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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2006

SHOW BIZ
'La Cage' getting gussied up in high-heel glam

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Columnist

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Augie T

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Rampage

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G. Medeiros

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THAT'S SHOE BIZ: Randl Ask, who is portraying Albin in Diamond Head Theatre's "La Cage aux Folles" (premiering May 19), joined artistic director John Rampage at the Nordstrom Rack's shoe rack a few days back. In three hours of searching for shoes sizes 11 to 13 the duo bought 42 pairs for men in the cast who'll be decked out in women's finery, from head to foot. Consequently, if you're a lady with lu'au feet, there might be a shortage of shoes for a spell. DHT doesn't plan to have a shoe clearance sale once the musical closes. ...

TRADE WINDS: Augie T, the radio and stand-up fave, did sold-out shows in Boston and Las Vegas. While shopping at Harvard Square, he ran into some SHOPO members who also happened to be in town. Augie, of Filipino and Portuguese descent, ventured to Cambridge after being told about the area's sizeable Portuguese population. "The Portuguese there call themselves Portagees, just like in Hawai'i," he said. "It was great to get in touch with my roots." ...

So you want to tap dance like Gene Kelly or, if you're a wee bit younger, like Shirley Temple? Jim Hutchison is offering 12-session tap classes for beginners and intermediate students between May 30 and July 7 at Ballet Hawai'i's Dole Cannery studio. Beginners' sessions will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; intermediate classes will be at the same times Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $85. Call Hutchison at 941-9719. ...

Maunalua, Bryan Tolentino and Kahania will perform at Star of the Sea Church and School's East Honolulu Food Festival, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday on the school campus. KSSK's Sweetie Pacarro will emcee; participants include Roy's, BluWater Grill, Michel's, Auntie Pasto's, Tiki's Grill & Bar, Komokata, Dixie Grill, Ko'olau Catering, Plaza Club, Taste of New York, Antonio's Pizza, Big City Diner, Times Supermarket, JJ's Pastry and Kahala Nui. Tickets: $45 for adults, $20 for keiki ages 4 through 10. Call 734-0396. ...

Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, who just performed in the Islands, will be part of the 25th Silver Anniversary of the International Reggae and World Music Awards set for Saturday at the Apollo Theatre in New York. ...

SIGHT 'EMS: Folks waiting for a table Friday at Romano's Macaroni Grill recognized a familiar diner: Gov. Linda Lingle, at a window table. ...

Actor Danny "Lethal Weapon" Glover, in town last week to appear at a hotel union solidarity session, had a quiet dinner at Sergio's in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow Bazaar. ...

Notables at Friday Jazz Night at the Sheraton Waikiki's Hanohano Room last Friday (when John Kolivas' Honolulu Jazz Quartet performed with singer Azure McCall): June Jones, Star Williams and Brian Robertshaw. The HJQ expects a new CD by September. ...

Also due in September: Hoku Zuttermeister's CD; he has four more cuts to do. ...

DATEBOOK: Tony Ruivivar and the Society of Seven (minus songbird Lani Misalucha) will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall ($25 advance, $30 at the door, call 808-651-9139) as part of the Filipino centennial celebration.

Maddy Wary, daughter of restaurateurs Ed and Tina Wary (Dixie Grill, Auntie Pasto's), will be joined by another Maddy, Maddy Hawk, and her sister Kelly, daughters of theater publicist Aubrey Hawk (Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Manoa Valley Theatre), in HTY's "Madhatter's Tea PaHTY and Children's Fashion Show, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hawai'i Prince Hotel. More celeb keiki, such as Lyric and Chord Medeiros, daughter and son of Glenn and Tammy Medeiros, also will take the catwalk, along with Jasmine, Kainoa, Leilani and Grace, children of HTY board president Tim Bostock and wife Melanie Holt, who are co-chairing the event. Guests will parade in hats and compete for prizes; Medeiros will sing, and "Go, Dog. Go!" actors will appear. Tickets are $75; call 839-9885. ...

And that's Show Biz. ...

Show Biz is published Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reach Wayne Harada at 525-8067, wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com or fax 525-8055.