May Day comes to the stage
Your basic elementary school May Day show will be deconstructed as part of Kumu Kahua Theatre's Dark Night Series.
"The May Day Show: Performances of Culture on Hawaii's Elementary School Stage" is a research/performance project by Jamie Simpson Steele as part of her doctoral dissertation. Annie Lokomaika'i Lipscomb, Ginger Gohier and Aito Steele will help with her presentation.
What meanings do people take from May Day celebrations? What lies beneath the surface? And, to the audience, what is your point of view?
It all starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and admission is free. The theater is located downtown on 46 Merchant St. Call 536-4441.
Stewardesses' legacy of flight
Anthropology professor Christine Yano presents a lecture, "Flying the Frontier: Pan Am World Airways & 'Nisei' Stewardesses" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The discussion, part of the University of Hawaii's "Sharing Our Work and Knowledge" series, will be held at Hamilton Library, Room 301.
Yano discusses how Pan American World Airways ordered the largest fleet of commercial jet aircraft in the world in 1955 and recruited Japanese-American flight attendants to serve onboard. She further discusses how the nisei stewardesses enhanced the airline's reputation for class and cosmopolitanism, while exposing these women to international travel.
Admission is free. Call Jonelle Sage at 956-9932 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tau taking on young students
Tau Dance Theater will be auditioning and accepting students for its new youth performance group, Tau (y2). Auditions will be held at Ballet Hawaii, Dole Cannery Studios from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Students ages 6 to 19 of all levels are encouraged to attend.
Dancers will present a short audition dance/performance piece for a panel of judges, with a "short up" as a part of the audition. Street/hip-hop, hula and any kind of ethnic dance are acceptable.
Accepted students will attend classes from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and both students and parents will be asked for a commitment concerning attendance at technique classes, rehearsals and performances.
Students will learn the Tau Dance Theater style and technique to prepare for a yearly Hawaii-Japan Exchange Concert and statewide appearances throughout the year. Call 227-7718.
Get the buzz on the night scene
Hawaii Pacific University James Bishop and Paul Fisher have developed an online nightlife entertainment service.
Call 948-BUZZ or visit www.948BUZZ.com for updates on Honolulu's bar and nightclub scene -- from hip hop spots and high-end nightclubs to jazz bars.
The Web site includes information on drink specials, cover charges, dress codes, times, musicians and DJs. Promoters and event planners may send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
'The Joy Luck Club' features in library and theater events
Remember Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club," that weeper of a novel about four Chinese immigrant mothers and their U.S.-born daughters? Or maybe you remember the weeper of a movie that followed.
Tan's 1989 book is the subject of "The Big Read," an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.
How it works: The Hawaii State Library hosts a free reading of the book, beginning Wednesday and continuing weekly through Nov. 21. Guests will read aloud portions of this book on successive Wednesdays in the library's Language, Literature and History Section, from noon to 1 p.m. Call 586-3499.
Also, Richardson Theater at Fort Shafter offers a free "readers theater"-style performance of "The Joy Luck Club," 4 p.m. Sunday. The 45-minute performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session led by University of Hawaii-Manoa professor Frank Stewart.
For more on the "Big Read," visit www.hawaiicapitalculture.org.