In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Poetry slam returns
after a winning debut

AFTER A successful debut last month, "First Thursdays" returns to Studio 1 on North King Street tonight.

More than 300 people were on hand when Chinua Thelwell walked away with the $100 first prize as Sister in Sound wax master DJ Zita threw down in the background. This time around, keep in mind that admission is only $3 before things start at 8 p.m. Once competition starts, the price goes up to $5. Call 387-9664 for more info.

According to organizer Steve Kealoha Wong, this month's competition is nationally certified and will be held with the support of Poetry Slam Incorporated. That means each month's winner will have a shot at joining an official Hawaii slam team that will tour and compete on a national level. Let's hope that also means the prize money will go up a bit as well ...

MISS HAWAII 2003 Alicia Michioka has been cast as Yuki, the mysterious female ninja, in Hellcat Productions' "Blood of the Samurai: The Series." She joins Colleen Fujioka, Michael Ng, Stephanie Sanchez and Bryan Yamasaki in the locally-produced sequel to a short film that shared the same title. Local full-contact fighter Egan Inoue also is involved, playing the part of Shinzo in the series ...

JUST BECAUSE the armed conflict in Iraq seems to be winding down, that doesn't mean the war is over! Or at least that's what the University of Hawaii chapter of anti-war organization Not In Our Name thinks.

In an effort to raise money for the local chapter, NION has teamed up with a number of indie bands for a night of music tomorrow at the Coffee Factory. Scheduled to perform are The Bunkbeds, Haunted Pines, Little Moments and teradactyl.

The Coffee Factory is located on the corner of South King and Keeaumoku, and the show starts at 8 p.m. $5 gets you in; call 949-8858 ...

IT'LL BE AN evening of comedy and dancing on the grounds of the Ala Moana Hotel on Saturday night. Local funny guys Bula'ia, Mel Cabang, Da Braddahs, Bo Irvine and Jaz Kaner will take part in "Make Me Laugh!" It starts at 9 p.m. at the Hawaiian Hut.

Jeff Kino and Jason "Pipi" Rezentes are billed as emcees for this one, and the fun continues at Rumours Nightclub after the comedy concert -- don't forget to spend some time in the dance cages! Tickets are $15 in advance, available at all Tower Records and Video locations and Hungry Ear in Kailua. Call 941-5205 ...

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