The Rocky Horror Show” at Kaimuki High School auditorium, Friday-March 9; $6-$12,, 550-8457

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