By Dave Donnelly

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Parker’s risqué film
knocks ’em out

THERE was a story in the paper the other day about Alice Anne Parker's films being canceled by the Academy of Arts and then relocated to The Arts at Mark's Garage. One of the films, "Near the Big Chakra," seems to have raised a few hackles on some since it shows closeups, according to the news story, "of human female vaginas." Possibly one too many words in that sentence? Anyway, the showing took place at Mark's and in an overly packed house of 250 people, one man fainted during the "Chakra" showing. A doctor in attendance wasn't sure if the shock factor in the film's images or simple lack of air was responsible, but the man was revived and insisted on staying throughout the entire program. So many people were unable to get in that a repeat showing would seem a natural ...

THE onetime "Godfather" of Spats night club, Guido Salmaggi turned 85 on Sunday, but still plans to attend "A Night With the Sopranos," a "gangsta themed" evening Saturday at Ciao Mein, in the old Spats location, even though he never got an invite. Guido says he'll show up minus his spats ... Meanwhile, in this "Oldies but Goldies" atmosphere, bandleader Del Courtney is planning to celebrate his 91st birthday with a tea dance on Sept. 9 at the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian. Singer Jimmy Borges and Pat Hennessey are working to publicize the event so Del's many friends will know where to find him as he enters Decade No. 10 ...

SPEAKING of ageless, the "Kikaida Experience" at the Hawaii All-Collectors show at the Blaisdell has generated new interest in the old Japanese cartoon. KIKU is happy that "Kikaida" is returning to the station where it all began back in the '60s. It'll air Sundays at 7 p.m. ...

Like a fine wine

YOU know what they say about love -- it's like a fine wine that mellows with age, but sometimes it comes into its own a bit later than usual. So it is with Uncle Charlie and Aunty Susan Chu. They proved you don't have to be youngsters to fall in love. As members of the seniors musical group Na Kupuna o Na Makua Ali'i, they regularly saw each other at rehearsals, performances and gatherings. When Uncle Charlie, 88, and Aunty Susan, 82, failed to show up at a regular performance at the Outrigger Reef, G.M. Geoff Graf investigated and learned the couple had eloped! When they returned the following week, the show was more festive than usual with Graf organizing a big wedding celebration. Ain't love grand? ...

Move over, Lohengrin

SOME younger brides and grooms prefer contemporary music at their weddings, particularly the receptions. KINE Program Director Wade Faildo mentioned to pal Michael Paulo that he so enjoyed Junior Maile's "Amazing" on his current CD that he planned to play it for his first dance with bride-to-be Michele at their reception. "No way," said Paulo, who promised to have Junior show up to do the song in person. Faildo swore Paulo to secrecy so it would be a surprise for his bride. After Junior's performance, the audience was wowed -- but none more so than the surprised groom -- when Paulo himself brought out his sax and played "Heart and Soul" for the couple ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.

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