ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
I like it. I really like it. It says so right on the back of Augie T.'s brand-new concert DVD, "Then & Now," out in stores now. The comedian otherwise known as Augie Tulba went back to his alma mater Farrington High School in August to film it. You get behind-the-scenes footage and a commentary track by Augie. You'll also laugh like a little kid who found out school was canceled for the day.
— Derek Paiva
Rapper-producer Nabahe Benally, 23, didn't start painting until February 2005, and he's already made his name in town as an artist, getting commissions and selling his work at shops such as Stylus. His stylized elephants peep out at you all over town. On Nov. 26 he paints live at the IKANDY booth 207 (he also designed a T-shirt for the urban girlwear company) at the Islandwide Christmas Craft & Food show at Blaisdell Center. Originally from Los Angeles, Benally moved to Honolulu a decade ago to "get away from gangs." He credits urban artist Aaron "Angry Woebot" Martin with harnessing his talent. "I was selling pieces of wood with splinters," Benally says, laughing. "He showed me techniques."
— Lesa Griffith
BEFORE 'BABEL,' THERE WAS 'MEXICO'
While "Babel," by filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (left), makes headlines, you can see a lesser known work of his in the show "Reconstructing Memories," now on view at the University of Hawai'i's Art Gallery. The show has been touring since it opened in 2000, but Honolulu is the first stop that includes Iñárritu's short film "Mexico," which was part of the 2002 collection "11'09''01 - September 11," never distributed in the U.S.
Curator Aaron Kerner of San Francisco State University saw "11'09''01" and was so amazed by Iñárritu's contribution he had to get it for his exhibition. "You could hear people who were audibly moved," Kerner said. "Memories" runs through Dec. 13.