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By Dave Donnelly

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Ooh la la

THE first five minutes of "Friends" Sunday night on KHON-TV was in Spanish and English, simultaneously. And when the title of the showMug shotappeared on the screen, a voice said, "Amigos." It bailed out of the Spanish portion just before I bailed out of the whole episode, not wanting to be driven crazy/loco ... But if things French are more to your liking, you should know that the charming and funny Cirque Eloize (El-WAHZ) opens it's newest show, "Eccentricus," tomorrow night at the Hawaii Theatre. In addition, members of the Cirque will be helping kick off the French Festival at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Friday at 5 p.m. ... And the first ever French Festival Golf International tourney tees off Nov. 2 at Ko Olina Resort. And while the golf event will have prizes from the likes of Chanel and Dior, the grand prize for anyone hitting a hole-in-one is a Mercedes-Benz. What, no Citroen? ...

PERFORMING his show-stopping song, "Mr. Cellophane," from "Chicago," on the KSSK radio Perry & Price Hanohano Room program Saturday was Stewart Brown. The song, about a self-effacing chap who goes about almost unnoticed, cellophane-like, is a surf-fire hit and both Larry Price and Michael W. Perry joined heartily in the laughter. And right in character, after the applause died down, Brown said, "I hope I didn't take up too much of your time." ...

ARTIST Tom Freeman has a painting he did of the USS Arizona hanging in the White House, and now he's engaged in doing a new set of paintings dealing with Pearl Harbor. He recalls hearing a story of two little boys fishing off a Pearl City pier in 1941 who witnessed the Japanese attack from frightfully close range, and he'd love to contact them for a first-hand account to help in recreating a painting of the occasion. Call Pacific Monograph, 263-6087, and leave a number if you're one of the boys ...

Welcome to NoHo

CIRQUE Eloize isn't the only show in town. Hard on its heels, Nuuanu Nights will take place Nov. 3 with a "Hippodrome Circus," this in addition to the usual Nuuanu Nights music beats and eats in the streets. Strolling the avenue that night will give folks an opportunity to see what has become the SoHo of Hawaii, or perhaps we should say NoHo since it's mostly North of Hotel Street. As in New York's SoHo, Nuuanu is awash in art galleries, the latest to open being in the former HPD substation at Hotel & Nuuanu. Oldtimers will remember it as Bill Lederer's Bar, and the joke is that there were nearly as many cops in the place once it became the substation as when it was a saloon. Meanwhile, the "Arts at Mark's Garage" has its "before" party next Monday, a last look at the open space at Nuuanu and Pauahi before it goes through a transformation to turn into a multi-purpose center for arts groups early next year ...

More Nuuanu News

TICKETS go on sale Friday for the Jim Nabors Christmas concert with Emma Veary, Karen Keawehawai'i and Jimmy Borges in the Hawaii Theatre, just around the corner from Mark's on Bethel. And at the other end of Nuuanu, KIPO's "Blues Night" is slated Oct. 28 at O'Toole's. Hawaii Public Radio president Michael Titterton says it's intended to be a party saluting the successful conclusion of Celebration 2000, the on-air fund-raiser for Hawaii Public Radio. Playing the blues at O'Toole's that night will be Michael Fahey and his band, followed by Eric Peterson and his band. Downtown's doing it ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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