CONCERT: SEPT. 22-23
The San Diego ska-punk rock band Buck O Nine, left (remember the hit single "My Town"?), is back after a five-year hiatus, throwing down a two-show tour in Honolulu. The band's last Isle appearance was back in 1997, when it rocked out at — gulp! — Poifest. The show also includes Black Square, Pimpbot, Upstanding Youth, Golfcart Rebellion and Ex-Superheroes.
9 p.m. Sept. 22, Kemo'o Pub; and 9 p.m. Sept. 23, Anna Bannana's / $12 / 384-5706
EXPO: SEPT. 22-24
Hawaii Seniors' Fair: The Good Life Expo returns for the 22nd year with entertainment, crafts, contests, exercise demonstrations, seminars and healthy cooking demos. Flu and pneumonia vaccinations will also be available. The 2006 ambassador is radio personality Michael W. Perry. The Honolulu Advertiser is a sponsor.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 22-24 / Blaisdell Exhibition Hall / Free / 832-7878
FOOD AND DRINK: SEPT. 22
What better way to kick off the Oktoberfest season than with German brews at Brauhaus at The Willows' Hops & Grinds? Think about it: You can sample exclusive craft beers — such as Erdinger, Franziskaner and Spaten — without buying the whole six-pack. And don't forget the grinds. For 21 and older.
5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 / The Willows / $25 advance, $30 at the door / 952-9200
STAGE: SEPT. 22-OCT. 8
Based on the popular Julie Andrews movie, the stage version of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" was 2002's most awarded new show on Broadway. Set in New York City in 1922, the musical tells the story of Millie Dillmount (Shawna Masuda, right), who is in search of a new life. She wants to marry a rich fella but falls in love with penniless Jimmy (Pedro Haro, left). Director/choreographer Darren Lee teams with musical director Emmett Yoshioka in this community-theater premiere.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 22-Oct. 8 / Diamond Head Theatre / $12-$42 / 733-0277, www.diamondheadtheatre.com
CONCERT: SEPT. 29
What do you get when you pair a Jamaican roots rock reggae veteran and a DJ master from San Diego? A night of slammin' grooves, as Edi Fitzroy, right, and DJ JFX spice up Indigo with tunes such as "Bad Boy," "Penatentary" and "Check for You Once." In 1995 JFX released his first critically acclaimed mixtape "Phatt Blendz & Freestyles" and followed up with "Phatt Blendz & Freestyles — Volume II," which was listed in the Top 10 Mixtapes by UnderGround Sounds Magazine. The pair will blend hip-hop, dance hall, house and reggae. For 21 and older.
9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept. 29 / Indigo Eurasian Cuisine / $10 / 591-3500
CONCERT: SEPT. 29
Onthe1: Special Delivery, a hip-hop show hosted by KTUH radio DJ Jake the Snake, will make its way to the University of Hawai'i-Manoa's Hemenway Courtyard. In the lineup: Kavet the Catalyst, Soul Pacific, AudibleLabRats, Vitalsee, Tempo Valley and DJ Observ.
7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 29 / Hemenway Courtyard, UH-Manoa / Free / 956-4491
FESTIVAL: OCT. 7-8
The Hawaii Council on Portuguese Heritage presents Festa, a celebration of all that's Portuguese in Hawai'i. Look for favorite edibles such as malassadas, Portuguese bean soup, linguica, pao doce; craftwork imported from Portugal, local artists and vendors; cooking demonstrations, cultural displays and video presentations. Several geneology organizations will offer specialized research into a number of ethnicities.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7-8 / McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park / $3 admission, free for children 12 and younger / 845-1616
ETC.: OCT. 1
Children and Youth Day 2006 celebrates — what else? — the 12th annual Hawai'i's Children and Youth Month 2006 with tours of the state Capitol, 'Iolani Palace Gallery, Washington Place and the Hawai'i State Art Museum. Other attractions include food, entertainment and interactive exhibits suitable for youngsters of all ages.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1 / State Capitol / Free
STAGE: OCT. 7
Tau Dance Theatre developed "Naupaka: A Hawaiian Love Story," a contemporary opera, based on the classic story of forbidden love between an ali'i (noble class) and a low-born. The performance includes chant, falsetto, orchestral and choral compositions tied in with modern dance. It will be rendered almost entirely in Hawaiian, with English subtitles. Peter Rockford Espiritu of Tau Dance Theatre directs.
8 p.m. Oct. 7 / Leeward Community College Theatre / $25 general, $21 seniors, students and military / 455-0380, 455-0385, http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu
PETS: OCT. 14
Cesar Millan, star of the National Geographic Channel's "The Dog Whisperer" TV series, is returning for another seminar on training ... humans! His first appearance in Honolulu was in fall 2005. Scheduled topics include how to recognize the animal behavior in dogs, different levels of energy and how they influence a dog's personality, as well as Millan's leash techniques. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hawaiian Humane Society. Remember: No pets allowed.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14 (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) / McKinley High School Auditorium / $105 / 550-8457