Pictures from the Color Band Collective in Chinatown

Color band Collective at Bar35 in Chinatown Honolulu Hawaii

Last weekend was the Color Band Collective in Chinatown. 39Hotel’s shindig was absorbed by Bar35, turning Bar35 into 1 part dance and 1 part rock.  I came just in time to enjoy the acoustic stylings of Futatsu (Kara and Mel of Satellite Grey).  They did a great acoustic set in the outside area of Bar35, a perfect mix of acoustic rock (if you can imagine that as a genre) and a really awesome cover of “She Says” by Howie Day.

Bar35 felt like you were hanging out with a bunch of your friends and they just so happen to be ohso artsy and cool. I watched Jurky doing a live painting during the set and tried to snap a few pictures without distracting her from her art.

Had to leave a bit on the early side and was totally bummed out the following day when I saw the kick ass photos from Metromix and La Cutie all over the ‘net.

All in all, a really fun event.

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Hawaii Gay Pride Parade Today! Color Band Collective Tonight!

honolulu-pride-parade-2008[photo credit: photolulu.com]

Don’t know if anyone is awake yet, but I thought I’d put up some information about today’s Gay Pride Parade at Magic Island.  The parade itself starts at 9am and then afterwards, the Aloha Bears will be manning the grills for a big picnic.  Remember today is ONLY the parade, the actual Pride festival itself isn’t until mid-July.

But don’t get too sunburned because tonight is the Color Band Collective down in Chinatown.  Get your wristband (for only $20) and hop between three venues: Bar35, 39Hotel, and Indigo’s.  You can purchase your tickets at groovetickets.com (search: color band collective) or pay cover at the door. Proceeds go to PFLAG, so there are no excuses to get your asses to Chinatown tonight!

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Pick up the Latest Issue of eXpression!

expression magazine for may 2009

The new issue of eXpression is now out on stands, so pick up your copy today at a Borders or any of these other locations. Shooting this cover was a great opportunity for me and everyone was so sweet.  The cover story will give you some backstory on the Rainbow Film Festival, now in its 20th year! The festival runs from May 21-24 at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

[Updated] Civil Unions Bill Revived then Killed in Senate

From the Honolulu Advertiser:

The state Senate voted today to recall a civil-unions bill from committee and then amended it to expand the privilege to all couples. The move effectively kills the bill for this session, but Senate Democrats promised to work over the interim and to try to pass a compromise version of the bill next session.
The amended bill also makes it clear that the bill does not equate civil unions to marriage. The state House passed a civil-unions bill 33 to 17 in February but the bill stalled in the Senate Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. The Senate gallery was filled this morning with opponents of civil unions — wearing red — and supporters — wearing white — to watch the session. It seems just 20 minutes after my previous post went up, I have more (and unfortunately bad) news to report.   I can’t say that I’m entirely surprised, but I’m definitely disappointed. Actually, what’s more disappointing is some of the comments left by readers on the Advertiser website. I try to refrain from reading the comments posted on the news articles because I usually end up getting really irritated.

“Senate Democrats promised to work over the interim and to try to pass a compromise version of the bill next session.”

What the hell would a compromise be for this bill? It’s  already been made very clear that this is not the same as marriage, so really, isn’t civil unions themselves a compromise in terms of gay rights anyway? Come on, Hawaii! If Maine can legalize gay marriage, why can’t we at least have civil unions??

[News] Civil Unions Bill Gains Floor Vote

From the Honolulu Advertiser:

The state Senate, by one vote, today recalled the same-sex civil-unions bill from a committee and advanced it to a floor vote.

Nine votes are required to recall the bill, which has stalled in the state Senate Judiciary and Government Operations Committee.

Today’s vote was 10 to 15.

Now it will require a majority of senators — 13 — to pass it on second reading today and set up a final vote tomorrow.

Three Senate sources said this morning they believed they had the votes for a pull, but a private caucus among majority Democrats was to be held to discuss the issue.

The Senate gallery was filled this morning with opponents of civil unions — wearing red — and supporters — wearing white — to watch the session.

The bill passed the House in February in a 33 to 17 vote. If it is passed by the Senate, it would go to Gov. Linda Lingle for her review (to read the article on the Advertiser site, go here).

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I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.