THURSDAY, DEC. 27
JOHN PRINE – Honored by the Library of Congress as a U.S. Poet Laureate, John Prine’s talents as a singer-songwriter is undeniable. Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt and The Everly Brothers are just a few of those who’ve recorded from his extensive catalog. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of BBC’s Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award, Prine’s work has catapulted him into American music royalty. The two-time Grammy winner will end his tour in Hawaii with a few solo acoustic sets one of which on the MACC stage. $41.50-$61.50. 8pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES – Join Na Hoku Hanohano nominee Kulewa under the stars for an evening of “local feel” music. At Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Hawaiian Music Series all are invited to bring their low beach chairs and mats to relax under the stars. Kulewa combines the talent of Ron Hetteen, Keali’i Lum and Damon Parrilo. Hatteen was born and raised in Seattle and later moved to the islands as a luau musician. Lum was born and raised in Hawaii and worked alongside Richard Hoopi’i and Keali’i Reichel. Parrilo moved to the islands and formed Oversized Productions. Free. 6pm-7:30pm. Baldwin Home Museum, Lawn (120 Dickenson St., Lahaina); 808-661-3262, lahainarestoration.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 28
ISLAND RHYTHM SUNSET CRUISE – How about hopping aboard Pacific Whale Foundation’s catamaran for an Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise with Marty Dread? The evening will include an array of hot and cold appetizers, Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks (up to three per guest) as well as sodas, filtered water and juices. Hawaii’s “Reggae Ambassador” Marty Dread will be there, too. Appropriate for all ages. If you book online, you save 10 percent and PWF members save 20 percent. $59.95 for adults/$39.95 for children. 5pm-7pm. Ma’alaea Harbor; 808-249-8811 ext. 1., pacificwhale.org.
KIHEI FOURTH FRIDAY – Kihei is now officially part of the Friday Town Parties series. This Friday will mark the inaugural event for Kihei Fourth Friday and all are invited. The opening ceremony will include emcee Chino LaForge and a Hawaiian blessing and invocation by Kimokeo Kapahulehua. Entertainment will include hula, the House Shakers featuring Lenny Castellanos as well as headliner act Erin Smith and The Throwdowns. Keiki will be able to participate in arts and crafts, lei making and educational activities. Free. 6pm-9pm. Azeka Shopping Center, Mauka (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); mauifridays.com.
STELLA’S FOURTH FRIDAY PARTY – Stella Blues joins the Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party with a night of live music, food and beer. The entertainment lineup starts with Ahumanu at 4pm, John Cruz at 7:30pm and finishes with Vince Esquire Band at 10pm. Guests 21+ will be able to take advantage of the large outdoor beer garden. Get there early and park at Azeka Makai. Free. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779, stellablues.com.
BENEFIT FOR THE BIRDS – The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project invites you for a pint night at The Maui Brewing Co. If you needed a reason to get your pint on, why not drink for a cause? Half the proceeds from that night will go to saving Maui’s native birds. The Recovery Project is dedicated to the conservation and research of rare and endangered bird species on Maui, like the Kiwikiu. Maui Brewing Co. takes pride in serving local, sustainable products and in working to minimize their environmental impact. 6pm-Midnight. Maui Brewing Company (4405 Honoapiilani Hwy., Kahana); 808-573-0280, mauiforestbirds.org.
FIRST LIGHT FILM FEST – How about taking a minute this holiday season and treating yourself to a picture. Sit back and relax while FirstLight Film Festival brings you another weekend of movies. On Friday, catch Argo (R/138 minutes) at 2pm, Stand Up Guy (R/95 min) at 5:30pm and Quartet (NYR/99 min) at 7:30pm. On Saturday, there’s Flight (R/138min) at 2pm, The Sessions (R/112 min) at 5pm and Hyde Park on Hudson (R/94min) at 7:30pm. And on Sunday, they have Skyfall (PG-13/145 min) at 2pm, Not Fade Away (R/112 min) at 5pm and Promised Land (R/103min) at 7:30pm. Single tickets are $12 for any show. G and PG Rated films are free for kids 12 & under. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, MauiFilmFestival.com.
AFROMASSIVE – Rooted in Afrobeat and funk, AfroMassive hails from Humboldt County in Northern California. But their tour will bring them to Casanova. Mixing heavy bass, synthesizers and an in-your-face horn section, AfroMassive’s unique sound will move you to your feet. The seven piece “experimental ensemble” is a mix of members from Albino, The Monophonics and Everyone Orchestra, among others. Come and judge for yourself if you can groove to their funk. The evening will also feature Flashdrive and DJ Plush. $10. 9:30pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220, casanovamaui.com.
FESTIVUS CONCERT – Join Kimo Nevius for his second annual Festivus Concert this Friday as part of Wailuku Coffee Company’s “pau hana” late night series. Festivus is a holiday invented to celebrate the Christmas season in a “secular,” “non-commercial way.” Nevius is a Maui-based singer songwriter whose music reflects sarcastic takes on holiday favorites, original songs about Maui all while airing his victories and frustrations. Wailuku Coffee Co. will have their signature coffee drinks and pupu menu available for purchase. Guests are also welcome to BYOB. Free. 4pm-7pm. Wailuku Coffee Company (26 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-495-0259, kimosongs.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 29
MAUI HIGH VS. BALDWIN ALUMNI GAME – Calling all Bear and Saber alumni: this Saturday, the island rivals will face off in an alumni football game. Whether you bleed blue or maroon, be sure to show your school spirit in this first of its kind Baldwin High School vs. Maui High School alumni match. Leave the name calling at home and bring your best behavior for what’s going to be the game of the season. Free. 7pm. War Memorial Stadium (700 Halia Nakoa St., Wailuku).
DR. NAT & RIO RITMO SALSA – Who says you can’t be a doctor and a musician? Dr. Nat proves it can be done along with his 6 piece band, Rio Ritmo. Dr. Nat & Rio Ritmo set Casanova’s dance floor on fire with a blend of Afro Cuban rumba, Jamaican Reggae, Brazilian sambas and Hawaiian-inspired ballads. Born in Buenos Aires, his sound incorporates Central and South American spice with a dash of Caribbean influences. Rio Ritmo has proved to be a hit at Casanova and is one of the longest running acts. $10. 10pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220, casanovamaui.com.
SUNDAY, DEC. 30
DANCE WITH THE COOPER SISTERS – If your holiday season isn’t already full, why not dance with the Cooper sisters? With proceeds directly benefiting the Alice Cooper Solid Rock Foundation, you can choose from Modern Jazz with Sheryl Cooper (6pm,) Hip-Hop with Sonora Cooper (7:15pm) and Contemporary with Calico Cooper (8:30pm.) Sheryl has studied and worked for the most notable dance masters and dance companies. She has been in music videos for Alice Cooper (her husband of 36 years), Aerosmith and The Bee Gees. Today she devotes much of her time to Solid Rock. $15 per class/ $30 for all three. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Omori Studio B (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-280-0047.
TUESDAY, JAN. 1
BILL MAHER – He shapes and sets boundaries for humorous political commentary on American television. In the past two decades, Maher has accumulated more than 20 Emmy nominations and his feature length Religulous is the eighth highest grossing documentary ever. Maher is also an author, boasting five bestsellers, including his recent The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their A**. But he’s best known for his long stints on Politically Incorrect and Real Time. Don’t miss out on an evening of clever comedy! $65.50-85.50. 8pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2
DA UKULELE BOYZ – Reign in 2013 with some new music by Maui’s own Da Ukulele Boyz, Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst. George Kahumoku Jr.’s Slack Key Show will host Da Ukulele Boyz CD release party. The special show will feature the Boyz along with performances by George Kahumoku Jr, Derick Sebastian, Sterling Seaton and hula from Wainani Kealoha. There album is a blend of contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music and reflective of their 14 years as a duo. Get your tickets while you can. $22. 7:30pm. Napili Kai Beach Resort Aloha Pavilion (5900 L. Honoapiilani Rd, Napili) 808-669-3858, SlackKeyShow.com.