Tom Cruise, left plays a hit man and Jamie Foxx plays a cabbie he highjacks as his getaway in "Collateral."

>> "Collateral": Director Michael Mann ("Ali" and "The Insider") thinks Tom Cruise is at his best when he's playing bad, so he's got the superstar, with hair shorn and dyed a gunmetal gray, playing an assassin with a fast mouth and a cold heart. Co-star Jamie Foxx plays a mild-mannered Los Angeles cab driver who picks up the assassin as the fare from hell, driving him from one contract killing to another throughout the L.A. night. (R)

>> "Little Black Book": Brittany Murphy stars as Stacy, a talk-show producer who is frustrated when new boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston) refuses to discuss his past relationships. With the encouragement of her co-worker Barb (Holly Hunter), she delves into his Palm Pilot to learn about his ex-girlfriends. Using the show as a ruse and Barb as her guide, Stacy interviews and befriends them, only to discover that the past, in a few instances, is rather present. (PG-13)


Celebrate Aloha Friday

Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Maunalua and the keiki of Halau Hula Olana will perform during the city and county's "Aloha Friday" concert series at the newly renovated Mission Memorial Auditorium -- a one-story brick structure -- on the Civic Center Grounds.

The concert will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, with seating limited to the first 350 guests. Free parking will be available in the Civic Center parking structure.

The building, commissioned in the early 1900s by the Hawaii Evangelical Association in preparation for the centennial commemoration of the arrival of the American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii in 1820, now houses state-of-the-art theater stage lighting and sound, with seating for up to 350.

For more information, call 523-4674.

Cello virtuoso on stage

Mineo Hayashi: Performs Sunday at Orvis Auditorium

One of the world's premier cellists, Mineo Hayashi, will perform works ranging from Toshiro Mayuzumi's "Sakura Sakura," an arrangement based on a Japanese folk tune, to Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 at Orvis Auditorium at 4 p.m. Sunday.

He will be accompanied by Yukie Okuyama on piano.

Tickets are $20 general; $15 military, seniors, students and UH faculty and staff.

Born in Japan in 1946, Hayashi began his musical studies under Yoshio Sato, who was the renowned cellist/conductor Pablo Casals's first Japanese student..

The concert is being presented by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College. Call 956-7655 to charge-by-phone or for information. Or visit

Israeli ensemble due

The Israeli chamber group, the King David String Ensemble, will preview its full-length concert in a live broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio, "Live from the Atherton," from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday.

The main event takes place 7 p.m. Sunday at Temple Emanu-El on Pali Highway, featuring works by Edvard Grieg, Frederic Chopin, Paul Ben Haim, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok.

Admission to the concert at the temple is at the door, with a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Accompanying the group on this tour is the distinguished Israeli-American pianist Roger Kamien, who holds the Zubin Mehta Chair in Musicology at Hebrew University.

For more information, call 595-7521.

Kick butt on the beach

The Kick Butt Patrol -- 104.3XME and the Department of Health -- is kicking cigarette butts out of our beaches and parks and putting them into trash bags, where they belong.

Help with some cigarette butt kicking, and you'll contribute to keeping Hawaii beautiful. Your other rewards will be a free Kick Butt Patrol T-shirt and entry to a private two-hour Dave & Buster's party.

The next event takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Skate Park, 94-1150 Lanikuhana Ave. Call 275-1043 for more information.

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