THURSDAY, MAY 26
'TRIBUTE TO SLACK KEY' IN KAHULUI
John Keawe, an award-winning songwriter and slack-key guitarist, offers the free performance "A Tribute to Slack Key" at 2 p.m. today at the Kahului Public Library. In conjunction with the 2011 Summer Reading Programs, the show will feature the multiple Na Hoku Hanohano and Hawaii Music Awards recipient and his tribute to slack key, with selections from the work of Raymond Kane, Leonard Quan and others. For details, call the library, 90 School St., at 873-3097.
Citizen Cope • Lahaina Theatre
John Keawe • Kahului Library
photo courtesy of UH-SCEP
Eric Gilliom's “Soul Sessions” at Stella Blues
photo courtesy of the artist
ERIC GILLIOM BEARS 'SOUL' IN SOUTH MAUI
Eric Gilliom's "Soul Sessions" returns to Stella Blues Caf after its sold-out launch in April. The acclaimed local artist's passion for soul, R&B, funk and a lifetime of eclectic sounds inspires his first solo show. "Soul Sessions" is back, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Kihei venue. The performance showcases Gilliom's new vocal arrangements as well as the classic soul hits of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Van Morrison. Gilliom's work includes collaborations with Willie K, the Barefoot Natives, Barry Flanagan of HAPA and Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band. "People in Hawaii know me from my Hawaiian musical endeavors but I've enjoyed other musical vehicles throughout the years as well," he said. Tickets are $25 at the door; advance reservations recommended. For details, 874-3779.
'SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER SLAM'
Maui Slam rolls into summer with its "School's Out for Summer Slam" at Casanova in Makawao. The slam poetry contest starts at 9:30 p.m. (cover is $5 before then, $10 after) and includes DJ, live music, visual alchemy, live painting and more. For details, www.mauislam.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 27
'GREATER TUNA' OPENS AT PROARTS
ProArts Inc.'s "Greater Tuna" will open at its Kihei playhouse at 7:30 p.m. For details, see Backstage.
'TAMING OF THE SHREW' IN WAILUKU
MauiOnStage's "The Taming of the Shrew" takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. For details, see Backstage.
HIT 'SOUL SESSIONS' RETURNS TO STELLA'S
Eric Gilliom's solo show at 7:30 p.m. at Stella Blues in Kihei. See Thursday's listing.
'SPALICIOUS' EVENT AT GRAND WAILEA
Divas need to de-stress, too, and Divas Night Out at Grand Wailea's Spa Grande makes it easy. On the last Friday of each month, the "Spalicious" event from 8 to 10 p.m. includes two-hour exclusive access to Spa Grand's hydrotherapy circuit, chocolate minispa treatments, sinful desserts such as chocolate fondue, truffles, caramels and candies, a petit goodie bag and a fashion fair. Cost is $60 per "diva, with limited spots available; girls 6 to 12 are $30 and must be accompanied by an adult. Leave the boys home and call 875-1234, ext. 4949 to reserve space.
'OLD SCHOOL NIGHT' AT MAUI BEACH HOTEL
Maui Beach Hotel is takin' it back to the old school with one of Central Maui's favorite flashback dance nights. "Old School Night" from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. features hits from the '70s and '80s. Cover is $5. Maui Beach Hotel is located at 170 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului; for details, 872-9301 or www.mauibeachhotel.net.
SATURDAY, MAY 28
CITIZEN COPE PLAYS AT LAHAINA THEATRE
The Maui Celebrity Series is bringing national stars to the west side once again: Citizen Cope will perform a concert at 8 p.m. at Lahaina Theatre. The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist mixes hip-hop, folk and blues. Since the release of his first record in 2002, the artist has been consistently touring, and has been included on albums by Carlos Santana and Dido. Citizen Cope, who grew up in Washington, D.C., as Clarence Greenwood, now boasts four albums and frequently sold-out shows. The Maui Celebrity Series concert is hosted by Brian Evans with special guests ARISE. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $75. See www.themauicelebrityseries.com/.
'TAMING' PLAYING AT HISTORIC IAO THEATER
Performance at 7:30 p.m. See Friday's listing.
'GREATER TUNA' PLAYS AT KIHEI'S PROARTS
"Greater Tuna," a ProArts production, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in Kihei. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, MAY 29
JAPANESE BUYO SET FOR BALDWIN HIGH
A Japanese buyo, a form of Japanese classical dancing, will come to Baldwin High School Auditorium from 1 to 3 p.m. The recital will be performed under the direction of Yaeko Yamamoto, known professionally as Matsudai Mitsuyae; it's Yamamoto's first recital since receiving her shihan, a license to teach the art form. The event is free and open to the public.
'TAMING OF THE SHREW' CONTINUES
Performance at 3 p.m. See Friday's listing.
'GREATER TUNA' CONTINUES IN KIHEI
"Greater Tuna" continues with a performance at 3 p.m. at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. See Friday's listing.
TUESDAY, MAY 31
'TRICKSTER TALES' FOR KEIKI AT LIBRARY
Peter and Melinda Wing, a husband-and-wife duo of storytellers and musicians, will perform "Trickster Tales from Around the World" at Wailuku Library to kick off the 2011 HSPLS Children's Summer Reading Programs. The free show starts at 10 a.m. in the Hawaiian Pacific Room, 251 High St. Peter, a veteran teacher, and Melinda, a longtime librarian, will present humorous stories from around the world, along with music and audience participation. Performance is geared toward children ages 3 and older. For details, call the library at 243-5766.