Archive for June, 2009

What to do: Clubs, opera, rock, culture, cabaret

June 30th, 2009
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Here’s a quickie compilation of nighttime stuff to do in the days and weeks ahead. There’s something for everyone on the calendar grid:

Nightclubs: SOS will have double the fun
The Society of Seven LV, the resident band at the Outrigger Waikiki’s Main Showroom, will host and welcome back the classic Society of Seven group, in shows Wednesday (July 1) through Saturday. That means double the number of musicians-singers (14 — seven from each band), and double the fun and energy.
Showtime is 8:30 p.m. daily except Saturday, when the performance begins at 6:30 p.m., allowing Fourth of July celebrants to party elsewhere.
Reservations: 922-6408.

Opera: Youth chorus in ‘Na ‘Uhana O Hawaii’
As part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “OPERAtunities Summer Youth Program, a group of 35 students in grades 4 through 12, will stage “Na ‘Uhana O Hawaii” at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 2) and 3 and 7 p.m. Friday (July 3) at Windward Community College’s Paliku Theatre.
The production climaxes the summer training program for the youths.
“Na ‘Uhane” is a piece originally commissioned in 1998 by Herb Mahelona Jr., composer and librettist, but has not been performed in its entirety since.
The show features Sarah Makena Hamilton, 16-year-old Sacred Hearts Academy senior, in the principal role of Tutu, and Tashiyka Kamalulaue’e Campbell, 16-year-old Moanalua High junior, as “Older Kalei. Lauren Chang (staff member, HYOC alum, premiered Kamalu’s role of Kalei)
Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus is Hawai’i’s oldest and largest community youth choir, approaching its 50th anniversary in 2011.Tickets: $15 general, $12 students, available at the door.
Information: Malia Kaai-Barrett, at 521-2982. Or online at www.hyoc.org.

Rock: Fan Halen pays tribue to Van Halen
Fan Halen, a tribute band, revisits the lore and legend of the 1970s Van Halen rocksters, at 10 p.m. Aug. 1 at Pipeline Café. Doors open at 9 p.m.
The show will revive the hits and fervor of David Lee Roth, Edward Van Halen and the spirit of the ’70s via such powerhouses as “Jump,” “Ain’t Talkin' 'Bout Love,” “Dance The Night Away” and “Beautiful Girls.”
Buddhist Priest will be the opening act, channeling the sounds of hard-rockers like the Scorpions, Def Leppard and Judas Priest.
Tickets: $20 general, $40 VIP, available at Pipeline.

Culture: Hooray for Bollywood — hana hou!
“Bollywood Nights,” mixing Indian culture with Hollywood elegance, returns at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Pipeline Café for the third time.
Attractions include dancer Willow Chang, the Maya Dance Troupe and DJ Sovern-T.
Indian food will also be available.
Presale tickets are $10 adults, $15 at the door, free for children under 5;
at Pipelne, India Market and online at Groovetickets.com.

Dance: Cherry Blossom Cabaret blooms anew
Cherry Blossom Cabaret is on the go-go this month.
A Speakeasy Hula-A-Go-Go, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 18 at the Mercury Bar downtown, with the Cherry Blossom Cabaret burlesque show at 1030 p.m., features DJ Kitty and CBC interns.
Admission is $8 for those in aloha wear, $10 for others.
CBC will be at Camera Obscura at Next Door on July 17, at the Pirates Ahoy event also featuring JD Nocturna, DJ Modboy and DJ Shadowfaxxxx.
Wear pirates gear.
Information: www.myspace.com/808cameraobscura
Miss Catwings and Lola Love help Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand mark its 35th anniversary on July 9, with showtime about 9 p.m.
Other entertainment will feature the IONA Contempory Dance Theatre, BBoy Dance Crew, James Dela Cruz, Derek Daniels Productions, Hula’s Own Talon Garbiso and Luke McLain with guest Brian Evans.
Information: www.hulas.com.

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Gale Storm, a voice from the past, dies

June 29th, 2009
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I have to share a bit of news aboout one of my one-time singing favorites, Gale Storm, who died last Saturday at age 87.
According to the Associated Press, the former singer and early TV star of “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show,” had been in failing health in recent years and died at a convalescent hospital in Danville.
When I was still a student, exploring an interest in newswriting, reporting and column-writing, Storm was what then was dubbed a chartbuster, landing such tunes as “I Hear You Knockin’,” “Ivory Tower,” “Dark Moon,” “Teenage Prayer” and “Memories Are Made of This” on the pop charts. Tunes that Tom Moffatt used to play on either KGU or KIKI Radio.
These were part of my growing-up soundtrack — and you’ll remember, too, if you’re of the same vintage.
When I was writing my first music review columns in The Sunday Advertiser, readers picked her as best female singer of those ’50s-’60s era. I treasure the sweet thank you note she sent me; I asked if she’d ever perform here; she said she’d welcome a show, but one never realizd.
The name, Gale Storm, was clearly was an invention. Her real name was Josephine Owaissa Cottle. I last recall seeing her on “Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote,” TV episodes from the recent past.
Thought I’d share this memory.

50 Years of statehood--plus a '50s flashback show

June 27th, 2009
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A concert by three 1950s-'60s groups — The Platters, The Coasters and The Drifters — will be staged at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 21 as the nightcap of a day-long conference that will not only commemorate Hawaii’s 50th anniversary as a state but explore the vision for the next 50 years.
Themed “New Horizons for the Next 50 Years: A Commemoration Conference,” the event will include reflection and perspective on what Hawaii means to the rest of the world. The gathering will serve as a launching pad for the state’s next 50 years, according to the conference website, www.hawaiistatehoodconference.com.
The nostalgic flashback rock event is a post-conference attraction following a day reflection and contemplation, to plan for the future and to learn from the past. Conference folks may attend, but the general public take in the show without attending the daytime events. However, anyone can register for the the daytime sessions.
The Platters are known for such indelible hits as “Twilight Time,” “Only You,” “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “The Great Pretender;” The Coasters are linked to such classics as “Yakety-Yak,” “Searchin’,” “Little Egypt,” and “Charlie Brown;” and The Drifters are remembered for “Up on the Roof,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” and “On Broadway,” and “There Goes My Baby.”
Conference topics include issues on the economy, energy and education in the 21st century, amid a landscape of changing technology and cultural changes affecting Native Hawaiians, with key talks by Andy Karsner, former deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; Dean Kamen, founder, DEKA Research; John Zogby, political pollster, Zogby International; Tom Coffman, Island author; Dr. Charles Morrison, East-West Center president; and Andrew Mason, author.

STATEHOOD CONFERENCE
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21
Hawai’i Convention Center
$30 delegates, $15 student delegates
$50 for food-beverage amenities (=breakfast, breaks and luncheon) plus evening concert featuring The Platters, The Coasters and The Drifters
$50, 7:15 p.m. concert only
www.hawaiistatehoodconference.com

Movie munchies: Who made the rules, anyway?

June 26th, 2009
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Who made the rules on movie snacks, anyway?
I’ve often wondered why we all prefer kakimochi with popcorn at the theater. Both have always been sold separately at the snack bar, but some time back, the marriage was consummated: Mochi crunch and popcorn rule as the snacky couple.
Then along came the add-on hurricane mix, with furikake flavoring the blissful kakimochi-popcorn blend.
Ever wonder, though, why not cheese? Commercial popcorn manufacturers have touted cheese flavoring, along with caramel, even a chocolate veneer. Options for those mail order popcorn also include sour cream flavors.
Outside of Hawaii, you never hear of mochi crunch as the standard partner for the popped corn.
So drool with me, please, as I ponder what works, what doesn’t in movie muchies.

WHAT I’D LOVE TO NIBBLE:
• Malasadas. OK, these sugary numbers need to be piping hot, meaning you may want to hit the snack bar midway through a film. Ideally: Why not a Leonard’s concession in the lobby?
• Beef jerky. Once in while, don’t you yearn for a good chew-out?
• Hot manapua. The standard would be the char siu bao, with roasted char siu pork, in a steamed or baked bun. but some folks crave chicken, black sugar, and other recent curried variations; I’d just go with the char siu.
• Spam musubi. No kidding; Spam is the unofficial meat of the populace; when lying on a mini-slab of rice and blanketed with nori, it is a meal in itself. We’ve made ‘em at home, bought ‘em at fast-food bento counters and consumer-friendly places like Longs and your neighborhood supermarkets.
• Sushi mini-packs. Wouldn’t it be super oishi (that’s great-tasting) if Genki or Kozo concessions provide niblets for the film experience?

WHAT’S AVAILABLE THAT SHOULD GO:
• Nachos with cheese. OK, they’re yummy. But the cheese drips. The cheese smells. And have you not encountered a discarded sticky box when the lights come on? Getridofit!
• Cuttlefish, aka ika. This is one of those love-it-or-loathe it item. Delish for true-blooded grinders, bothersome for those who freak out with the fishy odor.

WHAT SHOULD STAY:
• Hot dogs. A standard spectator sport (think football or baseball). It’s messy when relish, ketchup and onions are added. Big quibble: If Costco can offer a $1.50 long dog with a drink tossed, why does it cost so much at the movie house?
• Saimin. Again, this is a mini-meal, slurping variety. In cold weather (and chilly theater A/C, it’s a warmer-upper).

Concession sales of popcorn and the assortment of candies and snacks long have been the big money-maker for the theaters, which profits from the kaukau, not the films being shown. That’s why concesson prices are astronomical.
So do you have a custom film snack? What would you like to see offered? Do you sneak in your own kakimochi bought from Long’s to give your popcorn its crunch? Now’s the time to confess.

Michael Jackson: A 'Thriller' till the very end

June 25th, 2009
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Shock. Disbelief. Totally unexpected.
Michael Jackson’s death will be logged in all our minds like the earlier passing of iconic show biz types — Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, on a national scale; Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Genoa Keawe, on a local note — with stunning surprise.
You’ll never forget how you heard about it, what you were doing when the news hit. Yep, just like the John F. Kennedy assassination.
Some figures are larger than life, so their deaths take on a magnitude and life of its own.
Cable TV and Internet sources play a huge role in disseminating and dissecting the news. You cherish and reminisce what you adored about the icon, you shelve and discard all the negatives.
That the world is mourning and sharing remembrances about Michael Jackson tells you: His star has been one of the brightest in the galaxy.
Ten reasons why we salute and miss the King of Pop:
• “Thriller:” The killer of all MTV videos. ‘Nuff said. Defined and ignited the music biz like never before.
• The single glove: Who’d have thought of creating a fashion trend with half a pair of anything?
• “We Are the World:” At a time the world needed, he contributed (collaborating with Lionel Richie) a song of humanity and hope, and didn’t we all sing it in praise of USA (United Support of Artists) for Africa?
• Peter Pan syndrome: He called his now tarnished wonderland Neverland, a place where you never grow old — a dream we’ve all thought about.
• Moonwalk: He may not have invented it, but he mastered the maneuver of the glide.
• His body of work: Perhaps prophetically, most of Jackson’s album titles — from 1972 to 2001 — sum up his culture and his career: “Got To Be There,” “Music and Me,” “Forever, Michael,” “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Dangerous,” “HIStory,” “Invicible.”
• Top seller: “Thriller” was his best-selling album ever, with sales more than 100 million; the death will inflate the whole Jackson catalogue.
• A man of many anthems and styles: Pick any one of his solo and family hits — "Billie Jean," “ABC,” “I’ll Be There,” “Ben,” “Man in the Mirror,” “I Want You Back,” “Got to Be There,” “Rock With You,” you fill in your personal fave — and you’ll sample the spectrum and spectacle of his greatnes.
• Wacko Jacko: He was, um, different. The insecurity, the fame, the abnormal white skin. His normal was not ours, which put him in his a league of his own.
• American idol: Jackson was possibly the biggest American idol who grew up in front of our eyes, not through a reality show, but a child star with the Jackson Five who evolved on TV and matured in concert appearances through his solo career. A reality that was ...unreal.