Weekend in preview: Art, a carnival and a karaoke contest

February 3rd, 2011
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Time once again for a “today’s edition of Cel Shaded was nice and all, but ahh, fishsticks … I still missed a few items coming up this weekend” catchup-post edition of Otaku Ohana.

This isn’t necessarily anime-related, but worth noting anyway: Star-Advertiser cartoonist Jon J. Murakami and nemu*nemu artist Audra Furuichi, both friends of Cel Shaded (and by extension Otaku Ohana), will be two of the many artists participating tomorrow in “Draw the Line,” a benefit for Kumu Kahua Theatre being held as part of First Friday. From 6 to 7:45 p.m. the artists will be doing drawings on the theater’s lanai at 46 Merchant St.; as each work is completed, it will be hung up for display and available for sale for $20. Seeing as how Kumu Kahua has had its share of financial struggles as of late — while the theater has received enough donations since that linked story ran to finish out the season, the future’s still quite cloudy  — anything that helps keep an outlet for the local performing arts alive can only be a good thing.

Update, 2/4: Just got word a few minutes ago via Twitter that another Star-Advertiser cartoonist, Deb Aoki, will be participating in “Draw the Line” as well. This is a rare opportunity to see Deb in action locally — she’s based out of the San Francisco Bay Area for most of the year — so go go GO!

Also, the Punahou Carnival is tomorrow and Saturday. I’m not just saying this as an alumnus who’s ready to make his annual return to his alma mater to make his contribution to the school’s scholarship fund (in exchange for bags of malasadas and yummy chicken plate lunches), but also as a devoted bargain seeker. See, the carnival’s White Elephant tent is also where I found one of the coolest things a manga collector like me could find: a copy of the Japan Times’ bilingual edition of Osamu Tezuka’s Crime and Punishment. Another year, the video game collector in me cackled after finding a boxed original NES that came packed with R.O.B., the most famous useless Nintendo peripheral this side of, I don’t know, the Power Glove or something like that. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your own otaku treasure there as well.

Finally  – and this one completely slipped under my radar, sorry about that — the first of two preliminary rounds for the Kawaii Kon Karaoke Kompetition is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Orvis Auditorium on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus. Bring a karaoke version of the song you want to sing on CD (or your MP3 player with a copy of said karaoke version, because hey, new-media savvy is also welcome), or brave it a capella — it’s your call. Judges will evaluate contestants based on technique, stage presence, vocal quality and appearance; the top three contestants will move on to the semifinals (date and time to be announced). It’s recommended that you fill out and bring an entry form from the Kawaii Kon site, although there will also be a limited number of forms available at Orvis on Sunday.

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