'Abilities at Work,' UH doc, to premiere
"Abilities at Work," a documentary produced by the University of Hawaii's National Technical Assistance Center, will premiere at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Honolulu Design Center as part of its Pacific Rim CinemaNights Series.
The film, directed by Sara Banks, features four people with disabilities in their successful lives and careers.
Also showing will be "TALK," a British short by David Mansell, and "Thumbs Down to Pity," by Benjamin Snow, both commentaries on disability issues.
In addition, three organizations will receive awards from UH-Manoa's Center on Disability Studies for their outstanding support for employment of Asian Americans and Pacific islanders with disabilities: Communications Pacific, the Hale Koa Hotel and Kaiser Permanente. Hire Abilities-Hawai'i will also be honored.
Admission is free; reservations required. Call 956-7539 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spooky storytelling for teens begins
Public libraries statewide celebrate Teen Read Week with free storytelling sessions suitable to the weeks before Halloween.
» Alton Chung tells ghost stories from around the world: 3:30 p.m. today at McCully-Moiliili, 6:45 p.m. today at Kailua, 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Kahului and 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Thelma Parker.
» Lyn Ford presents "Spookers & Haints," stories from her African-American heritage: 5:30 p.m. today at Salt Lake-Moanalua, 10 a.m. tomorrow at Waialua, 12:45 p.m. tomorrow at Kahuku, 3 p.m. Thursday at Kihei and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Kailua-Kona.
» Sean Buvala shares myths and legends from many cultures: 3 p.m. today at Liliha.
» Actor Stan Seki presents "Obake Tales": 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Makawao.
» Jeff Gere performs "Spooky Stories": 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Wailuku.
» Greywolf presents "Middle Ages: Weapons and Costumes of Eastern Asia": noon Saturday at the Hawaii State Library.
For a listing of Teen Read Week 2007 programs, visit www.librarieshawaii.org.
O Lounge party will benefit kids
The O Lounge is throwing a VIP party to benefit Hawaii International Child, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The HIC agency has helped more than 3,000 children find new homes since 1975, operating programs in China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine, Thailand, Vietnam and the Republic of Georgia.
Proceeds will support orphanages and help HIC cover the adoption costs.
The O Lounge is at 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets are $50 and include entertainment, food and drinks. Call 944-THEO.
Book up for award
"Goodnight Hawaiian Moon," by Kauai couple Terry and Joanna Carolan, has been named a semifinalist for a Moonbeam Children's Book Award issued by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online. The book, nominated in the picture book category, is available in most bookstores and online at www.bananapatchpress.com
. Call (808) 335-5944.
Movies opening Friday
"30 Days of Night"
: Based on the hit graphic novel about vampires who strike an Alaska town, where the winter days stay dark for a month. (R)
: This spoof follows a football coach (David Koechner), with the worst losing record in the history of the sport, as he goes for redemption with a ragtag college team. (PG-13)
"Gone Baby Gone": In Ben Affleck's directing debut, two private investigators search Boston's seedy underbelly for a missing 4-year-old girl. Casey Affleck (Ben's younger brother), Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman star. (R)
"Lust, Caution": Ang Lee follows "Brokeback Mountain" with this erotic thriller set in World War II Shanghai. A radical student goes on a mission to seduce -- and kill -- a politician who has collaborated with the Japanese occupiers. Tony Leung, Joan Chen and newcomer Tang Wei star. (NC-17)
"Rendition": Reese Witherspoon stars as the wife of an Egyptian-born chemical engineer being held by the CIA as a terrorist. Omar Metwally, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin co-star. (R)
"Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour": A 17-year-old girl has mysterious encounters with the strange, secret and supernatural in the small town of Pine Valley. (PG)
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D": Tim Burton's beloved 1993 stop-motion animated musical fantasy gets a digital 3-D makeover just in time for Halloween. (PG)
"Things We Lost in the Fire": Halle Berry stars as a widow trying to rebuild her life, forging an unlikely relationship with her husband's childhood best friend, a heroin addict played by Benicio Del Toro. (R)