THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16
DANIEL HO PLAYS SLACK KEY TONIGHT
Multiple Grammy winner Daniel Ho is the special guest artist in George Kahumoku Jr.'s Slack Key Masters Show at 7:30 tonight in the McCoy Studio Theater at the MACC. Tickets are $25 and $45 VIP, which includes artist talk-story session (plus applicable fees). For details, see Maui Beat on Page 4.
Daniel Ho performs slack key tonight in the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17
REGGAE DOUBLE BILL OUTSIDE AT THE MACC
Kailua-Kona-based reggae-hip-hop trio Pepper brings its Volcanic Rock tour to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for an outdoor show. Reggae soloist Mishka opens. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the show is at 7. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 show day (plus applicable fees). See Maui Beat on Page 4 for details.
ROOTS FUNDRAISER AT STUDIO MAUI
Real Ongoing Opportunities to Soar Inc., also known as the ROOTS School, presents its third annual holiday fundraiser at the Studio Maui at 810 Haiku Road in Haiku from 5:15 to 9 p.m. On the bill is a delicious dinner, entertainment including DJs and bands, performances by the ROOTS students, kids activities, a book sale, a silent auction, and a family dance starting at 7 p.m. with 5Rhythms teacher Kabba Anand. Tickets at the door will be $15 for adults and $7 for children. Pre-sale tickets for $10 and $5 are available by calling 269-0888.
Maui Film Festival's 12th annual FirstLight screenings, full of nominees for Golden Globes announced earlier this week and likely Oscar contenders, is going strong at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. Friday's lineup is "The Kids Are All Right" at 4 p.m., "Wild Target" at 6 p.m. and "The Company Men" at 8 p.m. For more information, see Page 8.
'The FantasticKs' a hit in Kihei
ProArts brings "The Fantasticks," the longest running musical in history, to its ProArts Playhouse in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei 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 a review and more details, see Backstage.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18
NA LEO PILIMEHANA HOLIDAY CONCERT
Na Leo Pilimehana opens the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's new Ho'onanea season with a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Theater. The trio of women celebrating more than 25 years of making melodious music together - Nalani Choy, Angela Morales and Lehua Kalima Heine - will include plenty of Christmas favorites on the program. See Maui Beat on Page 3 for more information. Tickets are $12, $30 and $40 adults; half-price for kids 12 and younger, plus applicable fees, available from the MACC box office, 242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org.
LOL WITH RITA RUDNER AT THE MACC
Funny lady Rita Ruder brings her stand-up comedy to McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Rudner is a favorite of Las Vegas audiences and TV late-night hosts. Tickets are $35 or $65 for premium seating with post-show meet-and-greet. Applicable fees are added to the price of tickets. See Backstage on Page 6 for details.
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Uluwehi Guerrero and the community choir Na Leo Lani O Maui will present "An Old Fashioned Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. The award-winning kumu hula will perform with the 80-voice choir and guests including Halau Hula Kauluokala and Santa Claus himself. Doors open at 7 p.m. Assigned-seating tickets are $20, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Maui Food Bank. For ticket information, call 280-8557.
A NAUGHTY HOLIDAZE CHRISTMAS CABARET
Kit Kat Cabaret presents naughty burlesque acts, a dance party and other adult treats for the season at a private residence in Haiku known as Santa's Secret Hideaway. Tickets are $20. E-mail kitkatclubcabaret@gmail. com to RSVP for directions and additional information. See Backstage on Page 6 for more information.
'The FantasticKs' a Hit in Kihei
ProArts' production of "The Fantasticks" continues at the ProArts Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19
CONCERT OF HOPE AT IAO THEATER
Composer and cancer survivor Charlie Lustman performs his Musical HOPE Campaign Concert at 7 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. He will be joined by musical guests from all over Maui County as he presents a collection of songs designed to help others going through cancer. He has been touring Maui County, performing at schools, hospitals and churches, leading up to this benefit for the Pacific Cancer Foundation. General admission is $20. Tickets for a VIP pre-reception with chefs Dan Fiske and Brian Etheredge are $75, including preferred seating. Tickets and more information are available at www.MadeMeNuclear.com.
Sunday screenings in Maui Film Festival's FirstLight series in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center are "The Ghost Writer" at 2 p.m., "The Tillman Story" at 4 p.m.; "The King's Speech" at 6 p.m. and "Black Swan" at 8 p.m. For more information, see Page 8.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21
BRUNO MARS HITS CASTLE THEATER
Fresh from his seven Grammy nominations, Hawaii-rooted music sensation Bruno Mars performs at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Theater at the MACC. Tickets, if any remain, are $35, $45, $55 (plus applicable fees). For more information, see Maui Beat.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22
FREE HOLIDAY DANCE CLASSES AND PARTY
Under the direction of professional instructor Rita O'Connor, Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy presents a free event (for adults only) at the Kihei Community Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. O'Connor will teach two free classes followed by the party. Participants are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift for children ages 1 to 17, specifying the gender and appropriate age on the gift tag. Gifts will be distributed to the keiki of Hale A Ke Ola, Wailuku; Na Hale O, Lahaina homeless Resource Centers; and Family Life Center, Wailuku. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 879-0055.