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On the Scene
John Berger

Thursday, April 14, 2005





Cazimeros are worth
every admission
charge you pay

FREE CAZIMEROS?: The Brothers Cazimeros rarely play a scheduled show without some kind of cover charge or drink minimum in effect, but Aaron Sala is presenting them in a "no cover/no minimum" one-nighter today as part of the Hali'a Hawai'i concert series at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Kamakakuoakalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. The 90-minute show starts at 7...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Justice Moon, who is celebrating Saturday ... also to Kata Maduli (Sunday), Diorella Bambo (Monday), Dick Jensen (Tuesday), and Laiku Soares (Wednesday) ...

CONGRATULATIONS: To Briana Pratt, winner of a karaoke contest at Don Ho's on Sunday. Her proud uncle is guitarist D.J. Pratt of Kalapana ...

FACES IN THE CROWD: Watch for Chance Gusukuma and Roger Wilco in bit parts when "The Massie Affair" airs at 8 p.m. Monday, on PBS Hawaii ...

NOW WE KNOW NOEL: Honolulu Symphony Pops conductor Matt Catingub paid Noel Okimoto a rare compliment by composing a song, "Now You Know Noel," to showcase Okimoto's virtuosity on drums. The expansive piece for drums and full orchestra opens and closes with different types of drum solos, and was a perfect finale for Okimoto's set with the symphony last weekend. It would also be perfect as the title song for Okimoto's next album ... Okimoto plays the Mamiya Theatre with the Out-Takes and Ohta-san on Saturday ...

PARDON MY FRENCH: Recording engineer Pierre Grill, a French native speaker, accommodates most Americans by communicating in English, but makes an exception for multi-lingual individuals whose answering machine messages are in other languages. They get his callback information in French ...

NOT AN OPTION: Diamond Head Theatre artistic director John Rampage says he and director Eden-Lee Murray never considered staging the censored version of "The Fantasticks" in which the word "rape" is replaced with "raid." As it is, DHT extended the show an extra weekend. It closes Sunday ...


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



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