Tenney Theatre hosts double dose of ghost stories
Brenda Wong Aoki presents a pair of ghost stories -- "Mermaid Meat -- The Secret to Immortality" and "Kuan-Yin: Our Lady of Compassion" -- March 16 and 17 at Tenney Theatre.
Aoki will narrate the Chinese and Japanese ghost stories; musical and theatrical performances will also be held throughout the tales. Joining her will be taiko drummer Janet Koike, dancer/percussionist Kai Kane Aoki Izu and musician Mark Izu.
A performance will also be held by gagaku master Togi Suenobu, who follows Japanese imperial court musicianship dating back more than 1,500 years. This is expected to be one of his final performances.
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Brenda Wong Aoki will tell ghost stories next month.
Aoki wrote "Mermaid Meat," based upon the Japanese proverb "Eating the flesh of a mermaid is the secret to eternal youth." In her story, commissioned by Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conductor Kent Nagano, Aoki reflects on society's fixation with youth and beauty.
"Kuan-Yin" is the story of a young San Francisco boy who learns from his grandmother that the spirit cannot be killed after death if a person has lived a conscientious life.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at the theater in St. Andrew's Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square. Tickets are $25, $15 for students, seniors, military and children under 16. The show is not recommended for ages 10 and under.
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Dine out for life
On Wednesday, forget about packing that bag lunch, forget about a home-cooked dinner.
Wednesday is Oahu Dines, an islandwide fundraising event for the Life Foundation. Eat out at two dozen Oahu restaurants, and they'll turn over part of the proceeds to support Hawaii's oldest and largest AIDS organization.
Platinum Plate sponsors, those that have pledged to donate a minimum of $1,500, are Baci Bistro in Kailua, all Big City Diner locations, El Charro II Mexican Seafood in Aiea and Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki.
The following restaurants will donate 20 percent of their sales: 12th Avenue Grill, A Taste of New York, Boots and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen, Chai's Island Bistro, Cinnamon's Restaurant, Cisco's Cantina, JJ Bistro & French Pastry, Le Guignol Restaurant, Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant, South Shore Grill, Spices, town, 'Umeke Market and Deli, Volcano Joe's Island Bistro, Coffee House & Caterer, Wally Ho's Garage and Grill and the Wedding Café.
For addresses and other information on the restaurants, visit the Web site www.oahudines.org. Call 521-2437, ext. 250.
Panda Express in the Hawaii Kai Towne Center is devoting the first and third Wednesdays of each month to "Moto-Mania," when bikers are invited to gather for fellowship and a 15 percent discount on food.
From noon to 5 p.m., special motorcycle parking will be available in front of the restaurant so sports bikers and Harley aficionados alike can keep an eye on their vehicles and admire each others' wheels. Show your motorcycle keys to claim your discount. Call 396-4088.
Restored art pieces from the Bishop Museum's collections will be on display at a benefit event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 6 at Morton's, the Steakhouse.
The event will raise funds for the museum's Picture Gallery & Art Conservation Fund, to restore, reframe and preserve rare pieces.
Works by Enoch Wood Perry, George Carter and Howard Hitchcock will be displayed, as well as two paintings in need of restoration, by Charles Furneaux and W.A. Coulter.
The menu includes Morton's signature dishes, martinis and wines.
Tickets are $150, with reserved tables available for $1,500 (for four) or $2,500 (for eight).
Wine and dine
Alan Wong's Restaurant hosts a Next Generation Dinner on Thursday, featuring Chef de Cuisine Wade Ueoka's menu: North Shore Cattle Co. Beef Tataki with Cambozola Cheese Lumpia (Charles Heidseck, Champagne "Brut"), Butter-Poached Kona Lobster Mochi Soup (Macon Farges Henri Perrusset Chardonnay, 2001), Twice-Cooked Duck (Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot, 2002).
Pastry chef Michelle Karr's dessert will be New Wave Bread Pudding "Three Ways."
Cost is $90, $65 without wines. Call 949-2526.
Arts workshop to help heal grief offered
A hands-on workshop using creative arts to help heal grief will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at the Koolau Golf Club in Kaneohe.
"Reframing the Grief Journey Through the Arts" is sponsored by St. Francis Hospice with the Hawaii Donor Family Council, Hawaii Lions Eye Bank, Kokua Mau, Louis Pohl Foundation, National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and Organ Donor Center of Hawaii.
The Rev. Dr. J.P. Sabitti, chaplain of Pacific Health Ministry at Kaiser Foundation Hospital, will present "Journey of Grief" and Dr. Carolyn Annerud, emergency physician and artist of Studio C, will present "Restoring the Soul."
Amber Ricci will conduct a session on body movement to music and songs and participation in such activities as energy arts, collage, drawing, poetry, music therapy, rock painting and other crafts.
The session will end with release of rainbow pigeons.
Felicia Marquez-Wong, St. Francis Hospice bereavement coordinator, said, the workshop is designed to help grieving participants "discover their creativity as a way to express their thoughts and feelings and to restore their soul.
"The arts, whether they take the form of visual arts, music or dance, can help people cope with difficulties and transform their outlook in life," she added.
The cost of the workshop, including lunch, is $45 per person before March 3 and $50 after that deadline.
Make checks payable to Kokua Mau and send to Grief Workshop, c/o Kokua Mau, 3554 Akaka Place No. 2, Honolulu, HI 96822-1317. For more information, call 595-7566 or 521-1812.
Research, medicine discussions planned
The latest discoveries in research and medicine will be discussed by a panel of international scientists at the Second Annual Hawaii BioScience Conference in June, the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine has announced.
Among noted researchers leading the discussions, the school said, will be:
» Nancy Cox, head of the bird flu section for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
» Bruce Alberts, biochemist who headed the National Academy of Sciences for eight years and is now at the University of California-San Francisco.
» Dr. Ivor Royston, pioneer in establishing San Diego's biotech industry.
» Arthur Caplan, bioethicist from the University of Pennsylvania.
» Dr. Marsel Mesulam, a leader in neurodegenerative diseases.
JABSOM faculty members also will present their latest research findings.
The conference will be held June 25-27 with workshops at the school's new Kakaako campus and all-day sessions at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
Dr. Ed Cadman, professor of medicine and former dean of the medical school, is conference chairman.
Those who register before Wednesday can take a guest to the opening reception for no charge. For more information, call 888-714-5544 or see www.HiBioSci.org.