Top 5 things to do this weekend (Mar. 1-14)
This weekend, watch Jewish films, jam to local bands and enjoy a cultural festival in Honolulu, Hawaii.
ARTS & CULTURE
Small Kine Art Exhibit
Friday, March 1
Hawaii Watercolor Society's artists show off their inner Picassos in this free art exhibit. Browse original and matted artwork ranging from $30 to $100. It's First Friday, so downtown Honolulu will be packed with art exhibits and events for Honolulu Art Walk. 5-7 p.m. reception, free, ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., hawaiiwatercolorsociety.org.
SOHO Mixed Media Bar
Friday, March 1
It is First Friday, but also the last one for SOHO Mixed Media Bar's current owners. After 3.5 years, the popular nightlife hotspot changes ownership on April 1. Show some love by partying with special guest deejays from Los Angeles: Lou E. Bagels and J*Labs. Grab some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and enjoy the bar's signature art, music and fashion shows. 6 p.m.-2 a.m., 21+ free cover before 9 p.m., $10 after 9 p.m., 80 S. Pauahi St., sohomixedmediabar.com.
Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3
"Pacific Harmony" is the theme for this year's three-day festival. Artists and performers from Australia, Japan, Tahiti, China, Korea and Taiwan will meet in Honolulu to celebrate culture and friendship. There will be a friendship gala, a bon dancing workshop, a grand parade and more. Hawaii and Japan commemorate peace with more than 1,400 fireworks lighting the night sky in the Nagaoka Fireworks show, "laying flowers" in memory of Pearl Harbor attacks and Nagaoka air raid victims from World War II. Times vary, free, Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, DFS Galleria Waikiki, honolulufestival.com.
Hard Rock Rising
Saturday, March 2
You'll get to be a judge when Honolulu bands battle in Hard Rock Cafe's on stage music competition. Audience participation counts in the judging process, so cheer on your favorite bands. The winners get a chance to rock out at London's Hard Rock Calling festival. You'll hear performances from Rock Opera Theatre, M.O.J.O. and Curt Kobain on Saturday. 2 p.m., free, 280 Beachwalk, 955-7383, hardrock.com.
11th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, March 2 to Thursday, March 14
Hawaii's Jewish community formed Temple Emanu-El in the early 1950s. For the past 10 years, the Jewish Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre celebrated the Jewish experience. Enjoy seven feature films and documentaries for 11 days this month. 6-7:30 p.m. March 2 opening night reception, $15, $12 museum members; Times vary for film screenings, $60, $50 museum members for festival flash passes, Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St., honolulumuseum.org.