Top 5 Shows of the Weekend


A Korean Cinderella at Kahilu Theatre (Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.). Written by Alvin Chan, A Korean Cinderella is a musical play that takes Korea’s traditional version of the classic Cinderella tale, “Konji and Patji,” and transforms it into a modern tale through a mixture of culturally specific theatre techniques and modern aesthetics popular in the host culture. “We’ve interwoven the colorful, flashy world of K-pop with traditional Korean costumes, musical instruments, and dance. Audiences are in for a wild ride,” says Eric Johnson, the play’s director. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under and can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea.

Cosmic Space for Eternity at Hilo Palace Theatre (Nov. 15-16, at 7 p.m.). Cosmic Space for Eternity is a romping rock musical comedy about four aliens and their spacetime bending experiences with the folks they encounter on Earth. Created in the style of Dada, this witty, hilarious sci-fi comedy features live music and a cast of local singers, actors, and musicians. Science buffs will enjoy references to astrophysics throughout the play and freaks will enjoy mild references to sex, drugs and rock and roll. Tickets are available at the Palace Theater Box Office or over the phone at (808) 934-7010, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  More info at the Hilo Palace Theatre’s website.

Carmen Staaf Trio at the Kahilu Theatre (Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.). Carmen Staaf is the pianist and Musical Director for Grammy-winning vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute, her past major performances have included the Playboy Jazz Festival in a two-piano setting with the legendary Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and solo piano the Kennedy Center alongside Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch and Joey Alexander. She has also been heard at the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, SFJazz and major jazz festivals around the world. Tickets are $50/$25 and can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

Tomi Isobe Blues Band at the Blue Dragon Tavern (Saturday, Nov. 16, 6:45 p.m.). Tomi Isobe moved from his hometown of Shimizu, Japan to Atlanta Georgia in 1982 to play the blues. Since 2010, he’s been playing his combination of classic and shuffle blues here on the Big Island. $10 cover charge. The Blue Dragon Tavern is located at 61-3616 Kawaihae Road in Kawaihae. Info: (808) 882-7771.

Waikoloa Afro Beat Orchestra (WABO) at the CrossFit AllStar Round-Up 8 (Saturday, Nov. 16, 1-4 p.m.). WABO will have the honor of performing & “soundtracking” for the athletes who will be participating in the AllStar Round-Up competition. This will be a great opportunity to get a taste of the funky, groovy, tantalizing sounds of WABO, and support the amazing CrossFit AllStar family that continues to host amazing events & fitness on the Big Island. All are welcome to attend and cheer on the athletes. CrossFit AllStar is located at 64-1032 Mamalahoa Hwy, # 303, Kamuela. Info: (808) 357-7851.

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