THURSDAY, APRIL 21
SLACK KEY MASTERS AT MCCOY THEATER
George Kahumoku Jr. welcomes Herb Ohta Jr. and Jon Yamasato to the Slack Key Masters series at the McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 tonight. For details, see Maui Beat.
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JEFF PETERSON TO PLAY IN WAILUKU
In celebration of National Library Week, multiple Grammy and Na Hoku award-winning guitarist Jeff Peterson will give a free performance at 6:30 p.m. today in Wailuku Public Library. For details, visit www.librarieshawaii.org
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS FEST KICKS OFF
The 19th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will kick off from 6 a.m. to midnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and nearby locations. For details, see Making the Scene.
FREE SCREENING OF THE FILM 'GASLAND'
Maui Tomorrow Foundation is offering a free screening of the award-winning documentary "Gasland" at 7 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater in conjunction with Earth Day. Doors open at 6:30 with a performance by Joel Katz. "Gasland" documents the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Part verite' travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown, Gasland is a cross-country odyssey with unexpected humor, uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. This free event, with donations gratefully accepted, is part of the nonprofit's educational campaign for sustainable practices. For details on Maui Tomorrow, 244-7570, maui-tomorrow.org/.
ERIC GILLIOM'S NEW 'SOUL SESSIONS'
Fusing influences from soul, R&B and funk, Eric Gilliom will present a new show called "Soul Sessions" to deliver an array of musical talent paired with hip, rhythmic undercurrents at 7:30 p.m. at Stella Blues in Kihei. Cost is $20. Some Gilliom fans who only know him for his contemporary Hawaiian music hits may be surprised to hear new arrangements of his originals, plus songs from Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Van Morrison. For details, 874-3779, www.stellablues.com.
'RATS!' TAKES STAGE AT PROARTS IN KIHEI
Vocalizing vermin are all the rage in the town of Hamelin with ProArts' presentation of "RATS! The Pied Piper Musical," which opens at 7:30 p.m. in Kihei. For details, see Backstage.
MAUI BEACH HOTEL'S 'OLD SCHOOL NIGHT'
Take it back to the old school at Maui Beach Hotel's "Old School Night" from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Kahului. With favorites from the '70s and '80s, dancing will be hard to deny. Cost is $5. For details, call 872-9301 or visit www.mauibeachhotel.net.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
KEIKI EASTER DAY IN LAHAINA LAUNCHES
Egg-cellent times are in store for kids during the inaugural Keiki Easter Day in Lahaina. Presented by 5A Rent-A-Space, the event from 8 to 11 a.m. will feature an Easter Egg Hunt for keiki up to age 10, and kids 11 to 14 will receive a free gift bag. Held at the 3600 Honoapiilani Road facility, the hunt will also offer free photos with the Easter Bunny, handmade crafts, food and refreshments. Space is limited. Call 669-5200 or email lahaina@ 5aspace.com to reserve a spot.
CELEBRATING ROOTS OF THE BANYAN TREE
Get back to the roots of Lahaina with the 138th Celebration of the Banyan Tree at the West Maui landmark. Arts and crafts, live music, activities for children, a silent auction, food and more will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Lahaina Town Action Committee, the party marks anniversary of the tree's planting on April 24, 1873. For details, call LAC at 667-9175.
ARTS FEST CONTINUES AT THE RITZ IN W. MAUI
The 19th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival continues during events from 10 a.m. to midnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. See Friday's listing.
'RATS' CONTINUES AT PROARTS PLAYHOUSE
"RATS!" The Pied Piper Musical," continues at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. See Friday's listing.
STUDENT MUSICIANS PERFORM WITH MYPO
Maui's youth will sound off during the The Maui Youth Philharmonic, Sinfonietta and Beginning Strings Orchestras' annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the Baldwin High School Auditorium. The free concert will feature 60 student musicians, ages 9 to 17, on strings, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, as well as guest artists Sue Nakama on French horn, Richard Tadaki on trombone and Stephen Rodrigues on baritone. The students represent 15 elementary, intermediate and high schools on Maui, as well as home school families. For details, www.mauiyouthphilharmonic.org.
GROOVE AND CRUISE WITH MARTY DREAD
Groove to island rhythms under the stars at sea with Maui's own reggae star Marty Dread from 8 to 10 p.m. during Pacific Whale Foundation's "Island Rhythms Starlight Cruise with Marty Dread." Cost is $59.95. For details, pacificwhale.org, 249-8811, ext. 1.
FIVE FOR FIGHTING AT ROYAL LAHAINA
An acoustic Five For Fighting show will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Lahaina Resort. For details, see Maui Beat.
'SOUL SESSIONS' AT STELLA BLUES
Eric Gilliom's "Soul Sessions" starts at 7:30 p.m. at Stella Blues in Kihei. See Friday's listing.
CASANOVA SHOW FEATURING GAUDI
Gaudi performs at 9:30 p.m. at Casanova in Makawao. For details, see Maui Beat.
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS IN KAPALUA
The 19th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival continues from 7 to 10:15 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and nearby locations. See Friday's listing.
MARKING LAHAINA'S BANYAN TREE B-DAY
The 138th Celebration of the Banyan Tree continues with arts and crafts, music, an egg hunt and a visit by the Easter Bunny during events from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Lahaina. See Saturday's listing.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
SPOOK MASTER JEFF GERE TO PERFORM
As one of Hawaii's favorite spooky storytellers, Jeff Gere is sure to spark chicken skin. In conjunction with National Library Week celebrations, Gere, of Oahu, will share true supernatural tales from Hawaii during a performance at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kahului Public Library. Gere draws from experience in painting, puppeteering, mime and other performance styles to entertain and spook audiences. For details, librarieshawaii.org.