Aug. 16, 2017

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Month also includes spotlight on documentary legend Frederick Wiseman, Judd Apatow's foray into music documentary and Steve Coogan's latest trip

WHAT: Sixth Annual Hawaii Burlesque Festival & Revue
WHEN: Sept. 15 + 16, 2017
WHERE: Doris Duke Theatre, 901 Kinau St., between Ward Avenue and Victoria Street
COST:  $40 general admission, $35 museum members; VIP $50; VIP package for both nights $95    
INFO: Phone, (publishable)
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HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—Honolulu's burlesque superstar Violetta Beretta returns with her always highly anticipated Hawaii Burlesque Festival & Revue Sept. 15 and 16. The two nights feature the biggest names in burlesque locally and nationally.

The two performances are:

Overboard: A Naughty Nautical Adventure Across the Pacific!
Friday, Sept 15 at 6pm
It’s full steam ahead to the fair shores of Honolulu at this rollicking good time on the high seas aboard the SS Unsinkable II. The crazy, sexy and hilarious cast and crew are joined by featured guest performer RedBone with co-hosts Hunter Down and Tita Titsling.

Chinatown Oh Chinatown: A Madcap Burlesque Romp in Honolulu’s Iconic Neighborhood
Saturday, Sept 16 at 6pm
This show takes the audience on a wild ride through Honolulu’s most iconic neighborhood in search of something “very special” the cast seems to have misplaced! Featuring special guests RedBone and Armitage Shanks.

Performers include: Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Chichi Roniz, Emma Peal, Mabsy, Missfortune, Luna Velour, Dick Sunday, Foxy Knoxx, Serendipity Love, Savannah Boudreaux (Cape Cod), Jack Cione's Follies (!), Lady Sapphire Noir (Los Angeles), Boobs Radley (Chicago), Arabella de Lioncourt (Portland), Candy Bottom, Evelyn Vinyl (Nashville), and Mimi Le Uke (St. Louis). See the full lineup at

The rest of the month brings a slate of great new films to the Doris Duke Theatre screen—as well as the revival of Frederick Wiseman's groundbreaking 1967 documentary Titicut Follies, a must-see work that is not available via streaming (believe us, we've tried). We pair it with Wiseman's latest film, a look at the New York Public Library system. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon go on their third European food road trip in The Trip to Spain, and king of the bro comedy Judd Apatow takes a major detour to direct the folk-rock documentary May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.


The Trip to Spain
Directed by Michael Winterbottom. UK. 2017. Starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson, and Claire Keelan. 111 mins.
Thursday, August 31 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Friday, September 1 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Monday, September 4 at 1pm
After The Trip and The Trip to Italy—the hilarious yet poignant buddy road films—Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon now embark on a deliciously deadpan culinary road trip on the Iberian Peninsula. As always, the locales are breathtaking, the cuisine to die for, and the humor delightfully devilish.

See the trailer.

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. USA. 2017. Documentary. 104 mins.
Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30pm
May It Last screens for one night only across the nation! Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Michael Bonfiglio's intimate documentary follows acclaimed North Carolina folk-rock band the Avett Brothers, as they worked on their 2016 hit Rick Rubin–produced album True Sadness.

See the trailer.

Family Film Sunday: Kid Flix 2017: Part 1
Sunday, September 17 at 11:10am + 1pm • Free
A selection of shorts from this past year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. 63 min.

Arthouse Theatre Day:
Titicut Follies with Frederick Wiseman and Wes Anderson
Directed by Frederick Wiseman. USA. 1967. Black and white. 84 mins.
Sunday, September 24 at 1pm
See a brand new 4K restoration of this landmark documentary, which turns 50 this year. Titicut Follies was the first film to be banned in America for reasons other than obscenity or national security. Documentary genius Frederick Wiseman went inside the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Mass., to produce this haunting portrait of the daily assaults of power against the powerless. Screening includes never before seen trial footage plus a special pre-recorded conversation between Frederick Wiseman and Wes Anderson.

See the trailer

Ex Libris: The New York Library
Directed by Frederick Wiseman. USA. 2017. Documentary. 97 min.
Sunday, September 24 at 4pm
Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 3 at 1pm
For his 42nd documentary, Frederick Wiseman (who received an honorary Oscar last year) turns his incisive vision to one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of New York City’s library system.

Dawson City: Frozen Time
Directed by Bill Morrison. USA. 2017. Documentary. 120 mins.
Sunday, September 24 at 7pm
Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30pm
This meditation on cinema’s past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. It is an incredible opportunity to see film thought lost forever.

See the trailer.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana. USA. 2017. Documentary. 102 mins.
Tuesday, September 26 at 1pm
Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Thursday, September 28 at 1pm
Sunday, October 10 at 1pm
This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound—and overlooked—influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. From Link Wray (he was Shawnee!) to Robbie Robertson (Mohawk!), Native Americans played a huge part in the development of every genre of American music, from jazz to hip-hop.

See the trailer.

Radio Dreams
Directed by Babak Jalali. USA/Iran. 2017. Farsi, English, Dari, and Assyrian with English subtitles. 91 mins.
Friday, September 29 at 1pm
Saturday, September 30 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 1 at 7pm
Enter the odd yet very real world of PARS-FM—a Farsi-language radio station broadcasting from the heart of San Francisco.

See the trailer.

City of Ghosts
Directed by Matthew Heineman. Documentary. USA 2017. English and Arabic with English subtitles. 91 mins.
Thursday, September 28 at 6pm • Free
Sunday, October 1 at 4pm
Wednesday, October 4 at 1pm + 7:30pm
Thursday, October 5 at 1pm
Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), City of Ghosts follows the journey of the citizen-journalist initiative Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS). The group of anonymous activists banded together in 2014 to secretly record the atrocities committed by ISIS in Raqqa. This documentary about haunted heroes is a tough but important work.
Special guests: Two journalists from RBSS will attend the Sept. 28 screening.

See the trailer.


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One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. The museum is dedicated to bringing together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i.


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