Show bits: Sunset on Beach, Aquarium vibes, etc.
So many haps, so little time: Here are some going-out options:
Benefit: Reichel to ‘Sing 4 HUGS’ in Saturday ‘Sunset’ show
Award-winning singer and kumu hula will perform with his Halau Kealaokamaile in “Sing 4 HUGS,” a special Sunset on the Beach concert, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (June 5) in Waikiki.
Reichel is a 19-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and a former Hawaiian Grammy nominee, known for numerous recordings including his iconic “Kawaipunahele” CD, which launched his career as a vocalist.
Sing 4 HUGS is a non-profit group that supports seriously ill Island children and their families. Those making a $25 or more tax-deductible donation will receive a free, limited-edition poster. Go to www.sing4hugs.com or www.hugslove.org for details.
Music: Aquarium ready to launch ‘Ke Kani O Ke Kai’
The Waikiki Aquarium is set to launch its five summertime oceanfront concert under the stars, beginning June 17. The programs, on the grassy lawn next to the aquarium, will be held every other Thursday through Aug. 12.
• June 17 — Hapa. With food by Kahai Street Kitchen.
• July 1 — Makana. With food by Rainbow Drive-In.
• July 15 — Willie K. With food by Yama’s Fish Market.
• July 29 — Amy Hanaiali’i. With food by Big City Diner.
• Aug. 12 — Ho’okena. With food by Hula Grill Waikiki.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with concerts at 7 p.m. Arrive early for optimal seating; low-lying beach chairs are permitted, along with mats or blankets.
The five-show season ticket is $120 general admission, $75 for Friends of Waikiki Aquarium members ($40 for junior series, aged 7 to 12). The ticket includes tours of the galleries and aquarium exhibits.
Individual tickets: $30 adults, $10 children 7 to 12, free for children 6 and under; $18 and $7 for Friends of Waikiki Aquarium.
Reservations: Honolulu Box Office, 550-8457, www.honoluluboxoffice.com.
Clubs: Sunset Street at Basil Wednesday before breather
Sunset Street, the duo comprised of Gail Mack and Gordon Kim, will perform at Thai Sweet Basil at Manoa Marketplace from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (June 2), then will take a summer break.
The group will resume shows there in August.
Stage: TAG launches ‘Top Dog/Underdog’ this Friday
The Actors Group will present “Top Dog/Underdog,” a play by Suzan-Lori Parks, beginning Friday (June 4) at its theater at 1116 Smith St., second floor.
Harry Wong III will direct;
The story is about two brothers, Lincoln (Moses Good) and Booth (Q), first abandoned by one parent, then the other,who depend on each other for survival. Now in their 30s, the bros struggle to make a new life to dodge poverty. Lincoln is a master of the con game, three card monte, who abandons a life of crime for a more respectable job impersonating Abraham Lincoln at an arcade. Booth, who makes living as a petty thief, wishes to emulate his older brother’s success with the cards, and the play explores their tug-of-war for control.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, through June 27, but there will be no performance on Friday June25, replaced by a June 23 show.
Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors, $12 students and military.
Reservations: 722-6941, www.taghawaii.net.
Clubs: Comedians bring laughs to Pipeline Café
Laughs are on the agenda as comedians head to the Pipeline Café:
• J. Chris Newberg takes the stage this Wednesday (June 2).
• Twista, joined by emcee Rick Rock, DJ Doggfather, The Mob, Faioso, JamRoq, Victory, Samoan Dienasty and others top the bill this Friday (June 4). Graham Elwood will perform June 9.
• Finesse Mitchell is set for June 23. at Pipeline Café.
Showtime is 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.; all ages welcome.
Presale tickets: $20 general, $40 VIP priority seating; for the Twista bill, $30 general, $70 VIP in advance, $100 VIP at the door.
Reservations: groovetickets.com, www.pipelinecafehawaii.com, or at the Pipeline Café box office and Hawaii’s Natural High; Twista tickets also available at the UH Campus Ticket Center, Digg Lifestyle, Journey’s Ala Moana, Smokey’s, Razor Concept.