By Vanessa Wolf
It’s April 12!
This is another way of saying: you have three more days to do your taxes.
If you’ve already done them, reward yourself by partaking in some of the weekend’s better offerings.
Or, if nail-biting 11th hour drama is more your thing, you have 100-odd hours to avoid doing your taxes. Woot.
Either way, here’s what’s going on.
Best Add-On to Second Friday
It’s Second Friday in Lahaina tonight. While you’re there, head to the Baldwin Home Museum lawn and check out Ha’ina Hou’s “The History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar” from 7:30 to 8 p.m.
Steel guitarist Geri Valdriz will be presenting the program, describing how the popular technique was invented in Hawaii.
There will also be a musical demonstration by Valdriz and slack key guitarist Kevin Brown who will share some of their favorite compilations.
Best Reason to Relive the 1970s
Sweet Baby James (Taylor) plays the MACC tonight.
Taylor has been described as “a master at detailing specific situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere.” His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music, and his distinctive style of guitar-playing has influenced musicians for more than 40 years.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, $65, $85, and $110.
Best Still Not Quite Earth Day Earth Day Event
Earth Day, Earth Hour: maybe these are moving targets?
Nah. Not really. We looked it up this time. The official day is April 22, but seemingly the folks at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens want to get a head start.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrate Earth Day at this free family-friendly event in Wailuku.
It will feature a native Hawaiian plant sale, Earth friendly educational booths, free kapa and lei making activities, food for purchase and live Hawaiian music.
Best Reason to Carb Up… For a Cause
On Saturday, Star Noodle in Lahaina and the Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts will be presenting the second annual Empty Bowl Project.
Maui-based ceramic artists have come together to create over 300 hand-crafted ceramic bowls. These bowls will be sold for $25 each at the event and collected proceeds will benefit the Maui Food Bank and Hale Mahaolu.
The keepsake ceramic bowls then entitle you to visit the Noodle Bar where you will be able to create your own ramen or organic soba concoction and pick your own additions and garnishes.
If you don’t get there in time to purchase a ceramic bowl, food tents featuring Star Noodle favorites will offer additional items as well as beverages for purchase.
The event takes place at Star Noodle from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Best Use of All Those Noodles You Ate the Night Before
The 2nd annual Maui 5K will be held on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. at the Ma’alaea Triangle next to the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops.
A minimum of $15 per registered participant will be distributed back to the participating Maui County schools based on each individual school’s participation. The funds will be used to help enhance or improve the physical fitness, play and athletic programs within the schools.
The cost for late entry is $35 per person.
Best Arty Event
Art Maui celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2013.
The exhibition opens to the public at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Schaefer International Gallery in the MACC.
For 35 years and counting, Art Maui continues to be one of the most prestigious juried art exhibitions in the state of Hawaii.
The exhibit features works by local artists in a wide range of media including sculpture, painting, video, jewelry, photography, ceramics, quilting, woodworking and more.
You can enjoy the plethora of art daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 11th.
Best Way to Shut Down the Weekend
Gates open at 6 p.m. with a DJ spinning tunes and the show starts at 6:40 p.m. with the following lineup:
Kapena: 6:40 p.m.
Common Kings: 7:35 p.m.
Katchafire: 8:50 p.m.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the show.
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