Datebook doings: Watch, eat, listen, ride, enjoy
Watch: Valentino, up close and personal
As a prelude to the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival set for May 21 through 24, the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation will present “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” a documentary on designer Valentino Garavani, in a screening at 8 p.m. this Friday (May 1) at the Kahala Theatre.
“Valentino” is an intimate, even hilarious, fly-on-the-wall portrait of the legendary Italian designer and the dramatic closing act of his career and his 50-year relationship with his business and life partner, Giancarlo Giammetti.
Tickets: $20, includes the screening and a pair of Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand drink tickets. Hula’s is taking reservations. Information: 923-0669.
And: Oscar-winning screenwriter-producer Dustin Lance Black will make an appearance at the Rainbow filmfest "Gayla Celebration" finale, at 5 p.m. May 24, at the Henry Luce Pavilion at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Black wrote and produced "Milk," the Oscar-winning film.
Listen: Sweet summer sounds by the sea
“Ke Kani O Ke Kai,” the summer concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium, again will assemble five top-notch acts for noctural serenades by the sea beginning June 18.
Concerts start at 7 p.m, doors open at 5:30 p.m., and attendance is limited to 550 reservations.
• June 18 — The Brothers Cazimero.
• July 2 — Hoku Zuttermeister.
• July 16 — Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole.
• July 30 — Maunalua.
• Aug. 13 — Willie K.
Tickets: $25 adults, $10 youths 7 through 12, free for keiki 6 and under; $18 and $7 for Friends of Waikiki Aquarium; series tickets, $90 ($75 for FOWA). Call 550-8847 or go to www.honoluluboxoffice.com; available at the Aquarim box office starting May 4.
Eat: A chance to max out on cheese
Restaurateur Ed Wary, owner of Auntie Pasto’s restaurant, will stage a Cheesefest May 4 through 31 at his Italian eatery at 1099 Beretania St. at the corner of Pensacola.
“Where would Italian food be without cheese?” says Wary, who will make his own cheeses and showcase a cheese-inspired menu.
For lunch, there will be a budget-conscious grilled cheese with tomato soup for $8, meatball sliders covered in melted mozzarella and provolone cheese with side sala for $7.50.
Daily entrees will include whole wheat pasta with myzithra cheese, spinach and sun dried tomatoes; and homemade fettuccine in a creamy gorgonzola sauce with peas and tomatoes.
After 5 p.m., there will be daily specials: Monday, Cheeseburger meatloaf with ricotta mashers and gravy; Tuesday, prosciutto and cheese-stuffed shells over spinach topped with a creamy Asiago sauce; Wednesday; cavatelli, ricotta dumplings with turkey sausage, tomato, extra virgin olive oil and parmesano reggiano; Thursday, baked macaroni cheese with chicken and broccoli; Friday, nana’s stuffed shrimp with three-cheese risotto; Saturday, lamb shanks with oranges, olives and feta cheese; and Sunday, Italian flag chicken, cheese-stuffed with oven roasted tomato with angel hair pasto.
Even dessert has cheese, like cheesecake with flavors, and strawberry tiramisu with mascarpone cheese.
Walk: A trek on Mother’s Day
A mile-long walk through a Manoa neighborhood known as Pu‘u Pueo (Owl’s Hill) will be held form 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mother’s Day (May 10).
Malama O Manoa is presenting the activity to mark National Historic Preservation Month.
Rain or shine, you’ll hear legends of spirits, owl ‘aumakua and menehune battles, linked to the historic zone. You’ll see more than 20 significant homes, many designed by Territorial-era architects like
Hart Wood, Mark Potter, Robert G. Miller,Miles Gray and Emory & Webb.
Six sites on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places,m eight homes will be open for viewing.
Park at Manoa Valley District Park’s upper lot, off Manoa Road; a shuttle will operate fro 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., with half-hour runs to the registration tent to start the tour. Houses will close promptly at noon.
Register by May 4 with your name, address, phone number and a $25 check payable to Malama O Manoa, P.O. Box 61961, Honolulu HI 96839. After May 4, admission will be $30. Walk-up registration will be available, space permitting. Tickets will not be mailed; confirmations at the sign-up.
Information: Linda LeGrande at 947-7400 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are also available at most Manoa merchants.
Dance: Big band era music on tap
Miles Jackson, veteran jazz musician, takes the limelight to provide music from the big band era for “Moonlight Magic,” a Hawai‘i Theatre fundraiser set for May 9 at the Kahala Hotel & Resort.
Local swing dance clubbers will help entice guests to the dance floor.
To reserve a table, call 791-1302.
Enjoy: Big Bros and Sis’ ‘60s fundraiser
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu will stage a 1960s-themed “Imagine” fundraiser at – p.m. May 9 at the Hawai ‘i Convention Center’s rooftop garden and ballroom.
Set to perform: Diamond Head Theatre’s Shooting Stars, Moments Unforgettable Dance Academy and the Hawaii Youth Symphony.
A sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions also are on tap; those attending should don ‘60s garb like mini-skirts and bell-bottoms.
Individual tickets are $200; corporate seating ranges from $2,000 to $10,00.
Ride: A kids-free offer on Atlantis subs
A Keiki May Day special, enabling kids under 12 to ride free with a paying adult, makes the Atlantis Submarine marine tour attractive this weekend (May 1 to 3). The deal applies to Atlantis tours in Waikiki, Lahaina, and Kona, as well as the Atlantis Navatek sunset dinner cruises.
The sub tours bring spectators to depths of up to 125 feet, in the world of fish, sea turtles stingrays, sharks and a rare humpback whale.
Children must be 36-inches tall to participate and all guests must be able to navigate a nearly vertical 7-step ladder in and out of the submarine.
Atlantis Navatek Cruises departs Aloha Tower Marketplace each afternoon at 5:15 p.m.
Details: www.atlantissubmarines.com or 800-548-6262.