Festival previews WWII-era film
Just added to the Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase at the Dole Cannery Stadium is a sneak preview of "American Pastime," a feature set in the 1940s Japanese-American internment camps.
Two families' fates collide at a nearby town's internment camp. Guard Billy Burrell, a frustrated minor-league catcher, antagonizes restless young Lyle Nomura, a star pitcher who left behind a college scholarship when he was interned with his parents and brother. Tensions escalate when Lyle strikes up a romance with Burrell's daughter, a music instructor at the camp.
In a gesture of good will, Lyle's father proposes a game between Burrell's minor-league team and the internees, a contest that tests the limits of the town's tolerance and reveals a deeper conflict -- and triumph -- at the heart of American society.
Gary Cole, Masatoshi Nakamura, Aaron Yoo and Judy Ongg star in this feature directed by Desmond Nakano.
"American Pastime" screens at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10; $9 military, students and seniors. Call 550-8457 or visit www.hiff.org.
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Aaron Yoo stars as Lyle Nomura in "American Pastime."
Arts supporters to be recognized
Guy Merola and Mark Wong will be the honored guests at Manoa Valley Theatre's annual fundraiser, "Manoa Marquee: A Celebration of the Arts in Hawaii," at 4 p.m. Sunday on the State Art Museum grounds.
Merola and Wong will be acknowledged for their support of performance, music and art.
The event also serves as a 50th-birthday bash for the pair, emceed by Keoki Kerr and Katie Doyle with entertainment by Jimmy Borges, Cathy Foy, Mary Gutzi, Shari Lynn, Jim Nabors and Alethea Train.
Tickets are $200, with tables of 10 for $2,000 to $5,000. Standing-room tickets are $100. Included are a pupu buffet by caterer Big G and a martini bar by Fujioka's. Call 988-6131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDs might be shiny but vinyl is final
If you still have a turntable, Friends of the Library Hawaii has a deal for you: 15 vinyl records for $10.
The "Vinyl Is Final" record sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday at the Friends Bookstore, 690 Pohukaina St. in Kakaako. Look for the bookmobile out front.
The Friends' collection includes classical, jazz, show tunes, comedy, foreign language and popular recording artists.
Even if you got rid of your turntable long ago, consider an LP as an objet d'art or a historic relic to show your kids.
All sales support the state's public libraries. Call 536-4174.