On the Scene
John Berger

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Glasses make the man,
or at least the joke

GLASSES AREN'T FUNNY?: Comedian Kaleo Pilanca can't explain it, but he always has to work harder to get laughs when he wears glasses. Pilanca probably won't wear glasses Sunday at Da Bruddahs' first Daddy's Day "Daddy Get Enough Coffee Cup & Tie" Brunch in the Magic of Polynesia Showroom. Among the door prizes Tony J. Silva and James P. Roche will give out before the show starts are, yes, coffee cups and ties ...

LIKE FIGHT?: Lionel Wright has less time for his "Black Hawaiian" clothing line since joining the Papakolea FIGHT Club, a non-profit community group organized to encourage people of all ages to make healthy choices in diet and lifestyle (FIGHT is short for Friends Investing in Getting Healthy Together). Those who know "old skool" local hip hop recognize Wright as the voice of Club Rox Rock, one of the first Hawaii hip hop acts. For more information on the program go to www.papakolea.org ...

ALL IN A DAY'S WORK: Tattoo artist Matt Johnson was blown away to have Spider 7 and Terry Corso of Powerman 5000 stop by Rock Starz Tattoo and Holy Body Piercing for some work while P5K was in town to play the Wave Waikiki. Johnson met the guys at the Wave "but I can't believe they found the shop." ...

YOU ASK, WE ANSWER: Yes, the "new" album by Lyle Ritz and Herb Ohta, "A Night of 'Ukulele Jazz Live At McCabe's," was released in 2001. The only new thing about it is that The Mountain Apple Company is now distributing it. See the SB review from Dec. 7, 2001, at www.starbulletin.com ...

CONGRATULATIONS: To Allison Chu, on getting international Internet radio play on Yellow Beat at www.yellowbeat.com ... And to Emiri Tsuji, this year's Makaha Sons Scholarship recipient ...

OUR BAD!: Thanks to Jimi Wheeler for letting us know last week's birthday list was a week early ... Belated birthday wishes to Kapono Beamer, DJ Daniel J, Hoku Ho, Chucky Boy Chock, Devon M.T. Nekoba, Kaitlyn Kiyan, Jim Nabors, Alan Akaka, Alfredo Romero, Beverly Noa and Jim Howard ... One guy we didn't mention prematurely, Yemun Chung, celebrates tomorrow ...

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

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