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Wednesday, June 14, 2000


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Chef George Mavrothalassitis hosts a cooking
demonstration at Lyon Arboretum Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Arboretum showcases
island chefs

Chefs from throughout Oahu demonstrate ways to prepare fresh foods from earth and sea in the Lyon Arboretum's Chef Showcase series.

Kicking off the series Saturday is Chef George Mavrothalassitis of Chef Mavro's

Classes continue through Sept. 23 and are limited to 20 participants each. Class times are 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and the fee is $22; $18 for arboretum members.

Also on the menu:

Bullet Tuesday: Sous Chef Shaun Smith, Halekulani Hotel

Bullet June 28: Alan Wong's Pineapple Room chefs

Bullet July 1: Chef de Partie Abigail Langlass, Alan Wong's Restaurant

Bullet July 8: Executive Chef Erberhard Kinscher, Michel's at the Colony Surf

Bullet July 29: Chef Chai Chaowasaree, Singha Thai

Bullet Aug. 5: Sous Chef Lance Kosaka, Alan Wong's Restaurant

Bullet Aug. 8: Executive Chef Randall Ishizu, Ihilani Resort and Spa

Bullet Aug. 12: Chef-Owner Glenn Chu, Indigo Eurasian Cuisine

Bullet Aug. 25: Sous Chef David Hamada, Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab

Bullet Aug. 30: Executive Chef Goran Streng, Hawaii Prince Waikiki

Bullet Sept. 23: Sou Chef Warren Uchida, Hoku's; and Sous Chef Daniel Uyejo, Plumeria Beach Cafe

Calling all extras!

Producers of "To End All Wars" being filmed on Kauai need 200 extras tomorrow and Friday. And they're not only increasing the pay from $75 to $100 a day but on both days will raffle off a color television.

The scenes to be shot take place in a World War II prison camp where the extras will portray either British prisoners or Japanese soldiers.

For information call Kauai casting director Angela Tillson at (808) 822-7068.

Singer waits for call

Honolulu resident Tatiana Echevarria, 10, is waiting to hear whether she wins a role in a Columbia movie starring Mariah Carey.

Echevarria, who auditioned Thursday at Pacific Focus in Honolulu, was a winner on "From Hawaii: Destination Stardom" where she was billed as "Little Mariah Carey" because of her vocal talent.

Echevarria expects to find out this week if she wins this round of auditions for "All That Glitters," produced by Lawrence Mark and directed by Vondie Curtis Hall. Filming will begin in New York City July 3 and has a Christmas 2001 release date.

Echevarria would play the main character, Billie James, as a young girl; Carey plays the adult James.

April Masini, who arranged for Echevarria's audition, had called the head of casting at Columbia, then sent Echevarria's "Destination" footage.

"I was stunned and thrilled when I received April's call," said Kim Au, Echevarria's mother. "Tatiana is excited, too ... but ... doesn't want to set herself up for disappointment in case she doesn't get the role. ... She'll believe it when she signs a contract."

Wayans at World Cafe

Comedian Damon Wayans will perform July 1 at World Cafe. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. with opener Hawaiian Ryan.

Tickets are $18.50 in advance; $22.50 at the door, available at Ticket Plus locations and by phone at 526-4400.

A VIP mixer, $30, will include food, drinks and an autograph session with the "In Living Color" star.

World Cafe is also welcoming Stevie B. on Saturday. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is open to those 18 and older. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17.50 at the door.

Symphony Ball a hit

This year's Honolulu Symphony Ball took in at least $70,000 more than organization had hoped.

Though the final tally of last month's event at the Sheraton Waikiki is still being made, the symphony has received $370,000, including $340,000 from table sales and $30,000 from an Internet auction.

The Ball attracted 851 people, compared to last year's 601 said Dee Levy, co-chairwoman.

About $20,000 in items not sold in the auction will be put on eBay next month.

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