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POSTED: Thursday, May 07, 2009

At-A-Glance

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Local filmmaker Stephanie Castillo's latest documentary, “;Strange Land: My Mother's War Bride Story,”; airs on PBS Hawaii at 8:30 tonight, with a repeat broadcast at 11 p.m.

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“;Goodnite”; by Melody Gardot (www.myspace.com/melody)

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7 For All Mankind will present a show of art and fashion, below, Saturday at its Royal Hawaiian Center boutique. Stop by between 2 and 5 p.m. for a sip of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and peek at artwork created by the New Art Dealers Alliance.

STYLE FILE

Happy hour raises cancer funds

Happy Hour @ Valerie Joseph's from 5 to 7 p.m. today aims to raise funds for Hawaii Breast Cancer Awareness. Shop for the cure while enjoying refreshments, surprise discounts and prizes. Call 942-5258.

Shop a lot, get $5 flowers for mom

If you're stuck for a gift for Mother's Day, Ward Centers is making it real easy for you, with the gift of a flowering plant when you present Ward shopping or dining receipts (dated May 1-9), totaling $50 or more, along with a $5 donation to Habitat for Humanity. You'll also receive free gift wrapping.

Redemption counters will be set up at Ward Warehouse (Ewa end) and Ward Centre (near the valet), from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, while supplies last.

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate poverty housing on Oahu.

The offer is restricted to one plant per person aged 18 or older. For restaurant receipts, the gratuity is excluded. Credit-card receipts must accompany detailed receipts.

Galleries open up to tea and fashion

Art and fashion go hand-in-hand this month, starting with Hawaii Fashion Incubator's “;Tea for Two and TCM: Mom and You”; spring trunk show fashion event taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday on the lawn just outside the cafe.

The TCM Cafe will offer a full lunch service or tea and dessert from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on that day, with reservations being taken at 523-3362.

While there, shop for jewelry, clothing and vintage apparel and accessories offered by established and emerging designers and companies Umee, Cloth, Zsuzsa B, Martinique, Sierra Dew and Soozou.

Then check out the Artists of Hawai'i show when it opens May 14 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, where communications professor Doug Ing's handpainted Kikaida jacket will be on view along with 81 other artworks created by local artists.

The exhibition, the longest-running juried art show in the United States, will continue through Aug. 16.

Ing, a communications professor at Hawaii Pacific University, said he doesn't typically work on two-dimensional pieces. He considers himself a filmmaker, having made more than 70 short films in nearly two decades, working in animation, documentary and pixelvision video. His 2008 film “;Taj Mahal Postcard”; had its world premiere at the New York International Asian Film Festival last summer.

The last time he painted a denim jacket was in 1998, when he recreated an image from one of his animated films. Wearing it one day, he removed it on a subway in New York and forgot it there.

“;I was heartbroken. It's been nearly a dozen years before I decided to paint another,”; he said.

But the experience has left him with a desire to continue in similar mode.

“;I'm gonna start doing more art work. It's much more affordable than making films.”;

For more about the exhibition, see our story Sunday in Today.

WHAT'S IN STORE

Plan wedding to rival 'Mamma'

Kahala Mall will be hosting a “;Mamma Mia! Wedding Expo”; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Couples who don't know where to begin can get many of their questions answered as Kahala Mall stores such as The Paperie, Godiva Chocolatier, Macy's, Marsha Nadalin Salon & Spa, SoHA, Mark's Hallmark, and more, share their wares and services, along with outside vendors such as Cover 2 Cover, Creations in Catering, Hawaii Weddings & Events, Tuxedos by Hale Niu, and more. There will also be a wedding cake tasting.

Outside vendors include Cake Works, Sunshine's Cake Creations, Ninja Entertainment, Best Bridal's Ocean Crystal Chapel, Haiku Gardens, Moments Memories Photography, Crane Media, Island Air/ Four Seasons Lanai, REA Events, Wellness Lifestyles, and more.

Call 732-7736.

BEAUTY SPOT

Beach trip closer than you think

Audiences laughed when, on an episode of “;Seinfeld,”; Kramer returned from a day at the beach with the idea of recreating its essence in a perfume named, obviously, Beach. It was an idea later made real on the program by Calvin Klein.

Beyond the tube, Bobbi Brown has taken up the cause, having launched a complete summer line dubbed “;beach.”;

Key to the line is the beach fragrance ($55), described as “;a light, intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray and mandarin,”; for the scent of summer whether you're near the ocean or stuck in an office.

You can wash up with beach sandbar soap ($16) or beach shower gel ($32), smooth your skin with beach body scrub ($35), moisturize with beach body lotion ($35) or beach body oil ($28), and protect your skin with beach SPF15 sunscreen body spray ($25).

Look for it at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.