On the Scene

John Berger

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Making a stage set worthy
of the Brothers Cazimero

INTERESTING PEOPLE: Jon de Mello has been producing concerts and showroom productions for the Brothers Cazimero for more than 25 years but says that when the duo introduces their new album, "Some Call It Aloha ... Don't Tell," with a free concert on the steps of 'Iolani Palace tomorrow, they'll be performing on "the rarest and most expensive backdrop I've ever used." The show starts at 5:30 ... Ari Green, currently in Bulgaria filming an action-thriller with Steven Seagal, will wear ear plugs the next time he dies in a movie. Green's role as a "Spanish assassin" includes a scene in which he gets shot in the back by one of Seagal's henchmen. He describes the experience as "like a firecracker going off on your shoulder." ... It seems impossible to say too much about the performance of Summer Partlon as "The Magdalen" in Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre's production of "La Madonna" at Studio 1 last weekend. Partlon, incredibly agile and graceful despite being 7-1/2 months pregnant, arose goddess-like to a standing position for part of her piece, said afterward she could feel her child "dancing" within her during the show. Other particularly popular "installations" included Danielle Paschall in "Kuan Yi (Goes to Hollywood)," and Maile Baran, who fed adventurous audience members an assortment of healthy treats as the "Madonna of the Sacred Fruit." U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Nancie Caraway, Jonathan Sypert, Brent Yoshikami and James Cunningham were in Friday's audience ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Sam Keali'iho'omalu, who is celebrating today ... Also to Canadian ukulele virtuoso James Hill (tomorrow), Roland Cazimero and Kimo Kahaono (Monday), and Chazz Lyons (Wednesday) ...

CONGRATULATIONS: To writer/ producer Nathan Kurosawa and the cast and crew of "The Ride." Public support for the locally made film has been so strong at Wallace Theaters Restaurant Row that the run has been extended through Sept 9 ...

A GREAT READ: "Shadow Divers" is the fascinating true story of a group of deep-shipwreck scuba divers who discovered a submarine wreck in 230 feet of water in an area where no submarine had been sunk, and then spent six years researching and exploring it. Four men died before the wreck was identified. This book is almost impossible to stop reading and is a compelling "you are there" look at the extremely dangerous sport of deep-shipwreck diving ...

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John Berger has covered the local
entertainment scene since 1972. Contact
him at jberger@starbulletin.com.



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