COMEDY: Oct. 29-30
Globe-trotting comedian Tom Rhodes brings his hippie-style humor to Honolulu for a pair of concerts, presented by The Laugh Factory. Rhodes, who starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Mr. Rhodes" in 1996, has toured Asia and Europe and has appeared in a number of comedy TV shows. Tickets are $25 general, $30 reserved.
- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) / Blaisdell Center Pikake Room / (877) 750-4440, www.ticketmaster.com
CONCERT: Oct. 30
Bring in the noise, bring in the funk ... and the salsa and the hip-hop and the bumps as Ozomatli returns to our shores. The Grammy award-winning multicultural band offers a great blend of sound acclaimed by critics everywhere. Hits include "Cut Chemist Suite," "O Le Le" and "Cumbia de Los Muertos." Tickets for the 21-and-older show are $17.50 advance, and $25 at the door. Pay $30 if you come without a costume.
- 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Oct. 30 / Kapono's / 943-0500, 262-2175, 637-4540, 484-4413
CONCERT: Oct. 30
To the delight of girls and admiring boys, singer/actress Hilary Duff brings her sugary sweet tunes to a concert at the Blaisdell Arena. Best known for her role as the title character on the Disney Channel's hot "Lizzie McGuire" series, Duff is also a recording artist; her debut solo album "Metamorphosis" included the teeny-bopper hits "So Yesterday" and "The Math." Tickets are $48.
- 7 p.m. Oct. 30 / Blaisdell Arena / (877) 750-4400
STAGE: Nov. 4-Dec. 5
Kumu Kahua Theatre's next offering this season is a new work by playwright and Advertiser columnist Lee Cataluna. "Half Dozen Long Stem" is a comedy that takes a look at a flower and lei shop in Honolulu and its vibrant patrons, from neurotic shop owner Mrs. Fujiuchi to womanizing customer Bertram. R. Kevin Doyle directs. Tickets range from $5 to $16.
- 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Nov. 4-Dec. 5 / Kumu Kahua Theatre / 536-4441
STAGE: Nov. 5-Dec. 5
Hawai'i Pacific University Theatre opens its 2004-2005 season with Neil Simon's acclaimed comedy "Broadway Bound." Part three of Simon's autobiographical trilogy continues looking at the lives of Eugene Jerome and his older brother Stanley as they attempt to become professional comedy writers while dealing with the possibility of a family split. Joyce Maltby directs. Tickets: $20 general, $14 students, seniors, military, HPU faculty and staff and $3 HPU students. Discounted prices available on Thursdays.
- 7:30 p.m. Thursdays (except Thanksgiving performance, which will be on Nov. 24), 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays Nov. 5-Dec. 5 / Hawai'i Pacific University Theatre / 375-1282
DANCE: Nov. 10
Ballet Hawaii kicks off its 2004-2005 season with a presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. This revered dance ensemble based in New York is celebrating its 50th year of award-winning modern dance and acclaimed choreography. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45, with discounts for students, seniors and military.
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 / Hawai'i Theatre / 528-0506
CONCERT: Nov. 13
T.S.O.L. returns to Hawai'i to help celebrate the DVD release of "T.S.O.L. Live In Hawaii." Rock on to the True Sounds of Liberty as these Orange County boys bring down the house. Local rockers The Enhancements, The Hell Caminos and The Grave Robbers open. Tickets for the all-ages bash are $10 advance, $15 at the door.
- 6-10 p.m. Nov. 13 / Pipeline Cafe / 808shows.com
STAGE: Nov. 18-Dec. 4
Army Community Theatre follows up its stellar season opener with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I." English widow Anna (Tina Shelton) heads for Bangkok to tutor the wives and children of the King of Siam (Ray Bumatai) amidst a musically rich backdrop filled with tunes such as "I Have Dreamed" and "Shall We Dance?" Tickets: $14, $17 general and $8, $10 children.
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20, 26-27 and Dec. 3-4 / Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter / 438-4480
FESTIVAL: Nov. 19-20
Get down and red-dirty culturally as the Hawaii United Okinawa Association presents the first Red Dirt Storytelling Festival. Four shows over two days features local storytellers talking about Hawai'i's rich heritage, as well as headliner and international storyteller Patrick Ball, right. The four shows offered will be "Tales Under a Tent," "Obake Tales," "Tales for the Entire Family" and "Tales from Island Cultures." Admission to "Tales Under a Tent" is free, and tickets for each of the remaining three shows are $5 general, and $3 children 12 and younger. A weekend pass is $13 adults, $6 children.
- 6:30-7:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 19 and 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 20 / Hawaii Okinawa Center, Waipi'o Gentry / 676-5400
CONCERT: Nov. 19-20
Songwriter-guitarist-singer Richard Thompson returns to Honolulu for back-to-back concerts that feature a different program each night. The Grammy nominated artist will first feature music from his more than 35 years of experience, including his recent release, "The Old Kit Bag." The second performance includes a history of song dating back to the 12th century up to the present. The program includes hits from Louis Armstrong, The Who, Beatles and Britney Spears. Local band Bobby Ingano Trio also appears. Tickets are $50 advance for both evenings, $30 advance per show or $35 at the door for each performance.
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20 / Doris Duke Theatre / 532-8700
FESTIVAL: Nov. 20
The 5th annual Honolulu Harbor Festival, below, offers a family-friendly, fun-filled day of food, entertainment, contests, prizes and interactive harbor-themed booths. There's a photo gallery of historic waterfront images at the Hawai'i Maritime Center, too. Admission is free.
- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20 / Hawai'i Maritime Center and Aloha Tower Marketplace / 523-6151
- Nov. 13 David Sedaris, author/humorist, Hawai'i Theatre
- Nov. 21 Pasko! A Filipino Holiday, McCoy Pavilion
- Nov. 30 Harlem Globetrotters, Blaisdell Arena
- Dec. 3-5 Festival of Trees, Ward Warehouse
- Dec. 10-11 Neil Sedaka, Hawai'i Theatre
- Dec. 11 Punk on a Rock, Pipeline CafÚ
- Dec. 21-Jan. 2 "Stomp," Hawai'i Theatre
- Dec. 22 Beethoven's Ninth, with the Honolulu Symphony, Blaisdell Concert Hall
- Dec. 27-Jan. 2 "Grease," Blaisdell Concert Hall
- Jan. 21-22 Pilobolus dance company, Hawai'i Theatre
In a Surfest vibe
Dancehall master Eek-A-Mouse, reggae star Don Carlos and local groove-meisters Natural Vibrations, Ooklah the Moc, Ho'onu'a and BET will perform at the Bud Light Winter Surfest 2004, from 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Sea Life Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 advance, available at Hawaiian Island Creations shops, University of Hawai'i Campus Center, Sea Life Park and Blue Planet Surf Shop.
Manntis rocks this way
Tickets are on sale now for a show headlined by the Southern California metal/hard-core rock band Manntis, 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at Pipeline Cafe (doors open at 7 p.m.). The local rock band Amplified also is on the bill.
This concert, titled "Rock the Island," will be Manntis' final stop on a publicity tour in support of the new MTV reality series "Battle for Ozzfest," in which it is one of eight bands competing for a spot on the Ozzfest 2005 tour. The concert also will be filmed for an upcoming Manntis DVD.
Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $15 at the door, $10 advance (at Hawaii's Natural High, www.TicketsWest.com or charge by phone 926-3000).
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