What’s happening: This weekend’s top picks

Making plans, but short on ideas? No worries. Let The Garden Island make it easy for you. Check out these not-to-be-missed events happening this weekend.

For a complete list of events, check out the calendar on B5.

Kaua‘i Shorts

7 p.m. today and Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday at Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center

What can happen in 10 minutes? A lot, according to the playwrights featured in Women In Theatre’s biennial play festival, Kaua‘i Shorts. In all, a dozen plays will tell the human story. Six different plays will be featured each night, Friday and Saturday. A reprise of the winning plays will be presented Sunday at 4 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your best pair of shorts for a chance to win a prize. Tickets are $30 in advance for all three days and $15 for one night. At the door, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 12 to 18. Fore more information visit www.womenintheatre.org or call 635-3727.

Heiva I Kaua‘i

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kapa‘a Beach Park

 The international dance and drumming competition celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The two-day event features a multi-cultural exhibition of dancing and cultural crafts from south and western Pacific islands. Try your hand at Samoan fire knife dance or Tahitian dance. Workshops are scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the competition starts at 10 a.m. both days. Admission is $5 per day. For more information call 822-9447.

Inked Hawai‘i Tattoo Contest

2 p.m. Sunday at the Kaua‘i Memorial Convention Hall

Kaua‘i’s first tattoo contest debuts Saturday. Trophies and awards will be up for grabs in 25 categories, plus a chance for selection to appear in 2013 Inked Hawai‘i male and female calendars. Those who aren’t sporting any ink can shop at the vendor booths or cheer on their favorites. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information call 639-6091.

Pilgrimage of Compassion

3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lawai International Center

World-renowned shakuhachi (Japanese flute) Grand Master Riley Lee will issue a call to the pilgrims of the world. Lee will be accompanied by the chanting of the children of Ni‘ihau and the drumbeats of Taiko Kaua‘i. Visitors are asked to bring umbrellas or ponchos in case of rain and comfortable shoes. Gates open at 1:30 p.m., and the center advises visitors to arrive early. The afternoon will also include bonsai displays, mochi pounding, hot tea, a bake sale and a silent auction before the program begins. For more information call 639-4300.

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