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Maui’s Weekend: Spoken Word, Movies Galore

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Vanessa Wolf is a Maui-based writer who just ate a fistful of stuffing and isn’t exactly proud of that, but (apparently) isn’t ashamed either.

By Vanessa Wolf

Friday, November 23

  Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience…again. Samsara reunites filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos brought a new visual and musical artistry to theaters. Dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara explores the wonders of our world, from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience, and illuminating the links between humanity and the rest of nature.

Didn’t we already see this at the Maui Film Fest in June? Oh well. See it again at 5:30 p.m. at the MACC. Tickets are $12.

Kathy Collins. Courtesy photo.

Storyteller, comedienne, radio and TV personality, Maui News columnist, Tita … Kathy Collins has a lot to say – and a lot to laugh about. In her first one-woman show since the 2008 Death Comedy Jam, Kathy shares her mana‘o on life, death and all the fun stuff in between. Be prepared for a surprise or two! For mature audiences.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater. Tickets are $25

  Anna Karenina is the third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement.” Anna Karenina is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”). The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.


7:30 p.m. at the MACC. Tickets are $12.

November 24, 2012

The shop at Bailey House, image courtesy of Maui Historical Society



The Maui Historical Society and friends will host their 11th annual fundraiser, “E Ho`oulu Aloha –
To Grow in Love” on Saturday, November 24th  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of
Bailey House Museum and the historic Yokouchi residence in Wailuku.The entertainment features Uluwehi Guerrero, Lei`ohu Ryder, and Richard Ho`opi`i.   Hawaiian arts and crafts vendors, pre-holiday shopping at the museum gift shop, free museum admission, food booths, and a silent auction are all part of this celebration of Hawaiian culture.Tickets – which can be purchased at the Bailey House Museum – are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event and include admission to the Bailey House Museum.  Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult.
  What’s that? More movies? Indeed.

Saturday’s First Light Film Festival offerings starts out with another not-quite-new flick, Beasts of the Southern Wild. In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

The show starts at 5:30 at the MACC and tickets are $12.

  Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie PSYCHO.Hitchcock centers on the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), spanning from Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to the release of the groundbreaking film in 1960. Scarlett Johansson also appears as Janet Leigh.


The film can be seen at 7:30 p.m. at the Castle Theater. Tickets are $12.

  Bass Harvest, a charity event to raise funds and collect canned food for the Maui Food Bank starts at 9 p.m. at Oceans Bar and Grill.

Arise will be performing live for the first time since their reunion show last month. Also performing will be several several DJs spinning Electro House, techno, and Top 40 music.

Admission is $5 before 11 p.m., after which time it increases to $10. Bring five canned goods and admission is $5 all night long. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and all proceeds go to the Maui Food Bank.

Sunday, November 25

  Get your First Light Fast Pass for $40, put on your pajama jeans, and watch eight hours worth of movies starting with Only the Young at 2 p.m. at the Castle TheaterGarrison and Kevin live in a small desert town with nothing to do. In foreclosed homes and deserted underpasses they create their own fun and avoid the realities of being an adult. Skye is strong-willed, beautiful and wise beyond her years. She’s trying to fight bank managers from taking the house her grandparents raised her in. Over one last summer of first loves and heartbreaks, friendship and self-made adventure, these three teenagers find everything they knew beginning to transform before their eyes. An incredibly intimate, candid and instantly relatable portrait of a moment in life we’ve all shared: the complications of young love and the moment life moves from the stability of childhood into an ever-changing adult world.
  Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her Chihuahua Starlet, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden. After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie’s past. Her curiosity piqued, she tries to befriend the caustic older woman. Secrets emerge as their relationship grows, revealing that nothing is ever as it seems.

Catch it at 4:30 p.m. at the Castle Theater. Single tickets are $12 each.

  Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.

6:30 at the Castle Theater.

  Both traveling for work, in a city in which neither lives, a man (Chris Messina) and a woman (Marin Ireland) have a one-night stand. Months later, in another city, they run into each other in a hotel restaurant and sleep together a second time. Though she’s married and he has a girlfriend, they decide to keep meeting. This begins an unexpected love that slowly evolves into a profound relationship and threatens to impact everything else in their lives. The film unfolds as a collage of moments — some mundane, some profound, some silly, some intimate — that attempts to tell a more complete story of a relationship. 28 Hotel Rooms is an intimate portrait of an affair in which follows two people as they wrestle with the intoxication of love and the pain, guilt, and confusion of loving more than one person.This sounds super depressing, but to each his own. Decide for yourself at 8 p.m. at the Castle Theater.


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