Sounds of China

A concert of Chinese songs, featuring a guest group from Shanghai, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Orvis Auditorium on the University of Hawaii campus.

Han Sheng, a community music group established in Hawaii more than 20 years ago, holds an annual concert of Chinese art songs and folk songs, under the direction of Fredrick Lau, associate professor of musicology at UH-Manoa.

This year, the group is joined by Cindy Wang of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, who is bringing the Shanghai Wen Xin News Group Women's Chorus. The chorus consists of professional women in the Chinese media, united by a love of song.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students, available at the door. Call 486-0554.

Han Sheng will perform Sunday at Orvis Auditorium.

McLibel McMovie

The September meeting of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii will feature a screening of the film "McLibel," about a libel case in England that pitted McDonald's against two environmental activists.

The libel trial, said to be the longest in British history, involved statements made in a 1985 London Greenpeace pamphlet, "What's Wrong with McDonald's?"

The film confronts issues of animal cruelty, nutrition and environmental concerns.

It airs free at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse. Call 944-8344.

Take the stage

Hawaii Pacific University will host an audition for "Aloha Rosie's," by Norm Boroughs and director Joyce Maltby, at noon tomorrow at its Windward campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway.

This is the final part of the "Rosie's" trilogy that began with "Rosie's Place" in 1993 and "A Night at Rosie's" in 1997 and 1998, set in a West Texas honky-tonk hangout. In this Western-style "Cheers," a bunch of regulars mark the closing of their favorite bar with a musical celebration encompassing ballads, novelty and comic songs, rock and country.

Those auditioning should prepare a song that shows vocal range and ability. Be prepared with a second, contrasting song if time permits. An accompanist will be provided, so bring sheet music in your key.

Shari Lynn will have the lead role of Rosie. The production will run Nov. 4 through Dec. 4. Parts needed:

» Charlie: Two comic solos.
» Rosie's son Dan: 30s to early 40s; one solo and two duets.
» Dos Ahole: Mexican bullfighter; one solo.
» Madame Pilau: Sings "Can You Stand the Heat?"
» Regulars, waiters and waitresses: Will have solos, duets, trios, dancing and/or speaking parts and will be on stage throughout the show, contributing to group numbers.


Harvest moon foods

Learn what traditional fruits, vegetables and sweets are important for the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival as Nathan Wong of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens takes you on a tour of Chinatown.

Reservations are required at 537-1708 for the 10 to 11:30 a.m. tour next Friday.

Participants should meet at Marin Tower, 60 N. Nimitz Highway, street level. Cost is $12. Foster Botanical Garden members pay $10.

Stay for the optional dim sum lunch after the tour. Fee does not include the lunch.

Foster docent training

Foster Botanical Gardens is offering volunteer docent training from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 20 through Nov. 8. Classes will be held at the gardens at 50 N. Vineyard Blvd.

A $15 deposit is required for the docent manual, refundable after completion of 25 hours of volunteer/docent service.

Call Duane Choy at 522-7055 to register or for more information.

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