Puzzle wiz to talk
Scott Kim, known as the M.C. Escher of the alphabet, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Iolani School's Seto Hall, on the subject of "Thinking Upside Down," focusing on the intersection of arts, music and math. The event is free.
Kim is the author of "Inversions," a best-seller that describes recasting words into ambigrams, or graphical figures that spell out words in another direction or orientation. He also designs puzzles and games for the Internet, computer games, magazines and toys.
Kim, who graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Ph.D. in computers and graphic design, is the 2008 Iolani School Keables Chair, spending a two-week teaching residency at the school.
Parking is available in the Iolani School Kamoku Street four-story structure. For information, check www.iolani.org.
Chinese to perform
The traveling Chinese Children Musical and Dancing Stars will perform Sunday at the Pearl City Cultural Center, beginning at 3 p.m. during a concert to celebrate the Chinese New Year and raise funds for the Palolo Chinese Home.
Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children. The event is being sponsored by the United Chinese Coalition, Honolulu Chinatown Lions Club, Dragon Tours and Travel, and Ernest Chang Piano Studio.
Call 591-8988 for information.
HPU auditions set
Hawaii Pacific University theater is casting for the March opening of "The Constant Wife," W. Somerset Maugham's witty 1926 comedy about a woman facing an imbalance of power in her marriage.
Auditions take place at 7 p.m. today and noon tomorrow and Sunday.
Actors are needed nine characters: the wife, Constance Middleton; her husband, who commits an indiscretion with her best friend, Marie-Louise Durham; Constance's mother, Mrs. Culver, sister Martha Culver, and friend Barbara Fawcett; Bernard Kersal, who is in love with Constance; Durham's husband, Mortimer; and the butler Bentley.
Although an English dialect will likely be used in the production, it is not necessary for auditions. Scripts will be available for perusal at the school's Windward and downtown campus libraries.
Rehearsals will take place 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and some weekend days as needed.
Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held in HPU's Windward campus Paul and Vi Loo Theatre, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe. Call 254-0853.
Take in the BIA home show
The Building Industry Association of Hawaii's annual home building and remodeling show started yesterday and continues through Sunday with more than 150 vendors on tap.
"The Big Show" includess Graham Builders unveiling of its new custom home program where homeowners can create a floor plan from a blank sheet or choose from nine ready-to-build designs.
Event hours are 5 to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $4, children admitted free; $6 for a four-day pass; $1 for seniors on Senior Sunday. A $2 discount coupon is available online at www.bia-hawaii.com
Glass Rainbows offers new custom stained glass folding screens with a bamboo/mountain sunset theme, designed by Annalee Jones. See it at the BIA-Hawaii home show. It stands 5 feet high by 4 feet wide, with a Sapele wood frame and Tiffany-style stained glass.
Also at the show, from 1st Look exteriors, is the Atmosphere Tree lamp, right, which brings a design aesthetic to the outdoors with its three spherical shades formed from randomly woven wicker.