THURSDAY, JAN. 28
Lyrical artists will converge once again during this month's Maui Slam spoken-word contest beginning at 10 p.m. at Casanova in Makawao. Any and all poets (21 and older), are invited to get up on stage and present their original work of poetry for three minutes or less for their chance to win the $100 cash prize. All levels are welcome; poet registration ends at 9:30 p.m.. DJ Boomshot will provide the dance beats, along with visual stimulation by Doug DeBoer and Gabriel Mott. Adding to the festivities will be special prizes and a surprise guest artist. Admission is $5 at the door.
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THE PIANIST: “Modern-day Pied Piper” Alpin Hong brings his licks to the MACC
FRIDAY, JAN. 29
'NIGHT IN WAILEA'
Maui playwright Brian Peoples is moving to Europe in June, but before he goes, he'll present his fifth and final play on Maui: "A Night in Wailea." The production stars Dale Button as Raymond Chamberstein, a lonely actor who once had it all and now has only his fame, wealth and his Wailea estate. When two aspiring actors show up at his door, he takes them in for some fun that turns frightening. Derek Nakagawa directs this adult comedy that also stars Peoples and William Makozak. The show includes a preview of "My Mama Monologues, 2010," read by Pat Masumoto, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Masumoto's Gallerie Ha at 51 N. Market St. in Wailuku. Tickets are $5. For details, call 244-3993.
SATURDAY, JAN. 30
'HI'IAKA: KA WAHINEPO'AIMOKU
Halau O Kekuhi presents the long-awaited sequel to its famed "Holo Mai Pele" hula drama, "Hi'iaka: Ka Wahinepo'aimoku," at 7:30 pm in Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. Based on the traditional Hawaiian saga of Pelehonuamea, goddess of the volcano, and her younger sister, Hi'iakaikapoliopele, this sequel to "Holo Mai Pele," which premiered at MACC in 1995, will feature the fall of Pana'ewa the lizard god from Hawai'i island; delve into the subconscious realm of Kapo'ulakina'u from the island of Maui; and defer to the forest goddesses Ko'iahi, Mailelauli'i and Kaiona of the Waianae mountain range. There will be some familiar hula from the original dance drama but most will be new. The first opera-length hula drama to incorporate hula, chant, drama and storytelling, "Holo Mai Pele" that changed the way hula was presented on stage. In 2001 "Holo Mai Pele" was aired nationally as part of PBS' Great Performances. Tickets are $12, $25 and $40; half-price for kids, plus applicable fees; available at the MACC box office, 242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org. To learn about the characters and story behind the performance, Halau O Kekuhi members will present a free lecture at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the McCoy Studio Theater.
SHINNEN ENKAI DINNER
The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui will welcome the Year of the Tiger at its annual Shinnen Enkai (New Year) at the Maui Beach Hotel's Elleair Rainbow Room. The Shinnen Enkai will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the traditional otoso (sake welcome) with no-host cocktail hour to follow. A buffet dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Festivities include entertainment by Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Uluwehi Guerrero, a silent auction, and the installation of newly elected officers. Cost is $40, $35 for ages 60 and older, $20 for ages 5 to 10, free for children ages 4 and younger. Tickets are available through the Maui Box Shop and Credit Associates of Hawaii in Wailuku, Party Paradise in the Maui Mall, Sanrio at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, and Omochaya in Pukalani. For details, visit www.jcsmaui. com.
'NIGHT IN WAILEA'
Playwright Brian Peoples will present "A Night in Wailea" at 7:30 p.m. See Friday's listing.
SUNDAY, JAN. 31
Whirlwind tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong his reputation as a modern-day Pied Piper. Hear him live beginning at 5 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. Opening the ears, eyes and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of audience members, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet. His extensive classical training, including Julliard, matched with his background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts, and video games, forms a creative force unmatched in its youthful vivacity and boundless energy. Tickets are $12, $25 and $32, plus applicable fees; available at the MACC box office, 242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org.