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  • ART music BEER at Chinatown Courtyard

  • Type: Entertainment/Art/Exhibit
    Date: Friday - 3/1/2013
    Time: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Mendonca Building Courtyard
    1126 Smith Street
    #11 on the Gallery
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    (Other Venues)
    For More info:
    JoDee Hunt, 262-5930
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    Cost: Free

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First Friday March 1, 2013 at the Chinatown Courtyard
(Mendonca Building, 1126 Smith Street) 5-10pm

The ARTS at Marks Garage and Shop Bop & Grind presents...

The Chinatown Courtyard will be transformed into a Secret Beer Garden benefiting The ARTS at Marks. ( Shop Bop & Grind takes over the downstairs walkway with music by DJ Mr. Nick that'll make you bop while you shop, delicious grinds by Café 888 - 1123 Maunakea Street (Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls, & shrimp chips) and local goods (

DJ Mr. Nick brings you intimate world dance party inspired DJ sets between 6-9pm ( The Chinatown Artist Loft inhabitants will open their galleries to the public between 5-10pm.

So drink in the art with your eyes, drink in the music with your ears and drink in the libations through your mouth and experience First Friday like never before and stay a while.



Name: Tracy Shiraishi

Company Name: Roketo

How long have you been doing this? Since 2004

What made you start your business? I learned how to screen print when I was in art school in San Francisco. I was studying painting, but I'd make shirts for myself in the screen printing lab for fun. The next year, when I was back in Hawaii, I did some shirts for a Indonesian Tsunami fundraiser. People really liked the shirts. I enjoyed the immediacy and the accessibility of t-shirts as a medium. I did more, loved it, and I've been doing it since.

What inspires your designs? The designs are mainly derived from things that interest me - so usually they usually relate to science, philosophy, music, absurdist humor or a combination thereof. I figure other people who share a similar sensibility will dig them as well. In short, I make nerd shirts.

If you had advice for any new up-and-coming artists out there what would it be? Work towards perfection. It's a completely unattainable goal, but don't concern yourself with that. It doesn't matter. Commit entirely to perfecting what you do and work hard. Your newest piece should be better than your last one. Your next piece should be better than that. Success, respect -- all that other stuff comes as a byproduct of your progression towards mastery. Be focused and the peripheral nonsense will fall away.

Roketo makes super fresh graphic tees.


Catwings Couture - Dangerously Cute Accessories! Barrettes, clips, hats, fascinators, eyelashes, pasties & more! Decorated with flowers, feathers, ribbon, skulls, skeleton hands & made with love.

Charisma Industries - Charisma Industries is a creative design firm specializing in entertainment and the arts. They offer a variety of products including handmade T-shirts, live artwork, novelty pins, magnets, stickers, plush creations, and various odds and ends.

CreativeCuzzin - My artwork consists of acrylic paintings and metal art with a Native American/Hawaiian flavor, (originals and prints are available on some of the paintings). These works are created on different mediums, such as metal, plastics (both of which are scrap pieces from my daytime job sites), and mostly stretched canvases and boards. I also have miscellaneous metal sculptures of steel, along with some Dream catchers are made of rebar and plastic coated metal wire.

Free Art Movement/Beneath Everything - Handmade sewn, crocheted, knitted...duct-taped, hand-painted wooden... fashionable accessories/stuff for ages 0-100000. Paintings, drawings, poetry, lucky or

Isis Productions Hawaii - Belly dance productions, performance, instruction& costuming by Suzanne Hamdi Keyser. Vending original oil paintings, vintage clothing & jewelry as well as unique treasures from world travels.

Jolene Kaneshige Photography recreates the glamour, sophistication, and style of boudoir to take you back to the 1940s and 1050s. Whether you are giving your husband a gift “for his eyes only” as a anniversary gift, wedding present, or just because its something you always wanted to do; capture your inner vixen!

Little Circles - I am an artist who creates both fine and wearable art made entirely out of paper. Each piece is of original design and rolled by hand. I seal all of my work by hand as well thus creating a water resistant, one-of-a-kind piece. Jewelry: Art:

Rabotilnichka Jewelry is a creative atelier designing hand crafted jewelry with a story to tell. Each piece incorporates a perconal attitude, attention to detail and celebration of form and colour. Materials vary from smooth sea stones and shells to enamel and silver.

Reverie by Alessandra - Specializing in elaborately decorated, handcrafted, unique, specialized gifts called libretti ('little book' in Italian), as well as jewelry that include semi-precious stones, crystal embellishments and hand blown glass beads, among other delightful elements. Reverie is a French noun which means, 'a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.' Everyday I nurture my dreams and feel encouraged to, one step at a time, follow, realize and become my dreams. I like to encourage others to do the same.


Loft #202: 6-10pm
Firebird Photography will be closed, but check him out online and follow his blog and sign-up for email notifications on photography specials! Right now, check out his latest project- Universe of One: the book or

Loft #203: 6-10pm
Pen and ink extraordinaire Kris Goto will be featuring her artwork as usual with some new smaller pieces for easy purchase!

Loft # 205 7:30-10pm
Pandemonium Laboratories Is Under Construction this month, however stay tuned for the unveiling of the brand new Pandemonium Laboratories and the amazing things they have in store on April 5 First Friday!

Loft #206
Truetone Studioswill be quiet this First Friday, but check out what James McCarthy has going on online!

Loft #207: 6-8pm
Come to the newest space for culture, well-being and quality of life in Chinatown, at DeRose Method Hawaii. The one and only representation of the DeRose Method in Hawaii and one of the three places in America where you can experience this exclusive lifestyle. The DeRose Method is a lifestyle proposal focusing on good quality of life, fulfilling human relationships, culture, good dietary habits and optimal health. Some of the tools used to achieve that are: breathing re-education, stress management, and body techniques to improve muscular tone and flexibility, as well as other techniques utilized to achieve emotional relaxation and mental concentration. All of these tools ultimately aim to increase consciousness and self-awareness. Offering private to semi-private classes. "Teaching individuals how to become better versions of themselves."
call(808) 779-9712

Loft #208:
Barrio Vintage's loft will be closed but check out there location at 1160 Nuuanu Avenue. Barrio Vintage is a vintage and retro boutique located in the historic Chinatown District of Honolulu. Barrio features an eye-catching assortment of clothing and accessories for both women and men. Each item is unique to the store and is sure to spark the interest of the vintage lover and the fashion-minded alike. Barrio is also proud to showcase the works of independent and progressive artists and designers.
call(808) 674-7156

Loft #209:
Check out Ruth Sorenson's landscape oil paintings. Lot's of new work and etchings for sale!

Loft #210: 7-9pm
James Anshutz presents the Lemuria Project, where children become the characters of their imagination, along with commercial and portrait work from James Anshutz

Loft #212 7-10pm
FISHMARKET STUDIOSwill be hosting PRINT BIGGER: Grow Your Own on Hotel Street between Smith St. and Maunakea Ave with Steamrollers vs. Woodblocks in a live Printmaking Massive. HAPA presents a massive live printmaking demonstration with Chinatown Artist Lofts resident Sergio Garzon and visiting printmakers from across the state. Artists will be working on Hotel Street between Maunakea Avenue and Smith Street. Work will be created live using a large scale and experimental materials such as local fruits and vegetables.

Loft #215 6-9pm
The Creative
Come into The Creative space and see what they have in store this First Friday! Hosted by Youth Speaks Hawaiʻi.

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