Our Picks for the Weekend
Group uses body parts for percussion
If you're looking for an evening of "clapping, stomping, shouting and hollerin'," don't miss the Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Group.
When enslaved Africans were denied their drums, they used their own bodies as a form of percussion that came to be known as "fist and heel worshiping."
The Fist & Heel Performance Group presents the idioms of that African diaspora through a full-length work, "The Tale: Npinpee Nckutchie and the Tail of the Golden Dek" at 7 p.m. Sunday at Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College. Nine male and female performers combine music from African traditions with contemporary urban social dance forms.
Cost is $25; $20 for military, seniors and University of Hawaii faculty; $15 students. Call 483-7123 or visit www.etickethawaii.com.
'Boyz' are in town for a few more shows
The touring teenage band fondly known as "The Apostles of Pop" is heading to a stadium near you.
In the fictional storyline of the musical "Altar Boyz," five boys from Ohio -- Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham -- are on a mission: to sing a few songs and save a few souls. The "Altar Boyz" are not your typical boy band. They'll charm not only young audience members with such tunes as "Girl You Make Me Want to Wait," but the rest of the family, too.
"Altar Boyz" take a few lighthearted jabs at organized religion. But its main target is pop culture and boy bands du jour in particular. "Altar Boyz" is 90 minutes of choreographed dance moves, silly but sweet songs, and a storyline with a good-natured center.
Tickets are $26 to $75. The production runs at 8 p.m. nightly through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, at Hawaii Theatre. Call 528-0506.
Lava Party erupts in 2 nights of dancing
The Lava Party -- The Volcano Aftermath offers two nights of music and dancing to benefit Gregory House, Hawaii's statewide HIV/AIDS housing agency.
The events are set to coincide with an Atlantis Events all-gay cruise on the Pride of Hawaii that departs Monday, bringing more than 2,300 people from across the country.
The dancing details:
» Saturday's Welcoming Party, 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Hawaiian Hut, will showcase dance music by Maui DJ Michael Fong and lasers by Laseronics. Tickets are $15 advance; $20 at the door.
» Sunday's Aloha Bon Voyage Party, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Lotus Sound Bar, 2301 Kuhio Ave., will feature DJ Rayne, Sisters in Sound and Seattle's DJ Joe King. Tickets are $20 advance; $25 at the door.
For tickets call Gregory House Programs, 592-9022.
Symphony features Mendelssohn choral work
You can go to church and be pious and observant, or you can go secular and hear music at the concert hall. This week only, however, you can do both, or at least the emotional veneer of both, because the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra is stirring up a full bowl of Mendelssohn's "Elijah."
Mendelssohn mastered the religioso sound and rising tumult that defined full-tilt musical religious sentiment in the 1800s. This piece gave Queen Victoria the vapors!
If the town has seemed to hum recently, it's because we're in the midst of the Tenth Annual Hawaii International Choral Festival, and these concerts are the capper for a week of vocal harmony by more than 300 meistersingers from all over the world. The HSO cranks it up at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Blaisdell Concert hall. Admission: $12 to $65. Information: 792-2000 or www.honolulusymphony.com.
Kailua Shopping Center, 600 Kailua Road / 262-2016
Forget about the 5-A-Day campaign. New dietary recommendations call for four to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, depending on your age, gender and fitness regimen. To determine your needs, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov.
Living up to the guidelines is doable with the help of Aloha Salads in Kailua, where you'll find more than 80 kinds of crisp, fresh produce, toppings and protein sources for customizing a salad. Any restaurant can serve a basic blackened ahi salad ($9.95) of greens and fish. Aloha Salads goes beyond the call of duty, adding diced mangoes and avocado, strawberries, shredded coconut, green onions and bean sprouts. The Mandarin Ginger ($8.95) features mesclun, mandarin oranges, carrots, snow peas, green onions and cilantro, diced grilled chicken crisp wonton strips and sesame seeds, served with ginger dressing. If seeing all those greens is daunting, get those veggies covered up in the form of sub sandwiches.
Open: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Costs about $7 to $10 per person. A second location is slated to open in Kahala Mall in July.
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Elvin Lau of Elvin's Bakery and Cafe at the Kailua Shopping Center picks up one of their many signature baked delectables, the cream cheese malasada.
Elvin's Bakery & Cafe
Kailua Shopping Center / 262-1688
If you want to reward yourself with dessert after finishing your salad (above), head next door to Elvin's, where Elvin Lau, a former Panya chef, has set up shop.
You'll find basic sandwiches and salads, but busy types find it easiest to grab some tongs and pick up some ham-and-cheese or tuna croissants to go. And who can resist those light-as-air slices of tiramisu, strawberry shortcake and cheesecake that's mostly spongecake?
Open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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