For surf dudes and dudettes
You don't have to be a surfer to hang out at the premiere party of the new surf flick "Amplified." Hey, maybe you're a fan of the bands Pepper and Hellbound Hounds, cuz they'll be performing, too. It all takes place at Saturday night at Garden of Saigon, 1041 Nu'uanu Ave. Doors open at 9 p.m., the movie screens at 10 p.m. It's an all-ages thing. Tickets are $5 at the door. 637-8472.
Party on in the retro way
Right on! Hustle on over to Thursday Night Fever, a '70s and '80s dance party where butterfly collars and bell bottoms will be part of the dress code, 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pipeline Café.
Live music by eightOeight (above, from left, N.J. Gottchalk, Stephanie Dillard and Malcolm Rolsal) and The Reformers will help you blast into the past, but if their music doesn't get you going, then the disco competition or best '70s and '80s costume contest will. Tickets are $5 advance, $7 at the door; for 21 and older. 479-6004.
BBoys are all about hip-hop
Call them hip-hoppers with heart.
Hawai'i's top DJs, MCs, beat-boxers, poppers, lockers and aerosol artists will join guests from Europe, Asia and the Mainland to battle and all in the name of charity at BBoy Reunion 2002, a hip-hop event geared toward collecting canned goods for the Hawaii Foodbank.
The bash, presented by Lord One Productions and Nazirite-T, will be held 7-10 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Pearl City High School, and will be jam-packed with hip-hop lectures and clinics, a fashion show, logo wear and food sales, exhibitions, competitions and concerts.
Tickets are $10 advance, and $13 at the door with two canned goods or $15 without. Souvenir packages will be available at $40, which includes the entrance fee, T-shirt, poster and VIP badge, or $60, which also includes the official Bboy Reunion 2002 video. Take a look at www.bboyreunion.com.
Kalapana at the Hawai'i Theatre
Their songs, which many would say were among the first classics of contemporary Hawaiian music, include "When the Morning Comes," "Naturally" and "Juliet." Hear Gaylord Holomalia, Malani Bilyeu, above, D.J. Pratt and Kenji Sano better known collectively as Kalapana perform their classics and more as part of the Hawai'i Theatre Center's Hana Hou! Hawaiian Music Series, 8 p.m. today at the theater. Tickets are $30. 528-0506.
Basketball and music, too
See basketball taken to another level at M-1 Productions' SMS, or Sports and Music Showcase, Sunday at the Blaisdell Arena. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Half Man Half Amazing, Shane the Dribbling Machine, High Octane, the Main Event, and others will showcase their streetball skills and will also challenge Hawai'i's Team Paki, a seven-member team led by former University of Hawai'i basketball standouts Tes Whitlock and Justice Sueing, winners of a tournament held last week for the honor. There will also be a musical half-time show with a $10,000 half-court shootout.
Tickets are $20 for lower-level seats or $15 for military personnel, $15 for upper level seats or $10.27 for students with ID; proceeds will go to Musical Youth, a nonprofit organization. Purchase tickets at the Blaisdell box office or at any Ticket Plus location. 296-9494.
That classical touch
They've made a name for themselves in the Czech Republic, and now they'll try their hand at winning over classical-music enthusiasts in Hawai'i. The Herold String Quartet Petr Zdvihal, first violin; Jan Valta, second violin; Karel Untermller, viola; and David Havelik, cello will make their American debut 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Hawai'i's Orvis Auditorium.
The concert, part of the UH Presents and Honolulu Chamber Music series, will highlight pieces by Mozart and Haydn, as well as works from Czech composers Hurnik, Janacek and Smetana. The quartet will also offer a free "meet the artists" session before their performance, 6:30 p.m. in the UH-Manoa Music Building, Room 36.
Tickets for the concert are $24 general, $15 for students. Purchase tickets at the UH Campus Center ticket office or charge by phone at 956-6878.
Free concert in Kapolei
Organizers hope to start a tradition on the Leeward coast with 'Ohana Night: A Moonlit Concert Under the Stars, a free event that aims to create a closer community through music and grinds, 6-8 p.m. today at Kapolei Middle School.
Tunes will be provided by Tiva Tatofi, formerly of Kapena; Saki of Bulikoko Band; and above, Eddie Kamae with Braddah Smitty, left, and Pekelo Cosma, right. There will also be a performance by the Kapolei Middle School Performing Arts Group and a mini health fair. The night is all about kicking back, so bring your beach blankets, chairs and picnic dinners, but no coolers or alcoholic drinks are allowed. Dinner plates and drinks will be sold. 693-7025, ext. 236.
Keola Beamer goes pops
It's "Honolulu City Lights" like you've never heard it before, thanks to an orchestral collaboration between legendary slack-key guitarist, singer and composer Keola Beamer and the Honolulu Symphony Pops.
The concert, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Blaisdell Concert Hall, will be Beamer's debut appearance with the pops and will feature all-new symphonic arrangements of Beamer's hits by maestro Matt Catingub.
Highlights of the evening include the opening act, Uluwehi Guerrero and his hula halau, as well as a hula performance by Moana Beamer. Tickets are $15-$57, and are available at the Blaisdell box office or any Ticket Plus outlets. Call 792-2000 or visit www.honolulusymphony.com.
The songs of Sondheim
"Singing Sondheim," a cabaret concert, will be staged Thursday through Nov. 23 at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Sondheim, of course, is the Broadway composer of such diverse musical hits as "Into the Woods," "A Little Night Music," "Sunday in the Park With George" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
He appeals to the discriminating theater-goers; expect the eclectic.
Cocktails will be served from 9 p.m., with curtain at 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $18. 521-9699.
Sassy Wahine, a quartet from Iolani School, will participate in this weekend's "Harmony Explosion."
The sweet sounds of harmony
Middle-school, high-school and college students who aspire to sing a cappella harmony a la Forté and DisGuyz can learn how at "Harmony Explosion" this weekend free workshops 6:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis School (for girls) and McKinley High School (for boys). Clinicians from the Mainland and New Zealand will cover vocal harmonizing, sight singing, ear training and songs in four-part harmony.
The event will be capped off with a free concert featuring the student ensembles and quartets, and sponsors Na Leo Lani Chorus and Sounds of Aloha Chorus, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the McKinley High School auditorium. For information on how to register or for details on the event, call 455-4307 or 277-4439.