CONCERT: MARCH 31
"Hawai'i's Ambassador of Aloha" will be honored when St. Francis Healthcare Foundation and Hawaiian 105 KINE present "An Evening of Aloha: A Tribute to Danny Kaleikini." The star-studded roster of performers includes Gabe Baltazar, Jimmy Borges, Tony Conjugacion, Cathy Foy, Kimo Kahoano, Nalani Olds, Rene Paulo and Kit Samson. Tickets are $25-$75. Proceeds from the event benefit a fundraising campaign to build a third hospice center in east Honolulu. The Honolulu Advertiser is a sponsor.
7 p.m. March 31 / Hawai'i Theatre / 528-0506
CLUBS: MARCH 31
DJ Behrouz, above, returns to Hawai'i fresh from his Renaissance Tour and the Winter Music Conference in Miami. The producer and dance-music legend from San Francisco brings a mix of sexy sounds blended with deep house beats and a dash of electro. DJs Miklos and Ira also hit the decks. Cover is $10 presale, $15 at the door.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. March 31 / NextDoor / 548-6398
FILM FESTIVAL: MARCH 31-APRIL 6
The Hawaii International Film Festival's Spring Showcase will screen 26 features from 13 countries, with a heavy contingent from Japan and Australia. The opening night film, "Always Sunset on Third Street," is a blockbuster from Japan; other features include "Linda Linda Linda," also from Japan, and "Friends with Money," starring Jennifer Aniston and Frances McDormand. Tickets — on sale March 16 to members and March 20 to the public — are $10 general, $9 students, seniors, children and military, $8 HIFF members.
Various times March 31-April 6 / Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres / 550-8457, www.hiff.org
CONCERTS: MARCH 31, APRIL 1
Elvis Costello, left, started out in the age of punk, but has since collaborated with the likes of the Brodsky Quartet and Burt Bacharach. Now he joins the Honolulu Symphony for a pair of pops concerts conducted by Matt Catingub. This will be the Hawai'i premiere of his "Il Sogno," commissioned in 2000 for an Italian ballet of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." And for die-hard "Pump it Up" fans: He will perform some of his pop hits, too. Tickets are $15-$78.
8 p.m. March 31, April 1 / Blaisdell Concert Hall / 792-2000, (877) 750-4400
Also: There's an online auction for two special packages for March 31 — each includes two premium tickets, an autographed CD, two Backstage Passes, VIP parking and a backstage tour. Go to ticketmaster. com to bid until 2 p.m. March 28.
And: Costello and pianist Steve Nieve perform at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
FESTIVAL: APRIL 1-2
Lads and lasses are invited to the 25th annual Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games, left. No joke, the two-day affair features the entertaining talents of Frank DeLima, Molly's Revenge and The Muses. Also appearing will be The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii, Celtic Waves, Doolin Rakes, Celtophilia, Hawaii Contra Dance Band, Jig This, the Musketeer Fencers, the Riverside Pipe Band, the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Hawai'i branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, the Shuswap Pipes 'N Drums Band, the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Squirrel Hunters and Whiskey Starship. Admission is free.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 1-2 / Kapi'olani Park / www.scotshawaii.org
CONCERT: APRIL 7-8
The ever-popular Society of Seven returns to Hawai'i to pay tribute to member Gary Bautista, who died in January. The troupe of Tony Ruivivar, Bert Sagum, Randy Abellar, Roy Guerzo, Hoku Low, Wayne Wakai and Albert Maligmat will be joined by Philippines entertainer of the year Lani Misalucha, now a regular member of the SOS, and Philippines crooner Martin Nievera. Tickets are $45, $55 and $65, with a $5 discount for students, seniors and military.
7:30 p.m. April 7 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 8 / Hawai'i Theatre / 528-0506
EXPO: APRIL 6-9
Calling all car lovers: The 2006 First Hawaiian International Auto Show, above, brings in hundreds of new cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs for a sneak peek. The event also features pre-production models, specialty vehicles and concept cars. Tickets are $7 general, $5 those 62 and older and military, $4 ages 7-12 and free for 6 and younger. April 6 is College Two-fer Night (college students get in two for the price of one) and April 9 is Kids Day (those 12 and younger get in free with a paying adult).
Noon-10:30 p.m. April 6-7, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. April 8 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 9 / Hawai'i Convention Center / www.motortrendautoshows.com/honolulu
CONCERT: APRIL 22
What a coincidence! This year's environmentally-friendly Kokua Festival takes place on planet-friendly Earth Day. On the entertainment lineup: Jack Johnson, left, Willie Nelson and the Planetary Bandits, Ben Harper, Henry Kapono, Paula Fuga and the One Love 'Ohana Band and ALO. Other attractions include organic food and drinks, Earth-friendly products and services, alternative-energy demos, interactive games and crafts for the keiki, and environmentally active groups. The festival is a benefit for Johnson's nonprofit Kokua Hawai'i Foundation, which supports environmental education. Tickets are $35 lawn, $40 reserved, $50 seated pit, $17.50 children 3-10 and free for children younger than 3.
4:00 p.m. April 22 (doors open at 3 p.m.) / Waikiki Shell / (877) 750-4400
The festival also takes place on April 19 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's A&B Amphitheater.
FESTIVAL: APRIL 22-23
It's all about books, reading and music at the Hawai'i Book & Music Festival, "A Celebration of Story and Song," featuring local, national and international authors and musicians, performances, presentations, demonstrations and signings. The festivities include workshops and forums, storytellers, poetry slams and a keiki area. Admission is free. The Advertiser is a sponsor.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22-23 / Honolulu Hale grounds / www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.org