September 18, 2008Nellie-licious
Thursday (Sept. 18), 7:30pm, McCoy Studio Theater, MACC
[STAGE] In case you're wondering: Ann Coulter is still alive (though whether she was ever well I can't say) and on Maui. Actually, it's Nora Burns, whose impersonation of the above-mentioned harpy as part of the sketch troupe The Nellie Olesons is pretty spot-on. If done right, sketch comedy can be a quite brilliant form. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mr. Show, and The Kids in the Hall are among my very quotable favorites. The form seems to readily lend itself to political and social satire as well as sheer absurdity. L.A. based sketch comedy troupe The Nellie Olesons (named for a Little House on the Prairie character) finally brings its brand of brainy, racy, and off-the-wall comedy to Maui this weekend, to our good fortune. The troupe isn't afraid of sex, politics, spandex or anything else that may offend; this is definitely a night to spring for a sitter/ditch that cute but misguided FOX Newsite you've been seeing. Presented by Manhattan Mama's Coconut Cabaret. $20.
The legend returns
Friday (Sept. 19), 10pm, Casanova, Makawao
[MUSIC] For me, one of the most unappealing things about the dance floor is often the music. I would rather stay home, where the booze is cheaper, than feign tolerance for music whose lyricists are clearly fixated on T&A. Get over it, man; it's been done. This is why it's a relief that Saturday night an independent, conscious hip hop artist with local ties will grace the stage at Casanova. Grouch, formerly of the band Living Legend, has returned to Maui from L.A. with his wife and baby daughter. A music producer since 1995, he'll be performing the latest tracks off his most recent offering, "Show You the World." Guest performers will include Oahu's Hooked on Phonics, Revolutionary Habitat (dig the name!), and Nohokai (both Maui-based). $20
Saturday (Sept. 20), 7:30-10:30pm, Café Marc Aurel, Wailuku
[MUSIC] If you seek a dose of melodic, psychedelic folk-rock, then look no further than Café Marc Aurel this Saturday night. Mojomana's influences are apparent. From their generally upbeat tunes you can pick up bits and pieces of the Velvet Underground, Mazzy Star, the Doors and, to some degree, the Grateful Dead. Singer Melissa M.'s vocals are comparable to those of (former Mazzy Star vocalist) Hope Sandoval, which is not a comparison/compliment I just throw around. Guitarist Rodney K's snaking leads also invoke Mazzy Star, though I'd even compare them to the Doors' Robby Krieger's bottleneck slide leads (think "End of the Night" or "Moonlight Drive"). What distinguishes these guys from the above-mentioned baroque pop mainstays is their backbone, also known as drummer Dan Minichiello. His upbeat style gives the music an element of danceability. Quite a rare sound that I wholeheartedly recommend you check out. Free.
Rock today, Off Tomorrow
Saturday (Sept. 20), 10pm, Casanova, Makawao
[MUSIC] What stands out most about Off Tomorrow's sound is its impossible catchiness. Throw in the band's positive hybrid reggae/R&B/rock sounds and flawless harmonies and it's no wonder these guys play all over the island. The guys, all six of them from a different village in Samoa, have been playing together as a band on Maui for years. The idea behind the band name comes from what Ilima Lokan, the band's manager, calls a "backyard session," during which one band member asked another, "you off tomorrow?" Saturday they play Casanova in Makawao. The venue's huge dance floor makes it easier for attendees to legally groove to Off Tomorrow's upbeat sound (as it is often hard to do, given the LC's strict yet arbitrary rules about dancing at Maui County watering holes). $7.
Green Fashion on the Blue
Sunday (Sept. 21), 10:30pm, Mulligan's on the Blue, Wailea
[FASHION] So the Dow tanked 500 points last Monday. The job market is dismal at best. You drop fifty bucks every time you go to the grocery store no matter how much you buy. Why go on about the shitty economy? The point is, darling, that you may want to think about your financial health. Also, we've been laughing at you behind your back for spending $250 on a wallet. Not sure where to turn? Well, ultra-chic consignment boutiques like Elise in Kahului may be answer. This place has some pretty killer deals on items ranging from understated to funky. This Sunday the store will be showcasing its wares by way of a fashion show. Drown your financial woes in a cosmo and check out the many hip, elegant, funky etc. things that can be found at this Alamaha St. boutiqe, accessories and all. $5.
Hair peace, bed peace, Maui peace
Sunday (Sept. 21), 1pm-sunset, Keopuolani Ampitheater
[FESTIVAL] At this moment I am very proud of Maui County Council. They have actually gone through the trouble of drawing up a proclamation declaring September 21st as "Peace Day," for the county, which corresponds with the United Nations' International Day of Peace. Not that I think they're a bunch of squares, but declaring anything in a straightforward way is pretty uncharacteristic of elected officials. This Sunday's Peace Fest will serve as the inaugural Maui Peace Day celebration. It will feature musical performances by acts from across the globe, including Zuni (from Africa), Robin Youngblood & Pueo Native American drum circle, Sundance Maui Taiko Drummers, and Maui's own Marty Dread and Leiohu Ryder. Slated to speak are Maui County Mayor Charmaine Tavares and spiritual leader Ram Dass. There will, of course, be food, keiki activities, and charitable organization booths. Stand and be counted. Free.
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