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ROBYN BUNTIN OF HONOLULU
In early 20th century Japan the contrast between old and
new, as reflected in women's attire, captivated artists.
Taisho art and sake
Those who haven't gotten enough of taisho chic after viewing the Honolulu Academy of Arts' current exhibition can get a second look as Robyn Buntin of Honolulu presents "A Taisho Show: Art of Exuberance (1912-1926)" through March 31.
The exhibition offers an examination of the early 20th-century period when Japan was rapidly shedding its feudal past. This led to confusion in the roles of women, who were caught between tradition and Westernization, a conflict that showed up in their attire, often a mix of the old and new.
Artists were inspired to paint these "Modern Girls," and this also led to experimentation with Western art forms such as art deco, art nouveau, impressionism and expressionism.
There will be a 4 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, featuring pupu and sake tasting with Chris Pearce. Call 523-5913 for more information.
Free tax preparationWe know this is going to hurt, but tax day is coming up. In anticipation of the dreaded day, free tax preparation is being offered at Leeward Community College from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through the end of March in Room BE-226. No appointments are necessary.
Students from the University of Hawaii-West Oahu and LCC will be doing the work under the guidance of professor Wayne Imada.
We're talking basic forms. They won't do businesses or deal with those who can afford accountants, such as those with heavy investments or real estate holdings.
Bring your forms, W-2s and any applicable paperwork.
All tax forms and schedules will be completed on computers and can be filed electronically.
The volunteer service is being provided by UHWO Students in Free Enterprise, a nonprofit organization that provides college students with opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through free enterprise. For more information, call 685-6233.
Shop for schoolsBuy groceries; earn computers for your favorite school.
It's a simple and almost magical concept that Foodland Super Market has been expediting for 14 years. The Shop for Better Education Program runs this year through March 12.
How it works: In the checkout line at Foodland, select a school or public library to be your beneficiary. As you spend money at Foodland using a Maika'i Card, your chosen institution earns points that can be redeemed for computers and educational materials.
Since 1988, when Shop for Better Education began, Foodland has given away more than $5.8 million in computer equipment, software and books to 390 Hawaii public and private schools and 50 public libraries.
The following is a preview of movies opening this weekend:
"Crossroads" -- It's Britney Spears' first movie! She plays one of three childhood girlfriends who, after eight years apart, rediscover their friendship on a cross-country trip. And along the way there's a handsome, mysterious guy driving a '73 Buick convertible (PG-13).
"Hart's War" -- Bruce Willis stars as a top ranking colonel in a German prisoner of war camp who assigns a young officer's aide (Colin Farrell) to defend a black POW accused of murdering a fellow white prisoner (R).
"John Q" -- Denzel Washington plays a down-on-his-luck father who finds out that his son needs a heart transplant after collapsing on a baseball field. When the hospital finds out that his insurance won't cover the operation, the boy is taken off the donor list, resulting in Washington's character taking over the hospital's emergency room until the doctors agree to operate (PG-13).
"Return to Never Land" -- Disney's animated sequel to its beloved "Peter Pan." This time around, the-boy-who-wouldn't-grow-up is trying to save the daughter of a grown-up Wendy from the clutches of his arch-rival Captain Hook (G).
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