THURSDAY, MAY 2
NAS – Hip Hop and lyrical genius Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones (aka Nas) got his start on the 1990s classic “Live at the Barbeque.” Then there was the debut of his explosive album, Illmatic. Nas went on to reach platinum and double platinum records. Some of his recent work included a tour with Damian Marley for the impoverished in Africa. Ranked in the top 5 in MTV’s 2013 “Hottest MCs in the Game” list, Nas’ 20-year career has earned him seven platinum albums, chart toppers in Billboard and several Grammy nominations. $45/advance, $50/on show day, $65/VIP on Morgado Lanai overlooking the courtyard . 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Pavilion/Courtyard (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
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FRIDAY, MAY 3
WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – Wailuku First Friday is bringing you another episode of festivities. As usual, Market Street will be lined with food and craft vendors dishing out local treats. This Friday, there will be live music and Exotic Eye Tattoo Finger Friday specials. The town party staples include the Beer Garden, along with Kamaaina Loan/Cash for Gold live streaming the evening. The event is free and family-friendly. 6pm-9pm. Wailuku (Market Street), Mauifridays.com.
MAUI CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL – Originally known as the Kapalua Music Festival, The Maui Classical Music Festival has been home to hundreds of national and international classical elite. Now they’re welcoming back the renowned ensemble The Ying Quartet, pianist Elinor Freer, bassoonist Benjamin Kamins, Yizhak Schotten and Katherine Collier. The festival begins this Friday at Makawao Union Church and will tour other scenic and historic churches around the island. $10 student/ $25 adult. 7pm. Makawao Union Church. (1445 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-878-2312, Mauiclassicalmusicfestival.org.
‘THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVE’ – This Friday, catch the opening night of Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue by ProArts Theater. Produced by Jonathan Lehman, the play takes place on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It follows Mel Edison, a middle-aged business executive. Then a string of unfortunate events sends Edison into a mental breakdown. It’s serious and funny, and will likely resonate with you. The show runs until May 19 playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm (no show on May 5). $20. ProArts Playhouse, Azeka (Makai) Shopping Center (1280 S. Kihei Rd.) 808-463-6550, Proartspacific.com.
THE REX NAVARRETE COMEDY SHOW – The MACC stage is welcoming Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete this Friday. Finding his calling shortly after enrolling in college, Navarrete has left audiences laughing all over Asia, North America and (soon, we figure) London. Drawing much of his material from his heritage, Navarrete’s stand-up adds to America’s ever changing comedy scene. With bestsellers like Husky Boy and Badly Browned, Navarette has produced additional live DVDs and personally produced Bastos, his third record. $20-$40. 8pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Center, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org. Photo: MACC
CHINESE KITE FESTIVAL – The Lahaina Restoration Foundation is inviting everyone to the three-day, first annual Chinese Kite Festival. On Friday, guests can enjoy displays, kite-themed crafts and kung fu/ tai chi performances, among other activities (2pm-8pm). On Saturday, a musical Guzheng performance and interactive ribbon dance demonstration will take place between 1pm and 2:30pm. And on Sunday, Brenda Wong will speak on the art of knot-tying between 2pm and 4pm. Food and kites of all sorts will be available for purchase. Friday (2pm-8pm) Saturday and Sunday (11am-4pm) Wo Hing Museum 808-661-3262, Lahainarestoration.org.
ANTHONY PIGNATARO BOOK SIGNING – MauiTime Editor Anthony Pignataro will be signing his latest book, Stealing Cars with The Pros this Friday, May 3 at the Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Stealing Cars with The Pros contains journalism excerpts from Pignataro’s career including his current gig at MauiTime. Described by the author as “noir-themed,” the book is complete with villains, chicks, rebels and wealthy men. Can’t make it to this book signing? On Saturday, May 4 from noon ‘til 2pm, Pignataro will be at Barnes & Noble, Lahaina. And on Friday, May 10 from 4pm to 6pm, he will be at Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore in Lahaina’s Wharf Cinema Center. 4pm-7pm. Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (275 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-877-2509.
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SATURDAY, MAY 4
MAUI ONION FESTIVAL – Come celebrate the sweetest onion in the world at the 24th annual Maui Onion Festival. The event continues to challenge chefs to use the vegetable in new and innovative ways. Featuring the Maui Onion Recipe contest, top chefs demonstrate their Maui Onion recipes exemplifying technique and creativity during a live cook-off. You can enjoy culinary samples, live music (on the beach stage), chef demos by past contest winners (center stage) and other local favorites. The annual Maui Onion keiki eating competition is at 3:30pm followed by the Maui Onion adult eating contest at 4pm. For those 21+, enjoy the mix drink contest at 2:30pm and festival beer garden. Participating merchants will also be offering Maui Onion specials. FREE Admission. 9:45am. Whalers Village (2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy), Whalersvillage.com/onionfestival.htm.
PROM NIGHT – Gentlemen dust off your suits and ladies slip on your heels because the Diamond’s Ice Bar Prom has arrived! Here’s your chance to relive that iconic high school dance (or experience it for the first time). Dress to impress (anything goes!) for an evening filled with drink, dance and DJ Illz. Snap a photo with your date (or friends) in the photo booth and vote for the evening’s prom king and queen. Ages 21 and over only. Free admission. Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299, Diamondsicebar.com.
PADDLE IMUA – Following a successful Fantasia Ball event, Imua Family Services is now gearing up for the second annual “Paddle Imua” fundraiser. The paddle race invites men, women and children to take part in a downwind run beginning at Maliko Gulch and ending at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului. Not ready for the main event? There will be a SUP relay after the main races. Champion stand-up-paddler and IFS supporter Andrea Moller will serve as this year’s honorary chairperson. Onlookers can enjoy live music and refreshments. The first 150 registrants will receive a swag bag and the top three finishers will receive trophies. The event proceeds directly benefit the organizations’ annual Camp Imua, a free week-long recreational summer camp serving special needs keiki. $50 before May 2nd/ $70 after. 10am. Maliko Gulch (Paia) Paddleimua.com.
GLENN FREY – The MACC welcomes rock royalty and music legend Glenn Frey for an evening of classic hits dating back to his days with the Eagles. Credited for writing/co-writing some of the Eagles classics like “Tequila Sunrise” and “Hotel California,” Frey’s musical abilities are undeniable. As a solo artist he would become known for Beverly Hills Cops’ “The Heat is On” and Miami Vice’s “You Belong to the City” among others. Decades later, the double platinum recording artist, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with the Eagles) and avid golfer continues his legacy of stunning lyrical classics. $55-$129. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Pavilion/Amphitheater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org. Photo: MACC
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – This Saturday marks Free Comic Book Day, which is celebrated around the world. Here on Maui, the Kihei, Lahaina and Makawao Public Libraries are celebrating! Each library will give away free comic books to those with a valid Hawaii State Public Library System card (while supplies last). Kihei and Lahaina Public libraries will host meet and greets with local comic book heroes and artists! Head over to Lahaina Public library 11am to meet Homestuck characters. From noon to 4pm local meet comic book artist James Silvani. A big mahalo to libraries’ local Friends groups, Jelly’s the Original and Collector Maniacs for sponsoring the free event. For more information on schedule and special accommodations, contact your local library. Librarieshawaii.org.
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SUNDAY, MAY 5
MAPA SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA – Maui, brace yourselves for three days of Maui Academy of Performing Arts mayhem. The marathon weekend will kick off MAPA’s Spring Extravaganza at the MACC. The annual recital will feature tap, Hip-Hop and jazz on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, The Little Mermaid will feature MAPA ballerinas following the Hans Christian Andersen classic tale. Wrapping up the extravaganza Sunday evening will be MOVES, a showcase for MAPA’s top dancers along with a guest performance by the adult company Ampersand. $15. Saturday, 2 pm. Sunday, 1 pm & 7:30 pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-280-9489, Mauiarts.org.
CINCO DE MAUI – Got Cinco de Mayo plans? If not, take advantage of a few Cinco de Drinko happenings around Maui! Milagros is excited to introduce “Tequila De Mayo-Cinco no Bueno,” featuring daily margarita and shot specials. Amigos is celebrating with draft beer and pupu specials all day. Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill will offer $2 el pastor tacos, $3 Corona and $3 margaritas on the rocks. Then at 6pm, the Gina Martinelli Band will take the stage for your listening pleasure. From 7:30pm-10pm, sip on Captain Jack’s $3.50 Coronas, $4 Margaritas, and $6 Patron shots while listening to live music. For a finale, check out Hard Rock Cafe from 8pm-11pm. A $5 cover will get you into a dance party featuring a DJ and Cinco de Mayo specials. Hardrock.com, Captainjacksmaui.com, Amigosmaui.com, Diamondsicebar.com, Milagrosfoodcompany.com.