THURSDAY, JULY 29
ARTISTIC ALCHEMY IN STORE
Casanova in Makawao is the place where the arts will collide in a mashup event of visual, literal, musical and performance genres. Maui Slam Poetry's second annual "Body Slam" starts at 9:30 p.m. with DJ?Boomshot on the turntable and improv visuals by Benjamen Christ. The night culminates in a dance performance by black-light "robots," live female models transformed into futuristic beings by Rachel Deboer and her Next Level Theater Productions. The event is a "No Rules"?poetry slam. Team pieces, musical accompaniment, props, etc. are allowed and encouraged. Maui Slam Poetry will be running "No Rules" slams through August. For more info on Maui Slam Poetry, check www.mauislam.com, and for Rachel Deboer and her body painting adventures, check out www.racheldeboer.com. Cover is $5.
Songbird Sebrina Barron, a 19-year-old Maui native, is striving to get her national start. She’ll be traveling to San Francisco on Aug. 15. for “American Idol” auditions, but before she leaves, she will perform Saturday at the Hawaiian Heritage and Environmental Sustainability Fair at Kalama Park in Kihei. Music that features local artists such as Barron and young ukulele player Jaxon Chester will start at noon. Auditioning for “Idol” has been a lifelong dream for Barron. Coming from a transient family environment, the young singer/songwriter never thought she’d have the means to travel to the Mainland for the summer auditions, according to an announcement. Her dream is becoming a reality with help from the community as residents have banded together to launch “Send Sebrina to Idol” campaign, which is raising funds to help her with the expenses tied to auditioning. When Barron was 16, she formed a duo with Pat Simmons Jr., son of Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons. Soon Barron found herself opening for Willie Nelson at the 2007 Maui Music Festival in front of 1,800 people. The same year, Sebrina and Pat opened for the Doobie Brothers at the annual B.R. Cohn Music Festival in Sonoma, Calif., an event that draws 5,000 people. Barron has a regular gig every Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at South Shore Tiki Lounge, with the exception of her time in California, from Aug. 15 to 22. She will also perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Kihei lounge. For more information on “Send Sebrina to Idol” and on the musician, visit sebrinabarron.com.
Friday, JULY 30
SURVEY SAYS: 'GAME SHOW NITE'
Gameshow Fanatics' "Game Show Nite" kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Club House, 2290 Kaanapali Parkway. Admission is $5. See the Backstage preview on Page 5.
SATURDAY, JULY 31
MUSIC, PERFORMANCE AND SUPPORT
Napili Plaza will blast to the past with the Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats and their '60s cover tunes. The free event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is also a school supplies drive for West Maui children. Bring pencils, pens and any new school supplies for pupils from kindergarten to high school. Enter a free drawing for prizes from Napili Plaza merchants. Also performing are the children from the Maui Academy of Performing Arts.
SUNDAY, AUG. 1
WHAT'S THAT SOUND?
Lahaina resident Michael Kollwitz, an accomplished player of the unusual American instrument known as the Chapman Stick, will perform during his CD-release party from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lulu's Lahaina Surf Club & Grill at the Lahaina Cannery Mall. The musician is releasing his 10th album, "Suntan Lady,"?which features five new orginial songs on The Chapman Stick and also includes island favorites such as "Aloha 'Oe," "Puamana" and "Hawaiian War Chant." Other musicians featured on his new CD are Don McClellan (pedal steel), Mika Villaren (ukulele) and Kris Thomas (percussion). Invented in 1974 by Emmett Chapman, "The Stick" is a unique stringed instrument that combines elements of guitar, bass, piano and percussion. The strings are tapped and held onto the frets, rather than plucked or strummed, enabling both hands to play complete and expressive multipart arrangements. Kollwitz says the stick is "probably the coolest stringed instrument you've never seen or heard of." No cover. Visit www.michaelkollwitz.com or call 205-9300.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 4
ENTERTAINMENT UNDER STARS
"Concert Under the Stars" will offer free entertainment for the family with performances by Joshua Kahula Trio & Hula Dancers from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hibiscus Pool Deck of The Grand Wailea. Open pool and lawn seating.
THURSDAY, AUG. 5
'SOLO SESSIONS' BACK AT MACC
"Solo Sessions," a new series of up-close-and-personal musical performances is back with ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro at 7:30 p.m. at The Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. Get to know the artist in a comfortable setting. Tickets are $25 for standard seating; $45 for VIP, plus applicable fees. Call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org