Our Picks for the Weekend
Bad Religion's been bad for a long time
Rarely does a good band survive for decades, let alone maintain a sense of integrity throughout the years.
One might look to various international monsters of rock for lessons in how to make it work. But look a little to the left of the rock category, where American punk band Bad Religion is surviving quite nicely after starting in SoCal in 1980, with only the smallest of hiatuses in between.
The band, with college professor Greg Gaffin and old/new member Brett Gurewitz at the helm, is as relevant today as at the start. The band continues to grow both lyrically and musically, adding layers of metal and hard rock to its sound along the way. With the newly released 14th album, "New Maps of Hell," the Baddies maintain an appeal with disaffected kids of all ages, and continue to put out quality music at the same time.
The Pipeline Cafe show begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $28; a small number of VIP tickets are available for $75. Call (877) 750-4400.
Honolulu Symphony makes music with Mozart
It's all Moe's Art this weekend. Apparently, the Stooge with the attitude and bowl haircut has become a noted composer ...
Wait, back up. No, it's the other guy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra's "Magnificent Mozart" program is all Wolfgang, all night long, although if you encore-cheer hard enough they might do "Whipping Post." The highlights:
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, which Mozart wrote when he was a precocious wonderboy. He wrote another symphony in the key of G later, and so this is dubbed "Little G."
Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn & Orchestra in E flat major -- here we're treated to oboist Scott Janusch, clarinetist Scott Anderson, bassoonist Paul Barrett and hornist Wade Butin pulled from the HSO ranks.
Conducting is Heiichiro Ohyama, on loan from the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.
Concert times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Hawaii Theatre. Tickets are $22 to $75. Call 528-0506 or www.hawaiitheatre.com.
Flute-piano duo will team up for jazz tunes
Jazz flutist Bradley Leighton joins pianist Deems Tsutakawa for "An Evening of Jazz, Soul and Da Kine," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Performing Arts Studio.
The two Seattle natives offer a blend of jazz, R&B and pop, a combination that won them international attention as they recorded together as Seattle Groove.
Leighton, who now lives in San Diego, released his third album, "Back to the Funk," two years ago and was named Best Jazz Album of the Year by the San Diego Music Awards.
Tsutakawa, a classically trained pianist, turned to jazz in high school. From playing nightclubs in Seattle, he's gone on to perform internationally with stars such as Kenny G and Maynard Ferguson.
Together they'll offer jazz from standards through contemporary, including some of Leighton's originals.
Tickets are $17.50; $15 HPR members; $10 students. Call 955-8821. The Atherton studio is located at 738 Kaheka St.
Human rights group screens short films
A special collection of films will be showcased this weekend at the Hawaii Human Rights Fundamental Freedoms Film Festival at the University of Hawaii Art Auditorium.
Rock musician Peter Gabriel's nonprofit group WITNESS and the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights are showing more than 20 "movies with meaning" on themes of children's and women's rights, globalization and indigenous cultures.
Most of the films are brief, despite their content. On one end of the scale is the seven-minute "Children of War," about a nun who negotiates the return of girls kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda; on the other, the 42-minute "Bought & Sold," which documents illegal trafficking of women out of the former Soviet Union into prostitution.
Keynote speaker will be Abu Asal, on genocide in Darfur. Other guest speakers will include Sparky Rodriguez and Joshua Cooper. Screenings begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost for each evening of films is $5; $3 for UH students. Call (808) 984-3331 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wasabi & Nadaman
1006 Kapahulu Ave., / 735-2800
There's been some confusion in the switch from Wasabi Bistro to Wasabi & Nadaman, but fans of the bistro have been relieved to see Kumi Iseki and many of her employees still involved in the new joint endeavor with the Japan-based culinary giant, Nadaman, which allows her more freedom to pursue other avenues for Wasabi Bistro.
The footprint is the same, intended to make guests feel welcomed into a beautiful home that opens to a covered lanai and waterfall. The most delightful aspect is rows of circular blue lights emanating from the stone floors, suggesting a sense of lightness and play, which make the room a lot less intimidating to the first-timer.
NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARBULLETIN.COM
The beauty of the autumn forest is reflected in this dish of simmered daikon with yuzu miso sauce.
The kaiseki menu has already been drawing a string of kudos from food writers, but kaiseki is only one aspect of the menu. Those who prefer a more casual approach to cuisine may feel more at home ordering izakaya-style and sushi offerings a la carte, such as soft-shell crab karaage ($12) to rival any you call your favorite. And sashimi here is a real treat, at $20 for three kinds of fish and $35 for five kinds, which might include maguro, hamachi, saba and chutoro, that, free of gristle, nearly melt on the tongue.
If you do order the $80 autumn kaiseki, note that beyond the standard mouth-to-stomach pathway, such a menu requires a mouth-to-brain connection in the experience of having forest, mountain and seashore on your plate. These are reflected in ingredients of maitake and smoky shimeji mushrooms, chestnuts, "twigs" of soba to represent pine needles and other ingredients mimicking the red and yellow of falling leaves.
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 to 11 p.m. daily. About $60 to $100 for two for dinner without drinks; $80 per person for kaiseki.
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