In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Super Brawl
now on DVD

LOOKS LIKE Super Brawl CEO T. Jay Thompson is making his move to grab a bigger piece of the mixed martial arts pie.

If you stay up late enough to watch infomercials on cable television, you've probably noticed the new venture. Thompson teamed up with California-based direct marketing company Tahi Productions to sell DVDs of past fights on networks like Comedy Central, Fox Sports and Spike TV.

Some of the bigger names in MMA are featured in the half-hour commercials -- Tim Sylvia and Matt Hughes take turns in front of the camera, and local fighters Egan Inoue, Niko Vitale and Mike Aina get a decent amount of face time as well.

If you want more info about the DVD series, call (800) 717-4318. Rather see the action take place live? Check out the "Westside Pa'ina" this Saturday at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun will take on Jason "Mayhem" Miller in the main event ...

WHEN PRODUCERS of the upcoming television show "Dream Makeover Hawaii" held an open casting call last month, the majority of applicants were women.

But AnnMarie Manzulli insists that the person chosen to receive $50,000 in cosmetic surgery and lifestyle coaching could just as well be a man -- if they would only take the time to apply.

"It's open to anyone," Manzulli said last week. "We haven't said it's going to be a woman."

You've got one more week to sign up online at www.dreammakeoverhawaii.com before producers make their decision. The winner will work with a cosmetic surgeon and dentist, a life coach, an image consultant, an esthetician and a fitness trainer, with the entire process tentatively scheduled to air locally in March of next year ...

AROUND TOWN: Saturday night marked the last "Symbiosis" party at the Mercury Lounge. Apparently, the promoter "can't deal with the whole bar vibe" and is looking for a new venue. Keep an eye out for a new daytime party sometime soon. ... Fridays are still "Five Dolla Pitchas and Rubba Slippahs" at the Hard Rock Cafe, as long as you get there early. Management quietly decided to change the drink specials last month, offering $2 cups of draft beer and raising pitcher prices to $8 each after 11 p.m. Throw in a $6 valet parking charge and $3 re-entry fee, and it's no surprise the older kids are starting to party elsewhere. ... Sunday nights at Brew Moon now belong to Sick Dog Productions. Jesse Saunders wrapped up his visit alongside DJs EQ, Shawn G. and Jahson last weekend. ... And if you haven't caught Don Tiki live yet, tomorrow night is your chance. They'll play at Kapono's before heading for Las Vegas for two weeks. Tickets for tomorrow's 7 p.m. show are $25 each; call 536-2161.

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In the Mix drops Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Star-Bulletin.
Contact Jason Genegabus at jason@starbulletin.com.



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