Truth from Dare: Cultural differences

Jan. 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Cultural differences fascinate me. Last week I briefly mentioned my disapproval of Sony Pictures’ initial decision to shelf the movie “The Interview” after threats of violence were reported.

charlie hebdoFast forward a week and actual terrorist violence strikes a French magazine. Their response? To use a caricature of the prophet Mohammed as their cover model holding a sign that says “I Am Charlie,” basically giving the terrorists the finger. I have to applaud the staff at Charlie Hebdo for truly being champions of the freedom of speech. The people of France also deserve kudos for their amazing display of national pride and unity.

Watching millions of people march in a display of solidarity was amazing and inspiring. We couldn’t even get a million people to march at an event called the Million Man March. Most Americans think watching a star-studded concert telethon qualifies as an act of patriotism.

I haven’t seen “Selma” yet, but at least that march seemed as heartfelt as the one in Paris earlier this week. I imagine the feeling one gets from being a part of what is sure to be a historical moment must provide a similar sense of accomplishment and exhilaration regardless of where you’re from.

Speaking of “Selma,” we have a long weekend upon us thanks to the Martin Luther King holiday. Since not everyone gets Monday off and everyone is just getting back into work mode this isn’t one of the bigger holiday weekends, but nevertheless there’s still a lot going on.

On Friday, Soulgasm returns to Bar 35 for their first party of the new year. The always fun dance party welcomes up and coming DJ’s Elroy and Gnarly for the evening. They’ll join the residents Matt Kee, Min One and Yuji for what’s sure to be a non-stop dance party.

In keeping with the dance theme, Electric Palms and The Republik present Adventure Club on Saturday. The Canadian DJ duo returns to Honolulu as part of Electric Palms Dream Weekend, which also features Borgeous on Sunday.

I’m actually more interested in the other show going on at The Republik on Sunday, however. Earlier in the evening, Toronto’s Justin Nozuka returns for his third show in the islands. The soulful vocalist is known for his laid-back lyrics atop acoustic melodies. If you’re a fan of Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz you might want to catch this show.

With such quality offerings this weekend I’m looking forward to a reprieve from all the depressing news that’s being reported from around the world. Granted there’s a silver lining that acts from these extremist haven’t hit home, but I suspect that they’re getting more emblazoned and naively living in a bubble of delusion isn’t the smartest thing to do.
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 or follow him on Twitter.

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