Giant Robot Day in Hawaii

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Giant Robot Day at the Honolulu Museum of Art - Contempo #Artshop took place on saturday and it was an mind and heart filling experience. The Day and Giant Robot pop up is a testament to the excitement and energy that a “zine-turned-magazine-turned-many things” project creates after 21 years.

There are many emotions that came out of this project, most of which has little or nothing to do with art. It’s more about the effort, ideas, and selflessness that went into every aspect of this event. The “help” came from everyone. The smiles and stress-less-ness was infectious. The museum staff including Allison, Aaron, Sheryl, and many more with non-museum staffer Lofa Lightsleepers, and his many compadres gave and gave without asking for much in return. Trying to pay it back is impossible, so I’ll continue to try to pay it forward.

Got Religion?

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Last Tuesday night, after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals, I drove into downtown Oakland to see if anybody was celebrating. I didn’t expect much: the Warriors clinched in Cleveland, so I thought it would be relatively quiet out.

I was wrong.

Golden State Warriors Victory Parade And Rally

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There were dozens of police cars, hundreds of cops, streets were blocked off, helicopters hovered overhead…downtown was packed and loud and frenzied…and everyone was….happy, the cops included. On the city’s main thoroughfare, Broadway, which I could only glimpse from half a block away, people were jammed shoulder to shoulder, chanting “Warriors,” honking plastic horns, and dancing. Just to be able to leave the area I had to drive three blocks, backward, the wrong way, on a one way street, past cops. And no one cared: the cops just smiled when I gave them a “sorry, what can I do?!” glance.

And then I thought: this is a form of religion – a huge group of strangers coming together to celebrate something bigger than themselves and feel united.

YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown: INSIDE OUT

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1. Remake, Reboot, or Recycled? — Is it a remake or reboot or a “based on…” and how does it compare to the previous version, or the source material?
Liz: INSIDE OUT is an original story and screenplay by the braintrust known as Pixar. I was super excited to see this more as I love Pixar’s storytelling. The last couple of films from this studio have been a little underwhelming (BRAVE and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY). Luckily, INSIDE OUT is a wonderful return to the complex and rich storytelling of Pixar’s past.

Anderson: Hey, it’s from Pete Doctor, who directed UP, so I had high hopes for INSIDE OUT. I am glad to write that this film lived up to my standards. It’s definitely in the top 3 Pixar films ever made, next to UP and WALL-E, in my opinion.

Hey, While No One was Paying Attention North Korea Cured Every Deadly Disease Known to Man

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Maybe not every disease, but on Friday, North Korea announced that its scientists have created a drug that can prevent and cure AIDS, Ebola, MERS and SARS. The drug, known as Kumdang-2, was allegedly developed from ginseng grown with fertilizer that contained “rare-earth elements”.

Which reminds me, anyone remember the band Rare Earth? One of the few white bands signed by Motown Records. Anyone? Anyone? Come on, you remember this song:

THE KARATE KID Rehearsal Movie

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THE KARATE KID was a big part of my life growing up in the ‘80s. The tale of a new kid in town who is trying to fit in, meets a girl, but then gets beaten up by a bunch of thugs and must find a way to defend himself after he befriends an old groundskeeper from Japan may sound like a pretty generic throwaway film. And if it was in the reigns of lesser hands, it may have.

What To Do When You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

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“Hey Fredo, what’s going on?”

“Hey man, not much, man, it’s been a dog’s age, how are you?”

“Good. Good.  ‘Viscous Daydream’s’ going on tour, and they’ve asked me to fill in for their drummer.”

“Ohmigod, that is so awesome, congrats!”

“Yeah, we’re playing the Den next Thursday. You definitely should come.”

“Absolutely.”

“I’ll put you on the list.”

“Ah, man, no need.”

“Dude, you’ve bought me hella drinks in your bar.  Lemme at least get you on the list.”

“Okay.  Sure.”

“Awesome.  See you there.”

Who the hell am I talking to?

Giant Robot X Honolulu Museum Contempo #Artshop Opens

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The Giant Robot pop up gallery opens! Years and years after beginning this GR ride, I’d never thought that GR could do anything on this scale in Hawaii, but here it is.

I learned that Contempo #Artshop is in its infancy at the Spalding House. In fact, this is it’s inaugural year as an event. It has no regular date as to when it’ll happen again. It’s therefore even a greater honor to be part of this event. As huge as it is for myself, it’s one of many “blips” that the museum will continue to endure. The opening and reception on thursday and friday went without hitches. As any event that’s performed well, I didn’t notice any problems. This means they were perfectly hidden.

Vincent Chin 33 Years Later

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I’ve been seeing posts today on social media commemorating the racially-motivated murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin by two Caucasian Detroit auto workers back in 1982. Chin actually passed away on June 23 but it was indeed on June 19, 1982 when the beating took place that would claim his life. And if the injustice that followed when the two accused men were cleared of their crime with only probation and a modest fine as punishment seemed to be a sad reflection of the times, we’ve been reminded in this past week that there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Whether it’s the tragic shooting in Charleston or the guy in New York attacking Asian women because of how they’ve rejected him, on the occasion of this anniversary, let’s not forget how much we still have to do:

A Little Request

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Nine African Americans shot dead in a South Carolina church. Twenty kids and six adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary. The chokings, shootings and beatings of unarmed young black men this past year. The tiny notice buried in today’s paper, barely meriting coverage – the same one with a headline article on the South Carolina shootings – announcing “Man Pleads Guilty To Displaying Noose.” On and on.

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There is no silver lining here. Only grief, outrage, despair. If 20 dead kids, most of them white, didn’t create enough momentum to change gun control laws, and didn’t motivate us to invest millions of dollars in mental health care, then this latest tragedy won’t get anyone to budge, either.

25 Artwork Picks – Honolulu Museum First Look Preview – Contempo #Artshop

Contempo #artshop isn’t only about Giant Robot. There are many other rooms that are curated with works by many other artists – some living, some deceased, some super famous, and some who are blooming. The idea for this museum exhibition is to include, yet curate. It’s mixing the talent to achieve a solid and great look. Each room has it’s flavor and aside from my photographs, there is much more. Including the GR work, it’s all available. (Honolulu Museum of Art Contempo #artshop)

Here are about 25 pieces of art that caught my eye, including some GR works as well at the end.

Fay Ku – Stark owl people are mesmerizing.IMG_8613

Harry Tsuchidana – Vintage work with a contemporary modern style.

Honolulu Museum Giant Robot Day – Install Completed

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In comes the help. Museum installers are a breed of people of their own. While they approach their job with a “workman-like” attitude since they’re handling tools like drills and levels with the mindfulness to improve when needed, they have to be extremely thoughtful and careful with how they handle art. It’s as if their blue collar-ness is intertwined with white collar and high brow. It turns out almost all of the installers at Honolulu Museum of Art are artists as well, so they have a sense of composition and a feel for the fragility of everything they handle. In a short time, they rapidly hung most of the work, asked some questions, and then they were gone to lunch.

What are the Republicans Smoking and Can I Get Some?

So I woke up this morning to find this in my inbox:

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I don’t know what the hell they’re smoking down at the Republican Party cabal, but really? On what planet am I going to see this email and click on the contribute button? It’s like the Republicans are this fancy seafood restaurant and I’m like the dude who’s allergic to shellfish and they keep sending me these flyers to come eat their food. To quote another Republican President as played by a comedian on SNL: “Not gonna do it.”

I mean—what are they going to throw at me next?