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Two more reasons to party
Local promoter Matty Liu has been quite busy lately. Besides staging the groovylicious "Chemistry Lounge" from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays at Auntie Pasto's, he is adding two new events to the nightscape.
Beginning tonight, the last Friday of every month will feature "Hands Up," from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Hawaiian Hut. For opening night, local groove band Quadraphonix will heat up the dance floor.
"There'll be a different band each month," Liu said. "On Feb. 28, we'll have Eek-a-Mouse." DJs 45 and Mr. INC will also be in the house, spinning hip-hop music. The bash is presented by Surfer Magazine, Matty Liu Heavy State Industries and Hawaiian Hurricane Productions. Cover is $10 for ages 18 and older. 941-5205.
Tomorrow brings in "The Drop," which will continue every Saturday. Local band 4 Elements headlines the grand opening, and DJ 45 and Mr. INC will supply the sounds.
"They play some neo-soul, some dance stuff, old school hip-hop, and of course mainstream hip-hop," Liu said. "These guys really know how to keep the crowd dancing." Presented by Surfer Magazine, it all happens from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Blue Tropix. Admission is $10 for ages 18-20, $5 for 21 and older. 944-0001.
Comedy from Chicago
The well-known Second City Touring Comedy Troupe continues its run here through Sunday at Gussie L'Amour's. Formed in Chicago in 1959, the company is known as the training ground of such comics as Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Martin Short and Mike Myers.
The show provides a glimpse of comedy stars in the making, as well as witty satire and improv.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and shows begin at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance. 836-7883, 926-3000.
An additional show will be performed Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.
Tickets are $10, $20 and $25. (808) 242-7469.
Cerro Negro on tour
Cerro Negro returns to the islands next week for its 2003 Hawai'i Tour, bringing along its third album, "Where in the World," which is said to have a "more adventurous and sophisticated" sound than previous works.
Its music is a gypsy-influenced acoustic style created by Spanish guitars blended with Latin percussion. Its energetic, vibrant sound has landed it gigs with such acts as Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sanchez and Michael Franks.
Cerro Negro will perform at various locations around the state Tuesday through Feb. 19. On Tuesday, the group will be at Kaua'i Community College from noon-1 p.m. They perform at Tamarind Park on O'ahu from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, and at Brigham-Young University's McKay Auditorium from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Thursday.
- Feb. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Kapi'olani Park bandstand, and 8-9 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
- Feb. 8, between 8 and 11 a.m. at Perry and Price's Morning Show at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel's Hanohano Room.
- Feb. 10, noon-1 p.m. at Kapi'olani Community College.
- Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-noon at Windward Community College.
- Feb. 16, 4:15-6 p.m. at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki.
- Feb. 19, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Maui Community College.
Tickets to the BYU performance are $7 general, $6 military, $5 BYU faculty, $2 children 5-17, and free for BYU students. For reservations, call 293-3545. Tickets to the Hanohano Room show are $19 for adults, $13 for children 8-12, $10 for children 5-7 and free for children under 5. For reservations, call 922-4422. All other shows are free. For more information on Cerro Negro's appearances, call 524-8416.
In the chamber
Canada's award-winning St. Lawrence String Quartet, which has a reputation for creative, spontaneous chamber music, will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa's Orvis Auditorium.
Comprised of Lesley Robertson (viola), Alberto Parrini (cello), and Barry Shiffman and Geoff Nuttall (violin), the group usually performs traditional quartet repertoire. The foursome also performs works of contemporary composers and often commission their own pieces.
Tickets are $24 for the general public and $15 for students. Before the concert, a free meet-the-artist Q&A session is scheduled in the Music Building, Room 36. 956-6878, 956-3836.
The quartet also will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater; and at 5 p.m. Sunday at Kaua'i Community College's Performing Arts Center.
Start warming up for the NFL Pro Bowl with some pre-game parties this weekend.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. today, Aloha Tower Marketplace will host an NFL Pro Bowl Pre-Game Block Party. Festivities include autograph signings and photo opportunities with NFL players, cheerleaders and mascots.
Strolling entertainment includes a juggler, face painter and balloon artists; musical entertainment includes MTV's DJ Skribble, Three Plus, Henry Kapono and Jook Joint.
Admission is free. 566-2337.
Then there's the Topps NFL Experience, which continues at Fort DeRussy through the weekend. Events include a Topps card show, treasure hunt, games, autographs from current and former NFL stars and Pro Bowl cheerleaders, and prizes.
Other attractions include a Special Olympics Hawaii silent auction, interactive area, NFL military challenge, local entertainment and fireworks.
General admission is $5, or $3 for children under 12. Military personnel can get in for $3, or $2 for children under 12. Bring a Foodbank donation or present a Pro Bowl Week coupon to receive a $1 discount.
Today is billed as Kraft Day: Buy one adult ticket and receive a child's ticket free when showing a Times Royal Card or redeeming a Kraft Cheese label. Hours are noon-10 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. will be Meadow Gold Day: Buy one adult ticket and receive a child's ticket free when redeeming an empty Meadow Gold or Viva PEP 16-ounce milk bottle.
On Sunday, visit the Experience between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for Pop Warner Day, during which football teams and cheerleading squads get free admission if they come in their uniform or bring an ID card.
Go on a fantasy ride with 'Nomade'
Take in the spectacle of Cirque loize, the French-Canadian circus troupe that continues its Honolulu performances through the weekend.
The company's latest production, "Nomade," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hawai'i Theatre.
"Nomade" is an enchanting adventure through the imagination as two groups of circus performers wander through an evening carnival of their memories and dreams. Elements of Cirque loize's blend of traditional and contemporary theatrical circus shine through with acrobats, trapeze artists, bicyclists, contortionists, clowns and musicians.
Tickets are $17-$35. 528-0506. Cirque loize performed its "Excentricus" production here in November 2000.
On a musical journey
The Hawai'i Chamber Orchestra Society presents Unstrung Heroes, an up-and-coming group that performs at 7:30 tonight at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Although mainly jazz-based, the program also will include classical works, pop standards and improvisation. Pianist Les Peetz classifies the range as "somewhere between Mozart and Mel Brooks."
Rachel Gonzales (vocals), Ernie Provencher (bass), Nancy Masaki (cello) and Peetz comprise the group.
Admission is free. 532-8700.
A tribute to Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington's music takes the spotlight at a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu on Ke'eaumoku Street. "Ebony Daze," celebrating Black History Month, will include performances by jazz pianist Betty Loo Taylor, jazz vocalist Star Williams, Broadway and opera performer Leon Williams, the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Hawai'i Ecumenical Chorale.
The concert is free. 523-1111.
Korean celebration continues
A colorful concert on Saturday featuring internationally recognized Korean and Korean American artists continues the year-long celebration of the Korean centennial.
"Pojagi" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard Mamiya Theatre at Chaminade University (pojagi refers to the patchwork craft used as a table covering or gift wrap in Korea).
Featured will be Dulsori, a Korean drumming group from Seoul. The group touches on popular techniques in modern and traditional performances. Jeong-ho Nam will perform a modern dance solo.
Choreographer Peggy Myo Young Choy, formerly of Honolulu, also will be featured. Her performance, "Night Bombing," is about the military bombing of native lands in Hawai'i, Puerto Rico and Korea.
Hilo's own Trina Nahm-Mijo completes the color wheel. The contemporary dance choreographer and performer will premiere a piece designed for the centennial celebration, "Du Sangkak, Han Maeum (Two Minds, One Heart)." The dance explores the social reality of a split Korea and the hope for reunification.
Tickets for the concert are $10 general in advance, or $8 for students and seniors. At the door, tickets will be $12 general and $10 for students and seniors. 956-7041.
If you show them how to build it, they will come ... to the Ninth annual Building Industry Association Home Building and Remodeling Show. With the theme of "Seek Professional Help ... Before It's Too Late," this popular event is scheduled from Thursday through Feb. 9 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
Homeowners can get professional guidance and see the newest products and services available to build their fantasy homes. Besides educational seminars, there will be a Steelman competition, chef demonstrations, construction remnant tent sale, art board gallery of 2002 BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Award winners, Slim's Power Tools He-Man Exhibition, and a What's This Worth? Collectibles Session.
The show will be open 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 7; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 8; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9.
Admission is $4 general, free for children under 12. A four-day pass is $6. Seniors can get in for $1 Feb. 9. 847-4666, ext. 206.