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Dining: Child’s movie menu at Chef Mavro
When “Julie and Julia” — an appetizing film about the unrelated accomplishments of a wannabe chef Julie Powell, who prepares and blogs about every one of the more than 500 recipes in Julia Child’s landmark “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook in English — opens Aug. 7, it’s very conceivable that we’re all going to drool about Child's celebrated beef bourguignone.
Well, in anticipation of the demand, Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis (along with his publicist wife Donna Jung), who hosted an invitational screening of the whimsical and wondrous film recently at Consolidated’s Ward theater, has created a special three-course “Julie and Julia Movie Menu” that will be available Fridays and Saturdays, starting Aug. 7, for after-movie fine-dining.
“After the screening so many people were craving boeuf bourguignone that something had to be done!,” said the chef in a statement. “I’ve felt a connection with Julia Child ever since I developed a love of home cooking for my wife when I come back from the restaurant every night. And everyone in my kitchen has so much fun cooking this style of food. When it’s delicious it’s delicious.”
Chef Mavro, the James Beard award-winning wizard, will be in his dining room to welcome guests and will, indeed, serve boeuf a la bourguignone tableside, in the customary French manner. Other French fare exhibited in the film will also be available.
The dinner will be $59 per person, with space limitations, and will include pre-appetizer, pre-dessert and the grand finale house-made sweets. Additionally Child’s famous “reverse martini” ($9) will be offered as well as a special Morgan grand cru du beaujolais wine selection ($13 glass).
Reservations: 944-4714, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stage: MVT’s ‘Bee’ e-x-t-e-n-d-s final three shows
Manoa Valley Theatre today announced the third and final extension of its hit musical, the Tony Award-winning “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Drawing near-capacity crowds, the show will be staged for the last times at 8 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 and 4 p.m. Aug. 9. A limited number of seats are available for this weekend’s extended playdates as well.
The cast features Joel Libed as Chip Tolentino, Michael Reyes as William Barfee, Ivy Hays as Olive Ostrovsky, Stephanie Farnum as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Kimo Kaona as Leaf Coneybear, Jennifer Oyama Harris as Marcy Park, Andrea Clark as Rona Lisa Peretti, Larry Bialock as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, and Jack Galliano as Mitch Mahoney.
Linda Johnson directs, Kenji Higashihama conducts.
With candor and comedy, “Spelling Bee” examines the challenges of youth experienced by the six spelling whizzes in a competition that also involves audience participation, in a setting resembling a high school gymnatorium. You can even buy a sack lunch for $5 from the Lunch Lady (actor Braddoc DeCaires), who might bring back memories of your cafeteria manager from yesteryear, complete with hair net.
Tickets: $35 general, $30 seniors and military; $20 patrons 25 and younger.
Reservations: 988-6131 or online at manoavalleytheatre.com; tickets are also available at all military outlets.
Stage: DHT looking for ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ cast
“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will launch the 2009-2010 Diamond Head Theatre season this fall, so DHT is holding cast auditions.
James Patterson will guest-direct and choreograph; he was in the national tour of “Chaperone” and “Cats” and also in the Broadway and touring companies of “Beauty and the Beast” and “State Fair.”
Auditions for principal and ensemble parts will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 14, and at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16, at the DHT rehearsal hall. The musical will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 11.
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing (bring Broadway-style sheet music in your own key); an accompanist will be provided; tapes, karaoke singing via CD or a cappella will not be allowed. Wear appropriate dance rehearsal clothes and shoes.
The plot involves a narrator-commentator in his New York apartment, and a show within a show, as full-on musical productions with toe-tapping songs, spill into the room, providing both tunes and persona that characterize a huge Broadway experience.
Actors should have some dancing and vocal skills, and some roles call for comedy and moves of a Latino lothario. One role — Mrs. Tottendale, a dizzy, dim but sweet comedienne — has Island implications, since it was originated on Broadway by former Hawaii actress Georgia Engel.
Perusal scripts are available at the Diamond Head Theatre box office, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Scripts must be read on-site. Cast characters and additional information are available on the theatre’s web site: www.diamondheadtheatre.com .
Clubs: Music at Kani Ka Pila Grille
Kupaoa, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning most promising artists, has three playdates at Kani Ka Pila Grille, at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach — tonight (July 28), Aug. 5 and Aug. 22. Showtimes are from 6 to 9 p.m.
Sean Na’auao makes his debut Aug. 1.
Manoa DNA returns from a Japan tour on Aug. 8.
Clubs: Duke’s sets August ‘Concerts on the Beach’
The beachfront Duke’s Waikiki at the Outrigger Waikiki, has announced its August schedule for the “Concert on the Beach” series, from 4 to 6 p.m. The lineup:
* Kona Band – Aug. 1
* Henry Kapono – Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
* Maunalua — Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
* 10 Feet – Aug. 8.
* Kapena – Aug. 15 and 29.
* Kawao – Aug. 22.
Late night music is slated from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Saturdays, as follows:
* John Helm – Aug. 1, 15, and 29
* Akahi Duo – Aug. 8
* Kona Chang Duo – Aug. 22.
Festivals: Four-day family event at Magic Island
The four-day Honolulu Family Festival, with family-friendly entertainment, rides, food and games, opens Thursday (July 30) at Magic Island. Tens of thousands are expected to attend, in the last summer biggie before school reopens this Friday (July 31).
The event, initiated three years ago by Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the Honolulu 100 organization, the City and E.K. Fernandez Shows, opens at 5 p.m. Thursday. A special program, at 5:45 p.m. in the Entertainment Tent, will assemble Hawai’i’s favorite divas, Nina Kealiiwahamana, Marlene Sai, Karen Keawehawai'i, Misty Kelai, Iwalani Kamahele and fabled hula stylists Beverly Noa and Piilani Smith. They will be part of the Royal Hawaiian Band Legacy Concert.
Other entertainers, like Henry Kapono, Holunape and Frank DeLima, also take the stage during the four-day run. Visiting live acts also include The Amazing Agostino and Backyard Circus & Puppet Parade.
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday (July 30), 5 p.m. to midnight Friday (July 31), 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday (Aug. 1) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 2).
Onsite parking is limited, but free parking is available at the Honolulu Municipal Building parking lot, with free shuttle service from Alapai Street bus station to Magic Island, from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 1) and from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 2).
Scrip for food and rides are available for purchase. Unlimited ride wristbands ($20 at ticketmaster.com, $25 at the festival), are good from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 10 pm. Sunday.
Proceeds will support the refurbishment of Ala Moana Beach Park.