An evening of art and music is today at 7 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center, as Brenda Wong Aoki and friends get together for a special event that has become a benefit for victims of last week’s flood in Kilauea, leaders of the Garden Island Arts Council said in press releases.
Aoki brings her performance pieces, “Mermaid Meat” and “Kuan Yin,” to the KCC PAC stage, accompanied by Asian-American jazz pioneer Mark Izu, taiko artist Janet Koike, 12-year old dancer and percussionist Kai Kane Aoki Izu and, in a rare public performance, master gagaku musician Suenobu Togi.
Supernatural tales in antique settings and contemporary ghost stories in Chinatown are what Brenda Wong Aoki delivers with her remarkable talents as a performer and storyteller.
Performances of her multidisciplinary enchanted adaptations of Chinese and Japanese ghost stories, presented with taiko drums, ethnic jazz, performance art and narrative voice, are scheduled on O‘ahu, Maui and the Big Island, too.
The stories include mature themes and erotic content, and are not recommended for children under 10.
Taiko Kauai members will give a short outdoor performance in front of the theater at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are $30 general admission. ‘Ohana discounts are available at the door only: $10 per child with two general adult admission tickets.
For group sales, contact Carol Yotsuda at 245-2733. General-admission tickets available in Lihu‘e at Hilo Hattie; in Kapa‘a at Davison Arts and Bounty Music; in Kilauea at Island Soap & Candle Works; in Princeville at Magic Dragon; in Koloa at Progressive Expressions; and in Kalaheo at Scotty’s Music.
For more information, contact 245-2733, or visit www.gardenislandarts.
org. The Kaua‘i performance is presented by leaders of the Garden Island Arts Council.