Our Picks for the Weekend
Kumu Kahua Theatre to host annual fundraiser
Every year, Kumu Kahua Theatre produces a fascinating and relevant season's worth of locally written plays. To date, more than 55,000 people have entered the Merchant Street venue.
Kumu Kahua's annual Kala-Bash fundraiser helps make the season possible.
The dinner and silent auction take place this year from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the downtown theater, which is about to begin its 37th season.
Food will be provided by the Chart House, Side Street Inn and 360 on the Rise. And in addition to drink and entertainment, Craig Howes, a member of the theater's play development committee and head of the University of Hawaii's Center for Biographical Research, will lead a walking tour of the theater district.
Tickets are $30. Call 536-4441 or visit www.KumuKahua.org.
Bellydance workshop set for this weekend
Honolulu's small but avid core of bellydance enthusiasts will celebrate in a big way this weekend with the First Hawaii NATCMED Belly Dance Workshop, Competition and Awards Show. (The acronym stands for the National Association for Teacher Certification in Middle Eastern Dance.)
Saturday and Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, master teacher Mahmoud Reda of Cairo, Egypt, will lead workshops. His extensive research has been influential in the evolution of the art of Raks Sharki, or Oriental Dance. The choreographer and actor has toured more than 60 countries performing with his famous Reda Troupe.
Reda will also be lead judge for the competition.
Saturday night's awards show at 7 will feature bellydancer par excellence (and occasional chanteuse) Willow Chang.
Tickets for the show are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Call 651-8238 or visit www.mirandabellydancer.com.
Fans eager to hear Stills in concert
A few years ago, Crosby, Stills & Nash reunited to perform at a private gathering on the Big Island. After Stills mesmerized the crowd with "Southern Cross," David Crosby announced, "Stephen Stills, ladies and gentleman. Man, he sure can write 'em."
Indeed, he can. And Honolulu residents know it. Fans eager to hear him play some of his greatest compositions, including "Dark Star," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "For What It's Worth," "Black Queen" and "Love the One You're With" gobbled up all the tickets to his 8 p.m. show Friday at the Hawaii Theatre. If you're one of the lucky (or smart) ones, you'll also pick up his latest CD, "Just Roll Tape." It features a collection of remastered, previously unreleased demos recorded in a 1968 impromptu session.
Now 62, Stills gained fame with Buffalo Springfield alongside legend Neil Young and, of course, with CSN. His Honolulu concert will follow performances on Maui and Kauai.
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