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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 8, 2001

The Left Lane
Disney park borrows everything but Regis

It's not the real thing, but the accouterments — the hot seat, the contestant bank, the live audience — will be in place when "Who Wants to be a Millionaire — Play It" comes to Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., in August.

The theme park is installing a look-alike set and will launch daily games — sorry, Regis Philbin won't be on hand to host — to emulate the hit ABC-TV game show, based in New York. Contestants will play for points, not dollars, and prizes range from Disney collectibles (pins, T-shirts, hats) to a grand prize of a trip to the Big Apple to view the real McCoy. Information: (714) 781-4565 or www.disneyland.com

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment editor

Queens supreme

You haven't seen a pageant till you experience "The Ultimate in the Art of Female Impersonation," the 18th annual Universal ShowQueen Pageant, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Pacific Ballroom, Ilikai Hotel. Men in drag — no sleaze here — will compete in couture cocktail, evening gown, Las Vegas showgirl costume and talent categories.

Doors open at 6 for cocktails; the contestants vie for $10,000 in cash and prizes. And quite often, the audience is as much fun to watch as those strutting on stage.

Tickets: $35, $30.

Reservations: 946-6688, 597-7673.

— Wayne Harada

Simply marvelous

If you've never paused to appreciate your screwdriver, you may want to watch "Modern Marvels: Some Assembly Required Week" on The History Channel, June 25-28.

This four-part theme program will take a close-up look at everything that holds your home together — duct tape to drill bits — by tracing one of the oldest businesses in the country's history: the hardware store.

From the ordinary nail (which was once legal tender in America), to future computers and everything in between.

When it's all over, you'll probably want to take a hammer to lunch.

— Mike Leidemann, Advertiser staff writer