Our Picks for the Weekend
Enjoy an evening of art, with a musical backdrop
Get a case of "Wanderlust" at Friday's ARTafterDARK event at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Held on the last Friday of every month, ARTafterDARK caters to a nighttime clientele.
All of the academy's galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m., with special zip tours set up for the academy's current feature exhibition, "Albrecht Dürer (1471-1523): Woodcuts and Engravings," presenting 70 fascinating works on paper from the German Renaissance artist.
Patrons also will be able to make postcard-size prints with the help of the Honolulu Printmakers. Smooth jazz will be the soundtrack of the evening, courtesy the Chris Yeh Quartet, and food and beverages will be provided by Tiki's Grill & Bar.
Admission is $7, free to Academy members. Free parking will be available at the Academy Art Center, located in the Beretania/Victoria/Young streets area. Call 532-8701.
Makaha Sons lead bill of New Traditionalists
The Hana Hou! Hawaiian music spring series continues Friday with the annual New Traditionalists concert showcasing local favorites the Makaha Sons.
Also on the bill at the Hawaii Theatre will be Hoku Zuttermeister, Barry Kimokeo, Na Kama, Shawna Ka'ana'ana, Miss Hawaii Teen America Tesia Worley and a special guest halau.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $33, with discounts for students, seniors, military and theater members. Call 528-0506 or order online at www.hawaiitheatre.com.
Future Hana Hou! concerts will include "Radio Hula" on May 25 and "Be Steel My Heart" on June 22.
Honolulu hosts fighters from around the world
As the popularity of mixed martial arts continues to grow, one Japanese fighting promotion returns to the islands to showcase athletes from around the globe.
The "K-1 World Grand Prix" was last held in Hawaii two years ago, when Big Island resident B.J. Penn was the only local athlete on the card to win his bout. He defeated Renzo Gracie by unanimous decision in the main event.
Saturday's card features matches between fighters from Korea, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Japan, Holland, Australia, Brazil and the United States. Hawaii will be represented by Mike "Rocky" Malone after Scott Junk was forced to withdraw due to injury. His opponent will be Korean Hong-Man Choi, who local fans might remember as the fighter who defeated sumo yokozuna Akebono at Aloha Stadium in 2005.
Tickets for the "K-1 World Grand Prix 2007" are priced at $40 to $150, with $500 VIP seating also available. Doors open at the Blaisdell Arena at 5 p.m. Saturday; call 946-1988 for more information.
Waikiki Spam Jam delights connoisseurs
Once spring has sprung, it's time to jam with Spam. Meaning, this weekend is the Fifth Annual Waikiki Spam Jam.
The festivities run from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday on Kalakaua Avenue, which will be closed to vehicles and opened up to Spam-lovin' fiends.
What do they do at a Spam Jam? Eat Spam, of course, as prepared by a dozen restaurants. Listen to music presented on two stages, play games, buy Spam paraphernalia and observe the crowning of Mr. or Ms. Spam Hawaii.
Go Jimmy Go will be there, just back from a 40-day tour with the Toasters. Also paying tribute to Spam: Fasthand, Black Square, Next Generation, Kaukahi, Bruce Shimabukuro and the Celtic rock band Doolin Rakes.
Admission is free, although donations will be accepted for the Hawaii Foodbank. And what's an ideal donation? A can of Spam! Last year, the Spam Jam collected 6,849 pounds of Spam for the Foodbank.
Ala Moana Center / 943-CHAN (2426)
Normally, you'd go to a bar to socialize, right? If you wanted to watch TV, you'd stay home. When it comes to the viewing-intense "Lost," though, missing a second means getting lost in the story yourself, so those who got wrapped up in shopping and found themselves unable to get home in time for the program's start, would find themselves watching the flat-screen panels at Jackie's Kitchen instead.
In February, the restaurant made its "Lost" viewing parties official, where patrons can linger after dinner on Wednesday nights, or grab a front-row seat in the Bamboo Bar, where a $4 Rush Hour pupu menu of Kate's crispy won tons, Hurley's (pork) hash, Sawyer's shu mai and more is in force.
There's also door prizes and an opportunity to enter a drawing for two VIP tickets to the Season 4 premiere with the cast in Waikiki, with the drawing to be held at the end of the season. Only three episodes remain.
But nothing can beat the communal gasps when bad things happen.
» "Lost" party: 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays while the series airs.
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