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Rare Earth’s original lead vocalist returns to Hawaii

By the time Peter Rivera was 18, he was making more money playing drums in local nightclubs than his father was bringing home from his full-time factory job. The gigs got bigger and better until the band, then known as the Sunliners, was one of the top club bands in Detroit. Read More
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Hawaii filmgoers identify with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ storyline

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It’s about time. That is the feeling behind “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first major studio production in 25 years to feature all-Asian talent on both sides of the camera. Read More

New Asian rom-com changes the game

It’s been 25 years since a major Hollywood studio released an English-language film with a primarily Asian cast. But that dry spell is about to end with the release of the opulent romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians.” Read More

Pe’a’s second CD ‘award worthy’

Kalani Pe‘a made history early in 2017 when he became the first Hawaii-resident recording artist to win a Grammy Award since Hawaiian music was absorbed by the catch-all Regional Roots Music category. Read More
 

To Do: George Lopez, Nelly, Jim Jefferies, Trevor Noah

Highlights of upcoming events in Honolulu over the weeks and months ahead, courtesy TGIF. Read More
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‘Gauguin’ recalls painter’s experiences in Tahiti

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“Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti” is an immersive, strikingly shot, wisely telescoped look at the years — 1891 to 1893 — in which famed post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin escaped the artistic and financial struggles of his Paris life for the jungles of French Polynesia, where he would create some of his most pivotal artwork. Read More
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‘Buybust’ is a bloody, funny film from the Philippines

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Featuring one villain in leopard pants and another in a bathrobe, “BuyBust” is surprisingly funny for a movie that’s basically a massacre in progress Read More
 
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‘Dog Days’ a canine caper that only slightly warms the heart

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“Dog Days,” an omnibus comedy about the unique ability of dogs to connect us to others and ourselves, is the kind of mildly amusing, pandering film that shows up in movie theaters at random times throughout the year when nothing else notable is playing and people are willing to watch just about anything. Read More

The latest monster of the sea surfaces in “The Meg”

On the tail of “The Shallows,” ”47 Meters Down,” ”Dark Tide” and, of course, the seminal “Sharknado,” comes “The Meg,” the latest in a growing school of shark movies, all of which, to varying degrees, use our fond memories of “Jaws” as bait to reel us back in the water again. Read More
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Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ details wild sting operation

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In 1979, a man named Ron Stallworth, who was the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, also became a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan and the leader of the local chapter. Read More
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Thin plot haunts ‘Slender Man’

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The true crime story was covered in the excellent documentary “Beware the Slenderman,” but the horror adaptation takes a different tack, taking the character literally, as a malevolent force that can be summoned with a ritual that’s “The Ring” by way of a slumber party game. Read More

Music and Nightlife Calendar

Live music, DJs, nightclub acts and comedy. Free admission unless noted. Read More

Out ‘n’ About Calendar

More ideas for the week ahead, courtesy TGIF. Read More

Arthouse Calendar

Capsule summaries of limited-release films showing at local venues. Read More

Stage calendar

A list of stage-related events in Honolulu this week, courtesy TGIF. Read More

Artweek

Send items at least two weeks in advance of event or opening to tgif@staradvertiser.com. Photos welcome. Note: If submitting classes, please include name of instructor, address where classes will be conducted, fee and contact information. Read More
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Christopher Robin’s BFF: a bear, fuzzy and funny

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The misfortune of “Christopher Robin” is not only that it comes a year after “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” an earnest if sentimental tale about Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne and his son, Christopher Robin Milne, but that it arrives a few months after the screwball radiance of “Paddington 2.” Read More

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger reveals secrets of millenial generation

Iliza Shlesinger made her mark when she became the youngest competitor, and the first woman, to win “Last Comic Standing” in 2008. Read More

To Do: Nelly, George Lopez, Jim Jefferies, Creed Bratton

Highlights of events scheduled to take place in Honolulu over the weeks and months ahead, courtesy TGIF. Read More

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