Maui Arts & Cultural Center August & September 2017 Events
Exhibit: Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates the Backbone of Life August 6-October 1, 2017 Schaefer International Gallery; Tue – Sun 10am – 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission) Acclaimed photographer, Susan Middleton, who is well known for the exhibitions Archipelago, and Remains of a Rainbow, brings us a new body of work exploring the mysterious world of marine invertebrates—underwater animals without backbones. More than 98% of known species in the ocean are invertebrates, yet as the foundation for life in marine waters, they are relatively unknown. Her images capture the unexpected beauty and intimacy of this realm of life. With a deep passion and investment in time and research she reveals astonishing creatures we may never get to see. FREE ADMISSION Related Event: Observe and Play Family Day Saturday, August 26, 2017; Schaefer International Gallery; 10 am -12 pm Parents and children are invited to the Gallery to see the exhibit and make a sea creature to take home.
AARP Movies for Grownups: “The Lovers” Wednesday, August 23, 2017; McCoy Studio Theater; 6:00 pm
Maui Academy of Performing Arts presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME August 25, 26 & September 1, 2; 7:30 pm August 27 & September 3; 3:00 pm All shows in Castle Theater The famous love story of Quasimodo and Esmeralda comes to life on a grand scale in this reimagining of Victor Hugo’s tale of hope, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. With a lush score featuring songs from the beloved Academy Award-nominated Disney film, this captivating new musical is the only stage collaboration between two giants of American musical theatre: Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). Due to mature language & themes, this show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets: $20, $30, $40, $50, $60 (plus applicable fees); 25% discount for students 18 and under on all prices
Observe and Play Family Day Saturday, August 26, 2017; Schaefer International Gallery; 10 am -12 pm In connection with the gallery’s current exhibit, Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates the Backbone of Life, parents and children are invited to see the exhibit and make a sea creature to take home.
Kākua Ka Pā‘ū: A Discussion on ‘A‘ahu Hula Thursday, September 7, 2017; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm Dressing an ‘olapa (dancer) is done with mindful and creative decisions. Join us for a panel discussion with several Maui kumu hula to hear about traditions they carry in respect to costuming their hālau, what inspires them, what doesn`t, are there “trends” and do they follow them, plus experience each of them taking you through the step-by-step process of dressing an ‘olapa. The evening is sure to be an interesting look into the insight, traditions, and creativity of a kumu hula. Tickets: $15 (plus applicable fees)
Kū Mai Ka Hula Solo Competition, Friday, September 8, 2017; Castle Theater; 6:00 pm Group Competition, Saturday, September 9, 2017; Castle Theater; 1:00 pm; Kū Mai Ka Hula features award-winning hālau from Hawai‘i and the mainland competing in solo and group performances. Male and female dancers perform both kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) hula stylings. Expect to see hālau competing in a level of performance as in more well-known competitions, yet this event takes place in our own comfortable, professional, and beautiful venue of Castle Theater, right here on Maui! Additionally, attendees can browse and shop displays of made-in-Hawai‘i products from an array of crafters and artisans before and throughout the Saturday performances. A full selection of food & beverages will be available for purchase in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. Presented by MACC and Kauahea Inc. Tickets: $25 (plus applicable fees) / Tickets on sale: August 2017
Richard Marx Tuesday, September 19, 2017; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm As a performer, songwriter, and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly 30-year career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping, “Hold on to the Nights,” and with “Don’t Mean Nothing,” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Each follow-up album was even more successful with #1 hits “Satisfied,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Keep Coming Back,” “Hazard,” and “Now and Forever. Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history, making him the only male artist to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. As a writer/producer, Marx’s success is equally impressive, earning him a Grammy for coauthoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father” and brilliant collaborations with Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Bareilles, and Vince Gill. Marx’s latest album, “Beautiful Goodbye,” took him in a new, deliberately sexier direction. “The songs on this record were influenced greatly by everyone from Sade to Bebel Gilberto to various EDM artists to even Chopin. I’m known for romantic music in the past, but this music I wrote is all more sensual and ethereal, and the lyrics are more adventurous than I’ve been willing to go in the past….a thrill beyond anything I’ve done in the studio. And singing these songs brought out what I believe are the most effortless vocals of my recording career, so far.” Tickets: $59, $69, $89; $160/VIP
Paradigm Lost, A Film by Kai Lenny and Johnny DeCesare Friday, September 22, 2017; Castle Theater; 6:30 pm For Kai Lenny, the ocean is a playground as long as you are having fun. He is continually challenging the notion of what a surfer is, riding huge waves and open-ocean swells on any means conceivable. Whether testing himself competitively or sharing the shear stoke of riding with friends, there are only waves and endless possibilities that come with a mind wide open. The film is produced and directed by Johnny Decesare, Kai Lenny, and Jace Panebianco, coproduced by Red Bull Media House, and stars Kai Lenny, Albee Layer, Jamie O’Brien, Levi Siver, John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Airton Cozzolino, Marcilio Browne, Kalani Chapman, Ryan Hipwood, Ridge Lenny, Matt Meola, Robby Naish, Ian Walsh, Dusty Payne, Greg Long, Julian Wilson, Clyde Aikau, Victor Lopez, Dave Kalama, and Laird Hamilton. Tickets: $12/adults; $7/kids 12 and under (general admission/no assigned seating; plus applicable fees)
A Tribute to W.S. Merwin in the Green Room Featuring Poet, Edward Hirsch, & Special Guests Friday, September 29, 2017; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:00 In celebration of his 90th birthday, the Merwin Conservancy presents an evening in tribute to U.S. Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, translator, environmentalist, and 40-year Maui resident, W.S. Merwin, whose peerless literary gifts have inspired millions and have consistently broken new ground in the world of poetry. The evening will feature a tribute to Merwin and readings of his poetry, led by celebrated poet Edward Hirsch of the Guggenheim Foundation, and Merwin’s longtime editor, Michael Wiegers of Copper Canyon Press. Other special guests and appearances will be announced soon. The State of Hawaii will also be present, issuing a Gubernatorial Proclamation proclaiming September 30, 2017, as “W.S. Merwin Day” in Hawaii and presenting Merwin with a special Gubernatorial Commendation for his life-long achievements. The presentation will be followed by a courtyard reception with dessert, champagne, and live musical entertainment. This event is generously presented by FIM Group. All ticket sales benefit the nonprofit Merwin Conservancy. Tickets: $25, students w/ID $10 (plus applicable fees)
Shank’s Mare Friday, September 29, 2017; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm Yara Arts Group and Maui Arts & Cultural Center present a collaborative puppet performance by American puppet artist, Tom Lee, and Japanese traditional puppeteer, Koryu Nishikawa V. This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets, and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and Japanese shamisen and flute. “You simply won’t see better puppetry anywhere nor a tighter braiding of methods old and new nor artists working so confidently at the peak of their craft.” — Helen Shaw, Time Out New York Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA0Gd4EMI_Y
Tickets: $12, $45, $55 (plus applicable fees); 10% discount for MACC Members and ½ price kids under 12
Damian Marley & J Boog Saturday, September 30, 2017; A&B Amphitheater; 6:00 pm show; 5:00 pm gates Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is a Jamaican reggae artist and the youngest son of iconic reggae musician, Bob Marley. Damian was two years old when his father died. He is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian’s nickname, “Junior Gong,” is derived from his father’s nickname, Tuff Gong. Damian Marley is back on the road, promoting his newly released Stony Hill album. The native Jamaican recently stated that his focus on the 18-track project was laser sharp this past year as he ground out the recordings in L.A. and Miami. He also revealed why this album is very personal to him. “Stony Hill is a place in Jamaica where I grew up, so it’s kind of paying homage to my upbringing,” he shared in a recent interview. J Boog is a singer who fuses reggae with R&B, hip hop, and rock. He was born in Long Beach, California, but primarily raised in Compton. Of Samoan ancestry (his father was a tribal chief in his neighborhood), Boog’s first influence was his sister, who sang and played piano. When she got a book of Bob Marley’s classic songs, Boog began singing along and his music career evolved from there. Raised on an eclectic musical diet of classic reggae, West Coast hip hop, vintage R&B, and a dash of hard rock, Boog gravitated to the laid-back attitude. His latest album is Wash House Ting, released last fall. Tickets: $40/GA, $99/VIP advance; $59/GA, $109/VIP day of show