FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
CHINESE MOON FEST KICKS OFF IN W. MAUI
Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival during a one-day event filled with cultural activities, crafts, traditional dances and Chinese cooking demonstrations. Presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the fest from 1 to 8 p.m. will be held at the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina to mark the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar calendar month when fruits, vegetables and grains are in abundance. Highlights include Mah Jong with Kaunoa Senior Center seniors, Chinese knot tying, children's crafts and traditional moon dances. Moon cakes and festive items will be available for purchase. Entry is free. For details, call LRF at 661-3262.
Rama from The Red Rock Rishis.
Photo via band website
2010 Hula Grill youth ukulele contest winners Mika Kane (from left, back row), Gabriel Goebbert and Austin Carvalho; and Santana Sebastian and Kaulike Pescaia.
Photo provided by Becker Communications
Playing for Change: Gail Swanson
Photo provided by Linda Olds
Chinese moon cake photo provided by Lahaina Restoration Foundation.
'NIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF BE' AT IAO THEATER
The "Night in the Garden of BE" art reception is slated for 6 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. The art show, presented by the Community Work Program and focused on recycled plastic, is being held in conjunction with "The Garden of BE: A Joyous Musical Fantasy," set to open Sept. 23 at the theater. For details, see Backstage.
THE YARDBIRDS TAKE THE STAGE AT CASTLE
The Yardbirds take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. For details, see Maui Beat.
FINAL WEEKEND FOR 'SOCIAL SECURITY'
The last weekend to catchProArts' "Social Security" begins with a production at 7:30 tonight at the Kihei playhouse. For details, see Backstage.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
YOUTH UKE CONTEST SHOWCASES THE BEST
Hula Grill Ka'anapali's 15th annual Youth Ukulele Players Contest at 10 a.m. will showcase some of the isle's top amateur ukulele players as they strum, pick and sing their way to prizes and recognition. The competition will feature keiki from kindergarten through 12th grade separated into solo and group divisions. Judging the contest will be renowned Grammy- and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning musicians Peter DeAquino, Derrick Sebastian and Garrett Probst, all of whom are also prodigies of the contest. For more information, visit www.hulagrillkaanapali.com.
ALOHA PEACE FEST TO PACK THE MACC
Bring the whole family for a fun day of educational activities for peace through multicultural understanding and live entertainment, highlighting the perpetuation of local customs. The Aloha Peace Festival 2011 kicks off at 10 a.m. and continues through 3 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. Lei'ohu Ryder, Marty Dread, Peter Espiritu of Tau Dance Theater, Na Keiki of Halau Hula Kauluokala, Tatyana Shapiro and Maui Pipe Dreams will perform. Find music, dancing, arts, crafts and ethnic foods in the courtyard. Presented by Arts Education for Children Group, admission is free. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.
RED ROCK RISHIS TO PLAY AT THE STUDIO
The Red Rock Rishis, a kirtan musical group based in Sedona, Ariz., will be performing their own brand of space age / new age / Indian mystical musical arrangements, accompanying ancient and sacred Sanskrit mantras during a concert at 7 p.m. at The Studio Maui in Haiku. Kirtan is a method of call-and-response chanting of divine names and has a big and growing audience worldwide. The musical group gets its name from the famous red rock formations and vortexes of Sedona. For admission prices and tickets: thestudiomaui.com/events /0917redrockrishis.html.
PLAYING FOR CHANGE: GARRISON AND MORE
The Aloha Peace Festival culminates with the Playing for Change Concert at 7:30 p.m., which will feature Teri Garrison, George Kahumoku Jr., Benny Uyetake, Gail Swanson, Steve Grimes, Joel Katz, Anthony Natividad and Maui Underground. The local musicans, along with and other music education advocates, will join musicians around the world to raise funds and awareness of "the universal power of music to connect us all, inspiring positive social change." For details, visit PlayingForChange.com. Tickets are $15, plus applicable fees, available from the MACC box office and online at www.mauiarts.org.
'SOCIAL SECURITY' CONTINUES IN KIHEI
ProArts' "Social Security" plays at 7:30 tonight at its Kihei playhouse. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18
FINAL PERFORMANCE OF 'SOCIAL SECURITY'
ProArts' "Social Security" will take the stage for its last time at 3 p.m. in Kihei. See Friday's listing.
MONDAY, SEPT. 19
SLAM STARTS MAUI JAZZ & BLUES FEST
The inaugural multiday Maui Jazz & Blues Festival next weekend will open with a performance by the funky, cool, local jazz band SLAM, featuring David Choy on sax, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mulligan's on the Blue in Wailea. Entry is free; call 874-1131 for dinner reservations. For details, visit www.MauiJazzandBluesFestival.com.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20
SEE THE REAL STARS OF NATURAL WORLD
Check out the free entertainment nature provides with "See the Stars," a free informational and interactive program with a live feed from a Haleakala telescope at 6:30 p.m. at Kihei Public Library. Dr. James "J. D." Armstrong, Maui Technology Education & Outreach specialist for the Institute of Astronomy, will present a guided tour of the universe through the lens of the Faulkes telescope and share some of the sights in space. The feed will be projected onto a movie screen, and participants will have the opportunity to move the telescope through a computer interface. For details, call the library 875-6833.