Oahu Fringe Festival features offbeat arts

Feb. 7, 2015 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition

BY STEVEN MARK / smark@staradvertiser.com

The Oahu Fringe Festival brings its array of zany, offbeat and original performing arts to six venues in Chinatown and Kakaako next week.

A Little Bit Off


» Where: Various locations
» When: Thursday through Feb. 15
» Cost: $10 general admission; a $100 festival pass for all shows is also available
» Info: http://oahufringe.com

The four-day festival, now in its fourth year, features 15 productions in disciplines including dance, improv, music, live art, puppetry, clowning and more. It aims to help performing artists showcase their work in a supportive environment.

The acts are diverse, says festival organizer Misa Tupo, singling out two performances that are “very different in art form and storytelling style”: Southern storyteller Jim Loucks, who is returning to the festival; and “Beau and Aero,” pictured, performed by A Little Bit Off, a Portland, Ore.,-based clown act making its Oahu debut.

The full schedule:

» “Singing the Diaphragm Blues”: Adapted from her 2012 book “Writing the Diaphragm Blues and Other Sexual Cacophonies,” Rebecca Lea McCarthy presents a night of memoir, comedy, diaphragms and struggles with a wayward chicken. 6 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Feb. 14, Ong King Art Center, 184 N. King St. For ages 14 and older.

» “Beau and Aero”: Pilot Beau and his sidekick Aero explore flight, folly and the world around them in this award-winning, family-friendly comedy production, blending clowning with acrobatics, juggling, mime and puppetry in telling the story of two incompetent aviators, portrayed by David Cantor and Amica Hunter. The laughs are abundant but not a word is spoken. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 9 p.m. Feb. 14, at Ong King Art Center mainstage.

» “Samadhi/Shakti”: Samadhi Hawaii Aerials, Shakti Dance Movement and Volary Aerial Burlesque perform aerials, burlesque and tribal fusion belly dance. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday, at NextDoor, 43 Hotel St..

» “The Biscuiteater”: Southern storyteller Jim Loucks, a Georgia native, returns with his one-man show about Granddaddy, a big with a big personality who’s haunted by his days as police chief in a small town. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 p.m. Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Feb. 14, at the ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave. For ages 13 and older.

» “Ghosts Are Frightening and Instructive”: Cody Melcher’s solo show about a young, gay nerd growing up in a Texas striving to save a world that doesn’t want him to exist. 9 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, at Ong King Art Center. For ages 18 and older.

» “re ad dressing FAIRYTALE”: Choreographer SheenRu Yong presents this dance theater piece, an entertaining take on storytelling and fairy tales that asks: We all know how to talk story, but what happens when stories start talking back? 9 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14, at the ARTS at Marks Garage.

» “Go with the Flow!”: The Kinetic Flow Side Show is a three-ring circus of oddities and curiosities, but the cast is missing, so janitors Billy and Andrew fill in. Two showings: a late-night romp aimed at those 18 and older, at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at NextDoor; and a family-friendly affair at 4 p.m. Feb. 15, at the ARTS at Marks Garage.

» “Mother, Sister, Daughter”: A collection of solo, duet and group dance works inspired by the fundamental roles of the female experience and relationship dynamics, choreographed by Beth McKee Elliott, a University of Hawaii graduate based in Virginia. 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 9 p.m. Feb. 14, at the ARTS at Marks Garage.

>> “Gangsters and Dolls”: Divino Ritmo Dance presents a ballroom and Latin dance show for the whole family, performing to music from the “Roaring 20s” to present day. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, at Aloha Dancesport Center, 350 Ward Ave. For ages 12 and older.

» “Money Talks: But What the Hell Is It Saying?”: Two very different women, from very different backgrounds, try to write a musical called “KaCHING” to make money, giving rise to this theatrical dialogue. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14, at the ARTS at Marks Garage. For ages 15 and older.

» “Fringe Comedy: Think Fast and Larry On”: Two Hawaii improv groups present a night of improvised games and filmed and live sketches. 9 p.m. Feb. 13, at Ong King Art Center. For ages 18 and older.

» “Psychotropics”: Four choreographers — Sami L.A. Akuna, Faith S. Im, Ruby MacDougall and Mareva Minerbi — question the “ordinary” ways in which we escape from our reality and the personal and social implications these attempts may have. 9 p.m. Feb. 13, at Kaka‘ako Agora, 441 Cooke St. For ages 15 and older.

» “Influx”: Convergence Dance Theatre presents a collection of dances representing the “perpetual state of in-between” — that deep breath that happens at the movement we are caught in anticipation before flinging ourselves into the next moment. 10:30 p.m. Feb. 13, at the ARTS at Marks Garage. For ages 8 and older.

» “Framed: A Living Art Gallery”: Improv dance group Spatial Sculptors creates a living art gallery, transforming the Dragon Upstairs into a gallery in which the dancers, staged behind life-size frames, are the works of art. Each dance piece will be a structured improvisation inspired by a renowned work of art. Audience members, guided by docents, will watch the paintings come to life. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Dragon Upstairs, 1038 Nuuanu Ave.

» “Castle Dance Ensemble Showcase”: Featuring Castle High School students, led by director of Castle Dance Force director Natalie Uehara. 2 p.m. Feb. 15, at the ARTS at Marks Garage. ($8 special price.)

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