Top 5 things to do this week (12/12-12/18)
12-12-12 dinner at HASR Bistro
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Bring a growling stomach to this feast fit for kings and queens! Since the date 12-12-12 comes only once in 100 years, HASR Bistro owner Terry Kakazu says she wanted to dedicate the evening to a special “once-in-a-lifetime dinner.” You’ll indulge in Kobe beef tartare, pan-seared quail, roasted lamb and smoked salmon—four of the 12 special dishes to be paired with 12 wines for $12 each. Jarvis Winery’s Ted Henry hosts the dinner, during which you’ll be toasting wines from his Napa Valley vineyard. Reserve a spot for this special dinner before it sells out. Drink and be merry! $144, 6:30 p.m and 8:30 p.m.., 31 N. Pauahi St., 533-4277, hasrbistro.com.
Comedy Central Live presents Gabriel Iglesias
Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15
You'll be laughing out loud when this Hawaiian shirt-wearing comedian cracks jokes about his weight. Find out why people call Gabriel Iglesias "Fluffy" in his hourlong stand-up comedy routine at the Hawaii Theatre. The weekend show will be filmed for Comedy Central's DVD special "Aloha Fluffy," scheduled to air in spring 2013. Be sure to arrive early to the showing, because it won't be funny when you get turned away at the door! $40.50, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., and Dec. 15, 10 p.m., Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., 528-0506, hawaiitheatre.com, fluffyguy.com.
“Festival of Lights” Christmas Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 15
Oahu’s streets are usually packed with holiday parades this season. Take a break from the typical decorated cars and floats. Head over to the Hawaii Kai Marina to watch more than a dozen decorated boats, from a small dinghy to a large barge, parade around the marina waterways. “We’ve had Sponge Bob Square Pants, Grinches, Santas, and a mixed plate,” says Beverly Liddle, the marina’s manager. Be warned, this popular event attracts a large crowd. Here’s a tip: Book reservations at restaurants with views near the marina and arrive early for parking. If you are one of the lucky first 1,000 people to arrive early, you’ll get a free holiday blinking light pin to show off your Christmas spirit! Free, 4:30 p.m. Liberty Belles, 5 p.m. Maunalua, 6 p.m. boat parade, 377 Keahole Street, 396-2469, hawaiikaimarina.com.
Hard Rock Café’s 25thAnniversary
Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16
Rock ‘n’ roll fans can rejoice this month when Hard Rock Café celebrates 25 years in Honolulu in style. What else? A rock concert, of course. Local youth band The Wreck kicks off the two-day concert. You'll be jamming to Tavana, Nine Pound Hammer, The Henry Kapono Band and more. $1 donation, 11 a.m., 280 Beachwalk, 921-2244, hardrock.com.
Happy Birthday Gene Kelly! at Doris Duke Theatre
Tuesday, Dec. 18 through Saturday, Dec. 22
Happy birthday Gene Kelly! This year marks the Singin' in the Rain star's 100th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the beloved musical. Experience the "glorious feeling” of watching the digitally restored film on the big screen. You can also catch Kelly's two other films, An American in Paris and On the Town which made the classic "New York, New York" song famous. Treat yourself to an early birthday present (muffins) when Doris Duke Theatre rolls out a new snack concession stand. $10 general, $8 members, On the Town playing Dec. 18-19, 7:30 p.m. An American in Paris playing Dec. 20-21, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Singin’ in the Rain playing Dec. 22, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 900 S. Beretania St., honolulumuseum.org.
For more events, visit calendar.honolulumagazine.com.
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