In addition to "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" opening tomorrow, another big studio movie is opening Friday:
"Mona Lisa Smile": Set in the all-female Wellesley College in 1953, Julia Roberts plays a free-spirited art history professor who opens the eyes (and loosens the girdles) of her students, who've been taught to meet a nice boy, get married, then stay home and have kids. Roberts goes head to head with the powers that be at Wellesley and, in doing so, deeply affects her students who, in turn, lead her to alter the course of her life. Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal co-star as her students. (PG-13)
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Holiday boutique open
Cane Haul Road, Tutuvi and Bamboo Ridge Press will be offering their wares at the Musubi & Friends Store, a holiday store offering local gift items including clothing, books, dish towels, aprons, tote bags, note cards, local literature on CDs, pit-fired pieces by BRP resident potter Xander, and other surprises.
Special events this week are readings as follows:
>> Tomorrow: Nora Okja Keller, co-editor of the special Korean Centennial issue of Bamboo Ridge released earlier this year, "YOBO: Korean American Writing in Hawai'i," 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The store is at 2636 South King St. in Moiliili, between Puck's Alley and 7-Eleven, in the same building as The Haunt. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays through Jan. 3. Call 398-5392 or Cane Haul Road at 947-8466.
>> Thursday: Lois-Ann Yamanaka, nationally recognized local writer whose first book, "Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre," was published by Bamboo Ridge Press 10 years ago, 2 to 3 p.m.
Kupuna talk today
Bishop Museum will host a kupuna lecture tonight featuring a presentation on Kamapua'a and Lono, in conjunction with its latest exhibit, "Lono-I-Ka-Makahiki."
Kahu Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr. and master carver Rocky Ka'iouliokahihikolo 'Ehu Jensen will explore the connection between the pig god and Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace, fertility, agriculture and healing, whose endeavors are celebrated each fall.
The talk runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the museum's Atherton Halau, at 1525 Bernice St. Admission is $5 general and $3 for students. Call 848-4191 for reservations.
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