Don Ed Hardy, the tattoo godfather and artist, came to Friends of Film Friday at Doris Duke Theatre on Nov 14 to see his friend Mayumi Oda. (That’s him sandwiched between Academy Asian art conservator Frankie Saucedo and Mayumi. The Big Island printmaker, farmer and “goddess trainer” presented the film “Who Does She Think She Is?” in which she appears. In fact, a lot of local artists turned out to see the film, which brings to light the huge obstacles women artists face.

Da Spot (908 Pumehana St, 941-1313) is now a regular feature at Friends of Film Friday and people are coming at 6:30 to have a leisurely dinner of lamb curry, Thai coconut curry, dolmades, baklava and other Da Spot delicacies. And the lovely Jasmine Jones and Jackie Walden pour the premium wines from Better Brands. It’s becoming a popular dinner-and-a-movie night—with lots of brain food. At the FFF featuring Sascha Paladino and his moving documentary “Throw Down Your Heart,” about his half-brother Bela Fleck’s African sojourn, visitors got to sit down to eat with Sascha and grill him about Africa and his film. Where else can you do that? (Photos by Sabrina Velazquez.)