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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 20, 2003

The Buzz

In the mix: art and music at Studio 1

Studio 1 Art Gallery again plays host to Sub-Vibe, a multimedia event that features interactive performances and a visual-art expo. This third installment has works from up and coming local artists including Rachel Kaiser (top), Sam Clemens, Erin Mccallough and Steve Rosenthal. New artists featured include Maia, Angela, Cynthia Henrie, Kim Kinard, Delta, Omegacix, ZeroKelvin, Jonah and Khedija. Quadraphonix, above, brings its acid-jazz groove to the mix, with the night ending with DJs G-Spot and A2Z spinning their sounds. Sub-Vibe III happens 9 p.m. today to 2 a.m. tomorrow. Cover is $7. 550-8701.

All vamped up

Beth Berry and Kris DeRego are among the cast of the campy "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom," which makes its Hawai'i debut today at The ARTS at Marks Garage. The Off-Broadway favorite, written by Charles Busch, is the tale of two vampiresses who have been at each other's throats — haha! — from the days of biblical Sodom to 1920s Hollywood to today's Las Vegas. Prepare for much cross-dressing, eye-scratching and dark (very dark) humor. It's directed by Elizabeth Wolfe. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today, Saturday and June 27-28 and 5 p.m. June 29. Admission is $10 general, $5 students, available half an hour before showtime. 536-8047.

Woof and meow

Enjoy the outdoors with your pet, and for a good cause, too! Petwalk 2003, the annual fund-raiser for the Hawaiian Humane Society, takes place Sunday at Magic Island Beach Park. Take a stroll around the park with or without a furry or feathered friend for donations of any amount. There is no entry fee. Registration is at 7 a.m., and walk begins at 8. Chris Reiser and Chris Hart from Krater 96 serve as emcees. 946-2187, ext. 238.

Out Mililani way, a fest for families

Enjoy an afternoon full of family fun and local entertainment at a benefit for Ready to Learn, a nonprofit group that provides school supplies for needy kids. Oceanic's Family Day, 2-7 p.m. Saturday at Mililani High School, includes entertainment by Jake Shimabukuro, right, Na Leo Pilimehana, Native Blend, The Next Generation, Da Braddahs and Darrell Labrado. Indulge in the many food booths available and bring out the kid in you with games by Xtreme Fun Rentals. There will be appearances by Kikaida, Kikaida 01, Hakaida, Androids and Monsters and even Scooby-Doo. Admission is $5 worth of school supplies or $5 cash donation to Ready to Learn per family of four. www.oceanic.com.

A benefit for Braddah E

Show your aloha for Elton D. McKeague, or Braddah E as he came to be known, during a fund-raising concert 5-10:30 p.m. Sunday at Kapono's. Braddah E, a drummer with many local bands including Kapena and The Ka'ala Boys, died of cancer May 2, leaving behind a wife and five children. All proceeds from the concert benefit the McKeague family. Entertainers include Kelly Boy DeLima and Kapena, Koa'uka, Tropical Knights, Ten Feet, B.E.T., Tropical Wine, Five by 5, Simplisity, The Ka'ala Boys and Fiji. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. 423-8468, 596-8468, 536-2161.Love that '60s vibe

Go retro and revisit the '60s during the multimedia event "The Summer of Love — A '60s Experience" Monday at Pipeline Café. The Piranha Brothers, right, bring their rock 'n' roll sound to the stage, and Kim Char Meredith, left, will showcase songs from her new album, "Give & Take" before performing a tribute to Janis Joplin. Get your tie-dye shirts and colorful peace pins ready for the psychedelic effects of the Original Eggshell Light Co. Strobes, black lights, slides and movies will dance around the room to create the mood. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $10 at Hawaii's Natural High, including a free packet of incense. At the door, tickets are $12. 926-3000.

Take a journey by train at the zoo

Chugga chugga choo choo! Check out the newest attraction at the Honolulu Zoo: the zoo train. The colorful train includes an educational audio presentation as it treks around the zoo, starting at the big banyan tree, and passing the elephants, gibbons, alligators, Galapagos tortoises and tigers. The train operates 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, $1 per person.

The grand opening is at 11 a.m. today, and all rides today are free. There will be a traditional Hawaiian blessing and untying of maile lei by kahu Kamaki Kanahele and Kauila Clark. The Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club provides entertainment at 10:30 a.m. Meadow Gold Dairies will be on hand with ice cream and juice for the keiki. 971-7171, 523-2489.

At HPR: jazz and kidstuff

Atherton Performing Arts Studio plays host to two very different events this weekend.

At 7:30 p.m. today, acclaimed jazz singer/pianist Napua Davoy, above, makes her Hawai'i debut. The now happily New York City-based Davoy hails from southeast Texas, but her Lahaina-born mother gave her a Hawaiian name. Her performance will consist of original compositions, standards (Duke Ellington) and contemporary works (Stevie Wonder).

"My original material was written with an incredible composer named Andre Kondakov," said Davoy. "I'm his lyricist. And (his music) is like a blend between George Gershwin and Chick Corea. Truly a talented individual."

Davoy considers herself a jazz vocalist at heart, but refuses to have her repertoire defined by a standards-only menu.

"Are we only supposed to be relegated to that repertoire?" asked Davoy, of a classic jazz vocalist's dilemma. "It turns (jazz) into a dinosaur. It becomes like classical music. I think we need to cut our teeth on the standards and let everybody know that yes, we can do that. But I think as an artist, I want to come up with my own stuff. I love writing."

Touring takes Davoy around the world for both jazz and avant-garde opera performances, but at home in New York, she's all about jazz gigs at clubs like the legendary Birdland. Just wait till you hear her bust some skat.

With family still scattered around O'ahu and Maui, "Since I've never done a show here for them, this will be particularly thrilling for me," said Davoy.

She will be joined by local jazz musicians Rob Prester, John Kolivas and Darryl Pelligrini. Tickets are $17.50 general, $15 for Hawaii Public Radio members and $10 for students.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the studio is given over to the kids for a musical program, "The Three Pigs, A Wolf and a Princess." Storyteller Jeff Gere joins the Leahi Quintet for a musical hour featuring three stories. Admission is free.

Reservations: 955-8821.

"The Three Pigs, A Wolf and a Princess," now touring islandwide for private shows at Summer Fun programs, will have an additional free public performance at noon Saturday at the 'Aina Haina Public Library. 692-5751.

Tahitian Festival at Windward Mall

Celebrate Tahitian culture with music, songs, dance, arts and crafts during the 3rd Annual Te Vai Ura Nui Heiva Tahitian Festival this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Windward Mall's center court stage will feature Tahitian dance groups from Tahiti, Hawai'i and the Mainland. The competition portion of the festival showcases male and female dancers, plus a Tahitian drumming competition and Mr. and Ms. Heiva contest. Artisans will have jewelry, instruments and fashions to display and sell. Admission is free. 235-1143, 234-5664.

The moon and music, too

Enjoy the warm summer nights on the grassy knolls of the Bishop Museum when AIG Hawaii brings back the popular Moonlight Mele on the Lawn concert series. On Thursday, relax to the melodies of Na Hoku Hanohano award winners Olomana and Na Palapalai, as they saturate the night air with smooth Hawaiian sounds. Appearing on stage with Olomana will be kumu hula Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewitt. Upcoming entertainers include The Brothers Cazimero and Maunalua July 24 and Friends of 'Aha Punana Leo Aug. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7, so families can enjoy museum exhibits and planetarium shows before the music starts. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for AIG Hawaii policyholders and museum members. 847-8290.

Martin Pahinui and friends

Soulful vocalist Martin Pahinui celebrates the release of his newest CD, "Ho'olohe," with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater. Joining him will be local songbirds Raiatea Helm and Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom. Slack-key guitarist George Kuo and bassist Aaron Mahi accompany Pahinui, and steel guitarist Bobby Ingano is also on the bill. Tickets are $18 general, $15 museum members. 532-8700.