Truth from Dare: 2015 blues

Jun. 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

When the year kicked off nearly six months ago I was sure it was going to be stellar. 2014 was pretty dismal for me, but fast forward six months and 2015 has been anything but amazing. A string of bad news and unexpected occurrences have put this year on track to topple 2014 in terms of tragedy.

I don’t bring this up to bring anyone else down, but all the negative things have only magnified the fact for me that we really don’t have control over the universe. Things are going to happen and not all can be good. What we do have control over is how we react. Do you sink into depression? Or do you take the reins and do whatever you can to make the situation better?

COLIN MULVANY / THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW VIA AP, FILE)  In this March 2 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home.

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In this March 2 file photo, Rachel Dolezal, former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses for a photo in her Spokane, Wash. home.

I’m a firm believer that a positive attitude can work wonders, but as a realist I’m also cognizant of the fact that saying this is going to be a good year doesn’t guarantee anything. It’s much more pragmatic to have a frame of mind that allows you to roll with the punches and respond to things that may come up.

One thing’s for sure — when something life-changing happens, it reinforces the idea you should seize the day and make it count. It also makes you realize what a waste of energy it is to sweat the small stuff.

That being said, I don’t want to spend much time on Rachel Dolezal but feel compelled to comment since it’s become such a huge story. I personally don’t care what this delusional woman wants to refer to herself as; the problem I have with the whole scenario is that a lot of her supporters are drawing parallels to her and Caitlyn Jenner.

The difference between the two is that Dolezal said she was African American and showed a picture of a black man claiming it was her father. And while Bruce Jenner may have deceived people in his life, he isn’t saying he was born a woman. It took a lot of courage for Jenner to reveal his truth, whereas we only learned the truth about Dolezal when her parents came forward.

This weekend there’s something going on for everyone. If live music is your thing, don’t miss the return of Pepper Thursday at The Republik. By now you’ve seen the guys live at least once — if not, get down there tonight! — so you know to expect a high energy rock show with concertgoers from the surf set, hippie crews, locals from the Big Island and everyone in between.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010 Pepper returns to Honolulu on Thursday for a performance at The Republik.

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Pepper returns to Honolulu on Thursday for a performance at The Republik.

For art fans, the Honolulu Museum of Arts’ Spalding House kicks off a nine-day exploration into all things art with #ArtShop on Friday. The event features art demos, talks with artists, a Giant Robot pop-up exhibition and educational tutorials on artists, collecting, trends and more.

Of course, the star at any gallery is the art and Spalding House’s collection doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find everything from pieces from local up-and-comers to works from some of the most well-known masters.

The best part? Admission is free all month long, so there’s no excuse not to get your art on.

Since summer is in full swing, a party weekend wouldn’t be complete without EDM. If you couldn’t get to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas you can drown your eardrums with Thomas Jack Friday at The Republik. Get there early to catch an opening set by fellow Pulse blogger Christa “SuperCW” Wittmier, who will be taking a break from DJing after this gig.
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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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