Return of the circus

The New Shanghai Circus acrobats wrap up their four-island tour of Hawaii this weekend at the Hawaii Theatre.

This year's showcase is dubbed "Mongolian Dreams" in honor of the Mongolian Archers from the highlands of China, who appear in the show. These archers are able to fire arrows with their feet while hanging upside down.

Oahu performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the Hawaii Theatre box office, at $20, $25 and $30 for adults; with a $5 discount on $20 and $25 tickets for seniors, military and children 12 and under. To charge by phone, call 528-0506.

The New Shanghai Circus' show showcases the Mongolian Archers from the highlands of China.

Awaken the spirit

Renowned spiritual teacher Adyashanti, author of "The Impact of Awakening" and "My Secret Is Silence," will appear in a pair of satsangs, or interactive dialogues regarding inner awakening, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the East-West Center Keoni Room.

Admission is $10. Call 955-6932.

A "Weekend with Adyashanti," 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, costs $160. Register by calling Golden Phoenix Bookstore at 947-4293.

Learn basic boating

The Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron is starting a seven-week "Basic Boating Class" beginning at 7 p.m. next Monday and running seven consecutive Monday nights.

The class for would-be skippers -- men, women and teens -- will cover safety, piloting, anchoring, tying basic knots, chart reading, plotting courses, use of a mariner's compass and marine radio-telephones. Aids to navigation, such as buoys and range markers, will also be discussed in illustrated talks.

Classes will be held at the Waikiki Yacht Club at the entrance to Ala Moana Park. Classes are free, with a $25 fee for instruction materials.

Early registration is advised. Call 395-5080.

The Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, America's largest private boating organization.

Director dissected

Dance and theater critic Roger Copeland will give a free talk at 5 p.m. Jan. 13, about director Julie Taymor, best known for her long-running Broadway production, "The Lion King."

The talk, "From Indonesia to 'The Lion King': Julie Taymor's Odyssey," will discuss Taymor's synthesis of an array of international theater conventions, including Javanese shadow puppetry, Japanese bunraku, Brazilian carnival masks and the choreographic influence of butoh to create distinct works.

Topics include cross-cultural influence and the "appropriation" of Third World cultural practices by First World artists.

The lecture will be illustrated by video clips from Taymor's "The Lion King," "Juan Darien," "Oedipus Rex," "The Tempest" and "Fool's Fire."

Copeland is a professor of theater and dance at Oberlin College and an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, the Village Voice, Dance Theatre Journal and other publications. His latest book is "Merce Cunningham and the Modernizing of Modern Dance."

Call 956-7655.

PIC offers scholarships

Pacific Islanders in Communication is offering scholarships of up to $5,000 to students pursuing college degrees in media and/or communications for the academic year 2004-05.

Applicants must be pursuing certificates or degrees from accredited two- or four-year schools, colleges or universities, or other qualified institutions and programs.

Individuals of Pacific Island ancestry are encouraged to apply, particularly descendants of the indigenous peoples of Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas and other Pacific islands.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a citizen, legal permanent resident or national of the United States or its territories; demonstrate academic proficiency or have experience in media or communications; show a commitment to the Pacific Islander community; and demonstrate financial need.

The nonrecurring, nonrenewable annual scholarships will be for up to $5,000 per student, per year. The deadline for applications is March 5.

Applications and guidelines are available online at; by writing PIC at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 6A-4, Honolulu 96814; calling 591-0059; or e-mailing Gus Cobb-Adams at

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