ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
From the HIP
Local bands have come and gone, but the only place the musicians in Linus the Band are going is straight to the top. "White Marks on a White Wall," the new CD, gives fans on and off the rock a chance to hear what it's all about; you can also check it on iTunes.
Linus is approaching its 10th anniversary in indie rock. Along the way, the band's developed a strong stage presence and a new dynamism, with upbeat and positive melodies. It doesn't hurt that the band members have charisma, or that the lyrics are heartfelt, and easy to relate to. For more details, check out the Web site: www.linustheband.com.
— Lacy Matsumoto
SALES & BARGAINS
• Affordable fashion meets fine art in the world of Kamea Hadar, a friendly, talented and young phenom whose work is being shown downtown at The Black Cat Tattoo Studio until the end of March. As a teen, he was commissioned to do artwork on textiles, creating prints for Anne Namba designs (www.annenamba.com); Namba, his aunt, taught him to look at the way clothes fall on the human form. Hadar also studied and trained in Paris, Madrid and Tel Aviv. With the desire to make his art accessible to his generation, he created a line of apparel in 2008. His men's wear can be casual and striking with an urban vibe, or more formal and sophisticated, yet edgy. His women's collection is about sexy, wearable street chic and soft textiles. All of his designs are screen-printed by hand, and most clothing is made from environmentally friendly bamboo fiber or pima cotton. Some hot items we found:
Voluptuous Lines designs: men's short-sleeve tees, $39; women's plunging V-neck tees, $38 (pictured).
Big Five designs: men's short-sleeve tees, $42; women's tanks, $42; dresses $45 to $55 and dress shirts $55 to $85; ties are $42.
Jabberwocky designs: men's rugby shirts $39 and girls' sweatshirts $55.
• Where would we be without girls' board shorts? Probably borrowing our cousin's or brother's board shorts that are too long to maneuver in. Reason enough to thank the owner of Quiksilver, Bob McKnight, who created Roxy (named after his youngest daughter) in 1996. The first Roxy store that opened in the world was a humble shop at Ward Centre that sold bikinis, board shorts, T-shirts and simple sundresses. Fast-forward to this month and check out the vast selection of Roxy clothing at owner Shyrah Maurer's Ward location. Take advantage of the Spring Break Sale bargains we found:
70 percent off select denim, at just $13.35; this is not a typo (regular price $44.50).
Comfy, soft and colorful beach dresses, starting at $30.80 (regular price $44).
Mix-and-match bikini tops, $19 to $30 (regular price $38 to $44). Bottoms are on sale from $18 to $30 (regular price $36 to $44).
Roxy, Ward Center; 596-7699.
• Etch Salon has generated a lot of buzz on O'ahu for keeping up with the hottest trends and for having a cohesive team of experienced stylists. Owner/visionary Helen Lee worked in Seoul, South Korea, out of a private salon in the W Hotel where she honed her skills working on editorials, fashion shows, and Korean TV soaps, then returned to Hawai'i and opened Etch. Check out the salon during their Recession Sale. The Brazilian Blowout is the hottest thing in Hollywood — a deep conditioning system that smoothes out hair, getting rid of dryness and frizz, and it's just $30 during this sale. Ends-only lash extensions are $50 and partial highlights are $50. Eyes-only makeup lessons are $40. Etch Salon, 1020 Ke'eaumoku St.; 591-0106.
• Ala Moana Center's Shop a Le'a gets started on Monday and will run through March 28, with plenty of special offers, bargains, trunk shows and treats for spring shoppers. And while you shop, you can pay it forward: Make a special donation to the O'ahu YWCA's Dress for Success program, and get a little something in return.
Here's how it works: Eight sites will collect new or gently used women's work clothing or gift cards. Make a donation to Dress for Success and you'll be qualified for free admission to a Beauty Bar Event at Centerstage, 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Get ready to be pampered with complimentary mini hand massages, makeup and hair consultations, quick styling or a Philosophy oxygen facial peel.
You can also get this exclusive pass by making a purchase from MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, The Body Shop or W Salon through Wednesday; show the sales receipt as entry to the event. For more information on Shop a Le'a, go to www.alamoanacenter.com.
— Amanda Stevens
Polo? Marco! The North Shore polo season is coming up, and the Hawaii Polo Club is throwing a big opening celebration today in Mokulē'ia to celebrate. If you like horses, music, dancing and food, head over to the celebration, which also features skydiving demos from Skydive Hawaii and a full bar.
Hawaii Polo Club Season Grand Opening Party, 1 p.m. today, Mokuleia Polo Field, 68-585 Farrington Highway, Waialua; $8 at the gate, $5 for military and students with ID, includes parking; www.hawaii-polo.org.
— Tracy Chan, http://Honolulu.Metromix.com
HERE HE IS, BABY
Ali Campbell, best known as the frontman for UB40 — he was lead singer for the British pop reggae band for more than 30 years before leaving in 2008 — is returning to the Islands this weekend with his band to perform a set of UB40 classics.
For his Honolulu show, Campbell has promised to perform all the big UB40 hits, including "Red Red Wine," "Here I Am" and "The Way You Do the Things You Do" with his own 14-piece reggae band.
New Zealand's Three Houses Down will also perform, along with local talents Fiji, The Mana'o Company and Siaosi.
Ali Campbell, The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace, 8 tonight (doors open 6:30); $35, $60 VIP; get tickets at 550-8457 or www.honoluluboxoffice.tix.com.
— Kawehi Haug, www.honoluluadvertiser.com/TGIF
MUSICAL TIME WARP
Goodbye, grainy bootleg. "The T.A.M.I. Show," the most praised, most coveted and perhaps least viewed concert film in history, is resurfacing Tuesday on DVD, as "The T.A.M.I. Show: Collector's Edition" (Shout! Factory, $20).
The first concert movie of the rock era, released in theaters in 1964, it spent 45 years in commercial limbo, and has never been available in its entirety. Quentin Tarantino ranks "T.A.M.I." among the three best rock films ever. Rocker Steven Van Zandt dubs it "the greatest rock movie you've never seen." The all-star parade corralled, among others, the Rolling Stones, James Brown (left), The Supremes, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. An acronym for Teenage Awards Music International, it predated Woodstock, reflecting the day's charts: surf sounds, girl groups, Motown soul, rock and the British Invasion.
The show's undisputed highlight is James Brown's sweaty high-stepping routine with The Flames — he theatrically feigns exhaustion and revival as he's repeatedly led away in a cape. Producer Rick Rubin told Rolling Stone in 2004, "That may be the single greatest rock 'n' roll performance ever captured on film."
Free of lip-syncing, overdubs and audio airbrushing, every segment is thrillingly live, from Brown's "Please, Please, Please" to The Supremes' "Run, Run, Run."
— Edna Gunderson, USA Today