Sunday (June 6), South Shore Tiki Lounge, Kihei, 8pm, NO COVER
The napkin. Its uses as multifarious as its ply. More than lipstick blotter, quicker picker upper, makeshift bib (gross) or bar fly’s little black book, it’s the hippest new substrate in the arts world. “Richest living artist” Damien Hirst added to his net worth by selling a skull sketch on lunchtime linen for a whopping $37,000, and the coffee house variety took author J.K. Rowling from too-poor-for-paper to almost Oprah. On bar stock is where MauiTime’s Editor hypothesizes every Ron Pitts’ Eh Brah! illustration begins (and sometimes ends). And those, we know, are priceless. But for as little as $20, you can be the proud owner of a masterwork from The Great Napkin Doodle, a benefit for the non-profit Keiki Cupboard. This local organization “believe(s) that no child attending school should lack the basic needs for successful integration into their academic environment,” and the fine folks from South Shore Tiki Lounge—partnering with Indigo Paia and Maui Thing—are leading the charge to support the cause. Selected works will be displayed at the lounge and online through July, and features over 25 artists and 60 doodles; but the opening night is the right night, with music by Kanoa. 808-874-6444 / southshoretikilounge.com
THE DOODLE CREW INCLUDES: Ron Pitts / Michael Waggoner / Caramiya Davies-Reid / Daniel Sullivan / Rachel G / Mego / Keytoe Kiriaty / Erin Smith / Ross Buffomante / Pete Cabrinha / Nick Rickert / Yvette Yvelle / Rob Westphal / Teddi Martinez / Cecilia Fernandez Romero / Francis Halloran / Angela Sobolev / Javier Martinez / Mark Johnson / Jen Schellack / Kaeo Zuke / Jarren Patao / Alex Rodriguez / Rory Young / Mikhail Tassi / Alma Tassi …and more!
To keep me occupied while bed-bound with blood cancer, my sensei and artist extraordinaire, Guy Junker, sent me oodles of goodies. Unfortunately, drugs took up most of my time and I got around to drawing but a few beets (yes, I said beets*). One of the best gifts was a set of Faber-Castell Multimark pens. When not hallucinating in the hospital, I’m a serial doodler—and these pens are life changing. Find some HERE.
*Whoa! I just found one of my most favorite Sesame Street vids: SUGAR BEETS! Which inspired me to look for MAKING CRAYONS and TUBAS, too (which I could not find… though APPLE CIDER, I did). As a toddler, I’d record these on VHS and watch them over and over and over again—forming the foundation for my aesthetic and taste in music… still.