Our Picks for the Weekend
Bacharach brings vast repertoire of hits to Hawaii
Even if you don't know the name or the face, you still know the music of Burt Bacharach. Doesn't matter how young you are.
Say you missed the first incarnation of his "What the World Needs Now Is Love," recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965. Perhaps instead you caught the "American Idol" finalists making a No. 4 hit of the song as a charity single in 2003.
Or there's his work on "The Simpsons Movie" just last year. Or "Flushed Away" in 2006, or the three Austin Powers movies, or his 2005 collaboration with Elvis Costello, "At This Time."
Then again, perhaps you're old enough to remember "The Look of Love" or "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head."
He's everywhere, he's everywhere.
And he's in Honolulu this weekend with the Honolulu Symphony Pops, with concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Tickets are $14 to $79, with half off for military and 20 percent off for seniors and students, available at Ticketmaster outlets. Visit ticketmaster.com or call (877) 750-4400. Or call the symphony box office, 792-2000, or visit honolulusymphony.com.
NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARBULLETIN.COM
Plates of salmon and ahi sushi go for a ride at Genki Sushi in Ward Centre.
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Should you find yourself at Ward Centre trying to exchange an unwanted Christmas gift and becoming hungry in the process, you can now pop in for a quickie meal at the newest Genki Sushi, near the bottom of the escalators.
There was a time when all you could find at Genki were basics like ahi, poke, onion-topped salmon and corn nigiri. They've added a lot to their menu over the years, so that on the conveyor belt here, you'll also find ahi and salmon sashimi plates, and occasionally, plates bearing slices of rainbow roll ($4.60).
If you don't see what you want, you can always place an order for favorites like uni or soft-shell crab maki, if those are your favorites.
And perhaps they've heard one too many complaints about how dull Japanese desserts tend to be when compared with sugary Western confections. So, after you've filled up on fish, you'll be happy to see slices of tiramisu, chocolate trilogy or chocolate decadence ($4.60 each) comin' 'round the bend.
Best thing, it's all comparatively cheap if you're broke from seasonal spending. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
FilCom Center will rumble with Action Zone wrestlers
Professional wrestling returns to the Waipahu FilCom Center next week, when Action Zone Wrestling presents "Battleclash III" on Monday.
According to event promoters, the night will feature a series of battles between AZW's top talent and various pro wrestlers from Japan. AZW heavyweight champ Kris Kavanaugh will face off against Japanese champion CIMA along with the Rage and "Sweet and Sour" Larry Sweeny in a four-way dance.
Other scheduled matches include Sex Bomb Cholo vs. Kapu La'akea, Nijuu Ninkaku vs. "The Knockout" Kory Oliver and Kaniala vs. Susumu Yokosuka. Former Bank of Hawaii pitchman "Dangerous" Daryl Bonilla and tag teammate Akua will take on AZW tag champs Devilshock, the Old School Outlaws and Japanese champions Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino in another super-sized bout. Mark Anarchy will take on Nebulous in a submission match.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Monday; tickets are $20. Visit actionzonewrestling.com.
Misfits are back and out to fill Pipeline with horror punk
It's time for a history lesson as punk legends the Misfits kick off 2008 with a concert at Pipeline Cafe on Saturday.
Led by vocalist Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only, the band "started as a twisted dream" more than 30 years ago. Taking their name from a Marilyn Monroe movie, they set about laying the foundation for music known as horror punk.
Starting with 1978's "Bullet," the Misfits released four EPs and a compilation album before their first full-length album, "Walk Among Us," arrived in 1982.
The time was not without conflict, however, as the band cycled through a number of drummers and guitarists before Danzig himself announced the dissolution of the band in 1983. In 1995, Only was able to secure the rights to the Misfits name.
Still sporting his infamous "devilock" haircut, Only continues to perpetuate Misfits themes, including vampires, monsters, alien invaders and Frankenstein. He'll be joined by former Black Flag member Dez Cadena on guitar and original Misfits drummer Robo. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20; visit 808shows.com.
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