Star-Bulletin Features

Tuesday, June 29, 1999


Put your clothes to work

The Clothes Closet wants your duds.

Donations of new and slightly used business clothing and casual wear in sizes 14 and up are needed to dress women who are getting ready to look for jobs.

The Clothes Closet, which will be a year old in July, provides free interview and work clothes for women coming off welfare, fleeing domestic violence, getting out of prison or graduating from job training programs or substance abuse centers.

The drive runs from Sunday to July 10 and is co-sponsored by Weight Watchers Hawaii and the YWCA Women's Resource Center. Donations may be made at meetings of participating Weight Watchers groups. Call Weight Watchers at 487-3373 or the center at 532-5630.


Texans in Merrie Monarch

A halau from Texas will compete in next year's Merrie Monarch Festival, a first for the Lone Star state, according to festival director Dorothy Thompson.

Dancers from San Antonio, Dallas and Houston comprise Halau Ho'ola Kamana 'O Hawaii, led by kumu hula Keli'i Chang.

Chang, 39, whose father was in the Army, said he grew up in Germany, Texas, Hawaii and California -- "all over the place."

The American Airlines flight attendant lives in Dallas but travels to Houston and San Antonio to teach hula.

Participating in the Merrie Monarch is an "absolute thrill," Chang said. His halau competed in last year's Kamehameha hula competition.

Chang will field dancers in the wahine and kane 'auana and kahiko divisions as well as a Miss Aloha Hula candidate.

Kawananakoa second

A 3-year-old chestnut mare owned by Abigail K. Kawananakoa, Last of a Royal Line, came in second in the American Quarter Horse Association's Sooner Trailer Northwest Challenge Race in Boise, Idaho, June 18.

Last of a Royal Line's finish paid $10,080, said the AQHA.



Coming to the big screen

Two movies begin their Oahu run tomorrow:

Rated PG-13
The movie version of the 1960s television show that starred Robert Conrad. Will Smith takes over the the Conrad role of special government agent James T. West of the United States Secret Service. The good guys are West and his reluctant partner Artemis Gordon, a master of disguise, played by Kevin Kline. The bad guy is the diabolical genius Dr. Loveless, a legless villain who plans to assassinate the president of the United States using his own gargantuan mechanical tarantula, which stretches maniacally across Arizona's Monument Valley, spitting fire at Loveless' enemies.

Rated R
Canadians are denounced and degraded. Jewish mothers are portrayed as uber-kvetchers. Parents are all stupid and teachers all sadly misanthropic. And Saddam Hussein -- well, he's having hot sex with ... Satan. The new comedy's message is offend absolutely everyone, and no one can complain that they've been wronged. "South Park," the animated series that won viewers' inner delinquents on Comedy Central, is making its first big-screen foray.

Two movies open on Friday:

Rated PG-13
Starring Rupert Everett, Jeremy Northam, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, and Minnie Driver, the film is a cascade of sexual and other politics, a handsomely mounted adaptation of playwright Oscar Wilde's look at the intrigues of longing. "Husband" is stocked with people you can relate to. Especially Julianne Moore's roguish Mrs. Cheveley: As she prowls the rooms, her smirk is initially entrancing, until it's evident just how lowdown she can be.

Rated R
Spike Lee's riff on the 1970s serial killer Son of Sam, an invasion of sex, drugs and violence. It's

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