Whalesong Project lets landlocked folks sing along
From waters off Maui, songs of the whales are reaching landlocked regions all over the world via the Internet.
The solar-powered buoy Hokumoanalani (Heavenly Ocean Star), transmits the whale tunes from an underwater microphone off the Honolua Coast to a shore station, where they are converted into an MP3 stream for posting online.
Volunteers with the Whalesong Project have been refining the broadcast procedure for eight seasons.
The group's Web site also offers information and photographs of humpbacks.
To hear the whales, visit www.whalesong.net.
Deadline looms for writing contest
Monday is the deadline to submit entries in the 2008 Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Competition.
Honolulu's Pen Women offer cash awards totaling $975 in the biennial competition open to all writers. One manuscript may submitted in each category: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Send entries to Nancy Alpert Mower, 1536 Kamole St., Honolulu 96821. For complete rules visit www.nlapwhonolulu.org.
Benefit promises Hollywood glamour
Dress up as your favorite Hollywood star for the Alzheimer's Association-Aloha Chapter's benefit gala Saturday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Tapa Ballroom.
The "Moonlight and Memories Gala," from 6 to 11 p.m., is themed "Hollywood Stars" and includes dinner, entertainment and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150. Call 591-2771, ext. 107, or visit the Web site www.alz.org/hawaii.
Craftsmen share musical expertise
Free demonstrations on the making of two Hawaiian instruments will be held this week at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.
From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Alan Okami of Koaloha will demonstrate the final assembly of an ukulele and talk about how to make the instrument out of koa. From 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Calvin Hoe will show how to make the ohe hano ihu, or nose flute.
Maestro shares Italian art form
Antonio Fava presents workshops in the Italian theatrical style commedia dell'arte at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5.
Fava, an actor, director, mask maker, musician, playwright and master of the art form, will introduce the uses and meanings of masks to represent various characters. Participants will explore functions, gestures and behaviors of the characters and work together to present improvised performances. Cost is $40, $25 students. Call 956-8400.
Also, at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Fava will present a free public lecture and demonstration, "Noses, Mustaches, and Comic Bits" at the lab theater.
The session will cover a historical introduction, illustration of characters using masks, performance of comic routines and a question-and-answer session. Call 956-9609.
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Movies opening Friday:
"21": Based on the nonfiction best-seller, this film tells the tale of a team of gifted Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who learned to cheat at blackjack by counting cards -- with the help of their math prof -- and took Vegas for millions. Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne star. (PG-13)
"Run, Fat Boy, Run": Simon Pegg plays a charming but oblivious overweight guy who leaves his fiancee on their wedding day only to discover years later that he really loves her. To win her back, he must finish a marathon while making her realize that her new, handsome, wealthy fiance is the wrong guy for her. Directed by David Schwimmer, it co-stars Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria. (PG-13)
"Stop-Loss": Nine years after directing "Boys Don't Cry," Kimberly Peirce is back with a gritty drama about the Iraq war. Ryan Phillippe stars as a decorated hero who returns to his small Texas hometown, only to learn that the Army is threatening to send him back to Iraq against his wishes. (R)
"Superhero Movie": This costumed crime-fighter spoof pokes fun at the super-tights genre, from "Batman" to "Spider-Man" and "Fantastic Four." (PG-13)