Symphony gala takes world tour
Take a tour of exotic marketplaces -- at least in spirit -- through the Honolulu Symphony's "Ports of Call" Symphony Ball, May 19 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
The 10th annual evening of cocktails, dinner and auctions also offers a chance to dance to the music of the full symphony, conducted by Matt Catingub and Stuart Chafetz.
Life and silent auctions will feature electronic bidding and new touch-screen kiosks. Up for bid will be items from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Polynesia -- including travel packages and keepsake jewelry, books, wine and spirits, food items, fashion, fine art and music.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.; dancing will continue until midnight.
Tickets are $250; tables of 10 start at $2,500. Call 524-0815, ext. 244, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds benefit the symphony's music education and community outreach programs.
Moms of Moiliili to be honored
The Moiliili Community Center is honoring four top moms at its "Applause! Encore!" silent auction and dinner on Saturday -- Mother's Day eve -- at Waialae Country Club.
To be honored are Moiliili residents Mutsumi Ishizaki, Lillian Fusako Shiraki, Elsie Tanaka and Barbara Tong.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails; dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. Call 955-1555.
Share a reading experience through the Common Book
"Ishmael," by Daniel Quinn, has been selected as the Common Book for Windward Community College's fall reading program.
The Common book ideal is for as many people as possible to read the book over the summer, then participate in lectures, films and panel discussions on Quinn's work from September through April.
"Ishmael," published in 1992, is about a half-ton gorilla that finds a human student to bring forth his vision of the world and human history. WCC librarian Brian Richardson says the novel provokes thought about history, politics, justice and care of the planet.
The Common Book program began in 2004 with Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation." This year's books were "Nickel and Dimed," by Barbara Ehrenreich, and "The World Is Flat," by Thomas Friedman.
Call Richardson 235-7338 or e-mail email@example.com.