Michael Franti & Spearhead will play shows on Oahu and Maui (Courtesy photo)

Events: Be good to your Mom this and every weekend

Text Gary Chun

It's Mother's Day Sunday. 'Nuff said. But if you want to add check out some other activities (click on the highlighted wording for more information) ...

The Mother's Day Mega '80s Festival at the Waikiki Shell (that actually takes place the day before on Saturday, May 13) should get a crowd of moms to shake their collective groove thang to a collection of hit acts that include Midnight Star, Zapp, Al B Sure, Exposé, Lisa Lisa, Rose Royce, Sweet Sensation, Taylor Dayne, and JJ Fad.

On a more proper and sedate note, slack-key guitar master Jeff Peterson will perform at the Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, on Friday, May 12. As for films at the intimate venue, the Aotearoa New Zealand Film Showcase 2017 continues, featuring the latest home country effort by noted director Taika Waititi Hunt for the Wilderpeople, completed just before he was chosen to helm the latest Marvel project Thor: Ragnarok.

Environmental and adventure film shorts will make up the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on the 13th, curated and organized by the Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School, and on Mother's Day the 14th, families can enjoy the big-screen showings of the Disney/Pixar hit Moana.

If your musical tastes run from pop to stylin' hip-hop, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will be singing at Blue Note Hawai'i May 12-14, and Michael Franti & Spearhead continue their Love Out Loud tour at the Republik on May 12 and then the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on May 14.

The Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra will be busy this weekend with a free late afternoon performance as part of its Symphony in the Park series at Kailua District Park on the 12th, followed by their regular stint at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on the 13th and 14th with a Masterworks program featuring Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet Suite with maestro Kenneth Lam and violinist Sayaka Shoji.

And both National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week concludes this weekend with the free Hawaiʻi Pet Expo 2017 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall May 13 and 14. Pets are welcome, and dogs in particular must be leashed, and pets must be in good health and under their owner’s control at all times.


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