Thursday, January 14, 1999

Dennis Drew's exhibit "Images of the Floating World"
is his tribute to the "Japanese/Hawaiian fusion." The exhibit
opens Tuesday and continues through Feb. 28 at Hui No'eau
Visual Arts Center on Maui.


Merchants’ group hosts block party

The Nuuanu District Association for Culture and the Arts hopes tomorrow will go down in history as just one of those "Nuuanu Nights."

The association, formed by merchants from the area last year, is presenting the first of at least four block parties this year on the revitalized downtown strip of Nuuanu Avenue, between Pauahi and King streets.

The association hopes the 6-11 p.m. party, sponsored by Red Hook Brewery and Star 101.9 radio, will help raise awareness of the character the area has taken on with the clustering of restaurants, galleries, shops and the Hawaii Theatre.

The Piranha Brothers will provide entertainment. Fifteen artists will exhibit their work on the street and galleries will remain open into the night. Gallery maps will be available.


Fans try to do a Jackson

It's too late to qualify for participation in Saturday's Sprint Hawaii Janet Jackson Look-a-Like Lip Synch Contest, noon to 2 p.m. at Ala Moana Centerstage. The 25 entrants have already gone through a qualifying process for the chance to impersonate Jackson and maybe win two tickets to the entertainer's sold-out Jan. 30 concert at the Aloha Stadium.

All the rest of us can do is sit back, watch and cheer as the contestants pull out all the stops. Judging will be based on appearance, costume, stage presentation and lip-synch skills. The grand prize includes the two concert tickets, limo transportation to and from the show, and an Ala Moana gift certificate.

For those procrastinators still scrambling for concert tickets, Radio Shack is giving away four tickets in their contest -- stop by a Radio Shack for an entry form -- and tune in to radio stations KSSK and I-94 for details on their ticket giveaway.

Jackson's Hawaii concert is the final stop in her "Velvet Rope" international concert tour.

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