To do: Friday, Oct. 26

October 26, 2007


Island portrait: Tonight the renowned hula dance troupe Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu continues its new show “O’ahu, Confessions of an Island” at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco. In signature style, kumu hula Patrick Makuakane ranges freely among ancient hula forms imbued with deep religious context from Hawaii’s traditional beliefs, contemporary styles accompanied by Hawaiian music played on modern instruments, and Makuakane’s own hula mua — which does nothing less than transform hula movements into a fully modern genre of dance capable of partnering with any music, including the aggressively tactile bass of urban nightclubs. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday main shows (Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3) are sold out, but some last-minute tickets may be available at the box office, which opens an hour before the shows, and it’s sometimes possible to find tickets for Na Lei Hulu shows on Craigslist. On Sunday, a one-hour “Hula for Families” show suitable for children is still available. If you still think of the “Hawaii Five-O” theme when you think of hula, “O’ahu” will be an eye-opener.

Na Lei Hulu is my wife’s halau, to give full disclosure. The photo above belongs to Na Lei Hulu.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s review of the show.

The S.F. Examiner’s review.

Transportation conference: “Bay Area on the Move,” a joint conference of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, runs from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. Too late to attend by now (registration closed a while back anyway), but there’s an audio stream available here. The MTC’s Transportation 2035 Plan is the main topic. More information, including some downloadable presentations, is here for transportation wonks who must be somewhere else today.

“Walls of Sound”: Bruce McClure, the visual artist trained as an architect, premieres some new work at the Exploratorium science museum tonight at 7:30. The Explo’s event calendar uses an annoying popup format for program details, so I can’t link directly to the event, but here’s the full October calendar. If you can’t score tickets for Na Lei Hulu when the Palace of Fine Arts box office opens at 7, this might make an interesting backup plan, as the Exploratorium is at the opposite end of the same building.