By Dave Donnelly

Monday, December 20, 1999

Timing’s perfect
for ‘Snowshow’

YOU don't normally think of the Russians a barrel of laughs, but trust me here, Slava Polunin and his "Slava's Snowshow" is just that. Try to describe what you've seen at the show currently at the Hawaii Theatre, and you'll come up short. It simply defies description. But other than the irrepressible David Shanley and Bill Irwin in "Fool Moon," another show without words - one hesitates to call any of the above performers "mimes" - it's about the funniest show you're likely to see. Looking for that perfect "Happy Holiday" gift for someone special? You can't go wrong with "Slava's Snowshow." I can't remember seeing a happier audience both during and after the zany, unpredictable show. It repeats tomorrow through Friday, with two more shows on Dec. 26 ...

THE nearly wordless holiday greeting from Smith Davis Miyasaki Advertising had three renderings of performing legend Don Ho. Other than "Merry Christmas," the pictures said it all: "Ho, Ho, Ho." ... Hawaii's "Jewish Santa" is back. Seymour Kazimirski, former owner of the New York Deli, again gave out gifts at Kapiolani Children's Hospital along with wife Sue. Some gifts were made by kids at Holy Nativity School and others were donated by Temple Emanu-El ... And Donn Tyler, ever quick with a quip, observed at a gathering of Cox Broadcasting folks at the site of the old deli, "If you're real quiet, you can hear the ghost of Christmas Pastrami." ...

New Year's evenings

PEOPLE are finding new ways to celebrate New Year's Eve as we enter the new millennium (and spare me with the news that it won't really be the millennium until the year 2001), but attorney Mug shotRick Fried has chosen that day to marry his longtime sweetheart Sue Tripton. Only a curmudgeon would suggest that he's found a new tax deduction as well as a bride ... Brightening up Keo's on New Year's Eve will be Kristian Lei Hegwood, just back from a yearlong stint in the lead role of "Miss Saigon" in Stuttgart, Germany. Hard to believe, but the role of Kim was the first stage musical role for the Waianae High grad, who'll be joining forces Dec. 31 with Kit Samson. That makes it Kit and Kim at Keo's as a year-ender ... Meanwhile, musical vet Mary Gutzi will be performing at the Royal Hawaii's Monarch Room Dec. 31, backed by Dr. T's Big Band and joined by local performer Steve Dulce ...

CONTINENTAL'S wide-body aircraft hanger was transformed into the North Pole for a sleigh ride party for kids from HUGS and Kailua High special ed students. Helping Santa and Mrs. Claus in disembarking from a new DC-1030 was Hawaii's football coach June Jones and some of his University of Hawai'i players. As you might imagine, the kids had a ball enjoying their very own "North Pole" party with lots of goodies for all ...

Sellers to the end

WHEN Sellers Advertising honchos Sherry and Tom Sellers departed the islands to "retire," few who knew them thought it would last. Says Tom: "Retirement stinks. There are no days off." So now the two are on assignment in one of my favorite haunts, the Marina district of San Francisco, where Tom is rolling out a huge national print and radio campaign for His art and copy are alive and yesterday appeared in full page ads in the N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, S.F. Chronicle & Examiner and will run today through Thursday in USA Today ...

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

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