THURSDAY, JAN. 31
MAGICIAN MARK BENNICK – Magician Mark Bennick will be wowing audiences at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s KUPANAHA Magic Show, where you can enjoy Vegas magic while in paradise. Bennick has entertained audiences of all ages with his bag of tricks. He’s been referred to as a “young David Copperfield” by the Las Vegas Leisure Guide and has been practicing magic since he was a teen. The three and a half hour evening of ooh and ahhs will kick off with a welcome Mai Tai, followed by a three-course gourmet meal and tableside close-up magic. Gold Circle front row seats are $89; General seating is $79 for adults; $55 for teens; children 12 years and under are $39; ages five and under are free when accompanied with an adult. 4:45pm. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (2525 Ka’anapali Pkwy); 808-667-0128, kupanaha.com.
MYSTIC ISLAND FESTIVAL – What better way to spend the winter in Maui than beachside camping? The sixth annual Maui Mystic Island Festival invites all for camping, workshops, music and community. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 31 and running through Sunday, Feb. 3, the four-day event is packed with activities that exude the aloha spirit. The event strives to create a motivating environment where you can learn more about healthier ways of living. Musical guests include Shimshai, David Starfire and Scott Huckabay, among others. Yoga, Bhangra-Bollywood Dance and non-violent communication are a few of the event’s many workshops. Lindy Kehoe, Daren Minke and Stuart Griggs will be there as well. Hungry? Take advantage of a select variety of organic and raw food options. Last year’s event sold out so be sure to get your tickets early. $10-$210. 1pm. VFW Hall (1136 Uluniu Rd., Kihei), mysticislandfestival.com.
TOUBAB KREWE – Toubab Krewe echoes African greats like Ali Farka Toure and Orchestra Baobab. Their extensive traveling and heavy gig load has contributed greatly to their innovative blend of rock rhythm, international folk strains and African traditions. Whether they’re headliners at their hometown’s famous Orange Peel or appearing in the Desert Festival in Mali, their music reflects the miles traveled and journey to call their sound their own. $28-$38. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-7469, mauiarts.org.
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FRIDAY, FEB. 1
WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – Wailuku opens its heart for another evening of Friday Town Party. In the spirit of Valentines day, “I Love Wailuku” is the theme this month. Besides live music, ono food vendors and craft, there’s something for every member of the family. This month they welcome the Year of the Snake with a Lion Dance welcoming great fortune and luck (6:30-7:30pm). Or you can catch a series from Maui Fringe Theater at the Iao Theater or do Vinyasa Flow Yoga live to downtempo beats at Body Alive (6:30-7:15pm). The awa bar will be open at Native Intelligence while magician Timothy Wenk roams the street. Clear your throats for Karaoke Open Mic at the Banyan Tree park or grab a bite at the Vineyard Food Company, where proceeds will help Imua Family Services (5:30pm.) Free. 6pm-9pm. Wailuku Town (Market Street), mauifridays.com/wailuku.
‘MAN OF LA MANCHA’ – Recipient of five Tony awards and a Broadway favorite, MAPA is presenting Man of La Mancha. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century masterpiece Don Quixote, the charming musical follows the story of an unwavering idealist who dares to dream “The Impossible Dream,” changing all who are touched by his spirit. The play has been described as “eloquent, bold and original.” MAPA will host “AfterWords,” a free post show talk sessions with director and cast following the Sunday, Feb. 10 matinees. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. $25 adults/$22 seniors & $18 students (18 and under). Super Bowl Sunday Special (Feb. 3) are $15 for all seats. Steppingstone Playhouse, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (275 W Ka’ahumanu Ave.); 808-244-8760, mauiacademy.org.
MAUI FRINGE FESTIVAL – Maui OnStage, in partnership with Whole Foods Market Maui, is presenting the third annual “Maui Fringe Theater Festival”. It’ll feature one-act plays with performers from New York, Los Angeles and Maui. The marathon of theater will open with They Call Me Q! by Qurrat Ann Kadwani. Kadwani is an award-winning actress from New York City who’s been touring her one-woman show all over the U.S. From Maui, there’s John Brown’s Body by Will Hausman and starring Paul Janes-Brown as the abolitionist John Brown. And from Improv Olympic West in Los Angeles comes the hysterical one-woman show Turner & Hooch 2: Murder at the Wackenheim Manor by Julia Wackenheim. There will also be showcase performances by Sharyn Stone, the Ultraviolets, excerpts from Shout!: the Mod Musical and more. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-242-6969, mauionstage.com.
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SATURDAY, FEB. 2
THIRD ANNUAL MAUI OPEN STUDIOS EVENT – Throughout the month, artists and artisans open up their studios and exhibition spaces, talk story, connect and often host live demonstrations of their process and techniques. This year, more than 90 artists will participate in the 2013 MOS. The mediums vary from glass, silk painting, digital art, basket weaving, photography, jewelry design, bronze sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, Plein Air, stone carving and printmaking. The opening celebration will include a cash bar, no-host pupus and live entertainment. 6pm-9pm. Maui Tropical Plantation (1670 Honoapi’ilani Hwy., Wailuku), MauiTropicalPlantation.com, mauiopenstudios.com.
SPARKLING GO RED SOIREE – Kicking off Heart Month 2013 the fight against the top cause of death in women, Kapalua Spa is presenting a Sparkling Go Red Soirée. Enjoy chair massages by Kapalua Spa, smooth hands by Clarisonic, body posture evaluation, eye station by Opal and lips station by La Bella Donna Makeup. The evening will also feature a fashion show, silent auction and a Hot Lips contest. Sip on bubbly and indulge in spa truffles while contributing to a cause. All proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement. $65. 3pm-5pm. Kapalua Spa, Lobby (100 Bay Dr., Lahaina); 808-665-8282, goredsoiree.eventbrite.com.
SALUTING OUR SOLDIERS – Judy’s tap and jazz dancers are landing on the MACC stage with an attitude of gratitude. Ranging from age three to senior citizen, the troop shows their appreciation our troops via tap. Judy’s Gang will salute the brave soldiers and veterans who have given so much to our country. This year will feature a special number with Jimmy C on drums and Al Scheck on guitar, all while the troupe taps. $14/adults, $10/seniors, students & kids six-12 years; free to kids five years & under. 7pm. Maui Arts Culture Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-7469, mauiarts.org.
MAGICAL STRINGS CONCERT – Inspired by their journeys to Ireland, Philip and Pam Boulding will reveal their latest compositions and newer music in a Magical Strings concert. They’ve performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan, toured and recorded with Dan Fogelberg and recorded 18 albums on four labels. Inspired by the music of Keola Beamer, Philip developed a style of slack-key music for the Celtic harp. Philip and Pam also design and build Celtic harps, run the School of Magical Strings and host the Magic Hill Summer Harp Camp and Summer Fairy School in the Northwest. There will also be a harp workshop for all who are interested prior to the concert from 1pm to 3pm. $15-$20. 4pm. St. John’s Church (8992 Kula Hwy.); 253-857-3716, magicalstrings.com.
RUN & WALK FOR WHALES – Pacific Whale Foundation’s annual Run & Walk For the Whales takes place this Saturday. Select from a 5K run or walk, 10K run or walk, and half marathon run. There’s also a 2K race for kids. The Run and Walk for the Whales is PWF’s fundraiser for the marine education programs provided to schoolchildren on Maui. Check-in on race day begins at 5:30am at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. The start times are 6:30am for the Half Marathon, 7am for the 10K, 7:30am for the 5K and 8am for the Keiki Fun Run. Register online or by phone before Jan. 30, registration will occur day of from then on. $20-$45. Makena Beach & Golf Resort (5400 Makena Alanui); 808-249-8811, pacificwhale.org.
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SUNDAY, FEB. 3
SUPER BOWL – This Sunday the San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. Not invited to any game day house parties? Here are a few spots with Super Bowl specials!
Sharky’s: Chili dogs, coleslaw, beans and rice. Live music and dancing before and after the game. $20 kids/ $30 adults. (41 E. Lipoa St., Kihei); 808-874-5115
Amigos: HAPPY HOUR all day for game day! (1215 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-879-9952
Captain Jacks: Watch the game on 13 HDTVs, enjoy $2.50 Bud light, $3 Budweiser Black Crown and $3 Beck’s Sapphire. (672 Front St., Lahaina); 808-667-0988.
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TUESDAY, FEB. 5
FREE PANCAKES! – National Pancake Day returns to raise funds for Kapi‘olani Medical Center. For the eighth consecutive year, IHOP restaurants in Hawaii will offer each guest a FREE short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on this glorious day. For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the Kapi‘olani Children’s Miracle Network. Guests visiting IHOP anytime now through Feb. 5 can also make a Miracle Balloon donation of $5 or more and receive a $5 OFF discount toward their next visit, through Feb. 24, 2013. 7am-5pm. IHOP, Maui Mall (70 E. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-871-4000, IHOPPancakeDay.com.
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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6
KARIN FROST – Maui Economic Development Board’s innovation series presents a conversation with Karin Frost, founder and chief design officer of ERGObaby Carrier Inc. With a BA in French and Danish, her dream of designing clothes eventually earned her a masters in design. Parenting magazine’s 20th anniversary issue named her ERGObaby carrier one of the top 20 products in the last 20 years. In 2010, Frost agreed to sell her company to Compass Management Group, but continues to work as the chief design officer. Free. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku) 808-875-2336, email@example.com, medb.org.