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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, November 7, 2002

Life without 'Sex'

Advertiser Staff and News Services

There may not be much more "Sex" in HBO's "City." Cast member Cynthia Nixon said earlier this week that the upcoming episodes of the cable channel's popular series "Sex and the City" will be the last for the show.

The revelation came in an interview with the Fox News Channel's Steve Doocey, who asked if the next season would be the last. "Yeah," responded Nixon. Since production is not scheduled to begin until February, new episodes are not likely to surface until next summer, giving a few months of maternity leave to Sarah Jessica Parker, who gave birth to a son Oct. 28, and Nixon, whose second child is due next month.

Thinking Pink

We're dreaming of a Pink Christmas. Dance-pop sensation Pink is headed to Honolulu for a Blaisdell Arena concert on Dec. 18. Breaking big into the pop mainstream just two years ago with three Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles from her 2-million-selling debut "Can't Take Me Home," Pink proved she had staying power with her 2001 follow-up "M!ssundaztood." The CD has so far spun the hits "Get The Party Started," Don't Let Me Get Me," "Just Like A Pill," and "Family Portrait." Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert —$37.50 and $45.50 — go on sale Saturday at the Blaisdell box office, TicketPlus locations and Foodland and Sack-N-Save Stores. Phone charges, 526-4400; online, www.ticketplushawaii.com. .

All things Hawaiian

A group that includes the founders of Native Books & Beautiful Things is back downtown with a new shop, Na Mea Hawai'i, in the Judd Building on the corner of Fort Street Mall and Merchant Street. Founder Maile Meyer has pulled together a collaboration of artists, artisans, designers, food producers and others to supply the store, including artists from bibelot gallery in Kaimuki, made up primarily of Asian artists; Hale Ku'ai, the Hawaiian cooperative in Hau'ula; Ni'ihau shell artists working with Pam Dow of Forever Kaua'i; clothing from Nake'u Awaia and books supplied by Native Books Kapalama.

The store will receive fresh deliveries of products such as Paniolo Popcorn (Mondays), Ka Pua Kea Bakery treats (Wednesdays) and fresh lei (Fridays). Later, kulolo and fresh poi from Kaua'i will be offered. Information: 548-2665.

No gum is dumb

All you smart-aleck, gum-chewing, lip-smacking, bubble-blowing students were right: Chewing gum can make you smart.

Prevention magazine reports that British researchers at the University of Northumbria discovered that chewing gum could improve your long- and short-term memory by 35 percent. When volunteers were shown a series of words on a computer screen, gum-chewers remembered the most words right away and 25 minutes later. Researchers suspect gum chewing increases blood flow to the brain and stimulates insulin production.