Tiffany Ala Moana hosts watch exhibition

In celebration of its new watch creation -- the Tiffany Mark! -- Tiffany & Co. will take shoppers on a luxury trip through time with an exhibition of timepieces that established the company's authority worldwide.

Art The exhibition, "Quality Time: The Legacy of Tiffany Timepieces from the Tiffany & Co. Archives," goes on view today, continuing through June 8 at Tiffany at Ala Moana Center.

The exhibition's 30 timepieces unite the jeweler's and watchmaker's arts. From timepieces that Tiffany introduced in the 1850s, to diamond-encrusted lapel watches of the Gilded Age, streamlined creations of the Jazz Age and cocktail-chic watches for nightclubbing socialites in the 1940s and 1950s, the exhibition highlights the evolution of America's design heritage.

Among the pieces on display is a gem-set and green enamel lapel watch (1895-1900) with gold dolphin, cattails and lily pads in the Art Nouveau style; and a lavish watch case (circa 1899) with detailed Sphinx and pyramids that typifies American Orientalism.

The exhibition also includes historic works from Tiffany's exhibitions at world's fairs. Among these is the American Wild Rose Lapel Watch in gold, diamonds and enamel. The design was created by chief Tiffany designer Paulding Farnham (1859-1927) for Tiffany's gold-medal exhibit at the 1889 Paris World's Fair.

Call 943-6677.

PVC movie screening

"Blue Vinyl," an award-winning documentary from last year's Sundance Film Festival, will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Doris Duke at the Academy, Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Filmmakers Judith Helfand and Daniel Gold travel from Helfand's hometown to America's vinyl-manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, a material commonly used for home re-siding.

This seemingly benign cure-all for many suburban homes turns into a toxic odyssey, with twists and turns that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take. The result is a humorous but sobering exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry.

The screening will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception for AIA, ASID and academy members. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers, $5 for students and an additional $5 at the door for those without RSVP. Call 545-4242, ext. 10.

Starlight guitar show

Tickets go on sale Thursday for the Turtle Bay Resort's second annual "Guitars Under the Stars" concert on July 3, this year featuring Lee Ritenour.

In addition to the music, there'll be food and beverage tents featuring North Shore farm-grown produce, telescopes and astronomy lessons courtesy of Litebox Telescopes, and a fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. at the West End Concert Lawn of the resort. Blankets and low-backed chairs will be allowed, but not coolers, large bags or backpacks.

Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. Call 293-8811.

Thursday's grand slam

The first poetry slam competition held at downtown's art and performance space Studio 1 drew 300-plus. Due to this success, the event dubbed First Thursdays has been nationally certified by Poetry Slam Inc., the organization that runs the National Poetry Slam every year.

Event organizers say the next First Thursday event, May 1, will lay the foundation for an official Hawaii slam team, with the intent of touring and competing nationally.

Once again, a $100 cash prize with go to the slam's winner (initially won by Chinua Thelwell), plus there'll be live musicians and DJ Zita from Sisters in Sound.

The slam starts at 8 p.m. at the studio at 1 N. King St. Poet sign-in begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 before 8 p.m. and $5 afterward. For details, e-mail

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