Archive for July, 2011

Jimmy Borges: ‘Out of surgery bright-eyed’

July 19th, 2011

Jimmy Borges, veteran jazz singer, had a tumor in his liver removed yesterday at Kaiser Hospital and his wife Vicki said “he came out of surgery bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.”
It might have been the best review of his career thus far.
Prior to the procedure Borges told me that his doctor, Dr. Ryan Takamori, “called this the Superbowl of operations because of the size of the tumor,” said Borges. “He said it’s like a large grapefruit or a small football.”
The tumor was removed from the good liver; the remaining liver will regenerate with time.
Vicki Borges said that the beloved entertainer “was awake, coherent and had his breathing tube removed,” when she ventured into ICU to see him.
Jimmy’s daughter Steffanie and son-in-law Randy are spending the days with him, with Vicki going evenings after work.
Because Jimmy needs rest as part of his recuperation process, Vicki is requesting no guests or phone calls for at least a week.
That could give just enough time to reinvent song lyrics in his inimitable style, prepping for a mini-show for the eventual flow of visitors. Like, “New York, New York,” JB-style: “Start spreading the news, I’m feeling OK, I want to be part of it, get back to work...”
Best wishes for a speedy recovering, Jeremiah! (That’s his middle name).

Etcetera: Pidgin, geeks, sing-along, Oz

July 15th, 2011

Shorts of sorts — stuff that might fill your cultural calendar in the days and weeks ahead:

One mo’ time: By popular demand, Lisa Matsumoto’s pidgin package of fractured fairly tales, themed “Once Upon One Noddah Time,” has added a 2 p.m. matinee July 23 at Kennedy Theatre. Means one noddah time you can catch dis one, a presentation of ‘Ohi’a Productions and the University of Hawaii-Manoa Outreach College. Tickets for the add-on date go on sale Sunday (July1). Call 956-8246. ...

A part of your play-going: Lee Cataluna’s “Folks You Meet in Longs,” about everyday folks hanging out at their favorite drugstore, will be revived by Kumu Kahua at 8 p.m. July 22, playing Thusdays through Sundays through July 31, with matinees on July 24 and 31. Call 536-4441. ...

A favorite thing: Who doesn’t know the whole score of “The Sound of Music”? Well, you can sing with Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp Family, in the return of “Sing-Along Sound of Music,” showing at 7:30 p.m. today (July 15) and tomorrow (July 16) and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 17) at the Hawaii Theatre. Costumes encouraged; elsewhere, some clever attendees get their ideas literally from the lyrics: “Girls in white dresses with blue satin lashes,” a Hasidic Jew (“a jew, a jew to you and you and you,” a Chinese woman named “So Long.” Call 528-0506. ...

Not yet over the rainbow?: “The Wizard of Oz” is back, with HEARTS (Hawaii Education of the Arts) staging the beloved musical about Dorothy and Toto’s journey down the Yellow Brick Road, at 7 p.m. July 21 and 22 and 2 and 7 p.m. July 23 at Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College. Yes, hear “Over the Rainbow,” but not with the Bruddah Iz arrangement. Call 741-2787.

Calling all techies: “The Best Buy Geek Squad Summer Academy,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday (July 19) and Wednesday (July 20) at Damien High School, is an opportunity for computer geeks to get savvy on the newest technology in PC hardware, digital photography, digital video and digital music. Best Buy Hawaii is partnering with H5-Hawaii Helping the Hungry Have Hope, a non-profit group serving the hungry and the homeless here to segue into education and training programs. A total of 180 children, aged 10 through 18 and largely from H5 families, will participate. Best Buy is providing the computers and registration for H5 folks, but food and drink donors are sought. Inquiries: Mona Wood-Sword, at 218-5546. ...

Step by step: Manoa Valley Theatre will hold auditions for “The 39 Steps,” the first play of the theater group’s upcoming fall season, at 7 p.m. Monday (July 18) at MVT. Rob Duval is directing the Hawaii premiere of this show, a spy thriller with farcical comedy and ingenious theatrical invention, inspired by a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film. Four actors are sought to play multiple roles. Playdates are Sept. 8 through 25, with rehearsals beginning Wednesday (July 20). Information: 988-6131. ...

Lawn cinema: A Ko Olina film series, staged at the resort’s Ulua Lagoon # 4, will feature two blockbuster flicks: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” with Harrison Ford and Karen Allen, on July 22, and “Star Trek,” with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana and Bruce Greenwood, on July 23. Screenings begin at sunset. The Hawaii International Film Festival schedules the attractions, as part of the Celebrate Arts + Culture @ Ko Olima series. Tickets: ...

Across the sea: On Kauai, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (translated by Mark Twain), will be staged in a Reader’s Theater format, at 7 p.m. today (July 15) at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville, tomorrow (July 16) at the Hukilau Lanai at Kapaa, and July 22 at the Kauai Community Performing Arts Center. Additional dates are forthcoming. Readers will be Vincent Irizarry of “All My Children” and Sherilyn Wolter, formerly of “General Hospital” and now a Kauai resident, who is producing the show.Tickets: $35 at the door, $30 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. ...

Does McGarrett need a love interest? Uh, no

July 13th, 2011

CBS is adding a potential love interest for Steve McGarrett on the Island-filmed procedural, “Hawaii Five-0,” during the sophomore season now filming here.
Uh, is this really necessary? Unbook 'em, Danno.
Producers are intent on building crevices in the foundation of ongoing stories and backstories among the principal characters. So Lauren German, from “Happy Town,” is joining the crew as a former Homeland Security office who, according to online reports, will glide into McGarrett’s crime-fighting ensemble with a double-edged sword: She apparently will help keep the denizens of Hawaii safe with her crime-fighting efforts but she is poised to create romantic sparks with McGarrett.
Uh, Alex O’Loughlin, who plays McGarrett, needs better scripts, not a love mate. O’Loughlin has been overshadowed by buddy Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) in the freshman season, a fact brilliantly reflected in Caan’s Emmy nomination last year. The banter, the bickering, the buddyhood worked — the two characters were instantly hur;ed into a bromance, with the right chemistry and charisma: the dedicated boss of the crime-fighting organization with issues about the murder of his father, and his colleague with a daughter and an ex-wife for whom he apparently still has the hots.
Uh, if McGarrett gets into a relationship with the yet-unnamed German character, there’s immediately a question of propriety: Would this be considered a discreet workplace romance? Sounds like a no-no. At this early stage, this appears to be a doomed and conflicted relationship. Or this spark may yield added tension and fizz to McGarrett, which could add fizz and help mold the character. Or not.
Uh, let McGarrett first work out the problems with his dad’s past before adding burden to his personal life; “Five-0” means well, to create a detailed quiltwork of the show’s main players. Besides the backstories of McGarrett and Kono, we’ve witnessed the dark corners of Chinn Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and his cousin Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), relating to why he was kicked out of the police department.
With Richard T. Jones pegged to succeed Jean Smart as the governor of Hawaii (he’s debuting as the lieutenant governor, who will step up to her post), new characters aren’t necessarily permanent.
Uh, if the show can terminate the governor in the finale of the first season, it can also ship a Homeland Security officer back home.
So what do you think of a blooming romance for McGarrett. Yes? No?

Cathy Foy-Mahi cast as Bloody Mary

July 11th, 2011

Cathy Foy-Mahi, the veteran Island entertainer with decades of performing credits on stage, in nightclubs and also in New York, will join the second national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” performing the Bloody Mary role.
It is the part originated by her pal Loretta Ables-Sayre at Lincoln Center three years ago, in the first-ever revival on Broadway in 60 years.
“I’m no spring chicken,” said the 1975 Miss Hawaii, who originated the role of Chah Li in the off-Broadway “Song of Singapore” in New York. “But it’s exciting to join the tour and carry on the Hawaii tradition of my friend Loretta. I’ll do the best I can to make Hawaii proud.”
The second national tour is a non-equity endeavor but will retain the flavor of the Broadway original, which, coincidentally, will be transplanted to London's West End this summer.
Ables-Sayre is preparing to leave for London production on Wednesday (July 13) to join the British cast, which is prepping to launch “South Pacific” at the Barbicon Theatre. It opens Aug. 15 for a run through Oct. 1. A U.K. tour will follow and it’s likely that Ables-Sayre will be in England for Christmas. “When am I going to get the opportunity to spend Christmas in the land of Dickens again?” she said.
Foy-Mahi said she prepared an audition tape, singing “Bali Ha’i” and prepared two obligatory scenes, that was shipped to New York; then she was called back to try out in person on Broadway where she worked with director Sarna Lapine, who is directing the touring show.
“Loretta had made such an impact in New York,” said Foy-Mahi (Ables-Sayre earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical). “And now she brings the aloha to Europe.”
They exchanged chatter about the role.
“I talked to Loretta and got tips about the part,” said Foy-Mahi, who didn’t audition for the role when producers originally came to Hawaii several years ago to seek out local prospects to portray the Tonkinese character in the musical based on James Michener’s wartime novel. “I didn’t feel I was right at the time and recommended Loretta to the agents. When she called me (about the touring Bloody Mary slot), she said (the producers) had trouble finding actors who could sing or singers who could act,” said Foy-Mahi.
She now feels has the goods; over the past two decades, Foy-Mahi has built her up her credits on the community theater stage, playing a variety of roles of substance and range — Mazeppa, the trumpet-wielding stripper in “Gypsy,” Madame Thenardier, the adoptive mom of the young Cosette and a barkeep in “Les Miserables,” and Mrs. Meers in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Bloody Mary, the entrepreneur who chews betel nuts, sports blackened teeth — something Foy-Mahi is prepared for. “I had to blacken my teeth for Madame Thenardier,” she said. “So right after the show, I’d get those Crest white strips on.” The character's two big tunes are “Bali Ha’i” and “Happy Talk.”
Foy-Mahi leaves Honolulu Aug. 20 to start rehearsals, for a Sept. 27 premiere at the Boston Opera House where the production will run two weeks, and tour for three months. After a break during the holidays, she returns for another three months.
She has yet to meet her cast.

Gabby Pahinui Kanikapila set Aug. 6 in Waimanalo

July 10th, 2011

The Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila, assembling his ohana and a coterie of Hawaiian music peers, offers a day-long celebration of his music and memory.
It’s set from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Waimanalo Beach Park.
Besides honoring the legacy of “Pops” Pahinui, the event — fourth in the annual series — is a fundraiser to establish a museum and performance arts center for Hawaiian music and hula. Sponsor say the goal is to raise $100,000 from tee shirt sales and ongoing festivals that recall the artistry of Pahinui, one of the kupuna of laid-back, genuine Island-style music. He was best known for his iconic version of “Hi’ilawe.”
Of course, the Pahinui brothers — Cyril, Bla and Martin — are expected to be on the roster.
The list, to date, includes:
• Maka‘ala
• Bernard Kalua
• Barry Kimokeo
• Alika Odom
• Halau Mele O Hawai‘i O Pahinui
• The Carmen Haugen Quartet
• Ron Miyashiro
• Frank Uehara
• Jeff Peterson / Doug Fitch
• Palanai Vaughan and the King’s Own
• Kanakapila
• Ben Kaili
• Victor Chock
• J.J. Ahuna
• Dwight Tokamoto
• Makana
• Hi‘ikua
• Kamuela Kimokeo
• Kaleua Krug
• Jerry Santos
• Blake Leoiki-Haili
• Jessie Kalima Ohana
• Nikki Hines & Friends
• Alan Akaka
• Gary Aiko
• Momi Sherrie
• Nobriga Ohana
• Pahinui Hawaiian Band
• Kunia Galdeira
• Sonny Lim
• Cyril Pahinui
• Bla Pahinui
• Danny Carvalho
• Peter Moon
• Jeff Au Hoy
• George Kuo
• Aaron Mahi
• Kalani Cockett
• Dennis Kamakahi
• Greg Sardinha & Kailua Bay Buddies
• Darrell Aquino
• Mark Caldeira
• Clayton Apilando
• Kealoha Kalima Ohana
• Hawaiiloa
• Edddie Palama
• Herb Lee
• Bobby Kahihikolo
• David Kaiapu
• Joe Berinobis
• Lance Takamiya

A timetable has not yet been announced.


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