FRIDAY, JAN. 3
ROCK TO MARTY DREAD DURING SUNSET CRUISE
Rock the boat with Marty Dread on the Pacific Whale Foundation's Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise from 5 to 7 p.m. Marty Dread plays reggae, island music and pop and rock favorites as guests dance on an open-air floor during sunset. The cruise includes appetizers, beer, wine, juices, sodas, tropical cocktails and more. During winter months, whale sightings add to the magic. If you don't see a whale between now and April 30, PWF will give you a free ticket to its Classic Whalewatch. For information and reservations, visit www.pacificwhale.org or call PWF at 249-8811, Ext. 1.
'Spelling Bee' | Friday
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” stars Kisha L. Milling (from left), Scott Smith, Gary Shin-Leavitt.
photo by Jack Grace.
Marty Dread | Friday
photo from The Maui News archives
Leftover Salmon | Wednesday
photo by Susan Weiand
Benoit Jazzworks | Wednesday
photo by Sean Michael Hower
'SPELLING BEE' GOING STRONG AT PROARTS
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" takes the stage at 7:30 tonight at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. The show follows six adolescent outsiders, overseen by grownups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, as they learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't make you a loser. Audience members are recruited to spell against the "experts." In this isle performance directed and produced by Jonathan Lehman, everyone is a winner - especially the viewers. The show continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 12. Tickets are $25. Call 463-6550 for more information.
SATURDAY, JAN. 4
FREE Q&A EVENT WITH FILMMAKER AT AKAKU
Get to know filmmaker Linda Booker and discuss her documentary, "Bringing It Home," a story of industrial hemp, healthy houses and a greener future, during a Q&A event, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Akaku: Maui Community Television, 333 Dairy Road, Kahului. Entry is free. For details, call Akaku at 871-5554.
MUSIC, MORE AT MAUI DHARMA CENTER JUBILEE
Enjoy dinner, dancing and other entertainment during the 10-year anniversary jubilee in honor of Maui Dharma Center's Lama Gyaltsen from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Maui Country Club in Sprecklesville. Music features Jimmy Dillon and The Maui All Star Band, Tibetan music and dance by Tenzin Sherab and a special guest appearance by Eric Gilliom. Event includes silent auction, prizes, beverages and more. Cost is $70. For more information, call the center at 579-8076 or visit www.mauidharmacenter.com.
SUNDAY, JAN. 5
SHEA BUTTER & THE CREAM PLAYS IN KIHEI
"A Soulful Christmas Benefit" with live music, dancing, food and more will feature Shea Butter & The Cream from 5 to 8 p.m. at Elleair Golf Course in Kihei. Presented by Old Skool 94X FM radio, the fundraiser will help The Maui Farm. Cost is $5. See www.omzonemaui.com or call 298-9022.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8
EXPLORE SEAWEES WITH YOUNG KEIKI AT PWF
Embark on a ocean-minded adventure with your keiki during SeaWees. This program - for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers - features field trips, activities, songs and stories with Pacific Whale Foundation's marine educator Merrill Kaufman from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Discovery Center in Maalaea. SeaWees is geared toward ages 3 to 5 (must be accompanied by parent/caregiver). Cost is $50 for five sessions, member discounts are available. For additional details, call 249-8811, Ext. 1.
FREE SCREENING OF NEW FIRE ANT DOCUMENTARY
Maui Invasive Species presents a free premiere screening of the documentary, "Invasion: The Little Fire Ant in Hawaii," at 5:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and awards ceremony at 6 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater. For more information, visit www.lfa-hawaii.org.
BENOIT JAZZWORKS IN FREE WAILEA CONCERT
Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated Benoit Jazzworks, featuring husband-and-wife duo Phil and Angela Benoit, will treat listeners to their jazz stylings during a free concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Shops of Wailea. The longtime performers are darlings of the Maui music scene and have regular shows around the island. For details on Benoit Jazzworks, visit www.benoitjazzworks.com.
LEFTOVER SALMON ON THE STAGE AT STELLA
Colorado contemporary bluegrass band Leftover Salmon plays at 10 p.m. at Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei. Tickets are $25. For details, see Maui Beat on Page 4.