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Top row from L to R is Julian Marley, Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis. Front row from L to R is Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Stephen "Ragga" Marley and Jo Mersa.

Top row from L to R is Julian Marley, Black-Am-I, Wayne Marshall and Christopher Ellis. Front row from L to R is Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Jo Mersa.

By Vanessa Wolf

It seemed unkind to mention it at the time, but the last few weekends presented some rather barren landscapes of entertainment.

Happily, this one promises more opportunities for fun than a barrel of monkeys. And we don’t mean the pointless game with the little plastic chimps, but actual monkeys! Barrels of them!

Best Chance for a Contact High

Ghetto Youths Crew members Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis – along with Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Santigold will be bringing their song stylings to the MACC tonight.

The Republik Music Festival will be held in the Yokouchi Pavilion A&B. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the all-ages show starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $47.50 for general admission and $95 for VIP.

Best Chance for a Sugar High

Tonight at 8 p.m., take in the Taste of Chocolate at the Four Seasons in Wailea.

Be sure to eat a square meal beforehand, because the menu runs the gamut from warm chocolate cake to coconut profiteroles. Wash that down with some green apple and cheesecake ice cream soda. Be sure to double fist a cookie lollipop, mini donuts and some homemade marshmallows before your glucose levels soar and you topple into the chocolate fountain.

Tickets (scroll down) are $150.

Best Opportunity to Feast Like Caligula

The 2012 Taste of Wailea. Courtesy photo

The 2012 Taste of Wailea. Courtesy photo

On Saturday at 4:30 p.m. elven Wailea restaurants will be offering an eclectic array of food ranging from bacon (!) lavender (?) ice cream to an “Ahi tuna aquarium” as part of the Taste of Wailea.

Leave your high heels at home because combining stilettos with the undulating golf course and free-flowing booze will likely land you on your booty in no time.

Tickets are $150 per person, and include entrance to Saturday Night’s Celestial Cinema Double Feature where “Middleton” and “See Girl Run” will be screened.

Best Chance to Watch Kids Dominate Adults You Know on the Court

Potentially.

At least one person we know on the team claims to “suck. Very badly.”

On Saturday, the third annual “Night of Shooting Stars” gets going at 3 p.m. with a pre-game carnival featuring activities, entertainment, merchandise and food booths, and autograph signing.

At 5 p.m. the novelty warm-up game is likely to inspire chuckles when it pits local media personalities, community leaders, athletes, and local movie and music celebrities against camp all-stars from the Basketball Maui Summer camp program.

At 6 p.m., the feature game showcases NBA players who took time out of their professional schedules to come to Maui and play in this event that benefits the Maui youth summer basketball camp program.

General Admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate for all fans over six.VIP passes are available for $150.

Best Free Maui Film Festival Event

desert_dreams_350Don’t have $150?

Or $15?

Or any dollars?

It’s all good.

Thanks to Whole Foods, Saturday night’s Seaside Cinema on Wailea Beach (between the Four Seasons and Grand) is free.

“Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm,” a documentary about Paul Strauss and his 300-acre organic farm and the sustainable community around it airs at 8 p.m.

It is being shown with “Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert.” Four years in the making, this nature documentary promises a celebration of cacti, reptiles and fierce Arizona thunderstorms.

Best Chance to Get in on a Trend

Chef Andrew Le of The Pig & The Lady, a favorite at Honolulu’s farmers’ markets, will be creating a five course pop-up dinner at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in Olowalu on Sunday night at 7 p.m.

The one-night-only dinner event features roasted beets cooked in goats milk, charred tako, venison with a Maui onion streusel, Pho Tai Nam, and donuts for dessert.

Tickets are $80 and the event is limited to 40 guests. Reservations are required.

Best Reason to Be on a Golf Course Without Any Clubs

the-short-game-poster_400If Sunday rolls around and you haven’t yet made it to any of the Maui Film Festival events, this is your last chance.

Starting at 8 p.m. on the Wailea Blue and Gold courses, bring a beach chair and a blanket and take in a flick about golf.

“The Short Game” follows eight world champions as they train for top competition at Pinehurst, N.C. Country Club.

Why would you want to see this?

Well, because the champs are 7-years-old and flippin’ adorable.

“The Short Game” is followed by “Tiger Eyes” at 10 p.m., a film based on the Judy Blume novel.

Tickets are $22 for both shows.

Aware of something that’s happening or going to be happening on Maui? LET US KNOW ABOUT IT: events@mauinow.com

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