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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 28, 2006

Kabuki hanging on wall and hanging loose in improv

Advertiser Staff

Detail from an 1854 Japanese wood-block print of a kabuki scene now on view at the East-West Center Gallery.

East-West Center Gallery

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The Utagawaha Monjinkai Foundation of Japan recently gave the East-West Center a gift a slew of ukiyo-e, or block prints, from the 19th century. They're now on view in "From Stage to Page: Kabuki Through Wood Block Prints," at the East-West Center Gallery.

The show is just one part of a kabuki free-for-all.

Every Sunday through July 16, the gallery will host a kabuki-related event.

At 2 p.m. today, the local improv group Loose Screws performs "Screwbuki," its version of the Japanese theatrical tradition. (It was a hit at the Chicago Improv Festival in April.)

The gallery is in John A. Burns Hall, at Dole Street and East-West Road.