KAHULUI - The Maui Arts & Cultural Center has a full slate of events in early March, including two free movies.
Martin Beaver (violin) and Kevin FitzGerald (piano) will perform on Thursday, March 6, in the Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. From Canada, Beaver has been first violinist with the venerable Tokyo String Quartet for the past decade. A prominent chamber musician, he was a founding member of the Toronto String Quartet and Triskelion Ensemble in Canada. He's been a top prize-winner at international violin competitions, appeared with chamber groups in North America and Europe, and performed as a soloist with symphonies in San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Belgium and Portugal. FitzGerald's performances have garnered international praise for dynamic and distinguished interpretations. Tickets are $12, $30 or $40.
The Brasil Guitar Duo, Joo Luiz and Douglas Lora, will perform on Friday, March 7, in the McCoy Studio Theater. The duo excels at combining an energetic and subtle touch with contemporary swing. Equally at home with classical or world music platforms, the duo's innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works to the delight of their audiences around the world and critical acclaim of their numerous recordings. Tickets are $35.
Celebrated NPR humorist and author David Sedaris returns to the Castle Theater on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. for an evening of cutting wit, social satire and riveting conversation in celebration of his newest title, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls." Experience the hilarious brilliance that created his national bestsellers. Join Sedaris for readings and recollections onstage, featuring all-new and yet-unpublished material, with a question and answer session afterward. Then meet him after the show for a personal book signing. Tickets are $32, $39.50, $47 or $62. Call 242-SHOW.
"Starry Night Cinema: Despicable Me" will be held Saturday, March 8, in the A&B Amphitheater. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., followed by the free movie at 7 p.m. Bring your low-back beach chairs and blankets to relax on the lawn and watch this animated feature film. Full selections of dinners, movie snacks and beverages (both hot and cold) will be available when the gates open. There will be live music, a keiki art activity and door prizes, too!
Abraham Verghese will lead a talk and reception on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater. The Green Room presents renowned physician and bestselling author Verghese in an engaging talk on "The Connection Between Literature & Medicine." Author of The New York Times bestseller "Cutting for Stone" and professor at Stanford University, Dr. Verghese reflects on the patient-physician relationship. Dr. Verghese will be available to sign books during the post-event Dessert Reception in the McCoy Courtyard. Sponsored by FIM Group, all ticket sales benefit The Merwin Conservancy. Tickets are $35, which includes the hosted reception.
Natalie Cole will perform on Monday, March 10, in the Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. Spend an "Unforgettable" evening with this multiple Grammy Award-winning vocalist, who brings the musical genes of her father (Nat King Cole) and infuses the legacy with her own style in R&B, urban contemporary and jazz-based pop. Enjoy the hits: "This Will Be," "Inseparable," "I've Got Love on My Mind," and "Unforgettable, With Love." Tickets are $45, $65, $85, $125 and $150.
And the film "Dakota 38" will be screened on Thursday, March 13, in the McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. In spring 2005, Lakota Spiritual Leader Jim Miller dreamed that he rode 330 miles on horseback, eventually coming to a riverbank in Mankato, Minnesota, where he saw 38 of his ancestors hanged. Miller soon discovered that he had dreamed of the largest mass hanging in U.S. history, which was ordered by President Abraham Lincoln and took place on Dec. 26, 1862, just months after the end of the U.S.-Dakota War. In December 2008, Miller and many others retraced the dream route on horseback to bring healing and reconciliation to all. The film tells the story of this journey. A Q&A with Miller follows. Admission is free; the film is presented in collaboration with Ala Kukui.