March 19, 2009
Friday-Sunday (Mar. 20-22), 8am-2pm daily, Maui Yoga, Kuau
Being that the majority of transplants on this island fall into either the "Oh, I'm way into yoga" camp or the "I do yoga once a week at the ass crack of dawn as a form of penance" camp, I feel reluctant to write at length about the ancient practice. You see, I've dabbled and even done some research on it, but still consider myself to be part of the "yeah, yoga's cool" contingent. What I do know is that two very well known yoga teachers, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezrata, will be on Maui this weekend conducting workshops based on the Mysore method. A subcategory of Ashtanga yoga, the Mysore method focuses on individual needs rather than the movements of the class as a whole. Chuck Miller has practiced yoga since 1971, taught since 1988 and was co-owner of the original Yoga Works in Santa Monica. Maty Ezraty was the founder of Yoga Works and has written extensively for Yoga Journal. Call 283-4123 to register. $35-$50 per class, or $225 for the entire weekend.
Take it Eazy
Friday (Mar. 20), 3pm, Baldwin Beach Park, Paia
Saturday (Mar. 21), 9pm, Tip-Ups, Kihei
If they ever have—no, when they have—ukuleles in space, I have a feeling that they'll sound a hell of a lot like the uke that Tomas of trippy uke-funk-rock-etc. band The Eazy sometimes employs. The man can make a uke sound like it's being played in a tin can by way of effects pedals. His musical vision is one that swigs from a great many jugs of musical hooch. It is responsible for an original sound that is, for lack of a better word, radiant. At one recent event The Eazy headlined, new lineup in tow, the drummer unveiled a gong. Now, any band that brings out a gong wins my heart every time. Hands down. I hope they bust it out Friday, when they headline a love-in/barbeque at Baldwin Beach. Attendees are asked to bring some meat, some veggies and some love. Those who can't get enough aluminum uke and gong smashing, or can't make it Friday, can check The Eazy out the following evening at Tip-Ups in Kihei. Plus: a uke-only open mic. DJ Puff Puff Give opens.
Saturday (Mar. 21), 10pm, Charley's, Paia
The Maui music scene is a hard nut to crack. Lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous, as the Dude would say. But funk/rock outfit Byron Brown and the Derelicts is all about helping other local musicians get in on the action. On Saturday, for example, they are showcasing some of Maui's unsung songwriters by way of a contest. It's a far cry from an open mic, given that the band has lined up songwriters they know who have the chops to compete for a prize that includes a bundle of cash and some studio time with Groovy Buddha Productions. Contenders will rattle off two original songs each, and a winner will be chosen by way of judges as well as audience response. Pretty damned sweet. After the winner is determined, Byron Brown & the Derelicts will take the stage and bust out with some of their trademark dance-conducive tunes, perhaps including "It's Cool" and "The Funky Sound of Byron Brown." Just a suggestion. $10
Go with the flow
Friday (Mar. 20), 6pm, Paia Gardens (behind Island Cuisine)
Saturday (Mar. 21), 9pm, Voyage East, Haiku
Easter would be a completely different animal if it weren't for the pagan spring Equinox rite, which, according to the 7th century Benedictine scholar Bede, celebrated the Saxon fertility goddess Eostre. There would be no bunnies (a fertility symbol) or eggs (another fertility symbol), both associated with the deity, had Pope Gregory the Great not ordered his missionaries to appropriate various non-Christian festivals and rites for use in Christian celebrations. Yet Equinox festivities ensue to this day. This year Maui Equinox observers can celebrate by way of Wings of Transformation, a show for which dream jam band Cast of Clowns will perform. The band's lineup includes jam veterans Melvin Seals (The Jerry Garcia Band), Greg Anton, Damian Erskine, Jeff Pevar, Graig Wright and Barry Sless. Oh, and there'll also be a fashion show featuring Wings Hawaii clothing. $20/$25.
Bring out the gimp
Sunday (Mar. 22), 4pm, Ambrosia, Kihei
I cannot stomach violence, even if it's clearly fake. I have to close my eyes or leave the room during the bloody parts (having been shown Full Metal Jacket circa age five may have had something to do with this). Yet nuanced dialogue and intriguing characters are among the factors that make Tarantino flicks watchable for me despite their violence. Tarantino fans should be pleased to know that they can get their fix Sunday, when Ambrosia Ultra Lounge will screen a few of the writer/director's titles, including True Romance, Reservoir Dogs and, of course, Pulp Fiction.
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