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In Brief | Arts | 8-15-14

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August 15, 2014 - 6:22am

Dance Theatre to perform at Taste of Life

West Hawaii Dance Theatre &Academy will be one of the featured performing groups for “Taste Of Life: A Masquerade Under The Stars.”

Choreographed by West Hawaii Dance Theatre &Academy artistic director Virginia Holte, and assistant director Midori Satoh for this event, “Le Petit Suite De Dance” is a collage of Cirque de Soileil-inspired dances. With intoxicating music by Rene’ Dupre, the performers use hoops, ribbons and rainbow wings to mesermise the audience in true balletic form.

The “Taste Of Life” event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23 at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at tasteoflife.eventbrite.com or by calling 331-8177. For information about West Hawaii Dance Theatre &Academy, call 329-8876 or visit whdt.org.

Wood sculpter Rock Cross to appear in Waikoloa

Rock Cross, the award-winning master of wood sculpture and contemporary wood furniture design will appear at two artist receptions at Martin &MacArthur in the Kings’ Shops Waikoloa.

The receptions will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 and 12.

Greg Dewar, general manager of Martin &MacArthur at the Kings’ Shops Waikoloa, said “All of our customers on the Big Island will have the opportunity to meet Rock. He has been called a master of projecting a fourth dimension in wood and is truly a brilliant artist who defies categorization. Daily I see people stopped, stunned and asking just how he made these amazing pieces of wood art.”

Other artists have been invited including Salter Fine Cutlery, Don Albrecht, David Reisland, DeEtte and Allan and Jacobson Studios.

Rock’s home studio is in Laupahoehoe and he says every day stimulates him. “My inspiration comes from being aware of my surroundings. Flowers, clouds, birds in flight, the arc of a wave—anything might prompt an idea.”

The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Form more information, call 886-0696 or visit martinandmacarthur.com.

Singers to perform familiar Broadway hits

The singers of the Sing Like a Star Vocal Studio with teacher and director Francine Alexander present “A Tribute to Richard Rodgers with a Nod to Annie Jr.” at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity Campus, 77-165 Lako St.

The afternoon of singing and dancing to familiar tunes from classic Broadway musicals will include audience sing-alongs to selected songs. The featured shows will include, “King and I,” “South Pacific,” “Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “State Fair,” “Flower Drum Song” and “Cinderella.” There will also be a short segment starring members of the cast of the recent production of “Annie Jr.” who are members of the Sing Like a Star Studio.

Lastly, along with the famous collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein, the concert will include a segment with the songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. That partnership came before the pairing of Rodgers with Hammerstein and brought such incredible tunes to the world as “Blue Moon” and “Funny Valentine”.

Adults and senior tickets are $10. Children younger than 12 are $5. The net proceeds benefit the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity music department. Call ahead for ticket availability. Tickets are on sale by phone at 329-5733 or 895-1538, at the church office and they will also be sold at the door.