Standing up for comedy
Actor/TV host/comic Bill Bellamy brings his stand-up act to Honolulu for two shows, one tonight in the grand setting of the Hawai'i Theatre, the other Saturday in the ... uh ... less-than-grand setting of the World Café. If Bellamy's face is familiar, that's because he starred in the 2001 movie "The Brothers," and also had roles in "Any Given Sunday" and "Love Stinks." His feature-film career took off after a role in the 1997 "Love Jones," followed by the lead in "How to Be a Player." Bellamy hosted "MTV Jams" for five years and appeared in HBO's "Def Comedy Jam." Comic Matt Kazam also is featured in tonight's concert. Showtime is 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $27. 528-0506. Saturday's show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. 585-2877.
Celebrating Father's Day
If you haven't gotten dad something special for Father's Day it's this Sunday, kids! there's still time to run out and find a tasteful aloha shirt. Better yet, treat dear old Dad to a comedy show/buffet. Here are the details on a couple:
- Augie and Lanai celebrate dads at a brunch buffet/show at the Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel Sunday. Doors open at 10 a.m., buffet begins at 10:30 a.m., the comics take the stage at 11:30 a.m. Musical entertainment will be offered by the always-popular Kapena. Tickets are $44.50 general; $22.25 for children ages 6-15; free for keiki 5 and younger. 921-5523.
- Frank DeLima heads for Dot's in Wahiawa, 130 Mango St., for an entertaining Sunday afternoon. A buffet opens at 11 a.m., the laughs begin at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 general and $13 for children 4-10; $19 and $11 in advance. 622-4115.
If laughs are not your ticket, how about the annual Daddy/Baby Look-alike Contest, from 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ward Warehouse amphitheater stage? It's open to keiki up to 30 months old and their dads, of course. The $10 entry fee benefits the March of Dimes; register from 8:30 a.m. You can watch the fun for free. 591-8411.
Happy birthday, Kapono's
It's been a year since the opening of Kapono's at Aloha Tower Marketplace, and that means it's time for a big birthday bash. They'll be doing it in grand island style today, from 5 p.m., with entertainment by Ike Pono, Ledward Ka'apana, Henry Kapono himself, Kou Mana'o, Makana, Inoa'ole, Jook Joint (featuring Darren Porlas) and Guy Cruz. There's no cover charge for this special night. Kapono's has become a significant musical venue as well as a tangible testament to its namesake's influence in the community. Go early, watch the sunset and join the party. 536-2161.
At a crossroads
Mutilation, self-expression ... this is serious stuff. And it's the stuff of "Double Above the Knee," a play written by Tony Pisculli and presented by Cruel Theatre beginning tonight at The ARTS at Marks Garage downtown. The play is about Leela, an Internet stripper who wants to have her legs cut off, much to the dismay of her well-meaning friends. There are interactive aspects of the show: An audience member will be chosen to participate; and the entire audience will be seated close enough to be an intimate part of the action. And there will be pre- and post-show discussions with the actors in character. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and Saturday and June 21-22. Tickets are $10 general, $7 for students. 523-1004.
In the Naked Music groove
Naked Music? What is it, besides provocatively named? It's a record label, it's a style soul-driven urban sounds, deep house with a sexy, sophisticated flavor and after all that, it's an attitude. Experience it Saturday at Wave Waikiki, when artists Miguel Migs and Mauricio Aviles from Los Angeles and vocalist Lisa Shaw from New York City headline a "Naked Music" event that also includes a big local contingent of music makers. Among the local artists are Mizota, G-Spot, DJ Daniel J, IKON, Bass Drum Ben, Sisters in Sound, Sovern T and Quadaphonix. Hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Tickets are $15-$20 for this 18-and-older show. 591-3500, 941-0424, ext. 12.
Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, right, and Ernie Cruz calabash cousins and Na Hoku Hanohano winners headline the first concert in the "AIG Hawai'i Presents Moonlight Mele on the Lawn" series at the Bishop Museum. Barry Flanagan, Ken Makuakane and O'Brian Eselu also will be featured. Gates open at 6 p.m. Thursday, the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for AIG policy holders, $5 for museum members; available at the museum, Ticket Plus outlets and at the door. 847-8290.
Other concerts in the series are scheduled for July 11 with the Brothers Cazimero; and Aug. 22 with the Makaha Sons.
Out Makaha way
Way, way outside the city might be just the place to be for a night of island music and frivolity. That's because the Makaha Sons from left, John Koko, Moon Kauakahi and Jerome Koko who have that rare combination of musicality and wit, will host a series of concerts at the Makaha Resort beginning tonight. Halau Hula 'O Kawaili'ula (kumu Chinky Mahoe) also will be featured. Del Beasley is tonight's special guest; other guests in the series will be Sistah Robi Kahakalau Aug. 9 and comic Mel Cabang Sept. 6. Admission is $32, including a prime rib, seafood buffet dinner. The show begins at 7 p.m. There's also a 9-10 p.m. cocktail show for $15, including one drink. 695-7504.
All Mozart, all the time
"The Magic of Mozart" is the title of the Hawaii Chamber Orchestra Society's next Cameo series concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Unity Church, Diamond Head Circle. The all-Mozart program, conducted by Aaron Mahi and featuring pianists Deven Kono and Tiffany Cheung, will include "The Magic Flute" Overture; Symphony No. 35 in D Major the "Haffner"; the First Movement of Piano Concerto No. 14 in E Flat Major; and the Third Movement of Piano Concerto No. 8 in C Major. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors, $5 students, and free for children under 12; available at the door or from the Hawaii Chamber Orchestra Society, 734-0397.
The gang's still here
Those Sesame Street Live characters carry on in their typically cheery way as the latest production, "Everyone Makes Music," continues at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Show times are 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and June 21; and 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 22-23. Tickets are $15 and $11, available at the Blaisdell box office and Ticket Plus outlets. 526-4400, www.sesamestreetlive.com.
From a Pakistani woman's perspective
Pakistani American playwright Bina Sharif will offer excerpts from her one-woman play, "Afghan Woman," and other plays at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ernst Lab Theatre on the University of Hawai'i-Manoa campus. Admission is free, first come, first served. A discussion with the audience takes place afterward on subjects such as Muslim women, Americans and Islam. Originally from Islamabad, Sharif lives in New York City, where 18 of her plays have been produced. 956-3836. Park near the theater on upper campus. This event repeats 5 p.m. Tuesday at Leeward Community College, GT-105; free. 455-0358.
Also, Sharif will speak on "Democracy in Islam," her play in progress, at noon Tuesday at the East-West Center's John A. Burns Hall, Room 2111. Admission is free. Park in the lower campus structure; $3. 944-7177.