Do It! ARTafterDARK, Will Champlain
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FRIDAY, JAN. 30
ARTafterDARK focuses on technology and love
The Honolulu Museum of Art’s ARTafterDARK party returns with an appropriate theme for the upcoming Valentine’s Day season: love, albeit erotic love. Museum visitors above age 18 can enjoy the exhibition “Modern Love: 20th Century Japanese Erotic Art.”
The evening will focus on technology’s role in modern-day romance. Guests who are on Instagram can post using the hashtag #ARTafterDARK or #ModernLove to print posts at an Instagram booth in the Palm Courtyard, and #museumselfies are encouraged. Visitors can also use Snapchat to caption art in the galleries. Share funny and creative captions by sending them to the museum’s Snapchat account @honolulumuseum. (Visit www.honolulumuseum.tumblr.com for examples.)
Not just texting, but actual artistic talent will be rewarded, too, in “exquisite corpse,” a game in which teams of three take turns drawing the head, torso and legs or feet of a human, animal, monster or machine. Museum curator of contemporary art James Jensen will select drawings for display along with an artists’ exhibition based on the concept.
Local band Crimson Apple and singer-songwriter Will Champlin will preview their Saturday night concert with a performance on the Central Courtyard stage, and KTUH deejay Ross Jackson sounds off at the Luce Pavilion. Food will be provided by The Pig & the Lady.
Galleries will be open, so take note: Visitors can see “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” the most famous of Hokusai’s woodblock prints of Mount Fuji, up for temporary display.
» When: 6-9 p.m.
» Where: Honolulu Museum of Art
» Cost: $10; free for museum members
» Info: (808) 532-8700, www.artafterdark.org
Champlin will show how he has evolved since “The Voice”
Singer-songwriter Will Champlin is riding high after reaching the finals in season 5 of “The Voice” in 2013.
“I have stuff I wouldn’t have had before, that’s for sure,” he said in a phone interview from Southern California, where he was to perform for the National Association of Music Merchants’ convention.
Champlin is the son of chart-topping band Chicago’s former vocalist Bill Champlin. The two have had similar careers. The elder Champlin formed a couple of bands early in his career but spent years as a well-respected session musician before hitting it big with Chicago.
The son started out studying piano, went to the Berklee College of Music and had a busy music career going in Nashville, Tenn., as a songwriter and session musician. He had several gigs going in Southern California when he decided to enter “The Voice,” the reality show that has four superstar musicians selecting singers based on their voice alone, sight unseen.
After Champlin’s bright, clear tenor version of Gavin Degraw’s “Not Over You” earned the support of three of the four coaches, he initially went with Adam Levine, who told him, “I have a really amazing feeling about you.”
During the course of the season, he was “stolen” by Christina Aguilera, then was stolen back by Levine, who coached him into the finals.
His appearance, he remembers, was a “make-or-break opportunity for having this career,” he said, especially since his daughter had just been born. “The fact that the chairs turned around, it was not like the typical experience singing for four people.”
Champlin, who since “The Voice” has released an album, “Borrowing Trouble,” remembers getting “all good advice” from Levine and Aguilera. “It was performance advice, really, just about completing the thought of the song and bringing the best of your voice.”
“Getting through it all gave me the chance to evolve as an artist and become a step up from what I was before. I changed so much, stylistically, in terms of voice tone and approach. I’m getting away from the typical commercial, default, musical style that just everybody was trying to copy. … I realized that to be commercial, you have to uncommercialize a bit.”
» Where: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
» When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $30-$35
» Info: (808) 532-6097, www.honolulumuseum.org or 532-6097.
Broussard brings his soul music mix to entertain isles
Singer-songwriter Marc Broussard brings his born-in-the-Bayou soul music to the islands Saturday.
Broussard is the son of Ted Broussard, guitarist for the Fabulous Boogie Kings, a popular Cajun soul band that dates back to the 1960s. He’s made a conscious decision to remain close to his roots, still living in the small Louisiana town, Carencro, where he grew up. On the cover of his latest album, “A Life Worth Living,” he’s featured in a Norman Rockwell-esque image, playing music for a group of children, all of them barefoot, as if whiling away the time on a late summer’s day.
The music has found wide appeal. It might not be too surprising that his tunes have resonated with the likes of Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, who gave voice to Broussard’s 2005 hit “Home” from his album “Carencro,” or even that he’s been featured on many late-night talk shows and morning shows. He’s also popular in Europe, making several appearances in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Broussard’s music is a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock and pop. On GoUpState.com, he describes it as “soul music and rhythm and blues” that “takes some turns here and there into more traditional soul and old-school blues.”
» Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
» When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $25-$30
» Info: (855) 235-2867, www.flavorus.com
» Note: Broussard also performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center; $35-$65, www.mauiarts.org
FRIDAY FEB. 22
‘Mockingbird’ extends run at Diamond Head Theatre
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s classic tale of a white Southern lawyer defending a black man accused of assaulting a white woman, comes to the Diamond Head Theatre stage this week for an extended run.
Lee’s book, based on an incident in her hometown when she was a child, was immediately hailed as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1960, winning the Pulitzer Prize. Told through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout, the daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch, the novel was notable for the drama of a criminal trial, as well as its touching portrayals of its various small-town characters, especially spooky neighbor Boo Radley.
“Mockingbird” has had a lasting impact, with a British librarians group in 2008 listing it ahead of the Bible as a book that “every adult should read before they die.” A film adaptation starring Gregory Peck as Atticus won several Academy Awards. In 1990 the story was brought to the stage.
Diamond Head Theatre’s production features Kevin Keaveney as Atticus; Kiara Reeves, pictured, and Alyse Glaser alternating as Scout; and Luke Ellis as Scout’s brother Jem. Direction is by Ahyna Chang.
» Where: Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Lane
» When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Thursday-Feb. 7, 12-14 and 21; 3 p.m. Feb. 7 and 14 (Saturday matinees); and 4 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 8, 16, and 22 (Sunday matinees)
» Cost: $15-$50
» Info: (808) 733-0274, www.diamondheadtheatre.com