Our Picks for the Weekend
Annual Backyard Jam sends drug-free message
The Coalition for a Drug Free Hawai'i presents its Eighth Annual Hawaiian Style Backyard Jam from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Free to the public, it's a family-oriented concert with food booths and an informational fair with a drug-free message.
Featured entertainers at this year's Backyard Jam include Raiatea Helm, Kawao, the 'Opihi Pickers, Jahmaka and many more.
The coalition provides programs and services to help raise public awareness about preventing substance abuse and to mobilize and unify schools, families and communities in promoting healthy lifestyles.
For more information, call 545-3228.
Storytellers share talents at upcoming arts festival
Held every year in honor of a revered Hawaiian scholar and linguist, the eighth annual Mary Kawena Pukui Performing Arts Festival at the Bishop Museum provides an opportunity to introduce new generations of Hawaii's children to this important cultural legacy.
Native storytellers from Hawaii, Alaska and Massachusetts will gather on the museum's lawn; featured participants include the museum's Ani Lomaika'i Lipscomb, Massachusetts' Jonathan Perry of the Peabody Essex Museum, and Stephen Blanchett from the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
The festival's centerpiece will be "Keeping the Fire in Dark Moon Times," a collaborative piece with the Tau Dance Theatre, honoring ancestral stories and the diverse symbolism of the moon, its cycles and the many meanings of harvest.
Food and native craft booths will also be at the festival; $3 provides admittance for the event, which will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 847-3511 or visit bishopmuseum.org.
Oahu eateries take part in fight against AIDS
The annual Oahu Dines takes place Wednesday, when participating restaurants join together to support the Life Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting AIDS in Hawaii and the Pacific.
To help the cause, plan an outing at one of these locations: 12th Avenue Grill, A Taste of New York, and JJ Bistro & French Pastry, Kaimuki; Baci Bistro, Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen, and Cinnamon's, Kailua; Ben & Jerry's and Big City Diner at Ward Centre; Brasserie du Vin and Soul de Cuba Cafe downtown, Chai's Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace; Dee Thai and India Cafe in Kapahulu; the Diamond Head Market and Grill, Hapa Grill in Kapolei; Le Guignol and Spices on South King; Los Chaparros on South Beretania; and the Wedding Cafe locations at Manoa Marketplace and Ward Warehouse.
This year, Oahu Dines is also offering online participation through auctions and a "Dine In" component, where the public is encouraged to hold home dinner parties.
Visit oahudines.org or call 521-2437, ext. 250, for more information.
Augie adds on a new gig and returns to airwaves
Local comedian Augie Tulba kicks off a new stand-up gig this weekend, headlining "The Augie Comedy Show" at the Pagoda Hotel's La Salle Lounge.
Following stints at Brew Moon and the former Esprit Lounge in recent years, Tulba moves to Fridays at the Pagoda a week after hosting "Augz and Kisses" on Valentine's Day at the Hotel. He also recently returned to Honolulu's radio airwaves, taking over the morning drive on KQMQ-FM in addition to simulcasts on Kauai, Maui and Molokai.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. every Friday; show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 (plus service fee), with $3 validated parking available. Call 262-6300.
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