THURSDAY, MAY 16
THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION CONCERT
The British Blues Explosion will feature performances by the "Godfather of British Blues" and living legend, John Mayall; and blues icon, Kim Simmonds, guitarist and founder of British Blues super group Savoy Brown. Simmonds will open the show with a rare acoustic set, then join Mayall and The Bluesbreakers. At intermission, take part in a live auction for an autographed guitar and other instruments, with proceeds benefiting the Hawai'i Lifeguard Association's Jr. Lifeguard program. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 (plus applicable fees), available at the MACC box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.
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PROARTS' 'THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE'
ProArts wraps up its run of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" this week, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. The show also runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20; $17.50 on kamaaina night Thursday. For tickets or more information, call 463-6550 or visit www.proartspacific.com.
PICNIC FOR POKI WITH RICHARD HO'OPI'I
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Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite the public to Picnic for Poki at 11 a.m. at the historic Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku, featuring music by falsetto singer Richard Ho'opi'i. There will be free fresh-baked cookies, coffee, and water. Attendees are advised to bring a lawn chair or mat. For more information, contact Diane at 871-7720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
MONTHLY MAKAWAO THIRD FRIDAY PARTY
Kick-off the weekend with the monthly Makawao Third Friday Town Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Explore historic Makawao, connect and mingle with the many merchants, artists and neighbors in the area, and enjoy a festive outdoor event in the quaint atmosphere the town provides. There will be a wide selection of entertainment and food options along Baldwin Avenue, which will be closed from Brewer Road to Makawao Avenue from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Musical lineup includes The Usual Suspects, Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band, and Conner Snow. For more information, visit www.mauifridays.com.
NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST FESTIVAL
The North South East West Festival will share the sounds of music across the island, beginning with sound poet Jaap Blonk performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Iao Congregational Church in Wailuku; enjoy a concert featuring works on flute, viola and harp at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Makawao Union Church. For details, visit www.ebbandflowarts.org or see Backstage.
MAUI BREWERS FEST BEER DINNER EVENT
The fifth annual Maui Brewers Festival will open this year with a new Maui Brew Fest Beer Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Morgado Hall. This beer education celebration will feature cuisine of the New Americas by Cactus Bistro Chef-Owner John Memering of Kailua. Each of the five courses will be paired with specialty craft beers by Maui Brewing Co. of Lahaina. Chef Memering and Garrett Marrero, owner of Maui Brewing Co, will introduce the courses and explain the pairings. Guests will learn from these masters just how well handcrafted beer goes with fine dining. Locally sourced ingredients will be highlighted in the dishes as well as the craft beers. Cost is $125 per person, available at the MACC box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
ANNUAL MAUI BREWERS FESTIVAL AT THE MACC
Enjoy a leisurely day of tasting beers from more than 30 craft breweries, sampling appetizers from over 20 of Maui's popular restaurants and food trucks, plus live music by Nuff Sedd, Lia Live! and Simply Twisted. Paid general admission includes eight 4 oz. samples of beer in a commemorative glass, island-style dishes and parking (from 4 to 7 p.m.). For tickets, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org. For details, see Dining.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
ART SHOW FEATURING WORKS BY JAN BUSHART
Join Maui artist Jan Bushart and view her new works from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hana Coast Gallery inside Travaasa Hana. A cocktail and pupu reception will be held adjacent to the hotel lobby. On view will be plein air paintings of Hana, Keanae and surrounding areas.