Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: January 19–22

A lineup of this weekend’s best events.

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Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

To make a Bollywood box-office hit: Start with Rocky, add equal parts romance and drama. Garnish with a catchy, hip-shaking soundtrack, top with dance numbers, and—voilà!—you’ve got Sultan, the fourth-highest grossing Bollywood film of all time. The Honolulu Museum of Arts concludes its 10th annual Bollywood Film Festival with this nearly three-hour-long movie (don’t worry, there’s an intermission) following the life of protagonist Sultan Ali Khan who, eight years ago, took up wrestling to win the respect of Aarfa, a state-level fighter. After gaining her love, then losing it by his arrogance, Sultan quits the sport, grows a beer belly and subjects himself to a quiet, lonely life. An opportunity for redemption arises when the founder of a mixed-martial-arts league approaches him to help salvage its popularity. Everyone loves a comeback story, everyone loves an underdog and, guess what, this has both.

$8–$10, Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 901 Kīnaʻu St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Chinese New Year Celebration

Friday, Jan. 20, 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Gung hei fat choy! No more monkeying around—the year of the rooster officially starts on Jan. 28. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i celebrates the upcoming Chinese New Year on Friday and Saturday in the Chinatown Cultural Plaza and surrounding Chinatown area with food and craft booths, live entertainment, special cultural performances and, of course, lion and dragon dances to usher in good luck and prosperity. Lion feeding is encouraged—their diet is cold, hard cash, so keep a few extra dollars on hand. In return, they’ll grant you an additional dose of good fortune for the rest of the year! Plus, stick around for A Night in Chinatown’s Chinese New Year’s Parade, which begins at 3:30 p.m. on Richards Street.

Free, Chinatown Cultural Plaza, 100 N. Beretania St., and surrounding Chinatown areas. For more information on the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i, go here.


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The Bougies Present Coachelly 2017

Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

It’s Wednesday night, and you’re locking down those weekend plans. How about a concert? Well, you like music, but doling out $249 to see this weekend’s UB40 show at the Blaisdell may not be a great investment, especially since “Red Red Wine” is the only song you’d be able to sing along to and the last time you skanked was at prom. But you’re feeling adventurous, and a little dancey, so spend your Friday night with The Bougies, a hometown band whose garage pop has been making its way into the local music scene—and hearts—since 2011. The band celebrates its drummer’s birthday with a lineup of covers from her favorite bands, including The Shins, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday and Kings of Leon. The good news? You’re guaranteed to know more than one of those songs. The great news? Tickets are only $5, meaning you now have $244 to spend on beer.

$5, The Studio in Hawaiian Brian’s, 1680 Kapiʻolani Blvd. For more information on this event, go here. For more information on The Bougies, visit its Facebook page.


Women’s March — O‘ahu

Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.

This Saturday morning, women, men and children alike are invited to gather at the Hawai‘i State Capitol to march and stand up for the protection of women’s rights, safety, health and families. This is the first-ever Women’s March — O‘ahu event, and the participants will be joining an entire movement of marchers in Washington D.C. and other communities across the nation, regardless of gender, faith or culture, who gather with loved ones to express solidarity and support for this worthy cause. The route is a leisurely two-mile walk around the downtown area, ending at the Capitol Rotunda, and the event continues with a rally at the State Capitol until 3 p.m. Donations to cover the expenses of the march can be made here; any remaining funds will be donated to local women-issue-focused nonprofits. An RSVP isn’t necessary, but helpful for organizers, who can use the headcount to plan accordingly.

Free, Hawai‘i State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St. For more information on Women’s March — O‘ahu, go here. You may RSVP via the event’s Eventbrite or Facebook pages.


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