On The Scene
"DRAGON'S GIFT" OPENS:
Stephen Little, center, and his fiancee, Heloisa Oliveira, were joined Saturday by John Johnston, left, the Venerable Sonam Tshoring and the Venerable Norbu Tshoring at a reception for "The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan" at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The arrival of the exhibition coincides with the centennial of the Wangchuck dynasty in Bhutan and gives island residents the opportunity to see a collection of 110 paintings, sculptures, textiles and other objects that provide an overview of the history of art in Bhutan and its Buddhist culture. "The Dragon's Gift" is on display through May 23.
SHOW TARGETS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
Actor/playwright Ben Atherton-Zeman talked with Cynthia Iannce Spencer of the Domestic Violence Action Center after his show "Voices of Men: A One-Man Play Working to End Violence Against Women" played Friday at Tenney Theatre. Atherton-Zeman used celebrity impersonations and vintage film clips in entertaining style to address issues of stalking, domestic violence and the importance of never assuming that "no" means "yes." Visit www.voicesofmen.org
C.S. WO CELEBRATES THE NEW YEAR:
Professional design expert Karen Kitazaki, left, greeted Donna Bebber, Carolyn Berry, Sharon McPhee and Vivian Stackpole as they explored C.S. Wo & Sons' "Year of the Rat 2008" party on Feb. 16. The House of Wo always throws great parties, and a crowd of almost 1,000 enjoyed gourmet pupus and upscale beverages, a fashion show, a lion dance and other cultural activities.
Wendell Wo, co-host of the C.S. Wo party with his brothers Bennett, "Bub" and Scott, welcomed 2008 Narcissus Queen Catherine Jayne, second from left, and her court: 3rd Princess Teresa Lau, left, 2nd Princess Leilani Soon and 4th Princess Chantel Ching. The "royals" got lots of attention from other partygoers, and it seemed that everyone wanted a photo with them.
"FIGARO" PARTIES AT TIFFANY'S:
John Geppert, vice president of Tiffany Oahu, left, welcomed director Lawrence Edelson, Stephen Powell ("Figaro") and conductor Jorg Pitchmann to Hawaii Opera Theatre's "Meet the Stars" party for "The Barber of Seville" Feb. 17. Powell, who played Figaro while riding a Segway, said he had two weeks to learn how to make the machine zip backward and do other things his trainer told him it was not designed to do.