THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9
COMMON SENSE AT HARD ROCK
Common Sense, a reggae band from Orange County, Calif., with a small beach town attitude, performs in concert at 9:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe. Tickets are $25 with a portion going to benefit World Hunger Year. For more information, see www.whyhunger. org.
Celia Canty will lead the Maui Concert Chorus and the UH-Maui Concert Chorus in Comfort and Joy: At Home on Maui, Saturday at Kihei Baptist Chapel.
Maui Choral Arts photo
ProArts opens the beloved musical “The Fantasticks,” featuring Leighana Locke as The Girl, Tom Althouse as The Boy with James Natividad (left) as The Mute and Robert Wills as El Gallo.
Pro Arts photo
Hal Holbrook performs “Mark Twain Tonight!” Sunday at the MACC.
HOLIDAY KANIKAPILE WITH POKI AND GUESTS
The Na Leo Lani O Maui choir, under the direction of Gale Wisehart and award-winning male vocalist Uluwehi Guerrero, performs in a free holiday-themed concert beginning at 11 a.m. on the Baldwin Home lawn at the corner of Front and Dickenson streets in Lahaina. The 1-hour concert will feature the 40 member community choir performing classic Hawaiian and Christmas favorites. Presented by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, chairs are limited and blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10
LOS LOBOS TO ROCK CASTLE THEATER
Los Lobos, one of the hottest bands touring the world today and which just scored a Grammy nomination for its latest album, "Tin Can Trust," brings its high-energy blend of rock,Tex-Mex, country music, folk, R&B, blues, traditional Spanish and Mexican music to Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a 7:30 p.m. concert. For details, see Maui Beat on Page 3.
'THE FANTASTICKS' COMES TO KIHEI
ProArts brings "The Fantasticks," the longest running musical in history, to its ProArts Playhouse in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei. Opening at 7:30 p.m., it tells of a young man and the girl next door, their scheming parents, romance, disillusionment and the realities of love. Doug Kendrick directs a cast featuring Robert Wills, Leighanna Locke, Tom Althouse, Dale Button and more, singing great tunes including "Try to Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "I Can See It, " and "They Were You." For more details, see Backstage on Page 5.
LEDWARD KAAPANA AT STELLA BLUES
Fresh from his Grammy nomination for "The Legend!," slack key master Ledward Kaapana is the special guest for two dinner concerts at Stella's Supper Club at Stella Blues. Winner of two Na Hoku Hanohano Album of the Year awards and three previous Grammy nominations, he is in a class of his own in the slack key world. Dinner seating is at 6 with the show at 7:30 p.m. Dinner-and-show tickets are $60; show-only tickets are $30. Reservations are requred by calling 874-3779.
'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' TO TAKE IAO STAGE
Maui OnStage's "A Christmas Carol" will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. For details, see Backstage on Page 5.
'CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY' AT KSM
Kamehameha Schools Maui Drama Club will present "Christmas Carol:?A Ghost Story" at 7:30 p.m. at the KSM Keopuolani Hale. For details, see Review on Page 4.
OLD SCHOO FRIDAY AT MAUI BEACH HOTEL
Maui Beach Hotel's Elleair Rainbow Ballroom will be the spot for '70's and '80 dance music Friday night. Cover charge is $5. Call 877-0051 for details.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11
CHORAL COMFORT AND JOY IN CONCERT
The Maui Concert Chorus
joins forces with the UH-Maui College Chorus for a holiday concert, Comfort and Joy: At Home on Maui, at 7 p.m. at Kihei Baptist Chapel, 1655 S. Kihei Road. Celia Canty will direct the 60 voices accompanied by a petite orchestraorchestra in a program ranging from doo-wop, holiday favorites, audience sing-alongs and powerful classics. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth (18 and younger) and students with ID, available until Dec. 10 at www.MauiChoralArts.org, by
calling 838-3006, or at Topaz Goldsmith in Kihei's Dolphin Plaza, and Lahaina Music. Tickets at the door are $25 adult, $12.50 youth/students.
HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR IN KAHULUI
A Hawaiian Christmas Craft Fair is coming to the Pomaika'i Elementary School cafeteria area
from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, local musicians / entertainment, local crafters a raffle and silent auction and professional picture taking with Santa by Nagamine Photo
Studio are all part of the fun. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
LEDWARD KAAPANA AT STELLA BLUES
Slack key master Ledward Kaapana performs a dinner concert at Stella Blues. See Saturday's listing.
'THE FANTASTICKS' COMES TO KIHEI
ProArts' production of "The Fantasticks" continues at the ProArts Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. See Friday's listing.
'CHRISTMAS CAROL' CONTINUES AT KSM
"Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story," a production by Kamehameha Schools Maui Drama Club, continues at 7:30 p.m. at its Keopuolani Hale. See Friday's listing.
MAUI ONSTAGE'S 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'
Maui OnStage's production of "A Christmas Carol" continues at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12
'MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!' IN CASTLE THEATER
Emmy Award-winning television and movie actor Hal Holbrook channels the great American author and humorist in this acclaimed one-man show. Drawing from Twain's writings and performances in his own day, Holbrook makes each performance unique. Look for him to share his experiences during an 1866 visit to Maui. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Maui. See Backstage on Page 5 for details.
KRISHNA DAS RETURNS TO STUDIO MAUI
Revered chanter Krishna Das, along with his popular touring band (Nina Rao on kartels, Arjun Bruggeman on tabla and Genevieve Walker on violin, will present an "enCHANTing evening of kirtan at The Studio Maui beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door; dinner and desserts are available for sale at this event that always sells out. For more information, call 575-9390 or visit www.krishnadas.com.
'CHRISTMAS CAROL' CONTINUES AT IAO
"A Christmas Carol" continues at 3 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 13
'THE WORTHMORES' COME TO WAILUKU
Playright/actor Thomas Althouse will be joined by many of the island's top theatrical performers for a free, one-night-only performance of his original comedy, "The Worthmores." It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. Set in 1770 London, it's full of impostors, dandies, fake constables, stimulated housewives and bumbling young lovers. Lisa Teichner directs a cast featuring Will Makozak, Kirsten Otterson, Mark Bolden, Leighanna Locke, Jacqui Sherwood, Dale Button, Chris Kepler, Jerry Eiting, Sharleen Lagattuta, Greg Cotton, Joel Agnew, Jonathan Lehman, Steven Dascoulias, Bill Prucha, Cameron Sparks, Charles Cook, John Messersmith, Allen Cohen, Scott Spring and Althouse.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15
FIRSTLIGHT SCREENINGS BEGIN
Described as "13 Days Long 35 Movies Wide One Movie High, " the Maui Film Festival's 12th annual screenings of films destined for Oscar nominations and other film awards returns to Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.