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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Surf's up downtown

It's been a gnarly (in a good way) summer for surfers and surfer wannabes with the release of the Hollywood flick "Blue Crush."

But in the small screening room at The ARTS at Marks Garage at 1121 Nu'uanu Ave., this week marks the last of a series of summer films that depict real-life surfers.

The New Wave Film Festival concludes with the showing of "Strapped: Origins of Big Wave Surfing" and "Laird," winner of Best Cinematography in a Documentary by the New York International Independent Film Festival, showing at 7 and 9 p.m. today and tomorrow.

"Strapped" (38 minutes) gives a visual history of tow-in wave riding at the Jaws break on Maui. "Laird," (46 minutes) takes place in Tahiti, where a wave deemed unridable is taken on by waterman Laird Hamilton. Seating is limited and tickets are $6.

Box-office hours

The Blaisdell Center box office, which also is a Ticket Plus location for most community events, changed its hours of operation this week, opening and closing one hour earlier.

The box office at 777 Ward Ave. now opens at 9 a.m. daily, except Sundays and holidays, and closes at 5 p.m.

'Images From Space'

Space buffs can get a celestial eyeful from "Images From Space," a half-hour TV documentary that was produced and narrated by Honolulu resident Dennis Brooks.

"I enjoy science and astronomy," he said. "I thought this would be a good way to share my enthusiasm with others, especially kids and teachers."

Brooks said the show, which includes more than 225 images from the Internet and references to various Web sites, is meant to be a resource for students, who can record the program and refer to it while doing homework and science projects. The program, which originally aired Aug. 28, will be repeated at 2:30 p.m. Friday on 'Olelo, Channel 52, and at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 on Channel 56. Details: 566-0654.