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By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, November 1, 2001


‘Jekyll and Hyde’ helps
public radio celebrate

IT was the first full moon on Halloween in Hawaii since 1955, and there won't be another until 2020. So let's hope you enjoyed it ... Peter Schickele of P.D.Q. Bach fame is bringing his "Jekyll and Hyde Tour" to Oahu and Maui as part of Hawaii Public Radio's 20th birthday celebration, but I think the playful musician is missing a bet. Why not call it the "Schickele and Hyde" tour? Anyway, it'll take place at the Hawaii Theater on Nov. 14 and at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center Nov. 15 ... The Honolulu Zoo is going ape for primates, monkeying around to hold a celebration of all things primate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. No, there's no "Gorilla my dreams" singing contest ...

MIME Marcel Marceau might have a touch of writer's cramp when he takes stage tonight and tomorrow for his show without words at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. He appeared at an Hermes party in his honor Tuesday night as part of the French Festival and signed more than 100 copies of his book, "The Story of Bip," the character he plays on stage. Publicist Lisa Josephsohn was the subject of much envy at the party, as she had an out-of-print first edition she'd bought after seeing Marceau when she was a student at the University of North Carolina. Marceau signed that book as well, allowing that it was a rare find, which was news to Josephsohn ... I'm reminded of an autograph party at the Algonquin Hotel in New York when the resident wits had assembled for Alexander Woolcott to sign copies of his latest book. "Ah," he effused at one point, "what is so rare as a Woolcott first edition?" To which Franklin Pierce Adams querulously responded, "A Woolcott second edition?" ...

Wright stuff

LOCAL writer Kirby Wright won the 2001 Alsop Review fiction contest for "Hale Kia," a coming-of-age story set on the east end of Molokai. Kirby claims 90 percent of the story is true, but the names have been changed to protect the guilty and the innocent. Kirby is the son of the late Harold Wright of the law firm of Cades Schutte Fleming and Wright ... Meanwhile, Wright's mom, June Wright, is a familiar singer at various "open mic" locales around town such as La Mariana and Fisherman's Wharf, but made a surprise appearance in the Mahina Lounge of the Ala Moana Hotel, backed by pianist Paul Conrad, who normally appears there sans singers. June used to sing on "Youth on Parade" back in the days when radio was what TV is today. Her daughter, Jules, is also an aspiring singer ...

Shoe-box goodies

THE people behind "Make a Difference Day" have devised a way to make a difference in the lives of hurting children around the world. People are asked to fill a shoe box with toys, school supplies and other necessities. The project is now taking place worldwide. On Oahu, a Matson container will be filled with gift-laden shoe boxes collected during the week Nov. 12-18. The gifts will be hand-delivered to kids in 90 countries. Localite Rebecca Hawley is currently writing to a girl in Bosnia who received one of her shoe-box gifts, and reports, "I am deeply moved by the impact of a simple gift on the life of a young girl and her entire family." If you'd like to participate, call Hawley at 396-6041...



Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns.

Contact Dave by e-mail: ddonnelly@starbulletin.com



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