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Kapena opens the summer concert season at the zoo tonight.


‘Wildest Show’ at the zoo

AT&T's "Wildest Show in Town" annual series of twilight concerts kicks off today at the Honolulu Zoo, continuing Wednesdays through Aug. 28.

Gates open at 4:35 p.m., with entertainment at 6 p.m. A $1 donation helps support the zoo's Animal Browse Garden, where food will be grown for the animals. Call 531-0101. The lineup:

>> Today: Kapena
>> June 12: Lyle Ritz and Byron Yasui
>> June 13: Jake Shimabukuro
>> June 26: Genoa Keawe
>> July 3: Pacific Fleet Band Wind Ensemble
>> July 10: Kilinahe and Malia Peterson (Miss Aloha Hula 2002)
>> July 17: Makaha Sons
>> July 24: Keoki Kahumoku and Herb Ohta Jr.
>> July 31: Rubber Soul
>> Aug. 14: A Touch of Gold
>> Aug. 21: Audy Kimura
>> Aug. 28: Latin Jazz Night

Bring your yo-yos

The Hawaii Yo-Yo State Championships continue this week, with events from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Pearlridge Shopping Center Uptown, and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mililani Town Center.

Contestants can register on the spot, and there will be prizes for the Top 5 winners, who will also qualify for the Hawaii State and Pacific Regional Contest taking place noon to 6 p.m. June 15 at Ala Moana Center's Center Stage.

Call 834-2828.

'You Somebody' audition

Auditions take place at the Diamond Head Theatre rehearsal hall at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow for the role of Bobby Lusa for the world premiere of Lee Cataluna's "You Somebody."

The show revolves around the Lusa family's quest to be famous, to "be somebody," as they attempt to win a contest -- any contest -- from pageant to karaoke to ukulele.

Loretta Ables Sayre will play "Ma" Pua Lusa, with Ray Bumatai as Mr. Lusa. Bobby Lusa is described as "Ma's second child, 15 or 16. Football player. Kind of thick. Hormones starting to act up. His father's son."

Bring two brief contrasting monologues and be prepared to sing, dance and read. Scripts are available at the DHT box office. Call 733-0277, Ext. 309.

The show, with music and lyrics by Keola Beamer and directed by Mark Lutwak, will run July 19 to Aug. 4. Tickets are $10 to 40, at the DHT box office.


The vegan way

Bruce Friedrich, senior campaign coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, will speak on "Veganism: The Only Diet for a Small Planet" at the June 12 meeting of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.

Friedrich, a nationally known advocate of animal rights, will discuss the health and environmental affects of raising animals for food, "factory farming" and slaughterhouses.

Friedrich is the creator of PETA's "Got Beer?" campaign, which challenged the nutritional value of milk and the treatment of dairy cows, encouraging college students to drink beer instead.

The society meets at 7 p.m. at the Ala Wai Golf Course Recreation Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 944-VEGI.

Say cheese!

Tour the French countryside through its wines and cheeses a the June meeting of Neiman Marcus' Cheese Culture, 6 tonight at the Mariposa.

Artisan cheeses from the Loir Valley, Provence, Basque country, Champagne, Normandy, Franche-Comte and Normandy will be featured.

Cost is $20, including three wines. Call 951-3420.

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