THURSDAY, JULY 5
ART 21 – Art21 is designed to share the creative process of visual artists through video, live programs and other media. Here you can view a one-hour video that asks, “In what ways can art convey equilibrium or disequilibrium?” and “What is reality, and how do artists perceive and express it?” It features works by Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold and Sarah Sze that explore balance and imbalance. Free. 6pm. McCoy Studio Theater, MACC (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org
MAKAWAO RODEO & PARADE – Celebrate our nation’s independence paniolo-style in Makawao this weekend. It starts at Oskie Rice Arena with rodeo qualifying rounds (free to the public) 9am on Thursday and Friday. Check out the Bull Bash at 7pm on Friday, as riders hold on for dear life (fact: live bulls are less predictable than mechanical bulls). Then at 9am on Saturday, join Makawao Town again as paniolos, politicians, businesses and more parade up Baldwin Avenue and down Makawao Avenue. There will be no street parking but you can park at Oskie Rice Arena and catch a free shuttle to the parade. The rodeo fun continues at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Bull Bash: $15; Rodeo tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 keiki. July 6, 7pm; July 7-8, 1pm. Oskie Rice Arena, Makawao (Olinda Rd.); 808-283-2741.
FRIDAY, JULY 6
WILLIE K DOES WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – Wailuku kicks it up a notch with Hawaiian music star Willie K at the newest First Friday Town Party. Maui Thing (celebrating its fourth anniversary) and Pride Ink (celebrating its second anniversary) are teaming up for “Maui Pride.” Check out the fashion show starting at 6:30pm in front of Maui Thing. Willie K will provide live music for the catwalk, and will continue jamming from 7:30pm on. Throwback band Déjà Vu will play hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in Banyan Tree Park, starting at 6pm. Other live bands include Visibly Shaken, playing at Giannotto’s, Gene Argel & Ohana at Cafe O’ Lei and live music at Main Street Bistro. As always, there will be a beer garden, delicious food vendors, great people watching and lots of fun. Free. 6-9pm. Market Street, Wailuku; mauifridays.com, facebook.com/WailukuFirstFriday.
THE PRODUCERS – The Broadway hit The Producers is coming to Maui, and will bring a lot of laughs. It’s a Mel Brooks musical (adapted from his 1968 film) about two producers who think they can make more money with a flop than a hit. It won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards in 2001. Maui OnStage’s production features Maui musical theater stars Steven Dascoulias as Max, Michael Pulliam as Leo, Dale Button as Franz Liebkind and Maui newcomer Laura Cole as Ulla. The cast also includes Mark Bolden, Charles Cook, Dylan Bode, Ellen Peterson, Felicia Chernicki, Francis Tau’a, Kalani Whitford and Jason Wolf. Opening night tickets include a pre-show reception, where you can enjoy coffee and desserts from 7-8pm. $15-28. July 6-29, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm (Opening Night at 8pm), Sundays at 3pm. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-242-6969; mauionstage.com
ANGEL MELODY – Maui girl Angel Melody has been displaying her artwork in Lahaina galleries since she was five. Now the Lahainaluna/Maui Community College grad will be showing new oil paintings in her exhibit “Growing Up On Maui,” hosted by the Lahaina Arts Society. Free. 6-8pm. Banyan Tree Gallery (648 Wharf St., Lahaina); lahaina-arts.com
DRAG SHOW – Say goodbye to the gender binary and say hello to fake eyelashes, glitter and five fierce divas in drag. Head over to Three’s Bar & Grill for the “Tantalizing Summer in the Sun” Drag Show, featuring five fabulous drag queens. Guess sometimes men are better at being women than we are. But be careful guys: walking in stilettos is no joke. $10 pre-sale, $15 at door. 10pm. Three’s Bar & Grill (1945-G S. Kihei Rd.); 808-879-3133; threesbarandgrill.com; facebook.com/threesbarandgrill
HIP HOP DANCE SHOW – Check out performers from the Konomi Dance Works group as they pop, lock and drop it center stage at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Just think Step Up 4: The Mall, minus Channing Tatum. He’s too busy stripping, anyway. Free. 7-7:30pm. Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-242-6969; queenkaahumanucenter.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
ANNUAL POOKELA CHURCH BAZAAR – After catching the parade in Makawao (starts at 9am), head up the street and enjoy Po’okela Church’s annual bazaar! You can pick up plants, flowers, produce, baked goods and ono food. Don’t miss their treasure-hunt of a rummage sale (I bought a purse there four years ago for $2 and I use it every day). The kids will be entertained at the Keiki Zone, which will have games and a free bouncing castle. And they’re offering free parade parking on the church grounds. Free. 7am-2pm. Po’okela Church, Makawao (200 Olinda Rd.); 808-573-0903.
PAULA FUGA AT STELLA’S – Enjoy a four-course dinner with a side of great, live Hawaiian music. Paula Fuga returns to Stella’s Supper Club this Saturday, accompanied by Maui musician Kanoa. Fuga was homeless and living on the beach at age five, but was able to grow and make a life for herself through sheer talent and perseverance. She’s played with Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley, and is best known for her sweet, soulful voice. She independently produced her debut album, Lilikoi. Kanoa is also known for experimenting with Jawaiian and funk. Dinner and show $60. 7pm. Stella Blues Cafe (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com; facebook.com/stellablues.
LATIN NIGHT AT OCEANS – Add some Latin flavor to your Saturday night! Jose Castro (aka DJ JamN J) hosts Latin Night at Ocean’s Bar & Grill on the first Saturday of every month with DJ Moy and DJ Nexus. DJ JamN J has spun at LA nightclubs including Rhumba Room and Universal City Walk before moving to Maui in 1989. He’s played at parties all around the island, and has been Kahului Ale House’s resident DJ on Sundays for the past two years. Free. 10pm-close. Ocean’s Bar & Grill (1819 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-269-4888; facebook.com/JamnJProductions; www.jamnjproductions.com
FINE WINE, FINE ART – Nothing says you’re cultured like spending your evening admiring abstract oil paintings and fine wine. Maui artist Brad Forsythe will be showing his latest works in Paia, which means he’ll also be there mingling and answering questions. At the same time, John Hanhauser, co-owner of Virgil’s Vineyard, will release the 2009 vintage of the Smuggler’s Son, a Bordeaux/Burgundy blend that is the first of its kind made in California. This event is about celebrating the finer things in life. And the best part? It’s free! So you can let out your inner art collector/sommelier without actually having a cent to your name. Free. 6-9pm. Turnbull Fine Art, Paia (137 Hana Hwy); 808-579-9385; turnbullfineart.com
SUNDAY, JULY 8
TRILOGY REEF CLEANUP – Here’s a chance to learn about our delicate reefs and help keep them clean and healthy. Join the Trilogy crew for a lesson on marine debris. The Sea Dragon crew will be there to share their discoveries from a recent trip to Japan. Spots on the boat will be first-come, first-served, so get there at 8:30am to reserve your space. You’ll be back in the harbor by noon for a free lunch and mingling with the crew. Participants need to bring their own mask, snorkel, fins, mesh bag and towel. $20 donation and assist with cleanup. 8:30am-12pm. Kaanapali Beach; facebook.com/BlueAina; sailtrilogy.com/blue; firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, JULY 9
SYSTEMIC ABSTRACTIONS – Here’s your chance to leave reality for a bit and enjoy 40 years worth of paintings from abstract artist S.A. (Sharon) Jones. Her works play with color, shape and form. She draws on music, geology, the cosmos and her past life (she was a veterinarian) for inspiration. Intriguing doesn’t even come close to describing her work. Free. Daily (except Mon. & Tues.), 11am-5pm. Schaefer Gallery, MACC (One Cameron Way); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
GIANNA MITCHELL 4 THE LUV OF ARTS AND MUSIC – For the third year now, friends and relatives of Gianna Mitchell, a young artist and surfer who lived on the Westside until her death in 2009, have held a fundraiser in her honor to raise money to promote art for children. There will be much art up for auction, including five giclees of Mitchell’s and a work by George Clinton of Parliament, and plenty of music by Bryan DeBris and Junior B, Augi, Ma’a and DJ BlackHouse. All proceeds will go to the Lahaina Arts Society and Ebb & Flow Arts, and so far, the fundraisers have donated about $7,000 to the organizations. 7pm-1am. Longhi’s (888 Front St., Lahaina); facebook.com/giannam.mitchellmemorial