Friday, May 7, 2004



Play part in 'Murder'

Actors are needed for paid positions with Murder Mystery Players, and auditions will be held at noon tomorrow and 7 p.m. Monday at the ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.

Murder Mystery Players public shows will be presented on alternating Saturdays at Dave & Buster's, June 12 through Aug. 20.

Actors must be at least 18 years old, but otherwise all genders, body types and races will be considered. Actors from previous Murder Mysteries are encouraged to audition. Interested individuals should be prepared with a memorized joke and will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Actors are paid $75 per performance. For more information, call 258-0205.

Casting is for a production entitled "Death," directed by Andrew Meader. The characters are:

» Al Dupree: Male, mid-20s to 50s. Al is the shady owner of "Al's Take Over Sharpies." This is the night when Al finally gets what he deserves for his years of bad taste and boorishness -- two bullets in the chest. He's loud, cheap and now he's dead.

» Jeanette Dupree: Female, 20s to 50s. The perfect wife, Jeanette is rich and talented, and interested in helping her husband's business any way she can.

» Gilda Lily Moore: Female, 20s to 50s. An artificial flower if there ever was one. Fake nails, dyed hair and a mercenary manner. Was she there to rekindle an old flame or snuff him out?

» Michelle Lakeland: Female, 20s to 50s. Everything you would want in an employee. Neat and efficient. Quiet, perhaps too quiet.

» Jerry Windsor: Male, 30s to 50s. The earnest owner of Windsor Global High Tech. A fairly likable guy with a taste for pawnshop guns and cheap dramatics. Al and Jerry were friends until Al decided to take Jerry's business for himself.

» Lansing Hughes: Male, 20s to 50s. His mother was from Michigan, but he's a house detective straight out of a Depression dime novel.

'Ideas Men' onstage

Tickets are on sale now for "Ideas Men," the new show from Northern Ireland's comedy theater duo Ridiculusmus, playing the ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave. May 18 through 22.

In "Ideas Men," two advertising executives are under pressure to come up with a new idea. They frenetically use anything -- doodles, soap operas, food, sex, desk chair races, violence and even pen sniffing -- to come up with something.

Ridiculusmus last appeared in Honolulu in 2001 with "The Exhibitionists," and will be coming with "Ideas Men" fresh from a run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. May 18-20 shows are $18 in advance ($20 at the door); and the May 21 and 22 shows, $20 advance ($23 at the door). They're available at the art space's front desk 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, or charge by calling 545-2820.

The comedy duo Ridiculusmus performs May 18 through 22 at The ARTS at Marks Garage.


Take another look

Those past the clubbing phase of their lives probably try to avoid Waikiki at all cost, save special occasions, usually with out-of-town guests in tow. If you're in the market for quirky home accessories, however, Island Treasure Antique Mall is worth the trip into the concrete jungle.

Felix and Elyse Navarro set up shop at 2145 Kuhio Ave. about seven years ago, and if it's been a while since you've dropped by, it's worth another look.

You'll need at least a few hours to take in the three floors full of bygone-era goodies offered by several vendors including Fire King jadeite dishware, Depression Era glass, collectible toys fit for sculpture, lamps and more. Paintings or advertising prints that dot or lean against the walls can be bought and appreciated for art's sake or snapped up and shelved, if all you really want is its intricately carved wooden frame.

Most items, such as the weathered Bertoia-like wire chair that fronts the store for weary patrons, will need some elbow grease for living-room presentation, but that's expected when you're treasure hunting.

Parking at a nearby lot costs $3 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., $4 after, so make a day of it and plan for lunch or an early dinner nearby, along with your stroll down memory lane. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 2 to 10 p.m. on weekends. Closed Mondays. Call 922-8223 for more information.

One-of-a-kind finds from Island Treasures Antique Mall include the white lamp with shade, $35 and the '60s mod yellow lamp base, $30. They also have an original hula girl lamp base like the one shown (yes, she dances) for $1,700.

Ruby Mata-Viti, Star-Bulletin


Roses for mom

The Honolulu Rose Society saves the day for those who find themselves short of a Mother's Day gift. The society will host a Mother's Day rose show and sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Windward Mall.

Browse through the many floral arrangements and mini rose plants for sale, and take in a rose exhibition where guests can vote for their favorite. Experts will be on hand to answer rose-related questions.

For more information, contact the Honolulu Rose Society at 545-5653.

DIY workshops

Free how-to workshops this month at the Home Depot Iwilei store are as follows: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, "Cordless drill/Build a planter"; 7 p.m. Thursdays, "Family friendly vegetable garden"; 7 p.m. Fridays, "You can maintain your lawn"; 2 p.m. Sundays, "Ralph Lauren paint techniques"

Saturdays offers two sessions: 10 a.m., "Buy the perfect carpet"; and at 2 p.m. "Low voltage landscape lighting."

For more information, call 521-7355.

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