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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'LIFE' SCREENING SELLS OUT | 1. Jake Shimabukuro, center, was the guest of honor as the Hawaii International Film Festival presented the first public screening of the documentary "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings," Tuesday at Hawaii Theatre. Shimabukuro talked with Guy Sibilla, left, Myrna Kamae, Eddie Kamae and HIFF Executive Director Chuck Boller before the screening. He took the stage later to entertain the crowd with songs from a new album, "Grand Ukulele," and "the song that started it all for me," he said, as a YouTube video, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 'COLD' COMPELLING AT TAG | 5. Playwright Nancy P. Moss celebrated with director Peter Clark at the opening-night reception for The Actors Group revival production of "Love in the Cold War" Oct. 12 in Iwilei. The revival is Clark's debut as a director, and with Terri Madden starring as Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, it is a compelling look at life, love and political oppression in Stalinist Russia. The play runs through Nov. 4; visit www.taghawaii.net.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 4. State Sen. Will Espero conferred with Violetta Baretta after she danced an eye-catching interpretation of "Princess Poopooly Has Plenty Papaya" after dinner.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, second from left, talked with Bailey Matsuda, Shanah Trevenna and Asia Yeary in the sculpture garden.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM FRIENDS RALLY FOR ART AT HiSAM | 2. Kristine Altwies, center, chairwoman of Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum, was hostess for an informal dinner Oct. 13 at the museum. HiSAM supporters Karen Tiller, left, Mark Polivka, John Koga and Nancie Caraway congratulated her on a great party.