Mahermageddon and More on Maui

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MACC January Events

A local favorite since opening in 1994, the Maui Art's & Cultural Center (MACC) has been home to some of Maui's greatest musical and artistic performances! Performing artists have ranged from across the world to our very own island backyard. So, once the sunburn of the day needs a break, lay out in front of the outside concert hall or relax into one of the indoor performing theaters. Bring the whole family, plan a cozy date, or come by yourself, to enjoy some smooth sounds and experiences under the starry night sky and warm palms of Maui.


MAHERMAGEDDON - Bill Maher, David Spade, and Jeff Ross

Friday, January 1, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Bill Maher returns for his fifth annual New Year's Day stand-up comedy show and this year he’s bringing some friends – David Spade and Jeff Ross! For more than 20 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect,” and for the last 13 years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 34 Emmy nominations and a win in 2014 as executive producer for the HBO series, “Vice.” His uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” has gone on to become the 8th highest grossing documentary ever. In addition – Maher has written five bestsellers, including the most recent, “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their A**.” Don’t miss this evening with the brilliantly funny Maher and his unique take on our world along with the skewering “Roast Master General,” Jeff Ross, and the wise-cracking star of “Saturday Night Live,” “Joe Dirt,” “Tommy Boy,” and more – the ever popular David Spade. This show may include mature subject matter. Produced by Rick Bartalini Presents

Tickets: $79.50, $99.50 (plus applicable fees)


Straight No Chaser: The New Old Fashioned Tour

Sunday, January 3, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait‐laced nor straight‐faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances, and proven success with CD releases. THE NEW OLD FASHIONED TOUR comes to town on the heels of the release of their new album "The New Old Fashioned” (available October 2015), their fifth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features an eclectic array of songs that explore multiple influential musical eras highlighted by signature and singularly unique medleys. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

Tickets: $31.50, $41.50, $51.50 (advance) (plus applicable fees); Increase $3.50 on day of show


Kurt Muroki & Friends

Thursday, January 7, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Originally from Maui, Kurt Muroki was the first bassist to win the Honolulu Symphony’s Young Artist competition. A graduate of the 1989 Hawaii Youth Symphony, he attended Juilliard School of Music. He has performed with the chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, and Tokyo Opera Nomori. He has collaborated with the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Tokyo quartets among others, and has performed throughout Asia. He plays on a double bass once owned by the famous double bassist, Domenico Dragonetti, and attributed to Nicolo Amati circa 1665. Muroki will be joined by Joel Smirnoff (viola), Peter Wiley (cello), Joon Yoon (piano), and Carmit Zori (violin). The ensemble will perform Schubert’s “Trout Quintet,” among other repertoire.

Tickets:  $12, $45, $65 (plus applicable fees)



The Rough Riders (Ho‘onanea Series event)

Friday, January 8, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Hawaii music icons and multiple award-winning artists, Henry Kapono, John Cruz, and Brother Noland, bring the well-honed craft and power of three inspiring songwriters, three distinct voices, and the perfect blending of guitars to create an exceptional musical style. From classics such as “Friends,” “Coconut Girl,” and “Island Style,” to the new, provocative sounds of three seasoned professionals coming together as one on stage, the Rough Riders are independent by nature, connected by music, and bonded by skills, determination, and style.

Tickets: $12, $35,* $45,* $55,*
*10% MACC Member discount & 50% discount for keiki 12 and under


Pi’ilani Arias CD Release Concert

Saturday, January 9, 2016; Yokouchi Pavilion; 6:15 pm

MyDaze Entertainment announces the CD release party for Maui boy, Pi‘ilani Arias, and his first solo CD, “Dash-A.” With ten originals and two covers, his music will move and groove you all night long. Join Pi‘ilani for an evening of spectacular reggae and local Hawaiian-style music, with special guests, GoMega & Malino!

Tickets: $21 (GA advance), $31 (GA day of show) / $75 (VIP) (plus applicable fees)


Exhibit: Statements on Nature: A Survey of Printmaking Today

Jan 10 – Mar 9, 2016 (Opening Reception Jan 9)

Schaefer International Gallery; Tue – Sun 10am - 5 pm (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)

Considerations of the visual landscape become the conceptual focus for this exhibition featuring a nationally selected group of contemporary printmakers. The invited artists share extensive exhibit histories in the printmaking field, and will engage the gallery space with a range of recently created work. Techniques will span both traditional and contemporary processes from the 18th to the 21st century, exploring the potential of paper-based installation, dimensional expansion, and large-scale presentation of the printed image.



Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo

Thursday, January 14, 2016; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm

Lazar Bear is proud to announce that Frank Vignola, one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing today, along with Vinny Raniolo, will be playing four dates in Hawaii! Vignola’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend, Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists” list for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him, “one of the brightest stars of the guitar.”

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are amazing guitarists with extraordinary technical skills. With nearly 1,000 engagements in 5 years, Vignola & Raniolo have become one of the most popular and sought-after duos on the international music scene.

The monstrous Frank Vignola … is one of the most vicious tremelo-pickers on the scene.” – Jude Gold / Guitar Player magazine

Vignola returned on Sweet Georgia Brown, exhibiting his acoustic mastery in exhilarating single string runs, complex flurries, and astounding full register riffs. When speed and clarity were demanded, Vignola stunned.” Downbeat

Tickets: $35, $45, $55


Challenging Global Impacts of the Agrochemical Industry: Food Justice Summit 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016; McCoy Studio Theater; 5:00 pm

Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) presents the Food Justice Summit2016! Advocates from Hawai`i and around the world will travel across the islands to weave together a story of how our local struggles are connected, share inspiring stories of grassroots victories from around the earth, and explore how the world movement can grow (together) to transform the food system. 




Starry Night Cinema: SKI & SURF including Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows & an encore showing of John Florence & Blake Vincent Kueny’s View From a Blue Moon

Saturday, January 16, 2016; A&B Amphitheater; 6:30 pm, gates at 5:00 pm

Join us for a double film night under the stars showcasing amazing athletes from sea to mountain top on the big screen! Come early for preshow entertainment by Lily Meola and Tom Conway plus prize giveaways! First up, Warren Miller Entertainment introduces its 66th snow-sports film, Chasing Shadows. Take a glimpse into the world of the U.S. freestyle team and the dynamics of snowsports that live on the fringe, like monoskiing, powsurfing and speed riding. Explore what it means to be inspired, and what it is about exotic locations and snow-covered summits that keep us searching for more. (90 min.) Next, see the sport of surfing as it’s never been captured before in John Florence and Blake Vincent Kueny’s second signature release, View from a Blue Moon. The film follows the world’s most dynamic surfer, John Florence, and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite surfing destinations around the globe. (60 min.)


New Shanghai Circus

Monday, January 18, 2016; Castle Theater; 4:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 19, 2016; Castle Theater; 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm

China’s most daring acrobats, jugglers, balance artists, and contortionists return to Maui for the year’s grandest family spectacular. These highly skilled, rigorously trained and multitalented acrobats will enthrall you as they bend and twist with graceful movements to form living sculptures. Matched with innovative choreography, radiant lighting, enchanting scenery and powerful music, this beautifully orchestrated presentation of acrobatic skills leave the audience spellbound! Building on traditional Chinese acts, the artists of today’s New Shanghai Circus add layers of complexity and daring to bring new spectacular stunts and favorite jaw-droppers. Kids of all ages, from preschool to senior citizen, will enjoy these intrepid performers!

Tickets: $12; $25; $35 (plus applicable fees)/ Kids 12 and under half-price ($25 and $35 tickets only)


Les Trockaderos de Monte Carlo

Thursday, January 21, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Now in their 40th year, the all-male “Trocks” return to the MACC with wry parodies of classical ballet. Theirs is an inspiring blend of a knowledge of dance, impeccable comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. The company has appeared in over 30 countries and over 500 cities worldwide since its founding in 1974. The Trockaderos perform the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts—heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, or angst-ridden Victorian ladies—enhances, rather than mocks, the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audiences.

Tickets: $12, $45, $65(plus applicable fees)  


Jim Messina

Friday, January 22, 2016; Castle Theater; 7:30 pm

Lazar Bear is proud to announce that Jim Messina with his band will be playing a three-island tour in Hawaii. As one half of Loggins & Messina, cofounder of the country-rock band, Poco, and member and key contributor to Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina sold over 20 million albums domestically and has left an indelible footprint on popular music. Jim’s producing and engineering skills were instrumental in the success of the Loggins & Messina, Poco, and the Buffalo Springfield recordings, which gave birth to a number of hits, such as "Rock 'N Roll Woman," "Kind Women," & "On The Way Home."

"After all my years as a producer shaping other people's music to be the best it could possibly be, I'm just enjoying focusing my efforts and abilities on my own identity musically," –Jim Messina

Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $65 (plus applicable fees)



Judy’s Gang LOVE 2 DANCE

Saturday, January 23, 2015; Castle Theater; 7:00 pm

Join Judy Ridolfino and Judy's Gang in the fun as they Love 2 Dance. Tap and jazz dancers ages 3 to infinity will sparkle and shine as they are Dancing on the Ceiling to the Love Shack doing the Neutron Dance as they Dance to the Music. How many songs are there with dance or love in the title? Come find out in this fun two-hour show!

Tickets: $14/adults, $10/senior, students, and kids ages 6-12; free to kids 5 & under


Maui Pops Orchestra – Broadway Diva Pops

Sunday, January 24, 2016; Castle Theater; 3 pm

Broadway Diva Pops is Maui Pops Orchestra’s annual Broadway spectacular, this year featuring soloists, Julia Murney and Emily Rozek, with guest conductor, Randall Fleischer. The concert will include performances of well-known selections from Carmen, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Titanic, and more. These tremendously talented ladies, each with many Broadway credits, will light up the stage with their dynamic performance.

Tickets: $15, $30, $40, $50; Half-price students 18 & under (plus applicable fees)
Patrons who purchase tickets to all four shows in the Maui Pops series (12/6; 1/24; 2/21; & 3/20) will receive a 10% discount off each ticket price. Student discount does not apply to $15 tickets


UB40 Reunited

Saturday, January 30, 2016; A&B Amphitheater; 6:30 pm, gates 5:30 pm

The original members of UB40—Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue—enjoyed huge success from 1979 until 2008, including  multiple #1, Top-10, gold-, and platinum-selling albums; Grammy nominations; and four #1 hits worldwide. Ali, Mickey, and Astro helped define reggae music for a generation. The multiracial band pooled a diverse set of influences to put a fresh, indigenous slant on Jamaican reggae. After 2008, the band that carried on using the name UB40 was made up of other founding members and new members, but in 2013, when Campbell reunited with Astro and Mickey, audiences again experienced the true sound of the hugely successful band. As consummate live performers with triumphant gigs this year all over the globe, Ali, Mickey, and Astro recently turned their attention to the studio and a new album, Silhouette—an inspired mix of freshly minted new songs and sparkling, reggae-fied cover versions of classics by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Chi-Lites and others. Now, following spectacular gigs at home and abroad, the trio are facing the future with renewed confidence and vigor.

Tickets:  $49 (advance); $59 (day-of-show); VIP $89 (advance); $99 (day-of-show) (plus applicable fees)


Las Cafeteras

Saturday, January 30, 2016; McCoy Studio Theater; 7:30 pm

With a foundation in traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafeteras add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone, and a wooden platform called the Tarima. Las Cafeteras began in 2005 as a group of students in El Sereno, Los Angeles, who were inspired to utilize teachings of Son Jarocho as a tool to empower and build autonomy, community, and solidarity while sharing the magic of this folk music from with the public. They've since become a favorite at L.A. community centers, churches, schools, parties, protests, youth conferences, and weddings.

Tickets: $25 (plus applicable fees)    

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