Acts & Openings

The Wiz

7 p.m., today; 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., tomorrow; 4 p.m., Sunday

Kaua‘i War Memorial

Convention Hall

The latest collaborative production by Kaua‘i Community Players and Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre, is an urban version of the classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” While the set, characters and story line will be familiar, unlike the movie adaptation and true to the book by L. Frank Baum, is the presence of a fourth witch, “Addaperle.” Other additions include the characterization of the “Yellow Brick Road” as dancers and a personified whirling “tornado.”

Tickets are $10 from cast members; $12 at Kalaheo Coffee Co., Island Soap and Candle in Koloa and Kilauea, Papaya’s Natural Foods in Kapa‘a and Hanalei and Kmart; $15 at the door, $12 for students and seniors. Children 4 and under are free.

Emerald City Nights Disco Party

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., tonight

Kaua‘i War Memorial

Convention Hall Ballrooms

A fundraiser for Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre and Kaua‘i Community Players’ production of “The Wiz.” The event will include back stage tours, a “Swing Sister” disco performance, dinner, dancing and dancing lessons, dessert and preferred seating in the theatre for “The Wiz.” Tables of 10 available by reservation.

Tickets are $50. Call HCT at 246-8985 or KCP at 245-7700. “The Wiz” will have eight performances over two weekends.

The show opens at 7 p.m. tonight. Saturday shows are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday’s show is 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. 

Art opening

6 p.m. to 9 p.m., tonight

TimeSpace Contemporary Gallery

The Holiday Show ’08 will open tonight and run through Jan. 9. The gallery is open Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and by appointment. Earlier this year Antonio Arellanes, artist and director of TimeSpace Contemporary Gallery in Hanapepe, invited a core group of artists to participate in Holiday Show ‘08, an exhibit in celebration of the season. While in Taos, N.M., Arellanes passed away. In recognition of his commitment to art and community, the Holiday Show ’08 will open as originally planned. Kaua‘i artists Carol Bennett, A. Kimberlin Blackburn, Liedeke Bulder, Margaret Ezekiel, Sally French, Satya/Dina Mori, Bruna Stude, Mark Van Wagner and Wayne Zebzda invite the public to the opening reception.

Cherry Blossom Caberet

9 p.m., tonight

The Point, Sheraton Kaua‘i

Seductive, provocative, and at times outlandish, Cherry Blossom Cabaret (CBC) is Honolulu’s ticket to a surreal and exotic adventure. CBC debuted in July 2006 at Ong King Arts Center as a modest duo known as “Cherry Blossom Burlesque”; the group has since “bloomed” into a 10-member troupe. Burlesque means “in an upside-down style,” turning social norms head over heels. Not wanting to be strictly regarded as a “burlesque” troupe, the group recently changed its name to “Cherry Blossom Cabaret” so performers do more than shimmy and shake out of their costumes; they also dance, act and sing. The Honolulu-based cabaret has various influences ranging from classic Vaudeville-style theatre, B-grade horror and science fiction, film noir, kitsch, historical and political satire, comedic sketches, retro fashion and an eclectic array of music.

Cover is $5 before 10 p.m.; $10 after 10 p.m. Free before 9 p.m.

Augie T Give Back Show

8 p.m., tomorrow

Kaua‘i Community College PAC

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Also appearing comedian Timmy Mattos, music from Alika and the New Fiyah Sound, Roots Generation, Still Watah and Tommy Patch. Part of the proceeds goes to the Kaua‘i Foodbank.

Vermaculture workshop

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

Malama Kaua‘i Community Center

Come learn how to make your own nutrient rich soil using worms. This workshop will explain the process, tailored to the tropical climate, so you can go home with all the information you need to start right away.

Malama Kaua‘i Community Center at Common Ground, the old Guava Kai Plantation.

Holiday craft fair/golf tournament

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 

Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i

This annual fair provides features artisans ranging from carvers, painters and lei makers to jewelry makers and quilters. In addition to the local arts and crafts booths, there will be cultural demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the day. On the same day the Grand Hyatt will also host a silent auction and “Kaua‘i’s Grand Slam” golf tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i at the Po‘ipu Bay Golf Course. These events will enable Make-A-Wish to grant the wishes of Hawai‘i’s children who face life threatening medical conditions. The golf tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Community star gazing

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday

National Tropical

Botanical Garden

NTBG hosts an outdoor workshop offering the chance to explore the Hawaiian night sky and learn about stars which were critical to the oceanic navigation of Polynesian voyagers. Learn to recognize constellations and listen to related legends while using sky maps, telescopes, binoculars, laser pointers and other visual aids as astronomy educators Rozlyn Reiner and James Merritt lead this special workshop on the lawn fronting the Harrison Chandler Education Center at NTBG Headquarters in Kalaheo. Directions are provided upon required pre-registration.

Space is limited. For more information, call 332-7324, ext. 215.

Call for artists

Dec. 6, deadline

Small Works exhibition

The Kaua‘i Society of Artists announces its annual Small Works Holiday 2008 Exhibition. The society will be accepting entries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 6, at the Kukui Grove Exhibition Hall (Unit B-6) in Lihu‘e. All current KSA members are eligible to enter and new or renewing members may join on entry day. Artists may enter up to five artworks in all media, none larger than 16 inches in height, width or depth, including any frame or stand. Juror for the exhibit will be Maile Andrade, mixed-media artist and Associate Professor/Graduate Chair at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii Manoa, in Honolulu. This will be a semi-juried exhibit, with at least one piece accepted from each artist. For full entry information and criteria, artists should visit the KSA Website at Entry forms will be mailed to all current and recent KSA members and will also be available at the Art Framers Partners (The Art Shop) in Lihu‘e, Davison Arts gallery in Kapa‘a and on entry day.

The exhibition opens with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13. There will be a juror’s “walk and talk” through the exhibit followed by an awards ceremony with cash and certificate awards presented. The exhibit will continue through January 30.

Call for craft vendors

Dec. 7

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Island crafters and artisans have the opportunity to offer their products at the annual NTBG Holiday Craft Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at the NTBG South Shore Visitors Center in Po‘ipu. This year the event will offer original arts and crafts, fresh island flowers, locally grown produce, food and a keiki fun station. Entertainment will include harpist Anela Lauren.

A limited number of booths ($85), tables ($10), chairs ($5), and special parking available.

To reserve booth space and arrange to have crafts juried for inclusion call 742-2433. Information and crafter applications can be found at


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