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POSTED: Thursday, November 05, 2009

LOOK » Wanda Sykes brings her comedy to late night with the “;Wanda Sykes Show,”; premiering Saturday night at 10:35 on FOX.

LISTEN » “;Bodies”; by Robbie Williams

DO » The UH football team kicks off against Utah State at 5:05 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. For details, log on to hawaiiathletics.com. Or attend the homecoming pep rally on Bachman lawn tomorrow from 3:30 to 6 p.m., featuring entertainment by Fiji.



Spilt Obsession features animator

Split Obsession is welcoming “;Urban Origins,”; a show of art by Martin Hsu, who will be at the Ala Moana Center store for an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Taiwan-born artist finds inspiration in an eclectic mix of current events, Chinese mythology and the good in creatures of the night.

After studying animation, he worked at Mighty Fine as a character designer and graphic artist, creating some of the company's well-known French Kitty imagery, and in 2003 created Ruby Gloom, a character that grew from a single T-shirt design into an international cartoon hit. Since then, Hsu has worked for a range of clients including the Disney Co., Sprint and Miami Museum of Science, and is a character designer on the preschool show “;Ni Hao, Kai-lan”; at Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

The show will continue through Jan. 7, 2011. Call 951-8480 for more information.



Nordstrom shows holiday colors

The change in season brings new products and beauty tips to put your best face forward for the festive holiday rush.

Nordstrom is introducing fall's must-haves with its Cosmetics Trend Show from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 14, with industry experts on stage and on the floor offering demonstrations and beauty tips.

Tickets to the event are $15, redeemable toward a cosmetics purchase of $15 or more on the day of the show. Guests also will receive a gift for attending the show, while supplies last.

To purchase a ticket, call 953-6100 and ask for your favorite cosmetics counter.

By Nadine Kam, Star-Bulletin


Concert to serve as Samoa benefit

The nonprofit Samoan Gospel Heralds is sponsoring a fundraising concert Nov. 15 to provide school supplies to Samoan children victimized by the devastating tsunami that struck in September.

Hawaii's Samoan community is collecting funds for backpacks filled with school supplies at the “;Rise Up Relief Concert”; from 4 to 7 p.m. at Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 2313 Nuuanu Ave.

Samoan Gospel Heralds, which has been performing at charity events statewide for more than 35 years, is headlining the event, which will feature Anita Hall, the Ragazzi Ensemble of the Hawaii Youth Opera Choir and local gospel groups.

“;The Samoan Gospel Heralds have family members who have been affected by the tsunami,”; said Lorilynn Laupoloa, event coordinator.

Donations can be made at the concert, online or at any Bank of Hawaii, with checks made out to the Samoan Gospel Heralds/Samoa Relief Fund.

Shimazu Shave Ice and concert memorabilia will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the relief effort. Supporters include Event Polynesia, Adventist Disaster Relief Association and the Samoan Mission.

More information is available at www.samoangospelheralds.com.


Aiea center offers sampling of arts

Get a “;Taste of Dance”; all day Saturday at Aiea's Nix Performing Arts Center.

For one day, participants can try out different styles of dance, voice, acting and other performing arts. Various classes will be held in the center's five studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with dance forms taught including hula, Tahitian, ballet, hip-hop and Latin.

;  Cost is $25 for an unlimited number of classes and $13 for a single class.

The center is located at 98-025 Hekaha St., Suite 221-A. Call 852-8266 or 699-7058, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit www.nixpac.com.


Ukuleles to help group's outreach

Music is Good Medicine, the nonprofit organization supported by Jake Shimabukuro, and Takamine Guitars are teaming up to create an affordable ukulele that appeals to a broader worldwide audience.

A portion of the proceeds generated from the online-only sales of the MIGM ukulele developed by Shimabukuro will support the organization's outreach programs supporting its mission to “;use the power of music to heal, influence and inspire people to improve our community, maintain a healthy lifestyle and pursue the dreams of a positive attitude.”;

The ukulele was unveiled at the Musical Instruments Fair Japan 2009 this week in Yokohama and will be available for purchase next year.


Festival calls for performers

The Honolulu Festival Foundation is recruiting groups to participate in next year's event, to be held March 12-14 with the theme of “;Discovery Through Traditions.”;

This year's 15th annual festival brought more than 5,200 performers and participants to Honolulu from all over the Pacific Rim, including Japan, Alaska, Australia, Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan.

Exhibitions and performances are held at the Hawai'i Convention Center and in Waikiki, including the grand parade down Kalakaua Avenue.

More than 70,000 spectators attend the festival events over its three days.

Call 926-2424 or visit www.honolulufestival.com.