FESTIVAL: MARCH 10-19
Step up to the playing field at this year's Sports Carnival of games, rides and entertainment. The Breeder brothers, more popularly known as B5, right, perform at 8 p.m. March 10 and 11. R&B artist Ray J croons at 8 p.m. March 17 and 18. Wristbands and fun passes are available, good for admission and unlimited rides on certain days and times. Discount ride days are from noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $4 general, free for kids 3 and younger from 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays; and $2 general, $1 ages 4-11 and free for 3 and younger from noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-11 p.m. Sundays.
6 p.m.-midnight Fridays, noon-midnight Saturdays and noon-11 p.m. Sundays, March 10-12, 17-19 / Aloha Stadium / 682-5767
OPERA: MARCH 10-14
Hawaii Opera Theatre closes its winter season with Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca." The beautiful Tosca finds herself caught in a love triangle between a political captive and a corrupt police chief in this grand drama. Pamela South stars as the title character; Jake Gardner is Scarpia and Richard Crowley is Cavaradossi. Karen Tiller directs. Tickets are $28-$100.
8 p.m. March 10, 4 p.m. March 12 and 7:30 p.m. March 14 / Blaidell Concert Hall / 596-7858
DANCE: MARCH 17-26
The University of Hawai'i-Manoa's Department of Theatre and Dance unveils its annual concert, "Dance: Connection and Extension." The program includes hula, ballet and modern dance; choreography is by the UH dance faculty, along with Karl Schaffer, Erik Stern and the late Alwin Nikolais. Free pre-show events happen at 7 p.m. March 18 and 25. Tickets are $15 general, $13 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $10 students and $4 UH-Manoa students.
8 p.m. March 17-18, 24-25 and 2 p.m. March 26 / Kennedy Theatre / 956-7655
STAGE: MARCH 17-APRIL 16
Hawai'i Pacific University Theatre's spring offering is "The Gin Game" by D.L. Coburn. Two nursing home residents play gin rummy while getting to know each other in this tragi-comedy. Don Pomes appears as Weller Martin and Joyce Maltby is Fonsia Dorsey. Mitchell Milan directs. Tickets are $20 general, $14 for those 62 and older, military, students, HPU faculty and staff, and $3 HPU students. Discounts are available on Thursdays.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays March 17-April 16 / Hawai'i Pacific University Theatre, Kane'ohe / 375-1282
CONCERT: MARCH 18
Kamaka Hawai'i Inc. celebrates its 90th birthday by throwing a benefit party to help others. Proceeds from the "Ukes for Kids" concert will go to the 'Ukulele Guild of Hawai'i's Ukes for Kids program. Performers include Jake Shimabukuro, Auntie Genoa Keawe, Ho'okena, below, Holunape, Bryan Tolentino, O'Brian Eselu, Byron Yasui and Benny Chong. Karen Keawehawai'i and Ku'uipo Kumukahi emcee. Tickets are $30, which includes soft drinks, beer and parking.
6 p.m. March 18 / Hawai'i Convention Center / 550-8457
DANCE: MARCH 18
Discover "The Mysterious and Unknown Rituals of the Philippines" when Ballet Folklorico de Philipinas, below, presents an evening of traditional Philippines music and dance. The 26-member folk dance and music company from Manila features a program that includes ritual dances of Luzon and folk dances of Mindanao. Ramon Obusan directs. Tickets are $15-$25.
7:30 p.m. March 18 / Blaisdell Concert Hall / (877) 750-4400
Also: The troupe performs at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. Tickets are $10, $20 and $35; half price for kids 12 and younger. (808) 242-7469, www.mauiarts.org.
STAGE: MARCH 24-25
Improv group Loose Screws revives its "Screwbuki!?!" theater experience in which two one-act Kabuki plays will be attempted based on audience input. In 2005, Loose Screws took "Screwbuki!?!" to the Chicago Improv Festival, where it won the Compass Award for innovation in improvisation. Loose Screws is heading back to the Chicago festival this year. Tickets are $10 general advance, $15 at the box office an hour before each show.
CONCERT: MARCH 25
Veteran alt-rock band 311 visits three islands as part of its spring tour. The quintet from Nebraska formed in 1990 and has since released hit albums such as "311," "Soundsystem" and "Don't Tread on Me." Doors open 4 p.m. Tickets are $38 advance for this all-ages bash, which also features Pepper, the popular band that's originally from the Big Island.
6 p.m. March 25 / Waikiki Shell / (877) 750-4400
On the Neighbor Islands (each concert begins at 7 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m.):
FESTIVAL: MARCH 30-APRIL 2
The Honolulu Centennial Family Festival continues the celebration of 100 years of Honolulu Pride with two weekends of rides, games, activities and entertainment. Highlights include the World Famous Nock Thrill Show, featuring Space Wheel performances, motorcycle high-wire acts and acrobatics on 85-foot sway poles; the Purina Incredible Dog Team; and an interactive Backyard Circus for youngsters. Admission is free.
5 p.m.-midnight March 30-31, 10 a.m.-midnight April 1 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 2 / Magic Island / www.honolulupride.com
CONCERT: APRIL 1
Swing into spring at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Jazz Festival — Springtime, featuring performances by Ginai and the Hawaii International Jazz Festival All Star Band, the USC Jazz Orchestra music director/pianist Shelly Berg, and a jam session. Tickets are $60 and $75.
8 p.m. April 1 / Halekulani / 941-9974
Also, a free clinic at 10 a.m. will demonstrate jazz styles in a historical context.
CONCERT: APRIL 1
Remember the Diamond Head crater festivals of the '70s? Well, there's a new Diamond Head Crater Celebration in town — sort of a grownup version of the original. Performers include the Steve Miller Band, War, Linda Ronstadt, right, and Yvonne Elliman, Na Leo with the Honolulu Symphony, Kenny Endo's Taiko Center of the Pacific and Sonny Ching and his Halau Na Mamo O Pu'uanahulu. Tickets are $125 general, $150-$175 reserved.
2-8 p.m. April 1 / Diamond Head crater / (877) 750-4400