Big Drums, Big Dreams. For thousands of years women have been locked out of Taiko drumming. Not anymore. In the dead of a Minnesota winter, Asian drumming divas smash gender roles and redefine power on their own terms. FINDING HER BEAT dives into the rhythms and struggles that lead to an electrifying historic performance that changes everything. This special presentation will be accompanied by a discussion with the film's featured artist Tiffany Tabarinuchi & Chizuko, and a taiko drum performance.
Blues Bear Hawaii and KWXX present an evening with MAKANA LIVE in concert. Makana is on tour in support of his newest album Pūlama: Legacies of Hawai’i which celebrates the rich heritage of kī hō’alu (slack key guitar), ‘ukulele and leo (voice). Makana is a singer, composer, cultural educator, and master of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. His music combines deep tradition with unbridled innovation to breathe fresh intensity into the timeless sounds of Hawai’i. The New York Times calls him “dazzling.” His music has been featured on three Grammy®–nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy Award®–winning film The Descendants. Guitar Player Magazine ranked him as one of the top three guitarists in America, and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts recognized him with the Slack Key Legacy Award. Slack Key is a unique style from the 1800s that simulates three guitars in one, performed in gorgeous tunings that open the guitar to a symphonic sound. Makana’s live performances are raw, diverse, virtuosic, culturally informative, shared in multiple languages, and always spontaneous. Feel the presence of kūpuna (elders) as he honors their legacies while weaving in universal themes and sounds from around the world. It’s an acoustic experience like no other.
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Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.
With no money and nowhere to hide, two down on their luck jazz musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) masquerade as members of an all-girl band, leading to a number of romantic complications when one falls for the band’s lead singer played by Marilyn Monroe in one of her most iconic performances.