On The Scene
The Art of Celebrating
LEED CELEBRATES HER 65th:
Melveen Leed was the star, emcee and guest of honor July 13 as she celebrated her 65th birthday with three hours of nonstop entertainment for a capacity crowd at the Waikiki Elks Club. Guitarists Kiki Hugho, left, and Tito Berinobis backed Leed throughout the "Sunday Sunsets" show as she sang, played keyboards and ukulele, and danced hula in heels. Don Stroud, second from left, and Mel Cabang were the first guests she called up to join her; Gary Aiko, Owana Salazar and Rodney Cazimero performed after the sun set.
"BLACK AND WHITE" OPENS AT CLUB MONACO:
Manager Robbie Williams, left, welcomed actor Twan Matthews to the opening of "See the World in Black and White," an exhibit by three Hawaii photographers, Wednesday at Club Monaco Ala Moana. Williams moved here from Canada to oversee operations at Hawaii's first Club Monaco store. Williams is eyeing career opportunities on the mainland.
Veteran photographer Elliot Takane, left, talked with Mark Arbeit, one of the three fine-arts photographers whose work was on display in the Club Monaco "Black and White" exhibit. Sales of the photographers' work benefited the Honolulu Academy of Arts and ARTafterDARK; several of Arbeit's photos had sold by the time the party ended.
BENITEZ PLAYS "MOONLIGHT MELE":
Cox Radio exec Alan Yamamoto, left, accompanied Bishop Museum Public Affairs Director Donalyn Dela Cruz, third from left, when she took her mother, Pat Dela Cruz, backstage to meet Darren Benitez during the "Moonlight Mele" concert Thursday at the museum. Benitez and his musicians, Richard Gideon, second from left, and Moses "Moke Boy" Kamealoha III, far right, played Puerto Rican songs as well as Hawaiian. Benitez's "burro song" was a crowd-pleaser, as always.
"OTHELLO" EXCELLENT AT MARKS: Todd Coolidge (Iago), left, Jessica Ciufo (Desdemona) and Derrick Brown (Othello) came out to meet the crowd after opening the 2008 Hawaii Shakespeare Festival with superb performances in "Othello" Friday at the ARTS @ Marks Garage. Coolidge personifies implacable evil, Cuifo touches the heart as youthful virtue wronged and Brown is magnificent as the fatally flawed hero. "Othello" closes this weekend. Call 550-8457.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Twan Matthews portrayed the character of Carmen Ghia in Diamond Head Theatre’s spring production of “The Producers.” Originally, this article incorrectly credited another person.