WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 | 7 EVERYTHING Author readings Monday North Kohala’s published and amateur authors will read from their recent work and share stories of their writing life from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday at North Kohala Public Library in Kapaau. The free event runs from 6-7:30 p.m. Info: Call 889-6655. Nonfiction book club gathers Tuesday Kona Stories hosts a nonfiction book club discussing “Prisoners of Geography – Ten maps that explain everything about the world” by Tim Marshall on Tuesday. Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geopolitics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question. All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In “one of the best books about geopolitics” (The Evening Standard), now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, Marshall, a journalist, examines Russia, China, the U.S., Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, Greenland and the Arctic — their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts and borders— to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: How the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders. Offering “a fresh way of looking at maps” (The New York Times Book Review), Marshall explains the complex geopolitical strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the U.S. destined to become a global superpower? Why does China’s power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical. “In an ever more complex, chaotic, and interlinked world, ‘Prisoners of Geography’ is a concise and useful primer on geopolitics” (Newsweek) and a critical guide to one of the major determining factors in world affairs. The group meets at 6 p.m. at the store. Book groups are free if books are purchased at Kona Stories, or a $5 donation is requested. Info: Contact Brenda or Joy at 324- 0350 or visit www.konastories.com. Dufault to discuss new book The Naalehu Public Library will host local author Dr. Renee Dufault on Thursday in Ka’u. Dufault will discuss her new book, “Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat,” during the free 4:30-5:30 p.m. event at the library. Dufault became a medical laboratory specialist when she joined the U.S. Army in 1976. Following her four-year service, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy analysis and planning at the University of California at Davis. She then served in the Navy for two years as an industrial hygiene officer, before transferring to the Public Health Service, where she served as an Environmental Health Officer. During her 14 years at the PHS, she worked at the National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration, where she provided expertise in the areas of toxicology, environmental health and industrial hygiene. Since retiring, she has went on to earn a doctorate in health education. In addition, she is the founding executive director of the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute, and, as such, collaborates with scientists worldwide to conduct studies and publish papers focused on the many toxic substances still contained in our present food supply. A worldwide speaker, Dufault has had numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She currently resides in Hawaii. Info: Call 939-2442. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Shows & events Honokaa hosts International Day of Peace Parade, Festival The 11th annual International Day of Peace Parade and Festival is Saturday in Honokaa. Celebrating the annual United Nations International Day of Peace, the town will host the parade, which runs down Mamane Street and includes bands, dancers, drummers and entertainers. A Peace Day Festival follows. Festivities get underway at 11 a.m. Info: Visit www. peacedayparade.org. Hispanic Cultural Festival Sunday The third annual Hispanic Cultural Festival will be held from 4-9 p.m. on Sunday at Old Kona Airport’s Makaeo Events Pavilion. Hispanic Heritage Month is a national celebration and was created to acknowledge the many contributions to American culture by Latino citizens of the U.S. or those with ancestors in Spain, Mexico, and Central or South America and runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Annually, nonprofit Comunidad Latina de Hawaii holds the Hispanic Cultural Festival to celebrate culture, diversity and the integration of Hawaii communities. All are invited to come and celebrate, as well as to perpetuate the Latino culture through music, dance, food and art. Info: Contact Angela at adean@comunidadlatinadehawaii. com. Baroque music concerts slated Ohrlando’s Chamber Ensemble commences its 2017-18 Concert Series with a program dedicated to the Baroque period, which the ensemble said concertgoers enjoyed most during previous series. Ursula Hesse will perform a solo piece for the harpsichord to enrich the program. She will also be joined by Roland Mauer, on oboe, oboe d’amore and bassoon, and Mary Collier on violin and Kathy Fraser, violoncello. Collier and Fraser helped Ohrlando start the series four years ago. In addition to composers like Georg Friedrich Handel and Antonio Vivaldi, lesser-known names like Christoph Schaffrath and Johann Adam Birckenstock will be part of the program. Concerts are slated at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Holo Holo Ku Gatehouse, 67-500 Holo Holo Ku Way, in Waimea, and at 4 p.m. on Oct. 8 at a private residence in Kailua-Kona. Admission is free, however, a $15 donation is suggested. Info/reservations: Email roland.maurer@gmx. ch or call 315-7666. Film screenings Movies Under the Stars featuring ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Queens’ MarketPlace will host its monthly Movies Under the Stars event on Saturday with a showing of “Pete’s Dragon.” Attendees should bring a beach chair or blanket for the free outdoor movie that gets underway at dusk, about 6:20 p.m., at the Coronation Pavilion. This PG film tells the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Info: www.queensmarketplace. net. ‘Beat the Devil’ to be shown Kahilu Theatre hosts a screening of the classic film “Beat the Devil” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The 1953 film, written and directed by John Huston, stars Humphrey Bogart. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Info: Visit www. kahilutheatre.org. Announcements Auditions slated for ‘A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol’ Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network announces auditions for “A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol.” The auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 and at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21 at Kilauea Military Camp’s Kilauea Theatre. Those auditioning should prepare a song that best features their vocal ability. There are parts available for all ages, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim. “A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol” with story by Charles Dickens, music by Arthur Sullivan, and Words by Gayden Wren (inspired by W.S. Gilbert) is another look at the Christmas classic with the bonus of Gilbert and Sullivan music. The show uses songs from many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas; an example is the three ghosts sing “Three Little Maids from School” from “The Mikado” but with lyrics that suit the show. Suzi Bond is directing the show with musical direction by Walter Greenwood. “A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol” will play for one weekend only, Dec. 14-17. Info: Call 982-7344 or email email@example.com.
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