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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILMFEST RETURNS
Film fan Nasia Nichols, second from left, enjoyed the opening-night reception for the third annual Honolulu African American Film Festival with her father, John Henry Nichols, and Sharon Yarbrough, left, Sandra Simms and Daphne Barbee-Wooten Feb. 1 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The festival opened with “The Trials of?Muhammad Ali” and continues through Thursday. For tickets go to www.honolulumuseum.org.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARDADVERTISER.COM ‘YES,?I?AM’ DEBUTS AT?LEEWARD
Feliezel Butin congratulated cast member Jonathan Reyn after the opening-night performance of “Yes, I Am: Leeward Edition,” a Playbuilders of Hawaii ensemble play about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens in Leeward Oahu, Jan. 30 at Leeward Community Collage. Reyn convincingly portrayed a wide range of the experiences — some funny, some sweet, some heartbreaking — that can be part of a teen’s search for understanding, self-acceptance, love and personal identity.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM NARCISSUS?QUEEN?CELEBRATED
2014 Narcissus Queen Brittany Wei Lin Lee, second from left, shared a quiet moment with Coronation Ball Chairperson Michele Ching Choy, left, pageant consultant Leilani Keough and trophy sponsor Ed Keough before the doors were opened for the 65th annual Narcissus Coronation Ball on Feb. 1 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Gov. Neil Abercrombie presided at Lee’s formal coronation later in the evening.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM DHT board member Carolyn Berry Wilson, left, and her husband, David Wilson, talked with board member Joey Harris and her husband, Randy Harris. The rainy weather got them reminiscing about the Wilsons’ wedding party aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in January 2013; the rain that night had been so heavy that most of the Wilsons’ guests went home wearing plastic trash bags as rain ponchos.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘STEPPING OUT’?OPENS?AT?DHT
Artistic director John Rampage, right, welcomed Diamond Head Theatre members Robert and Valerie Saracco to the opening-night sponsors’ reception for “Stepping Out” Jan. 31 outside the theater. Rampage is the director of the gentle slice-of-life dramedy that is this year’s one “nonmusical” on DHT’s schedule. The Saraccos had an important off-stage role in DHT’s recent production of “Elf”: Jami Keck, the star of the show as Buddy, was their houseguest throughout the run.