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Down the rabbit hole

March 5th, 2010

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At Dole Cannery Theatres, movie-goers are stopping by for photos in front of the tea party poster in the lobby.

No doubt Tim Burton’s new “Alice in Wonderland” will be a film that launches a thousand little tea parties. Who could resist dressing up in wild and/or pretty frocks topped with buoyant hats. You’ll find plenty of inspiration in Colleen Atwood’s sumptuous costumes for the film.

Check out resident hat lady Catherine Fong of Catherine’s Closet, 2733 E. Manoa Road, for a fabulous collection of vintage hats, and vintage dresses as well.


Mia Wasikowska as Alice. It was cool the way the dress was designed to plausibly fit her as she grew into a giantess.


Tim Burton’s Alice dressed for battle by Colleen Atwood.

I tapped Zhanneta Sharov of Zhan Vi Designs to pay tribute to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” in advance of the film’s wide opening Friday. In case you missed it, you can read the story here, and about the designer here.

As for the film, the eye candy offers more than the simple storyline. About all they could think of the Red Queen to say throughout the movie is “Off with their heads.” And, as I said on Twitter, if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve pretty much seen the movie, but it’s a pleasant enough diversion.

And, if you want a live version of the tale, St. Andrew’s Priory is coincidentally opening its musical version of “Alice” at the Tenney Theater on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Cathedral tonight, March 5. The show starts at 7 p.m., repeating at 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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At St. Andrew’s, the Queen of Hearts (senior Rachel Pang) screams at freshman Jennifer Takahashi who plays one of three different-sized Alices in “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

My friends and I always talk about missing out on some aspects of life due to a virtual one lived on the likes of Facebook and Twitter. So while I was at the preview of “Alice” Tuesday, I was playing “Words with Friends” on my iPhone, when I heard, after the fact, that Kanye West had showed up at Dole Theatre to see the film. I heard some cheering but by the time I looked up from my game the commotion had passed and I didn’t see a thing. Doh!

Well, if you happen to be going to see the film at Ward Theatres tonight, look for Shinedown, appearing for a meet-and-greet from about 4:30 to 5 p.m. or so. The band has a song on the film’s soundtrack.

Mardi Gras sights and sounds

February 18th, 2010

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Nadine Kam photos
The dancers of Giinko Maraschino won the Mardi Gras costume contest top prize of $500, giving back $200 to be donated toward Haiti relief efforts. They’re shown perched on their trailer before the start of the Mardi Gras parade down Nuuanu Avenue.

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Giinko Maraschino’s Summer Partlon.

I’d never been to Honolulu’s Mardi Gras until being called on to judge this year’s Mardi Gras costume contest. I’m just not that interested in milling around with a bunch of drunken, yelling amateurs. It’s funny tho, that Honolulu’s Mardi Gras is much tamer than a normal night in the French Quarter!

People kept mentioning how not crowded it was, but considering all the recent events: Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, Superbowl, well, you can see how people might be too tired to get up and out and just decide to stay home and watch the Olympics, “Idol,” or “Lost.”

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It’s much safer at home. I got clobbered when I was taking some video of Eric Chandler and Dr. Angela Pratt throwing beads out of a second-story, and some guy in back of me made a lunge for it! There were more guys than girls with their hands up for beads, and luckily they kept their shirts down, up until 10:30 p.m. at least. That’s when I went home to see if I could catch Johnny Weir skate.

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Music in the street, featuring Taimane Gardner.

There weren’t many costumes to judge—keep that in mind for next year’s competition—because Mardi Gras revolves around wearing as little as possible. The most excitement came with drag queen headdresses as big as their bodies. In the end, Giinko Maraschino won the $500 prize for their performance costumes, but contributed $200 right back to the downtown merchants who sponsored the event, to be donated to Haiti relief.

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Michele Henry in corset and tutu, with Emi Hart, who were also judging the costume contest.

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It’s good to be king, Marco Acosta posed for a photo with Melissa Turner.