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"I dove in head first," said the Honolulu Symphony's new executive director. "But I'm really optimistic."

Cory Lum • The Honolulu Advertiser

Symphony's new executive orchestrating harmony
Stephen D. Bloom, the Honolulu Symphony's new executive director, says, "My job, simply, is to change the culture of the organization." He has begun by cutting costs, empowering committees and demanding accountability.
Profile of the music man
Honolulu Symphony at a glance
Classical concert tickets

McConaughey's not a romantic comedy guy
Matthew McConaughey wouldn't go see a movie like "The Wedding Planner," but he doesn't mind acting in it.

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Entertainment guide
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Best bets on TV

TV strike described as inevitable
Studio and network executives say a May strike by the Writers Guild of America, the second since 1988, will have a devastating impact on the industry, and irrevocably change our TV habits.
Suvari: 'Sugar & Spice" not a bad influence
Mena Suvari doesn't think her new movie "Sugar & Spice," about gun-toting, bank-robbing high school cheerleaders, will be a bad influence on young people.
Wayne Harada
• Show Biz
DeLima gets miscue when fireworks go off
Comedian Frank DeLima's premature 'alarm clock,' ... 'Hawai'i's Kitchen' tapes at Chai's Island Bistro ... 'Vanities' cast parties at Nick's Fishmarket.

• Island Sounds
Brother Noland returns to his roots
Brother Noland returns to his Hawaiian roots with a relaxing, reflective collection of Island favorites. ... A new collaboration gives Damon a Fiji-style R&B and reggae makeover.

Audio sample of "Keawaiki" by Brother Noland. in mp3 or RealAudio format. RealAudio requires a plug-in.
Audio sample of "On The Island" by Damon in mp3 or RealAudio format. RealAudio requires a plug-in.

Joan Namkoong
• Editor's Choice
For zesty, citrus-flavored dish, try Chili Orange Cold Noodles
Chili Orange Noodles is one of my favorite noodle dishes. Not only is it delicious as part of a Chinese meal, it can stand on its own as a "pasta salad" on a buffet or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or meats.
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