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  • The ARTS at Marks Garage - FEBRUARY 2018 Update

The ARTS at Marks Garage - FEBRUARY 2018 Update


The ARTS at Marks Garage

I am in love with the "In the Black" concept of flipping the script for Black Heritage Month... and all months... and I'm elated to be part of the team that makes it possible for shows like this in Chinatown. In addition to all of the events listed below, our gallery and the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore are open fromnoon-5pm,Tuesday-Saturday. Our gallery is an oasis in our urban core, free to the public and curated with our community in mind.

At The ARTS at Marks Garage, we're working hard to get ahead each month, but that struggle never diminishes our trust that we are art-wealthy and our community will always help assure that we survive. Our internal team, and all of the artists who bring their work to us are amazing, spirited and talented individuals. We hope you will take as many opportunities as possible to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Support The ARTS!

Donna Blanchard

Consulting Director, The ARTS at Marks Garage

Managing Director, Kumu Kahua Theatre

Host, Backstage with Donna Blanchard

Announcing our New LYFT Partnership!

Use CODE: ARTSATMARKSfor $5 off your first 4 rides!

New users only. Subject to Lyft's



IN THE BLACK A Visual Anthology

Featured works by Nicole Maileen Woo & Mark "Feijao" Milligan II

FREE & Open to ALL Ages

February 2-24

Borrowing from the financial term "In the Black" we seek to flip the script on the misconception of African Americans, Africans and the Diaspora as "lacking/ impoverished". The exhibits aims to refocus the lens on the innate wealth of the African people. Refocusing the narrative to one that tells the story of the descendants: the answered prayers of ancestors. With an intention to show connections between the African and Native Hawaiian culture.



The OJams Improv Show


February 3, 8 PM

$15 online, $20 at the door

Join us for a special LOVE THEMED musical improv comedy show at Arts at Marks in Chinatown. Perfect night out for couples, singles, awkward dates and more!


SUN, SURF & PHYSICAL COMEDY with Actor Basauri

Purchase Tickets

Play, devise and clown around with Master Aitor. Laugh until your face hurts. Create your freedom!

Physical AF Comedy Festival

Purchase Tickets

February 1, 7PM - Laugh with 2 Haole Boys

February 4, 2PM - This is Not a Drill


Home.Run. FUNdraiser

Habitat for Humanity

February 9, 5-8 PM

RSVP on Eventbrite

Join Honolulu Habitat for Humanity for its Home.Run. (fun)draiser evening of music, food, drinks and prizes! All proceeds will benefit Honolulu Habitat for Humanity 2018 projects, starting with our 79th home this spring!Bonus: In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the lion dancers will be bringing luck and good fortune to Chinatown and Marks Garage. Come support a great cause and get some luck of your own!Click for more info.


Month-long Community Series

February 15, 6:30PM - Film Screening & Guest Speakers:

"Besouro" & Special Guest Speakers Baba James Weeks & Iya Vanessa Irwin themed around African spirituality.

Tickets | $5 entry, under 18 yrs FREE

February 16 6:30-8:30PM - Black Futures/Hawaii Futures Community Panel

Afro Futurism, a visual installation by Ed Hemphill. Speakers: David Goldberg, Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua

$5 entry, under 18 yrs FREE

February 17, 1-4PM - Ohana Day -Anansi! Storytime & Crafts

Read aloud of "trickster" folktales of Anansi the spider, from the Akan people of Ghana, West Africa followed by keiki arts & crafts.Facilitated by teaching artist, Nicole Maileen Woo.

Suggested donation: $5 per family

February 22, 6:30PM - MoMo Night: Community Mo'olelo & Film Screening:

The Papolo Project: Joy Enomoto & Akiemi Glenn. "Talking Black in America"

Tickets | Door Donation Welcomed


February 24, 7-11PM


Afro-Latin dane performance & workshop by Jerome Mester de Trevino, Reggae Island music by Trishnalei & Friends, & Afro-Latin music by AFRO-CRIOLLO.

$10 entry, under 18 yrs FREE

Beverages by The Bar@MARKS & Trubody Bliss


Books at Marks

Friends of the Library

Open Tue-Sat 12-5 PM, and until 10 PM on First Fridays

There's a BOOKSTORE in Downtown by Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i!

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Opening Party for IN THE BLACK

February 2, 6-10 PM

First Friday Events

6p-8p: Docent led gallery tours with the Artists

8p: Open Mic: Spoken Word & Poetry Featuring:

Malia Connor, Ihilani Gutierrez, Serena Michel, Lyz Soto & Zen Chambers

9p-10p: CALLING ALL DRUMMERS! African Drum & Dance Circle (bring your drum and dancing feet)!

The Bar@MARKS with Kona Brewing Co. & Trubody Bliss



Valid for all users. Valid for 20% off their ride to/from the First Friday Gallery Show Opening pARTy on2/2/18. Subject to Lyft's


Open House @ The Lofts

Chinatown Artist Lofts

February 2, 6-9 PM

Live music, open studios, and live demonstrations all night!



Ecstatic Dance

HeArt Dance ofConsciousness

Every Sunday, 6:30 -9:30 PM,$15

Celebrate, create, connect to your authentic Self and awakened Self. See you on the dance floor!


Int. Ensemble Acting Class (Ages 12-15)

Eden Lee Murray

Mondays, 4-6 PM, Through April

$350/semester, scholarships available

This program is designed for students who have had some theatre experience and are interested in learning more about performance technique led by award-winning director/actor/artist-educator Eden Lee Murray. Those interested should call 384-2157.


Improv Workshop with Kimee Balmilero


Mondays, 6:30 PM, $25

This workshop will focus on several types of openings for long form sets. Players will have the opportunity to explore different ways to generate information for a fun and idea filled show! Participants should have some long form improv experience.


Freestyle Rap Workshop


Mondays, 7-9 PM, $25

Students of all levels will learn the basics of freestyle rap and how to use it within improvised scenes or in your every day life. Get out of your head and into your flow! No experience required in a safe, non-judgmental environment where support is our number one rule.


Jr. Ensemble Acting Class (6-8 Grade)

Eden Lee Murray

Tuesdays, 4-5:30 PM, Through April

$250/semester, scholarships available

This introductory acting program is led by award-winning director/actor/artist-educator Eden Lee Murray and includes basic performer skills, creative dramatics, ensemble-building theatre games, and improvisation. Those interested should call 384-2157.


The Acting Studio

COJODA Productions

Tuesdays, 5:30-7 PM

Single Point Acting for actors of all ages and levels, a simplified process created by Consulina Wong derived from the classic techniques of Stanislavski, Adler, Meisner and Strasberg. Learn acting skills from a veteran actress. For more info and to join call:(808) 223-6338.


Teen Slam Poetry

Pacific Tongues / Youth Speaks Hawaii

Wednesdays, 4:30-6 PM

Free teen slam poetry writing and performance workshops.

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Honolulu Culture & Arts District


COJODA Productions

Friends of the Library

Groovestar Productions

Hawai'i Shakespeare Festival

Hawai'i Watercolor Society

HeArt Dance of Consciousness


Pacific Tongues/Youth Speaks Hawai'i

PA'I Foundation

Playbuilders of Hawaii

T-RX/Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival



A sincere thank you to Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Colliers International, Spire Accountants - Advisors, Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts, G70, Andis Wines, Weissman Family Foundation, Stern Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, 1001 Friends, anonymous donors and many others for their ongoing support! Mahalo!

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  • The ARTS At Marks Garage
    The ARTS at Marks Garage is a community arts center with a 1,000 sq. ft. gallery, a 1,000 sq. ft. theater, and a 1,000 sq. ft. office space founded in 2001. Marks is home to 13 performing and visual arts businesses including Youth Speaks Hawaii and Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. 45,000 visitors attend 13 exhibits and 150 performances each year.
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