Our Picks for the Weekend
Clans will come together at annual Scottish party
It's a gathering o' the clans this weekend at the 26th annual Hawaiian Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Kapiolani Park. Clans from here and the mainland will be giving hale-and-hearty greeting to each other while manning their booths and inviting other members of their clans to join them. There'll also be men's and women's Highland games and competitions, entertainment that will, of course, include a bit o' the pipes, demonstrations of swordplay, weaving and fencing, and vendors offering traditional Scottish items and fare that includes -- yum! -- haggis.
Guest performers will include the Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums, the 91-member Conestoga High School Marching Band from Pennsylvania, and the Chicago-based Celtic band Switchback.
All of this is free and starts 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.scotshawaii.org.
Rock bands raise funds for Peruvian burn victim
Local rock bands will be lending a helping hand to an 11-year-old orphan and burn victim in Peru.
The predicament of Presli Balbín Ordaya came to the attention of Kaneohe residents Sherrill and Lisa Sturm, who spent a week volunteering in the orphanage that Presli lives in. When he was only 6 days old, he was severely burned in a fire caused by a candle. The Sturms are trying to raise funds to support his facial reconstructive surgery.
Along with the Sturms' charity, Peru Donations, and local promoter Unity Crayons, the benefit concert Promise for Presli will be held starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Anna Bannanas. Featured bands will include Black Square, Büsekrüs, The Crud, Golfcart Rebellion, Gutter Cats, Pimpbot, S1-atomic and SMITZ. It'll be an all-ages event from 6 to 9 p.m., then 18 and over until 2 a.m.
There will be a $7 donation requested from those 17 and under, $12 for 18 and over, with a raffle held throughout the evening.
For more information, go to www.perudonations.org.
Wynonna gives symphony a taste of country twang
When you have a first name like Wynonna, you don't need a last name. (Is it Ryder? No, it's Judd!) In any case, the country music star is joining the Honolulu Symphony Pops this weekend in a twangin' concert. Boots and jeans are de rigeur, along with velvet and diamonds. Should be an interesting mix.
Matt Catingub, rested up after his Return to Romance-apalooza, will conduct the Pops orchestra and Wynonna through her country hits and standards, including "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Freedom," and "Burnin' Love."
Fans of "ancient" country history may recall that Wynonna, with mother Naomi, was half of the Nashville duo The Judds, who sold more than 20 million records and won more than 60 industry awards. She's been on her own since 1992, and doing even better without Mom slowing her down. Sister Ashley Judd doesn't sing, 'cause she's an actress.
Admission is $30 (balcony only), and $50 to $93, with a discount to seniors and military. Information: 792-2000 or 524-0815, ext. 245, or online at www.honolulusymphony.com.
See who reigns supreme in 'Ultimate Fighter 3'
Hawaii has a large and vocal Ultimate Fighting fan base, and after Saturday night's "ICON: Epic" card at the Blaisdell Arena (see our In the Mix column inside for more details), fans can get up early Sunday morning to catch "The Ultimate Fighter 3" marathon on Spike TV.
Starting bright and early at 6:30 in the morning, the entire third season of the popular series will air, ending with the finale 12 hours later. Teams divided between eight light heavyweights and eight middleweights, coached by bitter rivals Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, competed for UFC contracts. Standout fighters this season included overall winners Michael Bisping and Kendall Grove, plus Ed Herman, Matt Hamill (a deaf college national wrestling champion), Kalib Starnes and Rory Singer.
Spike TV can be found on basic cable channel 76 and digital channel 559.
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Hippity hoppity Easter's on its way -- April 8, to be precise, and one strong reminder is coming from an unusual source.
Peek in the window at Canton House and you'll see plates of peculiarly chubby carrots that you can tell all your non-vegetable-eating friends are geared more toward human consumption than destined to be rabbit food.
The other surprise is that these carrots -- at $1.90 for three -- are shaped from mochi, a foodstuff more typically associated with Japanese, rather than Chinese, restaurants.
The mochi is deep-fried, resulting in a crisp outer shell and expected squishy pounded rice interior. Cilantro stems are a nice touch poked into the mochi to represent carrot tops. Bite into the carrot and you'll eventually get to the creamy egg custard inside. There had to be an egg in there somehow!
In the spirit of Easter, these mochi carrots offer an alternat e celebration of life. Forget about saving them as an Easter basket treat, however. They're best enjoyed eaten hot on the premises.
Just hop on down after services. Canton House will be open.
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