In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Hip-hop theater preview
at Studio 1 tonight

SPOKEN WORD poet Kealoha continues with another installment of "First Thursdays" at Studio 1 tonight, with a sneak preview of an upcoming hip-hop theatre production planned.

Besides the normal $100 slam competition, audiences will get a glimpse of "The Jaguar Priests," an original play by students at UH-Manoa that opens next month. DJ Monkey will be on turntable patrol, entertaining the crowd between performances.

The night will also be one of your last chances to see the artist known as Woebot in action before he moves to the mainland.

Doors open at 7 p.m. tonight for "First Thursdays," and it's just $3 to get in before 8 p.m. Call 387-9664 ...

OVER AT the Living Room, jazz fans are lamenting the departure of Noel Okimoto and his big band gig on Thursday nights.

But if you're willing to stay up a little later, there's still a reason to visit. DeShannon Higa continues to host "grOOve.imProV.arTiSts," starting at 11:30 p.m.

Joining the trumpet-playing Higa are sax player Randy Wheeler and percussionist Jason Tabosa, with DJs Archangel, Miklos and Dawn spinning background beats for the musicians. It's a pretty ambitious concept, and worth a listen if you're out tonight ...

RECENT FLOODING may have damaged parts of the University of Hawaii campus, but the show will go on tomorrow at Manoa Gardens.

Every first and third Friday of the month, the bar hosts "Ho'okani Manoa" from 7 to 10 p.m. Featured artists this semester have included Kimo Alama Keaulana, Kawika Trask and Pa'ahana. The traditional Hawaiian vibe continues this week with the Pua Melia Trio.

There's no cover charge to check out the show; call 956-2624 for more info ...

SATURDAY BRINGS a pair of concerts worth checking out. If you're into heavy metal, visit Pipeline Cafe for a show by California-based Manntis. They're one of the bands featured on MTV's "Battle for OZZfest." See tomorrow's Weekend section for more about the band.

Tickets are $15 for those 18-and-over, with local rockers Amplified scheduled to open. Call 926-3000 ...

OUT ON the Windward side, Eek-A-Mouse and Don Carlos return to Oahu for a show at Sea Life Park. They'll be joined by Natural Vibrations, Ooklah the Moc, Ho'onu'a and B.E.T. Tickets are $20 at the door, and all ages are welcome. Call 266-6730 ...

AND A correction to Tuesday's mention of "Surfest" -- tickets for the Dec. 18 concert go on sale next Thursday, with $18 advance tickets available at Hawaiian Island Creations, Blue Planet Surf, Xcel Wetsuits and the UH Campus Center. Buy yours online at www.hicsurfshop.com ...

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In the Mix drops Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Star-Bulletin.
Contact Jason Genegabus at jason@starbulletin.com.



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