CONCERTS: AUG. 18-19
They're not heavy metal, they're not punk Tool, below, has its own hard-guitar sound. The band is on a world tour for "10,000 Days" its first album in 1,825 days (that's five years, for the math impaired) and hammers Blaisdell Concert Hall for two nights.
8 p.m. Aug. 18-19 / Blaisdell Concert Hall / Reserved tickets $68.50 / (877) 750-4400
CONCERT: AUG. 19
In the wake of its devastating fire, the University Lab School is rising from the ashes you can help make the recovery complete by attending the benefit concert Holomua (Moving Ahead) at Andrews Amphitheatre at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. Showing support for the school are some of Hawai'i's biggest stars The Brothers Cazimero, right, Andy Bumatai, Hapa, Na Leo, Danny Kaleikini, and surprise guests. Reminder: No coolers allowed in the amphitheatre. Tickets are on sale at the Lab School office.
4-10 p.m. Aug. 19 / Andrews Amphitheatre, University of Hawai'i-Manoa / $30 advance, $40 at the door / 956-4977
FILM: AUG. 25-27
Korean films have become a presence on the world cinema stage. This month the Hawaii International Film Festival's KFest2 is back, with seven films, including the hit period piece "Forbidden Quest" and the sequel to the 2001 smash comedy "My Boss, My Teacher." All films will be screened at Regal Dole Cannery. Tickets are on sale now it's advisable to buy in advance; most shows sold out last year.
Aug. 25-27 / Regal Dole Cannery 18 / $10 per film, $8 for HIFF members / 550-8457, www.hiff.org
CONCERT: AUG. 25
Did She Wants Revenge lead singer Justin Warfield do an ex-girlfriend wrong? Scorned women aside, the band, below, takes the stage at Pipeline Cafe. Warfield may be an Ian Curtis soundalike, but don't call the music derivative She Wants Revenge says its sounds may be "retro," but it's all 21st century. Whatever that means these era-plundering days. And, yes, we're sure "These Things" will be in the encore.
7 p.m. Aug. 25 / Pipeline Cafe / $20 / (877) 750-4400, www.ticketmaster.com
DANCE: AUG. 26-27
Scorned wise woman, beautiful only daughter, pricking spindle and a charming prince add a Tchaikovsky score and you have "Sleeping Beauty." Ballet Hawaii's production, using former Cuban National Ballet dancer Magaly Suarez's version, is the culmination of the company's summer intensive session, which attracts dancers from across the country and Japan. Vanessa Zahorian, below, from San Francisco Ballet, is Aurora, and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Jose Manuel Carreρo is her rousing prince.
7:30 Aug. 26 and 2 p.m. Aug. 27 / Blaisdell Concert Hall / $25-$65 / 877-750-4400, www.ticketmaster.com
CONCERT: AUG. 31
Former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips has a new album, "Mr. Lemons." The singer/songwriter is a real indie artist he even pens his own press releases. After he plays his folk-pop at Pink Cadillac on Aug. 31 and Maui's Casanova's Italian Restaurant (!?), "my family and I will spend nine months in Europe," he writes, "living and traveling in a motor home. Laurel and I will home-school the children ... much delicious food will be cooked and consumed. Art and music will be created." Call him Glen the Charming Musician.
8 p.m. Aug. 31 / Hawaiian Hut, Ala Moana Hotel / $22 presale, $28 at door / 377-1330
CONCERT: SEPT. 2
Step back in time for some golden oldies at A Touch of Gold's 6th annual Labor Day dinner concert titled "A Tribute to Soul." Feel the magic of yesteryear with songs like "Just My Imagination" and "My Girl." Comedian Bo Irvine also appears. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
7:15 p.m. Sept. 2 / Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i / $45 / 683-0586
PARTY: SEPT. 3
Sun and rum go together like, uh, rum and pirates. You get both (sun and rum, no Jack Sparrow) at the Bacardi Pool Party at the Sheraton Waikiki. Get a tan while you sip and take a dip there will be three full bars, a barbecue, volleyball net, and a slew of local DJs. Bring your water wings, or any other favorite backyard toys. The party is free before 2 p.m., $2 after. But if you feel like paying to hang out in the sunshine, there are VIP Cabanas you can book Bacardi towels and slippers included. For 21 and older.
1-8 p.m. Sept. 3 / Sheraton Waikiki pool / www.skylinetwo.com
STAGE: SEPT. 6-24
Manoa Valley Theatre opens its 38th season with the musical comedy "Urinetown." This satire tells of a city that is forced to switch from private respite to paid public toilets during a severe water shortage. Songs include "It's a Privilege to Pee," "Mr. Cladwell" and "Run, Freedom, Run!"
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays Sept. 6-24 / Manoa Valley Theatre / $30/ 988-6131
THEATER: SEPT. 7-23
Loved the films "Eating Raoul," "Silence of the Lambs" and "The Cook, The Thief, The Wife, Her Lover"? If you get the cannibalistic thread, and are into musicals, you'll probably love Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," Army Community Theatre's fall season opener. Angela Lansbury originated the droll role of the meat-pie-baking Mrs. Lovett and Patti LuPone got raves in this year's Broadway revival. Here in Hawai'i Stefanie Smart and UH music professor Larry Paxton take the leads.
Sept. 7-23 / Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter / $15-$20 / 438-4480, www.squareone.org/ACT