By Dave Donnelly

Friday, November 13, 1998

Singer’s stint
ends at lounge

Mug shot IT'S not going to be a real thankful time in the life of singer Loretta Ables come Thanksgiving. After nine years of entertaining at the Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani (with Jim Howard and Bruce Hamada Jr.), Thanksgiving weekend will be her last there. The hotel has left open the possibility of her returning in January should there be a demand for it, and I'd vote for that in a heartbeat. The lounge is one of the few after-dinner spots around where you can go for a quiet drink or coffee and hear live jazz. It's always been one of my favorite late-night stops, and if somebody doesn't take advantage of Loretta's availability, I'll be surprised...

Old Newts: Headline writers across the country have been having a ball with the resignation of Newt Gingrich from Congress. None had a better time than Time magazine, however. In the latest issue, Gingrich is on the cover labeled "The Fall of Newt." In the masthead we find the main story, "No Newt is Good Newt?" Or perhaps you'd like Margaret Carlson's column, "Bad Newt Travels Fast." Then there's Andrew Ferguson's essay entitled, "Goodbye, Brave Newtworld." The only thing missing was the technology column dealing with the solving of the Year 2000 InterNewt problem. Time's technology writer, by the way, is Joshua Quittner... Then there's Jay Leno, still giggling over how Bill Clinton has an affair with an intern, and the only person to lose his job over it is Newt Gingrich! Go figure...

Not deaf, dumb or blind

IT was with some trepidation that I ventured to Wo International Center to see "Amazing Journey," the first documentary made by young Frederic Hauprich. He got the idea of making a film about the making of a musical while working on the graphics for "The Who's Tommy" (about a "deaf, dumb and blind kid," whose talent was playing "a mean pinball") at Manoa Valley Theatre in 1996. Then the idea took wing, and after Hauprich moved to San Francisco he began to see the footage taking the shape of a montage of individuals all following a dream. He met a Union Street musician named Tim who also had a dream, but was living proof that dreams come in far different forms, fashioned by both talent and circumstance. "Amazing Journey" is an amazing documentary, one MVT ought to think about showing for a theater fund-raiser...

THE doctor is in: Honolulu Symphony bass player Peter Askim, at 27, is one of the orchestra's youngest members, but is hardly the least accomplished. Askim just returned from completing his doctoral recital and now has a doctorate in musical arts from Yale University... Actress Brenda Vacarro also has a list of accomplishments, not the least of which are a Golden Globe Award, the People's Choice Award, the Theater World Award, an Emmy plus three Tony and two Oscar nominations. Vacarro will be discussing her work on stage and in film Tuesday as part of the Lanai Visiting Artist Program at the Manele Bay Hotel...

Milli Vanilli? Hardly

THE lip-synch contest at Wave Waikiki was underway with various would-be Milli Vanillis vying for either $100 or two tickets to the Janet Jackson concert. The final contestants for the evening were two nondescript guys who lip-synched to Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days." Little by little, the crowd came to realize these guys were far too good for this contest -- in fact, they were the real Wang Chung. They did the entire song, thanked the audience, declared themselves ineligible for the prizes and returned to the bar where they enjoyed more cocktails and dancing until the club closed at 4 a.m....

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

Contact Dave by e-mail: donnelly@kestrok.com.

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