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Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Foreign women invited to discussion group The Osaka Gender Equality Foundation is inviting English-speaking non-Japanese women to its monthly discussion meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Osaka Prefectural Women's Center, or Dawn Center, in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The discussion group will focus on common problems facing foreign women, including those pertaining to cultural differences, employment and child care. Participants will exchange information and experiences.

This month's theme is stress management.

Participation is free. No reservation is required.

To get to the venue, walk 350 meters east from Tenmabashi Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For details, call the organizer at (06) 6910-8588.

Osaka European Film Festival set to kick off The 12th annual Osaka European Film Festival will hold its main screenings from Saturday to Nov. 23 at Kaiyukan Hall in Minato Ward.

Seven feature films will be screened, six of them for the first time in Japan.

The films include "The Hamburg Cell," directed by Antonia Bird, an English docudrama from 2004 on the men who are responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and "La Moustache," directed by Emmanuel Carrere, a French comical nightmare shown at this year's Cannes films festival, which depicts a man who shaved off his mustache only to have his wife and friends say he never had one.

All movies will be shown with Japanese subtitles.

The fee for each screening is 1,200 yen in advance and 1,500 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available at Ticket Pia and Lawson convenience stores.

For schedules and other programs of the festival, call the organizer at (06) 6822-6211, e-mail info@oeff.jp, or visit its Web site at www.oeff.jp (in Japanese and English).

Contemporary art fair to be held in Osaka A contemporary art fair will be held Nov. 24 to 27 at Contemporary Art Space Osaka, or CASO, in Minato Ward.

A total of 13 galleries based in Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo will exhibit and sell works by a variety of established or emerging artists from Japan and overseas, including Donald Judd, Yoshitomo Nara and Yasumasa Morimura.

The event was held in 2002 and 2003, and the third show will take place with renewed content after a two-year interval. In addition to the gallery booths, there will be a cafe and other attractions to propose how to enjoy art as part of everyday life.

The fair will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is 1,000 yen.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Exit No. 6 of Osaka-ko Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information, call the venue at (06) 6576-3633 or visit the event's Web site at www.nomart.co.jp/artincaso/ (in Japanese and English).

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