Art and Flea: House Party

Urban market Art + Flea kicked off the end of summer Thursday with a House Party in Kakaako. The event featured more than 60 vendors in local fashion, art, music, food and more. Other activities included a 3v3 street soccer tournament, burger-eating contest and live music. The theme for the event was inspired by the ’90s movie “House Party,” starring Kid n Play.

Art + Flea is held every fourth Thursday of the month. Visit artandflea.com for more information.

HOUSE PARTY with Art + Flea

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33rd Annual Greek Festival

Opa! Lovers of Greek culture and cuisine gathered Saturday at Ala Moana Park for the 33rd Annual Greek Festival. The event featured live entertainment, along with and a Greek marketplace and such specialties as gyros, Greek coffee, pastries, baklava and more from Olive Tree Cafe, The Greek Grill, Taverna and more.

The family-friendly event continues on Sunday, from noon to 9 p.m.. For more information visit: greekfestivalhawaii.com

33rd Annual Greek Festival

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Jason Chen at Air Park

YouTube talent Jason Chen held a meet and greet at Air Park Karaoke Lounge on Sunday night. A Taiwanese pop singer, Chen amassed a sizable following on YouTube by singing covers of popular songs. On Saturday, he performed with other online personalities for the Aloha Concert at Blaisdell.

Jason Chen at Air Park

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Gamer Expo HI 2014

Gamers gathered to test their skills Saturday at the Pomaika’i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery for Gamer Expo HI 2014. The expo featured tournaments for popular video games such as League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. and Call of Duty. Besides playing games, attendees could also join a panel discussion with professional gaming team Curse Academy and participate in a cosplay contest.

Gamer Expo HI 2014

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‘Let’s Be Cops’ gets points for trying

cops1When I first saw the trailer for the new comedy, “Let’s Be Cops” opening this week, I originally thought it was a very promising premise with the potential for lots of laughs. Two normal guys passing themselves off as policemen? Imagine the hilarious situations they could get themselves into!

Unfortunately the film’s writers didn’t get as creative as they could have with the premise. There’s a lot that could have been done with the two leads posing as cops, but the gags are obvious, and therefore the film feels a bit lazy. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. play Ryan and Justin, two friends originally from Ohio who tried to make a name for themselves by moving to Los Angeles. Neither have succeeded, and they are ready to pack up and move home, but after attending a costume party dressed as policemen, they suddenly start to get the attention and respect they’ve been seeking by people who think they’re real cops.

Johnson and Wayans Jr. are decent comedic actors and have great chemistry, playing well off of each other, but I felt like each punchline they delivered could have gone a step further. Perhaps if they had cast bolder comedians there could have been more risks taken, resulting in more laughs. But they do the best they can with the material presented.

cops2I do, however, give the film credit for trying to revive the buddy cop genre. I love a good buddy cop movie and “Let’s Be Cops” is a buddy cop film, only without real cops. Still, all the formula components are there, and because I miss the genre so much, there was some appreciation for what they were trying to do. I wasn’t ever really bored watching “Let’s Be Cops,” and yet, I wasn’t really to excited during any parts of the movie either. It’s a safe comedy that doesn’t take too many risks and as a result, can be considered a decent time killer, but ultimately not memorable.