Friday, February 27, 2004


Academy event’s debut
focuses on Asian culture

The Honolulu Academy of Arts starts to expand its operating hours one night a month with the debut of "ARTafterDARK" tonight at the museum.

ARTafterDARK presents "Kung Fu Friday!"

Where: Honolulu Academy of Arts

When: 5 to 9 p.m. today

Admission: $7 general, free to Academy members

Call: 532-8715

Targeted toward young professionals who are "bored of the club scene" and "tired of Friday night at the movies," the Academy's new program offers night access to over 35,000 works of art in its permanent collection and various international traveling exhibitions that are currently on display.

This month's theme is "Kung Fu Friday," in celebration of Asian culture and the recent Chinese New Year. In addition to a traditional lion dance, Academy staffers will host guided "Zip-Tours" through the museum's Chinese gallery and "Zip-Talks" to discuss various art and cultural topics.

Among the works on display at the museum are "The Alsdorf Collection of Japanese Paintings and Ceramics," over two dozen works from the Heian, Meiji, Kamakura and Muromachi periods, and "Double Beauty: Qing Dynasty Couplets From the Lechangzai Xuan Collection," a display of calligraphy by various artists that exemplify China's artistic and cultural history.

Local ceramists Kauka de Silva, Reid Ozaki, Hideo Okino, Yukio Ozaki and Daven Hee are featured in the exhibition "From the Hand: Five Hawaii Ceramists." Illustrating the influence of Japanese folk ceramics on local artists, it serves as a complement to "Fifty Centuries of Japanese Folk Ceramics: Selections from the Montgomery Collection," another traveling exhibition on display at the museum.

And at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Doris Duke Theatre, visitors to "ARTafterDARK" will be able to watch a special screening of 1975's "Master of the Flying Guillotine," directed by Yu Wang. In typical over-the-top kung fu fashion, a one-armed boxer takes on a flying guillotine master who seeks vengeance over the murder of his students.

Live entertainment will also take place in the museum's Luce Pavilion, and the Pavilion Cafe -- usually only open for lunch -- will offer a special pupu and dinner menu prepared by Chef Mike Nevin (reservations recommended).

Admission to "ARTafterDARK" is $7 per person and free to Academy members. Purchase a membership tonight at the museum, ranging in price from $15 to $75, and your $7 will be refunded.

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