On the Scene
Thursday, March 6, 2003

By John Berger


SERIOUS ABOUT ART: Contemporary artist Jon Hamblin had a quiet conversation with playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl at the opening of his new exhibition, "Manner Of One," at Cafe Che Pasta. His bold multi-media work will be on display through March 29. Hamblin made local rock history years back with blue-and-orange artwork for a Heebee Jeebee Brothers' Christmas single.

THEY CALL IT "POI DOG R&B": The men of Chant introduced some new material and work-in-progress at the Meritage Restaurant in Restaurant Row. The group's three front men -- Charles Timtim, left, Tanner Henderson and Vergil Jepas --made it clear that they're working on a fresh retro sound in basic R&B and local-style rap.

CHECKING OUT CHANT: Beau Mohr, left, General Manager of the Ocean Club, took advantage of a rare night off and joined Shawn Finch and Sasha Inouye at the Meritage. Alex Harris, Wei Fang, Vakisha Coleman and local actress Fran Gendrano were also in the house. So was Russell Tanoue, who slipped in for a martini without his entourage. Chant spokesmen Henderson, Jepas and Timtim said they'll be back for another woodsheddin' session at Maritage on April 7th.

John Berger has covered the local
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