THURSDAY, SEPT. 22
SLAM SETS THE STAGE FOR JAZZ, BLUES FEST
Get ready for the inaugural Maui Jazz & Blues Festival during a performance with SLAM, featuring David Choy, tonight from 6 to 9 at Stella Blues in Kihei. For details and a list of fest performers, see Maui Beat.
Randall Rospond (right) and Tom Conway, performers at the Maui Humane Society Barktoberfest, photo by Jack Grace.
Sonny Lim photo via Palm Records.
Mohala Mai’s Manalani Mili Hokoana English, first runner-up Miss Aloha Hula 2011, photo provided by the organizers.
SONNY LIM THE STAR OF SLACK KEY SHOW
Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku Jr. hosts the monthly Slack Key Masters show, which tonight features multi-Hoku-winner Sonny Lim in performance at 7:30 p.m. Big Island's Lim grew up playing ki ho'alu, performs regularly with his family in Hawaii and Japan and contributed to Hawaiian Music's first Grammy Award-winning CD, "Slack Key Guitar Volume 2." Standard tickets are $25; VIP is $45, and includes an artist talk-story session. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
NORTH SHORE HEATS UP WITH 4TH FRIDAY
Catch the wave of food, fashion, entertainment and more during the north shore's Fourth Friday in Paia from 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll the streets to check out featured artists at galleries, including Maui Crafts Guild, Maui Hands and Turnbull Fine Art; music and specials at Paia boutiques; and drink and food deals at Charley's, Milagros and other restaurants. See www.paiamaui.com.
MAUI JAZZ & BLUES FEST'S VIP DINNER
A VIP Jazz Dinner featuring Maui Jazz & Blues fest guests and a band led by Sal Godinez will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Wailea. See Thursday's listings.
MAKANA HEADLINES NEW MACC SERIES
Makana kicks off the new Moonlight concert series at Maui Arts & Cultural Center; show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. For details, see Maui Beat.
'THE GARDEN OF BE' OPENS AT IAO THEATER
Tess Cartwright's "The Garden of BE" opens at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. For details, see Backstage.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
BRING UKULELE TO FREE MUSEUM DAY
To mark the Smithsonian magazine's eighth annual Museum Day, Bailey House Museum will offer free admission to its own Museum Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family - and a ukulele - for a kani ka pila group. Also, Bailey House will offer a sale of Hawaiiana books, donated as a fundraiser for the museum. For more information, call the Wailuku museum at 244-3326 or visit mauimuseum.org.
GRAND WAILEA HOSTS 1ST JAZZ, BLUES FEST
The Maui Jazz & Blues Festival continues from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Wailea, with top musical artists from the islands and beyond. See Thursday's listing.
TOP HULA DANCERS GRACE MOHALA MAI
Na Kumu Hula Napua Makua and Kahulu Maluo invite you to share in the 15th anniversary celebration of their halau hula with Mohala Mai at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. The evening will be filled with hula, oli and Hawaiian music in this popular stage production, which showcases award-winning keiki and adult students. Tickets are $40, plus applicable fees. Visit www.mauiarts.org.
EAT, DRINK, DANCE AT BARKTOBERFEST
Maui Humane Society's annual Barktoberfest will unleash a night of live music, beer, gourmet German and isle far, a keiki activity tent and more during its fundraising event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Live music will be performed by Haiku Hillbillys, Ahumanu and others. Proceeds help Maui's orphaned pets. Tickets range from $10 to $30 for keiki and $25 to $85 for adults. Details are at www.mauihumanesociety.org or 877-3680, ext. 32.
'ZEPTEMBER' KICKS OFF AT MULLIGAN'S
More than 30 musicians will celebrate the music of rock legends Led Zeppelin at the "Zeptember" benefit show at 6 p.m. at Mulligan's on the Blue in South Maui. For details, see Maui Beat.
'THE GARDEN OF BE' PLAYS IN IAO THEATER
"The Garden of BE" plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
'GARDEN OF BE' TAKES STAGE IN IAO THEATER
"The Garden of BE" takes the stage at 3 p.m. at the Historic Iao Theater. See Friday's listing.
MARTY DREAD PLAYS SOUTH MAUI CONCERT
Reggae giant Marty Dread, dubbed "Hawaii's reggae ambassador," will headline a concert from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kihei Community Center in South Maui. The show is a benefit for Unity Church; entry is $20. The multi-Hoku award-nominated artist will get the crowd moving, along with Omar and the Soultones, who will open with their R&B and dance sounds. For details, call 242-9327.
MONDAY, SEPT. 26
CURE MONDAY BLUES WITH AMBROSIA BASH
The perfect cure to Monday blues? A party. Ambrosia Martini Lounge presents Martini Ballerini, a fundraiser for Beauvais Ballet from 8 p.m. to midnight. With no entry fee, partygoers can strut their stuff to funk rock duo SuperNova with Indio on keyboards and Gibran on guitar. New York City Ballet, Het Nationale Ballet, and Compaa Nacional de Danza de Espaa will be screened on the 12-foot video player. In addition to specialty martinis and pupus, sample Beauvais' Brew, a cocktail created for the event. Ambrosia will donate a portion of the sales to Beauvais Ballet, which is establishing Maui's first ballet company. For details on Beauvais Ballet, 572-3094, beauvaisballet@gmail, www.facebook.com/beauvaisballet or @beauvaisballet on Twitter.