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Gaga tour on hold, Kanemura returns to 'SYTYCD'

May 21st, 2010

Mark Kanemura, a former contestant on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” two seasons ago, is returning to the reality show as one of a dozen all-star partners for this year’s crop of competitors. He’s cut short his touring gig with Lady Gaga.
The series’ seventh season premieres with a two-hour special at 7 p.m. Thursday (May 27) on KHON2.
“I was on tour with Lady Gaga two months ago when I found out about returning to the show,” said Kanemura, 26, one of Hawai’i’s marvels of contemporary dance. “I think my reason to go back is simple; the whole process (of competition) is challenging.”
Kanemura, the most celebrated alumnus of Marcelo Pacleb’s Kane’ohe-based award-winning 24/VI DanceForce, also wanted “to challenge myself, take it to a new level. We’ll be working with different choreographers. Lady Gaga is touring through 2011; I suppose I can always go back, but I wanted this different experience.”
Kanemura and other returning all-stars from previous “SYTYCD” seasons will be partnered with each contestant through the dancing and elimination ritual.
He can’t recall when he didn’t have dance in his heart.
“I think I got hooked the first time when I saw ‘Phantom of the Opera’ here, when my parents took me,” he said. “Or was it ‘Cats’? I was blown away by the aspect of people performing, with lights, costuming, movement. So much to be taken in, and I knew I had to get involved some way, so I got into musical theater and fell in love with the whole process. But I was always more into dance; my voice changed and, well, I wasn’t a singer.”
While the audition process to become a professional dancer was the essence of his life, Kanemura never tried out for the pinnacle of the backstage musical, “A Chorus Line,” because he knew he had to sing.
His Hawai’i roots are an asset, whenever and wherever he dances
“When you grow up here, you really have a good nature about yourself, and work-wise, it helps. You feel good about people, you respect them, and mention you’re from Hawai’i, you always get ‘I love it there, I want to go there,’” he said.
It’s here, too, where he found his raw energy through Pacleb’s guidance and direction. “This rawness, this passion ... was developed from that studio. You bring it with you when you dance.”
His stress level is beginning to mount, as the “SYTYCD” countdown looms, but there’s a twist: “The pressure is there, definitely, but in a different sense; I’m not competing (he had earlier partnered with Chelsea Hightower), but I still will be judged,” said Kanemura. “I feel there will be a lot of critique, with everyone watching and judging. The expectation level will be higher (for him), because people know what I’ve been doing, where I’ve been dancing.”
With Lady Gaga as this generation’s most original and creative icon, Kanemura’s visibility and expectations are high because of his Gaga association.
“She puts so much into her craft, and what she does is incredible,” he said from his first-hand perch as one of Lady Gaga’s 10 dancers. “What she puts into her career, she’s getting back; she’s earned respect from her fans, and she’s kind of a leader of this big fan base,” he said.
“Her whole lifestyle is original, different. As an artist, no one works as hard as she does.
So, so, so hard. You want to do things for her. A lot of artists sing songs written by other people; she writes everything that she sings. She plays piano; she’s involved with the crafts, the costumes. I have never seen her wear the same things twice; her costumes are pieces of art, very architectural.”
Kanemura said when you dance with Gaga, the choreography is so intensive, “very physical, very high-energy, you do your workout in the show, you don’t have to go to the gym. Whenever my friends see me in photos (on his website,, they say, ‘Oh my God, you’re losing so much weight.’ It’s the dancing, the tour.”
But he’s loved the journey. “I just finished working with her in Japan, three weeks ago, and I just did ‘American Idol’ with her. And shot her upcoming video, ‘Alejandro,’ which should be coming out in a few.”
Kanemura also has danced with Janet Jackson and said “I admire how kind and generous she is to her dancers; she respects her dancers. It’s a very genuine thing; I’m not shocked, but that was such a nice surprise from someone in her place.”
And where does he see himself 20 years from now? “I definitely want to do choreography and specifically do tours and work with artists in commercial films,” he said. “I’m also intrigued by the dance company aspect (forming his own company), but that’s later, later on.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 27)
Fox (KHON2)

Rainbow Film Festival set May 27 to 30

May 19th, 2010

Today (May 19) is the deadline to buy discounted advance tickets to the 21st Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, set for May 27 through 30 at the Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts.
The options include:
• A VIP pass for $75, which includes admission to all films and galas.
• Buy one ticket ($20) to the opening night film, get one at half price ($10).
• Buy three Gala passes ($25 each), get one free, includes gala and closing nightg film.
Details are available at or

Otherwise, the ticket prices will be:

• Film pass for $75, good for all films.
• VIP pass for $85, good for all films plus gala.
• Gala only pass for $25, includes reception and closing night film.
• Single ticket for $10 for most films, $20 for opening night film plus reception.
• Student and military discounts, $25 VIP pass, $9 single admission (excludes opening night film).
The festival opens at 7 p.m. May 27 with the screening of “Violet Tendencies,” which stars Mindy Cohn, who played Natalie on TV’s “The Facts of Life,” as Violet, a self-described “fag hag,” who searches for real (heterosexual) love. A reception, at 6 p.m., precedes the film; Whole Foods will provide light pupu.
“The People I Slept With,” a comedy about a promiscuous sex-hungry woman Angela, who finds out she has an unexpected pregnancy, will close the festival at 6:30 p.m. May 30. One of the actors, Wilson Cruz, playing the gay Gabriel, and the director, Quentin Lee, will be in attendance.
More than two dozen films from 15 countries, exploring all aspects of gay and lesbian life and the spectrum of the alternative lifestyle, will be shown in-between. The schedule, available at the website, features shorts, full-length films, and documentaries.
The festival is presented by the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation.

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‘Hawaii Five-O’ booked for a Monday slot this fall

May 19th, 2010

“Hawaii Five-O” will land in the 9 p.m. Monday slot this fall, CBS announced this morning.
Its position in the newl slate had been debated in recent weeks, with heavy buzz at one point that it might be on Tuesdays, following the powerhouse “NCSI”-“NCSI: Los Angeles” block, which would have been a nifty lead-in.
Instead, the crime drama — which expects to resume filming this summer, with Alex O'Loughlin rebooting Jack Lord's Steve McGarrett role — will be preceded by a block of hit comedies, with a new Chuck Lorre show, “Mike & Molly,” as its 8:30 p.m. lead-in.
Another familiar Island face — Tom Selleck, formerly of “Magnum P.I.” — returns in a new CBS series, “Blue Bloods,” at 9 p.m. Fridays. This show, however, won't be Island-based.



8:30-9:00 PM MIKE & MOLLY
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-O


7:00-8:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE


7:00-8:00 PM SURVIVOR


7:30 - 8:00 P.M. $#*! MY DAD SAYS


7:00-8:00 PM MEDIUM
8:00-9:00 PM CSI: NY
9:00-10:00 PM BLUE BLOODS


9:00-10:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY


6:00-7:00 PM 60 MINUTES
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: MIAMI

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Show bits: Jackson tribute, Wonder Girls, Al Waterson, 'Sleuth'

May 18th, 2010

Here's a handful of upcoming entertainment options:

Michael Jackson tribute June 25 at Blaisdell

A Michael Jackson tribute show, feature Kenny Wizz as the King of Pop, will be staged at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Blaisdell Arena. The playdate marks the first anniversary of Jackson’s death.
D Boy Productions and X-1 World Events are teaming up as presenters.
Tickets — $20 to $70 — are now on sale at

Wonder Girls at Pipeline for two shows June 25-26

The Wonder Girls will perform two shows at 8 p.m. June 25 an 26 at the Pipeline Café.
Pre-sale ticket sales begin Saturday; $32 general admission , $75 for VIP Tiki Lounge seating, $150 for a meet-and-greet session with the group, with a tour gift, a photo op and a general admission ticket.
Go to,

Waterson hosts SPCA fundraiser Sunday

“Al Waterson and You,” the Sunday attraction at Don Ho’s Island Grill at Aloha Tower Marketplace, will host a fundraiser for the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) with non-stop entertainment.
Besides singer-host Waterson, the evening will feature Jordan Segundo, Yasmin Dar, Anita Hall, Keahi Conjugacion, Denby Dung, Kalei Gamiao, Pedro Hara, Paul Cortes, Brianna Abregano, Maka’ala Perry, Bryana Salaz and Michelle Motoda.
Reservations: 528-0807

'Sleuth' thriller bows Thursday at Manoa Valley

“Sleuth,” the Anthony Shaffer murder mystery filled with thrills, laughs and unexpected twists and turns, premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 20) at Manoa Valley Theatre.
Dwight Martin plays Andrew Wyke, a successful mystery writer living in a manor in Wiltshire, England, and Todd Coolidge is Milo Tindle, the lover of his wife, invited to the home for a round of game-playing with murderous consequences.
Other players are Douglas B. Toblieb as Inspector Doppler, Stephen Forte as Detective Tarrant and Richard Aadland as Police Constable Higgs.
Guest director is Elitei Tatafu Jr. Costume designer is Dusty Behner, set designer is Ben Mackrell, fight and weapons master is Tony Pisculli, sound designer is Jason Taglianetti, hair designer is Greg Howell, makeup designer is Newton Koshi and props designer is Sara Ward.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays, through June 6.
Tickets are $30 general, $25 seniors and military, $15 patrons 25 and under.
Reservations: 988-6131,

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Hawaii News Now, KITV among California Emmy winners

May 17th, 2010

Three Hawai’i TV stations earned a total of six Northern California Area Emmy Awards Saturday in ceremonies at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel.
KGMB9, prime mover in the Hawaii News Now conglomerate encompassing KHNL8 and KFVE5, logged three Emmys, including a station laurel for news excellence. The achievement honors Chris Archer, news director; Christi Young, assistant news director; and Brenda Salgado, assignment manager.
KITV4 earned a news programming award for “Island Television News at 5,” among medium market stations, honoring Rob Machado, executive producer, and Karisa Ramolete-Hayashi, producer.
Other Emmy winners from Hawai’i:
• News and program specialty, informational or instructional: “Poop Power: Hawaii Going Green,” Gary Sprinkle, producer KITV4.
• Craft achievement, director, live or live-to-tape/post production: “Lantern Floating Hawaii 2009," Kenichi (Kenny) Koarashi, director; KGMB9 and Shinnyo-en Hawaii.
• Craft achievement, graphic arts/animation, “Chris Drew Composite,”
KGMB9/KHNL8/KFVE5-Hawaii News Now, Christopher Drew, art director.
• Craft achievement, musical composition/arrangement, “Bhutan: Taking The Middle Path To Happiness,” KHET11, Christopher Hedge, composer.
Not all local affiliates send entries for competition in this regional Emmy awardsfest.

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