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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Comic gives way
to Wayans

THEY might have to change the old bromide to, "If I'm Ryan, I'm dyin." The KQMQ D.J. calling himself Hawaiian Ryan opened the show at the World Cafe Saturday night and immediately found a hostile reception from the crowd there to hear the jibes and jabs of headliner Damon Wayans. After about 15 minutes, the boos became intense enough that Ryan's hope for success Mug shothad faded and he gave way to one of the more famous of the Wayans family, and star of the film, "Scary Movie." Wayans worked "blue" as they used to say in the Catskills many years ago -- today more often referred to as raunchy. One bit of local trivia: Wayans reported he was turned away from a local nightclub because he refused to remove his hat. Wonder if the bouncer at Pipeline in Kakaako knew who he was rebuffing? ...

WHILE the Aloha Tower Marketplace was chock-a-block with people who'd turned out for fun and fireworks Monday night, there was also a good crowd enjoying the Grammy Award-winning singer Trisha Yearwood at Richardson Field as part of the Moral Welfare & Recreation's pre-July 4 celebration. Many folks showed up in their cowboy hats, denim and boots -- it is sort of "country" out there ... Opening the show for Trisha, who wowed the crowd, was local country singer Dita Holifield. She used the occasion to announce her engagement to her guitarist and back-up vocalist Ellsworth Simeona ...

Stamp of approval

THAT sparkling new symbol that popped up over the past weekend on 30 City Bank locations throughout the islands is the creation of noted designer Clarence Lee. It was quite a coup for City Bank to enlist the services of Lee, who's getting an international reputation thanks to his Chinese lunar stamp series. In fact, Lee is off this week for the World Stamp Expo in Anaheim. The U.S. Postal Service arranged for him to be present and meet philatelists from around the globe and sign their postal cachets ...

MOTTER'S BOY: Pals call Russell Motter the "world's nicest guy," but he keeps being cast as meanies on stage at Manoa Valley Theatre. In "To Kill a Mocking Bird," he framed a black man; in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," he murdered a gay guy; he shot a dog in "Of Mice and Men," and now in "As Bees in Honey Drown," opening July 12, he plays an angry punk-rocker named "Skunk" who beats up another character in Act II. Nice guy, indeed ...

WEB FEAT: Local writer Kirby Wright won the first annual Poetry Cyber Slam sponsored by online's Horizon Magazine. They wanted to use audio of his voice reading the poem, but after hearing his "local boy" accent, opted for graphic enhancement instead. You can read the poem in the July issue online at ... And the ABC World News report on singing humpback whales featuring Dr. Lou Herman at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Lab created a whale of an impact. Search and you can find it on the site ...

Father Berger?

NO, the Star-Bulletin's entertainment columnist didn't become a daddy, but he must have been surprised to read in the Catholic Herald that John Berger has been appointed new associate pastor at St. Theresa's. No, he's not a priest, either. This John Berger is a priest recently re-assigned from a Hilo parish to his new duties in Honolulu ...

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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