Truth from Dare: The show must go on

Aug. 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Like most people I was flabbergasted when I heard a cable newscaster interrupt his story with the breaking news that Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide. Thursday we learned that the comedian was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Robin Williams at his November 2010 concert at Blaisdell Arena. (FL Morris photo)

Robin Williams at his November 2010 concert at Blaisdell Arena. (FL Morris photo)

Two days later I’m still in a surreal state of shock.

Situations like these baffle me. The accidental overdose of a celebrity a la Whitney Houston or Heath Ledger is shocking but somehow more palatable because it wasn’t intentional, at least not that we know of.

When someone who seems to have it all can be so far at the end of their rope, it shakes me into reality. Not only did Mr. Williams have money and success but more importantly he seemed to be doing what he loved. “How can someone who was doing what he was obviously put on earth to do be so unhappy?” I thought.

As many of us know, doing what we love as a career isn’t always a viable option. Love doesn’t pay the bills. It made me think about that saying, “Do what you love and the money will come.” While this was certainly true in Robin Williams’ case, it makes another saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness,” resonate even louder.

The lesson for me comes down to a theme in one of Mr. Williams’ most brilliant works, “Dead Poets Society,” in which the continual call to “seize the day” is made: Carpe diem as they called it. And while this extraordinary artist’s life was cut short sadly by his own hand, it’s a comfort to know that in his time here he made a mark and leaves us with a tangible body of work that we can return to at any time. Rest in smiles Robin Williams.

DJ Collette will appear at eleven44 on Friday in a show rescheduled from last week due to Tropical Storm Iselle. (Joah Buley/Special to Honolulu Pulse)

DJ Collette will appear at eleven44 on Friday in a show rescheduled from last week due to Tropical Storm Iselle. (Joah Buley/Special to Honolulu Pulse)

I hate to trivialize my previous insight by talking about social ongoings that seem mediocre, but the show must go on and the core of this column is outings and entertainment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, it’s ladies’ night at The Addiction at the Modern Honolulu. “So Fancy,” the monthly lady-themed night, returns. DJ divas Anit, Zilla, and SuperCW throw down the beats while Roxy On The Mic plays hype woman to the packed house. I’ve been saying we need to have another monthly Thursday party for those who like to start the weekend early and now with this second installment, I’m hoping “So Fancy” will be a fixture on the monthly map.

Friday, Aug. 15, catch Collette at eleven44 for her rescheduled performance from her “When The Music’s Loud” tour. Rather than gamble on the weather last Friday, the promoters decided to move the show to this Friday, providing an opportunity to catch the dj/songstress without the threat of a hurricane looming.

Citizen Cope, seen here at a May 2011 performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki, returns with a show at The Republik on Saturday night.  (Aaron Yoshino /Special to the Honolulu Pulse.

Citizen Cope, seen here at a May 2011 performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki, returns with a show at The Republik on Saturday night. (Aaron Yoshino /Special to the Honolulu Pulse.

Saturday, Aug. 16, start early with the mellow sounds of Citizen Cope at the Republik. The bluesy-folk-rock-hip hop singer plays an acoustic set in his first return to the islands in three years.

If you’re looking for something a little more lively on Saturday, head to NextDoor in Chinatown where the UK’s Jordan Suckley will be spinning trance to the party heads looking for a good time. No rest for the wicked, as they say.

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When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at derinderego@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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