Social Encore: ‘Pancakes’ mixes art and alcohol

Oct. 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

A new art movement is making its way around the United States and will stop in Hawaii this week. “Pancakes and Booze” promises to mix art and pancakes during a night of fun on Saturday at the ARTS at Marks Garage.



» Where: The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.
» When: 8 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $5; 21+
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Pancakes and Booze started six years ago when founder Tom Kirlin wanted a creative outlet away from his job as a veteran Hollywood cameraman. He obtained a warehouse in Los Angeles and created a studio space, which he used to produce to video projects that ranged from commercials to music videos. He often found himself thinking of new ways to utilize the space. A big supporter of art, Kirlin recalled his days as a student in Tuscon, Ariz.

“This idea has stuck with me from when I was going to school,” he said. “My buddies and I would always go to IHOP after a fun night out and we would always eat pancakes.”

With the idea of an all-you-can-eat fresh pancake bar, an open warehouse and a love of art, Pancakes and Booze was born. What first started to attract hundreds of people has grown into the thousands. During the past 18 months, the event has traveled to over 30 cities, with this year being the first it has gone overseas to other countries.

This will be Pancakes and Booze’s first time in Honolulu. Kirlin said he hoped people would enjoy art in a live gallery format with a new and positive perspective. He’s always been interested in inviting only local artists in each city to participate; even though he travels around the globe, one of his main goals is to help enhance each city’s local art community. At this weekend’s event, you can expect to see various artwork that ranges from painting to mixed media from over 50 emerging Hawaii artists.

“Instead of a serious gallery it’s just a fun environment,” said Kirlin. “This is an event where we go to have a good time, support local artists, eat free pancakes and listen to live music.”

Unlike galleries that take a commission if a piece sells, Pancakes and Booze allows artists to keep 100 percent of each sale. If you’re interested in participating, submit your work here.

John Friend of the ARTS at Marks Garage said he is excited to have this art movement come to Hawaii. He hopes people see more playful contemporary new work in an environment that connects art and fun.

“Any event that unites local artists, provides a pop-up gallery, and supports the arts is on mission with us,” he said. “On the surface it’s pancakes and booze but underneath that it’s a much needed resource. I am excited to see how this kind of support helps grow the arts here.”

Luckily for anyone interested in attending, the Hawaii Zombie Crawl will be happening the same night. The two events have partnered up, and if you use the code “pancake” you’ll be able to get a discount on the Zombie Crawl and can also attend Pancakes and Booze. If you’ve already bought tickets to the Zombie Crawl, entry to Pancakes and Booze is free.
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.


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