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PIECE OF CAKE
Cali indie rockers Cake will be performing for the first time in the Islands tonight and tomorrow with 17 years' worth of music — more than enough to turn out a couple of decent sets.
Known for their catchy pop-, soul-, funk-, rockabilly- and country-inspired tunes and their wise-cracking lyrics (and their No. 1 hit "Never There,") the men of Cake have managed to keep making music over the long haul without compromising their decidedly non-mainstream sensibilities. The band has released five studio albums, with a sixth scheduled for release this year.
THE FAME GAME
Leeward Community College's theater students will explore, through drama, the meaning of what it means to be famous in the digital age with the "Celebrity Project" (8 p.m. Thursday through April 10 at the LCC Theatre, $8-$15, www.etickethawaii.com, 455-0385).
"Clash of the Titans" for the new millennium opens in theaters today. It's the 1981 classic, revamped.
BORN FOR BRASS
Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, who's credited with making horn playing hip and hot again, will be performing one night only at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall ($45-$75, www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, info at www.bampproject.com).
UP IN ARMS
HPU's Paul and Vi Loo Theatre troupe is staging George Bernard Shaw's comedy "Arms and the Man," opening at 7:30 p.m. today through May 2 (7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, $15-$25, 375-1282).
IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN
It's First Friday. Get out there and carouse the streets of Chinatown. Stop in at the Shop, Bop & Grind block party (5-9 p.m.) on Chaplain Lane for a hot dog from Black Cat Tattoo's new hot dog stand.
311, BACK AGAIN
Everyone's favorite Nebraskan reggae fusion band, 311, returns to the Islands for two shows next week (8 p.m. April 8 and 9, Pipeline Café, $38 general, $70 VIP, www.groovetickets.com, 877-714-7668).
HAWAI'I WEEKEND ON FOOD NETWORK
The Food Network goes local this weekend with a Hawai'i edition of Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," and local ace of cakes Rick Reichart of Kailua cake shop Cakelava competing in the network's "SpongeBob Birthday Cakes" challenge (see page 9 for details).