On the Scene
John Berger

Thursday, May 19, 2005

This stage star was seeing
stars dance in front of her

A NOT SO FUNNY THING HAPPENED: Elizabeth Harrison has a black eye, and with all the concern these days about domestic violence she's been reassuring concerned friends that the injury was work-related. Harrison was rehearsing the opening number of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at Diamond Head Theatre when a cast member she declines to embarrass hit her in the face with an elbow. Harrison says bruise looks worse than it is. "Forum" opens at DHT tomorrow ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Leina'ala Kalama Heine and Michael Paulo, who are celebrating today ... also to Heather Maldonado (Saturday), Byran Bender (Sunday), Kapena DeLima (Tuesday), and Kathy w/a "K," Rick Smoot, Sunway and Augie T (Wednesday) ...

CONGRATULATIONS: To Andrew Meader, on the success of his Honolulu Box Office ticket service. Meader started the company because he needed an affordable ticket outlet to represent events he was producing or promoting, but so many other local promoters have asked him to sell tickets for their shows that he recently quit one of his "day jobs" to handle the increased business. Meader describes his niche market company as "a cheaper local version" of the full-price outlets ...

TALENT OUT, TALENT IN: Hawaii's loss will be the mainland's gain as Hawaii actors Jennifer Robideau, Kyra Poppler and Mimi Sadoshima leave to seek bigger and better opportunities elsewhere. Robideau stopped by Kumu Kahua on Friday to catch Sadoshima in "Ventriloquist." Poppler is finishing "The Hidden Battle," an indie movie by Jeff Katz, this weekend ...

Denise Lopez, recently arrived from New York, proved she'll be an asset to Honolulu's live music scene when she sat in at the "W" last Thursday. Few singers these days would try to do more than copy Freda Payne's definitive arrangement of "Band of Gold," but Lopez came up with an alternative version that's worth hearing. Hope she finds work here ...

HAWAII TO NEW YORK: Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier is representing Hawaii and its music this week with two films at the Pacifika New York Hawaiian Film Festival. "Music With an Island Touch" profiles John Keawe. "33rd Annual Ukulele Festival" documents Roy Sakuma's annual production in Kapiolani Park ...

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

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