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On the Scene

John Berger

Friday, November 12, 2004


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"SUPES" CELEBRATES: Irwin "Supes" Santos kicked off his two-week Yakudoshi celebration with Sandy Chikasuye, left, Gail Mar, Audrey Boone, Holly Suyama and Iona Ventura at the Ocean Club on Tuesday. "There is no ounce of Japanese in me but it's OK," Santos said of his decision to observe the Japanese-American custom of celebrating a man's "unlucky" 41st birthday. The partying continues tomorrow at Rumours, Saturday at Gordon Biersch, and at undisclosed locations next week. Ventura's "50% Single" T-shirt generated a lot of curiosity on Tuesday.


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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: World music maven Jay Junker, center, congratulated Hindustani slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, left, and his brother, percussionist Subhashis Bhattacharya, after their concert at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Sunday. The brothers' enchanting performance included a moment of silence in memory of Tau Moe, the man who popularized the Hawaiian steel guitar in India in the 1920, and a medley of Hawaiian melodies played Indian-style. Junker hopes to produce some cross-cultural recording sessions pairing Debashish with Hawaiian steel guitarists.


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CHECKING OUT A FAMED DANCE TROUPE: Kamakoa Page and Kim Taylor Reece enjoyed the exquisite work of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Hawaii Theatre on Wednesday. Reece had been invited to photograph some of the dancers but the scheduling didn't mesh.


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A BIG NIGHT FOR DANCE FANS: Ballet Hawaii artistic director Pamela Taylor-Tongg, center, talked with Margo Bourland, left, and Mariko Lyons after the Paul Taylor Dance Company's 50th anniversary show at the Hawaii Theatre on Wednesday. The first two pieces were thought-provoking in various ways. The final one, "Promethean Fire," was mesmerizing throughout.


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DAVE'S NOT MISSING!: Dave Letarte, left, joined his fellow Missing Dave band members Keith Monzen, Josie Cristobal, Starr Kalahiki Lutu and Erica Aloang in "PR-ing" with the crowd before they played at the Van's Triple Crown of Surfing Kickoff Party at Pipeline Cafe on Wednesday. Kickoff Party headliners Go Jimmy Go played an impressive set after midnight.





See the Columnists section for some past articles.

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

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