On The Scene
"LA MANCHA" MAGNIFICENT: Glenn Cannon, left, celebrated with cast members John Hunt, John Mount and Laurence Paxton on Friday at the opening-night party for the UH-Manoa/Kennedy Theatre production of "Man of La Mancha." Mount earned a standing ovation for his superb performance in the title role; he captures both the pathos and irony of Don Quixote and delivers "The Impossible Dream" as a stirring show-stopping anthem. Hunt gives a strong supporting performance in the dual roles of Governor/Innkeeper, and Paxton adds an excellent voice and fine acting as the Padre.
PAHINUI PLAYS WARD: Hawaiian slack-key master Cyril Pahinui, left, was the featured guest Sunday in an afternoon of Hawaiian Music at Ward Warehouse. Pahinui featured songs from his recently released album, "He'eia," and introduced an old friend, Matt Love, right, who sat in on ukulele. Elena Martinez, emcee of the free weekly event, congratulated them both.
Daren Kimura (Sancho Panza) partied with "La Mancha" choreographer Katherine Jones. Kimura was an instant audience favorite Friday. His comic timing earned laughs in all the right places, and he also distinguished himself with his big vocal number, "I Really Like Him."
Erin Sujan Kim (Aldonza/Dulcinea) was congratulated by party guests from two other shows: Mike Dupre, left, from "Plaid Tidings" at Manoa Valley Theatre, and Savada Gilmore of the Actors Group production of "Fences." Kim captures every facet of the role of the ill-starred heroine, and her final big number, "Aldonza," caps an excellent performance. "La Mancha" closes with performances today through Sunday. Call 956-7655.
PBS HOSTS "LITTLE ALBERT": "Little Albert" Maligmat, center, was the celebrity guest Sunday when Emme Tomimbang, second from left, and Leslie Wilcox co-hosted a party celebrating the success of "Mabuhay with Aloha," a documentary on the history of Filipinos in Hawaii, in the PBS Hawaii studio. Guests enjoyed a lavish buffet as well as Maligmat's renditions of "Hindi Kita Malimot" and "That's What Friends Are For." City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz, left, and state Sen. Will Espero talked with Tomimbang, Maligmat and Wilcox after the program.