Baraquio busy with CD
The only problem with trying to update Angela Baraquio
's fans on her latest endeavors is choosing which ones to talk about. The 31-year-old former Miss Hawaii (2000) and Miss America (2001), who is now a mother of two children, ages 3 and 1, is visiting Honolulu from her Los Angeles home this week for Thanksgiving. While she's here, a special episode of "Living Local with the Baraquios," in which they pay tribute to Angela's brother, who committed suicide last November, airs on OC16. Look for multiple reruns throughout the weekend (www.livinglocal.tv). In the wake of his death, they are "trying to make the most of a really tragic situation." And this is the reason the Baraquios reunited to make a CD of inspirational songs.
"We realized that music was the thread that kept us together," she said. "We're not the best singers by ourselves, but when we sing together, it's a totally different feel. My mom and dad always told us to use your talent to give back to the community. The message is about taking care of each other."
The Baraquios will appear at Ala Moana Centerstage from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow. CDs will be sold there, or at www.baraquio.com.
Aside from starting a new business with her musician husband, Angela recently was appointed to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation - a panel of celebrities and leaders established to encourage volunteerism nationwide. Though she misses Hawaii, she loves living on the mainland for the career opportunities, the proximity to the East Coast and, of course, Disneyland for the kids.
"Lost" fans who can't wait until February should check out the new "Lost: Missing Pieces" webisodes on ABC.com. Thirteen fresh two- to three-minute stories will appear online every Monday. The first two, featuring Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and Jack (Matthew Fox), are ready to go. The initial installment revolves around a planned date between Hurley and Libby (whom we never see; remember the DUI?). Unfortunately, "The Adventures of Hurley and Frogurt" falls flat.
The second one, however, delivers on its promise to fill in the pukas. Conveying anything meaningful in two minutes is no small creative challenge - something akin to writing a poem. In "The Watch," the writing is better, the acting stronger and the character development rich. Then again, scenes between Jack and his father, Dr. Christian Shephard (John Terry, who gets pretty good air time for playing a dead guy!), always keep us riveted. Fun bonus: You'll recognize the setting on the beach near the Kahala Hotel.
Pacific Islanders in Communication will conduct a high definition format workshop to help filmmakers understand HD cameras, editing/posting techniques and workflows. It's an effort to acquaint professionals and serious amateurs with new creative possibilities, and to unite PIC with commercial filmmakers.
The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Cost is $395 (inquire about financial assistance). Call Lynn Koch at 591-0059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.