This week's First Thursday event at the Hawaiian Hut presents another qualifying round in the third season of HawaiiSlam poetry. The top two poets will go to the HawaiiSlam Finals next year, and that will determine the team to represent the state at the 2006 National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas.
The top poet of the evening will receive $100.
As always, Kealoha will host, and the evening will feature painters at work, massages in the lounge, and DJ Celine of Rebel Girl Underground.
Special guests this week will be Sewa Fare, a West African percussion ensemble that performs traditional songs and dances from Guinea.
Doors open at 7:45 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 at the hut, in the Ala Moana Hotel. Admission is $3 before 8:30 p.m., $5 afterward. Call 387-9664 or visit www.HawaiiSlam.com.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Donald Young will present a pair of workshops at the Outreach College at the University of Hawaii next week.
Young produced the Emmy-nominated "Searching for Asian America," which aired on PBS, and was director of broadcast programming and production for the National Asian American Telecommunications Association.
The workshops will be held in the Yukiyoshi Room of Krauss Hall. To register call 956-8400 or visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu.
Demystifying Distribution: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14; $50. Topics cover promotion, distribution and outreach plans for films; developing publicity materials; coordinating screenings; television and educational distribution.
Documentary Film Production: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16; $150. A comprehensive introduction to the process of documentary production, including administration, budgeting, schedules, personnel, storytelling, digital tools and editing.
Malay film featured
The provocative Malaysian film "Sepet" will be shown Thursday as part of film series presented by the University of Hawaii-Manoa's Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
"Sepet," Yasmin Ahmad's second film, tells of teenage love between a Chinese peddler of pirated videos and a Malay schoolgirl who likes Hong Kong movies. In Malay, "sepet" means "single eyelid" but, in a pejorative way, also stands for "slit eyes."
Ahmad's film penetrates stereotypes to explore the complexities of a multiracial society that considers the Malay race and Islamic religion superior.
Admission is free for the 6:30 p.m. screening at the Korean Studies Building auditorium. Call 956-2688.
Show your spirit
Cheerleading squads are invited to compete for a $200 prize in Hawaiian Brian's High School Spirit "8 Ball" Showcase, to be held throughout the football season.
Two squads -- four cheerleaders, one captain and a coach or advisor -- will compete weekly, at 6 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 20 through Dec. 1.
The winning team will take home $200; second place, $50. Another $25 prize goes to the winner of the Spirit Competition, where teams shout their cheer. The loudest team -- gauged by a decibel meter -- wins.
To sign up, call 721-7030.
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The Waipahu High School cheerleading squad from four seasons back.