Our Picks for the Weekend
Native storytellers gather at Bishop Museum
Teach your kids that quality entertainment is not dependent on a big screen, car chases or loud music. Introduce them to the art of storytelling at Bishop Museum this weekend.
The Mary Kawena Pukui Performing Arts Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, will bring storytellers from Yu'pik and Inupiaq villages in Alaska together with Cape Verdean-Americans and Native Hawaiians to tell tales of their home cultures.
Musicians and performers will join them in performance pieces under the theme of "Harvest and the Moon," on stages on the great lawn and in museum galleries.
Admission is $3; museum members and children are free.
The performers will go on to the Native American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C., to other venues on the East Coast and eventually to Alaska.
Call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
Academy of Arts' shop has yearly clearance sale
Now that all the Christmas bills have been paid, it's time to shop again!
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is holding its annual clearance sale, with prices reduced 25 to 80 percent.
Look for collectible items for birthday gifts or belated Valentine's Day gifts for those of you who forgot your sweetie and have to find something extra special. If you're the type to plan ahead, this is the place to go for unique Christmas gifts. Or, forget about the other people and splurge on yourself.
Discounted items include books, stationery, posters, jewelry ethnic clothing and more.
The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Parking is available for $3 with validation. No purchase necessary.
For information, call 532-8704.
Jonny Lang brings religious fervor to Oahu
Known mainly as a young blues musician, Jonny Lang's latest album "Turn Around" just won a Grammy in the category of best rock or rap gospel album.
Well, it seems past assumptions about Lang are changing, and Hawaii audiences will see this new facet of his musicianship in concert Friday at 8 p.m. at Pipeline Cafe ($35 ticket price, available from Ticketmaster).
"Turn Around" is the first album on which he has written or co-written nearly all of the songs. Supposedly sounding these days "more like Stevie Wonder than Stevie Ray Vaughn," Lang has pumped up the funk and gospel feel of his music. And there's no doubt that Jesus has a lot to do with it.
"With this album I want to focus, more than ever before, on my purpose in life," he explained in a press release. "I've been so incredibly blessed. My wife and I just had our fifth anniversary. I get to do what I love for a living. But it wasn't so long ago that I was spiraling downward in a lot of ways, until God touched my life and set me on the right track. I feel a huge debt to give glory back to Him for everything He has done for me. It's the least I can do."
We'll see if Lang's spiritual conviction can convert his fans here in Hawaii as well. He's still a hell -- uh, heck -- of a guitar player.
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Grammy-award winning Jonny Lang comes to Pipeline Cafe.
Andy's Kahuku Shrimp
745 Keeaumoku St. (at Rycroft) / 944-4040
Ever since the shrimp trucks began dotting the North Shore landscape -- gosh, has it been 20 years? -- I've wondered how long it would take for them to ditch the wheels and settle down or move to town.
No shrimp recipe I ever saw called for a white truck as a primary ingredient, though the vehicle does figure prominently in the myth-making process. To any local, just mentioning the words "shrimp truck" conjures up a mental image followed by memories of shared plates and sauce-drenched fingers.
Andy's Kahuku Shrimp, which had a home outside the Kahuku Sugar Mill, moved to Honolulu at customers' requests. It's a small mom-and-pop where the most outstanding feature -- just like the truck -- is its graffiti-covered walls.
There is more to Andy's menu than shrimp, in the form of Korean and local entrees, but of course almost every plate that passes contains garlic-coated or sweet-spicy Korean-style shrimp. For those who like it hot, a "911" version is offered. Plates ($12.95) feature about 10 pieces of black tiger shrimp, butterflied so as to coat every nook and cranny with dense sauce -- paste, really. Shoyu garlic and coconut fried shrimp are also offered, but the first two are the main attractions.
For those who want to mix it up, five pieces of shrimp can be combined ($11.95) with popular kalbi and barbecue chicken.
Other specialties include shrimp fried rice ($7.95), soft tofu soup ($6.95) and comfort food of homemade green tea noodles ($8.95), the latter especially nice on cool evenings.
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Lunch or dinner for two runs about $25.
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