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Thursday, March 2, 2000


New Shanghai Circus
Acrobats of The New Shanghai Circus perform
tomorrow through Sunday.

New Shanghai Circus

Members of The New Shanghai Circus, featuring stars of the Shanghai Acrobatic Theatre, will bend and flex their muscles tomorrow through Sunday at Hawaii Theatre. Performances will range from plate spinning to traditional dragon dances. The performers also go for a bike ride on stage, with 10 performers on a single bicycle.

The acrobats follow a 2,500-year-old tradition rooted in harvest festivals during which villagers would gather to demonstrate feats of skill, daring and strength using typical home and farm implements.

For instance, a potter would add juggling to his skill at spinning a potter's wheel, turning his work into spectator sport.

Skills were passed down generation to generation, evolving into feats of balance and grace as formal academies developed to train promising young entertainers.

The New Shanghai Circus has traveled throughout the world and made history last year as the first Chinese acrobatic troupe to headline on Broadway.

Show times will be at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and are available at the Hawaii Theatre box office, 1130 Bethel St. Call 526-0506 to charge by phone.

The performance concludes Hawaii Theatre Center's 1999-2000 "On the Town" series.

Marc Schechter Photography
The "Destination Style" benefit for Travel Women Hawaii
will feature apparel and accessories such as these pieces
modeled by Miss Hawaii Teen USA Aureana Tseu.

Stylin’ benefit

Travel Women Hawaii will whisk audience members to Tibet via the organization's annual benefit scholarship fashion show, "Destination Style."

The event, taking place Sunday at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, will feature garments and jewelry by Takeo and Eric Eugene Chandler, inspired by a recent trip to Tibet.

There will be surprise guests and prize drawings as well.

Boutique tables featuring craft items and clothing will be set up from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the fashion show at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $40, available by calling Velma Hulihe'e Carstensen at 566-2303. Funds raised will help provide scholarships to students interested in pursuing visitor industry careers.

Documentary maker
shares knowledge

Marlene Booth, a professional Jewish filmmaker, always knew, growing up, that she was different. That's right, she's from Iowa.

Since leaving Iowa, Booth has amassed an impressive body of film work, largely focussing on Jewish subjects. Recently, however, she concentrated on the defining reality of her childhood, the thing she can never shake and therefore must embrace, that is, growing up in Iowa.

"Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa" is Booth's filmed memoir, and screens at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Krauss Hall's Yukiyoshi Room at the University of Hawaii, part of the Outreach College's Pacific New Media series. There's a suggested donation of $3; $2 students.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the same location, Booth will teach an all-day seminar called "Making Documentaries That Matter," covering every aspect of making small films or videos. Cost is $100. Registration: 956-7221.

"Yidl" won First Prize in 1999 Jewish Video Competition and was a finalist at the USA Film Festival. No word yet on how it has fared in Iowa-themed film festivals.

Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin

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