Southern Comfort

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Southern Comfort


July 31, 2009 06:00pm-09:00pm


Honolulu Academy of Arts

Event Information:

The masterminds behind Southern Comfort are ARTafterDARK Advisory Board Members Katra Cuskaden and Cori Mackie

One part country, two parts rock 'n' roll! There's nothing better than good friends, good food and good music on a Friday night honky tonk. So jump in your Boss Hogg Caddy and come on down, y'all!

Mustang cars on the lawn courtesy of Aloha Mustang and Shelby Club of Hawaii.


One part country:
Head to Kinau Courtyard for a backwoods BBQ where you can:
• Chow down on Southern favorites from Town Kaimuki
• Play a pick-up game of horseshoes
• Tap your foot to the rollicking twang of bluegrass
• See line dancing performances throughout the night.

Two parts rock and roll:
Live Southern rock by Piranha Brothers Band in Central Courtyard, 6-9PM

Feeling inspired by the sounds in Central Court? Grab 3 friends and head to Banyan Courtyard to participate in the first ever ARTafterDARK Rock Band 2 Contest!

Rock Band 2 contest timeline:
6–7:30PM: free play, practice session - come check-in with one of the contest facilitators, select your song, scope out the supped-up Rock Band set from Grand Events/LA Image, and get in a practice set or two.

7:30–8:15PM: The contest begins. "Bands" will duel against a single opponent; winners will be chosen based on audience applause. The winners remain to challenge the next competitor, the losers return to the audience.

Creativity is boss! We want to see your best Bon Jovi/Journey/Metallica! Smoke machines and lighting will be provided. Extra props and costumes welcome!

8:15–8:45PM: Winner's Showcase—all duel winners (whether you won one duel or 6) are welcome to come back and show everyone how it is really done. Prizes—including bourbon cupcakes by the brand new bakery BABYCAKES—will be awarded to all participants in the Showcase.

Special thanks to Grand Events/LA Image for the equipment!


Don't think we forgot the ART:
2nd Floor Galleries (11-13) of American art will be open special for the evening. See works by quintessentially American artists such as Remington and Eakins and talk with Academy docents (they know it all).

All-American Zip Tour: Docent-led zip tour of the American Art Gallery (gallery 12). Two chances to catch it: 7 and 7:30PM.

On rotation:
The Academy's curatorial staff has been hard at work mining the permanent collection to bring new art to you on a regular basis. See these new rotations:

Gallery 9: Francisco Goya's "The Disasters of War"
Gallery 14: Early Korean Ceramics: The Gaya Confederacy
Gallery 15: Korean Gallery includes a print rotation of works by Elizabeth Keith
Gallery 16: Maurice J. Sullivan Family Gallery of Chinese Art rotation of prints by Charles Bartlett and Elizabeth Keith
Gallery 20: Yanagi Soêtsu and the Mingei Movement. Mingei ceramics, paintings, and textiles. This exhibition was curated by Eiyo Baba, Sawako Chang, Karana Vierra, and Mizuho Murakami, members of a graduate seminar organized by Professor John Szostak of the Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawaiʻi–Manoa.
Gallery 21: Art for the People: Modern Prints by Munakata Shikô
Gallery 23: Charles Bartlett's Visions of India
Gallery 28: Artists of Hawai‘i 2009


 Downtown will man FIVE bars throughout the museum grounds, featuring beer, wine, and one specialty cocktail.

Town's menu (all dishes $3-$5):

In the Luce Pavilion Courtyard:

  • bourbon 'n' molasses-glazed pork belly with spicy Ma'o Farms collard greens

and cornbread panzanella (Hau'ula tomato, Hamanalo sweet corn, lima beans)

  • Hush puppies made with North Shore Cattle Co. andouille sausage, with fried Mililani okra
  • jalapeño deviled eggs
  • muffuletta
  • apple and cheddar hand pies

In the Kinau Courtyard Backyard BBQ:

  • stone-ground organic grits bar with all the fixins—smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, grilled scallions, green chile
  • pork sausage cream gravy
  • roasted Ho's Farm tomatoes
  • Cajun green beans
  • pickled watermelon rind
  • chopped Kahuku shrimp

The cocktail: Grilled lemon lynchberg, Town's take on the southern classic Lynchberg lemonade—it's made with Jack Daniel's and named after Lynchberg, Tennessee, where the whiskey is made.

ATM: Get cash quick and easy! A new ATM will be in place located in the alcove near the bathroom closer to Luce Pavilion.


Just a reminder—ARTafterDARKers can park in the following locations:

1) FREE: The Diamond Head Parking Lot behind the Art Center at Linekona (free)
2) FREE: Street parking on Beretania Street from 6PM (free)
3) FREE: First United Methodist Church Parking Lot on the corner of Beretania and Victoria Street (free) - NOTE: lot closes promptly at 10PM
4) FREE: Academy Staff Parking Lot after the Admiral Thomas Complex on Kinau Street (free)
5) $5 per car: Kim Chee III Parking Lot off Young Street

Event photos by Arturo Solis of Entwine Wedding Photography