THURSDAY, FEB. 21
NRITYAGRAM DANCE ENSEMBLE – The New York Times calls it “A Modern Devotion to a Sacred Indian Ritual.” Nrityagram is regarded worldwide as one of the foremost dance companies in India. Founder Protima Gauri converted farmland, now known as Nrityagram dance village, into an ideal setting for the study, practice and teaching of classical dance. Students live a lifestyle that follows age-old Gurukul tradition–they look after and care for their guru by growing fruit and vegetables on the land, cooking, cleaning and earning through dance recitals. $12-$45. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
FRIDAY, FEB. 22
LEND ME A TENOR – The recipient of nine Tony Award nominations, Lend Me a Tenor has been translated into 16 languages and produced in 25 countries. Renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as “II Stupendo,” is scheduled to sing for a fundraiser when a case of mistaken identity sends his wife packing and his assistant starts impersonating him. That means a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists and double entendres. The play is directed by Lisa Teichner and produced by Jonathan Lehman. Opening night is Feb. 22 and the show runs until Mar. 10. It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm (no show on Feb. 24). $20. ProArts Playhouse (1280 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-463-6550, Proartspacific.com.
LEA SALONGA – Soprano singer and actress Lea Salonga is big. She’s appeared alongside George Takei and Telly Leung in Allegiance-A New American Musical. Originally from the Philippines, she is renowned for playing the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon, for which she won multiple awards, including a Tony. She’s been a Broadway star and has also provided the singing voice of two (TWO!) Disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. Now, fresh from her role in God of Carnage, Salonga will once again wow audiences. $35- $125/VIP includes post-show meet and greet.7:30 pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
NOFX – It’s hard to believe it was three decades ago when NOFX first sharpened their teeth in the hardcore Los Angeles punk music scene. In 1989, they joined forces with Epitaph Records and released a string of skate-punk albums. Since the debut of their full-length album, Liberal Animation, they’ve sold more than six million records and achieved gold status with their 1994 milestone Punk in Drublic. Last year, the group released its 12th full-length album, Self Entitled. The record’s 12 tracks embrace the hostile early L.A. sound while maintaining their trademark technical and melodic sound. $30- $45/VIP ($5 price increase on event day). 7:30pm (gates open at 6:30pm). Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Events Lawn (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
SOURCE – For the sixth year, Camp Keanae will transform into Maui’s biggest multimedia arts festival. Known as SOURCE, it runs Feb. 22-25. This year’s theme is “Imaginarium,” which means attendees will find interactive art through touch, hearing, as well as visually. Live bands, DJs, producers and art exhibitions from all over the world are scheduled to appear while impromptu jams and parades are common. A variety of healing arts are present at SOURCE each year, generally offered through the WombRoom. Franklin, described as the “Adult Show and Tell,” could also be described as the SOURCE version of TEDx (Saturday at 2pm). Limited sleeping bunks in the gym are available on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees are advised to prepare for camping and bring rain and weather protection for four days. SOURCE is a vendor-free zone. Camp Keanae (13375 Hana Hwy.), Sourcemaui.com, [email protected]
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
WILLIE K REVIEW – Hard Rock and Maui Tribe will bring a Willie K Review to the Hard Rock stage Feb. 23. This premiere will feature Mike Carroll, his band Complex Cats and Bobby Ingram, along with his band. No reservations taken. This is a unique show, not to be missed. No cover. 21+ after 10pm. 7pm. Hard Rock Cafe (900 Front St B7, Lahaina); 808-667-7400, Hardrock.com.
SHAW-BLADES – Affectionately known as the guitarist, singer-songwriter for the progressive rock band Styx and hard rock band Damn Yankees, Tommy Shaw is going to rock out the MACC. With him will be Jack Blades, the bassist, vocalist and founding member of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees. Together, they’ve been recording and touring Shaw-Blades since the release of their 1995 album, Hallucination. Take advantage of the chance to experience their signature acoustic style in songs like “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Sister Christian,” “Sentimental Street” and “High Enough.” $45- $65. 7:30 pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
A FEAST OF ART AND MERRIMENT – A valued tradition for more than 20 years, Art Affair is the Hui Noueau’s signature benefit celebrating the importance of visual arts education on Maui. This year you can travel to the 12th century with “Camelot at Kaluanui: A Feast of Art & Merriment!” Guests can look forward to “Medieval Inspired” cuisine by Celebrations Catering, a premium bar, live music by Jimmy Mack and the Kool Kats. There will be a live and silent auction of fine art led by expert auctioneer Kip Toner. The evening will also acknowledge this year’s honorees: Maizie Sanford and Darrell Orwig, and their support for the Hui. $175-$250. 5pm-10pm. Kaluanui Estate (2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-572-6560, Artaffairmaui.com.
BLACK HISTORY CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR – In celebration of Black History Month, historian Adesina Ogunelese will read stories about African-American aviation pioneers. Keiki six to 12 will learn about many people, including Bessie Coleman, who in 1921 became the first licensed African-American pilot. Ogunelese has conducted presentations on various aspects of Black History at Maui public libraries since 2006. The Society for the Preservation of African History, African Americans on Maui and the Maui Friends of the Library are sponsoring this program. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Free. 2pm. Makawao Public Library (1159 Makawao Ave.); 808-573-8785
MAUI BLACKIE JAZZ FEST 2013 – Blackie and Sara Gadarian present an evening of straight-ahead jazz, the way it was at Blackie’s Bar in Lahaina back in the years from 1981 to 1995. There will be a six-piece band featuring Maui musicians Gene Argel (Hammond B3 organ/vocals), Sal Godinez (keyboards/vocals), Michael Buono (drums), Shiro Mori (guitar), Doug White (bass) and Eric Schneider from Chicago, who will play the sax. Cocktails and an appetizer buffet will be available during the event. 21+. $20. 7pm-10pm. Royal Lahaina Resort, Ali’i Room (2780 Keka’a Dr, Ka’anapali); 808-667-7979; Mauiblackie.com.
SUNDAY, FEB. 24
STYLE YOUR SOLE – Since 2006, Blake Mycoskie’s TOMS have been a worldwide phenom. After an encounter with impoverished in Argentina, Mycoskie decided to find a way to give back. That’s when he recognized the Argentine alpargata shoe design. Mycoskie set out to market the shoe to the US, committing “One for One.” For each pair sold, his company would give one to a child in need. Now Hawaiian Island Creations is inviting you to contribute to the cause. Customers can purchase a pair of shoes and have an artist design it or you can personally design it. Either way, you’ll be helping a child in need. 11am. Hawaiian Island Creations, Maui Mall (70 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Suite B-1 Kahului); Mauimall.com.
LOBSTER FEST – Everyone’s invited to support the Rotary Club of Wailuku at their Lobster Fest 2013. The annual fundraiser is a casual affair, New Orleans-style. A Dixieland band–Phillip Smith and the Gentlemen of Jazz, featuring the vocals of Ellen Belarose–will keep guests dancing while you eat delicious steamed lobsters, dirty rice with N’Orleans etouffee, Louisiana potato salad and more by Chef Ralph and the team from Soup to Nuts. Beverages will be available for purchase, including French Quarter Hurricane cocktails. A surprise auction item will be up for grabs. $100. 1pm-4pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Pavillion/Courtyard (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
SEEDS OF HOPE – Na Kupu Mana ‘Olana (Seeds of Hope) tells the story of Hawaii’s return to local and traditional methods of growing food in the midst of growing food insecurity. “For over 1,000 years, the Hawaiian people produced enough food to support an estimated population of one million,” states the filmmakers. “Today, 85 percent of our food is imported. If current trends continue, Hawaii’s last agricultural lands will be gone by 2040.” The film includes interviews with more than 50 farmers, ranchers, scientists and educators who provide a wealth of information about Hawaii’s agricultural history while providing an inspiring vision for our future. $10. 3pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
THE CATALYST QUARTET – Comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young African-American and Latino string players, The Catalyst Quartet will soon take the MACC stage. This young ensemble advances diversity in classical music while their cutting-edge repertoire from a wide range of composers inspires audiences with innovation. The group features Karla Donehew Perez and Jessie Montgomery on violin, Christopher Jenkins on viola and Karlos Rodriguez on cello. $12-$40. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.