Disasters that could wipe out Hawaii
The History Channel once again speculates on the unknowable in tonight's episode of "Mega-Disasters," but this time it hits close to home. Titled "Hawaii Apocalypse," the show uses computer effects to suggest what might happen if an active Mauna Loa eruption were to cause a big chunk of the volcano's flank to slide into the sea, and the subsequent tsunami that, quite literally, drowns most of Oahu.
Although History Channel publicists aren't sharing with the press, special effects that were leaked to -- and later yanked from -- YouTube convincingly showed Honolulu reduced to rubble.
It airs at 7 p.m. tonight, 6 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday, with other repeats scattered in the wee hours. And, as if volcanos and tidal waves weren't enough to level the islands, next week's episode postulates that a deep-sea methane explosion will also destroy Hawaii.
Author to sign book on Marvin Gaye
Los Angeles author Audrey King Lewis will sign her book about the death of soul singer Marvin Gaye at a party Sunday at Norfolk Estates in Kailua.
Lewis' book -- "Why? Why Did Marvin's Father Shoot and Kill Him?" -- is based on accounts from Gaye's sister, Zeola.
The event, called "What's Going On?" will also celebrate the partnership of Nada Marriott and Sharon Yarbrough in the company Expert Event Planners of Hawaii.
The 3-to-6 p.m. party will include a buffet, wine and signature cocktails, golf tips, chair massages and entertainment by saxophonist Rocky Holmes, pianist Tennyson Stephens and pianist/vocalist David Swanson. Sonya Mendez will emcee.
Tickets are $75, which includes a copy of Lewis' book. Guest are asked to bring a book to donate to Read Aloud America. Make reservations through www.experteventplanners.com or call 341-7892.
Screenwriter to lead workshop
Screenwriter Maria Jacquemetton, a writer and producer with the new AMC show "Mad Men," will lead a two-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the University of Hawaii-Manoa's Yukiyoshi Room.
The workshop will cover explore writing for a TV series, with the goal of preparing participants to pitch an episode with clear direction on structuring, outlining and writing a teleplay.
Oahu-based Jacquemetton has worked at major Hollywood studios as well as on independent productions. She has written for the shows "Star Trek," "Baywatch," "Relic Hunter" and "Highlander."
A screenplay she wrote during a two-year Disney Fellowship became the ABC Family Channel movie "Billboard Dad," with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Cost is $175. Call 956-8400 or visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm.
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Movies opening Friday:
"Feel the Noise": After a run-in with local thugs, a talented Harlem rapper is forced to hide in Puerto Rico but finds his salvation in reggaetón beats. (PG-13)
"The Heartbreak Kid": Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers hope to strike gold as they did with "There's Something About Mary" in this updated remake about a newlywed who realizes his dream girl is a nightmare, and falls for another woman on his honeymoon. (R)
"The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising": A young man discovers he is the last of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of unimaginably evil power. (PG)