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By Dave Donnelly

Monday, March 13, 2000

Early start
for the Irish

WHILE St. Patrick's Day isn't until Friday, some people got an early start. Don Murphy threw his annual "Irish Breakfast" with delicious Galtee bacon at Murphy's Bar & Grill Saturday, raising $3,000 for the Cancer Society ... And the Friendly Mug shotSons of St. Patrick held its Emerald Ball on Saturday, just a tad too early for some of us to get into the spirit of things ... A fax arrived labeled "The Dave Donnelly Irish Air Cargo Service." It was a photo of a wagon that had been so overloaded with boxes that the mule hitched up to pull it was instead lifted into the air, all four feet off the ground ...

SATURDAY was also a night for the Egyptians, or those who savor antiquities, to attend the V.I.P. opening of the "Mysteries of the Nile" exhibit at the Academy of Arts. The first thing you saw on entering were two female models who looked like life-sized wind-up toys painted gold. All they had covering most of their bodies was gold paint, in the spirit of the evening. The two were from the Iona Pear Dance Company. Lots of pith helmets and would-be Indiana Jones impersonators were on hand, including Honolulu magazine editor John Heckathorn, who carried an authentic whip he swears he keeps at the office. He pocketed it to chat with GOP gubernatorial hopeful Linda Lingle. Best dressed for the occasion in my estimation were husband and wife attorneys Peter Stone and Liz Schaller, who looked like they had just stepped out of a road company for "Aida." Lots of bare skin there, too, but most of it was Stone's hairy chest below one of those Egyptian neck ornaments. The exhibit itself was fascinating and informative ...

Beer nuts

ENTERTAINER Jim Nabors was among the revelers, although he eschewed going the toga route. He introduced the pal he was with, Scott Coors. Naturally, he's from Colorado, and is the nephew of Peter Coors, who's in all those TV beer ads. Scott once had the opportunity to introduce Nabors to another good friend, Ed Busch. Yes, of the St. Louis Budweiser family. "He offered me a Bud Light," related Scott, and I took it." He added that when he offered Busch a Coors later on, the latter turned up his nose and refused it ...

THE "Forever Plaid" show at Manoa Valley Theatre is being held over yet again, and will now run through April 2. And to have some Paddy's Day fun, the Plaid lads will see that any patrons sporting a wee bit o' the Tartan Friday through Sunday will get a $5 discount of any future MVT show this season ...

SINGER Jimmy Borges best summed up the Blaisdell Arena concert given by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Saturday night: "Brilliant." The orchestra demonstrated amazing musicianship, especially after coming off a long flight from Japan. Each member of the orchestra was brilliant ...

Doctor in the house?

CHECKING into the Kahala Mandarin Oriental tomorrow is Dr. Patch Adams, the physician, healer and clown made famous on film by Robin Williams. He's the founder and director of "Gesundheit! Institute" in Pocahontas, W. Va., where free care has been provided for thousands of patients since he opened it in 1971. He'll be giving a lecture and workshop on free health care at the University of Hawaii this week ...

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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