Thursday, April 14, 2005



Hawaii in 'toons

Spend a Looney Tunes evening at Aiea Public Library today, viewing favorite cartoon characters playing tourist in Hawaii.

The "Toontown Hawaii" classic film program, hosted by Steven Fredrick, will feature cartoons from the 1930s through '60s, with appearances by Bugs Bunny, Betty Boop, Tom & Jerry and other animated personalities.

The Hawaiian-theme cartoons will be screened free from 6:30 p.m. The library is at 99-143 Moanalua Road. For more information, call 483-7333.

Starz debuts

Ghosts, spirits and, of course, magical flute players add to the "Myth and Mystery" of flautist Claire Starz's debut recital 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Performing Arts Studio.

Tickets are $17.50 general, $15 for HPR members and $10 for students.

Starz, currently second flutist for the Honolulu Symphony, will be accompanied by Thomas Yee at the piano.

Originally from Houston, Starz began playing the flute at age 9, and has performed with the Texas Festival Orchestra at Roundtop and the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, also in Texas, after winning its Young Artist Competition in both 1997 and 1999.

Yee, a pianist from Newfoundland, Canada, has won first prize in more than 20 national and international competitions. He is assistant professor and chairman of piano studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Yee is a member of a new faculty group, Trio Xia, and also performs with Trio Benetri, now in its 13th season.

The studio is at 738 Kaheka St. For more information, call 955-8821.

Master the dance

Put on your dancing shoes. Performers from Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" will give a free Irish-dance master class at 7 p.m. April 27 at Ballet Hawaii in the Dole Cannery.

Enrollment is limited. Interested dancers should contact Steve Knox at Ballet Hawaii, 521-8600, to sign up for the session.

The company is known for its extensive footwork. The troupe includes Irish dance champions from around the world who complete an estimated 151,200 taps per performance.

"Lord of the Dance" runs April 29 through May 8 at Blaisdell Concert Hall. The show features 40-plus dancers who deliver an eloquent interpretation of one of Ireland's most famous legends and passionate love stories.

Tickets are $44 to $59, available at the Blaisdell box office and Ticketmaster locations. Call toll-free 877-750-4400 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For group discounts for 20 or more, call 732-7733.



Weekend 'Potpourri'

The Japanese Women's Society of Honolulu brings a "Potpourri of Fashions" to the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel's Hawaii Ballroom Sunday afternoon.

Featured will be designs by Harari of Los Angeles; knits, career, travel and evening wear by Linda Iki of Iki Couture; and island designs by Kahala Sportswear.

The event begins with boutique sales of women's clothing, jewelry and handbags from 9 a.m., with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and fashion show.

Proceeds will benefit residents of Hale Pulama Mau at Kuakini Health Systems, and other programs for seniors.

Tickets are $50, available by calling Suzette Lau Hee at 524-0450.

'Style' in the sky

Ala Moana Center will showcase spring designs during its "Art of Style" fashion show, featuring a dynamic vertical dance performance featuring San Francisco's Velocity Circus, which promises to be an act to remember, capturing the circus atmosphere of big-city fashion events.

The hour-long fashion show on and over CenterStage will feature dance and acrobatic numbers that will include aerial elements. Dancers and musicians will be clothed in garments off the racks, allowing spectators and would-be buyers to see how clothes look and move.

The free show, staged by Tim Bostock Productions, will be performed at 7 p.m. April 21, 22 and 23. Admission is free, but arrive early to get a good seat.

'Fashion Forward'

Honolulu Symphony Associates will present its fashion show "Chic Fashion Forward" on Sunday evening at the Halekulani's Hau Terrace, featuring designs for real people -- not just size-2 models -- worn by local women such as Sherry Chock Wong, Nora Meijide Gentry and others.

The black-tie event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring designs by Anne Namba, Takeo, Robert Palma, Princess Kaiulani Fashions, Shanghai Tang, Villa Roma, Modern Amusement, Mamo Howell, Calista, Celebrity Tuxedo and Tuxedo Junction, with hair and makeup by Paul Brown.

Proceeds from the event will benefit youth music education and scholarships.

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