The Hygienic Dress League shows off its new tongue-in- cheek clothing designs at The ARTS at Marks Garage on First Friday.
Fill up on art and food at First Friday
Downtown galleries, restaurants and studios are keeping their doors open late for the monthly First Friday event that runs -- when else? -- Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
Among the new art shows downtown is an interactive exhibit by the Hygienic Dress League that presents a satirization of fashion and beauty ideals. The show runs at The ARTS at Marks Garage.
A map of the Chinatown district is available at all participating First Friday galleries, restaurants and shops.
Here is a list of venues, with highlights for the evening:
» The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave. (521-2903): University of Hawaii students and graduates toy with society's obsession with looking good -- and what people will wear to fit in with fluctuating standards of beauty and hipness. The Hygienic Dress League -- Fred Bannan, Eli Baxter, Dorota Bilica, Steve Coy, Anson Tsang and Joe Wilson -- will unveil their spring collection of purposely questionable clothing designs. The Dress League promises to "simultaneously attract and repel" in their multimedia show, which on First Friday also features deejays and a VIP section. The show runs through Feb. 25. (For more on this show, see the Thursday Today section.)
» The Cathedral Gallery, 1184 Bishop St. (536-7036): Engraver Jared Wickware's exhibit is celebrated with a wine-and-cheese reception. The artist, also a graphic designer and illustrator, will demonstrate etching on copper plate and printing by hand. Free validated parking at Century Square.
» The Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. (586-0900): Three exhibitions are featured this month: "Enriched by Diversity," "Reflecting Hawaii" and "Summertime." Also, the museum's "Live from the Lawn" series features Hawaii Opera Theatre Studio singers Kate Sarff, Susan Cromer, Malia Kaai and Rosanna Perch; and Hawaii Slam poets Travis, Celine, Melvin and Kealoha, with deejay Ryan Yorck. Free coffee and pastries.
» Bethel Street Gallery, 1140 Bethel St. (524-3552): Twelve paintings by Christopher St. John are on exhibit through Feb. 9. In a new show entitled "Everybody Rules the World," St. John examines common, everyday situations with a dose of iconoclastic humor.
» The Pegge Hopper Gallery, 1164 Nuuanu Ave. (524-1160): The gallery gets romantic with I (heart) First Friday glass, light-up and lace hearts.
» Jo Fraticelli's Nesting House, 1151 Bethel St.: Victorian-style gift boxes and Valentine-inspired ink and watercolor sketches from the "Hat Girl" series are on display.
» Other participating venues: Cafe Che Pasta, 1001 Bishop St.; The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Bank, 999 Bishop St.; Exhibit Space at 1132 Bishop St.; F/22 Gallery, 22 Pauahi St., No. 101; Gillian Armour Studio, 125 Merchant St.; Got Art?, 1136 Nuuanu Ave.; Hanks Café Honolulu, 1038 Nuuanu Ave.; Jeff Chang Pottery, 808 Fort Street Mall; Louis Pohl Gallery, 1111 Nuuanu Ave.; Mercury, 1154 Fort Street Mall; Nextdoor, 43 N. Hotel St.; Pacific Traditions Gallery, 19 North Pauahi St.; Ramsay Museum, 1128 Smith St.; Sharkeys Tattoo, 1138 Nuuanu Ave.; Studio of Roy Venters, 1160 Nuuanu Ave.; thirtyninehotel, 39 Hotel St.; and Toshiko Takaezu Ceramics Studio at the YWCA, 1040 Richards St.