Our Picks for the Weekend
Short attention span eater
Good ideas catch on fast, and when Shanghai Bistro made the siu lung bao
the centerpiece of its dim sum meals, it reminded others in the Chinese community about the little dragon dumplings, or little basket dumplings, full of savory soup.
Now you can get them at Legend Seafood Restaurant and Fook Lam at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza. At Legend, they arrive three per basket for $2.85; six pieces of the juicy pork dumplings cost less at neighboring Fook Lam.
Shanghai Bistro still has finesse on its side, providing spoons for sipping rather than spilling the liquid that gushes out when the dumpling wrappers burst.
Also, open-bottomed bamboo baskets in Chinatown tend to leave a wet mess behind, but don't let that stop you from sampling the dumplings as you amble through Chinatown this weekend and next in celebration of the Lunar New Year. As you go forward in the Year of the Dog, remember these words of wisdom straight from a Chinese fortune cookie: "Kick in pants better than dozen pats on the back."
By Nadine Kam, Star-Bulletin
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Not wanting to blow our own horn -- but I am -- please come join us Saturday night at Anna Bannanas to marvel at the veritable cornucopia of musical talent that graces our staff. Bow down to the multi-guitar attack of MVA! Swoon to the sounds of the Malcognitas! Dance yourself silly to the marvel that is Mad Theory! Get down with your bad self with those bar-band vets the Honolulu Blue Devils! Thrill to the mysterious-sounding Ekto Gamat! And raise your fist in the air to the mighty sounds of the Crud! It's the Star-Bulletin Rock Showcase. Be there or be square! See story on Page 26.
Theater tops my list of best bets this weekend with "M. Butterfly" at Manoa Valley Theatre and The Actors' Group production of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Yellow Brick Studio in Kakaako. Dwight Martin and Colin Miyamoto are well matched as the stars of MVT's excellent revival of playwright David Henry Hwang's look at sex roles, racial stereotypes and the power of illusion. Over at the Yellow Brick Theatre, Jim Andrews, Derrick Brown, Savada Gilmore and Deborah Young stand out amid the talented ensemble that makes "Joe Turner" worth seeing. And, for something completely different, Loose Screws is celebrating 13 years of improvisational comedy with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The ARTS at Marks Garage.
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